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TX Tech “Forging Futures” advocates

Karl Ransleben:  KAlbertRan@GMail.com; PO Box 910; FBG 78624; 830-997-9267

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“Forging Futures Classic” draft meeting notes 3-9-’17

Austin@CommunityFoundation.Ne>; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; 1943RAB@GMail.com; Alana Logue <alogue@allenlawllp.com; RHickerson9@GMail.com; Brad.Hardin@ABTexas.com; Dawn@August-Es.com; DonnaM@Gastehaus.com; ED@HCUCenter.org; Marc.Lee.Williamson@GMail.com; Mary@APASusTrail.com; cemekk@gmail.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com; HayesPE@GMail.com; PMMoser@SBCGlobal.net; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com; JThomas_Hutton@Yahoo.com;

Forging Futures Classic  Golf Tournament  to-be-finalized Spring 2018 date   to allow a reasonable amount of time for major-sponsor solicitations to maximize the benefit of being among the first, fund-raising events in major-sponsors’ calendar-year budgets  at     Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas

            Thur., March 9, 2017 Meeting Notes

Many thanks to the 11 committee members present:  Alice White, Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Kim Kimmey, Marc Williamson, Mary Brogan, Michelle Weberpal, Mike Skinner, Patti Sagebiel, Paul Hayes, Sam Sagebiel  … and to all other committee chairs / members — who are proactively & creatively continuing with their respective roles, plans & activities.  Please save 2nd Thursdays, 9a for monthly meetings.  We will meet in HCUC Room 123 or 137 unless otherwise notified.

Overall status report

  • Four contracts signed: Boot Ranch, Community Foundation, TX Tech University System legal office & auctioneer with $500 non-refundable deposit.  Donors may now be actively solicited by the Coalition.*  Respective committee members will notify their collaborative partners (Boot Ranch, TTU, TTAA Hill Country, OLLI, HCUC Foundation & Community Foundation) about the to-be- revised date.
  • We have the signed agreement between the Coalition & The Community Foundation (TCF) to set up an account. With this agreement, we can accept & deposit the $9K start-up funds committed by our four participating entities (Hill Country University Center Foundation @$XK; Texas Tech University in the Hill Country (FBG) @$XK; Texas Tech Alumni Association of the Hill Country @$XK & Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Hill Country @$XK). These funds will go into the coalition’s account with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, our Coalition’s fiscal agent.  (The Community Foundation Texas Hill Country / TCFTHC; 607 North Milam, P.O. Box 212; Fredericksburg, TX  78624-0212; 830-896-8811 & 830-343-7712; CommunityFoundation.Net)
    • We are currently editing the required Donor Form & when this is completed these forms will clearly define who the payee should be for donor checks. These donor forms with checks attached can dropped off at or mailed to the HCUC (exact location TBD).  These will be picked up by Bob Hickerson or one of the other Finance Committee personnel & taken to TCF.
  • Hill Country University Center Foundation will fill in needed cash-flow gaps in case immediate expenses exceed current balance for our Coalition’s fiscal account with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
  • We need to continuously provide White@TTU.edu with e- & hard-copy versions of your reports or summary notes. Alice has agreed to compile a helpful roadmap for 2018 & subsequent years’ committees.
  • Draft budget assumes 250 people at events = 100 golfers & 75 spouses, 25 FFC Core Group members & 50 underwriters/sponsors. Projected expenses = $161.8K
  • The final decision need to be made regarding:
    • How best to show case our HCUC Site
    • Where to have our “gala” (or whatever we decide to call our special event)?
    • Players are entitled to how many guest at Cocktail party & Gala?
    • Sponsors/Underwriters will be entitled to 1 guest (or more, TBD) at No Charge for to-be-determined level of sponsorship.
    • If other guests are invited, what fee should be charged?
    • How many tents to order for Boot Ranch &/or HCUC? — given that Becker Vineyard’s concurrent event at HCUC has been postponed for 1 yr.
    • Process to send Forging Futures Golf Classic branded, personalized thank-you notes to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, etc. Community Foundation will provide a donor-friendly IRS approved receipt for donations – including $X that may be tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
    • Cocktail party at Boot Ranch: to see place, enjoy amenities & have directions for next-day breakfast & golf-tournament

 Committees’ Status Reports

Continue to be synergistic.  Whenever you need assistance from other committees, proactively ask. 

For your convenience in e-communicating with each other (alphabetized by first number or letter of reader-friendly e-address — ready to copy & paste into the “To” or “cc” or “bcc” area of your e-correspondence):  Mary Brogan’s e-address?  1943RAB@GMail.com; Alice.White@TTU.edu; ALogue@AllenLawLLP.com; Brad.Hardin@ABTexas.com; BrentWaldoch@Live.com; Dawn@August-Es.com; DoubleM71@HotMail.com; DonnaM@GasteHaus.com; ED@HCUCenter.org; HayesPE@GMail.com; JThomas_Hutton@Yahoo.com; Kathy.Estes@FrostBank.com; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; Marc.Lee.Williamson@GMail.com; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com; PMMoser@SBCGlobal.Net; RHickerson9@GMail.com;

Names of 20 committee members, alphabetically by the 1st letter of 1st name:  Alana Logue, Alice White, Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Brad Hardin, Brent Waldoch, Dawn Ouanesavanh, Donna Mittel, Kathy Estes, Kim Kimmey, Lance Pickle, Marc Williamson, Mary Brogan, Michelle Weberpal, Mike Skinner, Paul Hayes, Paulette Moser, Sam & Patti Sagebiel & Tom Hutton

Coordination & Steering:  Bob Bates     Event is on the 2017 FBG/Gillespie County Calendar, available to residents and visitors through the Visitor Center.  Bob continues to follow all aspect of the tournament planning and peripheral activities that will make this event successful.  This includes getting the Texas Tech/Coalition documents signed, sealed and delivered.

Continuous Improvement / Quality Control monitor:  Tom Hutton      Tom continues observing what we are doing and making suggestions for improvement for this and future events.

Marketing / Correspondence:  Kim Kimmey, Mike Skinner     Reminders:  Kim & Mike have reserved www.ForgingFutures.org & http://www.ForgingFutures.com for future use and/or to keep others from “borrowing” our Website for their uses.       Kim gave a quick but thorough tour of the Website & invited all committee members to copy-&-paste or key into our top-bar / Internet browser:  MikesProjects.com/project1 [then use password = ffgc123] to take your own, self-guided tour at your convenience.  Afterwards, please share your comments with her at ED@HCUCenter.org & with Mike at Mike@MikesProject.com  They will add respective sponsor-level benefits onto the Website’s Sponsor page.  There will be e-payment option for sponsorship payments & a“donate” button for folks who simply want to be “Friends” of Forging Futures by donating but not attending.  To avoid donor fatigue (by having donors, sponsors & friends re-key their name & contact information), Kim Kimmey will harvest – from the Community Foundation — all donors,’ sponsors,’ & friends’ contact information for future use

Finance:  Bob Hickerson & Mike Kimmey     Contact Bob Hickerson to comment on his proposed budget.  Mike Kimmey has entered all budget information onto a very helpful Quick Books database? / spreadsheet?  Community Foundation has provided Kim Kimmey with two, swipe-card readers.  Also, sponsors & donors may pay on-line via Community Foundation process.

Sponsorships:  Brent Waldoch, Michelle Weberpal & Mary Brogan      Kim, Michelle, Mary & Brent are continuing to gather lists of potential contributors & request that all members of the Core Group provide ED@HCUCEnter.org with contact information for people &/or organizations that might donate.  Major sponsors who pay by pre-determined date will be featured on invitations.  After the date, then all sponsors will be recognized on Website & at golf course.  Benefits to sponsors for each sponsorship level?  One sponsor per hole? @$1,000 / hole?   Appropriate dollar-level of sponsorship(s)?  Reserved seating for sponsor(s)?

Golf:  Paul Hayes     Boot Ranch personnel have provided logistical information for the event & have ideas about what BR might offer as activities to add a little “flavor & fun” to the on-course experience.  On-going discussion about “goody bags or memorabilia” for participants.  Food & beverages on the golf course @$30+  Invite in-town vendors to provide food & beverages on the course?  TX Assoc. of Beverage Control regulations:  alcohol served only by licensed Boot Ranch employees – not volunteers.  Concessions:  stationary or circulating?  Paul has calculated all aspects of the tournament’s timing.  Hole contests?  Automobile give-away?

Housing/Transportation:  Donna Mittel       Donna will provide information for our Website & collateral materials.

Hospitality:  Dawn Ouanesavanh & Paulette Moser      Dawn, Brent & Bob B. met at August E’s in January to discuss several options for both the cocktail party & Gala dinner.  This planning continues.  As noted in the “final decisions” bullet point, with the cancellation of the Becker Winery event, we will continue to discuss where the Gala (or whatever) will be held.

Volunteer Coordination:  Marc Williamson     FBG High School Golf coaches & their student, golf team will assist whenever they can.  If you know of other groups that might possibly be interested in helping, please contact Marc with those names.  Volunteer needs can be easily filled; also, equipment:  tables, tents, shuttle service:  14-person van @$100/hr. for two days:  expensive!  (from 2-3 parking areas to club house & back) or via golf carts & volunteers to shuttle guests?

Auction:  Alana Logue & Kathy Estes (also, Jeannie Jackson, Liz Neuberger & Janet Smiljanic)     Kathy has contracted with popular, energetic auctioneer Mr. Bost & his spotter @$3,700 with $500 non-refundable down payment.  To avoid donor fatigue, live-auction items will be limited to 5, ranging in price from $7K – $36K.   This committee is actively working on potential auction items (e.g., Belize Islands’ tour package:  5 nights for 5 couples – an entire island to themselves … plus, a personal chef, staff; signed sports mementos from TX Tech; exotic hunting trip; trip to Burgundy-area in France; golf week-end at Pebble Beach, CA; antique rifles, guns, clocks, estate jewelry & art; up-scale dinner-for-12 at a FBG home; purchase of a pedigree Longhorn with an event at a rancher’s home; etc.) & a donation-only event at the conclusion of the live auction.

Caveat:  Minimum bid required to ensure payment-in-full to person or company offering certain items for auction.  Thus, if the minimum bid is not met, then it is a no-sale item & there will be no loss for person providing the item and no cost for our four-entity coalition.  Auctioneer Bost recommends 5 or fewer, high-dollar, live-auction items – commensurate to entry fee.  Live auction during cocktail party or dinner?  Testimonial from a scholarship recipient.  Bost has successfully concluded live auctions with a “Paddles UP” interaction:  he auctions off a glass of water for the value of a scholarship (e.g., $10K/yr. x 4 yr. = $40K).  At registration, auctioneer provides paddles with large-sized numbers for easy-sight bidding & gets credit-card information up front – faster process (v. laborious, wait-in-line, information gathering after the auction)

Closing Comments

Thank you for your can-do, creative, generous spirit.  With your support, together we will fulfill our vision of Texas Hill Country:  Enriched through Higher Education!

Forging Futures 2017 Classic: start-up notes

 Forging Futures Classic

1943rab@gmail.com; Alogue@AllenLawLLP.com; RHhickerson9@GMail.com; Brad.Hardin@ABTexas.com; BrentWaldoch@Live.com; Dawn@August-Es.com; DonnaM@GasteHaus.com; Kathy.Estes@FrostBank.com;  OD@HCUCenter.org; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; Marc.Lee.Williamson@GMail.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com; HayesPE@GMail.com; PMMoser@SBCGlobal.Net; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com; JThomas_Hutton@Yahoo.com;

As I stated in the memo to select a date for our next core group meeting, I said I would send out an e-mail stating what I wanted each committee chair to be prepared to elaborate on relative to their responsibilities.  What follows is the basic information I would like you to share with the rest of the core group.  If you have additional information to share, feel free.  This, hopefully, will set the stage for a synergistic approach to us working both individually and together to make this inaugural tournament a success.

The first request is that everyone who has and uses contact information for donors, sponsors, suppliers, vendors, etc. to forward that information to me and to Alice White so we can keep a list of all these people.  It will serve as a source of information for the future and will provide us with the necessary information to formally communicate our gratitude to them for their contribution(s).

I will select a person to serve as our continuous quality improvement monitor for this event so that we can learn from both our successes and “stumbles” in preparation for future events like this.

Marketing and Correspondence:

Basic information:

  • Share information you have at this time on logos.
  • Tell us where you stand on a webpage development.
  • Talk about letterheads and other documentation to be used in correspondence inside/outside the core group.
  • Work with Alice White and others on contacts with former athletes, coaches, Tech Administrators, known alumni contributors in Tech activities, BR members, etc. for a “save-the-date” notification. (Work with Golf Committee.)
  • Start designing a poster board noting a “wish list” of programs/projects with the estimated cost for each item.
  • Begin the initial listing of contributors. (Working with Sponsorship, Coordination and Steering, and Auction Committees, Tech Alumni Chapter and others).
  • Work with Hospitality Committee to set up the Kick-Off Brunch/Luncheon with local dignitaries. Have newspaper, radio, TV representation at the Kick-Off meeting.
  • State where you need additional information from other committees in order to complete your task.
  • Tell the group how we can help you with fulfilling your responsibilities.

Forging Futures’ proposal to Boot Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX

PROPOSAL for GOLF TOURNAMENT at BOOT RANCH

 Sunday through Tuesday: Oct. 15-17, 2017

 Raise $100,000 net income using the following key strategies

  • Obtain significant donation hole sponsors,
  • Conduct a big-ticket live auction with high value auction items,
  • Use both local and national marketing to attract participants,
  • Recruitment of celebrity / high-profile golfers to participate.

Purpose:  To fund Texas Tech Hill Country Coalition’s higher education projects and support higher education initiative in the Texas Hill Country.  All funds stay local.

Projected percentage of revenue to benefit local Texas Tech Hill Country Coalition purposes:  90% with 10% retained to seed 2018 event(s)

We will develop highly motivated committees to manage critical aspects of the tournament and ancillary activities for guests.  We will meet monthly (or as needed) throughout the 12 to 15-month planning cycle.  The primary committees (with respective chair persons to-be-determined) are as follows:

Coordination and Steering

  1. Over-all logistics.
  2. Collect and utilize organizational structures of the Nimitz Foundation and other successful tournaments.
  3. Select motivated Chairperson(s) for other committees.
  4. Assist other committees as required.
  5. Be the local keeper of contact information for all volunteers, donors, prospects, etc.
  6. Select 2018 golf-tournament planner / Continuous Quality Improvement person to address all aspects of the 2017 event in terms of improving 2018 BR golf-tournament.

Finance

  1. Develop budget for tournament.
    1. Revenue: already agreed upon $10K revenue from HCUC @ $4K, OLLI @$2K, TTAA Hill Country @$2K & TTU Hill Country @$2K + net proceeds from BR golf tournament.
    2. Expenses: Boot Ranch entry fees & meals:  $___ Boot Ranch entry fees + $150 / person / day for breakfast, lunch & dinner with drinks on the golf course.  Prizes.  Mementos.  Shuttle services @$??? per day throughout the Sunday through Tuesday / three-day event; marketing items & distribution.
  2. Handle all entry fees, hole sponsor donations/contributions and other revenue.
  3. Pay all expenses.

Golf

  1. Coordinator to work with BR staff concerning golf-focused logistics (welcome, staging, off-course & on-course BR staff; signage on each hole, etc.)
  2. Solicit significant donation hole sponsors. (Local merchants, philanthropic residents, etc.)
  3. Invite BR members, local golfers (including OLLI members), high-profile prospects (possibly including Chancellor Bob Duncan, Jerry Rawls, Jim Douglass, both active and former Tech athletes and coaches, etc.)
  4. Set-up on-course games with prizes for successful participation.
  5. Provide for tournament prizes, mementos and their presentation times.
  6. Provide gift packs for participant golfers.

Marketing

  1. Marketing coordinators for development of compelling collateral materials that include bios of Coalition entities and others who will benefit from the event. (Ensure that these align with TX Tech marketing.)
  2. Create a visual-identity system for distribution of collateral materials both locally and nationally via TTAA contact lists.
  3. Recruit Boot Ranch member(s) [Rene Cameron, Bruce Nichols, etc.] to publicize sponsorship opportunities and the event to Boot Ranch members / residents.
  4. Coordinator of prospect / donors / invitation lists from TX Tech Alumni Association, Hill Country OLLI members, etc.
  5. Design and display poster-board Wish List of programs / projects with the estimated cost per program / project (e.g., scholarships, bricks-&-mortar for art, nursing, etc. with operating funds) that can be used for all fund-raising events
  6. Hospitality
  7. 1. Select a food and beverage coordinator to work with BR staff for cocktail party, on-course snacks and drinks, and Gala menu.
    1. Provide activities for non-golfing guests, spouses (shopping, wine tours, etc. including transportation if required.)

Auction

  1. Select irresistible chairperson to acquire 20+ exciting (five- & six-figure) live auction items. (Entry fee compatibly priced, live-auction items: g., $10K for a painting, vacation/resort rental, high-end cruise, etc.)
  2. Recruit hilarious, unstoppable auctioneer(s) with spotters.
  3. Transportation and Housing
    1. Provide lodging options for out-of-town participants and celebrities.
    2. Arrange for three-day (Sunday thru Tuesday) shuttle services: FBG-BR-FBG

Correspondence committee

  1. Design, print and distribute invitations for participants.
  2. Gratefully and enthusiastically follow up with financial and friend-making results of the event (including Save the Dates for next year’s golf-tournament at BR plans.

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Schedule of events:  with all events at Boot Ranch for donors’/participants’ convenience and to showcase Boot Ranch to prospective members.

Sunday evening cocktail party;

Monday golf for 72+ beginning at 10 AM [full-field, therefore close golf course to others];

 Monday evening gala:  dinner, high-dollar live auction;

 Tuesday ?  tour of BR facilities?  BR testimonial about 10 industries @ BR & need for high-performance employees who have access to affordable housing, 3-way synergy with TTU/RHIM program; HCMH presentation about their “tunnel” / constant need for trained nurses

Entry fee / golfer: Tentatively set @ $1,000

Texas Hill Country:  Enriched through Higher Education! 

 

 

**Texas Tech Coalition:  Hill Country University Center Foundation Inc.; Texas Tech Regional Teaching Sites in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls & Junction; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at TTU in the Hill Country, Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech Foundation Inc., Texas Tech Alumni Association Hill Country Chapters, Texas Tech University, TTU College of Education / Tech TEACH; TTU College of Visual & Performing Arts / Summer Art Program; TTU College of Human Sciences / RHIM:  Restaurant Hotel & Institutional Management; TTU College of Arts & Sciences / Viticulture & several undergraduate degrees; Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

“Forging Futures Classic” meeting notes 2-7-’17

Forging Futures Classic Golf Tournament     Sun. & Mon.:  Oct. 15 & 16, 2017 at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas

            Tues., February 7, 2017 Meeting Notes

Many thanks to the 11 committee members present:  Alice White, Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Brad Hardin, Kathy Estes, Kelly Fox, Kim Kimmey, Lance Pickle, Marc Williamson, Paul Hayes & Tom Hutton … and to all other committee chairs / members — who are proactively and creatively continuing with their respective roles, plans and activities.  For the future, please save the 2nd Thursday, 9:00 AM, for monthly meetings starting March 9th.  We will meet in HCUC Room 137 unless otherwise notified.

Overall status report

  • We are urgently awaiting, any-day-now, approved, signed Memorandum Of Agreement contract from Texas Tech University System legal office. This is required before donors may actively be solicited by the Coalition.*
  • We have the signed agreement between the Coalition and The Community Foundation (TCF) to set up an account. With this agreement, we can accept and deposit the $9K start-up funds committed by our four participating entities (Hill Country University Center Foundation, Texas Tech University in the Hill Country (FBG), Texas Tech Alumni Association of the Hill Country and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Hill Country). These funds will go into the coalition’s account with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, our Coalition’s fiscal agent.  (The Community Foundation Texas Hill Country / TCFTHC; 607 North Milam, P.O. Box 212; Fredericksburg, TX  78624-0212; 830-896-8811 & 830-343-7712; CommunityFoundation.Net)
    • We are currently editing the required Donor Form and when this is completed these forms will clearly define who the payee should be for donor checks. These donor forms with checks attached can dropped off at or mailed to the HCUC (exact location TBD).  These will be picked up by Bob Hickerson or one of the other Finance Committee personnel and taken to TCF.
  • Hill Country University Center Foundation will fill in needed cash-flow gaps in case immediate expenses exceed current balance for our Coalition’s fiscal account with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
  • We need to continuously provide Alice.White@TTU.edu with e- & hard-copy versions of your reports or summary notes. Alice has agreed to compile a helpful roadmap for 2018 and subsequent years’ committees.
  • Draft budget (attached) assumes 100 players and 75 spouses, 25 FFC Core Group members and 50 underwriters/sponsors.
  • The final decision need to be made regarding:
    • How best to show case our HCUC Site
    • Where to have our “gala” (or whatever we decide to call our special event)?
    • Players are entitled to how many guest at Cocktail party and Gala?
    • Sponsors/Underwriters will be entitled to 2 guests (or more, TBD) at No Charge for to-be-determined level of sponsorship.
    • If other guests are invited, what fee should be charged?
    • How many tents to order for Boot Ranch and/or HCUC? — given that Becker Vineyard’s concurrent event at HCUC has been postponed for 1 yr.
    • Process to send Forging Futures Golf Classic branded, personalized thank-you notes to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, etc. Community Foundation will provide a donor-friendly IRS approved receipt for donations.
    • Cocktail party at Boot Ranch: to see place, enjoy amenities & have directions for next-day breakfast & golf-tournament

 Committees’ Status Reports

Continue to be synergistic.  Whenever you need assistance from other committees, proactively ask. 

For your convenience in e-communicating with each other (alphabetized by first number or letter of reader-friendly e-address — ready to copy & paste into the “To” or “cc” or “bcc” area of your e-correspondence):  1943RAB@GMail.com; Alice.White@TTU.edu; ALogue@AllenLawLLP.com; Brad.Hardin@ABTexas.com; BrentWaldoch@Live.com; dawn@august-es.com; DonnaM@GasteHaus.com; ED@HCUCenter.org; HayesPE@GMail.com; JThomas_Hutton@Yahoo.com; Kathy.Estes@FrostBank.com; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; Marc.Lee.Williamson@GMail.com; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com; PMMoser@SBCGlobal.Net; RHickerson9@GMail.com;

Names of 18 committee members, alphabetically by the 1st letter of 1st name:  Alana Logue, Alice White, Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Brad Hardin, Brent Waldoch, Dawn Ouanesavanh, Donna Mittel, Kathy Estes, Kim Kimmey, Lance Pickle, Marc Williamson, Mike Skinner, Paul Hayes, Paulette Moser, Sam & Patti Sagebiel; and Tom Hutton

Coordination & Steering:  Bob Bates.     Event is on the 2017 FBG/Gillespie County Calendar, available to residents and visitors through the Visitor Center.  Bob continues to follow all aspect of the tournament planning and peripheral activities that will make this event successful.  This includes getting the Texas Tech/Coalition documents signed, sealed and delivered.

Continuous Improvement / Quality Control monitor:  Tom Hutton.      Tom continues observing what we are doing and making suggestions for improvement for this and future events.

Marketing / Correspondence:  Kim Kimmey, Mike Skinner     Reminders:  Kim & Mike have reserved www.ForgingFutures.org & http://www.ForgingFutures.com for future use and/or to keep others from “borrowing” our Website for their uses.     Kim gave a quick but thorough tour of the Website & invited all committee members to copy-&-paste or key into our top-bar / Internet browser:  MikesProjects.com/project1 [then use password = ffgc123] to take your own, self-guided tour at your convenience.  Afterwards, please share your comments with her at ED@HCUCenter.org & with Mike at Mike@MikesProject.com  They will add respective sponsor-level benefits onto the Website’s Sponsor page.

Finance:  Bob Hickerson:     Contact Bob Hickerson to comment on his proposed budget (attached).

Sponsorships:  Brent Waldoch:      Brent is continuing to gather lists of potential contributors and request that all members of the Core Group provide them with contact information for people and/or organizations that might donate.

Golf:  Paul Hayes:     Boot Ranch personnel have provided logistical information for the event & have ideas about what BR might offer as activities to add a little “flavor & fun” to the on-course experience.  On-going discussion about “goody bags or memorabilia” for participants.  Paul and Bob B will be attending a meeting with Boot Ranch personnel in the next two weeks to discuss the latest planning for the event.  I think it would be good if Dawn and possibly Brent could attend as well.

Housing/Transportation:  Donna Mittel:       Donna will provide information for our Website & collateral materials.

Hospitality:  Dawn Ouanesavanh and Paulette Moser:      Dawn, Brent and Bob B met at August E’s in January to discuss several options for both the cocktail party and Gala dinner.  This planning continues.  As noted in the “final decisions” bullet point, with the cancellation of the Becker Winery event, we will continue to discuss where the Gala (or whatever) will be held.

Volunteer Coordination: Marc Williamson:     FBG High School Golf coaches & their student, golf team will assist whenever they can.  If you know of other groups who might possibly be interested in helping, please contact Marc with those names.

Auction:  Alana Logue and Kathy Estes: (Jeannie Jackson, Liz Neuberger & Janet Smiljanic)

Kathy has contracted with popular, energetic auctioneer Mr. Bost and his spotter @$3,700.  To avoid donor fatigue, live-auction items will be limited to 10 or fewer, ranging in price from $7K – $36K.   This committee is actively working on potential auction items (e.g., Belize Islands’ tour package:  5 nights for 5 couples – an entire island to themselves … plus, a personal chef, staff; signed sports mementos from TX Tech; exotic hunting trip; trip to Burgundy-area in France; golf week-end at Pebble Beach, CA; antique rifles, guns, clocks, estate jewelry & art; up-scale dinner-for-12 at a FBG home; purchase of a pedigree Longhorn with an event at a rancher’s home; etc.) & a donation-only event at the conclusion of the live auction.

Caveat:  Minimum bid required to ensure payment-in-full to person or company offering certain items for auction.  Thus, if the minimum bid is not met, then it is a no-sale item and there will be no loss for person providing the item and no cost for our four-entity coalition.

Closing Comments:     Thank you for your can-do, creative, generous spirit.  With your support, together we will fulfill our vision of Texas Hill Country:  Enriched through Higher Education!

Sun. & Mon., Oct. 15 & 16, 2017 “Forging Futures” golf tournament at Boot Ranch in FBG, TX, USA

1943RAB@GMail.com; ALogue@AllenLawLLP.com; RHickerson9@GMail.com; Brad.Hardin@ABTexas.com; BrentWaldoch@live.com; Dawn_Weightman@MSN.com; DonnaM@GasteHaus.com; Kathy.Estes@FrostBank.com; KKimmey@TheWorkKS.com; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; Marc.Lee.Williamson@GMail.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com; Monty@GarrettInsurance.com; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com; HayesPE@GMail.com; PMMoser@SBCGlobal.Net; JThomas_Hutton@Yahoo.com; Lance.Pickle@TTU.edu; MesquiteSage@Yahoo.com;

Alana Logue:  830-443-4901

Bob Bates:  361-550-3430 & 830-307-3034

Bob Hickerson:  830-997-3567 & 806-543-3926

Brent Waldoch:  830-456-2912 & 830-669-2548

Dawn Quanesavanh:  830-997-1585; 830-992-5096; 830-669-2001

Donna Mittel:  830-997-5612; 830-997-9688

Patti & Sam Sagebiel:  361-550-0159; 361-575-6581