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02/27/2010 - MKS Annual Meeting and Auction

By Brad Klages.

The Minnesota Kite Society's (MKS) annual business meeting and auction occurred on February 27 at the Cherokee Sirloin Room in Eagan, MN. Several MKS members attended. Even so, attendance was down from last year's annual meeting.

The annual meeting included the election of officers for the 2010-2011 board year. Newly elected board members included:
   President: Tom Cross 
   Vice President: Dean Murray
   Treasurer: John Kaulbars
   Secretary: Brad Klages

Dean Murray joined MKS last year and agreed to join the board this year. The board had been shuffling members between director and officer posts for the past few years. It is good to have Dean on the board to offer fresh insights and energy.

Long time member Dave Herzig, departed the board at this meeting. He was honored for his contributions with an outgoing board member award.  MKS thanks him for his service.

Members who made announcements included Marcus Young and Barbara Meyer. Marcus commented on the upcoming Wishes for the Sky Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul, MN. He thanked MKS members for volunteering for kite service and other tasks since the first annual event back in 2007. He thanked Brad Klages for serving as an ensemble member and coordinating volunteers from MKS.

Barbara spoke about the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) and its convention which occurred last fall. Barbara is the new AKA president.

Two Hod Taylor Awards were presented by Tom Cross to Craig Christiansen and Barbara Meyer. Craig received it for his courtesy in helping other kite fliers. Barbara received it for her willingness to step up to the challenge and lead the AKA. Both recipients have received this award in the past.

Silent and verbal auctions were held during the meeting to help raise funds for continuing club operations. Ken Wilkowski, Tom Cross and Brad Klages solicited auction items from people and businesses. Auction items received included kites, miniature kites, banners, wind spinners, t-shirts, autographed photos of Minnesota sports figures, music CDs, general admission theater and concert tickets and dinners for four to be prepared by a local chef.  Dean Murray won the bidding for the delta conyne kite pictured above which was made & donated by Nancy Lockwood of Ohio.

Here are some pictures from Tom Cross.

Tom's MKS Annual Meeting Feb 27, 2010

More pictures from Tom