Upcoming Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting – October 14-16, 2017

Upcoming Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting – October 15 – 17, 2016


Saturday, October 15th
a. 12 Noon- Arrive at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (LGBG)
b. 12:30 PM- Catered Lunch in one of the ballrooms; LGBG will welcome the group to Richmond and gives a 10 minute discussion of the garden, the shop, the history, etc.  Mid-Atlantic leadership can be introduced and then any MSA attending officer (if available.)  We can open up the lunch for a discussion (TBD) on success stories or challenges.
c. 1:30 PM- Guided tours of the gardens, followed by a self-tour of the gift shop.
d. 3:00 PM – Depart for Omni Hotel for check in.
e. 4:00 PM- Attendees can rest, walk, tour the area around the restaurant, tour Capital grounds, etc.
f. 5:00 PM- Meet and greet/happy hour at Tobacco Company restaurant.  Chapter representative speaks/thanks sponsor/sponsor speaks
g. 7:00 PM – Depart for dinner (on their own)

Sunday, October 16th
a.      7:30 AM- Breakfast-on your own @ Omni Hotel.
b.      8:00 AM- Depart for VMFA (map can be provided), carpooling recommended
c.      8:00 AM Set up Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser
d.      8:15 AM First attendees arrive, auction already set up, way finding (with the help of volunteers) to the room
e.      8:30 AM- Meeting starts, Introductions, Chapter leadership speaks (or Alice McAuliffe or whoever is attending, etc.)  Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting/business (coffee station set is set up) I think we should go ahead and draw names for contests to excite people. Scholarship winners, etc.
f.      9:30 AM- Speaker session #1 (Donna Miller)
g.    10:30 AM- break – bidding proceeds on silent auction, visit vendor tables, etc.
h.    10:45 AM- Vendor presentations (at least 3-4 presenters)
h. 12:00 PM- Lunch -catering by VMFA
i. 1:00 PM- Speaker session #2 (Donna Miller)
j. 2:30 PM – Presentation- Increasing revenue through shop events (Nan Miller-VMFA)
k. 3:15 PM-  Vendor presentations (remaining)
l. 3:15 PM- Cookies brought out and drink service refreshed
m. 3:15 PM- Tour VMFA museum shop / see a trunk show in progress/ask questions of the staff
n. 4:00 PM – VMFA Gallery tour (TBD) or continue shopping
o. 4:45 PM – Silent Auction ends- Collection of proceeds
p. 5:15 PM-  Depart for Omni Hotel
q. 6:00 PM- Cocktail Hour  @ Omni Hotel
r. 7:30 PM- Depart for dinner (on their own)

Monday, October 17th
a. 8:30 AM- Continental Breakfast @ VMFA –Mid-Atlantic leadership leads the discussion -the importance of recruiting more MSA members led by Julie Steiner or another leader
b. 9:00 AM- Session- Richard Woodward of VMFA – discusses the importance of the relationship between curatorial and the shop
c. 10:00 AM- Attendees have the option of a guided tour of one of the VMFA galleries or a self-guided tour the VA Historical Society next door
d. 11:30 AM- VMFA Amuse restaurant (on their own) closing of conference/leadership closing statements. Private Dining room has been reserved for 25 people.  This is a pre fix lunch.  Menu attached.  One check, VMFA shop would need to be reimbursed with registration fees. 
e. 1:30 PM –Conference ends

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting – April 20, 2015

Meeting brought to order by our new chapter president, Maureen Baughman

Followed by approval of the minutes from the chapter meeting dated 12/18/2015, Hershey PA as submitted on the MSA web site
Treasurer’s report was read and submitted; showing a balance of $4,573.52

Discussion took place around MAC Scholarship awards and how best to be able equalize the awarded amount fairly
Since the amount awarded is the responsibility of the MAC Board consisting of the President, Vice-President and Secretary it was decided that a dollar limit the board is authorized to spend would be more applicable which would include the amount awarded to scholarship participants.

Further discussion around this topic and specific dollar amounts will be assigned; members will be able to have their voices heard via email

MAC Scholarship Recipient, Cynthia Hershey of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum & Horseshoe Curve sites was introduced. Cynthia expressed her appreciation of the opportunity to attend this conference. She stated how impressed she was with the organization and the caliber of educational sessions that are offered through MSA.

Discussion took place around the fall meeting place, date, and content – that a strong emphasis around compelling educational sessions should be at the core of our chapter meetings and visiting other museums would be secondary

Maureen Baughman offered her museum to host the fall meeting – the museum and store has just completed extensive renovations
Christine Hacker, Princeton University, offered her site to host the fall meeting – different location to possibly increase attendance

Christine reported on the ACRE craft show and stated that the merchandise was too limiting and may not appeal and/or be applicable to many of our museum sites

Michael Higdon explained the responsibilities of the host site so all of our new chapter members would become acquainted with the process. Host museums are responsible to assist with the following:

  • Conference/meeting room
  • list of area hotels
  • opening reception place and food
  • any meals that are to be served as part of the MAC meeting
  • and helping with registration

A question arose as to the geographic area that comprises the Mid-Atlantic Chapter; which is NJ, MD, VA, PA, DE, and Washington, DC

Discussion took place about possible vendor sponsorship of Mid-Atlantic Chapter meetings noting that vendors should be invited to attend the meetings as well as guests from your area that are not currently MSA members. Guests (non-MSA members) may attend one chapter meeting as a guest before joining MSA.

Also it was suggested that we invite members from other chapters to attend the Mid-Atlantic chapter meetings

Dates for the fall Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting were established – so reserve the following date:

October 17-18-19, 2015
Additional information regarding this meeting will follow

At this point the motion was made to close the chapter meeting and all were in favor

Business yet to be resolved consists of:

Establishing a Nomination Committee for new Secretary
Volunteers to participate on the Scholarship Selection Committee as headed by the chapter Vice-President