Location: Shakey's Pizza, Los Angeles, CA.
Present: Christopher Thaxter (CT), organizer, taking minutes; Andy Wolf (AW), Gary Carr, Greg Schreiner (GS), Joel Levitz, John Tribelhorn, Justin Denlinger, Justin O'Connor, Lee Stokes (LS), Roger Moritz, and Zach Nichols.
After an initial meet & greet, there were round-table introductions. Food was ordered halfway through introductions, at which point a few songs from the Red Book were sung. Introductions were then finished, and informal conversation sprinkled with discussion on ideas for future projects followed. At the end, we discussed what our next event should be, and sang some more songs.
- Put together small instrumental or vocal ensembles. AW works at a comedy house where such a group could perform.
- A social opportunity for brothers new in the area to meet new people.
- Community outreach and musical activism.
- A partnership with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the group that organizes the Grammys, to participate in their "Grammys for Kids" project or other projects.
- A Mills Music Mission: putting together some songs to sing at a retirement home or hospital.
- Attend concerts, plays, shows, and other events that members are participating in. GS shared his concert schedule.
- Attend initiations and province meetings.
- Help out with colonization efforts; CSUN and UCLA are apparently possibilities.
- LS will look into NARAS projects and possibilities.
- CT will put together a section of the website for member shows, events, and announcements.
- Everyone: continue cultivating ideas for the group.
- Everyone: join the listserv if you haven't already, in order to remain in touch with the group's activities.
- CT to investigate the best location and time.
- Everyone: submit to the listserv any specific ideas. This needs to be solidified by the end of September, to give people the chance to plan.
Adjournment: Gathering ended around 8:15 pm.
Next meeting: The next event, a BBQ picnic, is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm, at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.