Reunion Committee Directors

The John Muir High School Class of 1979

Reunion Committee 

Executive Directors:

 

David Rutherford, President 

 

 

Daren Nigsarian, Vice President

 

 

 

Linda Lane-White, Treasurer

 

 

 

Christopher Reagan, Secretary
 
 

 

Additional Members:

 

 Laura Backstrom

 

 

Dionne Bradford

 

 

 Mike Clark

 

 

Terry Knox

 

 

Teretta-Moya (Gillies) Henderson

 

 

 Laura (Leichnitz) Travnitz

 

 

Robyn (Stack) Reagan

 

 

 

Michael Stover
 
 

 

 
BYLAWS OF THE
JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1979 REUNION COMMITTEE
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 3, 2009
 
 
 ARTICLES OF AFFILIATION
OF THE
JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1979 REUNION COMMITTEE
 
 
ARTICLE I - NAME
 
The name of the organization is John Muir High School Class of 1979 Reunion Committee.
 
 
ARTICLE II - MISSION
 
Section 1. Objective.
The objectives of the Committee are to promote the welfare of the Class of 1979reunions, Class of 1979Reunion Committee and Class of 1979Alumni, and to secure and enhance the well being of our classmates.
 
Section 2. Purpose.
The specific purpose of this organization is to engage in the receiving of contributions and dispensing funds so received to promote the objective stated in Section 1. of ARTICLE I of the bylaws.
 
Section 3. Organization.
This committee is a nonprofit public benefit organization and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized (as if it was a non-corporation) under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law of charitable purposes. This committee is designed and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
 
 
ARTICLE III – POLICIES
 
The name and address in the State of California of this corporation’s agent for service of process is:
 
David Rutherford
1060 N. Golden Springs Drive
Diamond Bar, California 
91765
 
 Section 1. The Committee.
The Committee shall be non-commercial, non-sectarian, non-racial and non-partisan.
 
Section 2. Basic Policies.
The name of the Committee or the names of any members in their official capacities shall not be used in any connection with a commercial concern or with any partisan interest or for any purpose not appropriately related to promotion of the objectives of this organization.
 
Section 3. Checks.
All checks shall be signed by two of the following designated officers: President, Treasurer or Secretary.
 
Section 4. Members.
The organization shall have members. Membership is open to all members of the
John Muir High School Class of 1979.
 
 
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
 
Section 1. Members.
Membership in this organization shall be made available to any individual alumnus of the John Muir Class of 1979 and who subscribes to the mission and basic policies of the Class Reunion Committee of 1979. Being a member of the Class of 1979Committee doesn’t entitle the member to a seat on the Board of Directors. All rights which would otherwise vest in the members shall vest in the Board of Directors.
 
Section 2. Enrollment.
This organization shall conduct ongoing enrollment of members, but may admit persons to membership at anytime.
 
Section 3. Dues.
The Board of Directors may establish dues and fees that each member of the Reunion Committee shall pay, as such amounts to be prescribed and at such times as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
 
 ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Section 1. The Board of Directors.
The Class of 1979Reunion Committee is the Board of Directors of the Class of 1979Reunion Committee. The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than four (4) or more than fifteen (15) Directors. The Board of Directors seats are non-elected term offices.
 
Section 2. The Executive Board of Directors.
The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer comprise the Executive Board of Directors. The term in office for the Executive Board Members will be every 5 years, or from Reunion to Reunion, which ever comes first. Officers shall serve for a term in office or until their successor have been elected. No officer shall be eligible to the same office for more that two (2) consecutive terms. Officers shall assume their duties the day after each reunion. Vacancies in office shall be filled by the Class of 1979Reunion Committee (Board of Directors) at the next General Board Meeting.
 
Section 3. Voting.
The Reunion Committee (Board of Directors) shall be the only ones who can vote for and elect the officers to the Executive Board of Directors. Membership to the Reunion Committee (Board of Directors) shall be by invitation on to the Board by the Reunion Committee, and held by voice vote.
 
Section 4. Elections.
The elections for Executive Board of Directors should take place the day after each reunion. Nominations for the Executive Board shall made by voice vote from the floor. The consent of each candidate must be obtained before his/her name is placed in nomination. Nominees need not be present in order to be elected to the Executive Board of Directors. If there is but one candidate for an office, the ballot may be dispensed with and the election held by a voice vote.
 
Section 5. Removal.
Any member of the Executive Board of Directors or the Reunion Committee (Board of Directors) who does not comply with the policies of the Reunion Committee or fails to perform his/her duties, may be removed from office by the President, with the consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the Class of 1979Reunion Committee present at a General Board Meeting.
 
Section 6. Resignation.
Subject to the provisions of Section 5226 of the California Nonprofit Law, any Director may resign effective upon giving written notice to the President, Secretary or Board. 
  
Section 7. Place of Meetings.
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at any place within the County of Los Angeles which has been designated in the Notice of Meeting.
 
Section 8. Participation By Telephone.
Directors may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone, video link or similar communications equipment, so long as all members participating in such a meeting can hear one another. 
 
Section 9. Quorum.
A majority of authorized number of Directors constitutes a quorum of the Board of Directors.
 
Section 10. Meetings.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors of the Class of 1979Reunion Committee shall be held monthly unless otherwise ordered by the Executive Board of Directors.
 
Section 11. Compensation.
The Directors shall receive no compensation for their services as such. 
 
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers.
The Executive Board shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. 
 
Section 2. President.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Reunion Committee, and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
 
Section 3. Vice President.
The vice President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
 
Section 4. Secretary.
The Secretary shall keep a full and complete record of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, and shall discharge such other duties as pertain to the office or as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
 
Section 5. Treasurer.
The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer of the organization and shall keep and maintain, or cause to kept and maintain, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the organization, and whenever they request it, supply the President and Board of Directors, an account of all transactions and of financial conditions of the organization, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
 
 ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS OF BYLAWS
 
Section 1. Amendments.
These Bylaws may be amended or added to by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any general meeting of the Board of Directors.
  
ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL YEAR
 
Section 1. Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of this Reunion Committee shall begin July 1st and end June 30th.
 
 
ARTICLE IX – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
 
“Roberts’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised” shall govern this Committee in all cases in which they are applicable and not in conflict with these Bylaws, Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes.
  
 
CERTIFICATE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE
JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1979 REUNION COMMITTEE
 
 
 
I, the undersigned, do hereby certify:
 
      1.   That I am the duly-elected and presently serving Secretary of the John Muir High School Class of 1979 Reunion Committee;
 
  1. That the foregoing Bylaws constitute the Bylaws of the organization, as duly adopted by the Board of Directors of the organization, on
January 10, 2009, at Pasadena, California.
 
 
 
 
 
                                             __________________________________
Christopher Reagan, Secretary

 

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1979
REUNION COMMITTEE
Minutes of Meeting
Held December 13, 2008
 
            A meeting of people interested in planning the John Muir High School Class of 1979 30th Reunion was held on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 12:00 p.m., on the campus of John Muir High School.
 
1.      Introductions. David Rutherford led the meeting which was attended by Daren Nigsarian, Christopher Reagan, and Linda Lane-White
 
2.   Approval of Minutes. This was the first meeting of the 30th Reunion Committee, so there were no minutes to be read.
 
3.   Appointment of Officers. By acclamation it was decided that David Rutherford serve as President of this committee. Linda Lane-White accepted the title of Treasurer and Christopher Reagan agreed to be Secretary. Daren Nigsarian offered to assist with matters having to do with the Internet and will be serving as Digital Consigliere.
 
4.   Getting Started. The first order of business was to become a viable working body by establishing a checking account. Linda Land-White agreed to seek information from financial institutions regarding starting a non-profit organization account. David Rutherford was to look into establishing bylaws and Christopher Reagan was to create minutes of the meeting 
 
5.   Event Possibilities. The date and nature of the 30th Reunion was discussed. A survey was to be created by Christopher Reagan to determine what type of event(s) possible reunion attendees were interested in attending. Discussed choices were a summer dinner/picnic vs. a fall event tied into the Turkey Tussle football game and Homecoming. Possible venues were also discussed along with the concern that cost was going to be a deciding factor for many attendees. Possible sites mentioned were the La Canada County Club, Pasadena hotels, and an event on the grounds of John Muir High School. Another possibility was to invite alumni from graduating years before and after 1979, to include all graduates who spent time at John Muir High School from fall 1975 to spring 1979.
 
            6.   Next Meeting. Thenext meeting will take place on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. in the Muir Library. 
 
            7.   Adjournment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:30 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Christopher Reagan, Secretary

 

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1979
REUNION COMMITTEE
Minutes of Meeting
Held January 10, 2009
 
            A meeting of people involved in planning the John Muir High School Class of 1979 30th Reunion was held on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at 12:00 p.m., on the campus of John Muir High School.
 
1.      Introductions. David Rutherford led the meeting, which was attended by Daren Nigsarian, Christopher Reagan, Linda Lane-White, Terry Knox, and Dionne Bradford.
 
2.      Approval of Minutes. Minutes of meeting held December 13, 2008, were approved.
 
3.   Amendment of Board. It was moved and seconded that the board of the John Muir High School Reunion Committee be amended so that Daren Nigsarian would assume the title of Vice President. The motion passed. 
 
4.   Approval of Bylaws. It was moved and seconded that the Bylaws of the John Muir High School Reunion Committee be approved. The motion passed. 
 
5.   Guest Speaker. Sanika Joshi of Kar Yá Event Planners made a presentation of the services her company offers in the planning and execution of events. This organization offers assistance in booking entertainment, negotiating prices with venues, budget planning, and marketing of the event. After her departure, those at the meeting discussed the possible advantages of hiring outside help contrasted with the financial savings of planning our event(s) ourselves. If we are to even consider doing most of the work ourselves, we will need more people on the committee to take on the numerous tasks.
 
5.   Finance Committee Report. Linda Lane-White reported on continuing efforts to set up a checking account as a nonprofit organization. A tax identification number can be obtained now that the committee has been formed and its bylaws approved. Two signatures will be needed on the account. Linda Lane-White and Dionne Bradford were appointed to be co-signers.
 
            6.   Events Committee. Daren Nigsarian has contacted venues in the area to begin compiling bids regarding price, facilities, and room rates. To hold a picnic on campus, permission and insurance must be obtained. No decisions can be made until a date has been determined.  
 
            7.   Communications Committee. Linda Lane-White is working to create a website that will allow e-mail communication with graduates. Christopher Reagan will post a survey that will gather information regarding type of event desired by graduates, as well as possible time of year and location. The website will need to offer e-mail capabilities to contact graduates and serve as a message board and information source during the planning of the event(s). The survey results will be used to help guide final decisions to be made at next meeting.
 
            8.   Other Business. It was suggested that a picnic could also offer a fundraising opportunity to benefit a campus-based organization.
 
            9.   Next Meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for February 7, 2009. At that time decisions will be made regarding types of events and time of year. Tasks will need to be identified and assigned. 
 
            10. Adjournment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:27 p.m.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 Christopher Reagan
Secretary 

 

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1979
REUNION COMMITTEE
Minutes of Meeting
Held February 7, 2009
 
            A meeting of people involved in planning the John Muir High School Class of 1979 30th Reunion was held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 12:00 p.m., on the campus of John Muir High School.
 
1.      Introductions. David Rutherford led the meeting, which was attended by Daren Nigsarian, Christopher Reagan, Linda Lane-White, Terry Knox, Dionne Bradford, Robyn Stack Reagan, Laura Travnitz, Laura Backstrom, and Mike Clark..
 
2.      Approval of Minutes. Minutes of meeting held January 10, 2009, were approved.
 
3.   Finance Committee Report. Linda Lane-White reported on continuing efforts to set up a checking account as a nonprofit organization. A tax identification number was obtained and Linda Lane-White and Dionne Bradford will be co-signers. David Rutherford offered to write a check to establish the account in order to have funds on hand for petty cash. Eventually all monies to purchase tickets to the reunion events will go into this account.
 
            4.   Events Committee. The committee members reviewed the most recent results of the survey located on the Class of 1979 website (http://www.jmhs79.com/). Of the 33 people who completed the survey, 63.6% opted for an event in the fall centered on Homecoming and the Turkey Tussle game. Using this data as a guide, the committee decided to hold the reunion in the fall. The data also showed 69.7% desiring an evening dinner/dance as well as a picnic on the campus of John Muir High School. The committee approved this recommendation. Graduates of the class of 1979 will be invited to the evening event, and graduates of the surrounding years (1976-1981) will be invited to the picnic. The survey results regarding a preference for holding the event at a hotel were inconclusive. Final dates will be dependent on the scheduling of the Turkey Tussle football game. Tentative dates are to hold the dinner on the evening of Saturday, November 14th, and the picnic on Sunday, November 15th.
 
            5.   Communications Committee. The Class of 1979 website has been up for almost a month and over 50 classmates have registered. Christopher Reagan will take the reunion survey down and draft an announcement to be posted informing visitors to the site of the decision to hold the events in the fall.
 
            6.   Other Business. At the previous meeting on January10, 2009, Frankie Connor from the class of 1968 informed the committee that liability for an on-campus picnic could be obtained using someone’s homeowner’s policy.
 
            9.   Next Meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for March 7, 2009. Tasks will need to be identified and assigned. 
 
            10. Adjournment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:44 p.m.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Christopher Reagan, Secretary

 

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1979
REUNION COMMITTEE
Minutes of Meeting
Held March 7, 2009
 
            A meeting of people involved in planning the John Muir High School Class of 1979 30th Reunion was held on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at 12:00 p.m., on the campus of John Muir High School.
 
1.      Introductions. David Rutherford led the meeting, which was attended by Christopher Reagan, Linda Lane-White, Terry Knox, Dionne Bradford, Robyn Stack Reagan, and Mike Clark.
 
2.      Approval of Minutes. Minutes of meeting held February 7, 2009, were approved.
 
3.   Finance Committee Report. Linda Lane-White reported that the checking account had not yet been established to cover nominal costs during the planning stages of the reunion events.
 
            4.   Venue Location Search Summary. The visits to three possible venues after the meeting held February 7, 2009, were discussed. The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa was viewed as being cost prohibitive. The consensus on the Sheraton was that it was nothing special and the name change did not change the fact that it was once a Holiday Inn. The Pasadena Jazz Institute located at Paseo Pasadena received the most positive response. The members appreciated its attractive cost point and its location in downtown Pasadena. Size was an issue, but the owner gave a maximum capacity well over the expected number of attendees. Additional possibilities were brought up for consideration. David Rutherford reported that he was still waiting to hear from Castle Green. The other venues suggested for consideration were the Pasadena University Club, Western Justice Center, Shakespeare Club, Altadena Town & Country Club, and the Women’s City Club. Possible visits are to be researched to follow the next committee meeting.
 
            5.   Turkey Tussle Date. The committee is operating under the belief that the Turkey Tussle football game at the Rose Bowl will be held on the Thursday or Friday before Saturday, November 14. There is no UCLA football game that weekend to conflict. The planned on-campus picnic for Sunday, November 15, could be combined with any other class’s planned reunion picnic on campus at that time. This would be the opportunity to have the Alumni Drum Corp of John Muir High School perform at an outdoor location. Ricky Meeks would be the contact person for the booking. 
 
            6.   Other Business. David Rutherford distributed a task matrix detailing jobs to be done, accompanied by start and due dates, as well as responsibilities and status. Most tasks are TBD at this point. Specific assignments are to be assigned at the next meeting of the committee.
 
9.      Next Meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for March 28, 2009. 
 
            10. Adjournment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:00 p.m.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Christopher Reagan
Secretary

 

 

 

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1979
REUNION COMMITTEE
Minutes of Meeting
Held March 28, 2009
 
            A meeting of people involved in planning the John Muir High School Class of 1979 30th Reunion was held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 12:00 p.m., on the campus of John Muir High School.
 
1.                  Introductions. David Rutherford led the meeting, which was attended by Christopher Reagan, Linda Lane-White, Terry Knox, Dionne Bradford, Robyn Stack Reagan, and Daren Nigsarian.
 
2.                  Approval of Minutes. Minutes of meeting held March 7, 2009, were approved with amendments.
 
3.            Finance Committee Report. Linda Lane-White reported that there have been no expenses to this point. Money will be needed to reserve John Muir campus for the picnic to be held on Sunday, November 15, 2009.  David Rutherford offered to write a check for $100 to establish the account. According to information provided by Jill Hawkins (JMHS Class of 1969), a proof of liability policy can be attained through an individual’s homeowner’s policy. The idea of acquiring a bond was brought up.
 
4.                  Venue Location. The committee left for a 12:30 appointment to visit the University Club at 175 N. Oakland, Pasadena, followed by a 1:30 appointment to visit the Pasadena Hilton at 168 South Los Robles Avenue.
 
5.                  Visit to University Club. The committee met with Frankie who gave a tour of the facilities. The venue offers use of their entire facility, including banquet room, patio, and lounge. There is free parking for eighty cars at the lot next door, and the Westin Hotel is one block away and can offer block room rates. Booking the venue requires the deposit of the $1000 nonrefundable rental fee. The cost of the food will be in addition to this fee, and if the no-host bar tab is over $500, there is no charge for the bartender.
 
6.           Visit to Pasadena Hilton. The committee met with Shalom Tinsley, General Manager, who gave a tour of one of their ballrooms. There is no room rental fee. Parking at the hotel is $9 to self-park and $10 for valet. Free street parking may be available. There is no fee for a bartender if the bar tab is over a certain amount. The hotel can offer a rate on a block of rooms.
 
7.            Venue Selection. After viewing the Hilton ballroom, the committee was offered use of the hotel restaurant to confer. Taking into account the venues visited today as well as those previously visited, the committee selected the University Club. In order to reserve the location, each committee member present agreed to submit $100 to Linda Lane-White, which would eventually go toward individual event costs. Linda agreed to collect money, establish checking account, and reserve venue. Daren agreed to notify Hilton of our decision to not use their facility, since they had provided a courtesy hold on the date.
 
8.            Next Meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for May 2, 2009. 
 
Adjournment. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:00 p.m.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Christopher Reagan
Secretary