Business Board Meeting November 25th, 2020

1. Call to Order

Chair, Mike Moore, called the meeting to order at: 7:50 pm Eastern

2. Roll

Present: Scott Steiskal, Afton Benson, Aslynne Howes, Chris Garcia, Martin Frost, Matan Presberg, Eric Shibuya, Amy Wieliczka, Mike Moore, Ross Berenson

Absent: None

Recorder: Eric


3. Approval of Agenda

Motion: Aslynne

Second by: Matan

Discussion: None

Vote: Motion passes unanimously

4. Approval of Minutes: 

Business Board Meeting (LINK)

Motion: Matan

Second: Aslynne

Discussion: None

Vote: Motion passes unanimously


5. Reports 

Please keep verbal reports to 5 min or less except for festival discussion.


2021 Festival Report (Ross Berenson)


Ross: Not much to report yet. Team has been organized. from Pushing for a virtual festival. 

Afton: See Fest report for details on financial liabilities for the festival. Theater might not give deposit back. We would currently owe Hyatt 70% of the booked room block, but Afton is in negotiation to work out other options. (See report). It is possible the Orpheum Theatre will be closed completely. We will lose the Orpheum deposit ($3750) if we cancel, and likely if they close. Afton will ask Justin (Hyatt) to write out the waiver so we can review it. We should cancel the Drury Hotel in any case.

Mike: Possibility of turning this into a small regional festival? Very dependent on state of affairs Re: COVID. 

2021 Festival Report 11.2020

Ross: For an e-fest, could do…

Profit-shares with designer (t-shirt designs going through Teespring)
Master class-style thing: $100 with $50 to instructor leader, IJA gets remainder ($75 for IJA members)
Team: Afton, Noel, Ross, Shivella, Paris
Two shows with smaller budgets

Ross has concerns over hiring performers for live shows/live festival, IJA would not be able to match what they would get for an actual gig (if we are back to that). Ross would be interested in streaming aspects of the festival out. 

Afton: Should we cancel at the Drury hotel?

Unanimous board approval of cancellation of Drury hotel

Scheduled Dec 9th at 7:00 pm EST with potential cancellation as a big part of meeting

Financial Report (Afton Benson)

Discussion: Afton: teespring revenue still coming in, new products to be released in time for holidays. 

Q3 and 4 numbers coming soon, likely deficit

2020 Festival P&L 


eJuggle Report (Scott Seltzer)

Discussion: Eric: I have taken up Scott’s offer to help copy edit articles for Ejuggle (mostly Esteban’s). We have negotiated 1 year’s IJA membership for every four (4) articles I edit. 


Membership (Marilyn Sullivan)
Membership Data



Marketing Report (Erin Stephens/Matan Presberg)


Matan: struggling to have meeting due to Erin being 8 hours ahead.  But will soon!


IRC Report (Erin Stephens)



YJA Report (Galen Harp)



6. Motions for Consideration


Author :
Motion :
Second : 

Discussion : 


Vote :
In favour:
Oppose :
Abstain :
Result : 


7. Varia:

Received email (added Tuesday):
It occurs to me that it would be great for the IJA to use its tax exempt status to run some sort of fund to help out struggling jugglers these days. I’m thinking small and extremely simple to operate, like giving micro loans (a few hundred dollars) to any juggler with a story who requests it, and not worry about when/if the loans are paid back.

I’d be happy to donate seed money for such a fund, and encourage others to donate.

Afton: would have to look into legality.  Concerned about metrics of how we would decide who would get it.

Eric: Ripe for corruption and other potential problems

Aslynne: Rings alarm bells, especially about loan forgiveness

Afton: If they do pay it back, does it become a general donation?

Ross: Messy area to get into.  Could get people into the habit of expecting loans/grants

Martin: Seems like a can of worms

Scott: potential for using funds to hire people for work for IJA? (Clarification: they would be contractors, not employees). 

Afton: Earmarking the donation to IJA operating funds (for translating articles or other stuff) is definitely possible. 

Martin: It could be useful to better spread the word that we can advertise for jugglers’ events (shows, workshops, etc,) via IJA networks. 

Mike: will write back to them saying:

  • Concerned about the metrics of decision-making for who receives the $$
  • Suggest alternative places to put money
  • Using funds for new projects

Virtual Juggling Hangout (needs newsletter and facebook event posts)

8. Confirm Next Meeting

Next meetings will take place on…

7:00 pm on Dec 9th for the next business meeting

Other meeting potentially pending


9. Adjournment

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