City of Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration Committee
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 4:00 PM Huntington Central Library Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Members Present: Art Aviles, Ralph Bauer, Corky Bennish, Connie Boardman, Keith Bohr, Stephen Bone, Garry Brown, Margie Bunten, Gil Coerper, Debbie Cook, Shirley Dettloff, Duane Dishno, Bill Ellis, Bob Ewing, Mike Grumet, Steve Holden, Don MacAllister, Jerry Person, Peggy Price, Joyce Riddell, Diane Ryan, Ron Shenkman, Mary Lou Shattuck, Dave Sullivan, Dean Torrance, and Joel Watkins Brett Barnes, Barbara Delgleize, John Erskine, Janis Mantini, Pat Rogers, Pat Stier, and Doug Traub Keith Bohr and Gil Coerper – present; Debbie Cook – absent. Kate Hoffman, Janeen Laudenback, Laurie Payne and Linda Suraci
Council Liaisons: Staff Present:
Meeting Notes — By Committee consensus, the Meeting Notes of March 19, 2008, were approved as written and distributed. . Update on Rose Bowl Float and Next Steps — Laurie Payne informed committee members that the City has been officially invited to have a float in the 2009 Rose Parade. City officials, staff and Centennial Committee co-chairs will attend an orientation on May 15 for new entry participants. Laurie has been contacted by the five float builders approved by the Tournament of Roses, and the Centennial Committee will interview three of them for committee consensus to select the one to build the City’s float. Monthly Subcommittee Member Reports — Co-chairs thanked subcommittees for providing written reports, and asked for verbal reports from each month’s representatives. January / Centennial Ball — Mary Lou Shattuck reported her group’s ideas for planning the Centennial Ball at the Hyatt Hotel, January 31, 2009. She questioned the number of people targeted to attend the Ball, and co-chairs indicated that the ballroom would hold 1,200 persons. She identified anticipated costs of printing and postage associated with mass mailing the invitations. Co-chairs requested her subcommittee solicit printing services from local Huntington Beach companies, and that “green” principles be used for paper, production and materials. Discussion ensued regarding whether to include a Silent/Live Auction at the Ball, and the possibility of providing “tax deduction” status benefits for Ball activities, if pursued. Laurie Payne offered to verify the City’s position on this issue. It is anticipated that designated funds from this event will help fund events throughout the year. Committee consensus agreed to include a silent auction in the lower level, Mariners Hall, which would not compete with or take away from the Ball’s anticipated, elite event.
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January — February / History — Diane Ryan reported her group’s ideas as follows: displaying an historical exhibition at the Art Center from mid–January to mid-February; celebrating 100 years of history might include taking a “traveling van” of information to schools, malls, and other community venues throughout the city; scrolling Centennial Committee moments on Channel 3; special banners displayed on main streets throughout the city, dedications of various 100-year old structures/buildings - tied to creating a scavenger hunt of trivia to travel from one building to another. Laurie informed committee members that the City would finance a video that documents its 100th anniversary. Committee consensus was to include less narration and lots of photos for successful video productions; existing video clips were solicited to be forwarded to Laurie. Co-chairs asked Joel Watkins and Jerry Person to take the lead on creating recognition of the City’s founding fathers to also be acknowledged in January. February / Public Service — Currently being formulated. March / Education — Margie Bunten reported her group’s ideas that included: dividing March into four separate weeks of events – the first week to highlight elementary schools with age-appropriate activities such as scout functions; the second week would highlight middle school activities; the third week featuring high school activities, and the last week featuring college activities, including an adult education program. April / Environmental — Connie Boardman reported her group’s ideas that included: inviting local environmental groups to an upcoming meeting where ideas/concepts could be defined; having an environmental lecture series with guest speakers that could lead up to an Earth Day celebration; a Walk to 100 species of birds, and planting 100 trees. All ideas will be better defined after the upcoming meeting and brought to the next Centennial meeting. Co-chair Shenkman announced an invitational letter from Rainbow Disposal’s co-president and CEO, inviting the entire community to an open house celebration of “A World Beyond Waste,” scheduled for April 19, 2009, at Rainbow’s facility on Nichols Street. Shuttle buses will be provided to shuttle people to and from the event a significant day of celebration with 2,000 people anticipated. May / Tourism and Hospitality – Shirley Dettloff reported her group’s ideas that included: working with all local publications, including surrounding areas, to publish Centennial celebration stories with involvement by the press/media; the Conference and Visitors Bureau Guide will be dedicated to the Centennial celebratory events, the kiosk on the pier will provide complementary handouts, including all photo content tied to Centennial celebrations and the Bureau’s website for marketing all events; the Bureau is researching ways to provide local outreach, including drawing 100 random names at a City Council meeting, and presenting gift certificates to local retailers, restaurants, hotels; efforts were identified to update a video with Laurie, and working with Kate Hoffman at the Art Center to display a photo exhibition that illustrates 100 years of tourism and hospitality; the possibility of providing guided city tours led by the Bureau to highlight the importance of the city. The subcommittee will continue to meet and refine ideas. Laurie Payne offered subcommittee members to consult with the City’s historian and archivist. June / Diversity — Ralph Bauer reported his group’s ideas that included: involving the Human Relations Task Force in the subcommittee’s next meeting; involving young people since they are far ahead in terms of thinking about diversity. He discussed getting schools involved in having an essay content on possibly, “What Diversity Means to Me,” or an artistic effort by young adults; possibly the Human Relations Task Force to sponsor a field trip that would include interacting with other cultures. The subcommittee will urge Central Library, the Playhouse and Art Center to consider all aspects of diversity, including the Huntington Beach Read One Program that might
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encourage a book read for diversity. He mentioned that he left a message for the Human Relations Commission’s Executive Director to explore further ideas. He discussed the potential of illustrating points of diversity through movies and possibly incorporating movie events to celebrate diversity. Co-chairs and Laurie discussed broadcasting and tapings of events by the HB TV-3 local access channel, which would include documentation of “early” planning meetings by the Centennial Committee, the various subcommittee meetings, ending with celebratory events. July / Business — Joyce Riddell reported her group’s ideas that included: hosting a large mixer event possibly at the sports complex, similar to the annual Orange County business mixer; she also brought an actual prototype of a four-sided banner display stand, designed by H.B, Digital, that would showcase four local businesses on each stand. The actual stand was described as 8feett tall, and to showcase “100” local businesses (earlier and current), 25 stands would be ordered for placement at strategic locations throughout the city. Financial assistance to build the prototypes, as well as sponsorship opportunities by local businesses, were discussed. More refined ideas will be presented at the next Centennial meeting. August / Sports — Dave Sullivan reported his group’s ideas that included: two events for consideration - one at the beach that will be discussed by Brett Barnes at the next meeting, and one or two other “sports day” events at the sports complex, such as All-Star AYSO soccer game(s), and possibly North vs. South All-Star girls softball game; possibly a Golden West College girls’ softball clinic for young players; a possible football passing league game played during the summer that might include the City’s two original high schools (Huntington Beach vs. Marina) during a sports exhibition day; possible event at the Equestrian Center; and possible event at the new Aquatic Center at Golden West College. September / Art, Music and Culture — Kate Hoffman reported her group’s ideas that included: striping the Jazz Festival in the Park event during the first week in September, to hold a Centennial concert to include performances by the Golden West College Jazz Band, the Performing Arts Band and other artists; the second weekend in September (with the closure of Main Street), have hundreds or even thousands surfboards displayed in the sand to create a panoramic photo taken from the air, for display at the Art Center. Mary Lou Shattuck discussed the annual Plein Air Painting Festival held at the Art Center, and ways to tie Centennial events into that celebration; on Sunday, chalk art event would be featured, including 20 artists using 10’ by 10’ spaces for creations and participated by children on temporary surfaces to be exhibited at the Art Center; on Saturday, September 26, a Golden Bear reunion is envisioned to include local entertainers from the past to perform. October / Faith-Based Community — Peggy Price reported her group’s ideas that included: establishing the number of houses of worship within the city; on-line timelines of dates each house of worship began in Huntington Beach; invite each major house of worship to tape a 3-minute clip (with the help of HB TV-3) to chronicle the faith community for a one-time presentation in October; incorporate an online request to all faith communities to contact the 100 years of faith “button” at the Centennial’s link on the City’s website; request of H.B. Interfaith Council to move the Procession of Light to October (next year only), to invite other faith communities that are not members to participate in an all-day, citywide celebration at Pier Plaza; host a 100-Years of Faith breakfast at a local venue; ask KOCE to produce a program that heralds 100 years of faith. Financial assistance was discussed for the faith-based subcommittee.
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October / Beach Party — Mike Grumet reported his group’s ideas that included: a recent meeting held with various key City employees from Marine Safety and parking to discuss a citywide beach party with local concert entertainment on the first Saturday in October. The committee’s ideas include (1) buying out the parking structure and additional spaces (totaling 3,000 spaces), to provide parking for party guests (targeted at 6,000-10,000 persons); (2) beach party pre-sale tickets (rain or shine) were discussed that would include parking and food; (3) a fireworks display with estimated costs of $50,000; (4) advertising the party as “no alcohol” allowed; (5) taking a 100year photo from the air of all beach party guests standing on the pier; (6) a helicopter rescue exhibition; and (7) local bands, hot dogs, bon fires, sand castle contest, surf lessons, familyoriented games, and kite flying. Several additional issues were identified as: offering food sales first to local concessionaires; arranging the concert stage to face the ocean to mitigate event sound from surrounding residents, special permits required, and other infrastructure issues for consideration. November / Community-Based Organizations — Don MacAllister reported his group’s ideas that included: research of 70 clubs identified in Huntington Beach; currently contacting the clubs and working closely with larger community-based clubs like Kiwanis, Lyons, Soroptimist and Rotary; suggested that the service clubs offer manpower services to all the various events to be held; meetings are being scheduled over the next 60 days to form an action plan for the clubs’ involvement to be active on the subcommittee. Dave Sullivan suggested having an expo of all community organizations to have a booth and Bill Ellis suggested having community-based programs that travel to all events, highlighting celebrating 100 years of community- based and business-based organizations. Corky Bennish advised committee members that he has a meeting scheduled with artist Keiko Matsui this Sunday night to discuss booking her to perform at the Centennial Ball on January 31. December / Celebrating 100 Years of Community — Laurie discussed an email she received from Pat Stier, reporting her group’s ideas that included: a celebration that might include “12 Months of Centennial Celebrations” to be captured on a mini-documentary and put together on DVDs for sale; a holiday party at Bella Terra with each month represented by a child who was active in respective months’ events. Connie Boardman asked if the Fundraising Committee Report could be the first item of discussion at the next Committee meeting agenda. Co-chairs provided a brief report of activity, and discussed the scope as not yet specifically defined, and indicated that a written report would be provided at next meeting. In addition, co-chairs asked subcommittee groups to bring back budgetary needs for planned events and how much would be self generated and how much needed from the Committee. Unanimous Committee consensus was voiced to favorably support the ideas as presented today by subcommittee groups. Adjournment at 5:34 p.m., to Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., at Huntington Central Library, Meeting Rooms C and D.