Upcoming Meetings

Special Mini-Meeting on January 20

Last year, we voted to move ahead with the filing of the IRS paperwork so we could become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the course of 2017, we also voted on two new Bylaws (a Conflict of Interest Policy and a Dissolution Clause) that were a required part of the paperwork, and we also voted on submitting the $850 application fee.

On January 12, we received some good news about our 501(c)(3) application!  The IRS has reviewed our application, and has asked us to make a small change to our Bylaws.  In order for us to proceed with the filing, we need to make an addition to Article II, Section 1 (the Purpose statement), which currently reads as follows:

“The San Diego Bead Society provides the community an educational resource in the artistic, historical, and intercultural significance of beads and related crafts.”

The IRS has asked that we add the following paragraph to this section of our Bylaws:

“Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.”

We would like to vote on this recommended change at our January 20 meeting so we can move forward with our application. In keeping with Article V, Section 3, of our Bylaws, which requires seven days’ notice before an emergency meeting, we will have a short five- to ten-minute mini-meeting at 10:30 to vote on this proposed change before the regular meeting begins.

Since we need two-thirds of our General members for a vote to amend our Bylaws, please be sure to attend next Saturday’s meeting.

If you have any questions at all about this change or have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at sdbeadsociety@gmail.com.

Thank you all for your help in this important matter! 


Our January 20 Speaker: Kinga Nichols

“On Inspiration”

 

Kinga Nichols was born in Hungary in 1980. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbaby, Samantha Regina Nichols. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga’s best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, i.e., painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but  she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a BNB magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and the obsession took over.

After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming,and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.

Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith. Then, followed BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and, and in 2014, 3rd place in the Swarovski category and a book feature in Marcia DeCoster Presents, 2014. In 2015, she won first place in the crystal category in BeadDreams.

If you’d like to learn more about Kinga Nichols before her presentation, please visit her Etsy website at:

https://www.etsy.com/people/crimsonfrog

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