August 11, 2019 ZA Board/Village Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2019 Village Meeting, Zimfest Association Board Synopsis

Board Members in Attendance: Chris Halaska, Daniel Lockley, Mandy Walker-LaFollette, Alex Weeks, Janis Weeks
Board Members Absent: Jacqueline Fallon, Tendai Muparutsa
Non-voting Board member in attendance: Claire Jones

Lucky Moyo and Michael Sibanda opened with a birthday song involving all meeting attendees..

Approx. 270 registrations – 2019
Approx. 420 registrations – 2018

26 festivals in 28 years!

Board meetings are the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Fundraising – Travel Fellowships for Zimbabwean guests

  1. Returning Teacher – Michael Sibanda
  2. New Teacher – Tafadzwa Gapara

Thank yous to the board, organizing committee and tech. committee

Peter and Paul Quilt Project raffle

Claire – Appreciations


Outside of Olympia, WA
Dates: July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020
Even years only at Evergreen?
Will be more expensive than WOU

Patience – 4 ‘orphaned’ nieces and nephews, ⅓ of kids at school are orphans. Thank yous to Kutsinhira.

Benita Tarupiwa, Josephat Mandaza. Bought instruments for 6 girls.

Marilyn K – Working Visas

P – US agent applies on behalf
Q – cultural organizations apply
Working visas, tour US, make money, universities and communities, teach, presentations
Dana Moffett
Musicians Union letter
Cost approx. $1K
Homeland Security State Dept. – interview in Harare
Can come every two years on a Q visa
Artists from abroad – Marilyn K has links

Certificates to Zimbabweans

Alex – attendance down 40%
Liaison with youth festival?
Young people are stepping forward
Parker volunteers
Forum for discussion to follow Dandemutande forum

LA Studio – Recording Facility can put up people (but terrible at organization)

Encourage school groups – Evening stage