NORTH AURORA DAYS
COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Monday, May 9, 2022
Call to Order
Mark Gaffino called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.
Mark Gaffino, Robyn Stecklein, Jessi Watkins, Julie Shoemaker, Holly O’Brien, Lynn Miller, Steve Bosco, and Chris Wagner.
Approval of Minutes
Jessi Watkins made a motion to approve the April 11, 2022 meeting minutes, which was seconded by Lynn Miller.
Motion to Approve: All in Favor
1. Discussion of North Aurora Days 2022
Chris Wagner provided updates on food vendors, entertainment, sponsorships and various logistics that staff had been working on since the previous meeting. Arrangements had been set for the ATM, softball fields, bags tournament through the school district, and inflatables for the sponsor area and interest forms for volunteers. Staff inquired if the Lions club planned to have the hearing test trailer at the event, but it had not yet been secured.
Mayor Gaffino stated that staff could do a social media post regarding the bands for North Aurora days, Chris Wagner replied that staff would do that. Committee members discussed the idea of having an animal show or petting zoo at the event. Staff stated the logistical and timing issues with various aspects of having animals in the park concurrent with other activities. Watkins spoke in favor of having another activity to appeal to a wider age group of kids. Holly O’Brien agreed with the staff comments that animals or another activity may compete with the library programming, but a roving entertainer of some sort may work. Mayor Gaffino agreed that a roving entertainer may be more appropriate than a separate activity and perhaps match the theme of the library program.
Administrator Bosco stated that staff would bring a more detailed booth layout at the next meeting as sponsorships are received. The layout may change based on electric availability and lighting needs.
Committee members heard an update on the beer tent progress and that only a single year purchase commitment was desired for 2022.
Administrator Bosco discussed the need for volunteers for the fishing derby and Lynn Miller suggested reaching out to the Bass Fishing Team at West Aurora High School. An overview of the Touch a Truck participants was discussed along with the anticipated equipment showing.
With no further discussion, Robyn Stecklein made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:54 pm, which was seconded by Jessi Watkins.
Motion to Adjourn: All in Favor