Great idea: A garden party for annual meeting!

Longtime Knoxville Museum of Art supporter Barbara Bernstein at the KMA Guild’s annual meeting last month.

A non-profit organization’s annual meeting can be a pretty dry and boring affair. Trust me. I know this from being on numerous non-profit boards over the past 35 years. But, the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild turned its annual meeting into a lovely garden party. That made it a LOT better!

Guild member and avid Knoxville Museum of Art supporter Barbara Apking provided the lovely west Knoxville location in her back yard on Stone Mill Drive. By the Tracks Catering provided beautiful and creatively presented salads — and yummy desserts. And all the news was good!

The Guild reported to its members that it raised more than $200,000 for the museum last year. And guild co-presidents Judy Doyle and Gail Van Hoozier were re-elected to those posts for the coming year.

Now, let’s party!

Barbara Apking, right, hosted the KMA Guild’s annual meeting. From left, Maggie Meyers, Gay Lyons and Victoria Thomas. Maggie is the KMA’s assistant director of development.

Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director Steven Matijcio, center, with Guild co-presidents Judy Doyle, left, and Gail Van Hoozier.

The all important “gathering” time.

From left, Teressia Blair, Jane Venable, Janet Greer, Susan French, Joan Pinkley, and Cathy Briscoe.

I loved the lilacs that were lined up on the tables! Perfect touch.

From left, Carol Coode, Kelly Headden, and Leslie Parent.

From left, Sandy Blevins-Steer, Diane Duncan, and Jane Creed.

From left, Susan Hawthorne, Wendy Ellis, and Mary Morris.

Kay Leibowitz, left, and Robin Turner.

Steve Drevik and Pandy Anderson.

Jon Agazzi and Sheena McCall found a comfy spot on the back porch!

From left, Jan Crawford, Joyce Simms, and Carol Coode.

From left, Susan O’Toole, Margaret Rodgers, and Susan Farris.

KMA Executive Director Steven Matijcio with LeAnne Dougherty, left, and Linda Royston.

Susan Hyde, left, and Janice Slyman.

I thought the salad presentation was pretty smart! They were in plastic containers, which made delivery easy. But aren’t they pretty with the twine and the rosemary sprigs?


The presentation part of the program was during and after lunch, which made it relatively painless!

Desserts were brownies and key lime tart bites.

We just passed the plates of desserts around.

Geri Muse making remarks.

Congrats to Judy Doyle and Gail Van Hoozier on being re-elected co-presidents.


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9 Responses to Great idea: A garden party for annual meeting!

  1. Barbara Apking, on June 4th, 2024 at 10:53 am said:

    Thanks for coming and creating a lovely memory of the event!
    $200, a lot to celebrate from whence we came……I remember the days of $25k being a big deal and a very good haul in a year. Those were the days when you had to be invited to join The Guild and now we are open to any and all regardless of age or persuasion.PS a big thanks to Mother Nature for holding her tears to the day before and after!

  2. Kathy Brennan, on June 4th, 2024 at 1:29 pm said:

    Thank you Barbara for hosting a fun and very important meeting. So sorry I missed this lovely event.
    CONGRATULATIONS to all who helped raise the money!!!

  3. Cynthia Moxley, on June 4th, 2024 at 3:01 pm said:

    Barbara: Thanks for turning an annual meeting into a fun event! You are right — the weather was perfect! But so was everything else! Great job.

    Kathy: You go to so many community events, that it’s understandable if you have to miss one every now and then! See you at the next one!

  4. Sheena McCall, on June 4th, 2024 at 3:51 pm said:

    A delightful party, in a beautiful garden for a great organization!

  5. Cynthia Moxley, on June 4th, 2024 at 8:55 pm said:

    Sheena: I know, right? What more could you wish for on a Thursday afternoon? Great seeing you and Jon!

  6. Gay Lyons, on June 4th, 2024 at 9:40 pm said:

    It was a lovely party, perhaps the most delightful annual meeting ever. Perfect weather to enjoy Barbara’s garden and good friends while celebrating the Guild and all it does to support the KMA.

  7. John D Barbarino, on June 5th, 2024 at 3:36 pm said:

    What is nice are the annual seeds sown in spring summer. This group looks like it could handle rain and make it all positively fun. Excellent report and photos. Brava!

  8. Rusha K Sams, on June 6th, 2024 at 9:08 am said:

    What an awesome accomplishment: raising $200,000! Thanks for all your effort and creativity!

  9. Cynthia Moxley, on June 6th, 2024 at 10:04 am said:

    Gay: Right! A win on all fronts!

    Rusha: Agree about the great accomplishment. And, remember, that doesn’t even count money raised at L’Amour du Vin, the KMA’s biggest fundraiser! Happy to see them thrive.

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