NAAE Board of Directors Conference Call
April 17, 2003

The NAAE Board of Directors conducted a conference call on April 17, 2003. All members of the board and the executive director participated in the call including: Sarah Osborn Welty (MD), President; Roger Teeple (NC), President Elect; Allan Sulser (UT), Region I Vice President; Larry Long (OK), Region II Vice President; Paul Larson (WI), Region III Vice President; Jeff Maierhofer (IL), Region IV Vice President; Lee James (MS), Region V Vice President; Terry Hughes (NY), Region VI Vice President; and Jay Jackman (VA), Executive Director. The minutes of the meeting are as follows.

1. Call to Order—President Sarah Osborn Welty called the meeting to order at 3:47 p.m. and welcomed the board members to the meeting.

2. Agenda—Sarah Osborn Welty asked for additional agenda items not included in the agenda she e-mailed to the board. Additional items added included the proposal for NAAE government relations from Gordley Associates and the Communications for Agricultural Education task force from The Council. Roger Teeple moved, Paul Larson seconded, to approve the agenda with flexibility to change as necessary. The motion carried.

3. Minutes from the February 2003 NAAE Board Meeting—Two corrections were made to the February 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9, 2003 NAAE Board Meeting minutes. Paul Larson moved, Larry Long seconded, to approve the minutes, as corrected, of the February 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9, 2003 NAAE Board Meeting. The motion carried.

4. 2003-04 NAAE Budget—The board reviewed and discussed the NAAE budget for July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. Paul Larson moved, Larry Long seconded, to approve the budget as presented. The motion carried.

5. Convention Planning Issues—By general consensus, it was agreed that printed citations for all NAAE award recipients would be distributed at the 2003 NAAE Convention rather than having the citations read aloud by the regional vice presidents. This change is being made to allow time in the general sessions for a joint session between NAAE and AAAE. The joint session will feature a keynote speaker (Gil Meyer from DuPont) and a symposium on teacher mentoring presented by AAAE. The Ideas Unlimited award presentations will be added to the first general session and the Teacher Mentor award presentations will be made during the joint session (to fit in with the teacher mentoring symposium). It was also agreed that board members would send to the NAAE office any suggestions for a keynote speaker for the first general session within two weeks after this conference call.

6. Membership Update—Roger Teeple led the board in reviewing the current membership report. Roger Teeple encouraged board members to make needed contacts with their respective state leaders to get any additional NAAE members for 2002-03 reported to the NAAE office.

7. Gordley Associates Proposal—The board reviewed a proposal from Gordley Associates, a Washington, D.C. based government relations corporation, to represent NAAE on government relations issues. The proposal would cost NAAE $77,000 per year for representation on three issues including Perkins authorizations and appropriations, USDA SPEC grants, and SEPA. The board decided to present this proposal to NAAE members at the regional meetings this spring and summer and to postpone a decision on this proposal until the July 2003 board meeting.

8. Council Project “Communications for Agricultural Education”—Roger Teeple presented a report on the development of a Council task force to address communications for agricultural education. The focus of the proposal is to energize and empower local agricultural educators and their local stakeholders to get involved in influencing decision makers at all levels. The current issue on Perkins is an important issue to be addressed at this time; however, the task force will address issues in both the long-term and short-term. Roger Teeple agreed to send a copy of the proposal to the NAAE board members and he asked board members to suggest NAAE members to serve on the task force.

9. Illinois Association Letter Regarding Future Dates and Location of the NAAE Convention—Sarah Osborn Welty informed the board of a letter she received from the Illinois Association stating their concern that the NAAE convention should continue to be held in conjunction with the ACTE convention in December. Jay Jackman will send a copy of the letter to board members.

10. Adjournment—With no further business to transact at this time, Jeff Maierhofer moved, Paul Larson seconded, to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried. President Sarah Osborn Welty adjourned the conference call meeting at 5:25 p.m.