1996-97 NVATA Board
NVATA Board Conference
January 24, 1997
On January 24, 1997, the NVATA Board of Directors
conducted a conference call from 3:30 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. Eastern. All
board members except for Russell Watson were on the call. Jay Jackman
and Larry Case were also on the call. The minutes of the conference
call are as follows:
- MeeCee Baker welcomed everyone to the call.
- Dr. Case indicated that he had turned in MeeCeešs
name to get an invitation to attend Secretary Rileyšs address on the
state of education in the United States.
- Dr. Case gave an overview of the Agricultural
Education Career Cluster. It is still in proposal form, but he feels
the approval is forthcoming. The meeting is scheduled tentatively
for July 8-9, l997. The Assistant Secretary of USDE would like an
overall foundation meeting to define career cluster, prior to the
July meeting. Some questions that need to be addressed are: How useful
will this be to you in the field? What would it mean for states? How
would curriculum and teacher training be impacted?
- Dr. Case also discussed the National FFA Headquarters
Office. He stated an action memo has been submitted to the Assistant
Secretary of USDE for approval of the clarification of location of
the national headquarters. As of this time, no decision has been made
on the memo. It is being reviewed by lawyers. Dr. Case stated that
he would be discussing the proposal for the national headquarters
in executive session during the upcoming FFA board meeting. He hopes
to have a decision by February.
- MeeCee reported the following:
- Tom Kremer will represent NVATA at the
PAS Conference in March.
- The spring board meeting is scheduled
for March 13-15, 1997 in Washington.
- Jay has been asked to submit two proposals
for consideration to the FFA Foundation: (1) sponsorship for the
golden anniversary; and (2) sponsorship for an outstanding postsecondary
- A committee has been appointed to begin
work on the fiftieth anniversary. Anyone who wants to help will
be welcome. Dick Aide will chair.
- The summer board meeting is scheduled
for July 10-12, 1997 in Washington.
- It was suggested that a representative
from Forrest T. Jones address the board at the next board meeting
about the professional liability insurance program.
- New business cards are needed for MeeCee,
Duane, Paul, Linda, and Russell.
- Roger Teeple has resigned as Region V
alternate vice president.
- Discussion was opened concerning the board
decision to begin an Outstanding Postsecondary Program Award this
year - with or without a sponsor. Board members expressed concerns
that to go forward with the new program without a sponsor would mean
that awardees would not be eligible for the expense-paid trip to the
convention to receive the award. It was agreed to seek sponsorship
for the new program; however, in the meantime, NVATA will recognize
a Postsecondary All-Star Team (plaque recognition only) using the
same application as is used for the existing Outstanding Program award.
Postsecondary programs will continue to be eligible for the existing
award until sponsorship is secured for the new awards program. After
both programs are sponsored, one program will be open to postsecondary
and adult programs only and the other program will be open to secondary
and lower-level programs only.
- A question was raised about the Honorary American
FFA Degree for Teachers application. The FFA board will discuss this
at the upcoming FFA board meeting.
- Jay opened discussion on the following:
- MBNA has pre-approved NVATA for an Affinity
Credit Card program as a membership benefit. By general consensus,
Jay was authorized to pursue this opportunity.
- NVATA has been approached by a company
to assist with the promotion of an all-written nationwide parliamentary
procedure contest, based on the developeršs materials. Board consensus
was to not pursue this.
- Dale Crabtree has information about commodity
marketing activity workshops, presented by the Stewart-Peterson
Advisory Group. If states or regions are interested in these workshops,
- Jim Scott has requested mailing labels
of selected NVATA members to receive information about economics
workshops for teachers and students. There was no objection to
providing the labels to Jim.
- Kevin Keith has invited NVATA to help
promote and manage a project, stemming from Local Program Success,
to collect from ag teachers the best practices of SAE programs.
The incentive is a $100.00 award for up to 100 ag teachers who
submit an entry. By general consensus, it was agreed to pursue
- The conference call ended at 4:35 p.m. Eastern.