1. Welcome - Dr. Larry Case called the roll.
MeeCee Baker welcomed the group.
2. Update on National Agricultural Education
Headquarters - Larry Case reported that the lease between
the ag ed groups (FFA, The Council, and NVATA) and the American Vocational
Association has been signed. We are now working on things such
as signage for the headquarters office. The office layout has
been agreed to. Jay Jackman indicated his approval of the lease
arrangements. He stated he was comfortable with the arrangements
and felt this was a great thing for NVATA.
Larry Case also reported that the white paper on career clusters commissioned
by USDE would be completed by the AVA convention in December.
He is continuing to work with Trish McNeil, Assistant Secretary
for Vocational and Adult Education at USDE, on agricultural educations
relationship with USDA. Ms. McNeil has indicated her potential interest
in bringing in the Environmental Protection Agency as another federal
partner with ag ed. Ms.
McNeil will attend the AVA/NVATA conventions.
In response to our invitation, she has indicated her interest
in addressing the agricultural educators at one of our general sessions.
In response to a question from MeeCee Baker, Larry Case indicated
the lease on the new location for the ag ed headquarters begins in April
1, 1998. Our anticipated move will be in
concert with FFAs move in Indianapolis probably around
mid-May to mid-June 1998.
3. Introduction of Connie Tyler
Jay Jackman welcomed Connie Tyler as the new NVATA membership coordinator. Connie formerly worked with the
National FFA Alumni Association.
She started her employment at NVATA on October 1, 1997.
She will be working part-time about three days per week.
Her primary responsibility will be handling NVATA membership
matters. She will assist with other projects
4. Membership Update
Jackman presented a membership update.
To date, there are approximately 3,822 members for the 1997-98
membership year. States that have not yet reported
membership to NVATA to date are as follows:
Region IAlaska, Arizona (students reported, actives not reported),
Idaho; Region IIArkansas, Colorado, Kansas; Region IIIIowa,
Minnesota; Region IVKentucky; Region VAlabama, Florida;
and Region VIConnecticut, Maine, Rhode Island.
8. NVATA Convention Items
the question of the overhead cost charged against the auction proceeds
(which are used to fund the upper division scholarships), Marc Beitia
moved to use the first $500 for overhead cost, divide the remaining
dollars by 500 to determine the number of $500 scholarships to award,
and to escrow the remainder and use it in the next years upper
division scholarship program. Linda Rist seconded the motion.
The motion carried.
12. NVATA Auction
was agreed that Regions I and II would bring one item per state for
the auction at the 1997 NVATA Convention and that the other regions
would bring one item per region.
no further business to transact, the conference call was adjourned at