2001 NAAE Convention—Business Sessions Minutes
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, December 12, 2001

During the first session of the 2001 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, NAAE President Paul Jaure presented the report of the NAAE board nominating committee.  Bryan Gause was nominated for 2001-02 NAAE President.  Sue Poland, Sarah Osborn Welty, and Russell Watson were nominated for 2001-02 NAAE President Elect. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2001

During the second session of the 2001 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, by general consensus, nominations were closed and these individuals were placed officially in nomination for the respective offices:  Bryan Gause for 2001-02 NAAE President; and Sue Poland, Sarah Osborn Welty, and Russell Watson for 2001-02 NAAE President Elect.

Saturday, December 15, 2001

During the final session of the 2001 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, the following business was transacted.

President Paul Jaure called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m.

Paul Jaure introduced Jana Jaure (IN) to present the invocation.

Paul Jaure seated the official convention delegates and established the counts needed for majority and two-thirds majority votes.  There were 155 official voting delegates present.  For a majority, 78 votes would be needed; for a two-thirds majority, 104 votes would be needed.

Paul Jaure appointed Harold Eckler (MO) to be parliamentarian.

Paul Jaure announced that the Committee of Tellers would be Dean McKee (chair) (OK), Elaine Lewis (WA), Naomi Knight (MD), and Bill Newsome (TN).

Paul Jaure then called for voting by ballot for 2001-02 NAAE president elect.  Following the voting, the tellers were excused to count the votes.

While the tellers were counting the votes, the presentation of committee reports began, as follows:

Finance—Chairperson Ted Ainsworth (MS) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried

Policy and Bylaws—Chairperson Greg Curlin (IN) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

Greg Curlin (IN) moved, Jim Craft (IL) seconded, to adopt NAAE Bylaws Amendment Proposal #1, to make Article III Sec. 2(a) of the NAAE Bylaws read as follows:

Article III  MEMBERSHIP
Sec. 2. Class of Members.  Qualifications and privileges of each type of membership shall be defined as follows:

            (a)     Active Membership—shall be defined as persons professionally qualified to teach agriculture or any course related thereto which requires an understanding and knowledge of agriculture in K-adult or any postsecondary public and/or private institutions or state staff and who are members of affiliated state associations of agricultural education.

The motion to amend the NAAE Bylaws carried unanimously.

Greg Curlin (IN) moved, Scott Page (IL) seconded, to adopt NAAE Bylaws Amendment Proposal #2, to make Article IV Sec. 5 of the NAAE Bylaws read as follows:

Article IV  OFFICERS
Sec. 5. Officers shall be elected from the active membership.  In case any officers cease to be an active member, they may continue to serve in that office until the next annual meeting provided they remain in the field of education.  In the event an officer leaves the field of agricultural education, the office shall be declared vacant and filled as follows:

(a)     In the case of the Vice President, the Alternate from that Region shall immediately take office and serve until the next annual meeting at which time the Region shall elect a Vice President to serve the remaining unexpired term.

(1)         In the event that the Alternate resigns or ascends to the Office of Vice President, the Region shall elect an Alternate to serve until the next annual meeting.
(2)         In the event that both the Vice President and the Alternate resign, the Region shall elect temporary officers to serve until the next annual meeting.

(b)     In the case of the President, the Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint a successor from their own members, it being understood, however, that this appointment shall be to fill out the unexpired term and shall not affect any officer rotation between Regions.

(c)     In the case of the President-Elect, the Board of Directors shall declare the office vacant until the next annual meeting.

The motion to amend the NAAE Bylaws carried unanimously.

Greg Curlin (IN) moved, Michelle Koverman (OH) seconded, to adopt NAAE Bylaws Amendment Proposal #3, to make Article IV Sec. 4(a) of the NAAE Bylaws read as follows:

Article IV  OFFICERS
Sec. 4. The Board of Directors shall act as a nominating committee for the Office of President and President-Elect.  Nominations shall remain open to the time of election.

            Nominees must have served at least one year on the Board of Directors within the past four years.  It is recommended that each Region should have a President in a six year period.

(a)     Nominations for the Offices of President and President-Elect shall be opened at the first NAAE general session and closed at the second general session.  The election shall be by ballot at the final NAAE general session.

The motion to amend the NAAE Bylaws carried unanimously.

Diversity—Chairperson Earl Williams (OR) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

The tellers then reported to President Paul Jaure that a majority vote had not been reached on the first vote for 2001-02 NAAE president elect.  Paul asked the Parliamentarian, Harold Eckler, to describe the next round of voting.  Harold indicated that according to Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised the second vote would be taken with all three candidates still in the race.  Scott Page (IL) moved, Dick Piersma (CA) seconded, to suspend the rule and drop the candidate with the lowest number of votes.  The motion carried by a count of 147 in favor and 5 opposed.

Since some delegates had left the meeting by this time, Paul Jaure reseated the official convention delegates and established the counts needed for majority and two-thirds majority votes.  There were 151 official voting delegates present.  For a majority, 76 votes would be needed; for a two-thirds majority, 102 votes would be needed.

Paul Jaure then called for the second vote by ballot for 2001-02 NAAE president elect.  Following the voting, the tellers were excused to count the votes.

Paul Jaure then called for a vote on the candidate for 2001-02 NAAE President.  Bryan Gause (IN) was elected unanimously.

The presentation of committee reports was resumed.

Public Relations—Chairperson Jesse Cornelius (MS) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

Member Services—Chairperson Scott Page (IL) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

Legislative Affairs—Chairperson April White (AZ) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

Strategic Planning—Chairperson Justin Mink (ID) presented the report and moved for acceptance of the report.  The second for the motion was assumed.  The motion carried.

Paul Jaure called for other business to be presented to the delegates at the convention.  No additional business was presented.

Jeff Maierhofer presented gifts of appreciation to the NAAE staff.

Jay Jackman recognized the outgoing president, Paul Jaure, and the two outgoing regional vice presidents, Sue Poland and Sarah Osborn Welty.  Both Sue Poland and Sarah Osborn Welty were awarded life membership in NAAE.  The outgoing officer awards were sponsored by AAVIM.

Paul Jaure presented his outgoing president address.

Paul Jaure then announced the results of the president and president elect election, as follows:  Bryan Gause, 2001-02 NAAE President, and Sarah Osborn Welty, 2001-02 NAAE President Elect.

Paul Jaure then installed the 2001-02 NAAE Officers, including the new president, Bryan Gause, the new president elect, Sarah Osborn Welty, and the new regional vice presidents who were Allan Sulser, Region I Vice President, and Terry Hughes, Region VI Vice President.

Newly elected president Bryan Gause then presented the gavel to retiring president Paul Jaure.  Bryan also presented a plaque expressing appreciation to Paul’s school district.  Jim Miller, Superintendent of Beeville Independent School District, accepted this award.

NAAE President Bryan Gause delivered his inaugural address.

With no further business to transact, NAAE President Bryan Gause declared the meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.