NAAE Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2001

The NAAE Board of Directors conducted a post-convention board meeting on December 15, 2001 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana.

All members of the newly elected board of directors were present including:  Bryan Gause (IN), President; Sarah Osborn Welty (MD), President Elect; Allan Sulser (UT), Region I Vice President; Larry Long (OK), Region II Vice President; Chuck Stranberg (MN), Region III Vice President; Jeff Maierhofer (IL), Region IV Vice President; Roger Teeple (NC), Region V Vice President; and Terry Hughes (NY), Region VI Vice President.  Five of the six alternate vice presidents were present for the meeting including:  Elaine Lewis (WA), Region I Alternate Vice President; Dr. Bill Hunter (KS), Region II Alternate Vice President; Paul Larson (WI), Region III Alternate Vice President; and Andy Seibel (VA), Region VI Alternate Vice President.  Jay Jackman (VA), NAAE Executive Director, and Larry Case (VA), National FFA Advisor, were also present.

The minutes of the meeting are as follows:

1.    Call to Order by New President—President Bryan Gause called the meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.

2.      Reflections—Jeff Maierhofer led the group in reflections.

3.   Pledge to the Flag—Sarah Osborn Welty led the group in the Pledge to the Flag.

4.   Introductions—Introductions of each member were made.

5.    Seating of Newly Elected Officers—President Bryan Gause seated the newly elected regional vice presidents, Allan Sulser for Region I and Terry Hughes for Region VI.  President Gause also welcomed the newly elected alternate vice presidents.

6.    Comments from Retiring Board Members—None of the retiring board members were present at this time.

7.    Executive Director Evaluation—It was announced that Jay Jackman would be mailing the evaluation instrument for the executive director to the 2000-01 NAAE board members.  Board members are to return their completed evaluations to Paul Jaure.  Paul will lead the evaluation at the February 2002 NAAE board meeting.

8.       Announcement of Positions to be Filled by NAAE Board Members

a.    One third-year NAAE regional vice president to the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees – Chuck Stranberg was appointed to this position.
b.   One first-year NAAE regional vice president to Food, Land and People – left open until February 2002 NAAE board meeting.
c.    One first-year NAAE regional vice president to the National Young Farmers Education Association board -- left open until February 2002 NAAE board meeting.

9.    NAAE Board of Directors Training—Larry Case was invited to do a board training session for the NAAE board.  However, he had to leave and was not available to complete the session.  Bryan Gause referred the board members to the board training documents under Tab 8 of the NAAE Board of Directors Handbook for 2002.

10.   Comments from Paul Jaure—Paul Jaure came into the board room and offered a few parting words to the NAAE board.

11.   NAAE President’s Expectations of Board—Bryan Gause led the board though the NAAE Board of Directors Handbook for 2002.  He also assigned Allan Sulser to be the board consultant to the NAAE Diversity Committee and Terry Hughes to be the board consultant to the NAAE Public Relations Committee.

12.   Board Expectations of President—Bryan Gause invited the board members to let him know if they had expectations for him as NAAE president this year.

13.   NAAE Goals—Bryan Gause spoke of his goals for NAAE for the 2002 year in these areas: leadership/membership; recruitment and retention of teachers; communications; membership services; professional development; and advocacy.  Bryan offered a personal financial incentive to the regional vice president who had the largest membership increase during the year.  Bryan challenged the board members to increase membership within their regions and to offer a financial incentive for the state with the largest membership increase within the respective regions.  Bryan also asked Sarah Osborn Welty to serve as the “cheerleader” for the membership increase initiative.

14.   Action Items from the NAAE Delegates—Bryan Gause asked if there were action items from the NAAE delegates that needed attention at this time.  There were none.

15.   Action Items from NAAE Committees— Bryan Gause asked if there were action items from the NAAE committees that needed attention at this time.  There were none.

16.   Action Items from NAAE Board of Directors— Bryan Gause asked if there were other action items from the NAAE board members that needed attention at this time.  There were none.

17.   Action Items from NAAE Executive Director—Jay Jackman collected the contact information from the new NAAE board members and alternate vice presidents.

18.   Executive Director Comments—Jay Jackman had no additional comments to make at this time.

19.   Winter Board Meeting—Bryan Gause announced that the winter board meeting would be held in Indianapolis prior to and following the National Agricultural Education Inservice, February 6-10, 2002.  February 5 will be the travel day.  The board will meet all day February 6 and until 2:30 p.m. on February 7.  The board meeting will reconvene the morning of February 10 and adjourn at Noon.  The afternoon of February 10 will be the travel home time.

The board also agreed to include alternate vice presidents on conference calls that are held throughout the year.

The board also agreed to communicate the committee process to committee chairs.

20.   Regional Meeting Travel—Bryan assigned Sarah Osborn Welty to attend the Region III and V summer conference; Jay Jackman to attend the Region II and IV summer conferences; and himself to attend the Region I and VI summer conferences.  The conference dates are as follows:

Region I – April 24-27 – Spokane, Washington
Region II – June 23-26 – New Braunfels, Texas
Region III – June 17-19 – Prairie du Chen, Wisconsin
Region IV – June 24-26 – Owensboro, Kentucky
Region V – June 23-26 – Pine Mountain, Georgia
Region VI – June 23-26 – Lake Placid, New York

21.   Long Range Planning – Summer Board Meeting 2002—Bryan Gause presented options for the summer NAAE board meeting to include Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, or with a state association meeting.

22.   Adjournment—With no further official business to be transacted, Jeff Maierhofer moved, Chuck Stranberg seconded, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  President Bryan Gause declared the meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.