1996-97 NVATA Board of Directors

NVATA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
December 8, 1996


The NVATA Board of Directors conducted a post-convention board meeting on December 8, 1996 at the Cincinnati Marriott Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. All members of the outgoing and incoming boards, all alternate vice presidents, and the executive director were present for the meeting including: Tom Heffernan, Immediate Past President (TX); MeeCee Baker, President (PA); Duane Fisher, President Elect (IA); Marc Beitia, Region I Vice President (ID); Paul Jaure, Region II Vice President (TX); Linda Rist, Region III Vice President (SD); Tom Kremer, Region IV Vice President (OH); Bobby Joslin, Outgoing Region V Vice President (GA); Russell Watson, Region V Vice President (TN); Mike Cox, Region VI Vice President (VA); Sue Poland, Region I Alternate Vice President (ID); Gary Hill, Region II Alternate Vice President (OK); Chuck Stranberg, Region III Alternate Vice President (MN); Brenda Oldfield, Region IV Alternate Vice President (KY); Roger Teeple, Region V Alternate Vice President (NC); Ray Chelewski, Region VI Alternate Vice President (ME); and Jay Jackman, Executive Director (VA). The minutes of the meeting are as follows:

  1. Welcome by New President - President MeeCee Baker called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
  2. Comment from Past President - Immediate Past President Tom Heffernan thanked the board for a great year and wished everyone well toward the challenges ahead.
  3. Overview of the March and July Board of Directors Meetings - MeeCee Baker suggested that the March board meeting be held just before the AVA Agricultural Education Division Policy Committee meeting in the Washington, D. C. area. March 12 would be a travel day, followed by meetings on March 13 and 14. MeeCee suggested that the July board meeting be held at a location in Pennsylvania during July 10-12, traveling on Thursday and Sunday. Further, MeeCee explained the make-up of the AVA Ag Ed Division Policy Committee and the AVA National Policy Seminar.
  4. Review of Recommendations from the Delegate Assembly - MeeCee Baker and the committee chairs led a discussion of the action items from the convention committee reports. Highlights of this discussion follow:

    It was agreed that a new scholarship program should be established for agricultural education students who are currently enrolled in teacher education programs in colleges and universities. The proceeds from the live and silent auctions at the NVATA conventions are to be used to fund this scholarship program.

    It was agreed that a list of state ag ed leaders who have experience with diverse groups be established. It was also suggested that we ask Susan Crank to develop an article regarding diversity for publication in News & Views.

    It was agreed that NVATA will proceed with a new outstanding program award for postsecondary programs, even if sponsorship is not secured. A new application form should be developed using the current outstanding program award as the basis for the new award. The California delegation has already indicated they might have a sponsor for the new award program.

    After meeting jointly with The Council and discussing plans for a headquarters for agricultural education once FFA moves to Indianapolis, Marc Beitia moved, Paul Jaure seconded, that NVATA formally unite with The Council and jointly negotiate with FFA to maintain a national presence for agricultural education. The motion carried. Jay Jackman was authorized to negotiate on behalf of NVATA.

    A reminder should be placed in News & Views to encourage NVATA members to vote in the upcoming election of a new AVA Ag Ed Division Vice President.

    The board authorized Jay Jackman to develop a new legislative guide for the next session of Congress, but to try to hold costs of the new guide to a minimum.

  5. Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.