1996-97 NVATA Board
NVATA Board of Directors
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:
- Welcome by New President - President
MeeCee Baker called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m. and welcomed
everyone to the meeting.
- Comment from Past President - Immediate
Past President Tom Heffernan thanked the board for a great year and
wished everyone well toward the challenges ahead.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned
at 10:30 a.m.