NVATA Board of Directors
December 8-9, 1997
The NVATA Board of Directors conducted a board
meeting on December 8-9, 1997 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las
Vegas, Nevada. All members of the board and the executive director were
present for the meeting including: MeeCee Baker (PA), President; Duane
Fisher (IA), President Elect; Marc Beitia (ID), Region I Vice President;
Paul Jaure (TX), Region II Vice President; Linda Rist (SD), Region III
Vice President; Tom Kremer (OH), Region IV Vice President; Russell Watson
(TN), Region V Vice President; Mike Cox (VA), Region VI Vice President;
Sue Poland (ID), Region I Alternate Vice President; Gary Hill (OK),
Region II Alternate Vice President; Chuck Stranberg (MN), Region III
Alternate Vice President; Brenda Oldfield (KY), Region IV Alternate
Vice President; Gwyne Ellis (FL), Region V Alternate Vice President;
Ray Chelewski (ME), Region VI Alternate Vice President; and Jay Jackman
(VA), Executive Director. The minutes of the meeting are as follows:
- Welcome and Board Member Updates -
President MeeCee Baker called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. on
Monday, December 8, 1997 and welcomed everyone to the meeting. Board
members presented brief updates of their NVATA activities since the
last board meeting.
- Adjustments to and Approval of the Agenda
- After the board added some additional details to the meeting agenda,
Duane Fisher moved, Tom Kremer seconded, to adopt the board meeting
agenda with flexibility to change as necessary. Motion passed.
- Approval of Minutes of October 27, 1997
Board Conference Call - Marc Beitia moved, Mike Cox seconded,
to approve the minutes from the October 27, 1997 NVATA Board of Directors
conference call. Motion passed.
- Review of Board Book Contents - Jay
Jackman talked the board through the board books for the meeting.
- Council Report - The postsecondary
teacher position on the Council was discussed. The Council president
asked the AVA Ag Ed Division president to submit a name to fill this
position. The AVA Ag Ed Division president asked the NVATA board for
a nominee. It was agreed that the NVATA regional vice presidents would
solicit nominees from their regions and submit the nominees to the
NVATA office no later than January 15, 1998. The NVATA office will
notify the AVA Ag Ed Division president and the Council leadership
of the nominee no later than February 15, 1998.
Also, Council board members were assigned
to bring a Council update at the six regional meetings during the
- Legislative Update - Jay Jackman presented
the legislative update, which included AVA legislative priorities
as well as agricultural education specific priorities.
- Headquarters Report - Jay Jackman
presented a report on the headquarters, which included a copy of the
lease agreement and a summary sheet that highlighted the major parts
of the lease.
- Membership Report and Delegate Counts
- Jay Jackman presented this report. He clarified that an earlier
report showed Georgia with one delegate too many based on their membership.
The corrected report went out to all the states; the report with the
error was sent out only to the board members, not the states.
- Unreported 1997-98 State Officers
- Jay Jackman presented a report that showed the states that had not
reported their state officers to the NVATA office. The Directory of
National and State Officers was sent out with the incomplete information
as per President Bakerıs directive.
- Financial Update and Review - Jay
Jackman presented a report on the 1996-97 NVATA finances. Jay Jackman
agreed to work with the Finance Committee chair and consultant in
preparation for their committee meeting and to attend the first session
of that committee meeting to answer questions.
- NVATA Position on the FFA Alumni Council
- Duane Fisher moved, Linda Rist seconded, to appoint Jim Allsup from
Texas to represent NVATA on the National FFA Alumni Council. Motion
carried. Allsupıs position on the FFA Alumni Council will run from
January 1998 through December 1999. He is completing the 3-year term
of Gene Starr, the most recent NVATA representative to the FFA Alumni
Council. Starr was hired as the new executive director of the National
- Review of 1997 National FFA Convention
- Jay Jackman gave a brief report on the NVATA activities at the 1997
National FFA Convention. It was agreed that the NVATA activities at
the convention were a great success.
- FFA Board Consultants - Duane Fisher
moved, Marc Beitia seconded, to leave the NVATA consultants to the
FFA board as is for the January 1998 meeting and to decide if changes
should be made in NVATA consultant assignments before the July 1998
meeting. The motion failed by count of 2 yeah and 5 nay.
Paul Jaure moved, Linda Rist seconded, to
have the two senior vice presidents and the president elect serve
as consultants to the FFA board, effective immediately. The motion
- Anniversary Update - MeeCee Baker
reported on the anniversary committeeıs work. The theme ³Then and
Now - To the PC From the Plow² was presented.
- State of the Association Address -
MeeCee Baker presented copies of her State-of-the-Association address
to the board. Copies of this will be presented to each member at the
opening convention session.
The board meeting was adjourned for the
evening. The board meeting reconvened at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, December
- Review of 1997 NVATA Convention
- Sponsors List - MeeCee Baker encouraged
all board members to write thank you letters to the sponsors and
for board members to encourage their regional winners to write
letters as well. A disk of the sponsorsı names and addresses may
be requested from the NVATA office.
- Convention Schedule - The overall
convention schedule was reviewed and accepted, with one exception.
Marc Beitia moved, Linda Rist seconded, to move the NVATA board
meeting from Sunday morning to Saturday evening. The motion carried.
- Communications Plan - The communications
plan (photography schedule in particular) was reviewed.
- Day-by-Day Event Review - The
daily convention schedules were reviewed and agreed to. MeeCee
Baker made meeting room set-up assignments and other assignments
to the alternate vice presidents.
- Nominating Committee Report - Linda
Rist nominated Tom Kremer for 1997-98 NVATA President Elect. Mike
Cox nominated Paul Jaure for 1997-98 NVATA President Elect. Russell
Watson moved, Mike Cox seconded, for nominations to cease. The motion
Russell Watson nominated Duane Fisher for
1997-98 NVATA President. Tom Kremer moved, Linda Rist seconded,
for nominations to cease. The motion carried.
- Adjournment - With no further official
business to be conducted, the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.