NAAE Board of Directors
July 25-28, 2002
The NAAE Board of Directors
conducted a board meeting during July
25-28, 2002. The meeting was held at the Agricultural
Education National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. All members of the board, the executive
director and the summer interns were present for the meeting including:
Sarah Osborn Welty (MD), President; 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; Terry Hughes
(NY), Region VI Vice President; Pam Holbert (VA), NAAE Executive Assistant;
Jay Jackman (VA), Executive Director; and Megan Burgess (MI) and Christine
Hegedus (AZ), Summer Interns. Guests who attended portions of the meeting
included: Dr. Larry Case, National FFA Advisor, U.S. Department of
Education; Tom Kapostasy (IN), National FFA Organization; Gary Geswein
(IN), NAAE representative to the National FFA Alumni Council; and Jenny
Wagner (VA), Global Outreach. A special guest who attended all of the
board sessions was Austin James Welty, the 2.5-month old baby of Sarah
and Bill Welty. It is notable that Austin cried and whined a great deal less than
most of the board members. The minutes of the meeting are as follows.
Prior to the first board session, the board
members met for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at the Eisenhower Holiday
Inn, where the board members were staying during this board meeting.
July 25, 2002; 8:30
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order—President Sarah Osborn Welty called the
meeting to order at 8:20 a.m. and welcomed the board members to the meeting.
2. Review and Adjust
Maierhofer moved, Allan Sulser seconded, to accept the agenda with
flexibility. The motion carried.
3. Approval of
Minutes of Previous Meetings—Terry
Hughes moved, Chuck Stranberg seconded, to approve the minutes from
the April 2, 2002
board conference call. The motion carried.
4. Board Reports—Sarah Osborn Welty invited each board member
to present a report on his or her NAAE-related experiences since the
last board meeting. Most discussion focused on successful 2002 regional
5. Membership Report—The board reviewed the current membership report. It was noted
that the membership numbers recorded for Wisconsin were in error. Roger Teeple moved, Larry
Long seconded, to commend Connie Tyler, NAAE Membership Coordinator,
for her good work with the membership processes. The motion carried.
6. Financial Report—The board reviewed the current financial compilation and the
FY 2002-03 budget. The board expressed thanks to the National FFA
Foundation for their recent increased support for NAAE.
7. Council Report—Mark Leitman reported on recent developments
with the National Council for Agricultural Education. The Council
written report, included in the board books, included the current
Council budget, a copy of the May 2002 written Council report that
was presented to the National FFA Foundation Sponsors Board, and a
statement focusing on the on-going redirection of the Council. Mark
announced that he had accepted a position with GLOBE in Washington, D.C. starting about the
first of October 2002.
President Sarah Osborn Welty called for a break at 10:00 a.m. The board reconvened at 10:20
8. Executive Director’s Report—Jay
Jackman then delivered the executive directors report. Actions taken
by the board as the report was presented were as follows:
Annual Fee and State Participation Opportunities – For next year, the Capitol Advantage
fee will increase from $2,500 to $4,000. Do we want to continue to
purchase this service? Also, thus far, Pennsylvania is the only state that has expressed an
interest in getting a Capitol Advantage state site. Do we want to
try to recruit more states to purchase state sites? Roger Teeple
moved, Chuck Stranberg seconded, to refer these issues to the Legislative
Affairs full committee at the 2002 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas. The motion carried.
Food, Land and People
– John Davis of Food, Land and People has requested the following:
1) FLP would like to deliver a workshop at the 2002 NAAE Convention
on ag literacy during which the FLP “Resources
for Learning” lessons would be inserviced. Workshop participants
would be limited to 20 persons and those persons would receive a free
copy of the materials in exchange for their commitment to deliver
ag literacy workshops in their home states.
2) FLP would like to have a free booth space at the NAAE Partnership
EXPO. One provision of the as yet un-signed MOU between NAAE and
FLP was that both organizations would get free exhibit space at the
other organization’s annual meeting. Note that the MOU has not yet
been executed. 3) FLP would like NAAE to once again consider executing
the MOU – but they understand our interest in making sure FLP is on
a secure footing as an organization before we enter into that agreement.
Allan Sulser moved, Jeff
Maierhofer seconded, to accept FLP’s first and second requests, but
to hold on accepting the third request at this time. The motion carried.
It was also requested
that the NAAE board be placed on the list to receive the FLP newsletter.
Chuck Stranberg moved,
Allan Sulser seconded, that the NAAE executive director continue to
work with FLP in developing a Memorandum of Understanding between
NAAE and FLP and for the NAAE executive director to bring the MOU
back to the NAAE board for approval when he thinks it is prudent to
do so. The motion carried.
– Roger Teeple moved, Larry Long seconded, that NAAE continue to support
this project and that we continue to explore NAAE’s role in the implementation
of the project. The motion carried.
Center for Global
Food Issues and “Declaration of Support of Protecting Nature with
High-yield Farming and Forestry”
– The board decided to continue to inform NAAE members about editorials
written by Dr. Dennis Avery and his colleagues from the Center for
Global Food Issues. It is important, however, that NAAE not “endorse”
the opinions expressed in the pieces, but rather just make NAAE members
aware that the pieces exist as potential resources. Further, the
board decided to make members aware of the “Declaration of Support
of Protecting Nature with High-yield Farming and Forestry” and to
create awareness regarding the declaration. NAAE will not “encourage”
members to sign the declaration, but rather will make members aware
of the declaration.
Dodge Truck Opportunity – The National FFA Foundation may be offered
a truck from Dodge Trucks and the FFA Foundation is proposing to give
it to NAAE to use as a fundraiser. The FFA Foundation needs to know
how NAAE would propose to sell the truck and how the revenue generated
would be used. Roger Teeple moved, Larry Long seconded, to accept
the offer and for NAAE to conduct a raffle in which we would accept
a maximum of 500 donations at $100 each and that the drawing would
take place at the 2003 NAAE Convention. The motion failed.
Larry Long moved, Roger
Teeple seconded, to accept the offer of the truck from the National
FFA Foundation. The motion carried.
Chuck Stranberg moved
to use the proceeds for scholarships for ag
ed students; this motion died for lack of a second.
Roger Teeple moved, Allan
Sulser seconded, for the NAAE president to appoint a committee to
recommend how to spend the revenue from the truck. The motion carried.
President Welty appointed Larry Long as chair of the committee and
Roger Teeple and Chuck Stranberg as members of the committee.
Desktop Computer Purchase
– Chuck Stranberg moved, Terry Hughes seconded, for NAAE to purchase
three new desktop PCs from Dell using FFA’s contracted pricing. The
– Numerous other items were discussed none requiring board action.
A complete written report was provided in the board books.
President Sarah Osborn Welty called for a lunch break at 12:00 Noon. The board meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
9. NAAE Strategic Planning—The
board engaged in strategic planning activities led by Tom Kapostasy,
National FFA Organization, from 1:30 until 4:50 p.m.
10. Capitol Hill
Visits Planning and Discussion—Jay
Jackman led the board members in a discussion regarding the key issues
to be discussed during Friday afternoon’s visits to Members of Congress
on Capitol Hill. The key issues included the USDA Secondary and Postsecondary
Education Challenge (SPEC) Grants program and the School Environment
Protection Act (SEPA).
President Sarah Osborn Welty recessed the meeting for the day at 5:05 p.m.
26, 2002; 8:30
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
President Sarah Osborn Welty reconvened the board meeting
1. Strategic Planning—The board continued in strategic planning
activities led by Tom Kapostasy, National FFA Organization, from 8:00
until 11:05 a.m.
2. USDE Update
from Dr. Larry Case—Dr.
Larry Case presented an update to the board regarding the Career Clusters
project, the National Ag Ed Research Workgroup, and the AgKnowledge
project at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa.
President Welty recessed the board meeting at 11:45 a.m. Board members were on their own for lunch and for their afternoon Capitol
3. Capitol Hill
Visits—The board members dispersed and made independent visits to
their respective Members of Congress during the afternoon hours.
27, 2002; 8:00
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
President Sarah Osborn Welty reconvened the board meeting at
The board took only a brief lunch break for pizza brought in to the
1. Debriefing from
Capitol Hill Visits—Each board member
gave a brief report on the Capitol Hills visits conducted on Friday
afternoon. All reports were positive.
Schedule Adjustments—The board agreed to begin the programming on Thursday, December
12th 15 minutes earlier to accommodate the NAFTA luncheon at 11:30
a.m. on this day. The rest of the schedule
remains the same as planned previously.
Auction—Region III will be in charge of the auction
with Region IV assisting. It was requested that a separate room be
set up to display the auction items during the convention prior to
the actual auction event during the host state social.
Photography—The board approved
the purchase of a digital camera to use during the convention and
for other functions throughout the year.
that Forrest T. Jones & Company is sponsoring the tote bags for
this year’s convention, the board decided to not have another give-away
item for the convention.
board decided to not develop any “new” items for sale at the convention.
was agreed that the workshops should offer interesting things the
teachers can take home and use in their ag ed programs. Roger Teeple
agreed to host a workshop regarding the National Board on Professional
Teaching Standards. Chuck Stranberg agreed to host a workshop on
using Palm Pilots. A workshop with an international theme was suggested.
A “volunteerism” workshop hosted by Kent Schescke and Frank Saldana
was also approved. The board authorized Jay Jackman to assemble the
group of workshops for the 2002 NAAE Convention.
3. National FFA
Alumni Council Update—Gary Geswein from Indiana presented a written and oral report from
the National FFA Alumni Council. Gary reminded the NAAE board that a new NAAE
representative for the National FFA Alumni Council needs to be in
place for the Alumni Council’s board meeting in January/February 2003.
4. Committee Meetings
and Bylaws—The board
as a whole conducted the Policy and Bylaws Committee Meeting. (Refer
to the Policy and Bylaws Committee report for details of actions taken.)
b. Finance—The board as a whole conducted the Finance Committee
Meeting. (Refer to the Finance Committee report for details of actions
as a whole conducted the Member Services Committee Meeting. (Refer
to the Member Services Committee report for details of actions taken.)
Affairs—The board as a whole conducted the Legislative Affairs Committee
Meeting. (Refer to the Legislative Affairs Committee report for details
of actions taken.)
5. 2001-02 NAAE
Maierhofer moved, Allan Sulser seconded, to approve the 2001-02 NAAE
awards as presented and to add the Region VI award recipients as soon
as they are identified. The motion carried.
6. Board and Committee
the NAAE representative to the National FFA CDE Task Force position
there were six nominees from the NAAE regions. The board carefully
reviewed the credentials of the candidates. Allan Sulser moved, Jeff
Maierhofer seconded, to select Bob Mitchell from Ripley,
Oklahoma as the new NAAE representative to the National
FFA CDE Task Force. The motion carried.
7. Upper Division
Scholarship Approvals—Chuck Stranberg moved, Allan Sulser seconded, to accept the scholarship rankings
list with “all-rankings” included in the final placings. The motion
8. Summer Professional
Development Workshops—Jay Jackman reported that there were two professional development workshops
offered in the summer of 2002 through the National FFA Foundation.
They were provided by Kent Feeds and Hummert International.
9. 2002 National
FFA Convention Planning—The board approved ordering “Consider Teaching Agriculture”
pens for give-away items at the Career Show and decided to not exhibit
in the KFEC/GLCVB Advisors’ Lounge this year. The board decided to
conduct another member survey similar to last year’s survey. The
items for this year’s survey will include, but not be limited to:
types of professional development desired; feasibility of an electronic
only News & Views; do you read News & Views;
moving the NAAE convention dates; professional liability insurance;
beginning teacher mentoring; regional conference participation. The
board selected the following finals judges: Roger Teeple for Creed
Speaking; Terry Hughes for Prepared Public Speaking; and Sarah Osborn
Welty for Extemporaneous Public Speaking. The block of 30 sleeping
rooms for NAAE was redistributed as follows: Jay – 1; Pam – 1; Sarah
– 1; Allan – 8; Larry – 9; Chuck – 2; Roger – 5; and Terry – 3.
10. Committee Meetings
Relations—The board as a whole conducted the Public Relations Committee
Meeting. (Refer to the Public Relations Committee
report for details of actions taken.)
b. Diversity—The board as a whole conducted the
Diversity Committee Meeting. (Refer to the Diversity Committee report for details of actions taken.)
11. Global Outreach Presentation—The board enjoyed a presentation from Jenny Wagner, Executive Director of Global
Outreach, an organization that has just leased a portion of the fourth
floor of the ACTE building. Global Outreach arranges for student
internships for international students to gain agriculture-related
experiences in the United States and for U.S. students to secure internships in international
12. Committee Meetings
board as a whole conducted the Strategic Planning Committee Meeting,
which began on Saturday afternoon and continued on Sunday morning.
(Refer to the Strategic Planning Committee report for details of actions taken.)
President Welty recessed the board meeting at 4:50 p.m.
– 12:00 Noon
President Sarah Osborn Welty reconvened the board meeting
1. Committee Meetings
Planning (continued)—The board as a whole conducted the Strategic Planning Committee
Meeting, which began on Saturday afternoon and continued on Sunday
morning. (Refer to the Strategic Planning Committee
report for details of actions taken.)
2. Dodge Truck Discussion—The board decided to suggest to the National FFA Foundation
that they wish to use the revenue generated from the truck fund raiser
for professional development travel stipends for beginning teachers,
upper division scholarships, and NAAE reserves targeted for the purchase
of capital items.
3. 2003 NAAE Convention—The
board decided to hold the 2003 NAAE Convention in Orlando, Florida
on the same general times and schedule as the 2002 convention. The
board also recommended looking at various hotels in Orlando to secure the best accommodations for the
4. Adjournment—Chuck Stranberg moved, Jeff Maierhofer
seconded, to adjourn the board meeting. The motion carried.
Sarah Osborn Welty declared the board meeting adjourned at 12:05