Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
NAAE Board of Directors conducted a conference call on September 17, 2001.
All members of the board and the executive director participated
in the call including: Paul Jaure (TX), President; Bryan Gause (IN), President
Elect; Sue Poland (ID), 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; Sarah Osborn Welty (MD), Region VI Vice President; and
Jay Jackman (VA), Executive Director.
Also on the call was Dr. Carol Conroy, who is assisting with a
membership research project, and Nellie McConkey, NAAE Executive Assistant.
The minutes of the meeting are as follows.
Call to Order—President
Paul Jaure called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m. and welcomed the board
members to the meeting. Paul
led the board in a prayer for the victims and the families of the victims
of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September
Mapping Project Report and Next Steps—Dr.
Carol Conroy reported to the board that six clusters emerged from the
concept mapping work the board did at the summer board meeting in New
Orleans in July. Following
is a synopsis of Dr. Conroy’s report and the board’s decision on next
Report from Dr. Conroy:
work completed by the NAAE board of directors at the July 2001 NAAE board
meeting in New Orleans resulted in six clusters. These are the clusters of concepts that are important to NAAE
members (as seen by the NAAE board of directors).
six identified clusters were:
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers
examination of the “depth” of the clusters, based on the ratings assigned
to each statement, reveals that two clusters – 1) Recruitment and Retention
or Teachers and 2) Advocacy – are viewed as being the most important or
urgent in terms of priority.
results of this activity clearly indicate that NAAE needs to prioritize
working within two areas: 1)
advocacy (both legislative and from a public relations standpoint) and
2) teacher recruitment and retention.
The other four areas are worth examining as areas in which to develop
Conroy recommended two specific steps as a follow-up to this study, as
should use the six identified cluster areas to create a strategic plan
of work. This plan can include
some broadly defined areas of need as identified through the concept mapping
project; however, care must be taken to keep this list very broad in context.
should survey both members and non-members to identify specific needs
and tasks related to each of the six priority areas.
Effective design of the survey instrument will eliminate repetitive
data, and data that do not help identify specific actions necessary to
Next Steps Identified by the NAAE Board of Directors:
NAAE board decided that the next step in the process would be to determine
if the important clusters identified by the NAAE board would be the same
as those identified by the general membership.
Therefore, the board agreed to survey the agriculture teachers
who attend the 2001 National FFA Convention.
A short survey will be developed for use at the NAAE exhibit at
the Career Show and at the NAAE exhibit in the Teachers’ Lounge. Teachers will be asked to rank the six clusters identified
in Dr. Conroy’s work with the NAAE board and they will be asked to list
1-3 important current issues in agricultural education.
NAAE member versus non-member will also be requested on the instrument.
There will be a tear-off section of the instrument for the participants
to provide their name and contact information.
The tear-off sections will be used for drawings for give-away items
including NAAE merchandise and materials donated by NAAE Organizational
NAAE Policy Change—Bryan
Gause moved, Chuck Stranberg seconded, to revise the NAAE policy statement
regarding insurance benefits provided to NAAE employees.
The motion carried. (Board
members had already voted on this issue by electronic mail; this vote
simply added the board’s action to the official minutes of the organization.)
The old policy read:
“Insurance—NAAE provides life insurance and health insurance programs
for its employees. The insurance programs of the executive director
are negotiated in his/her contract. The NAAE provides life insurance
valued at two and one-half times the employee's salary and 65% of the
employee's health insurance program. The NAAE provides board and staff with liability insurance,
$1,000,000 per person, and travel insurance, $50,000 per person.
The NAAE full-time staff shall be bonded for a minimum of $100,000.
The newly approved policy reads: “Insurance—The
NAAE provides board and staff with liability insurance, $1,000,000 per
person, and travel insurance, $50,000 per person. The NAAE full-time
staff shall be bonded for a minimum of $100,000.
NAAE Effort to Assist with Disaster Relief in New York City and
Jackman had presented to the board via e-mail the idea of encouraging
the state associations and individual NAAE members to contribute to the
disaster relief efforts by making financial contributions to NAAE for
this purpose. Then, NAAE
would contribute all funds received for this purpose to the ASAE/American
Red Cross Fund. The board
agreed to not have a NAAE-supported project, but rather to allow all members
and state associations the opportunity to contribute to this effort as
they see fit through their local and community organizations.
Teachers’ Lounge at the National FFA Convention—At
the board’s request, Jay Jackman asked the Greater Louisville Convention
and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) for permission for NAAE to have a NAAE membership
promotion table in the GLCVB Teachers’ Lounge at the FFA convention this
year; they agreed. The board
authorized Jay Jackman to expend up to $1,000 to assist the GLCVB in hosting
the Teachers’ Lounge. NAAE
board members, alternate vice presidents, and state association presidents
will be invited to help host the NAAE table in the Teachers’ Lounge.
Options to include in the Teachers’ Lounge included give-away items
such as NAAE merchandise and items donated from NAAE Organizational Members.
Jay Jackman will arrange all details with the GLCVB.
National FFA Convention Security—The
board asked Jay Jackman to discuss this issue with Dr. Larry Case, National
FFA Advisor, and report back to the board.
It is likely that agriculture teachers in the respective states
and NAAE regions will inquire to the NAAE board members regarding this
issue. Jay Jackman will keep
the NAAE board up-to-date on FFA convention security issues.
Give-away Item at 2001 NAAE Convention—Due
to currently not having a sponsor for the Outstanding Program award this
year (an unplanned expense of up to $15,000), Roger Teeple moved to reconsider
the board’s decision to have a give-away item (a $2,500 expense) for NAAE
members attending the 2001 NAAE Convention.
The motion died for lack of a second.
Board members discussed this issue in detail and decided to reevaluate
this at the 2001 National FFA Convention in October.
Many board members felt having a commemorative item for the NAAE
convention was a necessary expense item that the members appreciate and
have come to expect.
8. Adjournment— Paul Jaure adjourned the conference call meeting at 6:05 p.m.