American Association of University Women NC
Joanne Whitney Hill,
President-Elect, acting in the place of President Laura Rumbley, who was delayed,
called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm. She called on Joann Hall, president of
the Jacksonville Regional Branch, to welcome the members of the board.
Summer Board Minutes
Sleep Inn, Jacksonville, NC
July 11, 2003
Secretary, Pat Abell, called the roll and determined
that a quorum was present. The minutes had been distributed. Gloria Blanton offered
the following corrections: When Public Policy State Issues Chair Barbara Ann Hughes
asked that we pay dues to join Democracy South, that should be Democracy NC and
that the dues should be paid to join Voters for Clean Elections, not Democracy
NC. The minutes were accepted after the corrections. A reading committee of Joann
Hall, Jacksonville; Mary Jo Pribble, Hendersonville; and Lou Howard, High Point,
Parliamentarian Lou Howard read the rules of the board
meeting. Rule # 4 was suspended and the rules were adopted.
Treasurer Bobbie Edmisten gave the financial report.
She pointed out that we had a larger balance at the end of the year due to careful
reduced spending by the officers. She moved for the adoption of the report. The
report was accepted. President-Elect Hill thanked Edmisten for her work as treasurer.
Program Chair Mary Peterson said that she would be looking
for a theme for the Spring Convention. The Association invited AAUW/NC to apply
for an Impact grant. The $700 grant was awarded at Association Convention on the
contingency that we have an Issue Forum on Federal Judicial Appointments and that
we have a panel on Title IX. Both events are being planned.
Membership Committee Sue Metz was absent. Mary Fran Schickedantz
said that the motion to change the membership criteria was defeated at the Association
Convention in Providence. The dues increase will be in effect in 2004. The increase
will continue until 2009 when the board will review the decision.
Finance - Millie
Hoffler-Foushee said that the Finance Committee offered two suggestions for reimbursement
1. Pay for gas for the person driving round trip
2. Pay for travel after the first 50 miles at a
rate of 25 cents/mile
The Finance Committee recommended that round trip reimbursement should exclude
the first 50 miles of eligible expense; 25 cents/mile shall begin after that exclusion.
This recommendation will be placed in the Tar Heel News and voted on as
a Policy change at the Fall Board meeting in Brevard.
Convention Finance Report - Nancy Shoemaker reported
that there was an $800+ profit from the Convention and that who pays for what
is not clear in our Policy. How the budget amounts are set is also not clear.
She suggested that the board consider these problems.
Bylaws - Sandra Champion and Rebecca Hamrick were
Strategic Plan - No report
Diversity - Diane Caldwell was not present
Education Foundation - Mary Jo Pribble reported
that AAUW/NC gave $37,000 to EF. This year she has received $5,000 in contributions
so far. We must work hard on fund raising for EF if AAUW/NC giving for 2003 is
to equal or exceed that of 2002. Research and Project Grants will be partially
funded for 2004-05. Some undesignated funds are used for these grants. She asked
branches to send her a copy of their EF reports.
Fellows Liaison - Amelia Mitchell was not present
Educational Equity - Vacant
International Affairs - Shirley Quisenberry was
Legal Advocacy - Lill Van Order was absent
College/University Representative - No report
Public Policy/State Issues - Barbara Ann Hughes
presented a resolution in support of a pay equity study commission. President
Laura Rumbley entered and presided over the meeting. She suggested that voting
on the Pay Equity Resolution be delayed until the New Business portion of the
Public Policy/Federal Issues - Mary Peterson asked
that members support the Hate Crimes issue.
Cluster Coordinator Vacant. President Rumbley
asked for some interested person to volunteer to fill this position. Since the
Reconnection Committee is suggesting strengthening this position a person is needed
to direct this effort.
21st Recognition Program Vacant. Mary
Fran Schickedantz asked if the members of the Reconnection Committee could also
take charge of the Recognition Program. Rumbley will follow up on this suggestion.
Historian - Clara Allen pointed out that Schickedantz
had used the history book to answer the policy question earlier. She had brought
history books to sell and to give members to sell. She asked for names of branch
historians so that she could give them a list of what to save in the branch archives.
Correspondence Secretary/Housing Vacant.
Joanne Hill explained that there is very little correspondence. Summer Leadership
2004 is the next event for which a branch host is needed. Fall Board meeting for
2004 needs a host.
Cluster Meeting dates were as follows: Mountain
October 25, 2003, near Bryson City with Bryson City and Cherokee County branches
as hostesses; Southeast Coastal February, Wilmington; Sandhills/Triangle - Chapel
Nominating Committee - Executive Committee will
meet and appoint a chair.
Resolutions - Lib Laney was absent
Technology - Report on the website. Nancy Shoemaker
said that the major effort had been to get the Branch Officers Report. Joanne
Hill has been given the Data Base.
Online Satellite of Winston-Salem Branch -
The satellite has 6 members. Nancy Shoemaker thought that a Book Group might be
appropriate for the satellite.
Tar Heel News - Marty Folsom said that
the copy deadline is July 18.
NC Coalition - Not present
Three of the six Reconnection Committee Goal Reports
were posted on the website. President Rumbley reviewed the reports. She reported
for Goal 2 and Mary Fran reported for Goal 4. Clara Allen pointed out that in
the Strategic Goals, Leadership Training was included in the agenda for Clusters.
The Strategic Plan will be examined this year.
Gold and Platinum awards were given to several
branches for their participation in the 21st Century Recognition Program.
The date for completion may be moved forward. The application is on the Association
Vacant Chair Positions Educational Equity may be placed
under Diversity. Cluster Coordination is vacant. 21st Century Recognition
may be placed under Reconnection Committee. Federal Public Policy and Correspondence/Housing
are vacant. There was a suggestion that Educational Equity be moved under State
Public Policy as a committee within. The members agreed that it could be placed
under several different chairs. Elke Jaross, Wilmington, volunteered to chair
the Educational Equity committee.
Mary Peterson announced that members who had attended
the Association Convention would speak for one minute about their experience at
the Leadership Conference on Saturday. There would be tables at lunch attended
by people who had been at the different workshops at Providence.
Nancy Shoemaker stated that nothing was passed at the
Convention that affected the bylaws of the branches.
In reference to the Impact Grant that we have won for
Public Policy, Rumbley said that Mary Peterson, Joanne Hill, Barbara Ann Hughes,
and Beth Messersmith would be working on the committee. Other members may wish
to work with them. We will be eligible for another grant next year and it will
be an ongoing project.
Marty Folsom told about the Candidates Forum held at
the Skills Center in Statesville. The attendees wanted to know basic voter information
in addition to candidate information.
Rumbley announced that we would have a combined Regional
Conference, SAR and SEC, in Atlanta, June 11-13, 2004.
Mary Peterson moved that we endorse the resolution to
support the pay equity study commission. The resolution came from Women United
through the Justice Center. The motion was passed.
Nancy Shoemaker said that there needs to be a rearrangement
of the number of branches in Clusters. The Mountain Cluster includes six branches;
Foothills, four; Triad, four; Sandhills/Triangle, three; Northeast, two; and Southeast
Coastal, four. The Sandhills/Triangle and Northeast Clusters could combine. Clara
Allen will contact Wilson and Franklin County Branches to join the Sandhills/Triangle
Charlotte President Louise Thompson announced that
Convention 2004 was the focus of her branch.
Margery Megivern, Co-President, stated that the
Wilmington Branch would celebrate their 75th anniversary next year.
Mary Fran Schickedantz introduced the new president
of the Greensboro Branch, Linda Sarkis. She announced that UNCGreensboro has received
a large grant to work with middle school girls, which will concern Title IX.
Clara Allen introduced Jean Greene, the new president
of the Chapel Hill Branch.
Mary Fran Schickedantz congratulated Lola Jackson on
A&T State University s membership in AAUW.
President Rumbley discussed Same Day Registration.
She took responsibility for the handling of the resolution. A motion should have
been made to hear the resolution first. She wanted to encourage members to bring
business to the board and views and opinions would be valued. She suggested that
an article be placed in the Tar Heel News stating the pro and con issues on Same
Day Registration. Marty will publish the resolution. She asked members to email
their pro or con remarks to her. Mary Peterson introduced Beth Messersmith. She
will write a short history of the issue.
The meeting was adjourned.
Pat Abell, Secretary
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