Board Meeting – August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012
Brasstown Valley Resort
Young Harris, Georgia

Board Members in Attendance:

  • Randy Mannino
  • Ken Patton
  • Norman Pope
  • Allison Slocum
  • Stacey Ward
  • Steven Scholar
  • Nancy Seegar
  • Johnny Parham

Board Members Absent:

  • Darryl Simmons
  • Mary Teter

Others in Attendance:

  • Diane Wrobleski, Member
  • Martha Ann Coe, Member
  • Chrissy Marlow, UGA
  • Debbie Barrow, UGA
  • Jean Lord, UGA

President Randy Mannino called the scheduled board meeting of GAZA to order at 4:04 p.m.

Minutes of the previous board meeting held on March 23, 2012, had been e-mailed to everyone previously. Copies were also distributed to all in attendance. After review, Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Stacey Ward, to approve the minutes as written. Unanimous approval.

Copies of the current financial report were distributed to all in attendance. After the report from Treasurer Norman Pope, Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Steve Scholar, to accept the financial report. Unanimous approval.

Stacey Ward, board member from Thomasville, Georgia, reported that she had accepted a new position out of state and would be leaving her current job on September 7. Stacey has handled the newsletter for GAZA and she will be missed. The Board will nominate some member to fill Stacey’s unexpired term which runs until February, 2015.

Norman Pope reported that there were no applications for the Betty Gecoma Scholarship for the 2012-2013 session even though the deadline was extended twice in hopes of securing an applicant.

Nancy Seegar gave a short report from the legislative committee regarding changes to comp plan requirements and DRI’s.

Ken Patton and Randy Mannino gave a short report on the activities of the contract committee and the progress being made.

Due to the departure from the board of Stacey Ward, a new person will become responsible for the newsletter. Until that new person is secured, Stacey has graciously offered to continue her duties with the newsletter.

Nancy Seegar also provided a report on the continuing education for AICP which GAZA is providing. She listed the necessary information that APA requires in order to certify our sessions and reminded everyone to sign the registration sheets if they need the credit.

Allison Slocum reported on the ongoing work in developing a certificate program for the Association. Several other organizations are being reviewed to determine how their programs are set-up. Numerous questions arose concerning costs and the general wishes of our membership to not adversely impact our current conferences. Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Allison Slocum, to seek contracts with vendors and service providers who might want to display their products and services at our conferences. Any monies raised thru this program would be used to reduce costs for the membership. The motion passed unanimously.

Nancy Seegar and Randy Mannino gave a report on the status and work of the DCA planning task force.

Debbie Barrow provided the board with information and rates for several different locations to be considered for the 2013 Summer Conference. After review and discussion, the board narrowed the list to the Fairfield Inn in Valdosta or Sea Palms at St. Simons Island. The general membership will be asked to decide at tomorrow’s business meeting.

The 2013 Winter Conference is scheduled for February 6 thru February 8 in Athens at the Continuing Education Center on UGA Campus.

We have twelve (12) first-time attendees out of seventy-four (74) registered for this Conference. UGA has informed us that we are changing coordinators again as Jean Lord is taking over the position currently held by Debbie Barron.

The introduction of speakers was handled by the President as he obtained volunteers or appointed board members to carry out those duties. Certain members were assigned duties for the bingo on Thursday night.

With no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

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