Business Meeting – August 29, 2013

GAZA Business Meeting
August 29, 2013
Sea Palms, St. Simons Island, Georgia

President Randy Mannino called the business meeting to order at 4:02 PM.

After announcements, the minutes of the previous business meeting held on February 7, 2013 were distributed. Martha An Coe made a motion, seconded by Randy Gordon, to approve the minutes as written. Unanimous approval.

A financial report was distributed. Treasurer Norman Pope gave a report on income and expenses. Ken Patton made a motion, seconded by Nancy Seegar, to approve the report. Unanimous approval.

The scholarship committee reviewed the applications received for the Betty Gecoma Scholarship for the school year 2013-14. Norman Pope announced the winner as Katherine Martin of Valdosta, GA. Katherine is the daughter of GAZA member Matt Martin.

President Mannino solicited volunteers to serve on the nominations committee. Randy Gordon and Toussaint Kirk agreed to serve along with Norman Pope (chair). Three board positions along with the three officer positions will need to be filled at the upcoming Winter 2014 Conference.

The 2014 Winter Conference will be held in Athens on the UGA campus beginning February 5 and concluding February 7. The Summer 2014 conference site was voted on by the membership. They selected Augusta as the host city and determined that August 13-15 would be the best date for the conference.

President Mannino reminded the membership about the necessity of signing the sheets at the end of each session for those who need AICP credit. Richard Osborne is now responsible for AICP certification credits.

Several members indicated that they had not received the latest GAZA newsletter. It will be emailed again and the membership was reminded to check their spam filters and junk mail to make sure that the publication was reaching their inbox. Rosana Juestel was recognized for her work on the newsletter.

Allison Slocum and Ken Patton gave a report on the status of the GAZA certificate program. In reviewing programs in other states, it was noted that they all have a code of ethics. GAZA does not currently have a code of ethics, but it has a mission statement. Work will begin on the development of a code of ethics for GAZA members.

Membership is always an important aspect of the organization. All members were encouraged to recruit new members and make sure their renewals have been submitted.

Members were reminded to sign and turn in their CEU credit sheets in order to get credit from UGA for training.

Business meeting was adjourned at 4:20 PM.

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