The Lake Elmo Inn
Present: Mike Wartman (President), Gregg Sawyer (President Elect), Kris Lindvall (Past President), Larry Schnoor (Treasurer), Dan Cronn-Mills (Newsletter Editor), Mark Braun (Journal Editor), Cynthia Carver (Historian), Karen P. Wilson (Secretary), Jim Graupner (Convention Site Arrangements), Eileen Lambert (H.S. Classroom Rep), Kathleen Maloney (MN Alliance for the Arts in Ed. Rep), Tom Endres (NCA/CSCA SAC Rep), Mike Vergin (MN Debate Teachers Association Rep), Michele Neaton (Speech Professionals Across Minnesota Rep), Mark Grant (Technical Colleges Rep), Cliff Janke (SW Geographic Rep), Sandy Nieland (SE Geographic Rep)
Not Present: Jill Lofald (NE Geographic Rep), Judy DeBoer, (Community College Rep), Dewey Schara (K-8 Classroom Rep), Connie Stock ((MW Geographic Rep), Dave Warne (College/University Rep), Jan MacNally (MN Education Theater Association Rep), Connie Leyendecker (MN Speech Coaches Association Rep), Jodene Wartman (Metro Geographic Rep), Cindy Larson (MN Collegiate Forensics Association Rep)
Meeting was called to order at 8:33 p.m.
Mike Wartman began the meeting with a welcome and introductions. Thank you to outgoing Board members and to all who work so hard for CTAM!
The minutes of the January 13, 2002 Board of Governors meeting were approved.
BOG Membership: Welcome to new members Michele Neaton and Mark Grant. New members roster was distributed. Vacant: NW Geographic Region Rep., Community College Rep, High School Classroom Rep., Central Colleges Rep. Please forward nominations to Mike. MSHSL Vacancies: Fine Arts Assembly person and an A representative.
A reminder that BOG responsibilities are detailed in the revised job descriptions.
CTAM on the Road 2002-03: Mike Wartman would like input from members to help focus this year’s program. Discussion followed. Could CTAM Foundation money be used to widen the reach, serve a broader base of the organization? Options include a regional lecture series or performance series, current events , interviewing, majoring in Communication (college lead program for high school students), health communication issues, storytelling, political candidates debates. Reminder by Larry Schnoor that Foundation money is limited and the principal cannot be touched leaving $2000-$3000 available each year. Consensus was that Mike will work with the BOG geographic representatives and request input from CTAM members to expand the reach of CTAM on the Road.
Central States: Tom Endres reported that the Executive Board can suggest one or two panels from this conference to go to the Central States regional conference (April in Omaha). Consensus was to follow the same procedure used previously (considering the presenters and the predominantly college audience).
Finding Our Common Center Survey: Mark Braun put together a short survey for the CTAM Convention and will be sharing the results from this survey with this group.
NCA: The November national conference is in New Orleans. Tom Endres is on the executive council.
2003 Convention: The 2003 convention will be in Duluth. Jerry Pepper and Jill Lofald are working on arrangements, specific location, etc.
(At this point the sirens went off in Lake Elmo and discussion was halted momentarily.)
Elections : Tom Kuster has agreed to run for President elect and Larry Schnoor has agreed to run again for Treasurer. Nominations are always welcome from the floor.
CTAM Presence/Advertisements: Should CTAM have a presence at State speech tournaments? The costs might be prohibitive. Discussion followed. Several years ago it was determined that CTAM would sponsor coffee and cookies at the State Speech tournament and have a display case there. This practice has not continued. Consensus was that this was a good idea and promotes visibility but it is difficult to coordinate. Mike Wartman will check on the display case.
Proposal for possible monies for CTAM convention planning: When Jim Graupner was President he asked for a fund of $500 and, although he didn’t use this full amount, it gave the President some flexibility. Larry Schnoor described the funding issues- membership, costs of mailing, journal, convention costs, etc. Lower membership equates with lower budgets. It was moved that $200.00 be allocated to the President Elect for secretarial assistance in organization and convention planning. Seconded and passed.
CTAM letter writing update: A letter summarizing CTAM concerns with licensure was sent to the Board of Teaching. Response included the statement that there was no possibility of having a separate communication test as there can only be one test for English and Communication. This means that students are graduating with Communication Arts Literature licensure without having adequate communication training or testing. Perhaps corrective legislation needs to be passed. Trying to find qualified candidates to teach speech communication is getting difficult and CTAM needs to promote such training. Consensus was to continue this discussion. All members are encouraged to contact their political representatives to alert them to this issue. Mike Wartman will begin further conversations.
Convention stipend availability and use: Two groups received $100 each for this convention: MN Shakespeare and Augusto Boal.
Convention reports/updates: Stillwater HS has been very accommodating and welcoming-the district has provided $3000 for this conference- tremendous applause followed- great appreciation. Session update followed. Jim Graupner welcomed everyone to Stillwater. Parking and security are issues: get to school early and remind members to wear their badges. Luncheon will be at St. Michaels social hall (busing available) and the evening banquet is on the riverboat (no busing available). Yes, Tom will be able to park his motorcycle. Volunteers to help with early morning registration are appreciated.
Awards: If you are a member of an organization giving awards you can either do this at your meeting or at the breakfast meeting.
Journal: Mark Braun reported that there are six articles and a book review. Should go to the Printer soon and go out in early October. The journal was one of the recipients of the Central States Outstanding Journals Award. Congratulations!
Newsletter: Dan Cronn-Mills reported that the newsletter will be going out in Nov. CTAM listserve includes the specific information. Dan will check into “redirect. Net.” to see if it is possible to get a redirect for the web site with a shorter url.
SPAM Rep: Michele Neaton reported that she is happy to be here.
MN Alliance for Arts in Education: Kathleen Maloney announced a Meet-the-Governor- Candidates session on. Oct. 2, 3:30 at the Perpich Center. Reminded everyone that this is an important election year- and the MN Alliance is a great contact for information. Be sure to vote!
SE Geographic Rep: Sandy Nieland reported that a highlight for her last year was working with Cliff Janke on CTAM On the Road
Past President: Kris Lindvall thanked everyone for their work. The BOG thanks Kris as well for all her wonderful leadership in CTAM!
MN Debate Teachers Rep: Mike Vergin gave a debate teachers report and announced there will be a festival in December.
Historian: Cindy Carver reported the archives continue to rest comfortably in her office. The reports in the newsletter have been well received.
Treasurer: Larry Schnoor reported that CTAM is financially stable. The foundation did not suffer dramatically with investments. Donations for the convention are $650. Special notice to Sue Collie (past secretary of CTAM) who continued to register for this convention even though she has moved out of state.
Thanks to Gregg Sawyer for arranging this wonderful meal and location!
Meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
Next BOG meeting is Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. at the Academy of Holy Angels.
Karen P. Wilson, Secretary