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Executive Board Meeting
October 11, 2000
3025 KU School of Nursing

Members Present: C. Teel, S. Hanson, S. Forbes, K Wambach, J Greischar-Billiard, J. Nowak, J Koehler, S. Parker

Meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m. Reviewed minutes from September 13 meeting. J. Nowak's name was omitted, and now will be added. The minutes were accepted with this addition.

Karen Wambach gave the Treasurer's report. Currently there are no bills this month. She shared a copy of the final draft of the Delta Chapter Budget. Karen also talked about the Annual Financial Report that is due to National by October 15. She commented that the years of the Biennium conference we would have a higher 'outgo' than 'income'. She also mentioned that our first renewal check from National should be in arriving in October.

Cindy Teel shared information on the Regional Award Applications. Anyone interested is welcome to submit one - with a due date of October 15. Cindy also reported that she participated in a Regional Chapter President's conference call last month. She was asked to share with other chapters, methods that Delta Chapter had utilized to be successful in winning a Key Award. It was also mentioned that all back issues of the Key is 'on-line' and that list serves are available for officers. There was some discussion regarding active versus inactive members and how to encourage inactive members to convert to active status, and several ideas were shared. It was also brought to our attention that next November (2001) we would be a part of Region 3, as the organization is growing from 7 to 15 regions, due to the number of Chapters.

The professional development conferences in January, February, March and April are set up with the intent to support the goals of Sigma Theta Tau International. Members are encouraged to go for their own professional development and to choose one tract for the entire day.

Cindy reviewed the Chapter Goals for 2000-2001 covering the areas of Knowledge Development, Knowledge Dissemination, Knowledge Utilization, and Resource Development. The only addition was under Resource Development with the fourth point to be: Recognize chapter members with unique practice, research or educational work. The goals were then approved, and Cindy was thanked for her work on them.

Sarah Forbes talked about the Fall Business Meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 2. The speaker will be Ann Ropp, and the topic is 'Managing your Career: A proactive Approach to Professional Development'. Naomi King will take care of the catering for the 'Networking' session from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. The program will from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. follow the business meeting. The executive board will meet at 4 p.m., before the networking session.

The Fall Tea for the seniors is set for December 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The seniors were told of this informational session regarding Sigma Theta Tau, at their class meeting last week. There will be reminders such as e-mails, and flyers to encourage the seniors to come and learn about the organization. Board members are asked to attend and informally share with students. There will be nor formal presentation at the tea. It was suggested to provide the students with an 'Advantages of Membership in Sigma Theta Tau' handout.

Jackie Nowak mailed out the Fall newsletter this past Saturday. She suggested that a committee be formed to gather the information, and assist the Corresponding Secretary (newsletter editor) with reporting and putting the newsletter together. Newsletter production involves approximately a 6- week process from gathering materials to printing and mailing. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to see Jackie.

Cindy will check over our Web page, including the Calendar of Chapter Activities, and update the executive list. It is important to have a clear link to the Region II and National organization web sites.

Susan Parker shared that there were 5 applications for the Travel Awards this month. Her committee was meeting on October 19, to decide on recipients.

The Spring Induction Banquet is set for Thursday May 17, 2001, a few days before n and graduation ceremonies. Diana Reiser sent an e-mail asking for consideration that we hold the induction ceremonies in the new SON building. In the past we have had 175 - 180 attend the sit down dinner at a hotel. Discussion regarding the possibility of having an horderves reception in the school's atrium followed by the induction ceremony was held. The projected cost in the past has been $5000 for the banquet. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

It was suggested that members be encouraged to help with committees. Jo Ellen will make up sign-up sheets for committees and have them available at the Fall meeting.

Reports from Committees: Julie Koehler stated that the Nominating Committee has not met. They would welcome suggestions on how to get members, especially those not involved in the school of nursing, to run for committees. There were no further committee reports.

The board will meet next on November 2, prior to the Fall Meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard, Recording SecretaryError processing SSI file