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Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Chapter Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
3025 KU School of Nursing

Members Present: K. Wambach, J. Greischar-Billiard, S. Parker, N. King, S. Hanson, Y. Harrell, C. Teel, K. Fletcher, M. Patel, V. Rempusheski

Meeting called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Cindy Teel and all members were welcomed. The minutes were reviewed from the October 17, 2001 Executive Board Meeting and approved with corrections.

Karen Wambach presented the Treasurer’s Report dated November 7 (see Attachment I). She drew everyone’s attention to the Checking Account disbursements noting that this month’s budget included stocking up on needed letterhead and stationary products for the chapter. The Fall newsletter postage was also paid this month.

Cindy shared that Jeanne Schott would be unable to attend the Biennium Meeting scheduled for next week in Indianapolis due to her recent health care concerns. The chapter is eligible to have her registration fees returned due to medical concerns. Cindy will be given the Delegate Packet that would have be Jeanne’s, and after discussion with Jeanne, Cindy will be able to vote using that packet. This way Delta Chapter will have our two votes as previously allowed. Cindy invited any board members who would like to join her at the meeting to do so. She will encourage other Delta Chapter members who are already attending the convention to join her at the awards banquet.

Discussion regarding the proposed bylaws changes was continued from last meeting. Cindy shared details from a message she received from STTI treasure Linda Everett regarding the Chapter Fee increase (see Attachment II). This clarified the increase of $100 for Delta Chapter for the first year and a subsequent increase of 20% each year for the following 5 years through 2007. The board members agreed that we this issue needs to go back to committee, as were not comfortable with such an increase over so many years. Cindy will share our chapter’s views at one of the scheduled discussion forums before the vote.

The second issue regarding bylaws concerns the proposed change in Membership Qualifications. The board did not feel that we are in favor of this change, accepting students beyond the top 1/3 of the class if they met the GPA requirements. We realize that this would allow smaller chapters to induct more members, however we feel that it would not be holding up the founding principles of those most qualified in the Honor Society. Cindy will take our vote of opposition to the convention.

Yevette updated everyone on the plans for 70th Anniversary celebration to be held on Thursday November 15. Kari has reserved the atrium, podium and 1050 classroom. Two floral arrangements have been ordered. The catered reception will include chicken strips and sauce, miniature quiches, fruits and vegetables with dip. All will be served on glass/china tableware and both a hot and cold beverage will be available. The invitations have been sent and RSVPs will be due by Monday. A list was circulated to see if there were additional guests who needed to be invited. Meena Patel has started calling inductees from the Spring 2001 group. Sandy Hanson offered to assist with calling if help is needed. Veronica Rempusheski shared the display she has been working on utilizing a ‘time-line’ by decades. She will bring the materials to Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard’s office by Monday November 12. Cindy shared the nametags that Dean Mehling was able to print from the color printer. We will have board member names with their offices and invited guests names printed on them. Jo Ellen will be in charge of the registration table. Cindy suggested having a book available with blank pages, so members could jot down some of their memories or thoughts through the years of the chapter. This will be available at the registration table. The speakers are Kathy Fletcher and Jann Davidson who will each be presenting 30 minutes on the topic of Nurse Practitioner Education and Web-Based CE. Yevette will send out an e-mail next week reminding faculty about the celebration and program.

Committee Reports:

Naomi King shared the flyers for the Informational Tea scheduled for Monday December 3. She will post them after Thanksgiving in strategic around the school of nursing for seniors and graduate students to see. She will also send out an e-mail for the seniors before the tea. Veronica will send out a similar one for the graduate and PhD students. Naomi invites all board members to attend the tea and speak with interested students.

Susan Parker had no further report for the Research and Awards committee. Her committee will not meet again until Spring when they will be reviewing those nominated for awards or applying for travel monies.

Kathy Fletcher shared a copy of the Fall newsletter, which featured photographs from the Induction banquet held in May 2001. She also was able to include a new feature interviewing a new member to our chapter. This month she was able to interview Veronica Rempusheski. Kathy would like to have the next set of articles for the spring newsletter in February so that the next newsletter can go out no later than March 1.

Veronica commented on getting acquainted as to her duties as Graduate Counselor. She has received some guidance from Sarah Forbes and Naomi will also be assisting her as the busy time in January for gathering of eligible student names arrives from Elaine Brinson.

Meena had no further report from her committee on Publicity, other than the phone calls she was making to the May 2001 inductees personally inviting them to the 70th celebration and meeting.

Sandy shared that the Bylaws committee would be waiting for the resulting changes after the voting at the Biennium next week. There are usually several editorial changes expected after a Biennium meeting in order to have Chapter bylaws in alignment.

A discussion was held as to the following schedule for Board meetings for the remainder of the academic year. The following dates were chosen:

Wednesday January 23 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday February 27 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday March 13 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (to look over inductee list) Thursday March 14 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Spring Business Meeting and program) Wednesday April 24 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. May meeting to be decided as needed to prepare for the Induction Banquet Thursday May 16 5 or 6 p.m. (Induction Banquet)

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard Recording Secretary

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