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Wednesday, February 14, 2001
3025 KU School of Nursing

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

Meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Cindy Teel. The minutes were reviewed from the January 17, 2001 Executive Board Meeting and approved with corrections.

The treasurer report was deferred, as Karen Wambach was unable to attend the meeting.

The Spring Meeting and Program is set for March 15, 2001. The presenter will be Sarah Forbes, who will give a talk entitled 'Issues and Decision at the End of Life'. There will be networking and refreshments from 5 - 5:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Atrium, followed by a chapter business meeting from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be given from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Jackie Nowak will send out reminder postcards to members, and she also agreed to make the arrangements for the catering.

It was shared that there are 64 eligible graduates for induction into our organization this spring from the undergraduate and graduate classes. The letters inviting them to join will be sent out soon, with a return date of March 15. This is done in order for the membership to be able to vote on acceptance of the slate of candidates at the March 17 business meeting.

Sarah Forbes brought up the issue of whether we should send out a database of members, to verify if graduate students had been inducted in their baccalaureate program. It was also brought up as a reminder, if a nurse who has allowed her membership to lapse, and wishes to re-instate his/her membership in Sigma Theta Tau; they may do so by resuming payment of the current dues.

There was a letter of nomination for a Community Member, Bonnie Peterson. This person was still in need of her 2nd letter of support for membership. Sarah agreed to call Ms. Peterson, and verify her knowledge of the letter.

Cindy Teel asked if the board felt that we should meet on March 14, so that we could look over the slate of members, and be ready to present them at the Business Meeting on March 15. It was decided that we would meet 4:00 - 5:30 pm.

The Induction Banquet is planned for May 17, 2001. The networking and social hour will be held from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m., followed by the dinner. The menu will be finalized soon. It was discussed as to whether we should include a Power-point slide presentation regarding Sigma Theta Tau, in order to share features of the organizations. It was decided to include this component this year.

Cindy Teel plans to attend the Professional Development Conference in Chicago, on April 27 - 28, 2001. She would like a volunteer to attend with her. Those interested should let Cindy know as soon as possible.

Just a reminder that their award applications for Sigma Theta Tau International to be held in the fall, are due April 15, 2001. Cindy Teel and Barb Langner have agreed to write one that nominates Dean Karen Miller for 'Outstanding Dean', and Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard agreed to assist in writing an application for a Technology Award.

Cindy Teel brought up the topic of the Community Service Project including prices for the Pulse Oximeter. It was decided to see if the manufacturer might be able to discount the product, in order for us to help purchase this piece of equipment for the Health partnership Clinic in Overland Park.

Science Pioneers is a high school science fair that our organization has supported in the past, by awarding a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificate based on a winning poster for a 'Health Issue'. Susan Parker agreed to be a judge on April 5th, and attend the award ceremony on April 6th. Along with the certificates, there goes along a cash prize of $50, $30, and d$20 respectively. Susan would welcome a second member to assist her in judging at this event. The board declined the invitation to contribute additional funds to this group, as we have not discretionary funding available.

Committee Reports

Nominating committee reports that the terms for committee members has not been in compliance with the set terms of STTI. The term for members on this committee is to be 2 years, with 2 members rotating out in the odd years, and 2 members rotating out in the even years. Julie Koehler agreed to serve a second year, to bring us into compliance. Julie also shared that she has 2 - 4 members who have agreed to run for each office. She has an additional possibility for someone to run for President Elect. She will give this information for Jackie Nowak to place in the spring newsletter.

Susan Parker shared that the Research and Travel awards committee would be receiving applications for the next date of March 1, 2001. Anyone wishing to submit for one of these awards should do so in a timely manner.

Discussion was held regarding the eligibility list for Community and Student awards. There is a higher expectation with GPA, which may limit the number of students eligible.

Jackie Nowak reported that the newsletter deadline is coming up the first week in March. She encourages board members to look for photographs that could be scanned in the newsletter from events such as the banquet from last year.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

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