Website Update: Michelle found a
“webmaster” to update the site, which has been updated and
is looking good! Michelle and Peria have been editing for
content accuracy. Future entries and site updates should be
batched to a minimum of one hour’s worth of time. Cost for
updating should be $40-$80 on a quarterly basis. We may have
a couple of vendors interested in placing ads on the site.
Discussion took place how this could be a needed revenue
generator as were other revenue generating ideas. Another
idea was to have a site counter to show the number of visits
to the site. “Connections” will go online here as opposed to
hard copies. Notice was given on the last issue.
Budget: We are still pending the
final check from the conference, which would really help
with the bills right now, which includes the bill for
updating the website. Cash flow is a concern right now, and
further discussion was held regarding revenue generating
ideas, savings, and the possible need to sell stocks or cd’s.
Reimbursement for travel is important to ensure appropriate
Board representation. Karen Larue Johnson has agreed to be
the NE Regional Co-Chair as long as she can be reimbursed
for travel from the region. This is an appointed position,
and does not have to be voted on.
It was further discussed that we are
still having problems with ACA regarding membership. There
have been personnel changes, and the count is not accurate
and doesn’t reflect newcomers gained at the 2007 Conference.
We are also not receiving timely rebates.
- Rich will contact ACA HQ to try
and resolve this.
- Dean will call Wisconsin and see
how they have been handling their successful membership
- Bill B will talk to the bank about
options on our current investments.
Order Blank for Book: It was
agreed that a page could be added to our website for an
order blank for the book “The Quiet Service.”
Bi-Laws: Discussion was held
over proposed changes and editorial updates. Any further
change recommendations should be sent to Bill F. It was
decided that MOU’s would be drafted by Dean to clarify the
Bi-Laws on honoring representatives on the boards with other
agencies and entities. “Governing bodies may also include
representatives from other professional organizations
through MOU’s or mutual agreements.” The rep can be the same
for both organizations as mutually agreed upon. The motion
was made by Michelle to get the MOU’s in place, but not have
them take effect until the membership votes on them this
year at the conference. Peria and Hisami simultaneously
seconded the motion. Bill F will research if “J” in the
bi-laws is an ACA mandate.
- Dean will establish the list and
work with Peria to get it current, including email
address updates. This will need to be monitored to
- The website address will be
included on future WCA mailings.
- Rich will talk to ACA HQ about
membership issues. We have not been getting the
necessary membership reports from them.
- Discussion was held over need to
increase member benefits, the advantages and
disadvantages of dual membership and the need to get rid
of out of date brochures. There was also discussion on
where best for new members to register, via ACA
directly, or at the local level.
Legislative Update: Frank handed
out info on pertinent legislative bills. At this time, no
more bills can be submitted for this session, and there will
be no special session due to it being an election year.
Frank will research what DOC was sponsoring and let us know.
NABCJ: Wanda reported that NABCJ
adopted a school to do pre-entry work (mentoring & tutoring
youth while they are suspended) in Tacoma. They may expand
this to other parts of the state in the future. They also
plan to do a “Leadership Forum” in March/ April, which will
be a six week session of workshops that is free and open to
anyone, and has a variety of instructors. Rich suggested
Wanda write an article for “Connections” about this
WCJ: Hisami reported that they
completed the paperwork and are working on their brochure
and by-laws. WCJ will handle food and after hours events at
the 2008 Conference.
WeCA: Hisami reported that they
have not met since last time WCA met, but they have a
scheduled meeting in April, and she will bring back a report
from that. In August, they will hold their conference in
Tucson on the 26th-28th.
Nominations/Elections: Rich will
contact Kelly K to see if she is still interested in
maintaining this position. If not, we will need to look at
someone else filling this role.
Regional Co-Chair Reports:
- NW: James had requested and
was granted leave for the meeting when it was scheduled
for the 11th and was unable to attend with
this date change.
- SW: Anthony’s first report
out, and discussion was held regarding what co-chair
duties are, and ideas for events. He is also trying to
find a co-chair to work with him.
- SE: Nothing planned at this
time, but a membership drive is one thought being
considered once things settle down in that area. Mark
suggested that we re-implement the past practice of
attending CO graduations to present the benefits of
belonging to a professional organization, and possibly
giving away a WCA membership. Peria suggested doing it
when time and cost allows keeps us in the forefront of
potential members. It was decided to do these as
regional events, and since Walla Walla holds their own
academies, this is easily doable in the SE Region.
Co-Chairs should coordinate with Bill B for funding on
this. The sponsoring Co-Chairs can determine the
criteria for awarding the membership.
- NE/Central: Both vacant at
Closing: The next meeting will
be held on June 13th, 2008 in Ocean Shores. This
will take place from 10-3, and the exact location is TBD,
and will be shared when the agenda is emailed out. Meeting
adjourned at 3 pm.