Gamma Sigma Delta

Winter 2001 Business Meeting Minutes

Gamma Sigma Delta Business Meeting -- January 18, 2001
Submitted by Susan Sponcil, Secretary

After a reception, the meeting was called to order by President Susan Skees. Nineteen members were in attendance. The minutes of the September business meeting were presented and approved.

Distinguished Lecturer Series Report: The first order of business was the committee report on the Distinguished Lecturer Series, presented by committee chair Jerry Skees. This year, the lecture will be partially funded by the Barnhart Fund for Excellence, with co-sponsorship by the H.B. Price Professorship. Our speaker will be Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes from the University of Missouri, and the lecture will be presented on February 21, 2001. Dr. Kalaitzandonakes' professional emphasis is in the area of biotechnology. Preceding the lecture will be a breakfast with selected researchers and administrators.

Treasurer's Report: George Duncan presented the treasurer's report with a review of all accounts including transaction detail and net worth statement. He also reviewed the proposed 2001 budget with the group. Lee Edgerton moved to accept the treasurer's report and 2001 budget; Chris Thompson seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Fund-raising Report: Past President Deborah Witham reviewed the status of her conversations with Bill Sheets, Director of Advancement, regarding our fund-raising efforts. Deborah also reported that the contributions realized from our December dues notice/contribution request have been disappointing so far. Dewayne Ingram suggested a separate mailing that would not be combined with the call for membership dues. The brochure would need to describe a goal to be reached along with specific uses of the funds raised. Steve Workman mentioned that we should inquire about the possibility of having Gamma Sigma Delta listing as a suggested recipient of designated Phone-a-thon funds. Both issues will be explored further by the executive committee.

Audit Report: The audit committee report was presented by President Skees since neither committee member could attend the meeting. The audit committee, Darryl Strode and Carl Dillon, commended Gamma Sigma Delta Treasurer George Duncan for a job well done. Their recommendations included: better documentation of internal payments such as awards and data management fees; change the audit time frame to spring during the transition between treasurers; and investigation of a possible change in banks and use of an interest-bearing checking account.

New Business

Election of Officers: Larry Wells, Nominating Committee, presented the slate of candidates for the two officer positions to be filled: Kim Ragland for President-Elect and David Debertin for Treasurer. Dewayne Ingram moved to suspend the paper ballot requirement and vote by voice. Chris Thompson seconded and the motion passed. The slate was accepted.

Membership Committee:Kim Ragland, Membership Committee, presented the slate of potential nominees in these categories: seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Additional nominees were taken by nominations from the floor. Chris Schardl moved that the list of nominees be accepted. Chris Thompson seconded and the motion passed. These nominees will be invited to join Gamma Sigma Delta.

President Skees adjourned the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Sponcil
Chapter Secretary