Board members present: Skeet Gaul (Treasurer), Gerald Apple (Coordinating Secretary), Yusuf Quidwai (President); Mike Shephard (Past President) and David Slipp (ESD #113 Board member). For December 2014
Mike Shephard called the meeting to order and we accepted Yusuf Quidwai as our new WTSEA president.
We discussed the September board minutes. A motion was made by David and seconded by Skeet to accept September’s board minutes. The motion passed.
Yusuf stated that he wants to make sure that our WTSEA board members adhere to the bylaws and constitution and not necessarily past practices. We need to keep personalities out of board actions. Acceptance of the new board representatives
Yusuf mentioned that each ESD area that has a vacant board position should have an area meeting to nominate someone for the WTSEA board. At the February board meeting we will figure out if the new board members are in good standing and we will invite them to the April board meeting.
The following board positions have been filled up until the fall conference of 2017. Board members serve for a three year term.
David Slipp- ESD #113 Fall 2014- Fall 2017
Bill Keene- ESD #114 Fall 2014- Fall 2017
Joe Jones- ESD #123 Fall 2014- Fall 2017
Mike Heinlen- ESD #121 Fall 2014- Fall 2017
Chuck Filippini- ESD #101 Fall 2014- Fall 2017
A motion was made by Mike Shephard and seconded by Skeet that we accept these board members for a new three year term. The motion was passed.
We will accept Fred Kellogg to be the ESD #112 board member for a one year term because he does not work in this district. We will need to have a board election in the fall of 2015 for this position.
David Slipp will write something up for the February board meeting concerning how we are going to handle appointing people to a vacant board position in which they don’t live or work in.
There was a discussion if we should accept a person as a board member if they are not certified by OSPI to teach both the classroom and the behind-the-wheel portions. We need to look more carefully at the by-laws and the constitution and what it says that a board member should have as far as a certification.
The WTSEA board totally agreed that we should ask Garry Swartz if he would like to remain as the ESD # 189 representative and ask Deb Grenier if she would like to be our legislative liaison.
Yusuf expressed his expectations for those that are serving in the various board positions. Yusuf appointed Mike Shephard for one more year as the past president and Skeet Gaul as the treasurer and membership secretary for a one year appointment.
Yusuf also appointed Gerry Apple as the coordinating secretary for a one year term.
A motion was made to accept the following five reports:
Coordinating Secretary’s report- Gerry
State SADD report- Gerry
Senior Driving report-Gerry
Treasurer’s report- Skeet
The motion was seconded by David. There was a discussion on the treasurer’s report concerning funding in sending people to the ADTSEA conference. Skeet stated that we need to look at the constitution/by-laws concerning who should have their expenses paid. Mike Shephard mentioned that maybe we need to change the by-laws and constitution. Skeet mentioned that we have enough money in our budget to send more than one person to the ADTSEA conference.
Skeet mentioned that we have $17,625 in our checking account and that we ended with a residual surplus of approximately $3500 after the fall conference.
Webmaster report- We removed the information on the registration for the 2014 fall conference on the website. Mischelle Davis sent some items and pictures to put on our WTSEA website. The Thank You page is almost done on the website. Terri Gaul hopes to be more physically involved and take more pictures at the 2015 fall conference.
Gerry mentioned that Chuck Filippini at North Central HS in Spokane is doing some wonderful things with his SADD club members.
The motion was passed to accept these five board reports.
It was mentioned that the WTSEA board can make changes in the by-laws. Yusuf mentioned that we don’t need to have two candidates running for the WTSEA president-elect position. A motion was made by Yusuf that we can have one or more candidates running for president-elect. This will bring us in line with the other board positions. This motion was seconded by Mike. The motion passed. Yusuf will write it into the by-laws. Yusuf will check and see if we need to make this a constitutional change. We might be able to make this constitutional change with the WTSEA members voting on line.
At the next board meeting will be in February. We should include an agenda item on who is qualified to be on the board and create a written policy.
Fall conference of 2014 evaluations- At the February board meeting we will look more closely at these evaluations.
Possible sites for next year’s conference-
Gerry and Skeet will be visiting ESD #121 in Renton to look at this site as a possible conference site for the 2015 fall conference. They were given the okay to make the final decision on where the fall conference in 2015 would be held- Renton or Bellevue. Once they make their final decision they needed to let Yusuf know thru a phone call.
Projected conference budget for the 2015 fall conference-this budget would need to be revised many times because of such factors as bringing in outside speakers, etc.
Possible speakers for the fall conference- We will look more carefully at this item in the February board meeting. Need to establish a policy on issues Conference expenditures for hotel accommodations for 2015 fall conference A motion was made and seconded by Mike that the chair persons and the president have their rooms paid for. The motion passed. Payment of registrations for board members who work at the fall conference- It was decided that Gerry and Skeet would establish guidelines on how much a person worked at the fall conference if their registration was paid for or not. Legislative bills that will affect WTSEA or TSE
The PDSA, WTSEA and the Joint Transportation Committee has been discussing online TSE courses and how many hours of the TSE course should be on-line. The commercial TSE program would like to see TSE required for those above 18 years old who have not taken a TSE course in the past. Would it consist of 4 hours of class and 8 hours of driving or possibly 2 hours of class and 2 hours of driving? At this time we don’t know what it will look like as the JTC will make its final recommendation to the legislature.
Yusuf would like to have Deb Grenier be our legislative liaison. She would be a non-voting member of the board. Yusuf and Gerry will give her a call and ask her if she would like to serve in this capacity. We would need to come up with a job description and a stipend to pay for her services.
Gift for David Spencer and wife. Gerry will get a VISA gift certificate worth $50 and a nice card and send it to David Spencer and his family. He will sign the card in behalf of the WTSEA board.
2015 Board meeting dates
Yusuf with the help of Skeet and Gerry have set up the meeting dates for the 2015 WTSEA board meetings. The dates will be:
February 14, 2015 April 25, 2015 August 1, 2015 September 19, 2015 November 21, 2015
The Fall Conference will be on October 9th-10th (tentatively at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue if everything goes well.)
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 PM. The minutes are respectfully submitted by