Members Present: Yusuf Quidwai (President); Garry Swartz (President-Elect); Gerald Apple (Coordinating Secretary); Skeet Gaul (Treasurer); Mike Shephard ( Past President); David Slipp( ESD #113); Fred Kellogg (ESD#112); John Clark(ESD#105); Scott Calahan (University Representative); Mike Heinlen (ESD #121); Gale Wilson (ESD#171) and Mike Hahn (ESD# 189)
Meeting Called To Order by Yusuf Quidwai at 9 AM.
Approval of new board members: John Clark (ESD 105) and Mike Hahn (ESD 189)
John teaches TSE at Zillah HS and Mike teaches TSE at Granite Falls. Both were appointed to positions for this year. They will run again at the 2016 fall conference and then will then serve a three year if elected.
The board directory was passed out.Skeet asked the board members to make any corrections. Plus, Skeet requested that the new members submit pictures. Their pictures will be put on the website. Skeet would like a list of the past WTSEA presidents. Maybe Alex has this list.
Skeet distributed a list of members for each of the 9 ESD’s
It is good for the board members to know who is in their region. WTSEA members need to know what is going on in our association. The board members can call the members or send a personal note by email.
It was nice to recognize the teachers of the year in their local newspaper and ESD newsletter. Thanks to Yusuf and Skeet for doing this. The Omak and Wenatchee papers included an article on Kathy Quidwai winning her award. The ESD#113 newsletter included a nice article on Martha Verhei winning her award.
Sign board contracts
Each of the board members signed a contract listing the responsibilities of their job as a WTSEA board member. A copy of these contracts were given to Gerry to file, and a copy was given to each board member for personal reference.
This sheet was signed by each of the members and given to Yusuf. 8. Consent Agenda- A. Approval of December board minutes B. Senior Driving report C. SADD report The SADD report will no longer be put on the consent agenda and SADD will no longer be a line item on the budget. A motion was made by Gale and seconded by David to remove SADD as a line item from the budget and allow public schools to be eligible to apply for a scholarship that is Traffic Safety related. The motion passed. D. Coordinating Secretary’s report E. Treasurer’s report F. Webmaster report David Slipp mentioned that we need to bring back the journal in electronic form. Yusuf will send a letter to Teri and Skeet on what is happening in WTSEA to put on the website. We need to encourage members to look at the website and the board minutes. When the board members contact their members they need to state the website-www.wtsea.com G. Time Sheet reports Skeet, Teri and Gerry were reminded by the board to keep track of their hours because they are paid a stipend.
Old Business Legislative updates Gerry mentioned that it does NOT look like any of the TSE bills will pass this legislative session. Garry Swartz mentioned that representative David Hayes of Camano Island has proposed a bill (HB 2770) that TSE be kept in the public schools but with oversight. It was mentioned by Mike Heinlen that Garry invite Representative Hayes to speak at the 2016 fall conference. It would be great if Rep. Hayes could speak to us at a board meeting beforehand. Maybe we could set up a conference call.
Survey results- were provided by Skeet. These results will help us do a better job with the Wenatchee conference. Suggestions were made by the board on how to improve the 2016 conference. It was mentioned that we state in the conference bulletin or opening session our parameters for good behavior on the part of the conference attendees. We don’t stamp the conference attendee card if they are outside the workshop area or are being noisy in the back of the room. Gale mentioned to keep it simple- No Destructive Behavior is allowed!!!
Fall Conference t-shirt We need to provide a 2015 conference t-shirt for Garry Swartz. It was suggested that Gerry and Skeet work on the cost and design of the 2016 fall conference shirt for the board members. Yusuf mentioned that we should provide t-shirts for all of the conference attendees. We need to put the sponsors on the back of the t-shirt.
It was mentioned that we should order flash drives for all of the conference attendees. We would budget $500 for this. Gerry will look into getting key chains, pens, and writing tablets (one with a pad and one without a pad). Maybe we could get some of these materials from Allstate Insurance.
2016 hotel reservation options (provided on the website) The cost of the rooms at the Comfort Suites Inn is $130 plus tax. When getting a hotel room in Wenatchee be sure to state that you are from the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association rather than just WTSEA… and that you are staying for the conference at the CTC.
Suggestions for Conference agenda -Have a general session with Wayne Graham and Representative Hayes speaking -Repeat the better workshops -David should do a workshop again on insurance -Need more hands on workshops- have Skeet, David and Gerry do a workshop on BTW and Classroom strategies -Gail mentioned that we should contact the Farm Bureau -Skeet stated that he will give Mike and Gerry folders to provide to exhibitors at the ADTSEA conference. Hopefully, these exhibitors will be sponsors/exhibitors at our fall conference. He also mentioned that guidelines for being a sponsor is a work in progress. Skeet and Gerry will work on these guidelines. Garry mentioned that we should have the conference agenda finalized for the April meeting and make a motion to approve it. 4. Food Venue- Same as the 2014 fall conference in Wenatchee 5. Theme “Trends in TSE” will be theme for this year’s fall conference.
Board member benefits Insurance discount of 5 to 10 percent for board members. This will be provided by Gerry through the Seniors Getting There Safely program. We had a good discussion on how to reimburse board members for their time and efforts. Garry stated that we should table further discussion until the next board meeting in April.
Fall Conference-2017 Skeet and Gerry suggested that the 2017 fall conference should be at the Renton Technology Center Several questions were brought up about the 2017 conference:
Will there be a technology person hired by the Renton Technology Center to help us at this event?
Can we make coffee at the conference?
Can we bring in our own refreshments such as pop and cookies.
Yusuf talked about the following questions at the end of this meeting:
Philosophy- Look at the constitution and by-laws
WTSEA- not recognized very much by OSPI and DOL
CWU’s role in going forward
Should we be under one umbrella?
What will WTSEA look like?/What do want to look like?
CWU course- June 20th thru July 29th… Monday thru Thursday for three of the courses Gerry stated we should provide CWU scholarships this summer. We will have further discussion on this item at our next board meeting The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at CWU
Respectively submitted by Gerry Apple, Coordinating Secretary