Board members present at the meeting: Yusuf Quidwai (President); Skeet Gaul (Treasurer); Gerald Apple (Coordinating Secretary); David Slipp (ESD #113); Fred Kellogg (ESD #112); Chuck Filippini (ESD #101); Bill Keene (ESD #114), and Scott Calahan (University Representative).
The meeting was called to Order by Yusuf Quidwai at 9:17 AM.
Gerry led a moment of silence for Wayne Parkin who passed away just recently. He was the former treasurer of WTSEA.
The August 1st board minutes - A motion was made by Chuck to accept these board minutes with minor exceptions. 2nd by Fred. The motion passed.
Consent Agenda Items- A motion was made by Chuck and seconded by Fred to accept the consent agenda items. The motion passed.
Website report- Skeet mentioned that Teri’s father passed away on September 18th. Gerry will send flowers and a card to Teri. Yusuf mentioned that if someone wants to put a link on the website that he should be called. We need to avoid miscommunication and putting too much work on Teri. The question should be asked, “Does it benefit the members of this organization. Is it part of our TSE curriculum? We do not want to create miscommunication. We do NOT want to embarrass a board member who promises someone that an item will be put on the website. If it is Okayed by the board after talking to Yusuf we can put it on the website. If an exhibitor is willing to be a sponsor then we are more likely to put their link or message on the website.
Yusuf asked Gerry if he has a list of past WTSEA board presidents. These names should be put on the website and the conference program. David will email Alex to see if he has this list.
2015-2016 Budget We should keep the 2015-2016 budget as it was last year and then after the fall conference make changes in the line items when we have a better idea of what our expenses and income are. The motion was made by Skeet and seconded by David.
We have approved the clock hours for the following conferences:
WTSEA fall conference
Montana state conference
Pacific Northwest Conference- Oregon
We are not giving clock hours for the conference that will be held in Oregon this fall. The ESD’s will provide their own clock hours for their instructors when they provide training hours. The ESD’s will take care of their own people so that they can keep their programs running. David Slipp will go to OSPI and talk to Certification about several questions he has.
We will put the board openings on the website to let the members know. The following board positions are open: 105, 112, and 123.
Yusuf called Jeff Blain from Selah to see if he wanted to be the ESD 105 board representative. Jeff stated that he would get back to Yusuf but did mention to him that he was very busy with coaching after school.
Fred mentioned that he has changed his mind and would like to stay on the board as the ESD #112 representative.
Yusuf asked Bill if he would volunteer to be the elections chairperson for the fall conference. We also need to elect a president- elect at the fall conference. Bill will develop a ballot and the ballots should be a different color for each board position and president-elect. Skeet has made a big election box. Nominations need to be made as soon as possible and they will be voted on at the business meeting at the end of the conference on Friday. Yusuf will serve one more year as the WTSEA president.
D. Lobbyist- Yusuf will ask Garry if he will create a pamphlet stating why we need a lobbyist. Yusuf mentioned that the cost of a lobbyist would be around $15,000-$20,000. Fred mentioned that we should put this pamphlet in the registration packet.
We need to create a list for the registration table of who wants to donate money and how much they will donate for a lobbyist. Yusuf will make a presentation on Saturday afternoon about the importance of having a lobbyist so that we can restore funding for public school TSE programs. Scott mentioned that we should give a past history of what our lobbyist has accomplished such as Sharon Foster. We can ask WEA who they would recommend as a good lobbyist for us, but WEA will not be a big support for us because they have a lot of issues to deal with such as class size. Scott mentioned that WEA will have some interest in what we are attempting to do because DOL is attacking the public schools and they are saying we should have a license not an endorsement.
PDSA has a lobbyist which cost $18,000 this year. The lobbyist was influential in getting the 18-24 TSE program passed in the legislature for those teenagers who did NOT take driver education when they were less than 18 years old.
A letter will be sent after he makes his presentation at the fall conference to superintendents, principals, TSE coordinators and school board members.
Fall Conference Planning
Gerry will send to all of the board members their responsibilities at the fall conference. Yusuf would like to look over this list so that everyone has an equal amount of duties. Plus, Skeet will list on the conference program agenda who the presenters are for each workshop and general session.
David has been allotted $500 to purchase door prizes for the fall conference. The major door prize will be a certificate that states that someone gets a free pre-conference and conference registration for the 2016 fall conference in Wenatchee.
The polo shirts for the WTSEA board members are done and Gerry will pick those shirts up from Becky Adams of Crosswynd Designs in Shelton before the fall conference.
Conference registrations- Skeet
We need to make the early bird deadline for conference registration sooner because many people are waiting too long to register and it is creating a hardship for Teri and Skeet to process these registrations. We need to look at the conference deadlines for late registration that are established by ADTSEA. 65 people have registered so far and we will probably have double that amount by the time of the conference.
Skeet will call the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue and ask about obtaining the technology that is needed for all of the speakers. We do NOT want what happened in ADTSEA to happen to our speakers. Plus, we need to make sure there is a technology person on site at the conference to help the presenters with their technology needs.
List of conference attendees
Gerry will provide to the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue a list of how many are registered by Monday, October 5th so the hotel has an accurate account to provide breakfast, lunch, refreshments for the Friday night break and the exhibit breaks on Saturday.
Name Tags and Certificates
Name tags will be made by Skeet and Teri Gaul and certificates of appreciation for the speakers & exhibitors/sponsors will be made by Gerry. Skeet will produce a certificate for David for the winner of the major door prize.
Meeting adjourned at 11:55 AM. The Next board meeting will be held at CWU at 9AM on Saturday, December 5th.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Gerry Apple, Coordinating Secretary