North Atlantic Chapter Meeting Minutes
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011—Rocky Hill, Conn.
Joe Panitch, chapter president, called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. Everyone introduced themselves and Joe asked for mentors for the two new managers.
Sixteen chapter members were in attendance: Penny Bigmore, Sally Cody, Sue deBruijn, Donna Downes, David Duddy, Brett Freiburger, Judith Gaffney, Jane Gallagher, Gail Goldberg, Tina Harding, Lynne Lumsden, Laura Murphy, Joe Panitch, Ione Saroyan, Stacey Stachow and Carroll Tiernan. Four MSA Exhibitor Affiliates were in attendance: Sue Cabezas, Cathy Couture, Jeanne May and Phil Zuckerman. Also in attendance were Pamela Belisle of The Winters Group/NE&NY, Dave Dittmann of Audio Bookshelf, and Kristen Gill and Patty Woodward of Wildlife Artists, Inc.
Minutes of the fall 2010 meeting in Newport, R.I., were read and approved. There were no minutes from the spring 2011 meeting in Rosemont, Ill.
Stacey Stachow reported on the 2012 MSA Conference & Expo. There will be more Expo shopping hours. There was a request to make networking opportunities more structured.
The business meeting was adjourned at 11 a.m., before the program.
- Joe Panitch asked for volunteers for the Chapter Nominating Committee to select a secretary. Penny Bigmore and Tina Harding volunteered.
- The next chapter get together will be in New Orleans...more info to follow.
- There was a question about the mentoring program. The mentoring program is going to continue on the chapter level but not on the national level. The two new people at the chapter meeting met their mentors.
- The chapter broke up into three roundtable discussion groups: Vendor, Fundraising and Knowledge Standards. Read the Focus Group Notes (PDF).
- Joe shared the list of chapter members who had not yet renewed. Several people offered to contact these folks.
- There was a discussion about our bank account and signatures. We need to update and add to the list. The incoming officer should be put on the account and the outgoing officers taken off the account. Excess funds should be used for scholarships to the national and chapter meetings. A scholarship form was created a few years ago and should be used to assist people who can no longer afford to come to the meetings. The officers will look into this.
- Phil Zuckerman, who was on the MSA Annual Meeting Redesign Task Force, asked about vendor representation on the national and local level. Ione Saroyan made a motion that was seconded and passed to include, on the national level, a vendor representative chosen by the vendors to act in an advisory/non-voting capacity. The vendor would pay his own way to meetings.
- There was a request for a computer set up to demonstrate how to use the My MSA site.
- Christian Falkenberg from George Little Management/New York International Gift Fair expressed that they are very interested in working with MSA in any way we want.