DSA Board Meeting Minutes
814 Thayer Ave, Silver Spring, MD
March 22, 2006
The Board met at Halex House where NAD had been for 35 years and in the process of moving to another location on March 31.
President Cook called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM with all present: Robert Cook, President; Richard Bonheyo, Vice-President; Nancy Rarus, Secretary; Joseph Rose, Treasurer; and Board Members: Ronald E. Nomeland, James Potter, and Barbara Schmidt.
President Cook reviewed the very lengthy agenda the night before in an informal meeting. Reports were received.
Rarus shared information regarding the $7400 raised for Katrina victims at the 2005 SF/DSA Conference banquet. Pauline Wood, President of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf bought 37 Walmart gift cards at $200 each. Thirteen cards were distributed. There are 24 cards remaining. There is a difficulty in finding more victims. The requirements were/are that they must be deaf; have proof from one of these agencies: FEMA, Red Cross or S.B.A. . At this time, they are counting on victims who have moved to Baton Rouge from New Orleans to know that they need to contact Louisiana Association of the Deaf,
; TTY number is: 225.923.1266 and Fax is 225.923.1235.
Nomeland reported on the intricacies of dealing with DSA website. Also, he reported on the DCCHAN activities. Apparently those foreign scam emails are a problem and it seems that the perception is that the deaf are at fault.
Bonheyo shared the financial report of the DSA conference and announced that the host netted $25K profit. DSA Board unanimously congratulated theSan Francisco committee for having done a wonderful job.
Treasurer Rose mentioned that the Treasurer’s report would be audited twice a year. At this time, the total assets is $ $69,856.91as of Dec.31, 2005.
Motion 1-2006: Bonheyo moved that the May 8-Dec 31, 2005 Treasurer’s audited report be received. Carried.
Motion 2-2006: Potter moved that the President, Secretary and Treasurer have access to the newly developed DSA stationery. This was carried with the provision that letters to be previewed by the rest of the Board.
Motion 3-2006: Rarus moved that DSA send a representative to the NAD Conference. Carried.
Motion 4-2006: Potter moved that President Cook be the representative with Treasurer Rose as alternate to the NAD 2006 Conference. Carried.
Motion 5-2006: Potter moved that there not be any keynote speaker at the DSA Conference, 2007. Carried.
Motion 6-2006: Nomeland moved that the Conference guidelines include that having a banquet is not required. Carried.
It was clarified that the Treasurer would make reservations for 5 nights at the Conference for each of the Board Members.
Motion 7-2006: Rose moved that the DSA Awards Ceremony be done at the DSA Opening Reception; and that the forum and business meeting be done on the same day and as always, there will be no workshops on this day. Carried.
Motion 8-2006: Nomeland moved that there be a DSA Conference forum on regionalization concept as one of the topics. Carried.
Motion 9-2006: Rose moved that the proposed guidelines for DSA Skit Competition be part of the DSA Conference guidelines. Carried
A discussion on the Georgia Association of the Deaf request for sponsorhip took place.
Motion 10-2006: Potter moved that DSA contributes a $300 donation to the Frank Turk Scholarship Fund to help families to send their child to the National Literacy and Leadership Program at Camp Lakodia. Carried.
Motion 11-2006: Nomeland moved that the AARP Safe Driver concerns be included in the DSA Conference guidelines, which reads as follows:
a) DSA Host Committee will have a designated person to work with the AARP person who will be providing workshops.
b) DSA Host Committee will cover cost of media needs of AARP.
Motion 12-2006: Nomeland moved that a motion made at the DSA 2005 business meeting to limit raises to membership to 10% was referred to the Board. Article II, Sections 1 and 2. Carried that this be referred to the Bylaws committee.
The Board instructed the President to communicate with Mrs. Ralph White to find out how the family feels how the monies donated in Ralph White’s memory should be used.
The Board then viewed assignments which needed to be completed. They are as follows:
- DSA Conference Evaluation-Bonheyo
- Nominations Committee- Bonheyo
- Public Relations/Media/Website –Nomeland
- Membership Packet-Barbara Schmidt
- Guidelines and Policies-Potter/Rarus
- DSC Directory/Nursing Homes/Assistive Living: Schimdt/Cook/Tremaine/Rarus
- New Horizon -Cook
Motion 13-2006: Nomeland moved that DSA add another category of membership which are as follows: affiliates, agencies and corporations; and that this be referred to the Bylaws Committee. Carried.
Motion 14-2006: Potter moved that there be an announcement to the effect that there will be a Board Meeting after the conclusion of the DSA Conference. Carried
Motion 15-2006: Rose moved that DSA sponsors a booth at the NAD-2006 Conference. Carried.
Motion 16-2006: Potter moved that DSA reimburse $50 to each of the following: Rose, Nomeland and Rarus for providing hospitability. Carried.
Motion 17-2006: Rose moved that the Secretary send a letter of appreciation to NAD for allowing DSA Board to meet despite their moving plans and their staff for all their assistance. Carried.
Motion 18-2006: Bonheyo moved that the Treasurer reimburse the four Board members who had to fly in for 3 meals each. Carried.
Nancy J Bloch, CEO of NAD spent 40 minutes with the Board and many questions were answered; she made suggestions on what DSA/NAD could do. For example, NAD gets many calls as to where the best place would be to put an aging deaf person; a speaker at NAD conference regarding travel tips; at the NAD Conference, DSA booth should allow for people to provide local retirement community, assisted living community and nursing homes information leading to a directory to be available on the web.
Motion 19-2006: Rarus moved that the President appoint an archivist and/or a chair of the Archivist Committee to collect all information: Editors of New Horizons to date, Officers to date, Award winners to date. Carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 AM.
Nancy B. Rarus,