San Francisco 2005 DSA Conference
DSA Conference Business Meeting
4 September 2005
President Galloway opened the business meeting at 1:05 pm.
Galloway announced the Ground Rules which are as follows:
There will be no more than two people each side, for or against. Speakers will be limited to two minutes and should stand ready to come up.
The meeting will end at 3 pm and motions not acted upon will be sent to the Board.
Members shall not leave the voting area as votes are being counted.
Tellers shall be: Renwick Dayton, Kathryn Caldclaugh, Roger Scott, Ronald Sutcliffe, Helene Bonura, Helena Schmitt, Mike Marzolf, Carl Brininstool and Betty VanTighem.
Galloway reported that a joint meeting with NAD Senior Section took place. The new Administration will form a committee. Also, she announced that Board Policy, Convention Bidding Guidelines and Convention Guidelines have been developed. However, these still need to be fine tuned.
Galloway announced that the agenda would cover these items: Memorandum of Understanding with CSD; and White House Conference on Aging and Disability.
Vice President’s Report: Robert Cook experienced that no proposed changes were sent to him. However, there were four Articles on which the Convention would act. These changes were proposed by the Board.
Secretary’s Report: Nancy Rarus announced that the Boston minutes were approved by the Board. She also gave a brief description of the mini-conference of White House Conference on Aging and Disability.
Treasurer’s Report: Joe Rose prepared four or five financial reports since the last Conference. There were 1,000 members before conference and now there are 2,400 members. Many members have allowed their membership to lapse. There are 25 Dead mail addresses. The latest two financial reports were published in New Horizons with a balance of $48,000 in the un-audited report as of August 23.
Motion 2005-1: Rose moved that the clause saying the Host would keep 70% of net proceeds with 30% net proceeds going to DSA be removed and to be effective immediately. Carried.
Motion 2005-2: Rose moved that there be an increase of $5.00 in membership dues to be effective with the 2009 Convention. This now brings membership dues to $20.00 every two years. Carried.
Bylaws Committee Report
Robert Cook checked with the Parliamentarian Gerald “Bummy” Burstein and announced that exact count needed to be taken to confirm that 2/3 of those present and voting would determine whether the proposed changes are accepted or not. All proposed changes were accepted, and the Bylaws are as follows:
Article III: Membership
Section 1. Active membership shall be open at anytime to any deaf persons 50 years or older.
Section 2. Associate membership shall be open to any hearing person who supports the object and goals of the association. Associate members shall have all privileges of Active membership except holding office at any time.
461 to 0
Article IV: Dues
Section 1. Membership Dues shall be set by resolution at national conferences.
Section 2. Membership Dues shall be effective from national conference up to the next national conference.
485 to 0
Article VI: Officers
Section 1. The officers of the Association shall be Active members and shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The officers except the treasurer shall be elected at each national conference to serve two-year terms. The treasurer shall be elected to serve a four-year term. Any officer is eligible to serve three consecutive terms in the same office.
460 to 0
Section 2. One Board Member shall be elected to a six-year term at national conferences.
396 to 0
Section 4. Candidate(s) will be eligible to run for any office after attending at least one prior DSA Conference.
438 to 0
Article VII: Executive Board
Section 3. The Executive Board shall reserve the right to appoint up to two members at large to serve a term of two years.
450 to 2
Motion 2005-3: Larry Petersen moved that the DSA Board be authorized to make arrangements working with CSD for the enhancement of services to Deaf Seniors without giving up DSA’s independence. Norman Nelson amended that NAD be included. The amendment failed to carry. Then the main motion carried.
Motion 2005-4: Pimentel moved that the MOU agreement with CSD be reduced to written form and made available to the DSA membership through DSA’s website. Nomeland moved to amend that “through New Horizons.” Carried.
Lillian Mittauer, Chair of DSA 2007 Conference provided an update.
DSA 2009 Host Contenders: Richard Heubner, Ohio and Sue Schreiber, Las Vegas made their pitches.
Motion 2005-5: Barbara Schmidt moved that there be a collection taken for the Hurricane Katrina victims. Carried.
Motion 2005-6: Agnes Sutcliffe moved that DSA contribution to the wax sculptor’s next project to be conducted by Don Baer. Carried.
Election of Officers:
Nominating Committee members were Keith Thompson and Bob Scribner. Bob Scribner reported that the slate as of the day before read as:
Bob Cook for President. It was moved that the Secretary cast the vote.
Richard Bonheyo for Vice President. It was moved that the Secretary cast the vote.
Nancy Rarus for Secretary. It was moved that the President cast the vote.
Joe Rose for Treasurer. It was moved that the Secretary cast the vote.
An election took place to fill the 6-year Board Member position. Barbara Schmidt, MN won over Bill Kautzky, IA.
Conference Site Election
Las Vegas was elected the 2009 Conference site.
The meeting adjourned at 3:50 pm.
Nancy B. Rarus