Louisiana Teachers Association

LMTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

JULY 11-12, 2008
THE WESLEY CENTER, WOODWORTH, LA

Attendance:  President Katherine Tobey, President-elect Donna Toney, VP/Membership Judy McGehee, Historian Annette Larsen, Past-President Sue Steck-Turner, VP/Certification Linda Manes, VP/Publicity David Easley, Treasurer Charles Jones, and Secretary Robin Ebeyer.

Friday

President Tobey called the meeting to order.

The reading of the minutes from the February meeting was dispensed with.

Opening announcements included the following:
     * 2009 LMTA Convention will be held October 15-17 at ULL with Ingrid Clarfield as our special guest.
     * Members were encouraged to check out new MTNA insurance offerings, which now include medical insurance.
     * LMTA will be adding a discussion board to the website very soon.

Charles Jones gave the Treasurer’s Report.  LMTA is in good standing and doing well, with our current balance at $41,421.21.  $4,744.08 was the profit from the district piano rallies and the Torgrimson-Swanzy Competition brought in $3,368.54.  Some discussion took place as to whether LMTA could support any other states where catastrophes had occurred recently.  President Tobey had inquired about it, but had not been made aware of any needs that we could assist in.  Treasurer Jones informed the group that convention registration would be made available to all local presidents the following day.  There is also a fillable PDF on the LMTA website that members can fill in, then print and send to Charlie.  VP/Membership McGehee agreed to send an email to all members informing them of this.  An addition to this form is a blank for the total number of years teaching.  Teachers will be recognized at the banquet.  Discussion took place about the recognition of the following members:  past LMTA presidents, Local Affiliate of the Year, and current officers.  It was decided by the group to recognize these three groups of people by a different color ribbon attached to their name badges during the convention.

A welcome went out to David Easley, who has stepped in to fill the VP/Publicity position.

President-elect Toney began discussion of our upcoming LMTA Convention.  Members were informed that all information for the bulletin needed to be to Janet Colbert by August 1.  Toney continued the discussion, commenting on the wonderful facilities and informative sessions offered.  Those present volunteered to preside at various sessions.  The Exhibits have been moved to the classroom across from the Recital Hall.  VP/Certification Manes commented that she will only be at the Certification Table at certain times, which will be posted.  The banquet will include recognition of teachers who have been teaching for five years or longer (recognition will be in five year increments), and a Silent Auction, proceeds of which will benefit the MTNA Foundation.  Information about the convention hotel is on the website, along with the registration form.

President Tobey continued the meeting with discussion about the Full Board Meeting the following day.  The group will be divided into three groups and discussion will take place on how to boost membership.  The three groups will be:  Convention, Competitions, and Community.  One officer is to take notes and present a report to the entire Board at the conclusion of the meetings.

The meeting was adjourned.

Saturday

President Tobey opened the meeting with a review of the day’s schedule.  Charles Jones informed the group on how LMTA might improve chances of being selected MTNA “State Affiliate of the Year.”

Convention Chair Ross Smith and GSMTA President Martha Bordelon joined the group to discuss the upcoming convention in Shreveport.  Discussion was led by Donna Toney.  Ross and Martha updated the group on convention specifics.

The meeting was adjourned to be joined by the Full Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Robin Ebeyer, Secretary


LMTA BOARD MEETING MINUTES

JULY 12, 2008, 10:30 a.m.
THE WESLEY CENTER, WOODWORTH, LA

Attendance:  President Katherine Tobey, President-elect Donna Toney, VP/Membership Judy McGehee, Historian Annette Larsen, Immediate Past-President Sue Steck-Turner, VP/Certification Linda Manes, VP/Publicity David Easley, Treasurer Charles Jones, Secretary Robin Ebeyer, Webmaster Carla Breaux, MTNA Competitions Chair Christy Vogt, Composition Competitions Chair Thais Perkins, Piano Chair David Evenson, MTNA Foundation Chair Sarah Roy, College Faculty Forum Chair Joni Jensen, BRMTA President Shelley Hays, Piano Rally Chair Teresa Thomason, NOMTA President Donna Clavijo, LCPTA President Abbie Fletcher, Voice Rally Chair Lynette Murphy, NSMTA President Sandy Larson, IMTF Chair Patti Misita, Convention Chair Ross Smith, GSMTA President Martha Bordelon, and CPTA President Tamera Zona,.

President Tobey called the meeting to order.  The group dispensed with the reading of the minutes.  Tobey announced the discussion groups that would be meeting after lunch and how the group would be divided.  Charles Jones gave the Treasurer’s Report stating that LMTA has a balance of $41,421.21.  The profit from district piano rallies was $4,744.08 and the Torgrimson-Swanzy profit was $3,368.54.

Opening announcements included the following:
     * 2009 LMTA Convention will be held October 15-17 at ULL with Ingrid Clarfield as our special guest.
     * Members were encouraged to check out new MTNA insurance offerings, which now include medical insurance.
     * LMTA will be adding a discussion board to the website very soon.

President-elect Toney began the discussion of the upcoming LMTA convention at Centenary October 23-25, 2008.  Everyone is really excited about Melody Bober and Carolyn Setliff’s sessions and showcases.  Heather Rathnau with “Theory Time” will also be there.  Paul Christopher, String Chair, has nine string sessions to offer teachers.  Toney went on to list the many wonderful sessions and amenities.  The complete schedule will be on the LMTA website mid-August.  VP/Certification Manes announced that all newly MTNA certified members will be recognized at the banquet and presented with a certification pin.

An overview of LMTA Policies and Procedures was presented by President Tobey
    The Full Board meets at the convention and in the summer.
    The Executive Committee meets in February, July, and October – one additional time. 
    The Rally Board meets in the summer and at convention. 
    The Certification Board and Membership Boards meet as necessary. 
    LMTA will subsidize pedagogical workshops sponsored by local associations at the rate of $3.00 per member in attendance, with approval of the President.  An attendance roll must be kept and sent to the LMTA Treasurer for reimbursement.
    Convention fees are as follows:  LMTA members pay full price, non-member presenters and non-member faculty and students from host school are free.  Members are strongly encouraged to use the down-loadable PDF for registration. 
    Presenters may use a designated table in the exhibit area to sell their publications and recordings.  Non-presenter members may exhibit for a fee of $20. 
    Future conventions are as follows:  Lafayette in 2009, Natchitoches in 2010, Baton Rouge in 2011, and Monroe in 2012. 
    Each local affiliate is required to purchase at least a ¼-page ad for the convention bulletin, and  Universities are strongly encouraged to purchase ads as well. 

The Score newsletter will continue to be published on the LMTA website.  The membership directory and list of certified members will be published in the Convention Bulletin.  All local presidents are to gather enough bulletins to hand out to members not present at the convention.

Small group meetings were held after lunch. The group divided into three groups to discuss the future of LMTA, how to boost membership, and encourage participation. 

The full group re-convened to report on their discussions.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Robin Ebeyer, Secretary


 

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