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LMTA Executive Board Meeting
Woodworth, Wesley Center
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00am
Woodworth, Wesley Center
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00pm

 

 
LMTA Winter Board Meeting

Executive Committee

Friday, February 7, 2014

1:00pm 

GoToMeeting

The meeting was called to order by Patti Misita.

Roll was taken by Tamera Zona over the GoToMeeting website.  Members present were President Patti Misita, President-elect LaWanda Blakeney, VP membership Gulya Chandler, VP Certification Sue Steck-Turner, VP Publicity David Easley, VP Rallies Robin Ebeyer, Secretary Tamera Zona, Treasurer Teresa Thomason, Historian/Webmaster Laura Pray, Members-at-Large Emily Hirsch and Susie Garcia, Immediate Past President Judy McGehee, Steele Moegle, Charles Jones, Jeanne Patterson and Cindy Hockenjos.

The Minutes from the last meeting were approved.

Patti Misita gave the Treasurer’s Report.  The balance is $26,154.29.  All banking is now through Red River Banking in Alexandria. 

Gulya Chandler gave the Membership Report.  Membership has gone done from 374 to 350.

Sue Steck-Turner gave the Certification Report.  LMTA is 2nd in the nation for percentage of people certified.  Small but successful classes teaching how to become certified are happening in Baton Rouge. 

David Easley gave the Publicity Report.  The next Score will come out before the end of February.  He will put in information about voting for Donna Toney in the South Central Division Elections.

Robin Ebeyer reported on the State Piano Rally competition.  There have been problems getting a venue this year.  She has been checking on many venues but the date has been the issue.

Laura Pray reported that the Website is up to date.  Gulya will check to make sure the current Presidents are current on the website.

Lawanda Blakeney is this year’s Convention Chairperson for the convention in Ruston.  Jane McGrath is the featured Clinician for 2014.  Different sessions were discussed.  It was suggested that there only be 2 sessions at a time and free time to visit the exhibit hall. Also, until more string leadership is provided, less or no sessions will be provided for strings.

There was a discussion of publishers at the Convention.  LaWanda will look into having Hal Leonard come this year.  A discussion involving the ethics surrounding a clinician advertising their published materials during a session ensued.  Technically, it is against the printed contract, but many felt that it is impossible to discuss someone’s expertise without supporting evidence in materials that have been published by that person.

Charlie Jones brought up the issue that there is no airport near Ruston and it would be difficult for him to bring the guests for convention.  He suggested renting a car for these individuals.  He moved that “LMTA provide a rental car with a daily limit when an airport is not in the city of convention for clinicians on a case by case situation”  MSP

Susie Garcia mentioned Joseph Morten as a possibility as guest artist for another convention. 

Discussion ensued pertaining to making the Bulletin Editor a permanent position on the Board.  Normally a person at the local level is responsible for this, but it has become a huge undertaking every year by a new person.  There is a need to end the burden it has created as well as supplying some consistency in this document every year.  A motion to create the Board position of Bulletin Editor with a stipend of $500 to go to National convention was not passed.  A motion of being Bulletin Editor with a $250 stipend was presented.  MSP  Patti will ask skilled persons if they are willing to take on this position.

Steele Moegle presented her local association’s information for convention.   The Convention Hotel is Sleep Inn Suites at $89 per night.  They are providing 2 compensated rooms as well as free meeting spaces.  Members must reserve by Sept. 9, 2014.  The banquet will be held at the student center.  Their local association president recently resigned and they are seeking another.

Old Business included announcing Marge Strickland as the Foundation Fellow to be honored at National Convention this year.  She is unable to attend.  A discussion followed as to who should be nominated for fall.  This will be decided at the next meeting. 

Patti Misita made a motion to “reserve a state table at National Convention at $200.”  MSP

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tamera Zona, Secretary

 

 

 
LMTA Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Lake Charles, LA
 
The meeting was called to order by President Judy McGehee.

Roll was taken by signature.   Those present were President Judy McGehee, President-elect Patti Misita, VP Membership LaWanda Blakeney, VP Certification Sue Steck-Turner, VP Publicity David Easley, VP Rallies Robin Ebeyer, Secretary Tamera Zona, Treasurer Janet Colbert, Treasurer-elect Teresa Thomason, Historian/Webmaster Katherine Tobey, Immediate Past President Donna Toney and Mila Olivier. 

The Minutes were approved.

Janet Colbert presented the Treasurer Report.  The balance in the account is $31,145.45.  The SOS fund, which is included in this amount is $2,618.58.  Teresa Thomason is taking over as treasurer.  

LaWanda Blakeney reported that membership was down 11.5% most likely because renewals have not been done.  A discussion of moving the membership due date to earlier in the fall took place.  For now, this will be a local decision.

Sue Steck-Turner reported that 104 members are certified and explained the new system of categories for certification in the yearbook.

David Easley discussed the length and content of The Score.  The Facebook page was discussed.

Rallies were successful this year however the margin of profit was small.  In order to continue without losing money, rally fees will increase to $25 per student.

2014 Convention will be held in Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

Members are encouraged to look online at www.MTNA.org  at the member benefits.  A “Code of Ethics” information e-mail will be set to the local presidents.  It is suggested that local associations adopt the future “Code of Ethics”

One teacher applied to the SOS hardship fund and had their dues paid for one year.

Respectfully Submitted by
Tamera Zona, Secretary
 
 
 
LMTA Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Lake Charles, LA
 
 
The meeting was called to order by President Judy McGehee.

Roll was taken by signature.   Those present were President Judy McGehee, President-elect Patti Misita, VP Membership LaWanda Blakeney, VP Certification Sue Steck-Turner, VP Publicity David Easley, VP Rallies Robin Ebeyer, Secretary Tamera Zona, Treasurer Janet Colbert, Treasurer-elect Teresa Thomason, Historian/Webmaster Katherine Tobey, Immediate Past President Donna Toney, Sarah Roy, Angel Carter, Pamela Pike, Joan Jensen, Lauren Lewandowska, Gulya Chandler, Jeanne Pattermen, and Joao Paulo Casarotti.

Janet Colbert reported that there is $31,145.45 in the account.  LMTA has signed power of attorney to the CPA in order to deal with the IRS.  Teresa Thomason has taken over the treasurer position.

Discussion ensued on changing the by-law in Article 1, Section 3 to read “Student membership shall be open to all full-time college students currently involved in music study, who are also members of an affiliated association  Student members shall be entitled to attend programs of the Association upon payment of the registration fee, to receive the official Association publication, and to enter students into LMTA events and competitions, but shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or enter students into MTNA competitions.” MSP.

A discussion about membership deadlines concerning eligibility for competitions took place.  For now, it will be a local decision.

Sue Steck-Turner reported that 104 members are certified and explained the new system of categories for certification in the yearbook.

Rallies were successful this year however the margin of profit was small.  In order to continue without losing money, rally fees will increase to $25 per student.  A place for the Torgrimson/Swanzy Competition is still being sought.

A new Intermission will come out after convention.

Picture from the convention would be appreciated for archival purposes.  Please put names on the photos and send them to the new webmaster, Laura Pray.

This year’s fellow is Marjorie Strickland.  Please make the check out to MTNA and put Marjorie Strickland – LA fellow in the memo.

Lauren Lewandowski  will give the results of the Independent Music Teachers Forum survey at the convention.

Jeanne Patterson discussed ways to encourage teachers to enter their students in the Elementary Auditions.

The Outstanding Teacher of the Year award was discussed.  Locals are encouraged to nominate at least one teacher from their district.

Donna Toney has been nominated for the South Central Division chair.  Please vote for her.

Discussion ensued about LMTA facebook.  Ideas about who should be allowed onto the network included members, former teachers or simply anyone.

Members are encouraged to look online at www.MTNA.org  at the member benefits.  A “Code of Ethics” information e-mail will be set to the local presidents.  It is suggested that local associations adopt the future “Code of Ethics”

Respectfully Submitted,
Tamera Zona, Secretary
 
 
 
LMTA Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Wesley Center
Woodworth, LA
 
Attendance: Judy McGehee, President; Patti Misita, President-Elect; Donna Toney, Immediate Past-President; LaWanda Blakeney, VP Membership; David Easley, VP Publicity; Sue Steck-Turner, VP Certification; Katherine Tobey,
Historian/Webmaster; Robin Ebeyer, VP Rallies; Janet Colbert, Treasurer; Mila Olivier, Member at large; Gulya Chandler, Member at large; Christy Corley, President – Lake Charles; Tamera Zona, Secretary.

President McGehee called the meeting to order and attendance was taken by signature. MSP dispense with reading of minutes from the last meeting.

Janet Colbert presented the Treasurer’s report. LMTA’s checking account balance is $31,281.45. The New York state association returned the $1000 donation sent by LMTA because their teachers were not in areas seriously
affected by Hurricane Sandy. Teresa Thomason will be taking over as Treasurer.

Lawanda Blakeney presented the membership report. She suggested that
local associations have early dues deadlines for members to be eligible to enter students in competitions. It was also decided to form a committee to oversee the establishment of a stipend for membership dues on an as-needed basis. This committee will be led by Donna Toney and Sue Steck-Turner.

Sue SteckTurner presented the Certification report. A discussion to continue the reimbursement of $100 for members who become nationally certified took place. MSP.

David Easley presented the Publicity report and will be sending out a postcard about convention to the membership. Robin Ebeyer presented the Rally report. This year’s student totals were: Harp- 7, String - 41 and the Torgrimson/Swanzy Competition - 170. A recommendation to raise the fee to $25 for district Rallies was MSP. A discussion was held about students entering their own students in competitions. A vote for eligibility upon payment of dues was MSP.

Katherine Tobey presented the Webmaster report and will have convention information updated soon.

Tuning the pianos for convention was discussed. LMTA will pay for four tunings and MTNA will pay for two tunings on Saturday for the competitions. Each tuning will cost $110.

Old Business included continuing to reimburse $500 each for two student chapter officers to attend the MTNA National Conference. It was agreed that Shearon Horton’s students who have previously participated in Rally could
continue to participate, and a recommendation to the full board will be made. MSP: LMTA will continue to reimburse half of the Young Artist entry fee and will continue to encourage teachers to become nationally certified. Recipient of the LMTA service award was decided. Donna Toney is running for South-Central division director-elect in February.

The Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Tamera Zona
Secretary
 
 
 
LMTA Full Board Meeting
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Wesley Center
Woodworth, LA
 
 
Attendance: Judy McGehee, President; Patti Misita, President-Elect; Donna Toney, Immediate Past-President; LaWanda Blakeney, VP Membership; David Easley, VP Publicity; Sue Steck-Turner, VP Certification; Katherine Tobey,
Historian/Webmaster; Robin Ebeyer, VP Rallies; Janet Colbert, Treasurer; Mila
Olivier, Member at Large; Gulya Chandler, Member at large; Christy Corley, President –Lake Charles; Tamera Zona, Secretary; Joao Paulo Casarotti, Community Outreach; Irena Jones, Monroe President; Angel Carter, Northshore President; Hannah Mayo, LAMTA VP; Chan Kiat Lim, Chamber Music; Yung-Chiao Wei, Strings Chair; Charlie Jones, Piano Chair; Pamela Pike, Student Composition Competition; Teresa Thomason, Rally.

President McGehee called the meeting to order
and attendance was taken by signature. MSP dispense with reading of minutes from the last meeting.

Janet Colbert presented the Treasurer’s report. LMTA’s checking account balance is $31,281.45.

Lawanda Blakeney presented the membership report. She suggested that local associations have early dues deadlines for members to be eligible to enter students in competitions.

David Easley presented the Publicity report
and will be sending out a postcard about convention to the membership.

Robin Ebeyer presented the Rally report. This year’s student totals were Harp - 7, String - 41 and the Torgrimson/Swanzy Competition - 170. A recommendation to raise the entry fee to $25 for district Rallies has been
approved by the Executive Board. It was suggested that Monroe send their students to the Ruston District Rally next year. Thank you to Carla Breaux and Suzanne Ashworth for a new Rally computer program which will make registering easier and record-keeping more uniform. The program will be used by all districts beginning in 2015.

Katherine Tobey asked everyone to please give updates to the incoming webmaster.

Chan Kiat Lim informed everyone that the Chamber Music Competition is growing. In 2012 there were 14 groups. This year’s Competition will be held November 2, at ULL.

Yung-chiao Wei encouraged everyone to attend the strings presentations at
convention.

A recommendation from the Executive Board to allow a former New Orleans teacher to continue entering previously participating Rally students was discussed. MSP in favor. It was also recommended to continue free student
registration at convention. MSP. Collegiate members are allowed to enter students in Rally as long as they have paid their dues. Two $500 stipends were approved for student chapter officers to attend the MTNA National Conference.
There was a suggestion that the recipients write a thank you letter to LMTA following the conference.

Joao Paulo Casarotti, Community Outreach Chair, described activities of his student chapter at Southern University. Ideas include on-line piano lessons taught to students in other countries, piano/practice room clean-up day, bake sales, and attending concerts as a group.

The Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Tamera Zona
Secretary


 

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