SWS South Central Chapter
Fall Business Meeting Minutes
October 5, 2001 – Cleveland, MS
The Business Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists
South Central Chapter was called to order at 1130 by Ron Boustany,
President, with 32 members present. Boustany welcomed all
and thanked attendees for their participation in the meeting.
A quorum was declared by Secretary/Treasurer, Rebecca Howard,
and the meeting commenced.
Minutes: A copy of the minutes from the May 2001 Chapter
meeting in Chicago, IL, was distributed by Howard to meeting
attendees for review. A motion was made to accept the minutes,
and the motion passed.
Treasurer Report: The 2001 Annual Treasurer Report was submitted
to attendees by Howard (Attachment A). The report summarizes
deposits and withdrawals to the Chapter account that have
occurred since the 2000 Annual Financial Report, which was
submitted October 1, 2000. Total Chapter assets as of October
1, 2001 were $7,842.47, which includes $2,000 in a CD opened
in April 2001; the CD has a two-year term at a fixed interest
rate of 4.88%.
1. Membership -- Howard reported that South Central Chapter
membership in 2001 stands at 477 people, as listed in the
national Society records. At least 20 new members were recruited
through the workshops assocated with this meeting.
2. Program -- Marge Holland, President-elect, announced that
the Fall 2002 Chapter meeting will be held in Baton Rouge,
LA and will be hosted by Dr. Andy Nyman. Details on the meeting
will be posted on the Chapter website as they are finalized.
3. Nominations -- Past-President Mark Ford, Chair, noted
that the success of the Chapter depends on active participation
of the members and tabled this issue for discussion under
4. Affiliations / ByLaws / Special Issues -- No chairs exist
for these committees. The membership has agreed to let these
committees remain chairless until a need arises to make them
5. Archives -- Chair Ron Boustany noted that the archives
have been established in a file box housed at the National
Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA. He requested that
anyone who has any materials appropriate for the archives
send them on to him. Howard specifically requested any records
of the Chapter finances dated prior to 1998.
6. Special Committees:
SWS 2003. Lisa Gandy, chair of the SWS 2003 planning committee,
was not present at the meeting. She provided a written summary
of planning progress that was distributed by Boustany. The
theme established for the meeting is: ‘Wetland Stewardship:
Changing Landscapes and Interdisciplinary Challenges.’
Emphasis areas in the next few months should be developing
a meeting logo for use as a graphic in advertising materials.
An additional major emphasis must be obtaining sponsorship
funds. The sponsorship committee must raise an estimated $60,000
to $100,000 over the next year to effectively conduct business.
All committee chairs and committee members are posted on the
website, and plenty of opportunities for involvement remain
for any new volunteers.
Chapter Website. Chair Darrin Dantin announced that the
new website design has been completed and the site is up and
running. He solicited feedback and comments for any additional
information that should be posted. The site includes a link
to a section dealing with the SWS 2003 meeting.
1. Meeting Guidelines -- Boustany noted that the guide for
planning and conducting the Chapter fall meetings will be
updated based on new experiences and additional information.
This guide will be posted on the Chapter website.
1. Fall 2002 Meeting -- Boustany noted that Andy Nyman has
offered to host the meeting in Baton Rouge. The location was
approved by the Board.
2. Spring 2002 Elections -- Past-President Mark Ford called
for nominations for the following positions in the May 2002
election: President-Elect and two Board members. Nominations
must be received by Ford by February 2002. The 2002 election
will conducted primarily through the SWS website, but traditional
paper ballots will be available. Ford noted that 45 people,
about 10% of the membership, participated in our last election.
3. New Committee -- Howard proposed that the website be designated
as a standing committee rather than a special committee. This
proposal was seconded, and a vote will be taken at the spring
Chapter meeting; a two-thirds majority is required to establish
a standing committee.
4. Board Issues -- Boustany invited any member to submit
issues of concern to him for presentation at the mid-year
Board meeting of the International organization in January
The meeting was adjourned by President Ron Boustany at 1230.
Minutes submitted by:
Rebecca Howard, Secretary/Treasurer.
Society of Wetland Scientists - South Central Chapter
Annual Treasurer Report
October 5, 2001
Total Assets: October 1, 2000 $7,239.48
Account Activity: October 1, 2000 - September 30, 2001
||Fall 2000 Meeting Registration
|| Loan for SWS 2003
||Membership Dues - 2001
||Fall 2000 Meeting - Hotel Expenses
||Fall 2000 Meeting - Van Rental Supplies, Social
||Fall 2000 Meeting - Student Travel Awards
||Fall 2000 Meeting - Instructor Fees
||Legal Fees - SWS 2003 Hotel Contract Review
||National - 2001 Membership Fees
||Legal Fees – Contract Negotiations
||President Travel Expenses – Mid-year Board
||Open CD, 2 Year, 4.88% Fixed
||Spring Newsletter - Postage
||Texas A&M Galveston - Printing, Spring Newsletter
||Student Travel Award - SWS International
||Transfer to SWS 2003 Account (8K - 2.373K loan)
||PostMaster – Stamped Envelopes for Meeting Flyer
||Memorial Plaque – R. Saucier
Fall 2000 Meeting Profit $565.41
Total Assets: October 1, 2001
Checking Account Balance 5842.47
CD, 2 Years (04/03 maturity) 2000.00
Rebecca Howard, Secretary/Treasurer