SWS South Central Chapter
Spring Business Meeting Minutes
June 4, 2002 – Lake Placid, NY
The Business Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists
South Central Chapter was called to order at 1700 by Ron Boustany,
President, with 29 members present. Boustany welcomed all
and asked for brief introductions by all attendees. Boustany
provided a brief overview of Chapter activities over the past
year. A quorum was declared by Secretary/Treasurer, Rebecca
Howard, and the meeting commenced.
Minutes: A copy of the minutes from the October 2001 Chapter
meeting in Cleveland, MS, was distributed by Howard to meeting
attendees for review. A motion was made to accept the minutes,
and the motion was passed.
Treasurer Report: The spring financial report was distributed
to attendees by Howard (Attachment A). The report summarizes
deposits and withdrawals to the Chapter account that have
occurred since the 2001 Annual Financial Report, which was
submitted October 1, 2001. Total Chapter assets as of June
1, 2002 were $7,901.68, 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 membership numbers
in South Central Chapter is presently uncertain because of
delays in service resulting from the change in the Society
business office from Allen Marketing to Burk & Associates.
The official roster lists 430 members, but Chapter membership
for the past few years has averaged 460 - 480 people. Once
the records are updated with late renewals, is expected that
we will maintain this average membership level. A total of
26 new members were recruited through the workshops associated
with the Fall 2001 meeting in Cleveland, MS.
2. Program -- Andy Nyman announced that the Fall 2002 Chapter
meeting will be held in Baton Rouge, LA from October 8-13.
There will be two workshops offered in addition to the business
meeting and student presentations. A third workshop is being
organized by Paul Dubowy, and will be available to local high
school teachers to help them instruct students in preparing
presentations for the SWS 2003 meeting in New Orleans. Details
on the Fall meeting will be posted on the Chapter website
as they are finalized. Nyman noted that a Chapter-wide mailing
with the registration form will be forthcoming in late summer.
3. Nominations -- Past-President Mark Ford, Chair, announced
that about 50 people voted in the spring election. Ford asked
that people begin to consider nominations for President-elect,
two Board members, and Secretary/Treasurer, positions that
will be open next year for the spring election. In a related
issue, present Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Howard noted that
she will be installed as Treasurer-Elect of the International
Society at the business meeting on Thursday. She offered to
serve out the one year remaining in her term as Treasurer,
but asked for a volunteer to serve as Chapter Secretary until
next year’s regular elections.
4. Affiliations / 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 functional.
5. Bylaws – An issue was proposed at the Fall 2001
meeting that the Chapter webmaster be moved from special committee
to standing committee status. This issue was due for a vote
by the membership. After much discussion, a proposal was made
to cancel the vote and to make the webmaster a President-appointed
Board position. The proposal was passed, and a vote on this
issue will be made at the Fall 2002 meeting in Baton Rouge.
Darrin Dantin was appointed by President Boustany to temporarily
fill this position until the vote is accomplished.
6. Archives -- Chair Ron Boustany reminded members that the
archives are being maintained in a file box housed at the
National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA. Anyone
wishing to send materials for the archives is welcomed to
7. Special Committees:
SWS 2003. Lisa Gandy, Chair of the SWS 2003 planning committee,
provided a brief summary of planning progress. The meeting
will be held June 8-13, 2003, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on
Poydras St. in downtown New Orleans. The theme for the meeting
is: ‘Wetland Stewardship: Changing Landscapes and Interdisciplinary
Challenges. A very attractive meeting logo was designed by
Diane Baker and can be used for any advertising material.
A major emphasis must now be obtaining sponsorship funds.
The sponsorship committee must raise an estimated $50,000
to $75,000 over the next several months 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. Gandy noted that a working
meeting is scheduled for 1730 tomorrow, and invited all interested
members to attend.
Chapter Website. Chair Darrin Dantin solicited feedback and
comments for website listings. The site includes a link to
a section dealing with the SWS 2003 meeting. Carol Thompson,
Chair of the SWS 2003 publicity committee, also requesting
feedback on the 2003 meeting link.
1. Fall Meeting – Details of the 2002 meeting in Baton
Rouge have already been covered by Andy Nyman. A brief discussion
of future meeting locations followed. Boustany noted that
discussion at the Board meeting on the previous evening had
but forward the idea of holding a joint meeting with the South
Atlantic Chapter in Florida or with the Central Chapter in
Oklahoma. Paul Dubowy volunteered to gather more information
to present to the membership at the Fall 2002 meeting.
Installation of New Officers:
Boustany announced the following results of the Chapter spring
President-elect: Paul Dubowy
Board Members: Andy Nyman
Meghan La Peyre
Boustany expressed thanks on behalf of the Chapter to outgoing
Past-president Mark Ford and Board member Lisa Gandy. Boustany
assumed the duties of Past-president and turned the meeting
over to current President Marge Holland
Marge Holland stated that she is honored to serve as Chapter
President. She noted that participation of members is vital
to the continuing health of the Chapter, and specifically
encouraged participation in planning and conducting the 2003
International Meeting in New Orleans.
The meeting was adjourned by Holland at 1815.
Minutes submitted by:
Rebecca Howard, Secretary/Treasurer.
Society of Wetland Scientists - South Central Chapter
Spring Financial Report
June 4, 2002
June 1, 2002
Account Balance $5,901.68
Certificate of Deposit $2,000.00
Total Assets $7,901.68
Activity since last Annual Report (October 1, 2002):
||Fall 2001 Meeting Registration Fees and
||2001 Fall Meeting – Registration Refund
||Fall Meeting – Workshop Materials (books)
|| Meeting – Breaks (subsidized by direct donations)
||Meeting – Social Expenses & Workshop Lunch
||Fall Meeting – Instructor Travel Expense
||Transfer to International Society- 2002 Membership Fees
||Misc. – Fall Meeting Appreciation Gift
||President Travel Expenses – Mid-year Board
||Student Travel Award
Expenses for Fall 2001 Meeting: $3,622.25
Chapter net from Fall 2001 Meeting: $1,172.75
Fall 2001 Meeting New Member Recruitment: 26 [15 student,
Chapter Membership: ? (lag in record updates due to change
of Business Office )
Rebecca Howard, Secretary/Treasurer