April 3-5, 2009, SAA Offices, Boulder, CO

Members present: Lamar Blum, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Mark George, Marilyn Kesler, Ruth Engle Larner, Carol Ourada, Diane Schroeder, Chair, Betsy Stuen-Walker (April 3-4 noon), Beth Titterington, and Pam Brasch, ex officio.

The meeting was called to order at 10:15 a.m. by Diane Schroeder, chair.

Motion #1: To approve the January 2009 minutes as presented.
M Carol Ourada S Betsy Stuen-Walker Carried

The 2009 Board of Directors election results were shared by Pam Brasch.

Motion #2: To acknowledge that the Board has received and read the Monitoring Reports.
M Teri Einfeldt S Lamar Blum Carried

A discussion of the 2008 Audit Report, led by Pam Brasch, followed.

Motion #3: Board defers to AUDIT Committee to choose CPA firm and decide if audit should be annual or bi-annual.
M Lamar Blum S Marilyn Kesler Carried

Ruth Engle Larner distributed a proposal for the SAA Gift Policy.

An update on the Annual Fund was given by Pam Brasch, followed by a report by the CD Committee regarding the Fall 2009 incentive
gift. Diane Schroeder shared giving totals for the Parent Fundraising Project.

Carol Ourada discussed plans for the Summer Institute Focus Meetings.

A showing of the newly produced SAA video, “The Promise…The Challenge” A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge, was next.

A discussion of the Monitoring Reports followed, specifically Policies 2.4, 2.1, 2.5, 2.2 and a Budget Summary (year thru April 1). These reports include: Treatment of member/customers, Treatment of Staff, Financial Conditions and Activities, Asset Protection, Compensation and Benefits, Services.

Motion #4: To go into Executive Session
M Ruth Larner S Teri Einfeldt Carried

Motion #5: To reconvene in Open Session
M Mark George S Betsy Stuen-Walker Carried

The Honorary Board Report was given by Beth Titterington.

An update on plans for the 2010 SAA Conference was shared by Christie Felsing and Pam Brasch.

Friday’s meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday’s meeting called to order at 9:15 a.m.

The 2009 Member-to-Member Challenge that will appear on the Virtual Leadership Retreat was shared by Pam Brasch.

Mark George led an exercise with the Board on Branding.

The Inter Board Committee report was given by Ruth Engle Larner and Marilyn Kesler.

The Certificate of Achievement, including its application requirements, was explained by Pam Brasch.

The new process for Teacher Training Registration online was shared by Pam Brasch.

The Annual General Meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. and was broadcast live online.

Saturday’s meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday’s meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m.

Carol Ourada shared a timeline for the Creating Learning Community awards presented at the SAA Conference.

Motion #6 To continue Pam Brasch as SAA representative to ISA.
M Teri Einfeldt S Ruth Engle Larner Carried

A discussion of ENDS Policies, specifically 1.0 followed.

2009-2010 Meeting Dates and Locations:

September 25-27 Detroit
January 8-10 Boulder
April 9-11 TBA

Committee Assignments:

Nominations: Mark, Teri, Marilyn O’, Pam

Development Steering: Ruth, Sue, Lamar, Mark, Betsy, Diane, Pam

Interboard: Marilyn K, Ruth, Ellen, Pam

Audit: Carol, Ellen, Diane, Pam

Board Education: Betsy, Teri, Beth, Christie, Pam

Honorary Board: Marilyn K, Betsy, Marilyn O’, Gail Lange, Pam

CD project (ad hoc): Paul Salerni, Lamar, Teri, Pam

CLC: Carol, Sue, Ruth, volunteer

Summer Institute Focus Mtg (ad hoc): Carol, Beth, Lamar

Former Board Member Committee: Beth, Diane, others

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Felsing, Secretary