March 31st Board Meeting Minutes

April 1st Board Meeting Minutes

April 1st General UMRA Meeting Minutes


UMRA BOARD MEETING

March 31, 2006

Meeting called to order at 6:45am by President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter.

UMRA board members present:

President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter
First Vice President Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter
Second Vice President Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter
Secretary Arlan Okerson, CMS, Badlands Chapter
Treasurer Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter

Absent:

Sergeant-at-Arms Mark Walenz, Missouri Valley Chapter

Delegates present:

David Olson, CMS, Webmaster, Red River Chapter
Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter
Richard Kropp, Missouri Valley Chapter
Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter
Nick Cress, Twin Cities Chapter

Minutes of the April 9th, 2005 board meeting were read and approved with the correction being made to indicate Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter would get the plaque for the past president instead of the achievement of the year award. Motion made by Dave Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter to accept the minutes with the change. Seconded by Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter. Motion passed.

The Treasurers report was given by Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter. The account balance is at $6171.64. Motion to accept made by Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter. Seconded by Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter.

An update was given by David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter for the Bylaws Committee. Most of the changes are corrections of typing errors and cleaning up language in the bylaws. Copies of the bylaws will be brought to the next meeting.

President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, asked for volunteers to serve on the Member of the Year Selection Committee. The committee members are Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter, Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter, and Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter. Nominations for the award are due by midnight, tonight. President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, will ask Bruce Kamperschorer, CM, Twin Cities Chapter to arrange for the name to be put on the plaque.

President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, reminded the board that we need a location for the 2007 conference and asked board members to visit with chapter members about holding the conference.

President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, asked for volunteers to serve on the Sergeant-of-Arms Selection Committee. Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter and Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter volunteered.

President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, provided an update on the conference attendance. There are 58 members and 23 spouses registered.

David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, gave a report on the website. The sign up to receive the on-line newsletter was not well received. President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, suggested this be brought up at the general meeting on Saturday. Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter, made a motion to have the Webmaster, David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, formulate a letter to be sent to all UMRA members informing them about the website. The board will review the letter before it is sent. Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Motion to adjourn was made by Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter. Seconded by Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20am.

Respectfully submitted,
Arlan Okerson, CMS, UMRA Secretary



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UMRA BOARD MEETING

April 1st, 2006

Meeting called to order at 6:32 am by President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter.

UMRA board members present:

President Jim Senst, Cm, Twin Cities Chapter
First Vice President Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter
Second Vice President Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter
Secretary Arlan Okerson, CMS, Badlands Chapter
Treasurer Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter

Absent:

Sergeant-at-Arms Mark Walenz, Missouri Valley Chapter

Directors present:

Ed Stockert, CMS, Badlands Chapter
Tony Egeberg, Badlands Chapter
Michael Zerr, CMS, Souris Chapter
Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter
Nick Cress, CM, Twin Cities Chapter
Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter
Bruce Kamperschroer, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, International Sergeant-at-Arms, Region 11 Director

Minutes of the March 31st,2006 meeting were read. Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter made a motion to approve the minutes as read. Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter seconded the motion. Motion approved.

Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter, presented the Treasurers' report. The balance is at $6171.64 with the following bills presented for payment:

Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter - $86.83 for past President plaque
David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter - $356.40 for website work

With payment of these bills, a balance of $5728.41 would remain. Motion to accept the treasurers report was made by Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter. Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter seconded the motion. Motion approved.

Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter made a motion to approve payment of the two bills presented to the treasurer. Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter seconded the motion. Motion approved.

Bruce Kamperschroer, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, provided an update on the conference attendance. A total of 60 members have registered. The sponsoring chapter goal was to have at least 75 register. Even though that goal was not reached, he felt the chapter would be able to meet expenses. To date, $16,222 has been taken in.

Sergeant-at-Arms selection was tabled until the special meeting before the UMRA general meeting.

Location for the 2007 conference was tabled until the special meeting before the UMRA general meeting.

Member of the year selection was tabled until the special meeting before the UMRA general meeting.

The bylaw changes were presented by David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter. Copies of the original document, the new document and the proposed changes were distributed. The proposed changes are as follows:

  1. Article I Section I
    1. Add to end of first sentence "(RSES)."
  2. Article VI Jurisdiction
    1. Change Roman numeral to correctly identify as article four.
  3. Article "VI" Section 1
    1. Add to end of sentence "as defined by RSES International."
  4. Article V Section 1
    1. Add provision that directors may be appointed, and "from their respective chapter".
  5. Article VI Section 1
    1. Capitalized June Thirtieth.
  6. Article XV
    1. Renumbered to XIV to keep in numerical order.
  7. Article XVI
    1. Renumbered to XV to keep in numerical order.
  8. Article XVII
    1. Renumbered to XVI to keep in numerical order.
  9. Article "XVI" Section 1
    1. Delete "elected representatives" and replace with "directors".

A motion was made by Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter, to approve the changes to the bylaws. Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter seconded the motion. Motion approved. These changes will be presented to the members at the general meeting for the first reading. They will then be presented at the 2007 general meeting for final approval

David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, presented copies of the privacy policy that will be posted on the website and also the proposed letter to be sent to members explaining the site. A motion was made by Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter to send this letter via e-mail and regular ground mail to each member in the U.S. and to the Canadian Presidents and chapter Secretaries. Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter seconded the motion. Motion approved.

David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, asked for funds to offset the cost of the mailings. Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter, made a motion to pay David Olson $750.00 to cover expenses for copies, printing and mailing. If there is excess money, the remaining funds will be used to cover future website expenses. Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter, seconded the motion. Motion was approved.

A motion to adjourn was made by Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter. Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter, seconded the motion. Motion approved.

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Arlan Okerson, CMS, Badlands Chapter



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UMRA GENERAL MEETING

April 1st, 2006

Meeting called to order by President Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter at 4:55 pm.

UMRA board members present:

President Jim Senst, Cm, Twin Cities Chapter
First Vice President Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter
Second Vice President Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter
Secretary Arlan Okerson, CMS, Badlands Chapter
Treasurer Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter

Absent:

Sergeant-at-Arms Mark Walenz, Missouri Valley Chapter

Twenty three members present in addition to the board members.

Minutes of the 2005 general meeting were read. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter. Motion seconded by Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter.

Treasurers report was presented by Treasurer Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter. The balance after paying bills presented at the last meeting is $4978.41. Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter made a motion to accept the report. Mike Kempel, CMS, Red River Chapter, seconded the motion. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter, to have all officers move up one position. Mike Zerr, CMS, Souris Chapter, seconded the motion. Motion passed. The new slate of officers will be:

Randy Cress, Twin Cities Chapter President
Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter First Vice President
Arlan Okerson, CMS, Badlands Chapter Second Vice President
Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter Secretary
Mark Walenz, Missouri Valley Chapter Treasurer
Mike Kempel, CMS, Red River Chapter Sergeant-at-Arms

The selection committee for Sergeant-at-Arms nominated Mike Kempel, CMS, Red River Chapter for the position. No other nominations were presented. The committee presented a motion to elect Mike Kempel, CMS. Motion seconded by Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter. Motion passed.

Site selection committee report:
Chris Daly, CM, Red River Chapter, and Jim Senst, CM, Twin Cities Chapter, suggested two or more chapters work together on hosting the conference. Both offered to help. After some discussion, Ed Stocker, CMS and Arlan Okerson, CMS, both from the Badlands Chapter, offered Bismarck as the site for the 2007 conference. A motion was made by Woody Seemann, CMS, Souris Chapter, to advance the Badlands Chapter $1000.00 to help with expenses. Dale Buehler, CM, Black Hills Chapter, seconded the motion. Motion passed.

David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, provided an update of the changes to the bylaws. These changes will be posted on the RSES-UMRA website. The changes will be voted on at the 2007 general meeting.

David Olson, CMS, Red River Chapter, provide information to the general meeting on the change in the distribution of the UMRA newsletter. It will be sent by e-mail and posted on the website at www.rses-umra.org. A letter will be sent by e-mail and regular postal service to all Region 11 members in the United States. Canadian chapter Presidents and Secretaries will be e-mailed the information for distribution to their chapters.

A motion to adjourn was made by Gary Nysveen, CM, Red River Chapter. The motion was seconded by Dick LeBrun, Twin Cities Chapter.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Arlan Okerson, CMS, UMRA Secretary



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