Minutes for WEASA Membership Meeting
March 26, 2008
Meeting came to order at 3:04 pm.
Members on the phone: Debbie Moberg, Mark Heitstuman, Sarah Smith, Norman
Suverly, Tim Waters, Janet Schmidt, John Fouts, Sheila Gray, Phil Peterson, Susan Kerr,
Aaron Esser, Doug Warnock
Others: Sandy Macnab, OSU Extension
1) No treasurer’s report available because Frank Hendrix was working at the bull
2) Sandy Macnab was asked to join our meeting to give us an update on the 2009
AM/PIC meeting in Portland and to seek assistance from WEASA. There will be
a pre-conference animal science tour to start in Boise and will travel through
Eastern Oregon. Doug Warnock and Mike Stoltz will serve as co-chairs for the
Life members committee. “New Corps of Discovery” is the theme of the
meeting. They will need help with organizing the dinner that occurs after the
professional tours. Also need help with the airport booth. A question was asked
about providing food for breaks. At this time, Sandy has not been given a
conclusive answer from the Oregon Convention Center on whether or not they
can bring food in from outside sources. Jane Schmidt suggested maybe unique
food items could be brought that could not be supplied by the OCC’s vendors.
Susan Kerr has forwarded to WEASA tour idea lists and current chairs of
committees. Sandy stated they still need a chair for the meals committee and for the
labor pool. If you want volunteer or have any contacts or ideas email Sandy at
Aaron Esser and John Fouts were discussing a possible pre-conference tour that would
start in Spokane and tour through the Palouse, Benton/Franklin Counties, and in Snake
River Country. Tim Waters stated he would assist that tour.
Sandy stated they need an additional $200,000 to cover costs. They have raised $90,000
so far. If you have any contacts for donors please let him know. Idaho has committed
$4000 and Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Utah are sponsoring meals.
There is a need for about 25 computers for the computer lab. Anybody have Microsoft
After Sandy signed off, members discussed possible financial contributions from
WEASA. According to Treasurer’s report from last year’s meeting, we had $4600 in our
checking account and $34,000 in our mutual Fund.
Debbie Moberg moved to donate $4000 at this time to the meeting and to consider later
more support after we have more information on the break and food situation.
Aaron Esser seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Other discussion continued on how to use our money for supporting the meeting. Susan
Kerr raised the idea of assisting WEASA members and life members financially to attend
the meeting in Portland. Doug Warnock stated that we should only support active
members. One example of support would be to pay the registration fee or the equivalent
amount. General support was expressed by the group. It will be tabled for a later
meeting since we needed more information from Frank on how to access the money in
the mutual fund.
3) Those planning to attend the 2008 meeting in Greensboro, NC are: Aaron Esser,
Norman Suverly, Susan Kerr, Mark Heitstuman, Steve VanVleet, and Paul Carter.
If you’re name has not been noted, please let Mark know.
4) Discussion on professional improvement opportunity for WEASA members.
Susan Kerr stated that there was a lack of commitment on the last couple of
attempts due to lack of travel support. However, there was no lack of interest.
Norman Suverly suggested networking with west side ag/nat. resource staff
(WEASA and non-WEASA members) in order to drum up interest in a state
professional improvement opportunity. Aaron said he would assist in this project.
Janet Schmidt suggested an email survey to assess interest and needs. Janet also
reminded the group the NACAA scholarship fund is available to support group
professional improvement opportunities for those who have made donations to the
5) New WEASA members were recognized: Tim Waters, Phil Peterson, and Dale
6) National committee members were recognized: Norman, Susan, Tip and ?
7) Next meeting will be a phone conference on May 7 at 3pm. Action will be taken
on further financial support of the 2009 AM/PIC.
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm.