Arizona Council for Exceptional Children
Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting held on No. 8, 2003
Name and Title of individuals present:
Mary Platner - Past President Lorie Gerkey - President Jacqueline Denton - Secretary/Membership
Daniel Gulchak - Web Master Joan McDonald – CAN Mary Brownell – Newsletter Editor
Sue Shinn – DEC President Leila Williams – President Elect
Sept. 13, 2003 minutes reviewed. Minutes approved by L. Williams with 2 nd by M.
II. Officer/Committee/Division/Chapter Reports
A. Secretary/Membership Chair
NAU sent an email that they believe that there are several individuals interested in an
active chapter. The current membership statement reports 7 members.
The current balance is $37,749.78. Money is expected to come in for the conference on
autism as well as Deb Simmons and the on-line course. 2003-04 expenses for liability
insurance and website hosting have already been paid.
C. Vice President No Report
D. President Elect
Leila will make updates on the conference flyer. She will get hotel information to include
as well. Thus far there are 21 individuals that have been confirmed for presentations.
The next piece to work on is breakout times, start/end time, keynote speaker time.
Dave Fitzsimmons will be a guest speaker.
L. Gerkey provided requirement for financial support. Need to have additional meeting
with Miriam P. to go over ADE goals in order ask for help on conferences and speakers.
Kudos were given to Mary Platner.
F. Past President
Mary Platner along with Katie Barclay and Dave Roels are working on the by-laws update.
Focus of the national conference is high stakes testing, highly qualified personnel and
disproportionality. The names of the president and president-elect are to be submitted
by Nov. 1 for contact information. A motion by Joan with a 2 nd by Mary P. was made to
approve expenditure of funds at a total of $800 each to the president and president-
elect to cover the national conference costs. In addition registration would be paid
for any executive board member that chooses to attend. The motion was approved.
The next newsletter will be printed via email on Jan. 15. All information and articles are
to be submitted by Jan. 1. To be included is information regarding the China trip, the
state conference flyer and registration form, a president’s message, and links for the
minutes, legislative updates, awards and events.
The listserv is up and running. Individuals can subscribe/unsubscribe. The website
includes the newsletter, chapters can post events.
J. Central Arizona Chapter #159
The chapter held a Happy Hour, which registered 2 new members. The chapter will
donate $500 to the “I Can Do IT” award and 60% of the registration fee for students
to attend. Deb Simmons will present at the end of Jan.
K. Tempe #588
30 people attended a workshop on behavior. A workshop on meeting diverse needs is
coming up. They are going to have their 2nd annual Transition Fair.
L. Southern Arizona Chapter #195
A workshop on “Survival Tips” was held on Oct. 23. Dec. 2 the chapter will hold “Nuts
and Bolts of an IEP” in the Sunnyside School District.
M. Grand Canyon #1147 No Report
Spring conference will feature Are Cenosio on Law. Lorie G. is the chapter treasurer and
Will ask about he possibility of sponsoring the “I Can Do IT” awards.
O. DCDT No Report
The chapter will discuss the possibility of sponsoring the “I Can Do IT “ award. They are
having a conference with Diane Bricker.
Q. Northern Arizona #137
Chapter has been inactive. The federation discussed the possibility of sponsoring 1-2
scholarships so that they can attend the annual conference. The chapter may need some
“start up” money from the state funds.
R. Arizona State University West #090 No Report
S. Arizona State University Main No Report
III. Business at hand
A. Old Business
i. Several members of the House and Legislation met to discuss Universal Design.
Pressure is needed from school boards. Currently 21 states have e-books, 26
with Braille laws. Standards guidelines have been submitted so files could be
easily formatted. This should not be a huge cost, because of the sophistication.
B. New Business
i. Paperwork was completed to submit information for the sponsorship if the China
trip. Information will be available at the conference and on the web.
ii. Mary Platner moves to give $300 to the “Yes I Can” awards from the CEC AZ
Federation general fund (including proceeds from the on-line course). Jacqueline
2nds it. Discussion follows t use the general fund only and to keep the course
funds separate. Motion denied. Daniel made a motion with a 2 nd from Lorie to
use 70% of the on-line course funds, as advertised to help with the “ Yes I Can”
awards. Motion approved. Mary Platner made a motion with a 2 nd by Lorie for
CEC AZ Federation to contribute $300 to the “Yes I Can “ award. Motion
iii. Lorie made a motion with a 2nd by Daniel to add an additional $100 to the CAN
budget for costs incurred through mailings, folders, copying, etc. Motion
iv. Joan made a motion with a 2nd by Mary P. to meet with the State Provincial at
the national conference. Motion denied.
v. Mary P made a motion with 2nd by Lorie to agree to keep the regular dues fee at
$2. Motion approved.
vi. Mary made a motion with a 2nd by Lorie for Lorrane to disburse the appropriate
funds to each chapter. Motion approved.
E. Motion to adjourn approved