Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Kappa Eta Chapter Meeting
October 17, 2012
The meeting of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Kappa Eta Chapter, University of Wisconsin Baraboo-Sauk County was
called to order by President Ellen Weiland at 12:05 pm.
Present: Shawna Fikar, Svea Kastens, Robert Koss, Cindy Marthaler, Sally Miller, Ellen Weiland, Curtis Fisk,
Sara Suleski, Nicole Warren, Josie Meltesen, Diane Verwey, and Advisor Marc Boucher.
A motion to approve the agenda was made by Robert Koss, second by Sally Miller, carried.
A motion to approve the minutes of October 3, 2012 was made by Robert Koss, second by Sally Miller,
Svea Kastens spoke to our group about the Habitat for Humanity Shanty Town being planned for this evening.
Our organizational tasks include the registration table from 4-8 and helping Svea with the soup supper.
Boo-Fest is coming up on October 27th at 3:30 – 5:00 pm when the Zombie Walk takes place. Dr. Auld would
like our help collecting food and donations for the food pantry, which we will do along with a couple of
activities for kids. One activity will be playing tic-tac-toe with a college student, and the other activity will be
decorating cut-out pumpkins with a positive fall sentiment. We will be handing out candy to kids who
participate. Motion was made by Cindy Marthaler, second by Robert Koss to budget up to $75.00 for candy
and tacks for the event. Carried.
Highway Clean up will also take place on October 27th from 9 am to 11 am. We will meet on Highway A at the
intersection of A and Crawford Road. Needed supplies are bags. Motion made by Cindy Marthaler, second by
Robert Koss to budget up to $25.00 for bags. Carried.
Wassailing date is being determined. A “Doodle” will be set up with the dates of Monday-Tuesday-
Wednesday December 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 as choices. Sally Miller has already contacted several of the
nursing homes and they are fine with us coming either during supper time or right after supper. We will also
be bringing greeting cards (some people do not celebrate Christmas) for distribution.
Shawna Fikar reported that the garden is done for this year. We will start planning early next year for
Membership Drive update: To date we have 5 full members and 2 provisional members. One potential
member has requested a scholarship for part of their dues. After discussion, motion was made by Koss,
second by Miller to pay $50 of the $75 dues. Motion carried. Total new members is now 6 full and 2
Bylaws were brought forward for our annual review. Motion made by Robert Koss, second by Sally Miller to
make no changes this year. Carried. Second reading will be October 31st.
Academic Scholarships: Last year our group gave two scholarships, one for $300 and one for $200. This year,
we would like to propose a slight change. We would still like to give two scholarships, one being in memory
of Megan Dorn, using the criteria and format approved last year. The second one would be in Lisa Smith’s
name, and the person who receives it would demonstrate certain qualities that have not yet been
determined. We want to ask Lisa to help develop the criteria for this scholarship. Marc will meet with Lisa to
discuss this scholarship. Motion made by Robert Koss, second by Sarah Suleski to award two scholarships
this year, with the amounts being determined at a later time based on the funds we have raised this year and
funds that have yet to be raised. Carried.
Another fundraiser was discussed, since we now want to give two scholarships and our Parking Spot raffle
didn’t bring in as much as in previous years. We discussed having a brat stand at the Re-Store yet this fall.
We will have this on the agenda for the next meeting. We also can ask SGA for money for a particular
project, if the need would come up.
Regional Fall Leadership Workshop: Ellen Weiland attended this regional event for our chapter and gave a
brief report on things happening at the regional level.
Annual Chili Cook-Off. We are planning to prepare an entry in the annual Chili cook-off, based on a recipe
from Sarah Suleski. Motion made by Robert Koss, second by Cindy Marthaler to purchase ingredients for chili
not to exceed $50.00. Carried. Sarah has agreed to do the cooking, which must be done in the campus
kitchen prior to the cook-off.
In an effort to get a few more people attending our regular Wednesday noon meetings, we will be having
pizza and soda at the October 31st meeting. Motion made to order 3 large pizzas made by Robert Koss,
second by Sarah Suleski. Carried.
Adjourned at 1:00. Motion made by Sarah Suleski, second by Robert Koss. Carried. Next Working Session
will be October 23rd at 5 pm in the library, and regular meeting, October 31st at Noon in the EDR -- with