Unfortunately, the global economy nosedived, and despite careful planning and additional cuts, MTNA finds itself with less cash than anticipated. [...] the Board has taken additional actions. [...] of the current economic realities, MTNA remains committed to providing significant programs and services for our membership and to ensuring that everything we do is valuable to the music teacher and the music teaching profession.
Music Teachers National Association Annual Meeting Of The Association Atlanta, Georgia • March 31, 2009 MINUTES CALL TO ORDER our membership and to ensuring that everything we do is valu- MTNA President Gail Berenson called the meeting to order at able to the music teacher and the music teaching profession. 11:45 A.M. on March 31, 2009. Treasurer Price explained that the FOUNDATION FUND, while a part of MTNA and therefore included in MTNA’s financial PARLIAMENTARIAN reports, has its own checking account. All contributions go to In accordance with Article XIII, section 1, President Berenson the general FOUNDATION FUND, unless designated by the donor appointed Phyllis Pieffer to serve as the parliamentarian for the for an endowment fund. The FOUNDATION FUND provides awards meeting. for student competitions, local association grants, teacher RECOGNITIONS enrichment grants and state affiliate grants. To maximize the President Berenson recognized the following special guests in contributions to the FOUNDATION FUND, the MTNA general fund attendance: absorbs all of the overhead expenses for the FOUNDATION FUND. Board of Directors: Officers: President-elect Ann Gipson, Treasurer Price assured the members that MTNA is in good Vice President Janice Wenger, Secretary-Treasurer Judith Price financial health—that its assets are protected and its resources Directors: Karen Thickstun, East Central Division; Debra are used appropriately. The MTNA Board of Directors provides Florian, Northwest Division; Celinda Hallbauer, South Central oversight. It has established financial policies that protect the Division; Fay Adams, Southern Division; and Lezlee Bishop, assets, approved the annual budget, and it monitors financial Southwest Division reports prepared by the staff. The Board oversees the annual Past National Presidents: audit and adopts policies that govern the management of James Norden, Joan Reist, R Wayne Gibson and Phyllis Pieffer investments. The staff manages the day-to-day operations and prepares and presents accurate and complete financial informa- ADOPTION OF AGENDA tion on a monthly basis for the Finance Committee. The agenda was adopted as distributed. Treasurer Price concluded by thanking the membership for the privilege of serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of MTNA. MINUTES The minutes of the March 2008 MTNA Annual Meeting of the REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT Association were distributed. As there were no additions or President Berenson gave the Annual Report of the President, corrections, the minutes stand as written. summarizing a few of the highlights of her term in office. Two REPORT OF THE TREASURER outstanding conferences were held during Berenson’s biennium: President Berenson recognized Secretary-Treasurer Judith the 2008 conference in Denver, CO, and the 2009 conference in Price, who presented the Treasurer’s Report. A handout was Atlanta, GA. A collaborative performance track was added to the distributed to the membership containing an excerpt from the 2009 conference and plans are underway for the broad topic of MTNA annual audit report for FY 2008 year end (June 30, collaborative performance to take on greater prominence at the 2008). The information summarized MTNA’s financial position. 2011 conference. In collaboration with the Canadian Federation Treasurer Price reported on the impact of the current economic of Music Teachers, (CFMTA), MTNA sponsored a special Wellness crisis on MTNA. In anticipation of the crisis, and to replenish our Symposium in New York City, July 2008, which was enthusiasti- cash position, austerity spending measures were initiated in the cally received. Work continues on the strategic goal to promote summer of 2008 along with the exploration of ways to reduce globalization through the strengthening of our relationships with our overhead. At its December 2008 meeting, the Board agreed the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers, the European Piano on a gradual process to deal with
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