President Josh Martin, PRP, appointed the following: Tellers: Richard Skimland, Judy Twisk; Timekeeper: Miriam Simmons, PRP; Minutes Approval Committee: Pat Reymann, PRP, Robert Vokes, Michael Orr, RP. Darleen Harens, PRP reported on the minutes of last year’s convention. Other Reports were available in the convention packets. Robert Vokes then rose to give a report on adoption/ rejection of several items to the bylaws/standing rules. Nominating Committee Chairman Robert Vokes presented the following slate of officers: President: Josh Martin, PRP; Vice- President: Miriam Simmons, PRP; and Secretary: Robert Vokes. He reminded us that the treasurer is in the second year of her first two-year term and is not up for election. There being no further nominations, the president declared that the nominations were closed. Ballots were distributed collected and counted. The President declared the election of:
Robert Vokes Nominating Committee Chairman presented the following candidates for the 2018-2019 Nominating Committee: Lucy Johnson, PRP; Beverly Kennedy, RP; Robert Vokes. There were no further nominations. After the ballots were cast, collected and counted, President Josh Martin declared the Nominating Committee elected: Robert Vokes chairman, Beverly Kennedy, Lucy Johnson.
During the break which followed there were educational materials available for sale provide by Darleen Harens, PRP and materials by the historian Pay Reymann, PRP were also on display. Budget Committee Chairman Judy Twisk moved the adoption of the 2017- 2018 budget. After a web allocation amendment from $50 to $350 the amended budget was adopted. Josh updated us on the NAP report as well as the latest information on the National Training Conference.
After a buffet lunch, our presenter Jeannette Williams, PRP, gave an unusual and entertaining workshop entitled “Let’s Have a Meeting!” What made it unusual and challenging was that you did not know when you would be called on to participate until the last second, so you had to pay close attention. After the workshop, Jeannette also installed all of the officers using the theme “Cheerios” where all the incoming officers received different flavor boxes of cheerios.
Thanks to photographer Bob Williams who took pictures of both the Northern Lights (NLP) and Saint Paul (SPU) Units! The convention was adjourned sine die at 2:15 p.m.
We have events upcoming at both the state and national level. The National Training Conference will be held from September 7-9 in Buffalo, NY, and it is sure to include many educational seminars from our fellow parliamentarians. On Saturday, October 6th, we will have our own educational seminar. It shall once again be prepared by Pat Reymann, PRP, so I am certain it will be at least as big a success as last year. For those of you who wish to consider your own parliamentary education, please consider attending one or both of these events.
Josh Martin, PRP President