Hansel was a special friend. When I first became a member of NAP he was president of MSAP and wrote me a personal letter of congratulations and invited me to be his guest at the upcoming State convention which was being held at the Historical Museum in St. Paul. He mentored me when I became president of the St. Paul Unit the first time. He encouraged me to attend the NAP Convention along with several others from Minnesota who were also attending. When I progressed to being a PRP, he wrote my name in on the NAP ballot for one of the positions that was up for election that year at the NAP Convention. My name was read off in the Tellers Report as having received one vote. The smile on his face when I gave him credit for that was the "give away." There was an occasion at another NAP Convention when we encountered NAP members that knew Hansel but did not know me. Hansel introduced me by name and then added "Ginny is my sister." That was the beginning of our frequent reference to one another -- I would say, "This is my brother Hansel; and if he was first, he would say, "This is my sister Ginny." That exchange served to confirm that he was a special friend. Hansel shared his knowledge and his experiences and served in that manner as our teacher. He would, during the course of a meeting, use motions that were not commonly used, such as I Call for Orders of the Day. That would prompt me to do more research and on one occasion when he used that motion, I had prepared a script that walked me through how to set aside the call for "Orders of the Day." That brought a HUGE smile to Hansel's face and that was my moment of realization that I had achieved what HE had set out to teach ME. Not uncommonly, I would get a letter in the mail from Hansel. Many times it was simply a clipping of a cartoon or comic strip that made a reference to some aspect of parliamentary procedure or meeting decorum. Sometimes it was just information that he thought I should be aware of. The personal touch. That was Hansel. Such a special man. He was so personable and never had any criticism of others. I miss him but I know that I will see him on the other side.
Ginny Altman, PRP
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