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Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, November 13, 2017
- Vice President Chandler called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m.
- Minutes from the October 16, 2017, meeting were approved.
- There was no correspondence to read.
- Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 33 voting members present; 6 excused absences; 1 unexcused absences; and 1 parliamentarian present.
- President’s Report – President Suzanne Smith was excused from this meeting. Vice President Kathy Chandler ran the meeting and thanked everyone on the Board for their participation, as this is the month for giving thanks.
- Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was approved.
- LPAT Report – Kathy Rogers reported that over 11,000 signatures were collected for the ballot question – Raise Up MA.
- MTA/NEA News – Tim Sullivan reported from the Group Insurance Commission recently did a survey of their members and are proposing major changes. There will be public hearings in January during which members can participate. Other health plans are required to meet the benchmarks set by the GIC, so all members will be affected by any changes. There is legislation proposing more members on the GIC to represent retired members and union members.
- Professional Recognition – Kathy Chandler & Sue Fitzpatrick – The Annual Banquet will take place this year on May 7 & 8, 2018. Nomination packets were available for distribution in locals. Nominations are due to PCEA Board members on March 5, 2018. Board members should be sure to publicize the date changes in their locals.
- Unfinished Business – None.
- New Business – Volunteers are needed to remove flags at the Bourne Cemetery on Sunday, November 19, 2017, between 9-10am.
- Good & Welfare – Suzanne Smith’s stepfather passed away last night. Eileen Page, a PCEA course instructor, was used as a handwriting expert on a History Channel show airing December 5, 2017.
- Announcements – Usual Announcements were made. The donation list for items to be collected in December were distributed. New teachers and presidents are invited to the December 11, 2017, meeting. Their meals will be paid for by PCEA. Tim Sullivan also distributed a nomination page for Nicole Provost to be an NEA Director.
Adjournment at 4:53pm.