Board minutes, 10-18-12

NINA Board minutes

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

NIU Convocation Center, NIU-DeKalb

Present: (13) Larry Lough, John Etheredge, John Puterbaugh, Lonny Cain, Jim Killam, Jim Slonoff, Sharon Boehlefeld, Kathy Gresey, Roger Ruthhart,

Jason Schaumburg, Penny

Wiegert, Jason Akst, Dirk Johnson.

Absent (5): Randy Swikle, Marc Colosimo, Jeff Wisser, Nick Swedberg, Wally Haas

Three board seats are open.

Schaumburg called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Sept. 7 minutes were approved unanimously. (Ruthhart motion / Wiegert second)

Treasurer’s Report

Slonoff reported balances of $10,614.56 in checking and $5.94 in savings. A $1,000 check will be written tonight to the winner of the Excellence in Journalism contest.

Executive Secretary’s Report

Johnson said about 100 people are expected for the Fall Conference tonight. The NIU Communication Department has generously subsidized the event this year, which has allowed many faculty, high school and college students and high school advisers to attend.

President’s Report
Schaumburg said the eight-member task force met Sept. 28 and outlined three main areas of focus for NINA: training, education and networking. Future committee structure and board makeup will reflect these priorities. The task force also proposed some revisions to NINA’s constitution and bylaws, which will be discussed under New Business.


Committee Reports


Old Business

Mugs: Castle PrinTech of DeKalb has sponsored coffee mugs for all attendees tonight, Wiegert said.

New Business

The board unanimously agreed to propose the Task Force’s changes to the NINA constitution and bylaws to the general membership (Cain motion, Gresey second). This requires a vote during a general membership meeting, with at least 30 days notice. The general membership meeting will be held simultaneously with the next board meeting Dec. 7, and members will be invited.

Next meeting: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Northern Star

Adjourn 5:50 p.m.

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