PIRA Business Meeting 2004
Meeting called to order at 4:03 by Roger Key
A motion to accept the Minutes from 2003 as amended to reflect spelling corrections was made
by Machele Cable and second by David Haley. Motion passed.
Old Business: No Old Business was brought up.
President-Elect's report was not available.
Treasurer's report was read.
PIRA has 80 paid members and 97 unpaid on the books as of today. That includes 18 new
members in 2003 and 7 new members in 2004.
Treasurer suggested that the maintenance of the membership list should be transferred to
a membership chairperson.
The Treasurer brought up the question of what value the membership receives for their
dues, and the need for the membership to receive value for their money in addition to the
satisfaction of supporting PIRA.
Dale Stille spoke for the need to maintain a $5000 cushion for the resource room.
Also there was discussion at to whether PIRA officers should be excused from dues for
the work performed. I was brought up that this is the existing arrangement for the
newsletter editor. Checking the constitution was suggested.
Motion was made to create the position of Membership Chair by Stephen Irons
Dale Stille asked Tony Papirio to review the constitutionality of separating the newsletter
editor and membership chair's positions. The motion was not seconded
Vice President's / resource room report
Machele Cable reported that as of this afternoon the expensed were about covered. She
went on to detail the resource room expenses and explain what the projected income
would be. She also reported on how Bauder Fund money is used.
Dale Stille made a request that more help is needed in setting up the resource room.
Many hands would make the job go faster and relive some of the burden on the people
No official report was available due to meeting time being after the PIRA Meeting
David Maiullo reported that there were almost 40 attendees, which he considered a very
good turnout. In addition to the presenters Jason St. John, David Haley and Dale Stille
were recognized for their help and a big thanks to Zig and Varney Johnson for their
Van Bistrow made a motion to formally thank Varney Johnson for his help. Motion
passed by show of hands.
Dean Hudeck reported that the lab workshops were a big success and thanked the
presenters. Mary Creason has volunteered to take over as lab workshop leader for the
It was reported that the bibliography is available on the web
A problem is that there is no formal follow-up after the meeting.
DCS committee will meet at 10am on Tuesday.
David Maiullo and Jerry Zani will represent PIRA at the meeting. It was reported that the
Bauder fund is being well used.
LCS committee will meet Tuesday. Decisions will need to be made about the direction of
the LCS. Machele Cable indicated she will need help organizing. Ramon Torres
questioned if an LCS is even possible.
17 people attended the session. Sam Sampere made a suggestion that faculty cjairs be
made aware about PIRA concerns. Annie Atiyeh volunteered to work on this. She also
indicated that a preliminary report of Professional Concerns from the minutes should be
published on the PIRA website for member review; with more input from the next
Summer Meeting would allow a final report. Dean Hudeck mentioned that a previous
study was done.
Van Bistrow reported that two years ago it was decided to update the salary survey.
Roger Key and Cynthia Coutre worked on the preliminary survey and now the task is to
put out the word that the survey is going on.
Machele Cable reported the bold new graphics, that the resource CD is posted and that
Officers and committed chairs have been added.
The reprinted Sutton book is out and for sale. Stephen Irons thanked those that helped
submit newsletter items.
Dale Stille volunteered to take on the responsibilities of the Presidents position.
Machele Cable was elected Vice President.
David Haley was elected secretary.
The possibility of establishing a paid life membership was brought up. Stephen Irons said
he would look into establishing pricing.
No other new business was brought forward.
Meeting Adjourned at 5:54