Minutes for meeting of NNJM

When: Sunday, August 9, 2015
 
Where: Van Saun Park, Paramus, in advance of Annual Picnic
 
Who attended: Robert Curtis, Angela Daidone, Bill Holzmann, Juliette Holzmann, Keith Armonaitis, 
Dave Geiger, Lisa Maxwell (RVC)
 
Bob called the meeting to order at 11:20 a.m. The minutes of the May 10, 2015 meeting were presented 
and accepted by a vote of 3-2, with Bob, Angela and Keith voting "yes" with Bill and Juliette voting "no" 
to the motion.
 
Local Secretary's Report
 
      a. Nisha Zoeller has been reappointed chair of the Scholarship Committee for 2015-16.
      b. Angela has begun the application process to become a proctor/testing coordinator. She received 
      materials from the national office and will coordinate with Miriam Schneidmill going forth.
      c. SIGHT coordinator Derek Hornby has resigned because he moved out of the NNJ region. Juliette 
      will post opening in the next newsletter.
      d. Gifted Youth Coordinator Stephanie Janssens (nee Glenn) continues to organize exciting activities 
      for the chapter's youth members. She regularly posts on Facebook. The next activity will be a trip 
      to the Bergen County observatory. Note: Stephanie and Kyle Janssens were married this weekend.
 
Report was unanimously approved by committee.
 
Treasurer's Report
 
Bill shared the financial report and new budget, both of which were unanimously approved by the committee. 
He will follow up with party interested in donating to the scholarship fund. Also, he will reach out to 
last year's scholarship winner to present award.
 
We discussed info on reducing costs for newsletter, including the ongoing issue of mailed hard copies vs. email.
The chapter CD will be transferred from the New Jersey Manufacturer's bank to Spencer Savings.
 
Imprint Editor's Report
 
Juliette said she posted Angela's column online because she did not receive it in time for the printed 
version. Juliette is still struggling to find enough content for the newsletter. Lisa offered some 
suggestions as to how to find relevant content from the national site, and agreed to help whenever 
possible in locating relative material.
 
Webmaster's Report
 
Bob continues to update the website, including the posting of minutes and updated information of the chapter. 
Keith added that he will be moving the server in the next 30-60 days to one that will afford the ability to 
do additional reporting (i.e., Google analytics, Click-e).
 
Program Coordinator's Report
 
Keith is looking to organize a lecture event, possibly focused on astronomy that will be attractive to 
members and the general public of all ages. He is going to reach out to a group that meets at the Morris 
Museum as a start, in the hopes of engaging members (and new members) from that area. As of now, there 
is no timetable.
 
Old Business
 
Bob reiterated his concern that the newsletter come out on time, citing standards set by the national office 
as well as the need for the calendar to be timely for members. Bill said that in order for the newsletter 
to be relevant, there needs to be more copy as well as calendar items to post, which have been lacking as 
of late. A lively discussion ensued regarding the lack of calendar items and possible reasons for that. 
Lisa suggested we appeal to members via Facebook or direct interaction (email) -- perhaps search our 
database for members who are writers, etc. -- to contribute on a regular basis or even write and occasional 
article.
 
Bob revisited the need for 12 issues per year, without a combined summer edition. Going forth, the committee 
agreed on this.
 
New Business
 
Juliette aired her concerns regarding Bob's emails of the handling of the newsletter. After an animated 
and contentious discussion, the situation resolved without further incident and the committee agreed to 
move forward.
 
In other new business, Bob stated he would send out an email to the committee with possible dates for the 
next ExComm meeting. That date is TBD.
 
Bill moved to adjourn the meeting at 12:24 p.m. with Keith seconding the motion.