February 11, 2003, Board Meeting Minutes

American Council of the Blind
Budget Committee Report
(Second Continuation)

The meeting was called to order by President Chris Gray at 7:35pm Central Standard Time on February 11, 2003.

Ms. Seliger called the roll and all Board members were present except two; Mr. Beatty and Mr. Speicher. Also absent was Mr. Olsen. Mr. Crawford was on the call.

Budget Note 15: Passed. One night’s lodging and one day’s meals during the Affiliate Presidents’ meeting weekend.

Budget Note 16: Withdrawn. $2,400 to assist individuals with advocacy.

Budget Note 17: Withdrawn. The incumbent left the employment of ACB and duties relating to that position have been given to others. The position will be left vacant for the foreseeable future.

The President deferred Budget Notes 2003-18 and 2003-19 until the Executive Session at the mid-year board meeting.

Budget Note 20: Pay increase of 3 percent for all National Office staff except the Executive Director.

Motion 1: Mr. Pomerantz moved that Budget Note 2003-20 be deferred until the post-convention board meeting. The motion failed on a role call vote of five affirmative and eight opposing. Those voting in favor were: Dr. Bradley, Mr. Miller, Mr. Pomerantz, Ms. Ruschival and Ms. Seliger. Those voting against were: Mr. Annunzio, Ms. Bazyn, Mr. Charlson, Ms. Christensen, Mr. Edwards, Ms. Keith, Ms. Schmitt and Mr. Sheehan.

Motion 2: Mr. Charlson moved to adopt Budget Note 2003-20. The motion carried.

Budget Note 21: A pay increase of 5 percent for the ACB Webmaster and director of ACB radio.

Motion 3: Mr. Annunzio moved to divide Budget Note 2003-21 into two different items. The motion carried.

Motion 4: Ms. Keith moved that a 3 percent increase in salary be paid to the director of ACB Radio. The motion was withdrawn.

Motion 5: Mr. Charlson moved to defer the issue of a pay increase for the director of ACB radio until the mid-year board meeting. The motion carried.

In regard to the Webmaster, the president suggested increasing the number of hours rather than increase wages.

Motion 6: Ms. Christensen moved to increase Ms. Earlene Hughes’ hours from 20 to 25 and an additional 3 percent increase in salary. The motion failed.

Motion 7: Dr. Bradley moved to increase Ms. Hughes hours from 20 to 30 per week. The motion carried.

Budget Note 22: The publication of the Braille Forum decreased to ten issues with two slightly larger combined issues during 2003.

Motion 8: Mr. Charlson moved the adoption of budget note 2003-22. On a roll call vote of seven to six, the motion passed. Those voting in the affirmative were: Mr. Annunzio, Ms. Bazyn, Mr. Charlson, Ms. Christensen, Mr. Edwards, Ms. Seliger and Mr. Sheehan. Those opposed were: Dr. Bradley, Ms. Keith, Mr. Miller, Mr. Pomerantz, Ms. Ruschival and Ms. Schmitt.

Budget Note 23: The Fall board meeting to be conducted via conference call.

Motion 9: Mr. Edwards moved the adoption of budget note 2003-23. On a roll call vote of five affirmative and eight opposed, the motion failed. Those voting for were: Mr. Charlson, Ms. Christensen, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Miller and Ms. Schmitt. Those opposed were: Mr. Annunzio, Ms. Bazyn, Dr. Bradley, Ms. Keith, Mr. Pomerantz, Ms. Ruschival, Ms. Seliger and Mr. Sheehan.

Motion 10: Ms. Ruschival moved to have a face to face fall board meeting but each member will pay his or her own expenses. The motion carried.

President Gray entertained a motion to adjourn. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 9:20pm Central Standard Time.

Respectfully Submitted,
Donna Seliger, Secretary