January 2012 PAC Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In Attendance:  Blanca Aranda, Wendell Carey, Sheryl Corey, Alex Fenske, Shontrai Irving, Robert Johnson [via phone], Donna Lail, Tom Mavronicles, Victoria Merrill-Washington, Sylvia Planer, Lisa Sargent, Tom Szczepanski, Diana Virijevich.

Absent:  Jennifer Dinell, Chad Johnson, George Kopanakis, Natalie Shadowen, Mary Shields. 

Welcome:  Tom Mavronicles called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.   PAC Mission Statement was read by Tom.

Executive Committee:
President’s Report:  Tom had nothing to report for this committee. 

Vice-President’s Report:  Tom (subbing for George) reviewed budgets for Communications, Social and Membership Committees and stated that there have been some adjustments and may be some additional changes as the year progresses. 

Minutes:  Tom (subbing for Mary) asked the Board to review the November Meeting Minutes.  After the review Tom asked for the Minutes to be approved.  Wendell Carey moved that the minutes be accepted as presented.  Alex Fenske seconded.   All were in favor and none were opposed.

Financial Report:  Since there was no meeting in December, there were two months of financials to approve.  After both the November and December reports were reviewed by Blanca.  Tom as for the Financial Reports to approved.  Wendell Carey moved that the November report be accepted.  Lisa Sargent seconded.  All were in favor; none opposed.  Alex Fenske moved that the December report be accepted.  Donna Lail seconded.  All were in favor; none opposed.

Communications Committee 
Diana stated that the PAC tablecloth has been purchased.  Tom stated that the PAC banner that both Mary and he approved will be purchase and then it will be hung in the Fitness Center along with the other four/five banners already hanging there.  Tom stated that Kennedy Ave still has seven of the original banners install on Indianapolis and Kennedy, are still there.   Tom has a suspicion that the city of Hammond took down banners on Indianapolis and misplaced them and that they were not stolen.  Tom also stated that three banners, all with the Peregrine silhouette and one of with PAC logo, PUC logo and also the City of Hammond logo will be purchased and those banners and the photo of McDermott, Chancellor Cohen and Tom  taken for the banners installation will also be on permanent display at SLUB.  

New Alumni Committee   
Diana stated that PAC will have a table at Grad Fair at SLUB on April 3 to present information on our association and also will have a computer to take membership registration.   All students who sign up will receive buttons, pins or pens and first 100 will receive a 40% discount.  There will not be a graduation party as in the past.  It was believed that the $6,000 spent on the spring and winter parties produced no significant increase in PAC membership.  At spring party, only four grads signed up last year. 

Professional Development Committee 
Platinum Speakers event will be held on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Room with a View.   There are two topics from which to select ‘Justice-What’s law got to do with it?’ and ‘The Power of the Gavel’.   Topic will depend on lawyers on panel.  Shontrai was asked to be a moderator instead of guest speaker.   He will respond as soon as he knows what his schedule is. 

Social Committee
Tom reviewed the Wine Tasting Event which will be sponsored jointly by PAC, Purdue Club of Chicago and Purdue Club of Northwest Indiana.   Tom Szczepanski said PCNWI will provide up to $450.  Alex needs some figures before he can present to his board.   Sheryl will put together a draft budget.   We’re setting the number of people at 100.  40 people can fit in the wine tasting area, so we can have two groups of 40 people.   It was discussed charging a fee of only $10 and it is believed that there will be no problem getting 100 people.  It was also discussed having people register on line and using Purdue Club of Chicago PayPal account for payment.  There will be a table with information for scholarship donations for the three organizations.

Ice skating party cannot be held at Centennial Park because the pond does not freeze over.   There are other parks in the area with ice skating, but we did not consider them so ice skating event will not attempted this year.  Shontrai will investigate another type of a family outing.     

Membership  Committee
As part of a membership drive for this year’s graduates, PAC will offer a co-pay discount for these new members and they will pay $30 of the membership fee; PAC will pay the remaining $20.  Kick off for this membership drive will be the Grad Fair April 3.  The offer will be extended to the first 100 people that sign up.   We have to determine the length of time that this incentive will be offered.

Bob Hayes Award, February 18 – recipient this year is Ben Simmons.   He’s travelling from Texas to receive the award.  Women will play basketball against Calumet College.  At half time of the Men’s game, the Bob Hayes Award plaque will be presented.  

Purdue Clubs
Purdue Alumni:    Chad Johnson was not available but Tom reviewed the PA, Inc. sponsored Boilermaker Ball, February 25, Indianapolis.  Tom and Dan will be attending. 

Purdue Club NWI:  January 21, will be a Purdue basketball watch party will be held at Valpo Wings.  March 4, is a food drive with IU club.  June 19, the Club will sponsor Purdue’s Coach’s caravan.

Purdue Club Chicago:  Three members of the Club participated in Chicago Cares on Saturday, January 14. 

Club had an event for the members who were affected with the Navistar move from Fort Wayne to Lisle.

Blackhawks January 20 outing is sold out.  Purdue vs. Northwestern basketball game watch party on January 28 will be held at American Legion in Evanston.  $5 will be the cost for pre-game get-together.

The Annual Golf Outing registration and sponsorship information was sent out in November.  Outing will be held at Ruffled Feathers in Lemont on June 18.  This year, if registration is received by April 1, the price will be $125 per person.  After April 1, registration increases to $15.  Participants will be accepted at the door for $150 if spots are available.

Diana:  Chancellor’s appeal in November raised $60,000 in cash and pledges.  The Dean’s appeal will start in March.  Sheryl has been promoted; new title is Associate Director for University Events.

Sheryl:  Chancellor Keon installation [ceremony and reception] will be held March 20.  Invitations will be mailed out.  Student convocation will take place August 23, 11 am to 2 pm. 

Wendell made a motion to adjourn meeting at 8:11 pm.  Tom Szczepanski seconded motion.   All were in favor and none were opposed