October Board Meeting and Legal Issues Symposium
On October 5, 2019 your SASFAA Board met in Charlotte, NC. Your Board addressed several issues important to the membership and made every effort to address the needs of SASFAA.
After considerable discussion it was decided to move the clock-hour workshop from the pre-conference session. The reason the Board made this decision was to better serve our colleagues who serve clock-hour institutions. Our Fed partners are not allowed to travel on the weekends and would not be able to participate. In order to strengthen the training provided we have created a clock-hour track in the agenda. By creating this track we will be able to involve our Federal trainer as well as our school based personnel. Please encourage institutions with clock-hours to attend the conference and participate in this special track.
The Board instructed our Electronic Services Chair to review the various options available for the mobile conference application. We want to continue providing the app, but we want to make sure we get the best possible rate.
A careful review of the budget was held during the meeting and the Board was challenged to make sure they were utilizing SASFAA funds carefully and with the best results for the membership at the front of all spending. A review of SASFAA’s investments was also providing during the meeting.
Our Membership Chair informed the Board that membership is up over 11% from last year. This is great news. We want to see that number increase as a strong SASFAA should help improve membership for our state associations. We are a team and we would love to see every member of SASFAA an active member of their state association as well.
Your Conference Chair gave an exciting report about our conference in February. If you haven’t made plans to attend, please make this outstanding event part of your travel plans. With the high cost of FSA this year, and with the strong Federal training at SASFA, this is a great way to stretch your travel dollars. The program is outstanding, and a dinner cruise is included. By the way, the dinner cruise was approved because its cost is appreciably less than a meal at the hotel!!!
Immediately after the Board meeting we had the Legal Issues Symposium. It was a fantastic three days discussing the legal issues we face now and in the future. The content was amazing and speakers were even better. Those who attended all expressed how beneficial this was to them as an individual, and to their offices. A special thank your to Joan Bailey and Brenda Brown for making this project a success.
The Board is working on many projects this year, and as each one will be included in this Blog, as they all come to fruition. Exiting things are already going on, and will continue with your help this year.
I will end with our quote for the year from Robert Greenleaf – “I will go; Come go with me!
SASFAA President 2019-20