Maine Career Development Association
Minutes from the March 22nd, 2006 meeting


Members present: Jim Burnell, Jim Peacock, Larry Lowery, Abby More, Jill Barlow-Kelley
Phone ins: Judy Danielson, Beverly Bayer, Dennis Fortier

Regular Business:

1. Minutes of the January 19, 2006 meeting – approved.

2. Treasurer’s report – approved. Currently have $2347.47 in checking and $2180.14 in Savings and $3000.00 in CD for a total of $7427.61.

3. Old Business:

A. MCDA delegate to attend National Career Development Association in Chicago will be Jill Barlow-Kelley. Expenses for registration, hotel and travel will be reimbursed by MCDA up to $1200. Jim Burnell attended last year.

B. Membership report – an updated report was sent to members by Suzie Wagner. There are currently 116 members.

C. “Business Links to Career Professionals” – Fall conference theme to be held on November 17, 2006. MCDA will invite Maine business leaders such as Pratt Whitney and IDEX as well as career professionals from the private and public sectors to present. One forum might be a panel discussion with breakout sessions. Larry mentioned that community colleges are good resources for local businesses. Site unknown to date.

D. June 19th conference update. Dr. Nancy Schlossberg will be the keynote speaker for the morning session from 9:30 – 10:30 followed by a second presentation from 1:15 – 2:15. Two concurrent sessions are scheduled for before lunch and after Nancy’s second presentation. J. Leigh will do a brochure with the schedule of presenters and their bios.

There was a discussion about including a book to be presented to the presenters (?) or to the conference participants (?). Exhibitors will be invited for a nominal fee of $25 which includes lunch and snacks.

Business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. All information is posted on the website. We are reminded to tell our constituencies.

June 8 will be a “packet party” to prepare registration packets for participants at 2 p.m. at the Augusta Career Center.

E. MeCA conference is March 19-21 at the Samoset Resort. Jill will attend wearing two hats – COA and MCDA representative.

4. New Business:

A. The committee welcomed Abby More as a new member to the association. She is the first USM student representative.

B. Treasurer: Check signing authority review/appointment – Committee voted that officers can be backup. Bev will report on the process.

C. Members Name Change: Larry initiated a discussion about the three levels of membership currently in place which included professional membership, regular membership and student membership. There was quite a bit of discussion about this at June 2005 conference. At this meeting the Association voted to have two membership levels only- Professional and Student. Jim Burnell will check with NCDA about modifying membership levels. If appropriate through NCDA there will be a vote requiring 2/3 majority at the June conference business meeting. There was a discussion about retired membership fee but it was decided that the $10.00 was nominal. This will be discussed at the June business meeting.

D. Action Plan for Newsletter: Jim Peacock discussed the idea with Leigh Hamilton. The discussion included how extensive the newsletter might be and topics to be included. It was suggested that links to career information, helpful resources, latest research, and reviews of articles and books related to career development. Committee members interested in helping include Jim P., Bill Schissler, Suzie Wagner, Robin Murphy, Jill Barlow-Kelley.

Open Forum: Value of getting information about MCDA conferences to other constituencies.

6. Next Meeting of MCDA will be May 24 at 2 p.m. at KVCC, Fairfield.

7. Adjournment at 3:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jill Barlow-Kelley:

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