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Meeting Minutes

July 9, 2002

    Members Present:
    Kathy Batts
    Michelle Kimbro
    Dave Roback John Gorzalski
    Bill Parsons
    Jeanne Yee

    The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:55 a.m.

    June, 2002 minutes were approved.

    Treasurer's Report: Our balance as of May 31 was $5,070.30. Outstanding checks to two speakers (Craig Parrish and Tom Anderson) have not been deducted from this balance.

    Mr. Gorzalski, Ms. Kimbro and Mr. Parsons are currently planning on attending the annual meeting on September 27 in Grand Rapids. Mr. Roback and Ms. Yee will decide at a later date.

    Ms. Kimbro and Mr. Gorzalski attended the State Bar strategic planning session on June 13. The meeting was designed with breakout sessions to provide feedback for the State Bar in defining their role as it relates to supporting the sections. Topics covered included improving the timeliness of communication between sections, improving the sharing of information between sections, speeding up the implementation process and addressing the State Bar's financial issues.

    Mr. Gorzalski and Ms. Kimbro met with James Horsch at the State Bar to discuss our proposal on sharing the annual dues: 50% to the State Bar's General Fund and 50% to our Section. This request was not approved by the Board. We approved a plan to implement a $25 section due charge to obtain funding for our section. Mr. Gorzalski will contact Janet Welch about changes required in our bylaws in order to implement this the additional charge.

    The annual August dinner meeting has been scheduled for August 7. Mr. Gorzalski will determine a location. One of the possibilities is Sweet Georgia Brown.

    Mr. Gorzalski will work on the Summer, 2002 newsletter. Articles includes: the dues issue, summary of the State Bar strategic planning session, article on instant messaging and the slate of officers for 2002-2003.

    We will hold off on deciding on a fall speaker.

    We will not pursue Oakland University's offer to partner on a course. Ms. Mann will continue to investigate the possibility of adding a web site link to the Eastern Michigan University web site.

    Bill Wood will join us as a council member in the fall. Mr. Gorzalski will follow up with Greg Grass on his interest in participating.

    Evanne Dietz, our attorney liaison, has moved to Butzel Long.

    Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 a.m.



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