The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:50 a.m.
October minutes approved.
Ms. Batts met with the State Bar office (Karen Ruddy, director of finance; Kim Johnson, finance administrator; and Becky Hunter, finance assistant) in Lansing on October 23. A new reimbursement request form, with approval from the chairperson, and a W-9 form (for any new vendors) must be completed for reimbursement requests. Mr. Gorzalski will contact Becky Hunter at the State to give verbal approval for the mileage reimbursement request that Ms. Batts submitted for the meeting in Lansing.
Treasurer's Report: Based on the September 30, 2001, financial statements, we have $5,466 in the account. The annual meeting cost has not yet been deducted from the account. The dues will be posted in October (the new fiscal year). We will monitor the financial statements for the checks that were returned to our account.
Ms. Batts has not had a chance to search for alternative meeting locations. Currently, all meetings are scheduled to occur at the Baker's Square in Birmingham. The annual meeting is scheduled for September 25-27 in Grand Rapids.
The fall newsletter has been distributed. Mr. Gorzalski thanked Ms. Yee for distributing the newsletter. Mr. Gorzalski and Mr. Roback will work on the next newsletter, which is anticipated to be issued in January, 2002.
The fliers for the Disaster Response and Recovery seminar have been e-mailed out. RSVPs are to be sent to Mr. Parsons. Mr. Gorzalski announced the seminar at an ALA meeting and received positive responses. Ms. Kimbro will e-mail the flier to some of the interested responses and she will contact the Controller's group regarding the seminar. We should continue to recruit by word of mouth. It would make the most sense to promote the firm's IS person to attend. Concluded to pay a $500 honorary fee to the speaker, Craig Parrish. Mr. Gorzalski will obtain a W-9 from the speaker to determine whether the fee should be paid to the speaker or to Integrated Technologies Management.
Possible speakers for future sessions include:
- Women in Law, Making the Case—Anne Weisberg, Esq.—article from the Grand Rapids Press regarding the speaker was distributed.
- Happenings in the Legal Market Place—Ed Wesemann, consultant, the Edge Group.
- Electronic Filing—e-mail from Trent Cahill regarding electronic filing in Michigan was distributed.
Ms. Mann presented the Skillpath proposal for online courses. The cost is $149 per person per year and opens up all the courses available in the Skillpath library. Skillpath gave the impression that they would not be very flexible on the pricing. Since we are not certain about the number of people that will sign up, this is not a cost viable option. Ms. Kimbro presented the option of putting a list of online links to training resources onto our web site and Skillpath could be one of the options.
We also discussed the EMU online course. This option works better for a full-time student than it does for the business professional. This option would not serve our current needs.
Ms. Mann will investigate whether there are any online alternatives with Oakland University.
Proposal was received from Richard Rassel, chair of the State Bar Committee on Multidisciplinary Practices, asking for Committee input on fee sharing proposal. Comments should be directed to Richard Rassel per the memo.
Ms. Yee will follow up with Twila Willard to obtain an updated member distribution list.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 a.m.