The meeting was called to order by Steve Moeller at 12:30 pm on Friday, December 7, 2007 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport. Participating members included: Steve Moeller, Joe Cassady, Doug Newcom, Harold Hodson, Scott Price, Ron Bates, Phil Dorn, Fields Gunsett, Darrell Anderson, Scott Newman, Ken Stalder, Max Rothschild, Dale Miller, Everett Forkner, Clint Schwab, Glenn Conatser, Max Waldo and Todd See .
Joe Cassady and Steve Moeller reported to the group that they had discussed with Glenn Conatser the opportunity to become Secretary Treasurer following completion of the 2007 Annual Meeting and Symposium financial commitments. Steve Moeller briefly discussed the responsibilities of the position to all in attendance. Glenn indicated that he was willing to take-on the responsibility, in particular if funds to support his expense related to travel to the Annual Meeting and Symposium were available given that he will be phasing out of the university setting. A motion to accept Glenn Conatser as the Secretary-Treasurer of NSIF was forwarded by Todd See with a second to the motion made by Darrell Anderson. Following brief discussion that Steve Moeller would coordinate transfer of the position (likely in February, 2008) and help where needed in the transition, the motion passed unanimously.
Results of caucus for new board members and officers were reported and discussed. Results were as follows:
Swine Breed Associations
- Clint Schwab - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Mark Brubaker - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Doug Stewart - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Max Waldo - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
National Pork Board
- Everett Forkner - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Dan Hodges - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
Artificial Insemination Companies
- Harold Hodson - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
Central Swine Testing Stations/Organizations
- Dallas McDermott - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Scott Newman - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Dan Hamilton - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Archie Clutter - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Doug Newcom - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
Directors at Large
- Fields Gunsett - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Bob Kemp - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Scott Price - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
A motion to accept the caucus results and appointment was forwarded by Ken Stalder and a second by Todd See. Motion carried by unanimous approval.
Office Elections: Motion by Ken Stalder and a second by Todd See that Doug Newcom move into the position of NSIF President. Motion passed. Motion by Ken Stalder and a second by Doug Newcom that Todd See move into the Vice-President Position. Motion passed.
- President - Doug Newcom - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Vice President - Todd See - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
- Editor - Ron Bates - Continuing
- Secretary-Treasurer - Glenn Conatser - Continuing
Locations for the 2008 NSIF Annual Meeting and Symposium were discussed. Nebraska City and Nashville were offered. Based on discussion among the group, Nashville, TN was the preferred choice. Ken Stalder moved and Todd See seconded a motion to have Glenn Conatser investigate opportunities for a meeting in Nashville to be held on December 4 and 5, 2008.
A member brought forth some questions regarding the NSIF web-site and the difficulty some experience accessing the site, including some being directed to the old NC-State site. Todd See indicated that due to a server malfunction, an old server containing the NSIF materials was open for a short period of time during the Fall of 2007. This problem has been fixed. Discussion regarding having a committee look into opportunities to modify the site was held and the decision was to establish a plan as the new committee structure was developed.
Scott Price suggested that we may wish to meet with other groups in the future if there were opportunities, including some of the existing breeder's round tables.
Joe Cassady made a motion to formally introduce a policy to wave registration fees for all speakers. Todd See made a second to the motion. Motion carried unanimously. In addition, suggestions were offered to utilize a committee structure to formalize Guidelines for Re-imbursement of Expenses to Speakers to avoid future issues.
A strong suggestion was made to combine the annual call for membership with a call for sponsorship of the annual meeting. The effect would be to expand the opportunity for willing members to make a financial commitment beyond the annual membership fee. This task will be assigned to the membership committee in conjunction with communication with the Secretary-Treasurer.
Steve Moeller indicated that expense of pre-proceedings may increase in the future due to a movement away from preferred pricing that has currently been used as a result of university affiliation. Suggestions on alternatives are a charge to the symposium committee if costs are expected to increase drastically.
Ultrasound certification is expected to take place at Iowa State University in May, 2008. The exact date is not set, but will be communicated to members when known.
Joe Cassady made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Phil Dorn. Meeting adjourned 1:25 pm.
Steven J. Moeller
Secretary - Treasurer