Let Me Hear From You

Let Me Hear From You

“Members Connect” at the January Board Meeting

By Kris English, PhD

The Academy’s Board of Directors will hold its third board meeting for the fiscal year 2010 on January 14-15. As one of our “green” initiatives, we will hold a “virtual” board meeting via conferencing technology from 11:00am-3:00pm ET both days. Board members will phone in across four time zones. Another innovation for this board meeting is the first application of a provision in the March 2009-approved Bylaws called “Members Connect.”

Section 5.2.1 (b) reads: “Members Connect. An American Academy of Audiology member in good standing may address the board during the Members Connect portion of the board meeting agenda. A request to address the board at a regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting must be submitted to the executive director a maximum of 30 days prior and a minimum of 14 days prior to the meeting. The request must be submitted via registered mail addressed to the executive director. The member will be allowed five minutes to present. There will be no immediate discussion or action from the Board of Directors at that time."

The Members Connect segment of the board meeting will be held on Friday, January 15, from 11:00-11:30 am ET. Do you want to address the board? Send your request electronically to our executive director, Cheryl Kreider Carey, CAE, by Monday, January 11 (note: we’re waiving several of the requirements this time only). The phone line is open! I’m including our “work-in-progress” agenda. The agenda is necessarily short since the usual 18-hour face-to-face meeting will be replaced with this 8-hour virtual meeting (with the rest of the work done by e-mail). A summary of this board meeting will be provided in next month’s issue of AT E-Newsletter.

Board Meeting Agenda

Thursday, January 14
11:00 am Call to Order

GOVERNANCE: Mid-Year Review (Board, Committees)

ASSESS/ADJUST STRATEGY: Health Care Reform: A legislative update – John Williams, The Federal Group; CMS update – Grant Bagley, HillCo Partners

POLICY: PUBLIC AND/OR OPERATIONAL: Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

3:00 pm Recess

Friday, January 15
11:00 am Reconvene


POLICY: PUBLIC AND/OR OPERATIONAL (cont’d): AAA Foundation; Strategic Documents Committee; SAA Advisory Committee; Consent Agenda (Note: Consent Agenda is acceptance of committee reports that do not require action by the board.)

ROUTINE BUSINESS: President’s Report; President-Elect’s Report; Past President’s Report; Executive Director’s Report; American Academy of Audiology Foundation; American Board of Audiology; Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education; Student Academy of Audiology

3:00 pm Adjourn