Called to Order at 10:16am at the home of Mary Sosa
Opening Ritual lead by Second Vice President Sandra Edwards
Pledge of Allegiance lead by Second Vice President Sandra Edwards
Thought for the Day from Chaplain Orma Moon – quote from Lord Byron
The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports from our Elected Board and Appointed Board giving us information as to what they have done and any plans they may have for the future.
Minutes: Cynthia Dion, Recording Secretary
I received minutes from Convention on time.
Treasurer: Laurel Lichtenberger:
President: Ida Schultz
President Ida asked Robin Allred to read the minutes from the last board meeting. Motion made by Robin Allred and seconded by Christine Bishop. The board accepted the minutes as read.
Ida reported on the I.C. Convention. She learned a lot and mentioned that Cindy Riner picked up some information for ESA foundation. Ida would like to thank all for allowing her to represent the State of Florida.
Email Scams. President Ida has had her email hacked. She explained that she does not have an AOL account. It has spread through her email address book. She cautioned for all members to be diligent when opening email if it looks suspicious. President Ida confirmed her correct email address for the board. There were many good ideas from the board members.
President Ida wished Sharon Roberts happy birthday, it was a big 60!
President Ida presented her budget. It was voted and seconded. She will update for the yearbook.
Chapter Monies received for Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will be going to our Treasurer going forward as we have 2, $100 gift cards we give for citizenship that needs to come out of the money.
1st Vice President: Sharon Roberts
Sharon wrote an article for the Lamp regarding new pledges and how do we attract and keep more of them. She sent out 2 more welcome cards to new pledges and she will be sending out invitations to them to attend Mid Year.
The bottom line is “WE NEED MORE MEMBERS”. Ida requested a copy of this year pledges. Ida stated the Bi Laws regarding members and MAL.
Sharon is looking for a volunteer to be her Jr Foundation Coordinator next year. Robin Allred volunteered for this position.
2nd Vice President: Sandra Edwards
Sandra congratulated Sharon Roberts on her good job with getting pledges.
Mid Year will be hosted by Theta Tau and held o October 13, 2018 at the Hyatt Place Orlando Airport in Orlando, FL
Leadership will be hosted by Alpha Nu & Epsilon Lambda will be held in Cocoa Beach, Fl
Convention will be sponsored by Rho Chi and will have an Italian theme since it will be held in Venice, Fl. It was suggested that all members bring their passports
Sandra mentioned that Mid Year 2019 will be held in Crystal River, Fl. There is a meeting bid for Convention in 2020. She is still looking for bids for Leadership 2020. Robin Allred mentioned that all bids must be voted on by membership.
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Sosa
Mary says this job is the best job ever and loves it! Provided State correspondence as well as presented the Treasurer’s report.
Minutes Received: 51 On Time: 51
Chapters Reporting: 20 On Time: 16
Councils Reporting: 0 On Time: 0
Treasurer: Laurel Lichtenberger – presented by Mary Sosa
Chapters paid as of 8/25/18: 15
Members paid as 8/25/18: 150
Beginning Balance: $5,878.28
Expenses: $ 817.33
Ending Balance as of 8/17/18 $8,370.95
Philanthropic Director: Malinda Remington
Malinda stated that Philanthropic Reports may be submitted via e-mail. She also presented ideas for the 2020 SERC Convention that the State of Florida will be hosting. There is a choice between a hotel and a cruise. Preliminary information was discussed as well as the pros and cons of both.
Educational Director: Christine Bishop
Chapters Reporting: 8 On time: 8
Councils Reporting: 6 On time: 6
Jr. Past President/Disaster Fund Chairman: Trudie Myers
IC received her report on time. Updated forms can be found in the yearbook and online.
Awards Chairman: Beth McCoy
Several changes were made regarding the Outstanding Youth awards to be in sync with the IC Outstanding Youth awards. The new deadline is February 1st. Middle School category is for grates 7-9 and High School category is for grades 9-12. She announced that Barbara Fry and Verna Cornell stepped up to take care of the Association of the Arts.
Chaplain: Orma Moon
Reported greeting cards sent.
Easter Seals Coordinators: Sr. Margaret Williams, Jr. Ruth Ann Richwine – no report
ESA Foundation: Cindy Riner
Reported ESA foundation budget
Executive Advisor: Rhonda Coy
Hope for Heroes:
Lamp Editor: Sue Ceriale
Discussed the banking proposed changes. She reiterated the need for a new Lamp Editor. She reminded us of the deadline for our article which is 9/10/2018.
Outstanding Youth Chairman:
Parliamentarian: Robin Allred
St Jude Coordinators: Sr. Peggy Redmond, Jr, Amy Holloway – Reminder that St. Jude Walk is coming up and walkers should be sure to sign up under ESA group
Scrapbook Chairman: Lisa Harris
Requested pictures via mail or email
SERC State Counselor: Pinky Barbour
Pinky presented ideas pertaining to SERC. She wanted to know how many people would be interested in the Tabasco tour during SERC. She announced New SERC website address. All will need to re-register for this new website.
Ida printed a yearbook for every chapter and 1 for each board member. There are additional changes that will need to be updated in the yearbook. Changes will be on the Florida State Website as well.
Verna Cornell discussed Mid Year and its activities. She called for volunteers to be a “thing”.
Ida discussed the Turn Around fund and invited Robin Allred to explain it.
Please pass this along regarding the Thursday Tabasco Tour.
Send your Thursday tour payment to Pat Thibodeaux
1759-A Anse Broussard highway
Breaux Bridge, LA
$35.00. Please remind them to specify "Thursday " on their payment. Thanks!
Based on past SERC conferences, the executive and appointed board and the SERCHETTES are busy most of Friday and would not be able to do the tour, Anna is trying to find out if there is enough interest from us in doing the tour to try to schedule one for Thursday at 9am. Would you please request from your executive and appointed board if they are interested in arriving early and attending this tour. I will send to the Serchettes requesting the same info. She would like to have this info as soon as possible so I’m asking that the info be returned immediately.
Thank you, SERCHETTE President Sharon J Larrison
Sent from my iPhone
Please consider going to SERC this year in Louisiana and supporting Melinda Remington, SERC President and Pinky Barber, incoming SERC president. This information is about the tour for Thursday morning.
Hello State Presidents
As the SERC Webmaster I wanted to let you all know that we have a new website. Please go to http://www.esa-serc.com/ to access the SERC website.
Also, I am asking that you send this link to ALL your chapter members especially those members that you know are going to the SERC Conference in November. You can access the registration form, hotel information and Tabasco tour form from the above link.
ONE MORE THING - if you have not sent me your state's Executive Board and Appointed Board rosters, please send that to me as soon as possible. If your not sure, just send it again.
There are 10 jewels surrounding the open book on the badge. These are pearls, ever synonymous with wisdom. But each jewel has a special significance to the wearer of the pin.
The First Pearl - Wisdom The Second Pearl - Beauty The Third Pearl - Strength The Fourth Pearl - Truth The Fifth Pearl - Fidelity The Sixth Pearl - Fellowship The Seventh Pearl - Cooperation The Eighth Pearl - Loyalty The Ninth Pearl - Vision The Tenth Pearl - Service
Together they comprise 10 attributes which every ESA member strives to achieve in life.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a premier leadership and service organization. ESA helps its members achieve their goals. The purpose of ESA is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference. ESA focuses on good friends, good works, and good times.
A. To promote closer relations and co-operation between chapter members, local chapters, officers, International Council, and ESA Headquarters;
B. To support and fulfill the needs of chapters striving to reach their common goals in social, educational, and philanthropic endeavors;
C. To encourage friendship and fellowship through members and chapter association.
The Florida State Council is a member of the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) whose goals are:
1) To serve as a means of fellowship and unity among the member states; 2) To serve as a guiding light for states with their problems and an exchange of ideas; 3) To serve as a way of growth of ESA within the member states charter chapters and new members; 4) To serve as an aide for transferees from one member state to any state; 5) To promote closer relationships and fuller cooperations between member states and headquarters; 6) To promote candidates from member states to IC offices; 7) To achieve 100% IC dues within member states; 8) To encourage attendance and participation in awards and contests at IC convention.