President Janet Rasmussen called the meeting to order at the home of Rosemary Kenney. Other board members in attendance constituting quorum were Bo Nonn, Dawn Juliano, Paul Edison-Lahm, Kirben Smoody, Marty Muncie, and Larry Purchase. Also in attendance were Rosemary, Carol Hasenberg, Rik Smoody, and Doug Rasmussen. The minutes of the October 10th, 2015 board meeting were approved.
Treasurer’s Report was approved. PSU has acknowledged our scholarship check of $1,000 which places us in their “Dean’s Circle.”
Friday night lectures
Upcoming speakers include GSOC member Kyle Dittmer in January and Dr. Ashley Streig in February. Janet is working on setting up a PSU AV Training for January 8th at 6:30 p.m. Marty has Snack Committee volunteers through February and needs more sign ups.
Downtown Tour Part 2, North Tour is planned for this Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. GSOC member Eric Wheeler will be a guest field trip guide. Since this is advertised as a GSOC event, our standard waiver form should be signed by participants.
Urban Cave field trip: Bo is still researching this.
Neogene Geology of Eastern Columbia River Gorge. The board enthusiastically approved Dave Olcott’s proposed trip for June 11-12th, 2016, noting that this would be a good event to invite PSU student members to.
Carol will be researching a possible Delintment Lake/Solar Eclipse field trip for August 21, 2017.
President’s Field Trip: Bo is considering Southwest Oregon for this trip in the first week of September 2016.
Community Outreach/PSU: AEG/CORIBA
We are still interested in outreach to AEG and CORIBA. Bo plans to go to an AEG event.
Paul & Eric gave a presentation on Downtown Building Stone to the Architectural Heritage Center on November 10th.
Sheila and Paul are presenting at Woodland charter school next Friday. SW Charter School has invited us to attend their presentation on their project incorporating the Downtown PDX field trip.
Bo responded to an inquiry from a Pennsylvania Cub Scout leader and is creating a set of Oregon geology specimens for them.
Holiday Party recap
The board extended its hearty thanks to Carol for hosting last night’s very successful holiday party!
Dawn has reserved the Monarch Hotel for our banquet at noon on March 13th, 2016. We will need both vegan and gluten free options. Board approved buffet style instead of a plated meal. Janet is lining up the speaker. She will also be auctioning off a donated theodolite!
Old and New Business
We are pleased to have Rik back on board as our VP nominee for 2016. The complete list of nominees is Bo for President, Rik for Vice-president, Dawn for Treasurer, Paul for Secretary, Kirben for 3 year Director, Larry for 2 year Director, and Marty for 1 year Director.
The board considered how to recruit members to groom for potential board service. One idea was that we could use volunteers to assist with donations table at Friday night lectures.
Janet will create an updated version of the 2007 GSOC brochure.
Media Committee/Newsletter redesign
In an effort to distribute skills and responsibilities for our communications, Carol has taking over responsibility for creating the MailChimp e-newsletter. Carol and Paul are redesigning the printed newsletter to handle more images, to be in parallel with our web content, and to continue to provide an archiving function.
GSOC Business Cards: Paul is working on this project.
Next board meeting will be 10:00 a.m., February 13th at Rosemary’s.
Notes compiled from board meeting minutes submitted by GSOC Secretary Paul Edison-Lahm.