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    July 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

    ArkGeo Board Minutes
    July 11, 2014

    Immediate Past President: Kent Uhrich
    President: Morgan O’Neal
    Executive Vice-President: Rich Swanson
    Treasurer/Secretary: Judy Vaughn
    Website Manager: Kevin Cackler


    Start conference call recording
    Open Discussion

    Board Members present:

    Kent Uhrich
    Morgan O’Neal
    Judy Vaughn
    Rich Swanson
    Sandy Fryar
    Sharon Simmons
    Linda Tredway – phone
    Kevin Cackler

    Kim Uhrich


    ** President's Report: prepared by Kent Uhrich
    Goal 1 - Membership -- Increase registered voters by 20% by 5/31/13.
    Owner: Kent Uhrich
    Status – 07/11/14 As of 07/11/14 there were 300 registered voters. Of the 300 registered voters 141 have not signed on in over 24 months.

    Goal 2 - Fund Raising – Implement 2 fund raising initiatives to raise $350.00 by 5/31/14
    Owner: Judy Vaughn
    Status – 07/11/14 - With the purchase of new merchandise along with selling of new and old merchandise, funding 2014 state event, we have met this goal.

    Goal 3 – Events – Hold 1 general membership meeting by 6/15/14.
    Owner Sandy Fryer
    Status – 07/11/14 Event was held on June 7, 2014 at Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Ft. Smith Arkansas

    Goal 4 – Events – Hold 2 CITO events by 6/15/14. – Owner Kent Uhrich
    Status - 07/11/14 1 CITO was held in Feburary 1, 2014 at Sparda Park in Clarksville.
    Status07/11/14 1 CITO was held on June 28, 2014 at Janet Huckabee Nature Center in Ft. Smith.

    Goal 5 – Events – Hold 2 ‘Eat & Greets’ by 6/15/14 in the following regions of the state:
    NW – Planned on this date this location – Owners Morgan and Kent
    NE – Planned on this date this location – Owners Linda and Chris
    Central – Planned on this date this location – Owners Mark and Judy
    SE – Planned on this date and this location – Owners Ron and Jim
    SW – Planned on this date and this location – Sandy and Ron
    Status – 07/11/14
    1 event held in Central in Nov
    1 event held in SE in Nov
    1 event held in SW in Feb

    Goal 6 – Teaching Opportunities. Teach Geocaching at 4 locations around the state by 5/31/14.
    Owner: Community Relations Committee - Kent Uhrich
    Status – 10/11/13 July 18 ArkGeo taught at East Lab.
    Status - 01/12/14 Nov ArkGeo attended the GIS event in Little Rock.
    Status - 04/11/14 – Feb ArkGeo helped Lake Ouachita State Park in teaching a Geocaching Workshop.
    Status - 04/11/14 - April ArkGeo President was asked to speak to Cabot Girl Scouts and then take them on a geocaching adventure to find 5 geocaches.

    This format should keep our goals and progress out in the open and help keep us accountable.

    ** Treasurer’s Report:
    Arkansas Geocachers Association Statement of Income and Expenses
    for April 11, 2014 – July 11, 2014
    Prepared by Judy Vaughn, Secretary/Treasurer

    Beginning Balance
    Geocoin sold on ebay
    Fundraising: Merchandise & Raffle
    Transfer Money from PayPal
    TOTAL Income
    $ 705.25
    $ 361.12
    Annual Event - Food
    $ 300.24
    TOTAL Expenses
    $ 661.36
    Closing Balance

    PayPal Balance
    $ 190.21
    Checking Balance
    TOTAL in Checking & PayPal

    $20.00 in Merchandise bank bag

    * Website Manager's Report: Kevin Cackler
    Everything is going good with the website.


    ** Election Committee: Chris Denton - Board Liaison
    Election was held. 72 members voted in the election.

    Real Name Caching Name
    Number of Votes
    Sharon Simmons Flyfishingcachers
    Rich Swanson The_Griswolds
    Kristie Boucher Moore Guwisti
    Jason Nuckols jclaudii
    Les Williams Savoy
    David Solomon KSDS97
    Jackie Hefley Razorback01

    ** Fund Raising Committee: Judy Vaughn - Board Liaison
    Committee Members:
    Flyfishingcachers, Chairperson
    Angel 06
    MathSeeker, Board Liaison

    Committee Activities:
    More Tye dyed T-shirts were ordered/purchased. ($361.12)
    Committee is working on getting the Path Tag back design drawn.
    Committee solicited items to be raffled at the Annual Meeting.
    Raffle was conducted and merchandise was sold at the Annual Meeting Event. ($485.25)
    Coins were sold through PayPal: 6 coins ($74.26 after postage and fees)

    ** Community Relations Committee: Kent Uhrich - Board Liaison
    Nothing new to report for this quarter.

    ** Events Committee: Sandy Fryer - Board Liaison
    Respectively submitted by Sandy Fryar, please see following for the quarterly report from the Event's Committee.

    The 2014 Annual Event was a success with 102 in attendance. The event in general was considered a great one by the majority of the events committee. There are always problems, but as we move forward the committee will attempt to iron out the wrinkles.

    The 2015 Annual Event was originally recommended to be held in Little Rock at the Nature Center, but in the weeks since then there has been a great deal of communication concerning the event. Since little to no work has been done toward next year's meeting in Little Rock the general membership of the committee would like the board to consider and vote on holding the Annual Arkgeo meeting in Paris, AR. A local geocacher in Paris has done quite a bit of footwork toward that goal and has obtained some sponsorship toward the cost of the event. The committee believes that the best place to hold next year's meeting would be Paris. The Little Rock location was chosen quickly and without being able to contact all the committee members in an effort to have a date ready for announcement at the meeting. This they believe was done too fast and is one of the corrections that the committee will try to make for the 2016 Annual meeting.

    There are no updates for an Arkansas Challenge for 2014. The committee chairperson has not finalized a location. Updates to follow on the Forums.

    The Events Committee would like to welcome Sharon Simmons, Kristie Boucher and Rich Swanson to the Board and state that they are looking forward to working with these new members.

    ** Membership Relations Committee: Morgan O’Neal - Board Liaison

    Current Membership Relations Committee Members:
    Morgan O'Neal - drmo913 (Board Liaison)
    Ron White - ronwhite
    Judy Vaughn - MathSeeker (Chair)
    Justin Murphree - arkfiremedic
    Sharon and Glynn Simmons - Flyfishingcachers
    Mark Willis - thefab5willisclan
    Chris Dickinson - Saint Aubie

    Membership Relations Committee Activities:
    Selected Arkansas Geocachers to profile on the ArkGeo website:
    May Jim & Susan Yeager aka Apache Scout and Sioux-ZQ
    June Richard Swanson aka The_Griswolds
    July Kristie Moore aka Guisti

    ArkGeo Newsletter:
    discussed but is currently in hiatus


    I. Possibility of selling ArkGeo coins on eBay. (Kent Uhrich was given 10 coins to
    sell on eBay)

    II. Arkansas Challenge – No update – Events Committee is still looking for a location

    III. 2015 State Event – Motion by Sandy Fryar with Second by Morgan O’Neal

    Motion: Events Committee desires the board to rescind the vote for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be in Little Rock and to change the location of the 2015 Annual Meeting to the fairgrounds in Paris, AR.
    Motion Carried. The 2015 ArkGeo Annual Meeting will be held at the Paris, AR fairgrounds.

    IV. Cache of the Month\Year (Kent/Membership Committee)
    - Membership Relations Committee will review when they get the guidelines.


    I. Welcome New Board Members:
    -Sharon Simmons (Flyfishingcachers)
    -Rich Swanson (The_Griswolds)
    -Kristie Moore (Guwisti)

    II. ArkGeo Goals 2015:

    Goal 1 Membership: Increase active membership by 20% which would be measured by the increase of the number of votes in the annual election of board members in 2015. Owner: Morgan O'Neal

    Goal includes the task of cleaning up the membership as outlined in the standing rules: "Web site accounts that have not been active for over two years and have no forum posts will be deleted. Web site accounts that have been inactive for over two years, but that have forum posts will have voting privileges removed." This task is to include sending a verification email to the membership who would be either having their accounts inactive or having their voting privileges deleted to let them know they are at risk to allow them an opportunity to log in to keep their membership/voting privileges.

    Motion by Kent Uhrich with Second by Sandy Fryar
    Motion: Membership Relations Committee will create an email to send to members with inactive accounts. Copy of email will be posted in the board forum for approval. After approval from the board Membership Relations Committee will send email to members that have not logged on in the last 2 years.
    Motion Carried.

    Goal 2 Fund Raising: Implement 2 fund raising initiatives to raise $350 by 06/30/15 Owner: Sharon Simmons

    Goal 3 Events: Hold 1 general membership meeting by 6/15/15.

    Owner: Sandy Fryar

    Goal 4 Events: Hold 4 CITO Events by 06/15/15.
    Owner: Kristie Moore

    Goal 5 Events: Hold 1 "Eat and Greet” by 6/15/15 per board member.
    NW-Morgan O'Neal and Kristie Moore
    NE-Linda Tredway
    Central-Judy Vaughn and Rich Swanson
    SE-Kent Uhrich
    SW-Sharon Simmons and Sandy Fryar

    Goal 6 Teaching Opportunities: Teach geocaching at 4 locations around the state by 5/31/15.

    Motion made by Sandy Fryar with Second from Kent Uhrich to accept the goals. Motion carried.

    III. Assignment of Committee Liaisons
    -Election Committee: Linda Tredway
    -Fund Raising Committee: Judy Vaughn
    -Community Relations Committee: Kent Uhrich
    -Events Committee: Sandy Fryar
    -Membership Relations Committee: Morgan O’Neal

    IV. Bylaws & Standing Rules
    ArkGeo Board will review the bylaws and standing rules

    V. Communication
    Quarterly Meetings: To be announced 2 weeks out by secretary/treasurer
    With the Agenda posted by the president

    VI. Other Business
    Mark Willis resigned from the board.
    Election of vice president – Rich Swanson nominated by Kent Uhrich second by Linda Tredway – Vote carried

    Motion made by Rich Swanson with Second by Sandy Fryar
    Motion: Ask Jason Nuckols to serve on the board to replace Mark Willis since Jason was the person with the next highest vote count in the annual election and Mark resigned before the first quarterly meeting.
    Motion carried.
    ADDENDUM: We as a board realized we needed to take a different process concerning the open position after reviewing the ArkGeo bylaws/rules. There will be an election to fill the open position.

    Committee members added:

    Mike and Susan Dodson added to the Membership Relations and Fund Raising Committees.
    Valerie Biendara added to Membership Relations Committee.

    Orientation of new board members – outgoing board members should attend the July meeting and help new members with orientation

    October meeting date changed to October 3, 2014 due to several board members going to an event in Oklahoma the following weekend.

    January board meeting will be held in Clarksville at the Best Western on January 9, 2015 due to many of the board members going to Paris for the event the next day.


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    Fort Smith, AR


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    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Thanks for posting the minutes! I apologize if my other thread that the minutes weren't out yet might be interpreted as pointing the finger at any Board member in particular. That was not my intent and was a poor choice of words. My point was that the minutes are supposed to be out within 2 weeks after the meeting, and that this is the entire Board's responsibility to see that it happens, and to hold each other accountable to make it happen.

    Just a couple of questions/comments on these minutes:

    1) Regarding the review of the Bylaws/Standing Rules, the minutes don't give me a real sense that the Board is taking this seriously and will actual do something. All the minutes say is, "ArkGeo Board will review the bylaws and standing rules." This doesn't say that you plan on changing anything. No one is in charge of it, to see that it happens, and you have provided no date by which you plan on having it done. Obviously,I don't know what was discussed at the meeting, but this comes across to me as a "blow off" of the item. So, are there any serious plans to do this? And if so, why not involve folks from the general membership to help out? If you want more members involved in activities, you need to open up opportunities.

    2) The whole thing about replacing the open Board position created by the resignation of Mark Willis is very unclear to me. Is Jason Nuckols now on the Board, or not? The minutes indicate that he was voted on by the Board, but the Addendum section implies that he was not, even though the Board already approved it. So does this Addendum apply to vacancies going forward, and Jason is on the Board now? Or does there need to be another election to fill the slot left open when Mark resigned? If so, when is this election going to be held? I would think it needs to happen pretty quickly, so that the vacancy is filled by the next Board meeting. So please provide more information on what is going on with this.

    Thanks for your work!
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    "I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth." -- Steve McQueen

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    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Fort Smith, AR
    Thanks for the comments, Frank.
    No issues to holding the board accountable. My apologies for holding up the publication of the minutes. I will explain the reason below in item 2.

    1. Regarding the review of the Bylaws/Standing Rules:
    A. Our plan for this quarter is to review the Bylaws and Standing Rules ourselves in-depth so we can make recommendations either to keep or change.
    B. Pertaining to ownership: If there is no one listed as an owner of the topic, then the ownership of the project falls to the office of the President.
    C. Pertaining to the timeline: if an issue is listed in the minutes without resolution or tabling, then it is by default on the agenda for the next quarterly meeting.
    D. Pertaining to what was discussed: All are always welcome to attend the meetings either by phone or in person. Nothing is meant to be hidden. As hinted at above in item A, we as a board plan to review the bylaws and standing rules ourselves. It wasn't something that we were ready to discuss at the time of this quarter's meeting.
    E. Pertaining to opening the topic up to the general membership: Great idea! I was locked into thinking about forming a committee. However, a committee needs to have guidelines and recommendations to work from. As a fulfillment to your suggestion, I will be opening a thread in the "From the board" forum using the boards account name for the general membership to make suggestions. I look forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions in that thread.

    2. Regarding the open board position:
    A. Mark resigned the day of the meeting and created an opportunity to fill the position.
    B. Jason is not on the board.
    C. The board did vote to have Jason on the board, but upon review of the standing rules and bylaws, we felt the vote was incorrect because of the current statement of the rules concerning the election of a board member.
    D. Linda is working with Chris and the election committee to get process going. The plan is to have 30 days of opening up "petition" process for anyone who wants to run, and then have 30 days to vote. The board member is to join the board at the next meeting.
    E. I had the minutes delayed until we reached a decision pertaining what process and action we as a board would be taking concerning the open position.
    F. I'm sorry if the addendum was ambiguous. It was my choice of approved wording for it. I hope this outlined statement helps explain the processes and the reasons to the addendum. There had been discussion to striking the motion from the minutes, but the minutes need to be true to what occurred in discussion and action at the meeting. The addendum was the best choice. Again, I'm sorry to the wording.

    Any other thoughts, questions or feedback?
    Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Jacksonville, AR
    Thank you, Morgan.
    topkitty98 aka Beth

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