The meeting was called to order by President John Fike at 9:00 a.m. A quorum was present.
The Secretary’s minutes of the March 5, 2014 were approved on a motion by Babs Lynde. The motion was seconded and passed.
The Treasurer’s report was given and Babs Lynde made a motion to approve the report. The motion was seconded and passed.
The President reviewed the position paper and gave examples of other organizations and how they operate. A membership program for non-member towns will be started soon.
A Transition Committee needs to be formed to consider what direction VALA should be taking in the coming years.
Among the considerations are the website and newsletter—who will take them over when Penny retires and can they be maintained by volunteers.
Babs expressed the problem of distance to VALA meetings….some towns don’t feel there is enough benefit for the distance they have to travel.
Joyce Scribner suggested again the value of regional meetings.
Tom Vickery gave a brief history of the VALA organization, that in the ‘70s, it was made up mostly of larger towns or cities. VALA died down but was resurrected in the ‘80s with mainly small towns.
Issues that were discussed included:
- the importance of education,
- keeping up with legislation,
- better relations with PV&R,
- establishment of regional meetings which would hopefully get more help for small towns who feel they have no voice
- timing of meetings and distance to travel
- perhaps change of location
- Should award non-member scholarships?
- County representatives need to take more responsibility for their county—some towns still know nothing about VALA
- Some towns don’t know about Comp-60
Other comments included that it is surprising that more towns are not involved in VALA, that do not take advantage of the support that VALA can give. Select boards need to be informed as to what Listers do and how the job has changed over the years with the advent of Act 60. There needs to be more uniformity throughout the state and regional meetings could help accomplish that. Each director could make a list of priorities from their county/regional meeting and bring them back to the directors’ meeting.
After a suggestion by Gussie Graves, Tom Vickery made a motion that the county directors become the transition committee to develop strategy for VALA. The motion was seconded and passed.
Todd LeBlanc will head the committee and Camilla will be the facilitator and report back to the Annual Meeting.
The Directors meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.