Friday, December 10, 2004
5:00-6:00 P.M., Salon C
Radisson hotel, Marco Island, Florida
1. Announcements: Jill Lewis thanked the ARF Board of Directors and
the Conference Committee for all of their work related to this very
2. The Agenda was moved, seconded (Kossack; Johns) and approved.
3. The treasurer reported that ARF is in healthy fiscal shape. The
financial statement was distributed for discussion.
4. Committee Reports
a. Nominations and Elections: Joyce Fine reported
the results of the election for two ARF Board Members. The new board
members are George Hruby and Cindy Hendricks. Further, Jill Lewis has
agreed to continue as Chair of ARF and Joyce Fine will continue as Past
Chair . Fine also reported that the committee is investigating the possibilities
of having elections online.
b. Membership: Brenda Townsend reported that currently ARF has 111 members
plus 14 student members. She asked that conference participants visit
the ARF conference registration desk to verify the accuracy of their
contact information, because e-mail is the primary means ARF communicates
with members. Additionally, she requested that interested members volunteer
for the membership committee.
c. Publications: Bob Schlagel reported that from last year’s conference,
there were 21 articles submitted, with 5 of these rejected and 10 in
a final revision stage. There were two keynote articles submitted, and
1 is pending revision. January is the deadline for review. Papers will
be up within the next several weeks, and April is the deadline for the
publication of all articles on the e-journal.
Bob Schlagal reported that next year is the last year
for this editorial group. ARF is seeking volunteers for the next editorial
group. As soon as the new editors are identified, the current editors
will begin working with them to ensure a sooth transition.
d. Conference Program: Cynthia Bertelsen and Lessie Cochran reported
that at the current conference there were 121 presentations scheduled
and 3 general sessions. They thanked the members of their committee
(Cindy Hendricks, James Hendricks, Mike French) and all of the presenters
and keynote speakers.
e. Proposal Review: Joanne and Randy Bass reported that the call for
proposals for the 2005 conference were distributed to participants and
would be posted on the ARF website. They announced that March 14, 2005
is the deadline for proposal submission; however the deadline for graduate
students is September 19, 2005.
f. Budget: Jill Lewis reported for Treasurer Dowhower that an additional
$800 had been allocated to Appalachian State University for technical
assistance. Attendees reviewed a sheet that had been distributed with
budget projections as compared to former years . Attendees had no questions
regarding the budget report.
g. Graduate Student Mentoring: Randy Bass and Lynn Yribarren thanked
ARF members for their scholarship donations. They made graduate scholarship
awards in the amount of $200 to the following individuals: Tammi Luke,
David Meredith, Cathie Stamper, Gail Rice, Mary Coates, and Sean Baughn.
h. Site Selection: Peggy Ransom reported that the
committee looks for sites on a three year cycle. Next year the committee
will begin looking for sites. She reported that the ARF conference is
scheduled for the Sundial for 2005, 2006, and possibly for 2007.
i. Public Relations: Jill Lewis reported for Mike French that the
Shrimp Fest was a great success and that he thanked all who participated.
Jill Lewis thanked Mike for heading up this annual conference event.
j. Service Award: Joyce Fine reported that the first
annual Brenda S. Townsend Service Award was presented at the conference
this year to Brenda Townsend for her outstanding contributions to the
organization. She reported that to be considered for this award, an
individual needs to have been a member of ARF for 10 consecutive years
and needs to have served ARF in multiple capacities. E-mail nominations
will be accepted from December through June. Nomination applications
will be read by Service Award Committee members, who will vote in September
for the award recipient. A plaque and ARF life membership will be presented
at the annual conference. The application will be on the ARF website.
k. International Projects: Sharon Kossack reported that the Abaco Diagnostic
Project was well underway. More clinical educators would be certified
by February, 2005. She reported that due to the hurricanes, Abaco had
lost many children’s books and was in great need of book donations.
Sharon Kossack said that she would see that all donated books reached
Abaco children. Jill Lewis added that books should be new or like new.
Sharon reported that the following international conferences
· February, Guatemala Reading Association
· June, Latin American Congress
5. Website Report: Gary Moorman reported that ARF’s new server
is now online and that the transition to the new server went smoothly.
The web addresses for ARF are AmericanReadingForum.org and AmericanReadingForum.com.
Gary will be investigating how to have ARF elections on line. He will
be focusing on how to ensure one vote per member and the anonymity of
each voter. Further, he indicated that the 2004 ARF scrapbook will be
online soon, and he asked that members need to sign a photo release
if their picture is to be on the website.
Gary has agreed to continue to oversee the website for 3 more years.
6. Old Business: There was no old business.
7. New Business: There were several items of new business.
a. 2005 Conference Program: Randy and Joanne Bass
announced that the theme for the 2005 conference is “The Next
Big Thing.” They encouraged members to write proposals related
to this theme, and they requested input for speakers for general sessions
who would be particularly able to speak on the topic of the conference
b. 2006 Conference: Jill Lewis announced that Beth Frye is the chair
for the 2006 conference and that she may be looking for a co-chair.
c. CRA/ARF Co-sponsored Session: Jill Lewis announced that the ARF Board
of Directors was working on establishing a co-sponsored session at the
CRA conference. Mike French will be coordinating these arrangements
as well as investigating the possibilities of co-sponsored meetings
at NRC, ACTE, AERA, etc.
d. Auction: Terry Bullock announced that George Hruby made the high
bid for both the Gray and the Elson readers, and that Glenda Lofton
made the high bid for the 1940 edition of Fun with Dick and Jane.
Money raised will support the scholarship fund.
Terry announced a new auction that will involve bidding
on having Donna Alverman for a day of professional development. The
willing institution will pay for expenses and all money raised though
the action will support the scholarship fund.
e. On behalf of ARF members, Terry Bullock expressed sincere thanks
to Jill Lewis for all of her tremendous efforts as president of ARF
this year, given the many problems she had to deal with due to problems
created by the hurricane that required that the conference be moved
from Sanibel to Marco Island in a very short period of time. He praised
her leadership in bringing fun and sincerity to this year’s annual
The meeting adjourned at 5:50.
Minutes respectfully submitted by
Lynne D. Miller, ARF Secretary