February 16, 2011
UNAPPROVED FEBRUARY 2011 MINUTES
LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE
NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING
ROBERTA D. CRANMER DINING &
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
12:00 p.m. CT
Gary Lane '61
Carrie Farris '68
Monica Johnson '04
Bonnie Greenawalt '53
Ken Jessee '81
Amanda Cecil '12, Student Alumni Relations Council president
Denise Fudge '82
Jan Woody '77
Amy Thompson-Wells '99
Dr. J.M. Stephenson '47
Ben Burr '64
Prudy Westholm '69
Gary Franklin '94
Jean McLean '49
Rebekah Bragg '78
Danielle Oldham '04
Randy Burns '93
Duane Bonifer, Public Relations
Guest -- Sarah Thompson '14 (Gary's granddaughter)
- Following lunch, Welcome and Opening Prayer by President
- Special thanks to Duane Bonifer, PR Director of LWC, who took a
group picture and individual pictures of council members to be
added to the alumni page of the LWC website.
- Motion by Dr. Stephenson to accept minutes as read; second by
Gary Franklin. Passed unanimously.
- Randy shared information about the upcoming Blue Raider Travel
Program opportunity to Ireland. At the time of the meeting, there
was a chance the trip might be canceled because of lack of
interest. In the future, the Alumni Relations Office plans to
advertise travel program opportunities much earlier in advance,
even if it means not being able to quote a price including air
fare. Randy went on to discuss a probable domestic alumni travel
opportunity through Toby Tours -- which would be a five-night bus
tour -- including to Washington, D.C., Monticello, Va., and
historic Williamsburg, Va. Randy thought the cost of this trip
would be about $685 per person.
- Gary Lane shared with the council that the Alumni and Friends
Alumni Walkway Endowed Scholarship has become fully endowed and
currently contains $10,775.75. For the 2011-12 school year, a $500
scholarship will be given from the restricted account tied to the
Walkway. Once the $10,000 has sat in the account for at least one,
year a scholarship worth 5% of the amount of the endowment will be
given in 2012-13 as long as the endowed fund earns at least 5%.
Gary Lane and Denise Fudge encouraged the council to continue to
support this scholarship fund with future gifts. The college has
not, however, sold very many bricks in the past two years; seven in
2010 and three in 2009. Discussion followed about ways to increase
brick sales. Ideas shared included: a table or multiple tables in
various locations during Homecoming Saturday with brochures and a
display of sample bricks; distributing brochures at the UMC
Kentucky Annual Conference; placing brochures in area funeral homes
and UMC churches; advertise on Facebook; create a tab on the alumni
webpage for the Walkway; and print new brochures. Becky Bragg
volunteered to help distribute brochures to funeral homes and UMC
churches. Randy said he would ask council members to volunteer to
work at the table(s) at Homecoming.
- Randy shared with council members that beginning with this
fall's LWC students, the college will offer access to their LWC
e-mail account for the rest of their lives thanks to an agreement
- Randy stated that the December 2010 Golden Alumni Society event
was a huge success. The Class of '61 is planning its 50-year
reunion for May 14, 2011.
- Randy updated the council about upcoming area alumni events.
Those events include: a Louisville-area event in conjunction with a
musical production at the Kentucky Center for the Arts; LWC Day at
Keeneland on April 15 (details were not available at the time of
the meeting); and a Bowling Green Hot Rods game (minor league
- Randy updated the council about the number of alumni who have
agreed to serve as class agents for the college; 21 alumni have
agreed to serve in this role.
- Randy, Becky Bragg, Monica Johnson and Amy Thompson-Wells
updated the council about the "Lindsey Wilson Cares-Alumni
Community Service Day" events that will take place in late summer
and early fall. During the first year of the program, alumni will
hold community service events in Columbia, Louisville, Bowling
Green and Lexington. Duane Bonifer offered the services of
the Public Relations department to help advertise and cover these
events. Randy hopes that Alumni will be able to provide
t-shirts for volunteers and permanent signage that will be used
every year. Duane Bonifer encouraged project leaders to seek out
local sponsorship (i.e., McDonald's or Ace Hardware) to help pay
for the shirts and signs.
- Student Alumni Relations Council President Amanda Cecil
addressed the council to update members aboutstudent life at
- Randy shared with the Alumni Council that in fund-raising the
college has received more than 100 fewer gifts from alumni than it
had at this point in 2010. He encouraged the members to think of
ways that the council as a whole and council members individually
can help the college in this area.
- Randy encouraged council members to purchase a LWC license
plate when they renew their vehicles' tags this year to help LWC in
the "Battle of the Bumpers," a competition among Kentucky's 20
private colleges and universities.
- LWC Founders' Day will be Thursday, April 28. The guest speaker
will be June Scolby Rogers, whose husband died in the Space Shuttle
- The next alumni council meeting will also be at 4
p.m. CT on Thursday, April 28, the Thomas D. Clark Reading
Room of the Katie Murrell Library.
- Homecoming 2011 will be Oct. 21-22.
- Dr. Lane stated that the council had appointed a nominating
committee at the last council meeting which will be responsible for
nominating individuals for alumni awards as well as council
leadership positions. Members-at-large, however, were not named to
the nominating committee, as called for in the by-laws. Dr. Lane
asked Ben Burr to serve as the member-at-large on the committee;
Ben agreed to do so.
- Recommendation was made to the council to amend the guidelines
for the eligibility to receive the Walkway Scholarship from "any
incoming or returning LWC student" to "returning students
only." Rationale: it will be simpler to advertise the
scholarship; lack of scholarships available for returning students;
and it increases the likelihood that the recipient will become and
LWC graduate. Motion made by Ken Jessee; second by Prudy
Westholm. Passed unanimously.
- Recommendation to change requirement of non-degreed alumni
status (as stated in Constitution Article IV) from 48 to to 24
credit hours for those who attended LWC prior to 1988, when LWC
graduated its first baccalaureate class. All students who attended
LWC in 1988 or after shall remain under the 48-hour requirement.
This propose change would have to be approved by the Lindsey Wilson
Board of Trustees. Per Article VI of the Constitution, this
item may not be voted on until the annual meeting of the Alumni
Association Council, which is held in conjunction with Homecoming
(Article VIII, Section 2 of the By-Laws). Discussion commenced
with council members speaking on behalf of and against the
recommendation. Motion to accept the recommendation as read
made by Amy Thompson-Wells; second by Prudy Westholm. Motion
passed: 15 in favor, 1 opposed
- Recommendation made to change "Club" to "Chapter" in regards to
Article VI of the association by-laws. Motion to accept the
recommendation as written by Dr. Stephenson; second by Dr. Lane.
Passed unanimously. Proposed amendment will be circulated among the
association membership at least 15 days prior to the meeting, as
according to association by-laws.
- Recommendation made to create Section 3 of Article VI of the
by-laws which shall read: "All Lindsey Wilson College Alumni
Chapters shall be organized and operated according to the
'Guidelines for Establishment and Operation of Lindsey Wilson
College Alumni Chapters' which shall be considered an addendum to
the association By-Laws."
- In discussion, it was decided to amend the recommendation to
read "All Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Chapters shall be organized
and operated according to the "Guidelines for Establishment and
Operation of Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Chapters." This
document, while serving as the guidelines for chapters, shall not
be considered an addendum to by-laws and therefore does not have to
be voted on at the next meeting.
- Motion made by Carrie Farris to accept the amended
recommendation; second by Ken Jessee. Passed unanimously. Proposed
amendment will be circulated among the association membership at
least 15 days prior to the meeting, as according to the association
- Recommendation made to accept the "Guidelines for Establishment
and Operation of Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Chapters" as the
officially approved document used to establish and operate alumni
- Motion made by Carrie Farris to accept recommendation; second
by Ken Jessee. Passed unanimously.
- Said document will be circulated to LWC School of Professional
Counseling Community Campus site coordinators so they might help
facilitate the organization of alumni chapters in their
communities. Any alumni in individual communities who would
like to help organize local chapters should contact the LWC Office
of Alumni Relations.
- Recommendation to present to the council at the next meeting to
strike Article XIV from the by-laws because the Alumni
Association does not operate any separate financial accounts.
Proposed amendment will be circulated among the association
membership at least 15 days prior to the meeting, as according to
the association by-laws.
- Motion made by Carrie Farris to accept recommendation; second
by Ken Jessee. Passed unanimously.
- Request was made by Randy for discussion of alumni council on
definition of quorum for alumni council purposes being "those
present," as currently stated. Recommendation was that the council
establish a number or percentage of council membership present to
constitute a quorum for council purposes. Because the council does
not consist of a finite number of members according to association
by-laws, it would be impossible to set a number such as "one more
than 50% of council membership." Therefore, the council decided to
take no action and to leave the quorum as stated in the by-laws for
association business as "those members present."
- The council decided, however, to edit the "Guidelines for
Establishment and Operation of Lindsey Wilson College Alumni
Chapters," to state that a quorum for alumni chapter business
should be "at least five chapter members present, with a minimum of
two officers being present."
- According to Article IV, Section 4 of the association by-laws,
the executive committee shall consist of the president, president
elect, immediate past president, secretary and two council
members-at-large. At present, no council members-at-large were
appointed to the executive committee. Dr. Lane asked Denise Fudge
and Gary Franklin to serve in that role. Both agreed to do so.
- Motion made to adjourn. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 2:20
-- Submitted by Randy Burns