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Hello!  I hope that you are well and are having a great school year.

 

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a STOM member.  As we begin 2018, there are a number of appointed STOM Board and Committee Chair positions, as well as committee member assignments, that I need to submit to the Board of Directors for approval.  Serving as a Board or Committee member is an excellent opportunity to work with other outstanding science educators from across the state.  Besides sharing your enthusiasm, knowledge, and skills with others; serving as a STOM Board or Committee member provides leadership development opportunities that could lay the foundation for you to move on to more responsible leadership roles in STOM and/or NSTA.

So, regardless of your level of experience, I strongly encourage you to apply for become part of the STOM leadership team.  Please submit your application by 2017 December 01.  Thank you.

Please use the following URL to complete and submit your application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/97H8PBK

 

So, without further ado, there are three types of volunteer opportunities (general descriptions of each will be found in the Appendix): 

(1)          Appointed Board Members

(2)          Committee Members

(3)          Task Force Members

 

The Appointed Board positions include:  (1) Awards Committee Chair; (2) Communications Committee Chair; (3) Equity Committee Chair; (4) Legislative Liaison; (5) Professional Development Chair, and (6) Technology Chair.

 

The Standing Committees include:  (1) Audit; (2) Awards; (3) Budget & Finance; (4) Membership; and, (5) Nominations.

 

Other Committees (Pending approval of the Board and the STOM membership, these hopefully will become Standing Committees as well) include:  (1) Conference; (2) Communications; (3) Equity; and, (4) Professional Development.

 

The 2018 Task Forces (short term, single purpose work groups) include:  (1) Board Job Descriptions (a) Presidential Chain, (b) Elected Directors, (c) Appointed Officers, (d) Appointed Board members, (e) Committee Chairs, and (f) Committees; (2) STOM 5-Year Strategic Plan; (3) Leadership Development Strategies, and (4) Others, as needed throughout the year.

 

Thank you.

 

James L. Puckett, Ph.D.

2018 STOM President


APPENDIX

 

All appoints are subject to STOM Executive Committee approval.

 

APPOINTED BOARD POSITIONS:

 

Legislative Liaison – The Legislative Liaison is appointed for a two-year term.  The Legislative Liaison shall work with the Board to keep current with Missouri legislation.  The Liaison shall share information with the membership through the monthly newsletter.

 

Technology Chair – The Technology Chair is appointed for a two-year term.  The Technology Chair advises the STOM Board regarding the effective use of technology to support STOM’ mission.

 

Committee Chairs – The Awards, Communications, Equity, and Professional Development Chairs are each appointed for one-year (proposed bylaw changes recommend two-year) terms.  They chair their respective committees (see below).

 

STANDING COMMITTEES:

 

Awards:  The Awards Committee will be composed of three STOM members and chaired by an Awards Director. The committee shall establish criteria and oversee the selection of awardees. The award recipients will be presented to the STOM Board of Directors for final confirmation.

 

Audit:  The Audit Committee will be composed of three STOM members ratified by the Executive Committee. The Audit Committee shall audit the financial records annually and report the findings to the membership at the fall general meeting. The Retiring-President shall serve as the chair of the Audit Committee.

 

Budget and Finance:  The Budget and Finance Committee, composed of three members with the Treasurer serving as Chair, shall prepare and submit to the Board for adoption an annual budget and invest funds in federally insured financial institutions. The committee may submit supplements to the budget for the current fiscal year.

 

Membership:  The Membership Committee, the Executive Secretary serving as Chair, will be composed of three STOM members. The committee shall promote, expand, and stabilize the membership of the Association, and keep an accurate list of all members. This record shall be furnished to the membership upon request.

 

Nominations:  Nominations Committee, composed of three members with the Retiring President serving as Chair, shall recruit nominations for Officer and Director positions, to be submitted to the Executive Committee for selection and inclusion as a candidate on the ballot. Nominations are subject to final confirmation by the STOM Board of Directors before placement as a candidate on a ballot. The Nominations Committee may also submit to the Executive Committee the names of members-at-large for possible appointment to standing and ad hoc (special) committees.

 

OTHER COMMITTEES:

 

(Proposed in suggested bylaw changes)

 

Professional Development:  The Professional Development Committee, chaired by the Professional Development Chair, shall prepare plans for STOM professional development workshops, exclusive of the annual conferences, that include the theme(s), location(s), dates(s), recommended presenters, and an operating budget.  This plan shall be presented to the Board of Directors for their review and approval at its winter meeting.  This committee may also be called on to assist with developing the annual conference(s) program.

 

Conference Committee: 

A.            Each year, the newly elected President-Elect shall serve as the Conference Committee Chair for the conference(s) that occur during her/his term as President.  The Chair shall a Conference Committee that will include the Executive Director, Secretary-Treasurer, Professional Development Chair, and as many additional members are needed.  This Committee shall serve for a two-year period to plan, organize, and manage the conference(s).

B.            The Conference Committee shall prepare and present to the Board of Directors, for its review and approval, at the Board’s summer meeting, a plan for the Association’s conference(s) that occur during the Chair’s term as President.

C.            The conference proposal shall include the name of the Local Arrangements Coordinator nominee, the proposed conference date(s), location, theme, conference strands, logo, and budget.

D.            Work with the Professional Development Committee to review and select concurrent sessions and other items related to program.

E.            The Committee shall solicit funds from sponsors and maintain correspondence with sponsors for the support of the annual Conference.

F.            Solicit and select presenters from those submitting applications for presentations at concurrent sessions and correspond as necessary.

G.           Schedule concurrent sessions into available time and space

H.            Arrange and type program.

I.             Design program and have it printed.

J.             Provide program information for appropriate electronic distribution

K.            Provide periodic updates of program to members of the Executive Board of Directors.

 

Communications: 

A.                   MEMBERSHIP:  Membership of this committee shall consist of the Communications Chair, publications editor(s), webmaster, and additional members as deemed necessary, and appointed by President and approved by the Board.

B.              DUTIES:  This committee shall develop, review, or revise communications and publication policies and guidelines for the material and information included in the Association’s printed or electronic media.  This includes, but is not limited to, the STOM website and social media outlets.  Together these committee members should work to recommend clear and consistent publication practices across all forms of media.  The committee shall also develop guidelines and plans for the potential sale of STOM merchandize that shall be presented for the Board approval.  An annual review of the established guidelines should be conducted and recommendations made to the Board of Directors.

 

Equity:  The Equity Committee, chaired by the Equity Chair, shall look at programs and activities relating to multicultural and equity issues in science education.  They will be sure that we offer sessions at the conference that have to do with equity.  They also represent diversity in science teachers across the state.

 

Professional Development:  The Professional Development Committee, chaired by the Professional Development Chair, shall prepare plans for STOM professional development workshops, exclusive of the annual conferences, that include the theme(s), location(s), dates(s), recommended presenters, and an operating budget.  This plan shall be presented to the Board of Directors for their review and approval at its winter meeting.  This committee may also be called on to assist with developing the annual conference(s) program.

 

Others:  Such other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President or the Board of Directors shall, from time to time, deem necessary to carry on the work of the Association.


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