CALS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SOCIETY CALS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SOCIETY
BOARD MEETING MINUTES BOARD MEETING MINUTES
512 Brickhaven Drive, Room 203 – Raleigh, NC 512 Brickhaven Drive, Room 203 – Raleigh, NC
December 12, 2008 December 12, 2008
Members present: Richard Brooks, Jeff Chandler, Peter Daniel, Anita Flick, Joy Hicks, Zack Ladd, Amanda
Patnaud, Jerry Raynor, Walter Smith, David Stone, Matthew Swain, Gary Upchurch, Sam Williams, Paula
Members present via conference call: Mark Fleming, Georgena Millar
Members absent: Travis Burke, Maggie Hamm, Wayne Huddleston, Donny Lassiter, Jim Ligon, Nelson
Powell, George Simpson, Rick Smith, Norris Tolson, William Upchurch
Advisors present: TJ Schneeweis (Faculty Advisor), Jason Gipe (Alumni Association), Bob Ford (Commodity
Advisor), Gary Cartwright (Faculty Advisor)
Advisors absent: Wesley Wyatt (NCDA)
Staff present: Keith Oakley, Anna Shepherd, Scott Troutman, Chris Wessel
AFS President Peter Daniel called the Advisory Board Meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
He began with approving minutes from last board meeting, which were so motioned and approved.
Peter, Scott Troutman, and Walter Smith thanked Julia Brooks for her service to the CALS Alumni and Friends Society as well as the CALS Alumni Advisory Board. Her four years of service are greatly
appreciated by the CALS AFS Board. Julia then thanked the board for all they have done for her and said that
she would continue to be a part of the society and campaign for them continuously.
Peter recognized Joy Hicks as an incoming member to the board.
Peter recognized outgoing member Tom Gilmore. Tom told of those in his family who attended NC State and of the grandson who is currently in the application process. He gave the board his thanks for the
opportunity to serve on the board.
Peter gave his President’s Report and said that he was coming into the board during some tough economic
times. The Alumni and Friends Society has been growing tremendously during the last couple of years.
Tailgate has continued to have a great turnout even with the reduced advertising. He said that over $8,400
was raised in the Silent Auction, which was the most that had ever been raised. There was also $255 raised in
the newly formed Raffle. The Alumni awards continue to be a great event. We will continue to hold life
sciences events like the Healthcare Alumni event held last spring. The Agricultural Institute Reunion will not
be held in 2009, but will be back on the calendar for 2010, which is their anniversary year. He said that we
will also be holding the CALS Retired Faculty/Staff Luncheon on December 5, 2009.
Peter continued by saying that our upcoming challenges will be the bad economy and budget issues. He said
that Keith is committed to the board and will do everything he can to help. Communication will be a focal
point in 2009. We will be trying to focus on networking because there are many alumni wanting to move up
in their careers as well as ones who are looking for work. We can help provide opportunities for the alumni to
meet potential employers. The website and e-news will be much more important in the upcoming year, as we
cut back on the amount of printed mail. We need to investigate creative ways of reaching the alumni of CALS.
Peter finished his report by thanking the board for their dedication to the college.
Scott then passed around thank you cards from scholarship winners and alumni award winners to show how
much appreciation there is for what the board and CALS Alumni and Friends Society does.
Peter then introduced Jason Gipe of the Alumni Association to give his report. Jason talked about the following:
? Setting up a volunteer networks around the state and country
? There were 150, 000 alumni last year
o 2/3 were in North Carolina with 2/3 of those in NC were in Wake County
o 40, 000 of total alumni were young alumni
? Pledge Cards for Alumni Network Commitment to volunteer at 2 non-athletic events per year that
are sponsored by the Alumni Association
o 35 networks need to be started – the goal this for this year
o There are 27 events already with more to come
? Senior Sendoffs in the Spring-an incoming freshman event where alumni share their experiences
Peter asked Zack Ladd to give a Brick report. Zack reported that we currently have 35 bricks sold to date for the latest brick order. Next week, letters will be sent to the parents of December graduates along with brick
brochures to encourage them to purchase a brick for their recent graduate. We only need 15 more bricks to
place an order with the company. Zack wants the board members to encourage those they know to buy bricks
for Christmas gifts. Anna has brick brochures available if you have someone in mind.
Peter then began the discussion on Board Committees:
1. AFS Executive Committee – Peter Daniel, Keith Oakley, Walter Smith, Scott Troutman, Gary
? 10-20% possible programming cuts in 2009
? What’s important to us? If we have to be without something, what will that be?
? We should try to be more innovative in our spending
? More efforts need to be made by everyone
? Endowments are down
? Important to be referring people to Marcy for career advice because people will be needing
? Julia’s position has been frozen for possibly all of 2009
? Budget issues are cyclical and we will work our way out; we’re still going to accomplish
2. Tailgate Recap/Ideas for Future Tailgates – Richard Brooks
? Numbers were good despite the hurricane and power outage
? Dorton – could use the concourse more
? Band – good, but really loud – will look at other entertainment possibilities
? Silent Auction
o We need more small ticket items
o If items are really being bid on, have a run-off where people write down their
final amount and see who is the highest
o Have more cash prizes or even a big-ticket item
o Start with asking on registration forms and over the phone
? Food – McCall’s is always good, but
o Maybe increase the meal ticket cost
o Police the number of plates people are getting – too many people getting free
o See the cost difference in taking off a meat item or any other items
? Ask McCall’s what it would take to reduce the cost by $1 per person
? Parking – will always be an issue
o Should not have less than two buses
o We can utilize the suburban and other vehicles to pick up the pep band in order to
keep the buses on route
o Need to increase these
o Need to start getting now, especially get the corporate ones now
o Always need 1 or 2 good ones
o Need to manage how they are given out
o Encourage departments to also have giveaways at their tables
? Our current operating budget is $40,000 so let’s work on saving money and making money
? We went from an investment of $11,000 on TG four years ago to just $1200 in 2008
? Make a CD to show
o Have Ambassadors work on it – get them to take video at TG
o See if any departments took videos at TG
o Check YouTube?
o Try to increase
o Give incentives to the volunteers
o Use volunteers on the TG Committee – committee members don’t have to be all
? Student Involvement
o Try to increase
o Have Mr. & Mrs. Tailgate with CALS Students
? Have each club nominate people and get info to the clubs in the Spring
o Be careful with clubs abusing the privilege of being at TG for free
? Limit the number of student workers
Executive Director’s Report – Scott Troutman
? Scott introduced Jason Gipe as our new advisor from the NC State Alumni Association. He replaces
Brooklyn’s role as a representative for their organization to our board.
? We will be having three board meetings per year instead of four in order to save catering costs. We
might have some Tailgate conference calls to supplement.
? Scott now has a new role as the Director of Development for Life Sciences. The goal is in the
targeting the individuals with life sciences degrees so that they might make a gift to the College.
These are areas that might not have been served before.
? Scott thanked everyone for their help with Tailgate—board participation has risen tremendously. The
Bronto mailing system will be good for advertising Tailgate in the future.
? Dorton is currently booked for September 19 as the tentative Tailgate date. Once it is official, we will
be getting the word out as much as possible.
? The Dean and Directors usually give out many free Tailgate tickets, but it is doubtful that as many will
be paid for by them as in the past. There are typically around two hundred tickets that are paid for by
them, and about eighty commodity leaders who might be affected as well.
? The inaugural Healthcare Professionals event was held the Friday before Tailgate. There were around
40-50 people who attended. That group will take a little bit to get them rolling when it comes to
? Student involvement is improving on the Student Programming side. We will continue to work with
that group. The graduation senior dinner was a good idea, but we will have to put it on hold for a
while in light of the new budget issues.
? Speed Networking will be on April 7. It has grown in the past two years and we feel that it will
continue to grow this year.
? The Retiree Luncheon turned out great. We had 308 RSVP’s and about 280 attendees. We had a
slight catering glitch, but overall, everything went well. They are a very appreciative group. We hope
to have a spring event, possibly in Kannapolis or somewhere outside of Raleigh.
th? We will be having a Fisheries and Wildlife Reunion at the Fairgrounds on April 18. Part of the alumni reunion in 2010. are CALS Alumni, so we will be assisting the College of Natural Resources with that event. ? Our budget used to be $42,500, has been $40,000 the past few years, but will possible be $36,000 in ? There will be no AGI Reunion in 2009—they will be saving their money for their 50the upcoming year.
? Not as many scholarships will be awarded this year because endowments are not performing as well.
We have not hit the bottom yet, and we hope that December numbers will give us a better idea of what
we can do for scholarships next year.
Next board meeting: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
With no other business, Peter adjourned meeting.
Respectfully submitted for Alumni & Friends Board Secretary and Treasurer, Donny Lassiter