Staff Senate Meeting Minutes
Present: Sharon Ammons, Jeanett Ballentine, Scott Beck, Barbara Bekis, Karen Bradley, Paul
Cade, Joseph Ciavarella, Amanda Clarkson, Ruby Copeland, Shannon Diamond, Carolyn
Featherstone, Caryl Ann Gray, Virginia Huss, Lorrean Lim, William Jason Jr., Patsy
Krech, James McArthur, Beverly McMillan, Barbara Marese, C.E. Mason, Nancy Massey,
Stephen Mosley, Flo O’Connor, Melodie Patterson, Ginny Reed, Rebecca Scott, Melody
Weldon, Faye Wilson
Absent: Susan Acerra, Mitch Barham, Harry Bungard, Brenda Butler, Ashley Cates, Lee Dimond,
Diana Humphrey, Penni Istre, James Montague, Benjamin Moore, Sheila Moses, Vickie
Peters, Nancy Stewart, Martha Woods
The meeting was called to order by President Ciavarella. The roll call sheet was
circulated for attendance. The minutes of the October and November minutes were approved
with the correction of a “typo.”
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
- IT and WEB page: No report this month.
- Membership: No report in the absence of Senator Moses
- Public Relations: Senator Clarkson reported that 1,733 pounds of canned food was collected and delivered
to The Memphis Food Bank. She had no report on Staff Appreciation Day.
- Vice-President/Finance: Senator Huss reported that there were no expenditures for the month with a balance
of $9,407.43 still in the account.
Committee Reports -- There were no reports.
Old Business -- President Ciavarella reported that the issue of no handicap parking in lot #19 (Patterson
lot) was being looked into. Handicapped people pay legitimate priority parking fees
but do not have access to all lots.
President Ciavarella acknowledged the phenomenal job Senator Clarkson did on the Food
Drive. He thanked everyone’s participation. A “Thank You” card was read from Ruby
Copeland and it was noted that Senator Copeland was present and she was welcomed back.
Senator Montague continues improvement and will be returning to work soon.
New Business-- President Ciavarella informed the Senate he announced at the Executive Committee
that he would be standing down as President at the end of the December 9th meeting due to transitioning out of the area. The By-laws state the Vice President
will assume the Office of Interim President for the remainder of the term when the
President vacates the office for any reason. (ARTICLE VI: B, 2, d) An Ad Hoc committee
should be appointed to look into amending the By-laws to determine how to fill the
Vice President/Treasurer position. He asked everyone to look over the By-laws and
A Senator asked President Ciavarella what he would expect the Senate to accomplish
for the rest of the year if he was here. Response was that we had an excellent Food
Drive and to carryover the enthusiasm and participation for the Staff Appreciation
Day and to “kick it up a notch.” Senator Clarkson will be chairing the Staff Appreciation
Day. She ran a very excellent successful Food Drive. Nothing has been discussed
at Executive Committee and input is needed with information on this function.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
Respectfully submitted by Caryl Ann Gray