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Northwest Bearcats

July 8, 2010

Bearcat Booster Club Meeting Minutes
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Booster Members Present: Pat Haynes, Jerry Lutz, Rod Barr, Linda Girard, Dan Edmonds, Michelle Drake, John Yates, Jon Baldwin, Ray Courter; ex-officio – Mark Clements, Bob Boerigter; Guests – Kelly Quinlin, Will Wagner

Vice-President Drake called meeting to order.

Baldwin motioned and Edmonds seconded to approve the minutes of June 10, 2010, motion carried; Treasurer’s report - Clements reported the balance in General Fund is $19,189.84 after reducing due to outstanding commitments of $850 to Weight Room and $4,000 to Baseball; and $51,178.60 in Transportation – Barr motioned and Baldwin seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report, motion carried

Old Business –Fall Barbecue will be held in the Courter Pavilion on August 29; may need assistance with set-up and teardown

New Business
A. Football Request – Wagner made a request to assist with purchase of bullet arms($600), headsets ($2,555), pop-up dummy ($1,120), and hand shields ($225) for a total of $4,500 without shipping
B. Training Room Request – Quinlin reported on the progress of the training room - $76,000 has been raised through pledges and donations with a goal of $100,000; the request is for dollars to allow an upgrade of some equipment to go with the new facility: integrated diagnostic system ($1,257), high intensity exam lamp w/mobile base ($160), Hausman cuff weight/dumbbell band mobile rack w/cabinet ($808), web-slide deluxe assortment, exercise bicycles ($2,300) and therapy pool ($8,000) for a total of $13,000
C. Athletic Marketing – Clements presented, on behalf of Morris White, an opportunity for advertising on the rolling scoreboard at basketball games ($1,000) and schedule cards ($600 to $1,000); discussion followed regarding other items we sponsored for promotion; Lutz motioned that we provide up to $1,000 for schedule cards and bring back other items for next meeting, Yates seconded, motion carried unanimously

Since we took action on Athletic Marketing, we also acted on other two requests.
Football Request – Yates motioned to provide up to $5,000 to cover the football request with shipping; Girard seconded; motion carried unanimously
Training Room Request – Haynes motioned and Barr seconded to provide $13,000 for purchase of training room request; motion carried by a vote of 9 to 1

AD Report – Boerigter thanked the Board for their contribution to the training room, which the plans are to have done by the time school starts-they are currently set up in the Navy Room, under the stadium, and can stay there if time schedule doesn’t work; the overlay of the track has started and should be done by August 6-the life of the track is normally 20 years; high-rise tennis courts are being repaired and brought up to speed and Grube courts are in pretty good shape; MIAA Conference issues – invitations have been made for AD’s and Faculty Representatives to vote on Northeast Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma to join the conference; after site visits, the Presidents from MIAA institutions vote and the anticipation is that they will vote yes; University of Nebraska-Kearney is also being looked at to join the league; Lindenwood University of St. Charles, MO is looking a becoming Division II; end result will be the conference going from 12 to 16 members; Football will complete 11 games (1 w/natural rival) for 2 years – 4 teams will not play each other in rotation for 2 years; Basketball will play twice during competitive time and others once with probably 8 teams going to Kansas City tournament; reason to go to bigger league is safety in numbers, Northern Sun has 14 teams, Gulf South is imploding – Arkansas and Oklahoma schools are joining together and will leave out Valdosta State and others; Rocky Mountain – coalition of Colorado schools to be only Colorado schools which is why Kearney is looking at MIAA (Chadron may be left out), NCAA has signed new TV contract with Division I Basketball of which Division II will get about 4.27% of the budget, this is up 3% from $33 million to $44 million; Division II should be good financially for next 10 to 12 years

Other Business
Barr discussed a DII Preview Magazine that will be published and the back 3 pages will be used to recognize the three coaches going into the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame; the cost is $250 for a half-page advertisement, Lutz motioned and Baldwin seconded to purchase a half-page ad for $250 to show our support for Mel Tjeerdsma, motion carried by a vote of 9 for and 1 abstention;

Clements reported that he and Lori Steiner, from Northwest Foundation, put together information related to the value of membership gratuities and the impact on tax deduction

Baldwin motioned and Barr seconded to adjourn; motion carried.  Next meeting will be August 12, 2010.