2006 Hiwasee, GA

Minutes of the 2006 HFA Business Meeting

August 26, 2006
Hiawasee, Georgia

Note: These minutes have not yet been read and approved by the members. They will be read at the 2007 meeting; at which time corrections will be accepted.

President Sally Swain called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. Paul Brown opened the meeting with prayer. Charles E. Higdon led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The 2005 Business Meeting minutes were reviewed. No revisions were requested. The minutes were approved as written.

Treasurer Charles P. Higdon gave a general accounting of HFA finances as of July 31, 2006. Newsletter expenses were lower since only three issues were published and 2005 annual meeting expenses were less, primarily because of donated items obtained by the then President Mudd. The treasurer then presented a detailed financial report of HFA as of July 31, 2006. The beginning balance was $9,038.92, income $3,959.29, expenses $2,927.24, with an ending balance of $10,070.97.

The treasurer then presented the financial status of the HFA Scholarship Fund. The opening balance as of July 31, 2005 was $15,717.83. Donations and income were $85,527.04 less expenses of $123.94, with a final balance as of July 31, 2006 of $101,120.93. It was reported that an additional $270.00 of income was discovered when Janice M. Higdon audited the accounts. Also, the bank will be reimbursing the $123.94 of account analysis fees.

Janice J. Higdon, 2005 - 2006 1st Vice President and the 2006 - 2007 President, requested that the 2007 HFA meeting be held in San Antonio, Texas. She suggested the meeting be held probably during the month of September, after the weather cools somewhat. She will try to plan the meeting at a hotel on the River Walk.

HFA Technologist Nancy Higdon, who maintains the web site, reminded members that news items are needed for a current and active web site. She also made the same request for information needed by the HFA Newsletter Editor Elisa Walter. Nancy Higdon announced that she will resign as Technologist when the HFA meets in 2007.

William (Bill) Higdon, Scholarship Committee, reported $500 scholarships will be increased to a maximum of $1,000 per year per person. Funds are paid directly to the education institution. The scholarships will be available for bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees and other approved training institutions, such as technical schools, leading to certification. The Scholarship Application form is available on the HFA web site. An increase for scholarship applicants was requested from HFA members. This notice will also be in the newsletter and on the web site. The committee will make final applicant approval decisions by March of each year so the funds can be provided directly to the schools prior to a new school year. Bill suggested that scholarships be awarded only after a student has completed one semester of study; this issue was not voted on.

Eva Wood suggested that the $500.00 awarded in 2004 to the scholarship recipient be transferred to the general fund for accounting purposes. This was approved.

Janice J. Higdon, Membership Committee, reported that HFA has nine new members and the loss of three members during July 2005 - 2006.

President Sally Swain introduced the new HFA officers for 2006 - 2007 and they are as follows:

President Janice J. Higdon

1st Vice President Janice M. Higdon

2nd Vice President Barbara Tedford

3rd Vice President James Lumma

Treasurer Charles P. Higdon

Secretary Paul Brown

1-year Directors Charles E. Higdon and Jim Kelly

2-year Directors Carolyn Cole and Eva Wood

Newsletter Editor Elisa Walter1

Historian Eugene Smith

Technologist Nancy Higdon

Parliamentarian Sally Swain

Necrologist Frances Smith

The 2006 - 2007 President Janice J. Higdon requested new officers meet shortly after this HFA Business Meeting.

President Swain adjourned the 2006 HFA Business Meeting at 10:20 a.m.

Paul Brown


____________ 1Elisa Walter resigned as Newsletter Editor in September 2006; Nancy Higdon is now serving as Newsletter Editor and Technologist.   

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