NIU-ACA MINUTES / Tuesday, February 1, 2005 152 DuSable Present: Josh Stone, Josh Near, Jim Thomas, Steve Kazmeirczek, Aimee Rucinsky, Sandrah Marquest, Blair Thompson, Phalon Carpenter, Joe Gulino, Kelly Joy, Suesette Carre, Debbie Alfredson. The meeting was called to order at 6 pm by president Josh Stone, and the summary of the last meeting was read and approved. The members present introduced themselves. Blair Thompson, Sandrah Marquest, and Aimee Rucinski summarized the the January 28 trip to Stateville and Stateville NRC (Northern Reception/Classification) Josh introduced Jim Thomas, the faculty advisor, who made several announcements: --The ACA accepted our application for membership as a student chapter, and NIU approved our organization at the January 28 meeting. --Plans for several trips are being considered, and the chapter will be polled for interest in a two-state May/summer project with the North Carolina chapter, with 5 days in one state, 5 in the other, probably with a month or more in between; The Angola (La) prison rodeo in October from a Thurs-Monday will be explored. --There is sufficient interest for trip during spring vacation (Departing Weds afternoon, March 16, returning Friday evening, March 19). The trip would include Lincoln/Logan (M/F medium facilties) on a Thursday, and a behind-the-scenes look at IDOC on Friday. --Cook County Jail is still in the works; It's just finding a free Friday over the next 6 weeks REPORTS --Treasurer's report: Steve K reported that we are currently solvent with a current balance of nearly $200, with more anticipated in coming weeks. OLD BUSINESS Josh Near provided examples possible tshirt designs featuring a huskie. It was decided to form a tshirt committee to come up with a design to be approved by the organization as soon as possible. The strong consensus was to go with the local provider recommended by Josh. NEW BUSINESS 1) Committee structure - The following was proposed: a) Publication Committee-- a) put together a monthly newsletter b) put together and distribute posters, adds, etc. for events c) serve as NIU-ACA contact with media (Northern Star, etc.) b) Planning Committee-- a) develop ideas and plans for fundraising events b) develop ideas and plans for organizational activities (trips, speakers, etc.) c) Membership Committee-- a) promote NIU-ACA on campus b) recruit new members An electronic poll will be distributed to the group for committee volunteers 2) Fund raising There was little apparent interest in a book sale. However, other ideas generated interest. Suesette Carre suggested a nine-ball tournament in the Huskie Den, using donated gift certificates from local businesses. Joe Gulino suggested selling concessions at sporting events, renewing a proposal by Krysta Kaus in fall. A third suggest was to give massages during finals week, soliciting a nearby massage school for masseuses. Selling Krispy Kreme donuts in DuSable also was suggested. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.