Robert Rogers, Spring 2008
The MAA Board of Governors met on January 5, 2008 at the Marriott in San Diego. Here are some of the action items from that meeting
The budget committee proposed that the 2009 dues remain the same as
the 2008 dues. This was agreed upon. That being said, it was also
recommended that, that with input from the membership working group
and the journals and communications working group, over the next year
or two, serious study and consideration be given to fundamental
changes in the pricing and nature of MAA membership. This is to
address some possible trends in membership numbers, in particular, the
decrease in the number of renewals. The committee on Marketing and
Membership is looking into ways to increase retention rates as it is
more economical to retain than it is to recruit.
There was a proposal to form a strategic planning group for
periodicals and communications. One of the main items of business
would be to look into whether all of the MAA's print publications
have online versions? Should these be available only to members? How
should online journal access be packaged into membership? Given the
speed at which the publishing business is changing, the recommendation
is for the group to address such issues as soon as possible.
The revised bylaws for the Seaway Section were approved. These bylaws
were approved by the section at the business meeting on October 20,
2007. The major change in this was the splitting of the
secretary-treasurer into two positions.
As a point of information, the treasurer John Kenelly, provided a
report on the MAA's investment portfolio. Of particular note was his
position on investing in Green Mutual funds. The advice of the
investment committee's investment advisor is to take a cautious
approach to toward these funds and the committee is following that
These were the major topics of discussion that, in my opinion, are
most directly related to the membership of the section.