1. Called to order at 8:02 pm
2. Introductions made
3. From this meeting forth an inspirational speaker will be at every meeting. Since this was such short notice for this meeting, VP Toby will speak at this meeting.
4. Toby gave a fine inspirational report on what he did all last summer. Toby worked at a Marine Biology Summer Camp in the Florida Keys. Dr. Molitor got the info and Toby inquired and applied. He was hired as a unit leader. First he went through three intensive weeks of training, including learning how to drive double throttle boa5ts, lifeguard, become a certified rescuer, and become scuba certified. The pay totalled about $1500 dollars by the end of the semester, but he had few expenses while there because room and board were covered. Toby was thrilled to be able to get in at leaset 20 hours of free scuba diving by the end of the summer. Wind surfing, sailing, and snorkeling were also enjoyed. As unit leader, Toby was in charge of about 35 kids and 5 leaders. The experience was definitely a learning and fun one. Although Toby couldn't teach the science classes (a college degree is needed for that position) he got to help out. After the meeting, members are invited to look through the 2 photo albums Toby brought along.
Thanks for sharing your summer with us!!! :)
President: The Past, Present, and Future of Soil and Water Conservation is sponsoring speakders on February 23 in the Beaux Arts Room at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Vice President: Looking in to camping trip with state parks and other parks. He also has a rec guide to look through. Member input welcome! The Biology Alumni Association has merged with the Ag Alumni Association and would like to do something for undergrad students, such as a survival kit for finals week or a water bottle, etc, something that students can use. They are also thinking about a design or an emblem for the merger. If anyone has any ideas e-mail them to bioclub. Thanks!
Secretary: Working on updating the membership list on the webpage and also plan on having the directory out by the next meeting.
Treasurer: Currently we have $140.89 in our account.
PR: As follows in new business.
6. The plant sale will be this week. Tonight trays will be set up and prices finalized after the meeting.
7. DR. WEBER HAS SIGNED UP TO ENTER THE PIZZA EATING CONTEST ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, DURING HALF TIME OF THE GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME AGAINST ST. AMBROSE! We all applaud his decision to represent us! Let's show up and cheer him on!
8. Reminder: If you haven't already paid your dues for this semester, please do! They are $5 and should be paid by the next meeting so you can enjoy free pizza with everyone!
9. At the next meeting, volunteers will be needed to hang up some posters around Boebel.
10. Comments or questions were called for by the president. No responses were made.
11. The Biology Club is beginning a new idea, the "Big Project." We need to start now raising money so we can go on a big trip, perhaps next Christmas break. Dr. Frieders will be providing ideas for fundraising and places to visit. AFter a couple of years perhaps when can work our way up to a really big cool trip! EVERYONE will need to help! Start working on ideas of places to visit and fundraisers!
12. There was a suggestion that maybe we are overlooking money that we could get from SAB or SUFAC. This will be looked into asap.
13. Two committees will be formed for members to join, including the social and records committees. Details to come in future meetings.
14. Just a reminder, bring your friends to meetings! They need not be biology majors!
15. A survey was handed out to fill out about biology departmental teachers.
16. Kelly and Amy have been talking to Dr. Snyder about getting the pre-professional part of the club going again. This may involve a trip to the cadaver lab in Madison. A hand count was taken of interested members.
17. Meeting adjourned to getting the plant sale ready at 8:45 pm.