Halsey Hall August 2010 Board Meeting
August 15, 2010, 6 p.m. at the home of Cary Smith, Spray Island, Spring Park, MN.
The meeting was called to order at 6:45pm. Present were board members Cary Smith, Jerry Janzen and Kevin Hennessy. Also present was multiple committee chair and newsletter editor Stew Thornley. Board members absent included Fred Buckland, George Rekela , Bob Tholkes and Scot Johnson.
Proposal for addition to Newsletter Procedures:
The Halsey Hall Chapter will follow the accessibility standards below for its web-based publications:
• Each page should have a descriptive and unique title.
• Links should be well labeled so that the link title clearly indicates the page it leads to.
• Link titles must be clear, informative, and able to stand alone.
• Links to a graphic should be added only to serve as an enhancement to the regular links and navigation.
• Each image must have a complete alternative text description (ALT tag). ALT tags must be clear and informative for each image. The text should include the image description and, if appropriate, the function.
• Table widths must be set by percents (and not more than 100 percent).
Linking to PDF Files
• The following information must be contained within the link: title of the document, type of file, file size, and number of pages, such as (PDF: 82KB/1 pages).
• PDF files should be created in an accessible manner. If this is not possible, an alternative, accessible file format must be offered.
New member: Allan Burdick. Sent him a welcome e-mail and invited him to submit information to be introduced in the newsletter.
Sent e-mails to Chad Nordstrom and George Savanack, new members who attended the spring chapter meeting. Heard back from Chad, who indicated that he wants to remain involved and attend events.
Checked the current list of members with the list of lapsed members from last February. By this time, several of the people on the lapsed list were back on the list of SABR members, including John Bonnes, Rosemary Palmer, and Peter Schilling. I sent an e-mail to the others on the lapsed list and heard back from one, Tom Flynn, who said he didn’t renew because of his financial situation. I let him know he was still welcome to attend events.
Got a membership application to Patricia Whitney, production coordinator for FSN North and FSN Wisconsin. She has an interest in the Minneapolis Millerettes. Hoping she will join SABR, do more research, and make a presentation at our meetings.
Got membership info to Dave Beal, who joined and who was introduced in the July newsletter.
Brought membership applications to the TwinsCentric Viewing Party on July 7. Gave out a couple to specific people, including a young guy, Brandon, who has a blog and a big interest on who’s who in the Twins farm system, and Seth Stohs, a noted local blogger who is not a member. John Bonnes has pointed out the disconnect between a lot of young people who do different kinds of research and post it on on-line sites and SABR, the baseball research organization. There is a lot of potential to get the researchers/bloggers involved in SABR, and SABR is addressing this. Local chapters can reach out to some of these people, give them personal invitations to join and let them know that they can make presentations on their research at chapter meetings.
Put out a bunch of membership applications at the baseball presentation at Hennepin Stages on July 24, and they were all taken. Will see if any members sign up as a result of that.
8) Research Committee (Stew): The committee met in July and is putting out a call for presenters for the October 16 chapter meeting. In addition, I contacted Mike Haupert and Todd Peterson, who said they would present. I was going to invite Dave Laliberte, but he is no longer in SABR. I am trying to track him down in St. Cloud (he’s an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State but is not listed in their directory) and see if he will rejoin SABR and do a presentation. (Update: I talked to Dave on the phone on August 9; he will check his calendar and may do a presentation at the chapter meeting. He is going to pay his SABR dues, which had lapsed.)
The committee, in anticipation of the possibility of the SABR convention coming to Minnesota, has begun working on a convention publication. Now that the 2012 convention has been awarded to Minneapolis, work on the publication will go forward. Dan Levitt, working jointly or with assistance from Bob Tholkes, is working on the publication.
9) Book Club (Art): Art reported by email that the book for the October meeting will be “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball," by Bill Madden. The date is Oct. 9, same time and place, 9:30 a.m. at the Har-Mar Barnes and Noble.
10) Old business (all) : None
11) New business (all):
a) Stew Thornley was appointed by President Kevin Hennessy as the Chairperson of the local committee that will head up the hosting of the 2012 National SABR Convention.
b) SABR Day in America is scheduled for 1-29-2011. On this evening the annual Hot Stove Winter Meeting of the Halsey Hall Chapter will take place at the home of Kevin Hennessy in St. Paul at 7pm.
c) The next meeting will be held at Kevin Hennessy’s home as well on October 3, 2010, at 6 pm.