Canadian-American Relations Committee Meeting Minutes

Spring Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA
April 16, 2011

Call to Order

The meeting of the Canadian-American Relations Committee was called to order by Patsy Spaw (TX), Chair.  (Check members present)


The following members of the committee were present:



Patsy Spaw, Chair (TX)


Bruce Jamerson (VA)


Diane Bell, Vice-Chair (FL)


Crystaline Jones (AK)


Brad Hendrickson, Vice-Chair (WA)


Tim Kehoe (CT)


Robert Altmann (WV)


Ann Krekelberg (AK)


Paul Campos (WA)


Dowe Littleton (AL)


Liz Clark (AZ)


Suzi Lowell (AK)


Laura Clemens (OH)


Millie MacFarland (ME)


Ann Cornwell (AR)


Steven Marshall (VT)


Bernard Dean (WA)


Annette Moore (UT)


Polly Emerson (TX)


Cooper Roberts (LA)


Londi Ensor (AK)


Obie Rutledge (OR)


Jeff Finch (VA)


Gina Spartz (AK)


John Garrett (VA)


Alfred Speer (LA)


Greg Gray (WV)


Karen Wadsworth (NH)


Lourdes Guerra (TX)


Denise Weeks (NC)


Judy Hall (OR)


Alan Whittington (TN)


Pat Harris (AL)


Jeannine Wood (ID)


Bo Hoover (WV)


Joyce Wright (AL)


Martha Hopson (AK)



Russell Humphrey (TN)


Other members/guests in attendance included Dave Avant (AL) and Debbie Deller, Ontario, Canada.

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Denise Weeks, seconded by Russell Humphries, the minutes of the last meeting held September 11, 2010, during the Professional Development Seminar in Milwaukee, WI were approved.

Old Business

Chair Patsy Spaw stated that in conjunction with the International Communications and Development Committee the Canadian American Relations Committee will host a reception for International guests on the first evening of the PDS in Branson, MO. Pat Harris gave an update on the Joint Canadian American meeting scheduled for Oct. 13-17 in Montgomery, AL. Joyce Wright showed the committee a 30 second clip of an ad promoting Montgomery and suggested sending it electronically to members of Canadian Clerks-at-the-Table and ASLCS. The committee agreed with the suggested distribution. A list of proposed topics compiled by Debbie Deller and Marian Johnson, PEI, for the Joint meeting were distributed and discussed. Three topics were selected to fill the remaining program slots – 1. “An overview of the committee system”, 2. “ from iPad to Twitter – impact of newest technologies in legislative environments” and 3. Managing the House in fiscally challenging times”. Denise Weeks and Debbie Deller agreed to coordinate panelists and moderators.


Upon a motion by Pat Harris, seconded by Russell Humphrey, the meeting was adjourned.