2013 (October) International Communication and Development Committee Meeting Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

Call to Order

The meeting of the International Communication and Development Committee was called to order by Jay Braxton (Va.), Chair


The following members of the committee were present:


Jay Braxton (Va.), Chair


Russell Humphrey (Tenn.)


Bob Ward (Fla.), Vice-Chair


Rob Hunt (Maine)


Terry Rumley (N.C.), Vice-Chair


Crys Jones (Alaska)


Juan (Jay) Alburez-Sevilla (Calif.)


Susan Kannarr (Kan.)


Robert Altman (W.Va.)


Tim Kehoe (Conn.)


Steve Arias (N.M.)


Kathleen Lewis (Calif.)


Dave Avant (Ala.)


Bill MaGill (Vt.)


Brad Bolin (Ill.)


Steve Marshall (Vt.)


Liz Clark (Alaska)


Al Mathiowetz (Minn.)


Brian Ebbert (Calif.)


Brad Metcalf (Ky.)


Susan Furlong (Nev.)


G. Paul Nardo (Va.)


John McE. Garrett (Va.)


Jeff Renk (Wis.)


Tisha Gieser (Alaska)


Susan Clarke Schaar (Va.)


Hunter Goodman (Wash.)


Paul Smith (N.H.)


Greg Gray (W.Va.)


Patsy Spaw (Texas)


Robert Haney (Texas)


Butch Speer (La.)


Pat Harris (Ala.)


Sandy Tenney (Utah)


Brad Hendrickson (Wash.)


Linda Tubbs (Texas)


Donna Robinson Holiday (Ky.)



Other members/guests in attendance included Rick Yarish (Manitoba, Canada).

Approval of Minutes

There were no minutes to be approved.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

Chair Braxton gave a brief definition and overview of the committee. The question was posed to the members on how to better reach out to other countries. Chair Braxton suggested that letters be sent to clerks’ offices in other countries. Other suggestions included an offer to contact the UK. It was mentioned that John Phelps may have a connection there. Brian Ebbert offered the suggestion to reach out to Asia. Other suggestions included contacting Angela Andrews and Susan Schaar for ideas.

The next order of business was the international reception in Baton Rouge. Various suggestions were made. They include pairing an international guest with a committee member like new member orientation, making prior contact with international guests with information as to what to expect, making official introductions at the reception, or changing the date of the reception to the first official day of the conference. We got good feedback from our guest from Puerto Rico. Another suggestion for the reception was to research the cultures of the guests attending and serve foods from their cultures.

The next order of business discussed was the Concurrent Session for next year. The comparative practices received good feedback. Other suggestions were to ask them to provide some printed history and culture to share with the group; make available the languages spoken to members so that those who speak their language can seek them out. Angela provided information that for members of associated organizations, ASLCS can comp registrations and hotel for international guests. For other guests not part of these organizations, we would need to contact ASLCS for approval to do so.

New president Suzi Lowell made a brief visit to the committee and asked members to review the standing orders and website and let her know of any changes needed.


Upon a motion by Susan Kannarr (Kan.), seconded by Paul Smith (N.H.), the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Terry Rumley (N.C.), Vice Chair