2014 (October) Professional Journal Committee Meeting Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Baton Rouge, LA
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Call to Order

Jeff Renk, vice chair, Professional Journal Committee, called the meeting to order at 3:50 p.m.


The following members of the committee were present:


Paul Smith (NH), Chair


Tad Mayfield (MO)


Jeff Renk (WI), Vice-Chair


Timothy Taycher (NV)


Ann Krekelberg (AK), Vice-Chair


Shelle Grim-Brooks (NV)


Bernadette McNulty (CA)


Joe Prange (OR)


Jacquelyn Delight (CA)


Joe McCord (TN)


Steven Tilley (LA)


Virginia “Ginny” Edwards (VA)


Emily White (MO)


Erin Gillitzer (WI)


Other members in attendance were Russell Humphrey (TN), president, American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS), and Sarah Burhop (WI).

Old Business

Jeff Renk (WI) informed members from his correspondence with Chair Paul Smith that the 2014 Professional Journal was being edited and readied for printing and mailing sometime in October.

New Business

Jeff Renk (WI) opened the conversation with how to get more articles for the 20th anniversary issue that would be published next year in honor of Millie MacFarland (ME), past ASLCS president, who had passed away a couple of weeks ago, and who was very interested in keeping the Professional Journal vibrant.

The committee brainstormed about how to get more good articles:

  • Bernadette McNulty (CA) commented that inviting our international members to write a comparative article on how their government works or what stage of development it is in would be interesting. She suggested possibly having them answer a template-type questionnaire that could be worked up into an article by a Professional Journal committee member. She also suggested asking people from other NCSL sections to write articles.
  • Including photos of authors with the articles was considered a good idea now that it is easier to get them.
  • Ann Krekelberg (AK) remarked that she had asked several people who had interesting legislative experiences to write about them and that had resulted in one article being written. Discussion ensued about how members had approached others who were very enthused about writing articles, but then didn’t get a chance to write them.

Emily White (MO) remarked that finding the Professional Journal online was still not very intuitive and suggested having a link to it on Facebook. Everyone thought that was a good idea.

Jeff Renk (WI) said he would like to ask permission from the Executive Committee to print the anniversary issue on higher quality paper to make it look special and to include the past nine years of articles in it. Timothy Taycher (NV) calculated that the anniversary issue could have as many as 243 pages. There was discussion about the cost of publishing. Bernadette McNulty (CA) remarked that mailing it would cost more than the printing. Using bulk mailing rates to different states was suggested.

Steve Tilley (LA) discussed his idea of writing about how voting on the floor is conducted. That was met with general enthusiasm and Jeff Renk (WI) suggested co-authoring the piece that could be a comparison of two states’ voting procedures.


There being no further business, Vice Chair Renk (WI) encouraged everyone to submit articles so that the Anniversary issue would be a robust publication and adjourned the Professional Journal Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Krekelberg (AK), Vice Chair