2023 BSA Business Meeting Agenda

July 25, 2023

BSA Members' Business Meeting
Boise Centre, Room 130
3-4pm Mountain Time


  1. Call to Order, Introductions and Acknowledgements (President - Vivian Negron-Ortiz)

    Minutes of 2022 Business Meeting

         2.    Reports

             A. President (Vivian Negron-Ortiz)
             B. Treasurer (Allison Miller)
                    FY2023 Budget to Actual
                    FY2024 Budget
             C. President-Elect (Brenda Molano-Flores)
             D. Publications, AJB and APPS  (Emily Sessa)
             E. Editor, Plant Science Bulletin (Mackenzie Taylor)
             F. Conference Program Report (Melanie Link-Perez)
             G. Business Office Report, Executive Director (Heather Cacanindin)
             H. Elections Committee (Michael Donoghue)
             I. Investment Committee (Kent Holsinger)   
             J.  Development Committee (Jennifer Cruse-Sanders)
             K.  Education Committee (Rachel Jabaily)
             L. Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Chelsea Specht)

      3.  New Business

          A. Membership Recommendations

Recommendation 1:  It is recommended that we increase the price for student and developing nations' gift memberships to $20 (from $10) for one-year gift memberships and $55 (from $30) for three-year memberships.

Recommendation 2:  
Dues increase. The BSA student dues have not changed since prior to 2008, and with decreasing publications revenue, along with increased inflation and rising costs for everything from software to travel, we believe that raising the following membership fee structure for both Student and Affiliate Memberships are necessary and in line with membership prices in similar societies. Please note other membership catagories have already been increased, and we have purposely not increased Developing Nations' member dues to respect the fact that colleagues in that catagory typically have the most need for financial assistance.  A grace period in September will be provided where students are encouraged to renew their membership at the 2022 rate.  

- Student Memberships: $20 for one year to increase to $25, $50 for three years to increase to $60.
- Affiliate Memberships: $50 for one year to increase to $55

Recommendation 3:  It is recommended that an Ad Hoc Membership Committee be constituted to work with our Membership Manager on strategies and tactics to increase membership from new member and lapsed member sources.

Recommendation 4:
It is recommended that BSA charge $10 for members who wish to receive the annual copies of Plant Science Bulletin in PRINT.

Recommendation 5: It is recommended that Dr. Gonzalo Nieto Feliner be approved as a Corresponding Member of the BSA.

          B. FY2024 Budget - for approval

              draw on unrestricted portion of the BSA investment account, up to 4%

      4.  Adjournment