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March 23, 2017 
Vol. 47 No. 3
Cooperatively Speaking
The Latest News from PCPI

Time for the annual meeting is fast approaching, and it has really had me thinking.  Do I have time to go?  What will I get out of it?  Can I afford it?  I'm already plenty busy with my job and my own life...why should I get involved with something else?  My guess is that you may have some of the same doubts echoing in your mind.  

Over the years I have learned that I am reluctant to jump in to any new situation without knowing exactly how I'll fit in or how it will turn out.  But I have also discovered that hesitation means missed opportunities, and waiting to figure everything out ahead of time keeps me from taking action.  green-polka-dots.gif

For me, PCPI provides a much needed connection to a widespread community of people who not only value cooperative education but who make it a reality. I want to meet them, and I want to learn more. So, I took the first step and bought my plane ticket. 

See you in Indianapolis!

Dianne Rose, M.Ed.
Editor, Cooperatively Speaking

There's Still Time...
...to get yourself to Indianapolis!

Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis is going on now!

Parents, teachers, directors and board members of cooperative preschools and councils are all invited  to join in this weekend of camaraderie and focus on our cooperative mission.   Bring your ideas about how to help make PCPI a more effective organization for us all, and take home inspiration and renewed enthusiasm from this wonderful networking opportunity.

The conference will include:
  • Sharing, Learning, Networking with Co-op Preschool Leaders
  • Preschool Visits
  • Awards Banquet
  • Annual General Meeting
  • PCPI Governing Board Business Meetings
Download the  2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form to see a detailed agenda.  Registration forms are due by April 1.
Questions should be directed to Mariah Battison , PCPI President.

"The greatest need in the world today is not greater technological advance in penetrating outer space, but for persons, groups and nations grown mature enough to use their power for the good of all, not just for self or limited group."

- Katharine Whiteside Taylor,  1958

Proposed Bylaws Changes
To be voted on at the Annual Meeting

Every once in a while it's good to take the time to stop and reflect on where you've been and where you want to be.  That's true for individuals and for organizations.  

The result of one such reflection is a collection of recommended changes to the PCPI Bylaws. The recommended changes are intended to bring the bylaws closer to the reality of current organizational operation and to more closely mirror our community of members.

Recommended changes include:
  • allowing electronic signatures
  • allowing meetings by telecommunication
  • adding Marika Townshend Travel Grants as a standing committee
  • changing the composition of a quorum from including minimum council representation to representation from at least 3 states/provinces
  • incorporating a procedure for a dissolution of the organization
  • eliminating the requirement that presidents of councils be included in the make up of the Governing Board 
  • replacing Executive Board meeting requirements with formal interim conference call meetings of the Governing Board
To view the bylaws in their entirety, including highlights of recommended changes, download  Proposed Changes to Bylaws 2017 .  Comments can be submitted to Kathy Ems. Changes will be reviewed, discussed, and voted on at the Annual Meeting.  

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