I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent in dues! The current balance in the Section account is $9,199.39, which includes an additional $500 from the Exxon Foundation to sponsor student chapter activities. Last year, the balance was $8,479.03. The good balance is due in part to early payment by vendors for the annual meeting - thanks to Mitzi Chaffer.
We now have 144 individual members; last year at this time we had 171. A breakdown of membership is shown in the table below. Lists of sustaining and institutional members are given on pages 3 and 29, respectively.
This year's individual members include 104 from higher education, eight from K-12 education, five from industry, 19 retired, five students, and three others. Of the 27 institutions, 12 are private, 12 are state-supported, and three are 2-year.
March 1999 March 1998 regular members 100 123 sustaining members 44 48 institutional members 27 21
If you have not sent in your dues for 1998-99, you can still do so. There is a membership form on page 29. If you can't remember whether you have paid, contact me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (248-204-3531) or regular mail (address on dues form), and I will be glad to let you know.
Check the list of institutional members. If your school is not there, remind your department chair ($40 for small institutions, $70 for large institutions). A report of the MMPC winners and top 1000 participants is sent to institutional members in the late spring. Furthermore, a new feature this year is a database that has been compiled of the top 1000 students in the MMPC. This is available to paid Section institutional members. Contact me via e-mail to order a copy.
The national MAA, with input from the sections, has streamlined the procedures for book sales at section meetings. We will benefit by being able to order books from the catalog with a discount this year. All books sold at the meeting will rebate 12% to the section; books ordered will rebate 10%. All new publications will be on hand. From what I saw in San Antonio, they are excellent! The book sale at the Section meeting is a good place to stock up on books to give graduating seniors, prize books for contests, and books for your own library.
Ruth Favro, Secretary/Treasurer
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