Meeting Notes – 2018

Meeting Notes – AGM – August 14, 2018
The American Association of Teachers of Persian Meeting Agenda
August 14, 2018 AIS Conference Irvine, CA

New Executive Board (Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, Michelle Quay, and Parvaneh Hosseini)

Attendees: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, Michelle Quay, Parvaneh Hosseini, Elahe Amiri, Mehrzad Mohit, Fahime Guran, Alyeh Mehin, Michael Hillmann, Ramin Sarraf, Azita Mokhtari, Mehrak Kamali, Peyman Nojoumian, Soheila Kian, Aida Melika (future member), Behzad Namazi, Mana Tabataba’i, Paxima Mojavezi, Anousha Sedighi, Farima Mostowfi, Latifeh Hagigi, Sahba Shayani, Shervin Emami, Haideh Sahim, Marjan Seirafi-Pour

  1. New Executive Board – Transferring Bank Account BoA
  • Decided to remove names of previous executive board from the BoA bank account and add the names of the new executive board.
  1. Reinstating the Non-Profit Status of the AATP
  • Forms submitted to DCRA
  • Fees paid for reinstatement
  1. AATP Office Locations
  • Voted to change the AATP address to Farima Mostowfi – Passed with Quorum + 4
  • Famira Mostowfi accepted, the registered institution has changed from George Washington University to Georgetown University
  1. AATP Website Update
  • AATP Website updated by Peyman Nojoumian on a voluntary basis
  • Added a section for recent publications by members, from 2010 on
  • Another section will be added for articles by members, encourage members to send their publication information
  • Found someone to redo the graphic design of the website as a volunteer
  • Peyman is fine to continue doing normal updating etc. for free – THANKS PEYMAN!
  • We are considering allocating a budget for a security SSL – annual renewal in order to secure the database, $50 – 200 per year
  1. Report on Membership
  • 20 individual members, 2 institutions
  • Encourage everyone to approach their institutions about this

Discussion: Members from Iran? – Should we allow members from Iran to join for free?

  • People expressed hesitation at making them full members – worried about sanctions / also the fact of not paying. Suggest instead calling them Friends of the Association or Members at Large and charging no fee
  • No clear conclusion here, we’ll discuss further and/or consult a lawyer before making any moves
  1. Plan for next year’s meeting

MESA + ACTFL – Alternate the conference panels
AATP 2019 – MESA (New Orleans, LA – November 14-17, 2019)
AATP 2020 – ACTFL (San Antonio, TX – November 19-22, 2020)

Members came to a consensus regarding alternating the conference between MESA and ACTFL in upcoming years when the AIS Conference is not the United States

  • If budget allows we will become annual members of both MESA and ACTFL
  1. Report on Financial
  • $1100 raised since May 2018
  • $340 is allocated for recovering the tax status
  • $1408 in bank rolled over from previous board’s tenure
  1. Next Year’s Lifetime Achievement Award – John Perry (2019) and Dr. Ghanoonparvar (2020) – already nominated from prior years
    $300 will be allocated for covering a portion of travel
  2. Fundraising
  • Approach Roshan, MS. Bita Daryabari, STARTALK, Farzaneh family
  1. List host / Email List and Finances
  • Members of the list host who do not pay fees will be cut from the list host after a specified deadline
  1. Facebook page
  • Update page, have a dedicated member whose job is to post and keep it active

Suggestions from Peyman Nojoumian:

  • Special Interest Groups – World Standards for Language ACTFL – Getting Standard for Persian Language – Requires 60 ACTFL members
  • Charge money for advertisements
  • Revive annual newsletter


Respectfully Submitted,
AATP Executive Board
Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi
Michelle Quay
Parvaneh Hosseini