BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE

MONDAY EVENING -SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

     The Baptist Sunday School Committee met on Monday evening, September 21, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the conference room of the Baptist Bookstore for share time and subcommittee meetings.  Following prayer requests, Brother Mike Yoho brought the devotional reading from Philippians 3:12-14.  He closed his devotional thoughts with prayer.
     The clerk was recognized for the roll call of the committee members.  All were present with the exception of Brother Richard Merritt who was ill and could not make the meeting.
     Each member present was called upon for personal share time and each was asked to share their favorite verse of scripture.
     At 8:00 PM, the Curriculum and Development sub-committee met with Editor-in-Chief Kyle Elkins.  The Policy Review sub-committee did not meet but Chairman Don Price called for a meeting in April during the spring meeting. 

TUESDAY MORNING – SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

      The Baptist Sunday School Committee met in the conference room of the Baptist Bookstore in Texarkana, TX on September 22, 2015.   Chairman David Butimore asked the clerk to call roll.  All committeemen were present except for Bro. Richard Merritt.   Brother Neal Clark was called upon to bring the morning devotional.  Brother Clark read and commented on Genesis 12:1-3.  He opened our meeting in prayer.  A motion and second carried to seat all visiting brethren in counsel.  A motion and second carried to accept and approve the minutes of the June meeting submitted by the clerk.
     Chairman David Butimore called upon Bro. Wayne Sewell to give the report of the Business Manager.  Brother Sewell commented on the collecting and remitting local and state sales taxes.  He spoke concerning the advantages of having the new 10-unit press, the possibility of a central Arkansas store, the Mall store sales, literature sales and retail store sales. 
     The committee paused to meet with the employees in the break room.  The committee recognized two employees for their years of service to the Baptist Sunday School Committee.  They were Brother Greg Hilterbrand for 20 years of service and Doctor Wayne Sewell for 25 years of service.
     After the break, Brother Sewell finished his report.  Following some discussion, a motion and second carried to accept the report of the Business Manager.
     Chairman Butimore called upon Bro. Kyle Elkins to give the report of the Editor-in-Chief.  Brother Elkins spoke about the new Children’s literature, Vacation Bible School 2017, the Bogard Press Curriculum Conference that will meet in the Texarkana Convention Center on February 27, 2016.  Brother Elkins spoke about a new book written by Sister Doris Scarlett entitled Challenges for Living and other books that have been submitted to the office.  The tract What We Believe has been updated with the number 22 doctrinal statement added at the June 2015 meeting of the American Baptist Association.  The Bogardpress.org website is being updated which will make it mobile friendly and will be maintained by the editorial department.   Following some discussion, a motion and second carried to accept the report.
     Chairman Butimore called for the reports of the subcommittees who met at 8:00 PM on Monday and 8:00 AM on Tuesday morning. 
        The minutes of the Curriculum & Development subcommittee are as follows:  The subcommittee met on Monday evening, September 21, 2015 in the office of Editor-in-Chief Kyle Elkins.  Brother Everett Ledbetter was elected as chairman of this committee.  A motion and second carried to accept the report.
        The minutes of the Salary Review subcommittee are as follows:  The Salary Review subcommittee met Monday night at 8:00 PM in the conference room of the Bookstore.  All committeemen were present except Brother Richard Merritt.  Brother Jeff Krisell was elected as chairman of this committee.  A motion and second carried to adopt the report.
     The minutes of the Financial Planning and Goals are as follows:  The subcommittee met in the office of Brother Wayne Sewell.  Brother Wayne Hunter was elected a chairman of this committee. The medical insurance witnessed a 2% increase.  The 10 unit press is paid in full.  Brother Sewell mentioned a company was interested in purchasing a parcel of land on the north side of the property.  The offer was declined.  Members of the subcommittee asked Brother Sewell to receive prices for a new LED sign for the Bookstore.  A motion and second carried to adopt the report.
     Discussion began concerning the giving of digital files to outside sources.
     The committee dismissed for lunch at 11:30 AM.  Brother Don Price dismissed in prayer.
     The Committee reconvened at 1:00 PM
   Discussion resumed on the literature and the request made by outside sources to use the materials published by the Baptist Sunday School Committee.  The problem is that iStock has all copyrighted privileges to the art work sold under their copyright.  Bogard Press purchases from iStock the right to use the photographic images but is prohibited under iStock’s contract to share, lend or gift any of the digital files we download.  Any digital or electronic file from iStock that is transferred in any way is a violation of this agreement and would be considered copyright infringement.  Brother Bill Johnson spoke to the subject before the committee.  Brother Johnson spoke on behalf of the International Christian Publishers.   He also explained how materials are distributed in many countries.  The material produced by ICP are given away in Romania and sold at a reduced price in the Philippines.  Brother Johnson stated that if the committee felt it was in the best interest of the Baptist Sunday School Committee to not allow any files out for reproduction, he would understand and there will be no ill will on his part.
     There was discussion concerning the wording of the motion made in April 2015 meeting and the understanding of issues concerning this matter.  After a great deal of discussion, a motion and second carried to postpone any action on this matter until additional information is made available from iStock and the Baptist Sunday School Committee attorney.
     A motion and second carried to adjourn until the spring meeting on April 25-27, 2016.
     Closing prayer was offer by Brother John Sanders.

Brother David Butimore, Chairman
Brother Dennis Richey, Clerk