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A 501(c)19 Taxes Exempt Veterans Organization
Military Officers Association of America
Post Office Box 3312
Boone, NC 28607


Board of Directors Meeting
1 March 2017

  1. The Board of Directors meeting for the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was called to order by CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG, (RET), President of the Association, at 1720 at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone, North Carolina.

  2. Officers Present:
  3. COL John Alley, USA                                       Director
    LTC Ron Branch, USA                                      ROTC/JROTC Coordinator
    LtCol George Brudzinski, USMC                     Director
    COL Ben Covington, USA                                Membership
    CPT Nick Friedman, USA                                 Director
    MAJ Bob Gibbard, USA                                    Past President
    LTC Mike Halus, USA                                      Personal Affairs
    Capt Doug May, Ph.D., USMC                         Assistant Secretary/ Web Master
    MAJ Dinah Pinney, USAF                                Treasurer
    CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG                               President
    MAJ Marv Williamsen, Ph.D., USA                 Secretary

    Officers Absent:

    Maj James Bell, USMC                                     Chaplain
    LTC Dave Garvin, USA                                     Director
    LTC Ed Groff, USA                                           Treasurer, Public Relations

  4. Approval of Minutes: MAJ Marv Williamsen, Secretary

    A motion of Approval for the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting on 2 Feb 2017 was made and seconded without change.

  5. Treasurer's Report: MAJ Dinah Pinney, Treasurer

    1. Chapter Checking Account -    $15,901.96
    2. Chapter Scholarship Account -   $3,712.51
    3. Total -                                        $19,614.47

      1. REVENUE:

        1. $242.00 Membership dues 2017
        2. $60.00 Member late payment Dinner Meeting (30 Sep 2016)
        3. $300.00 USAA payment, Memorial Day Project
        4. $65.00 National MOAA Chapter Recruitment Program 2016
        5. $50.00 Scholarship Fund Donation
        6. $10.33 Interest Income derived from both accounts

      2. EXPENSES:

        1. $87.00 NC Council of Chapters Dues
        2. $250.00 Appalachian Ski Patrol Wounded Warrior Event

  6. Current Issues/ Necessary Actions:

    1. President Schmitt reminded Board members that recruitment is critical for chapter success. In addition to membership recruitment the chapter must find a qualified replacement for Major Pinney, who would like to step down after more than a decade of dedicated service.

    2. Four members have found it necessary to withdraw from the High Country Chapter, for reason of residence relocation or very serious illness.

    3. Captain (USN) Chuck Rhodes reported on the dramatic and carefully planned Appalachian Ski Patrol Wounded Warrior event. Members who would like to support the project should plan to be at the Ski Lodge at 0830 Saturday morning. Be certain to notify CPT Rhodes if you plan to participate.

    4. First Vice President and Webmaster Doug May (CPT, USMC) reported, to acclaim, on IT matters, including information about the chapter web site and that of the Veterans Memorial Project.

    5. President Schmitt led a brief discussion of the chapter chaplain, expressing appreciation for the service of James Bell (MAJ, USMC) and soliciting perspectives on a job description appropriate to MOAA chapters. Schmitt will take the Board's views to Major Bell.

    6. Very briefly board members discussed legislation being considered in the North Carolina Senate of great importance to retired military and federal civilian employees. A letter will be generated from the High Country Chapter's Board of Directors.

  7. Old Business:

    1. LTC George Brudzinski (Veterans Memorial Committee Chairperson) reported comprehensively on the status of fund raising efforts and activities of the committee. Brudzinski spoke of Captain May's highly impressive achievements with web site promotions of both the chapter and the Memorial project. Design proposals are beginning to come in with more expected before the March deadline. Funding for the Memorial is challenging for a variety of reasons, including a large number of worth agencies in the community also in search of project funding. We need to keep focused on this major effort of the High Country Chapter.

    2. President Schmitt announced three completed personnel actions:

        Doug May has been appointed First Vice President

        Chuck Rhodes has accepted the position of Second Vice President

        And Marv Williamsen has begun to take over the position of Secretary

  8. New Business:

  9. President Schmitt announced:

      That the Level of Excellence documentation has been forwarded and received; he expressed his appreciation for the help and support he received from board members.

      That the First Quarter Meeting is scheduled for March 25th. Members of the chapter have already received information about the venue, menus and costs. To meet the caterer's minimum requirement we must have at least 40 paying guests at the Fairway Café on the occasion.

      That the Council of Chapters meeting is scheduled for March 17 and 18 in Greensboro. The High Country Chapter should send a representative: any Board member is certainly eligible. A volunteer is needed. LTC Brudzinski is the Council Treasurer and will be present. However the chapter should have a designated representative present. Available Board members should contact CPT Schmitt.

      That the several suggestions of financial contributions to local organizations (e.g. Boy Scouts, $ support for 1451st Transportation Company (NCANG) officers for MOAA attendance; perhaps others) should be submitted on the chapter's donation form. Discussion followed, led off by LTC Gifford with several members reminding the Board of the high priority we must place on the Veterans Memorial, especially considering the uphill struggle we encounter.

  • Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1830 to meet again on 5 April 2017 or at the call of the President.

  • Submitted By:

    Thomas Marvin Williamsen

    Thomas Marvin Williamsen,
    MAJ, USA (Ret)
    Rising Chapter Secretary