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HIGH COUNTRY MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, Inc.
A 501(c)19 Taxes Exempt Veterans Organization
Military Officers Association of America
Post Office Box 3312
Boone, NC 28607

Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting
2 August 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 1730 at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone, North Carolina.

    The Board meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.



  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
    LTC Ed Groff, USA                                           Treasurer, Public Relations
    Capt Doug May, Ph.D., USMC                         1st Vice President/ Web Master
    MAJ Dinah Pinney, USAF                                Treasurer
    CAPT Chuck Rhodes, USN                               2nd Vice President
    CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG                               President
    MAJ Marv Williamsen, Ph.D., USA                  Secretary

    Officers Absent:

    MAJ Bob Gibbard, USA                                    Past President
    LTC Mike Halus, USA                                       Personal Affairs


  4. Approval of Minutes: MAJ Marv Williamsen, Secretary

  5. A motion of Approval for the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting on 3 May 2017 was made by Ron Branch and seconded by George Brudzinski; motion was unanimously approved.


  6. Treasurer's Report: LTC Ed Groff, Treasurer

  7. Accounts status as of 02 Aug 2017
    1. Chapter Checking Account -    $14,339.99
    2. Chapter Scholarship Account -   $3,805.93
    3. Total -                                        $18,145.92

    4. Expenses (since last report):
      1. $425.61 - George Brudzinski - Expenses for Blood, Sweat & Gears.
      2. $350.00 - Boone Area Chamber of Commerce - 10 seats for Annual meeting - reimbursable.

    5. Revenue (since last report):
      1. $22.00 - Dues - William Richardson.
      2. $1,000.00 - Donation from Blood, Sweat & Gears.
      3. $50.00 - DDonation to scholarship fund - Charles E. McCartney Jr.
      4. $9.70 - Interest income from both accounts.


  8. Old and Standing Business:

    1. Veterans Memorial Update: Colonel Covington reported: at a meeting of principals, questions/responses from all Project Finalists were considered. Meetings will be arranged now with all for final, comprehensive discussions in person. A time schedule for completion of the project will be established.

      MONEY must be raised; $50,000 is required to be secure. A "Fall Back" plan will be necessary in the event that delays are encountered. Once the final decision is announced it is anticipated that fund accrual will be facilitated, in that donors can see the successful design mock-up. John Alley commented on construction materials for the Memorial.

    2. Fund Raising Discussion: The Veterans Memorial is this chapter's major enterprise. The Memorial is a major contribution to the High Country community and will become this town and county's most significant patriotic symbol in its recognition of our citizens' military service.

      Recognition of the Memorial's significance justifies the financial campaign. But significance and importance do not secure donations without sustained effort by all of us.

      Captain Friedman commented on the fund raising opportunity he has uncovered and advocated at the Hound Ears Golf Club. The Committee of Veterans at the Club has designated September 20, 2017 as Veterans Day at Hound Ears, and the Committee wishes to include fund raising for the Veterans Memorial as part of their focus. The planning involves a golf tournament for all military veterans. Details will be provided as planning proceeds.

    3. Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for August 3rd and the Appalachian State University Convocation Center. LTC Branch is organizing a table of MOAA officers to support the Chamber and MOAA's community service credo. Volunteers are needed to join the table and pay dinner fees.


  9. New Business:

    1. HCCMOAA earned the Five Star LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE Award. The recognition will be presented at the NC Council of Chapters State Convention, September 7-10 at Williamsburg, Virginia. Chapter representatives, Brudzinski, Covington and Schmitt will receive the award on behalf of the membership. Captain Schmitt expressed his deep gratitude to all whose superlative efforts resulted in this recognition. Especially significant in our recognition this year was the High Country Chapter Newsletter published by Bob Gibbard.

    2. United States Congress Representative Virginia Foxx will present a Veterans Information Session on Friday August 11th 2:00-4:00pm at the NCNG Armory in Boone. CAPT Schmitt and LTC Halus will be present to host the MOAA BOOTH. COL Alley will be present in support of veterans awarded the Purple Heart. MAJ Williamsen will secure MOAA brochures and publications. The following organizations will make presentations: Charles George VA Medical Center, VFW District 11 (Commander Russell Chambers) and Winston-Salem VA Regional office (Ms. Kimberley Schillhammer).

    3. Daughters of the American Revolution Yard Sale for local chapter of Disabled American Veterans will take place August 25-26. Members are encouraged to donate yard sale items. Sale items may be dropped off as of Friday, August 25th. More details can be found in the recent email sent to members.

    4. General membership meeting August 25 at Fairway Café, Boone Golf Club. David Jackson, Boone Chamber CEO is scheduled speaker. Menu and program in flyer sent to membership. Request $4 subsidy per member to bring out- of- pocket costs to $30.

    5. Upcoming Board of Directors Meetings

      October meeting is tentatively set for either October 13 or 14; the ASU stadium lounge facility is under consideration. Bob Gibbard will investigate and determine feasibility.

      December meeting: Nick Friedman volunteered to talk with Hound Ears Club management about available dates and details for the December meeting.

      The next meeting of the Board of Directors is set for September 6 at the Sagebrush restaurant.


  10. Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1815 to meet again on 6 September 2017 or at the call of the President.

Submitted By:

Thomas Marvin Williamsen

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