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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
3 January 2018

  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 1721 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
    MAJ Ted Alley, USAF                                      Director
    LTC Ron Branch, USA                                      Director, ROTC/JROTC Coordinator
    LtCol George Brudzinski, USMC                     Director
    COL Ben Covington, USA                                Director, Membership
    MAJ Bob Gibbard, USA                                    Past President
    LTC Ed Groff, USA                                           Treasurer, Public Relations
    Capt Doug May, Ph.D., USMC                         1st Vice President/ Web Master
    MAJ Dinah Pinney, USAF                                Director
    CAPT Chuck Rhodes, USN                               2nd Vice President
    CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG                               President
    MAJ Marv Williamsen, Ph.D., USA                  Secretary

    Officers Absent:

    CDR Jim Tabor, USN                                         Director

  4. Approval of Minutes:

  5. A motion of Approval for the minutes of the December 2017 Board of Directors meeting was unanimously approved.

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

  7. Accounts status as of 03 January 2018
    1. Chapter Checking Account -      $8,951.09

    2. Expenses (since last report):
      1. $439.68 - Fred Schmitt - Chair rental for Veteran's Day.
      2. $281.52 - George Brudzinski - $200.00 in Walmart credit cards for 1451st and $81.52 for new banner.
      3. $195.00 - Boone area Chamber of Commerce - 2018 dues.

      4. $10,000.00 set aside for veteran's memorial.

    3. Revenue (since last report):
      1. $1,202.02 - Donations from Strikes for Troops.
      2. $3,310.13 - From Account 616809 - Closing of Scholarship Fund.
      3. $10.71 - Interest income on checking account.

  8. Old and Standing Business:

    1. Veterans Memorial Update: LtCol Brudzinski reported on the Memorial Financial Campaign. Generally, optimism is warranted; response from chapter members and from the public has been quite positive. Currently the campaign has amassed $130,000 with the total goal standing at $165,000.
      CAPT Schmitt succinctly reported on the progress of finite planning for initiation of site preparation at the King Street location. The Construction Committee, which includes a very supportive and cooperative member from the town of Boone, will meet to develop material lists and advance the planning process on January 19.

    2. Update on rescheduled Holiday Party: CAPT Rhodes provided updated information for the rescheduled holiday party. All previous arrangement stand, as prescribed in the posted information he provided in December. The gala is to be held on Friday, January 26. Col Jeri Graham, representing the MOAA Board of Directors will brief the chapter on national priorities, scheduled events and interesting opportunities.
      It is important to RSVP; attendance numbers are critical, so please get it done.

    3. Pancake breakfast fund raising event: LtCol Brudzinski presented the revised schedule. Appleby's restaurant on April 7, 2018, 0730 to 1030. Major changes have been effected in the management of the breakfast. Our chapter will now do the cooking, and volunteers are needed. We will now include spouses in the labor gang. CDR Tabor, who has substantial culinary credentials is among the first rank of volunteer "chefs".

  9. New Business:

    1. NEW ROSTER AND OFFICER REPORT: Secretary Williamsen reported on updated documents for MOAA headquarters and for the North Carolina Council of Chapters. The 2018 official roster of the High Country Chapter has been submitted, as has an updated Officer Report which details the new appointments of officers for the current year. MOAA has introduced a new process for reporting and management of the official roster. New procedures should facilitate more efficient, responsive and secure updating of chapter rosters. CAPT Schmitt has directed that the updated roster and report be forwarded to all chapter members. This will be accomplished as soon as our 2018 roster is posted by MOAA Chapter Support.

    2. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING: Board was reminded of the upcoming GMM and the importance of getting the word out to all members. The flyer has been distributed to all members who should be encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible.

    3. REVISIONS OF CHAPTER OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS: As announced previously, CAPT Schmitt has reviewed and modified Board Officer assignments in accord with the chapter by-laws. Revised assignments of Board of Directors members and serving officers have been accomplished.

  10. Other Business
  11. MAJ Gibbard, editor of the High Country Chapter newsletter, requests photographs accumulated during the past year at any and all MOAA events. Please forward any photos or other suitable information to him at his email address:

  12. Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1807 to meet again on 7 February 2018 or at the call of the President.

Submitted By:

George Brudzinski

George Brudzinski,