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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
5 April 2017

  1. The Board of Directors meeting for the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was called to order by Capt Doug May, USMC, (FMR), 1st Vice President of the Association, at 1720 at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone, North Carolina.

  2. Officers Present:
  3. COL John Alley, USA                                       Director
    Maj James Bell, USMC                                     Chaplain
    LTC Ron Branch, USA                                      ROTC/JROTC Coordinator
    LtCol George Brudzinski, USMC                     Director
    COL Ben Covington, USA                                Membership
    MAJ Bob Gibbard, USA                                    Past President
    LTC Ed Groff, USA                                           Treasurer, Public Relations
    LTC Mike Halus, USA                                      Personal Affairs
    Capt Doug May, Ph.D., USMC                         1st Vice President/ Web Master
    MAJ Dinah Pinney, USAF                                Treasurer
    CAPT Chuck Rhodes, USN                               2nd Vice President
    MAJ Marv Williamsen, Ph.D., USA                 Secretary

    Officers Absent:

    CPT Nick Friedman, USA                                 Director
    LTC Dave Garvin, USA                                     Director
    CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG                               President

  4. Approval of Minutes: MAJ Marv Williamsen, Secretary

  5. A motion of Approval for the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting on 1 March 2017 is delayed pending document review.

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

  7. Last Report (1 Mar 2017)
    1. Chapter Checking Account -    $15,846.70
    2. Chapter Scholarship Account -   $3,755.93
    3. Total -                                        $19,602.63

    4. Revenue (since last report):
      1. $464.00 Membership Dues 2017.
      2. $1,248.00 Member payment for Annual Mtg and Dinner (25 Mar 17).
      3. $43.00 Scholarship Fund Donation (50/50 Raffle on 25 Mar 17).
      4. Interest income from both accounts - $9.61 (Feb 2017).

    5. Expenses (since last report):
      1. $246.45 David Garvin (Reimbursement for Chapter Mailing Expenses).
      2. $90.00 U.S. Postal Service (Annual P.O. Box Renewal).
      3. $1,440.00 Casa Rustica Catering (General Membership Dinner 25 Mar 17).

    6. Treasurer's Note:
    7. General Membership Mtg and Dinner (25 Mar 2017)
      • Costs: $1,440.00
      • Collected from Members: $1,248.00
      • Amt. Paid by Chapter: $192.00

  8. Old and Standing Business:

    1. Veterans Memorial Update (Covington) A meeting was held on Monday, 3 April of all sub-committee heads at which the following information was presented/developed:
      • Publicity for the project is enhancing both in volume and quality.
      • Nineteen design entries have been received; Design Committee has responsibility for selecting finalists.
      • Selection process involves deep coordination with the town of Boone and the founding agreement that the town will assume designated responsibilities for maintenance and security of the Memorial Site.
      • The Engineering Committee will review proposals as appropriate.

    2. Veterans Memorial Update (Brudzinski) The Funding Committee has been concentrating recently on major donors. Mr. Rick Pedroni, CEO at Casa Rustica, has voluntarily become actively supportive of the funding project and proposed several very helpful creative ideas. Current contributions amount to $62,000.

    3. Memorial Day Observance, Monday May 29, 2017

      1. Mall on-site logistics, to include chairs, podium, coordination: Friedman, Brudzinski
      2. Mall and Band liaison: Gibbard will coordinate with Band Director; Alley will check with Mall Director regarding mall calendar scheduling.
      3. Speaker: Covington raised a suggestion appreciated by all; Ben will discuss the possibility with the candidate.
      4. Flyers and programs: Fred Schmitt
      5. Publicity: Ideas advanced included contact with other military related organizations and civic leaders such as the Civil Air Patrol chapter, local chambers of commerce, elected officials (Country Commissioners? Town Councils? Mayor, Manager?)
      6. Color Guard: Gibbord will contact and coordinate

    5. Other/New Business:

      1. MAJ Gibbard presented a $150.00 check he secured from the local State Employees Association of North Carolina for the Veterans Memorial project.

      2. The question of financial support was raised and a motion was approved to provide funding as has been done previously. Funding for scholarships was thereby authorized.

    6. 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 3 May 2017 or at the call of the President.

    Submitted By:

    Thomas Marvin Williamsen

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