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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
6 December 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 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 November 2017 Board of Directors meeting was unanimously approved.


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

  7. Accounts status as of 06 December 2017
    1. Chapter Checking Account -      $5,344.43
    2. Chapter Scholarship Account -   $3,309.89
    3. Total -                                          $8,654.32

    4. Expenses (since last report):
      1. $181.48 - SOS Printing - Veterans Day Programs.
      2. $10,000.00 set aside for veteran's memorial.

    5. Revenue (since last report):
      1. $1,170.00 - Membership reimbursement of dinner cost.
      2. $1,109.80 - Funds from Strikes for Troops.
      3. $10.14 - Interest income from both accounts.


  8. Old and Standing Business:

    1. Veterans Memorial Update - LtCol Brudzinski and CAPT Schmitt provided an update on the progress with the Veterans Memorial project. The funding goal for the Veterans Memorial is now $165,000.00. In conjunction with the DBDA (Downtown Boone Development Authority), an event, was planned for the 3 days of the Veterans Day weekend to engage ALL downtown businesses to donate a percent of their sales. Four teams selected 61 businesses for follow-up after initial contact by the DBDA. Unfortunately the preliminary process of contacting key businesses owners was not adequately implemented nor passed down to the front line employees and only 5 of the 61 had been aware of the event. The active committee effort will be re-organized for a second effort in the New Year.

      In the meantime, planning for construction at the site on King Street is proceeding. Boone municipal authorities have established a noteworthy record of cooperation and positive contribution to the project. Demolition on the site is scheduled to begin in April 2018.

    2. Update on Holiday Party: CAPT Chuck Rhodes explored and developed a variety of possible locations and catering options for the annual December holiday party. Final arrangements are in place. We gather this Friday, 08 December at 1800 at Appalachian Ski Mountain Lodge upstairs in the Snow Cloud Room. Please remember to bring a gift for the White Elephant gift exchange. Also bring your own beer and/or wine and give it to the bar tender upon arrival. Also please bring cash or check to HCC-MOAA in the amount of $38 per person attending.

      Appalachian Ski Mountain is not planning to open for skiing and snowboarding until the morning of Saturday 9 December so there should be plenty of free parking for us in the Member parking area just to the left after passing the ski area entry gate house. By the way, for anyone wanting to return Saturday morning to ski, the first 100 people in line will receive a free ski pass in keeping with a long opening day tradition at the ski area.

      The mountain started making snow today and hopes to continue to do so through Friday night. Because of this there will likely be a little snow on the last 1/8th mile of road to the ski area due to wind-blown snow from the snow making operations. There is also the possibility that we may get some natural snow Friday. However, the road up to Appalachian Ski Mountain off 321 is well maintained, plowed and salted to ensure the general public has easy access to the area.

      Our sincere gratitude is due CAPT Rhodes for meticulous and comprehensive planning. **Please see end note at conclusion of this document**

    3. Veterans Day Celebration (Saturday, November 11, 2017; Boone Mall): CAPT Schmitt reported on an unexpected "glitch" with the anticipated delivery of 400 chairs and his spur of the moment solution to the crisis. The 2017 Veterans Day celebration was another laudatory patriotic event for the town of Boone. CAPT Schmitt expressed his gratitude to all who contributed to the successful effort.

    4. STRIKES FOR TROOPS FUNDRAISNG EVENT: MAJ Bob Gibbard briefed the Board on the successful implementation of the fund raising project which he orchestrated. In spite of disappointing level of participation by chapter members, the project produced approximately $2,600 for the High Country Chapter. Discussion by Board members followed Major Gibbard's report. We would like to discover fund raising innovations that would draw higher member participation.


  9. New Business:

    1. Gift cards for 1451st USAR Transportation Unit The Board discussed and approved again the expenditure for Holiday Gift Cards, as arranged by Barbara Daye.

    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. MOAA Reports: MAJ Williamsen, chapter secretary, reported on the status of the several formal reports that are due at the end of the 4th quarter to include: Fourth Quarter Report, Chapter Officer Report, and High Country Chapter Roster Update. All reports will be completed the first week of January.

    4. High Country Chapter By-Laws/Chapter Officer Duties: CAPT Schmitt reviewed the chapter's By-Laws noting that not all prescribed officer assignments are in place. Therefore he will make necessary changes in forthcoming months to ensure alignment with By-Laws. The evolving Chapter Officer Report will indicate the assignments designated in the current By-Laws.

    5. Changes to Levels of Excellence Award criteria: CAPT Schmitt drew attention to the prescribed changes set forth for the LEVELS OF EXCELLENCE competition. Capt May will update High Country Chapter planning in January after the changes are officially posted.

    6. Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser Redux: Planning for a revival of the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser now includes the possibility of our previous host rejuvenating our previous arrangement... CAPT Schmitt is coordinating basic details and will propose a final decision. The 3rd weekend in March is the favored date for the event.


  10. Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1819 to meet again on 3 January 2018 or at the call of the President.

Submitted By:

Thomas M. Williamsen

Thomas M. Williamsen
MAJ, USAR (RET)



**END NOTE: FOR YOUR INFORMATION, A SURPRISE BLIZZARD INTERVENED AND IT BECAME NECESSARY TO POSTPONE THE DECEMBER PARTY. THE REVISED DATE OF THE PARTY IS JANUARY 26 2018. ALL PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENTS STILL HOLD. SEE CAPT SCHMITT'S 29 DECEMBER EMAIL TO THE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP FOR A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT. FESTIVITIES BEGIN AT 1800 HOURS AT APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN!**