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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
7 December 2016
Pearl Harbor Day

  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 1725 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
    MAJ Bob Gibbard, USA                                    Past President
    LTC Ed Groff, USA                                           Public Relations
    LTC Mike Halus, USA                                      Personal Affairs
    COL Vickie Hughes, USAF                              1st Vice President
    Capt Doug May, Ph.D., USMC                         Assistant Secretary/ Web Master
    MAJ Dinah Pinney, USAF                                Treasurer
    CAPT Fred Schmitt, USCG                               President

  4. Officers Absent:
  5. Maj James Bell, USMC                                     Chaplain
    CPT Nick Friedman, USA                                 Director
    LTC Dave Garvin, USA                                     Secretary

  6. Approval of Minutes:

  7. In the absence of the Chapter Secretary, the approval of the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting on 3 November 2016 and the Secretary's report are postponed until next meeting.

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

    1. Administrative Account -    $15,606.51
    2. Scholarship Account -           $3,661.57
    3. Total Cash On Hand -         $19,268.08

    4. Actions:

      1. Revenue:

        1. $1,560.00 was received from attendees of the Holiday Party and Dinner.
        2. $1,273.00 was received from the Strikes for Troops fundraiser.
        3. $19.52 was received for interest of both accounts (October-November).

      2. Expenses:

        1. $225.51 paid to SOS Printing (Programs and Envelopes).
        2. $73.69 paid to Bob Gibbard (Reimbursement for National MOAA Awards Dinner).
        3. $1,653.48 paid to Mariott Courtyard (Holiday Party).
        4. $250.00 paid to Barbara Daye (Donation for 1451st National Guard Holiday Party).

      3. Strikes for Troops Total Amount Raised to Date: $2,153.65)

      4. Holiday Dinner (3 December 2016) Costs: $2,153.48.

      5. Collected from attendees for Holiday Dinner: $1,560.00

  9. President's Remarks:CAPT Fred Schmitt

    1. Congratulations to Vickie Hughes for a job well done in coordinating the "White Elephant" portion of the Christmas Party.
    2. A note from MOAA National - They are changing the way in which Chapter rosters are to be submitted. They will preprint the rosters and we are to make editorial changes. Any new members for 2016 need to have been reported by December 2016.
    3. Get all other updates through LTC Dave Garvin.

  10. Old Business:

    1. Veterans' Memorial Update:

      1. A major fund drive and "moving into full gear" are to occur toward the first of the year.
      2. George Brudzinski stated that we are applying for a number of grants, as they come due, throughout 2017. He thanked John Ward (Boone City Manager) for all that he has done toward the Veterans' Memorial.
      3. Ben Covington said that the competition has officially started. A copy of the perspectus is on file. He wants to get the prospectus to various publishing outlets.

    2. For the vacant 2nd Vice President Position:

      1. The board would like to include Chuck Rhodes and Lance Campbell as potential candidates for this position.
      2. In addition, the general membership of the Chapter will be solicited for additional nominees for the position or for an additional director should the position be filled from within the board.

  11. New Business:

    1. Various funding requests have been made on which the BOD needs to act:

      1. The BOD voted to provide $200.00 each to Hebron Colony and to Cove Creek for providing chairs for both the Memorial Day and Veterans' Day Ceremonies.
      2. A check to support the ASU Heroes Day refreshments was approved for $75.00.
      3. A check for $250.00 was approved for the 1451st Transportation Company to support their Holiday party. This may not happen like this next year as they are considering moving to a different family event.
      4. More discussion followed on how to best support the 1451st on their request for gift cards. Perhaps we can restructure how we ask our members around our Christmas party.
      5. The attached request from Patricia Harper (LtCol Jerry Harper's wife) was discussed. The work is certainly worthwhile but it was determined to be outside the scope of our MOAA charter regarding financial donations and so the donation request was not approved. The BOD agreed that individual members should contact Pat if they are interested in giving individual donations.

    2. CAPT Fred Schmitt has sent out an email to apply for a USAA Grant. The grant requires that it be for an "event," so Fred is to select our Memorial Day ceremony instead of "Ride for Recovery."

  12. Other Business:

    1. COL Vickie Hughes has submitted her work on publicity for the Veterans' Memorial. She is leaving ASU and will be leaving the area. We will all miss her and her activities in support of our Chapter.

    2. A nominating committee was formed with MAJ Bob Gibbard as head with LtCol George Brudzinski and CAPT Fred Schmitt. They will be working on nominations for 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer.

    3. Next Officers' Call will be 15 December.

    4. There will be no December Commissioning for the ASU ROTC cadets.

    5. COL Vickie Hughes and COL Ben Covington spoke at ASU on good leadership traits.

  13. Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1824 to meet again on 4 January 2017 or at the call of the President.

Submitted By:

Douglas B. May

Douglas B. May,
Capt, USMC (Frm)
Chapter Assistant Secretary


November 21, 2016
High Country Chapter, Military Officers Association of America
P.O. Box 3312, Boone, NC 28607

Dear High Country Chapter Board Members,

As a respected civic organization concerned about the welfare of the members of our community, and engaged in supporting beneficial initiatives, I wanted to alert you to an important event planned for the spring of 2017. I am a part of the planning committee for this event. On May 5, 2017, a "State of the Child Forum" will be held at Boone United Methodist Church. The Forum is being coordinated by Denise Presnell, School Social Worker at Hardin Park School, and will bring together representatives of our local school district, regional health care facilities, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Social Services, local faith-based organizations, Community Action Agency and many others to promote the process of making Watauga County a Trauma-Informed Community.

Childhood trauma has an enormous impact on the academic, social, and behavioral development of some of our citizens, and our community must develop a more unified response to its affects. Thus the purpose of the Forum is two-fold. First, to raise the awareness and understanding of childhood trauma and its effects. Second, initiate the development an action plan that will move Watauga County forward in becoming a Trauma-Informed Community, which will promote a more unified and coordinated response in trauma work amongst various local agencies to more effectively assist affected individuals and families in our community.

We are asking for your organization's sponsorship in making this Forum possible by contributing toward a monetary goal of $6,000 to meet its anticipated costs. To ensure appropriate accountability and transparency, Hardin Park School will host an account to meet the financial needs of the Forum. Donors may make checks payable to "Hardin Park School", and on the memo line write "State of the Child Forum". A receipt will be provided as proof of donation.

This effort will require the collaboration and support of a multitude of people and organizations in Watauga County, and we hope we can count on your organization's support. Any amount you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Best Regards,

Patricia Harper