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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 February 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 1725 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
    CDR Jim Tabor, USN                                         Director
    MAJ Marv Williamsen, Ph.D., USA                  Secretary

    Officers Absent:

  4. Approval of Minutes:

  5. A motion of Approval for the minutes of the January 2018 Board of Directors meeting was unanimously approved.

  6. Secretary's Report: MAJ Marv Williamsen, Secretary
  7. Secretary Williamsen referenced technology issues that complicate his production of necessary reports. He also mentioned the imminent gathering of the Recruitment Task Force. Recruiting is an important mission of the chapter; we share concerns with most chapters and we face unique circumstances due to our location. We hope to operate efficiently, taking advantage of past efforts and coming up with new ideas. Capt May reported on his updating of the HCC web site Minutes Archive. Minutes are presented from the past 12 months.

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

  9. Account status as of 07 February 2018

    1. Chapter Checking Account -      $9,032.57

    2. Expenses (since last report):
      1. $300.00 - Cash Stock cash drawer for Qtrly dinner.
      2. $79.50 - NC Council of Chapters Dues.
      3. $10,000.00 - Donation to Watauga County Veterans Memorial.
      4. $1,386.02 - App Ski Mt. Catering of Qtrly Dinner.

    3. Revenue (since last report):
      1. $50.00 - Donations from Strikes for Troops - Don Reich.
      2. $1,669.00 - Member payment for dinner & $300.00 cash drawer.
      3. $46.00 - 50-50 Income Qtr. dinner.
      4. $60.00 - Donation from Strikes for Troops.
      5. $22.00 - Dues income - Christiana Picinni.

    4. Notes:
      Treasurer Groff requested the Board approve the transfer of funds, agreed upon previously, to the Veterans Memorial Project. A motion was approved to proceed with the financial transfer. Ed mentioned that postponed Holiday gathering of the High Country Chapter was notable in that we (nearly) broke even financially. The Board expressed admiration and gratitude for the superlative management of all arrangements for the holiday party by Chuck Rhodes.

  10. Old and Standing Business:

    1. Veterans Memorial Updates: LtCol Brudzinski reported on the continuing campaign to raise necessary funds. He and Capt May visited Ashville and Blowing Rock to meet with appropriate community leaders and wait hopefully for donation results. George provided a number of personal experience anecdotes driving home the point that we all need to keep thinking creatively of funding opportunities. We should be thinking in terms of medical offices, restaurants, any and all businesses with whom we trade. Owners and operators are often very willing to join up if they are just reminded or encouraged to do so. CAPT Schmitt announced that he and Jim Tabor will meet with the construction committee Friday February 9th. Patrick Beville, head of the engineering firm Ioncon, has stepped forward to provide professional oversight. Hopeful negotiations are in progress regarding donations of construction material. All donors will be recognized when the project is finalized.

    2. Pancake breakfast fund raising update: LTC Branch announced need for volunteers to help stuff envelopes for the mailing of tickets and sign-up forms for placemat donations. Volunteers should arrive at Ron's office at the Highlands university housing facility at 1600 hrs on Thursday, February 14. Materials will be posted to all chapter members. This operation will proceed as before. Everyone receives ten tickets to sell. Members who recruited business purchase of an advertisement on the placemat will be provided the same number of sign-up sheets used in the last breakfast. Two tickets are provided to each participating business. LtCol Brudzinski reported that volunteers will also be required on April 7th for a variety of duties, including cooking and wait staff functions. As we get closer to April 7th volunteers can sign up. This year spouses will also participate. We have not received word from Applebee's about their required payment. Previously this was $1.80 per guest. Most of this year's receipts will be used to support the Veterans Memorial project.

      CAPT Schmitt reported that he and George are still engaged in the intricate bureaucratic process required to secure the $50,000 grant from the state of North Carolina. New challenges emerged this year with tax reporting requirements. No one doubts the eventual success of their efforts. Stamina and perseverance are essential.

    3. Status of national, local rosters and officers list: MAJ Williamsen reported on the HCC roster, copies of which were sent electronically to all members. A number of members responded with corrections that will enable us to correct and improve the accuracy of the roster. We appreciate the help. Marv will take over from CAPT Schmitt this year's application for a $500 grant from USAA for their community service support program.

    4. Recap of Holiday Dinner: CAPT Rhodes reported that he found the Appalachian Ski Mountain staff very cooperative and supportive of his requests. It seems that everyone thought highly of the physical setting, the quality and price of the food. Service was faultless. All in all a very successful event. Chuck believes the people at Ski Mountain will be glad to work with the chapter on future events.

  11. New Business:

    1. Upcoming NCCOC meeting in Salisbury, February 23-24 CAPT Schmitt will attend and welcomes all Board members to join him in Salisbury. The new North Carolina Council president, retired USNR CAPT David Lee, has new ideas about operating through small working groups that will encourage greater participation. Information sharing will be stimulated and encouraged. Greater communication and sharing of ideas about "best practices", novel ideas and experience advice should result.

    2. Wounded Warrior event March 3, App Ski Mountain CAPT Rhodes has been deeply committed to this exceptionally moving program for years. March 3 will be the SIXTH ANNUAL WOUNDED WARRIORS COMMEMORATION on Appalachian Ski Mountain. At 0830 an appropriately elaborate military ceremony commences. An especially large national flag will be displayed by the Ski Patrol and slowly brought down the ski slope to the crowd below, where a Fire Truck will hoist it for display during the ceremony. There will be an F-18 fly over and a variety of speakers recognizing the service and sacrifice of military service personnel, especially the 88 survivors who are expected to attend this year. All HCC members are encouraged to attend; wearing uniforms is encouraged. Our chapter will again this year donate $500 to this commendable event.

    3. Memorial Day event planning, May 28th: Board members are reminded that planning will get started soon.

    4. Blood Sweat and Gears preliminary planning, June 22-23: LtCol Brudzinski reports on an annual service mission of the High Country Chapter. This year the restaurateur who has willingly provided breakfasts for the disabled bikers at 0500 hours is no longer able to participate. Thus we need to discover a replacement kitchen. Twenty five bikers are enrolled this year. Casa Rustica will, as before, provide dinner. What is to be done?

    5. Levels of Excellence Award submission, due May 1, 2018: Objective Criteria (metrics +) and Service Activities (or subjective criteria) are the categories required. Chapter members are requested to consider the application process seriously in order to help CAPT Schmitt and Capt May include every appropriate contribution. The quantity and quality of Chapter member contributions to both military and civilian service projects are what counts.

  12. Other Business
  13. CAPT Schmitt reminded the Board of the public interaction taking place at Appalachian State University: "Blurred Boundaries, Conversations on the human experience of war". Discussions are inspired by all types of media and the breadth of human experience in war. All are invited. See the complete description in the chapter newsletter. Free literature - five books - are provided to participants.

  14. Adjournment:  There being no further business, the Board of Directors meeting of the High Country Military Officers Association, Inc. was adjourned at 1832 to meet again on 7 March 2018 or at the call of the President.

Submitted By:

Marvin Williamsen

T. Marvin Williamsen,
Chapter Secretary