April 2007 – Board Minutes

SMA Alumni Association (SMAAA) Board Minutes
Friday, April 13, 2007

The meeting was called to order at 9:20 a.m. by Harry Bruckno, Vice President.

Harry Bruckno               Tom Phillips
Dick Staunch                 Lee Lawrence
Tom Davis                       Bill Bissett
Bill placeKearns            John Lowe
Jack Dalbo                     Craig Hanson


Dave Litzenburg             Simon Painter
Eugene Ehmann            Mark Orr
Wilfred Webb


Note: Dave Litzenburg, President, was present prior to the meeting but had to attend to placeReunion activities and could not chair the meeting.


Motion to accept the April 7, 2006 meeting minutes, following amendment to clarify that Stuart Smith attended the meeting, were unanimously approved.


Tom Davis presented a report summarizes association and foundation financials as of March 31, 2007. Motion to accept was approved unanimously.


Scholarship Committee member Dick Staunch suggested a document (e.g., a brochure that could be incorporated into the newsletter and other communications) be prepared that reflects the various options of contributing to the association and foundation. Tom Davis offered to handle the project and to explore a credit card payment option. Subsequent discussions concerning fundraising opportunities resulted in Bill Kearns volunteering to explore development opportunities in conjunction with VWIL/MBC.


Museum Committee Chair Harry Bruckno reported on recent repairs to the facility and the World War I monument on Flagpole Hill.
No other committee reports were presented.




Museum expansion: A motion to explore the feasibility and use of the additional space available for storage of memorabilia and other related items was unanimously approved.


VWIL Initiative. A motion to reaffirm the association’s support for the VWIL Initiative and $50,000 annual support for the program was unanimously approved.


Annual Reunion dates for 2008. A motion to hold the SMA reunion on April 11-13, 2008, was unanimously accepted.


Board Meetings: A motion to hold face-face board meetings on Sept. 28, 2007 and during the annual reunion, and two additional teleconference meetings on July 10 and a January date to be determined, was unanimously approved.


Nominations: The following are eligible for nomination to the general membership for reelection: Ed Smith, Harry Bruckno, Simon Painter, Tom Davis and Jack Dalbo. Wilfred Webb declined to continue to serve on the board.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.