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Executive Board Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2013

Officers Present

  • Dick Christ (President)
  • Mike Ronnau (Second Vice President)
  • Dick Montgomery (Secretary)
  • Dave Morrissette (Interim Treasurer)
  • Larry Randel (Director of Local Chapters)
  • John Ratzenberger (DFL)
  • Jim Pearsall (Historian/Publication Dir.)
  • Bruce Briggs ( Mbrship Sec)
  • Mary Jane Kinney (National Office Manager) *
  • Eric Aitala (Webmaster) *
  • Dennis Tennant (Forum Admin) *
  • Aris Pappas (50th Anniversary) *

* = Non-voting staff or Guest

New Business

  • Motion made by Bruce Briggs, membership secretary and seconded by Dick Montgomery, secretary. I move that the Executive Board terminate the use of the Convention Management System (CMS) software upon the completion of the 2015 National Convention.
  • Following discussion, this motion was tabled by Pres. Christ so that Briggs will have time to come up with a list of requirements for the software that will replace it. The consensus was that we don't want to replace a system for running our conventions without first having a replacement ready. In researching what we need this software to do, convention chairs and registrars from the last three conventions will be consulted.

Old Business

  • Discussion continued on finding a new treasurer. As of this meeting, four have applied for the job. The top two or three candidates will be contacted by Dick Christ for phone interviews.
  • The search for Regional Coordinators for regions 2, 3 and 4 continues. Bios of the candidates will be sent to e-board by the DLC prior to electronic voting in the next few weeks.

Officer Reports

Dick Christ, President

  • Working on a 50th anniversary commemorative tool for our membership in 2014. A vendor has been contacted and the board was unanimously in favor of doing this for the membership. Discussions are continuing with model vendors about making special 50th anniversary commemorative products for the 2014 convention.

Mike Ronnau, 2nd Vice President

  • No items to report.

Dick Montgomery, Secretary

  • No new items to report.

David Morrissette, Interim Treasurer

  • No new items to report.

Larry Randel, DLC

  • Selection of a new Regional Coordinator for Regions 2, 3, and 4 continues.

Jim Pearsal, Historian/Publication Dir.

  • No new items to report.

John Ratzenberger, Dir. Foreign Liaison

  • Continuing to send out 50th anniversary awards to foreign chapters. Hoping to have photos of the foreign winners available for the 2014 convention. Also planning to solicit international and national special interest group table displays for the 50th anniversary/2014 convention and will coordinate table requests with the 50th Anniversary committee.

Bruce Briggs, Membership Secretary

  • Motion made to stop using the current Convention Management System (CMS) by the 2015 convention. Will come up with a list of requirements for a replacement by the next meeting.

Staff in Attendance or via submission of report

National Office Manager - MJ Kinney

  • The latest Journal (V25J5) was mailed to 4170 members.  To date we have added 340 new members.
  • Continuing to find a replacement for our current liability insurance provider. She thinks she can find a vendor that can give us the same or better coverage at a lower rate.
  • Continuing to talk with the Journal printer to resolve some recent issues. Waiting for some questions to be answered by the printer before we can move forward.

Forum Admin - Dennis Tennant

  • ontinuing to train the new forum administrator, Christopher Martens, to do the job. Training is going very well and there should be no problem making the transition by Nov. 1 when Tennant must step down to begin his term as IPMS/USA secretary.

Webmaster - Eric Aitala

  • There are some issues with our primary server and he is looking into alternatives and will report back to the e-board when he has a solution.

50th anniversary committee - Aris Pappas

  • Reporting that he was in touch with Convention Chairman John Lent at the Region 2 Convention in Roanoke and things are progressing fine and are on-track for 2014 in Hampton, Va.

Submitted by Dennis Tennant, Secretary

Last Updated:Tuesday July 10 2018