FREEDOM THROUGH VIGILANCE ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 691616
San Antonio, Texas 78269-1616
1. NOVEMBER 16, 2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING: President Chris Cook called the meeting to order at 1330 hours in the SSFCU BOD Conference Room. Attendance:
Chris Cook – President Bob Cope - Treasurer
Sue Douglas – V. President Dennis "Rass” Rassmussen – Acting Secretary
Ken Williams Marco Aldaz
Doug Holden Dan "Dap” D’Apolito
Kenny O’Neal Robert Crabtree
Joe Hurst Bob Baert
Ron Haygood Grover Jackson
Col Hank Toussaint (AFISRA Liaison)
2. MINUTES: The Minutes of the October 2007 meeting were read and approved as amended.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT: The Treasurer’s Report, encompassing Aug – Nov, was presented and filed for audit.
4. OLD BUSINESS:
a. DONATION TO HERITAGE CHAPTER. Support for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall: $200 was sent to The Heritage Chapter in San Angelo as stipulated at our last meeting.
b. SPRING SOCIAL. Ken Williams reserved the Kelly Field Club for Saturday, April 12. Chris Cook led a discussion regarding the availability of a guest speaker. The board agreed on inviting Mr. Mike Meermans. In addition, Chris suggested (and a consensus agreed) that we might invite some (limited) leadership from other local "like” organizations with whom we have contact to this event.
c. SPECIAL PROJECT. Grover Jackson briefed the Board on the "Returning Heroes Home” project at Ft. Sam Houston. In taking a page from the Fisher House program, this facility near BAMC is meant to help wounded troops from all services and their families by providing added support, along the lines of a 21st century "enhanced” service club. Presently this effort is housed in a 1,200 sq ft room at a base guest house; the goal is to complete construction (being donated by Huffman Enterprises) on a 12,000 sq ft building adjacent to BAMC by the end of next year. Thus far, over $600K has been collected toward the estimated $3.6M total cost for the project. After presenting this initiative, Grover asked the board to discuss "if and how we can best support this project” at our next meeting in January. (The website is: http://www.returningheroeshome.org)
d. 2008 CALENDARS. Doug Holden. Currently, we still have a number of 2008 calendars left. Due to increased cost and reduced response, we did not meet the minimum sales to break even. The board then discussed whether we should reconsider providing them in the future. Doug will ship some to the chapters for their use. The board briefly discussed options that might help -- different kinds of photos on the calendars (i.e. photos from current ISR intelligence activities side-by-side with those from our USAFSS/ESC archives). Further action was tabled.
e. 2008 FTVA REUNION. A suggestion was made last month to change the 2008 FTVA reunion to the 16th, 17th, and 18th of October to coincide with Agency Commander’s Conference and festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the AF ISR Agency. A lengthy discussion of the pros and cons of changing the annual FTVA reunion from the last week of September followed. A key factor to consider for our membership is that many "Unit/AFSC” organizations have tied their annual reunions to FTVA’s and are committed to the last week of September. Sue Douglas suggested that we could do both; maintain the current Reunion schedule and still actively support the 60th anniversary events. The Board determined the 2008 reunion will be held 25 – 27 Sept. Joe Hurst then moved that a committee be formed to explore, and propose to the BOD, various ways that FTVA can support Air Force ISR Agency’s 60th anniversary and 2008 Commander’s Conference. Sue Douglas agreed to chair such a committee.
f. The evolution of FTVA. Chris Cook led a discussion on separating Membership from Member Support. We all agreed that Bob Baert does a great job taking care of a multitude of issues associated with membership and being webmaster. But the associated tasks have gradually grown much more demanding. By separating Membership from Member Support, Bob can then focus on the website and membership data base issues and maintenance. Chris recommended we assign the Membership Chairmanship to Kenny O’Neal. The Board agreed that two Directors are required, and appointed Ken O’Neal Membership Chairman, and Bob Baert Member Support Chairman.
5. NEW BUSINESS.
a. The board welcomed a new Air Force ISR Agency representative. Chris announced Col Amanda Gladney will be the new primary Agency Liaison and then introduced Col Hank Touissant as her alternate.
b. The Board determined that it would be appropriate to split the Social function into the current Social Director (Ken Williams) and add a Picnic Director. AJ Harrison was unanimously appointed as Picnic Chair.
6. Around the room:
a. Doug Holden: The Heritage Chapter (Tom Nurre) has provided us with a hard drive with digitized copies of photos from every Goodfellow Air Force Base NCO Academy graduating class. Doug passed the hard drive to Bob Baert so he can copy the contents.
b. Dan Dapolito: Received a "Letter to the Editor” regarding an "issue” with the recent reunion. As editor, Dap feels these letters should be published with a BOD response. The board indicated answering it was up to Dap and clarified a response to the issue in question.
c. Marco Aldaz : According to JJ Graham, the GAFB NCO Academy will have two upcoming closure events: The Academy graduate its last class in May 2008 and formally close in July.
7. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1505. There will be no December Board meeting. The next meeting will be Friday, January 18 in the SSFCU Board of Directors Conference Room at 1330.
Dennis L. Rassmussen
Acting FTVA Secretary