Call to order: (50% required)
Meeting called to order at 9:04 a.m. CST. 28 voting units, quorum present. Units not represented:
Active: 42nd Reg't of Foot Grenadier Co'y (Royal Highland Reg't), Culpeper Minute Battalion, Musketier Reg't Prinz Karl Leibkompanie.
probation:, 2nd Maryland Reg't, 3rd Connecticut Reg't Webb's Co'y Band of Musick, 4th Bat'n Royal Art'y 3rd Co'y Niagara Detachment, 7th Pennsylvania Reg't, Cont'l Marines Niklaus Bat'n Dean's Co'y, Holder's Co'y Boonesborough Militia, McCarty's Co'y Illinois Reg't Virginia State Line, Royal Deux Pont Reg't 104 Brig'd Bourbonnais, Ste. Anne's Militia Charleville's Co'y.
Recruiting: Loyal Irish Volunteers.
Applicant: Kellar's Co'y Illinois Reg't Virginia State Line, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Rose.
Election results: Harold Dobberpuhl.
Gary Ambrus is continuing commander. Gary Ambrus received 104 votes, Dave Taylor received 49 votes, Scattered votes 8, Ineligible votes 26 (more to report later).
Time limit on discussions: Limited to 15 minutes. Passed.
Summer Board Meeting, July 30, 1995 at Cantigny. Passed as recorded.
Changes in unit status:
Tabled evaluation of 4th Cont'l Light Dragoons till March board meeting.
Military Total* Military Total*
Dayton 39 71
Vincennes 190 416 211 445
Berrien Springs 63 126
Kenosha 82 160 ¯
S. Milwaukee 123 273 135 310
Indianapolis 87 186 ¯
Cantigny 159 377 316 732
Findlay 79 150 ¯
Taylor 39 85
St. Charles ¯ 112 250
Monroe 26 68 54 100
Fredonia 111 276 109 265
Marion ¯ 45 92
Danville 60 120 ¯
Bowens Mills 38 73 24 44
Feast 101 231 92 241
Warsaw 87 171 50 116
*The total number includes Non-Military, LIV, & Guests.
As a further matter of information, the 2nd Maryland Reg't only has 1 single member, the 4th Bat'n Royal Art'y and the 7th Pennsylvania Reg't had no members in 1994 and at this time have no members in 1995. A continuation of this situation will require Board action at the March meeting. The Cont'l Marines Co'y apparently has become inactive and this may require some action today.
Paymaster: Joan Dobberpuhl.
As of October 31, 1995 we have the following funds:
Money Market $3,689.50
(per board action 3/3/95, earmarked for 1999 Grand Encampment)
McCormick Grant $4,095.17
For the 1994¯1995 fiscal year:
Carry-over to 1995¯1996
fiscal year: $14,237.27
When submitting expenses for reimbursement, I must have an original bill with an explanation for the charges. I cannot and will not pay for something, even if there is money in a stipend, unless I have a bill. In order for us to maintain a high credit rating with venders, please submit bills immediately. If a vender is willing, you may have the vender bill the NWTA directly, send the bill to me and I will remit to the vender. That way individuals do not have any out of pocket expenses. If there is any question whether there is enough money in the stipend, check the Courier for the published financial report or call me.
If you do receive a check from me, I request that you cash it promptly. This is especially true for payouts for the Feast participation. It helps my bookkeeping to clear checks expeditiously.
Any request for Medals of Merit must come through me. If you have any old forms with the name of Andy Dobbins change it to mine.
Paymasters report accepted pending audit.
Scribe: Brian VandePolder.
The Last Post Book is still in desperate need of pictures and information. Brian will continue to maintain this book, send all biographical information and photos to him as promptly as possible. At present the book has only nine biographies
out of 29.
Next Spring Board Meeting set for Saturday March 9, 1996 and Fall Board Meeting set for Sat. November 2, 1996.
Provost Marshall: Alan Potyen.
Sees very few safety problems, wants everyone to continue the good work.
Artillery Safety: Wayne Pribble.
Motion by Al McKechnie. All guns that do not pass the Artillery Safety Officer's approval (concerning the documentation and safety) should be kept off the field, and the guns that have been approved should continue being used.
Vote (show of hands) 13 yea, 10 nay. Motion passed.
Guns that may be fielded are: Hamilton's 3 pound mortar. Much discussion ensued.
Inspector General: Gary Arden.
The 2nd Pennsylvania Reg't has requested 2 commissioned officers, a Captain and 2nd Lieutenant . Since they have the required number of soldiers to warrant the officers, a motion was made and passed to permit the new officers.
The 71st Reg't of Foot, Major's Co'y, wishes to change their name to 71st Reg't of Foot, Light Infantry. Name change motion was passed.
The 1996 Inspection Rotation: 2nd Maryland, 3rd New York, 4th Cont'l Dragoons, 4th Royal Artillery, 6th Virginia, 7th Pennsylvania, 10th Virginia, 71st Foot Lt. Infantry, Proctor's Artillery, Bowman's Co'y.
The IG department will decide upon an advisory council of five members by March Board Meeting.
Corporate Agent: Bill Potter.
Recruiting Officer: Tony Burke.
Music Master: Bill Burke.
After working for four years in the office of Music Master, and attempting to build it to a point that the musicians hopefully will be proud of their status as musicians, and wish to continue in that position, I here by retire from the office and hand it over to Terry Wellman, who along with others have done much to enhance the quality of the music for the past few years.
Dave Taylor then presented Terry with a check, for the music that was provided at the Warsaw event.
Pattern Master: Bill Burke.
The patterns that we have proved to be too expensive to reproduce, therefore it is recommended that patterns be purchased from the BAR pattern collection. Bill will publish, in the Courier, the address of where to write for patterns, as well as listing some new bodice patterns that have been recently documented. He wishes to encourage any one buying a pattern to request the documentation from the sutler selling it.
Publicity: Mark Tully
(not present-written report).
The NWTA Membership Directory and Book List is completed, but some errors have been noticed. Please look over your directory and forward any errors or omissions to Harold Dobberpuhl and/or myself, so we can get it up to date. We will publish any major errors or omissions in an upcoming issue of the Courier.
The Field Guide is also complete. It was later than anticipated due to new unit and some omissions from the previous edition. There were several units who did not respond to repeated requests for updates and corrections, and I hold no responsibility for errors in the descriptions of these units. The Field Guide is being printed digitally and will run copies in lots of 1,000. Host units for the 1996 season should contact me as soon as possible so that these print runs can be scheduled in time for the events. The NWTA's cost per Field Guide is $1.00 each. Only $5,000 is available through the McCormick grant (5,000 copies). So please try to collect at LEAST $1.00 per copy and forward it to the NWTA Paymaster so we can continue to update and publish the Field Guide in the future. I would suggest charging $2.00 per copy to ensure future funds for this project.
I would like to increase the publicity budget to at LEAST $1,000. With this extra capital I will continue to provide the Sponsor and Host Guide, plus a black and white and/or color "action" photos for use in newspapers, TV announcements, posters, etc. Also provide stock art (copyright-free illustrations) as well as create new graphics and illustrations for sponsors and host units. I also will provide Music "beds" (:15, :30, and :60 second stereo music tracks on tape) for use as background in radio and TV ads, plus video footage for use in TV advertising. With better publicity and advertising we can capitalize on the trend to boost public attendance at events, and hopefully membership in the NWTA.
No action was taken to increase the publicity budget at this time.
Publication Editor: Bill Bergstrom.
The Nov.¯Dec. Courier will go to press next week. We have enough in the current budget to cover this paper, where usually this issue is taken out of the next years budget. All extra money will be turned over to the new Courier Editor.
Mark Tully was elected to the post of new Courier Editor.
Motion by Judy Wicker. The primary objective of The Courier should be to appraise the membership of upcoming events and NWTA business in a timely manner. Motion passed.
Motion by Judy Wicker. That the bulk mailings of the Courier should be mailed no later than one month prior to the earliest event notice in that issue. Motion failed. (Deadlines are already published clearly in each Courier issue. And it isn't the editors responsibility to insure event information is available by the deadlines.)
Judge Advocate General: Jo Ann Kolbe.
Insurance Officer: Linnea Bass.
At the present the insurance that we have doesn't cover children's games, I'm looking into other sources.
Motion by Linnea Bass to spend $100. per event for insurance, plus $20. extra, when needed, to extend coverage to include children's games. Motion passed.
The insurance coverage that has been signed for the coming year includes a rope line at events. Therefore for the insurance to be in affect we must have the rope line. Motion was made by Dave Taylor to scratch the rope line discussion from the agenda. Motion passed.
Librarian: Linnea Bass.
Committee appointed to study how the library can be more effectively used by it's membership. Committee members are: Linnea Bass, Terry Wellman, Steve Ball, and Judy Wicker. To be reported on at the March board meeting.
Quartermaster General: Al McKechnie.
Al wishes to continue with his present staff, with the addition of Glenn Zolman.
Motion by Al McKechnie that no fee should be assessed to Baldwin's Unit in order to attend an NWTA event. Excluding Feast and Vincennes. (This would allow the members of Baldwin's to contract separately with a sponsor if they wish, thereby attending an event not as an NWTA member, but as a guest of the sponsor.) Motion passed.
Motion made by Brian VandePolder to remove the exclusions on the above motion. Al refused to amend his previous motion. Motion failed.
Deputy Commander: Frank Vesel.
Previously appointed to meet with the Feast Committee regarding the artillery camp, he says that good cooperation is being shown on everyone's part. The NWTA doesn't wish to control the artillery park, only to be sure of proper safety practices, for those who are there. He will be continuing to meet with the Feast Committee on this issue. The sight where the Feast Committee wanted to hold a battle, was not sufficient space for a safe demonstration. Concern was raised that the insurance may be invalid with the artillery units and NWTA being separately paid by the Feast. Concern raised about the uniforms of other units in the artillery area being incorrect, and an embarrassment to those who are well researched and correct. Discussions will be continuing in February.
Adjourned for lunch at 12p.m ct Reconvened at 1p.m. ct
Purchase of Colors:
Motion by Sue Krakower to forget about the purchase of colors.
Disposition of Grand Encampment T-Shirts:
Seven T-shirts still available. Motion by Brian VandePolder to auction off the shirts. Motion passed. Auctioned for $50 sold to Dave Taylor and Frank Vesel.
Appointment of Staff Officers:
New slate of staff appointments:
Deputy Commander-Frank Vesel
Provost Marshall-Scott Bendle
Artillery Safety-Wayne Pribble
Quartermaster General-Al McKechnie
Music Master-Terry Wellman
Judge Advocate General-Jo Ann Kolbe
Public Info. Officer-Mark Tully
Recruiting Officer-Marilyn Hess
Insurance Officer-Brian VandePolder
Corporate Agent-Bill Potter
Motion by Bill Bergstrom to accept staff appointments. Motion passed.
Motion by Terry Wellman to change the title of Music Master to Inspector of Music. Motion passed. (Necessary to amend NWTA Reg. #00-03 to change title of Music Master to Inspector of Music.)
Adjutant/Scribe $700 (reduced due to file cabinet purchase last year)
Inspector of Music $1,000 (increased for purchases of music books, award program, transportation etc.)
Publicity $1,000 (increased for added action photos, video, and music beds)
Insurance $100 (postage and telephone)
Artillery Safety $50 (to cover expenses)
Recruiting ¯ $100 (reduce, too much)
Motion by Brian VandePolder to accept budget as proposed. Motion passed.
Motion by Joan Dobberpuhl to keep the membership dues the same as last year, of $10. for single, and $16. for family. Motion passed.
New Member Packet:
New member packets consist of Constitution, By-Laws and new member booklet. (Whenever it's finished)
Encampment Sanctioning Fee:
Motion by Judy Wicker to keep the event sanctioning fee the same at $200. Motion passed. Motion made by Bill Potter to refund $50. to those people where the Courier ads didn't appear in time for the event. Motion failed.
Alteration of Last Post:
Motion by Linnea Bass to have an advisory vote, to take back to your units for opinions. Only the names of those who have passed away, between the 1994 Grand Encampment and the present be read on Sunday's at memorial services. At the next Grand Encampment the entire list would again be read. Thereby, cutting down the lengthy list, read each Sunday. Motion passed. (Which means it is to be discussed within the units and brought again before the Board.)
Singing of National Anthems and A Parting Glass:
It was mentioned that the singing is not understood, mostly of "Chester" and "A Parting Glass". Also in "Chester", everyone is singing a different state. Perhaps people are not familiar with the lyrics, was suggested.
Motion by Tom Langenfeld that the Inspector of Music provide lyrics to the Courier of all three songs for publication. Motion passed. Judy Wicker suggested that everyone sing whatever state they want.
Motion by Al McKechnie to accept schedule as written. Motion passed.
Motion by Al McKechnie to adjourn was made, and quickly passed.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10p.m. ct.
Respectfully submitted by Susan Krakower, Scribe
Next meeting: 9a.m. ct, Saturday March 9, 1996, in Portage IN, at the Indiana Dunes Hotel. (Old Holiday Inn).