Minutes of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association May 4, 2012 Board Meeting.
The meeting opened at 7am on Friday, May 4th, 2012.
1.) Approve April Board Meeting Minutes
Andy A. moved to approve the minutes as posted and Guy H. seconded. With six aye votes, the motion passed.
2.) Any Old Business
Rod M. reported that he had completed drafting an introductory letter to Nebraska FFLs and that in his previous estimate of $300 for production and mailing he had inadvertently omitted the cost of the envelopes. New total cost would be $359.11, and only $300 was previously approved by the Board for the expense. Andy A. moved to approve an additional $59.11 for the FFL letter mailing and Wesley D. seconded. With seven aye votes, the motion passed.
2.1) Future Mailing Expenses
Andy A. suggested voting to approve a limited expense for NFOA mailings via USPS to allow Rod to send mailings as needed rather than requiring approval for every individual mailing prior to being able to send it out.
2a.) Formation of Educational 501(c)3
Andy A. noted nothing new to report.
2b.) Formation of a PAC
Andy A. reported still working on securing a qualified Treasurer for the PAC and potential names for the PAC were discussed.
2c.) Lawsuit Updates
Andy A. noted nothing new to report and that additional plaintiffs were still needed.
2d.) Kearney Gun Show Banquet AAR
Andy A. noted net income for the event was $2,851.18. Scott B. revised those numbers stating that he had expense receipts to submit totaling $470.93 and an additional $200 in donations. Scott B. and Guy H. did a great job organizing and executing the event.
2e.) Work with G&P to develop a public range at WMA
Dan W. noted nothing new to report this month.
2f.) Phone # for the NFOA
Chris Z completed setup for the phone: 402-404-NFOA (402-404-6362). He recorded a simple voicemail message directing people to our website, or to leave a message. When someone leaves a voicemail, it automatically sends a .wav file with the message via email to email@example.com.
3.) Treasurers Report
Chris Z. reported:
Beginning Book balance 4/1/12 – $10,600.74
Total Expenditures – $2,749.95
- One debit for $38.97 for Benchmark email
- One debit for “Print for Less” (Brochures) $636.65
- Check #1045 to Whitefoot catering (banquet) $1,758.88
- Check #1046 to Chris Zeeb (reimburse for phone line) $74.85
- Check #1047 to Rod Moeller (reimburse for VPA web / thank you cards) $240.60
Total Deposits – $7,742.42 (includes $7,101 income from banquet)
Ending Book balance 4/30/12 – $15,593.21
4.) Membership Report
Dan W. reported:
General membership 5375 increase of 36
Associate membership 27 no change
Youth membership 26 no change
Total membership 5428 on May 5th, 2012
5.) Volunteer Coordinator
Andy A. solicited comments on volunteer info Rod sent out, but none were given.
6.) Benefactor Members
Reorganizing the benefactor levels was suggested by Scott B. to recognize donors who have given in significant excess of $50 for Level 5. Scott B. opened discussion by suggesting:
Platinum Benefactor- $10k
Gold Benefactor- $5k
Silver Benefactor -$2.5k
Bronze Benefactor $1k
Level 5 -$500
Level 4 $250
Level 3 $100
Level 2 $50
Level 1 $10
General discussion agreed with the need to be able to better recognize donors. Wesley D. suggested naming Levels 1-5 as follows:
Copper – 5
Brass – 4
Steel – 2 (Current Level 5)
Powder – 1 (Current Levels 1-4)
Dan W. moved that the topic be carried over to next meeting for discussion and Julie H. seconded the motion. With five aye votes, the motion passed.
7.) Scholarship Program
Scott B. suggested a scholarship program to partner with organizations involved with concealed carry on campus efforts (like SCC). It could be available to graduating high school seniors who write an answer that is reviewed by the board. Julie H. liked the idea and stressed the need to make sure that the funds are available for offering the scholarship every year into the future and that it doesn’t become a one-shot deal. Julie H. moved that a scholarship committee of 2-4 members be created to further explore and flesh out the program and Scott B. seconded the motion. With six aye votes, the motion passed.
8.) Election of Board Members
Andy A. noted that we need to assemble a plan for nominations and election of board members this fall. Chris Z. emphasized need to put out requests for members to step up to run for board positions.
9.) Extend Board Meeting
Andy A. asked if it would be necessary to extend the board meeting by 24 hours due to the delayed posting of the agenda. It was universally agreed no extension would be necessary and all business could be conducted in the normal meeting schedule.
The May 2012 NFOA Board Meeting closed at 10pm on Tuesday May 8th, 2012.