Minutes of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association June 2012 Board Meeting.
The meeting opened at 7am on Friday, June 8th, 2012.
1.) Approve May Board Meeting Minutes
Julie H. moved to approve the minutes as posted and Dan W. seconded. With six aye votes, the motion passed.
2a.) Formation of Educational 501(c)3
Wesley D. reported on the NGSF 501c3 committee meeting:
Jeff Rawlinson’s questions were discussed, including:
How will your organization go about providing for the firearms safety training?
What standards will your organization use or recognize for such training?
What methods or venues will you use to get such education and information out to the public that are not being utilized currently?
Everyone agreed that utilizing existing safety programs (Eddie Eagle, McGruff, Hunter’s Safety, BSA, 4H, etc) would be more efficient than developing a new program from the ground up. Additionally, implementation grants may be available for existing programs from their respective organizations. A tiered approach by age/grade (similar to the format/layout of the proposed NE social studies standards revision: http://www.education.ne.gov/ndepress/2012/Revised_Social_studies_Standards.pdf) was suggested and a draft spreadsheet was started to begin capturing concepts, standards, and indicators. Further, it was decided that requiring some formal instructor certification for each volunteer (NRA, Hunters Safety, Appleseed, NSP CCW Instructor, etc) would increase credibility of the instructors and the organization, though specifics on those requirements weren’t thoroughly explored. The BSA Youth Protection course was discussed as a mandatory requirement for all instructors. Discussed venues for program implementation included first starting with community organizations, churches, youth groups, and then working it into the schools under the tiered age/grade-specific system. Avenues to entering the school curriculum included partnering with the trap team coaches, approaching school board members, the PTA, and leveraging NFOA relationships with elected officials.
Finally, Toby and David were asked to take the lead on bringing the NSGF from concept to reality and they accepted. Now that the organization is moving out of the concept level, Andy will be minimizing his participation and Rod and Wesley will be available for supporting the start up efforts.
2b.) Formation of a PAC
Andy A. reported NFOA-PAF has been formed and now needs to open a checking and set up a PO Box.
2c.) Lawsuit Updates
Andy A. reported that Rod has made contact with an attorney and is working with him to get additional plaintiffs and file the case.
2d.) Election of Board Members
Andy A. noted the need to set a schedule for opening of nominations and the election, which should be tied into the annual meeting. Annual meeting targeted for September, elections in October, and the new board meeting in November.
2e.) Work with G&P to develop a public range at WMA
Dan W. noted nothing new to report this month.
2f.) Scholarship Program
Scott B. suggested getting in contact with John Wallace of NE Students for Concealed Carry to discuss teaming on this.
2g.) Benefactor Members
Dan W. moved to amend the donor recognition levels as follows:
PLATINUM OVER $10k
GOLD OVER $5k
SILVER OVER $2.5k
BRONZE OVER $1k
All current benefactors to be moved into the POWDER group .
New donations after July 1 2012 will be recognized at the new levels.
Julie H. seconded and with seven aye votes, the motion passed.
3.) Treasurers Report
Chris Z. reported:
Beginning Book balance 5/1/12 – $15,593.21
Total Expenditures – $2,252.91
- One debit for $38.97 for Benchmark email
- Check to Guy H for reimbursement (banquet expenses) $2,203.46
- Debit for Phone line $10.48
Total Deposits – $1,569.16
Ending Book balance 5/31/12 – $14,909.46
4.) Membership Report
Dan W. reported:
General membership 5404 increase of 29
Associate membership 27 no change
Youth membership 26 no change
Total membership 5457 on June 8th, 2012
5.) NFOA Shoot at 88Tactical
Rod M. reported that the committee has chosen July 14th for the shoot. The committee came up with a number of shooting events with a big desire to include fun events for kids. Committee is thinking entry fee for shooting events will be $10. Having lunch items available for purchase was also discussed by the committee.
The June 2012 NFOA Board Meeting closed at 10pm on Tuesday June 12th, 2012.