Minutes of the May 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting

The May 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting opened at 7 AM Monday May 5th and closed at 10PM Friday May 9th.

1.) Approve April Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were approved as presented.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 4/1/14 – $13,902.24

Total Expenditures – $38.96
– One debit $38.96 for Benchmark Email

Total Deposits – $288.69

Ending Book balance 4/30/14 – $14,151.97

3.) Membership Report
The numbers for this month are:

General membership 7344 increase of 40
Associate membership 49 no change
Youth membership 26 no change
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Total membership 7419 +40 on May 5th 2014

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Rod reported that required lobbyist reports had been filed with the state. Discussed possible educational event(s) for legislators and staff. A group of members has volunteered to develop a plan.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
Nothing significant to report.

4c.) Communications
Need to identify someone to lead this committee. John is stepping down from this role.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
Nothing significant to report.

4e.) Web Admin
Nothing new to report.

5.) Alternate Logo
Discussed getting the new logo to engraver and embroidery to review.

6.) NFOA-PAF Update
Nothing significant to report.

7.) Any Old Business
John reported on the progress for the ENGC steel target donation. Dan made the motion to support the WITO organization with a $200 donation. Motion passed.

8.) 2014 Annual Member Meeting
Nothing significant to report

9.) 2014 State Fair booth
NFOA booth at the Nebraska State Fair postponed until next year due to lack of available space. Outdoor spaces are still available but indoor space is necessary for what we wanted to do. Working on securing a spot for next year indoors.

10.)Meetings (in-person, conference call, video conf)
Rod brought up the need to meet live, either in person or conference call. Discussed the options. There was a consensus that live meetings would be more productive.

11.)Board Size
Chris brought up the size of the Board of Directors. Discussed the value of small board vs large. Agreement reached that 5 would be the minimum number to meet the needs. Chis made the motion to amend the Bylaws for the size of the Board to be FIVE members, effective when new board is elected this fall. Motion passed.

12.) Trade Show booth backer
Toby made the motion to approve the expenditure of an additional $500 ($1000 already approved in March) to complete the booth backdrop art panels. Motion passed.

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Minutes of the April 2014 NFOA Board of Directors Meeting

The April 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting opened at 7 AM Monday April 7th and closed at 10PM Friday April 11th.

1.) Approve March Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were approved as presented.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 3/1/14 – $17,318.06

Total Expenditures – $4,025.93
- One debit $38.96 for Benchmark Email
- One debit $91.33 for Apis (web/domain)
- One debit $602.69 Print Direct for brochure printing
- One debit $40.00 Print Direct for brochure printing
- One check $3,252.95 to Husch Blackwell for Legal services

Total Deposits – $610.11

Ending Book balance 3/31/14 – $13,902.24

3.) Membership Report
The numbers for this month are:

General membership         7304   increase of  63
Associate membership          49   no change
Youth membership               26    no change
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Total  membership          7379    +63 on April 4th 2014

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Rod provided updates on current legislative happenings. The only bill left in the game was LB390. Andy provided updates on the proceedings on that bill. The need for fresh faces in the legislature was also discussed.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
Rod mentioned that Bill at HPSP offered space for the NFOA at the zombie shoot this year. General consensus was to ask Bill to include NFOA brochures in the packets for attendees, and pass on the booth space.

4c.) Communications
Nothing significant to report.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
The need to reach out to gun clubs and shooting sports organization’s within the state was discussed.

4e.) Web Admin
Dan reported having slain the tapatalk beast. Many joyous songs were sung.

5.) Alternate Logo
The new alternate logo for the NFOA, developed for use on engravings and embroidery, was approved.

6.) NFOA-PAF Update
Andy reported on the resignation of the PAF’s treasurer and Rod, as well as updates on what the PAF needs to accomplish and efforts to replace the vacant positions.

7.) Any Old Business
John reported on the progress for the ENGC steel target donation. Toby provided an update on his efforts to work with an accountant for the NFOA. Jeremy brought up the issue of supporting the WITO organization.

8.) 2014 Annual Member Meeting
Discussion revolved around changing the date for the event, and what speakers to invite.

9.) 2014 State Fair booth
Discussion ensued around an increase in expense of the booth backer. Jeremy made the motion to approve $2000 in expenses for ensuring the NFOA’s place at the Nebraska State Fair. Motion passed.

10.) Trade Show booth display
Discussion ensued around an increase in expense of the booth backer. Toby motioned to approve the increase expense. More discussion occurred. Motion did not pass.

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Minutes of the March 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting

The March 2014 NFOA Board of Directors meeting opened at 7AM Monday March 3rd and closed at 10PM Friday March 7th.

1.) Approve February Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 2/1/14 – $15,694.97

Total Expenditures – $38.96
- One debit $38.96 for Benchmark Email

Total Deposits – $1,662.05

Ending Book balance 2/28/14 – $17,318.06

3.) Membership Report
General membership         7241   increase of  63
Associate membership          49   increase of    1
Youth membership                26   no change
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Total  membership            7316    +64 on March 3rd 2014

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Rod provided reports of the lobbying efforts during and around the hearings, as well as the press conference. Reports from the press conference where also shared, as well as detailed reports on the status of various bills which are pertinent to the NFOA’s mission.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
The 2014 Annual Member Meeting and State Fair booth are separate agenda items. Nothing else to report.

4c.) Communications
Nothing significant to report.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
Andy proposed the idea of an online petition or poll in order to establish new contacts and maintain contacts with existing members. The pros and cons of this method were discussed, as well as the specifics of how it might be carried out and utilized.
4e.) Web Admin
Jeremy provided updates on changes and additions to the forums, as well as suggested ideas for future improvements. Dan provided a report on our bandwidth and data allowances and how close we are to needing to address those issues.

5.) Accountant needs and requirements
The prospects of retaining an accountant were discussed, and Andy motioned to authorize an initial budget of $1000 for compensating an accountant. Motion passed.

6.) NFOA-PAF Update
Andy proposed a variety of fundraising and mobilization efforts that would allow the NFOA and PAF to grow its political muscle. Various means and methods were discussed among the board members, while keeping a close eye on the necessary line of separation between the NFOA and the PAF.

7.) Any Old Business
Andy and Toby provided updates on the status of materials, including pens and brochures, and the expenses associated with those items.

8.) 2014 Annual Member Meeting
Chris stepped up to be the coordinator for the event this year, and various items were discussed, including what activities would be included. The possibility of having the event catered this year was also discussed, as well as methods for getting the word out to the membership about the event.

9.) 2014 State Fair booth
Materials, structures, and other details for the NFOA state fair booth were discussed, including the pros and cons of each suggestion.  Toby motioned to approve $1000 in expenditures for booth materials based on the recent billboard campaign design. Motion passed. Toby also offered the use of his foam flooring for the booth.

10.) NFA Discussions
Jeremy provided discussion based on a recent bill in Kansas that would make CLEO sign off a “shall sign” instead of the federal default of “may sign.” The idea was also presented to track who and who will not currently sign within the state, as well as the possibility of inviting those who are not willing to sign to an educational event with NFOA presence.

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