NFOA Board Meeting Minutes April 2015

The April board meeting ran from 8 a.m. Monday April 6th through 10 p.m. Friday April 10th.

1.) Approve March Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book Balance- 3/1/15 $18,186.69

Total Expenditures- $975.89
-$38.96 Benchmark Email
-$257.94 Pop Up Banner
-$160.33 Apis Annual Web Hosting
-$42.40 Pure Buttons NFOA Legislature Day
-$401.26 Moonlight Apparel/ 100 Coffee Mugs
-$75.00 Check#1082 Reimbursement To Jeremy Cady/ABATE Trade show expenses

Total Deposits-$181.41
-Piryx Member Donations-$181.41

Ending Book Balance- 3/31/15- $17,392.21

Motion made to approve the expenditure for paying $622.59 for catering the NFOA day luncheon
Motion Seconded

3.) Membership Report

The numbers for this month are:

General membership 7530 + 78
Associate membership 52 +1
Youth membership 26 no change
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Total membership 7608 +79

A copy of the .xls file is stored in the Archives

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative

LB289 has successfully left the Judiciary Committee and is on General File. Our work will continue to encourage Speaker Hadley to provide it a full hearing
Given the possibility inherent in State Preemption legislation, a large scale effort may be required to update city/municipalities whose laws on the books are superseded by the State.
Other Bills that remain in committee are not likely to advance to the General File this session.

4b.) Member Engagement and Fundraising
Merchandising efforts are underway. Options for NFOA merchandising through a current vendor/supporter.
Starting with T-shirts and maybe sweatshirts as a suggested starting point.

Member engagement was discussed. Board members discussed strategies that would strike the hearts and minds of our members and generate active participation.

Fundraising ideas were discussed including beginning a members-only raffle and drawing the winner at our next Members’ Meeting.

4c.) Communications

Feedback indicates we need to increase our ability to more rapidly respond to news/legislative updates etc. While our members were certainly engaged and generating promotional messages, we need to be more proactive and prolific. Future topic areas for the newsletter were also discussed

4d.) Web Admin
Nothing significant to report

5. Member Meeting
Planning is ongoing. Save the Date Message blast is needed soon.

6. State Fair
NFOA booth at the state fair for 2015 may be tabled till next year.

8. Piryx
Piryx is the system currently in use for donations to NFOA. The system is targeted at non-profits and political campaign fundraising. System Support can be difficult to secure and other issues impacting member ability to make donations have occurred. A potential replacement for this system might rectify these issues.

9. Old Business
Nothing significant to report

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Minutes of the March 2015 NFOA Board of Directors meeting

NFOA Board Meeting Minutes
March 6, 2015

The March board meeting ran from 8 a.m. Monday March 2nd through 10 p.m. Tuesday March 10th.

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

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book Balance- 2/1/15 $16,933.78
Total Expenditures- $38.96
One debit $38.96 to Benchmark Email
Total Deposits- $1291.87
$1000 Donation – Eastern Nebraska Gun Club
$120 – NebraskaConcealedCarry.com Web Advertisement
$171.87 Piryx Member Contributions
Ending Book Balance- 2/28/15 $18,186.69

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

General membership 7452 + 78 New… Minus 375 duplicate entries
Associate membership 51 no change
Youth membership 26 no change
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Total membership 7529 -297 due to removal of duplicates

A copy of the .xls file is stored in the Archives
4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Three Bills up for hearing on March 19th and four bills up for hearing on March 20th. [/li.
The committee prepared for these hearings, to include final preparations and planning for who would testify on behalf of NFOA as well as how to rally member engagement and commitment to contact Judiciary Committee members to advance the high priority proposals as bills that have already been heard have a much better chance of advancing to floor debate this year than those that will be heard on the last days of committee hearings.
Committee Members met in person to discuss status of the bills and the NFOA strategy for testimony at the hearings.
4b.) Member Engagement and Fundraising
Discussed the pros and cons of participating in the ABATE bike show.
Cons included:
Minimal member sign ups – estimated a dozen new members joined NFOA as a result of our participation
Location within the bike show could have been better
An additional volunteer would have been beneficial from a time and task management perspective
Pros included:
The booth set up and arrangement presented a professional and positive image of NFOA; received several compliments as to that fact.
Price of participation was reasonable and provided a good return on investment of the $50 booth fee and $25 fee for electricity
Networking was very positive. Several contacts made for future events such as bike shows in western Nebraska. The Lincoln Sesostris Shriners extended an invitation to set up the NFOA booth at a major 100 gun raffle event. Met a possible vendor for NFOA memorabilia, t-shirts, banners and other marketing/promotional items (Creative Ink – a local business option ) as well as professional embroidery services. Connected with Crash Davis and the 2nd Amendment MC and discussed resurrection of the Shoot and Scoot idea – a Motorcycle Poker Run event, only riding from gun range to gun range with a competition at each stop as a ‘funraiser’ and fundraiser for NFOA and NFOA-PAF.
If you are reading our minutes, and are the first forum member to private message PTR-91Lover, will receive a NFOA decal and patch
Idea generation – at similar events, where children are likely to be present, we should explore a Safety Around Guns seminar for kids (Eddie Eagle/NSSF GunSafe) or something to that effect.

4c.) Communications
Online communications are going very well. Social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter are well received and are shared, engaging several existing and potential new members. Growing communications going forward will require recruitment of new volunteers to the committee.
Raw video from the 2014 Member meeting will be examined for creating featured videos for posting online. An overview video, a fuller version covering the day, and a short promotional video could be created.
Permission was received from Madison Rising to use their music for our videos. Music could be mixed as background music to play during booth events and online.

4d.) Web Admin
Chrome browser issue was identified impacting display of the front page. An outdated Affiliates Mod, with no support was the cause of the issue. The issue has been fixed by removing the modification and changing the layout of affiliates.
A poll was run to evaluate the use of the Arcade feature, in the forum. Results of the poll supported the removal of the arcade from the system.
Installation of the Tapatalk upgrade is pending

5. Member Meeting
Planning is ongoing. Several ideas for generating member interest and providing member value are being vetted.
Current efforts include:
Approaching Cabelas and Hornady
Exploring a Vendors’ area, having a raffle at the end of the day
Patricia Stoneking (President/lobbyist of the Kansas State Rifle Association accepted our invitation to speak

6. State Fair
A preliminary plan for NFOA participation in the State Fair:

Booth Space 10×10 4H building plus 3% soliciting surcharge:$682.50
*Electrical 110V $70.00
*Liability Insurance $75.00
(added to fair’s policy)
*Performance Deposit $200.00
(Refunded after fair if rules are followed)
*Application Fee $100.00
(refunded if no space available)
Total basic $1127.50
Booth space comes with one season pass
Additional passes $4 per person per day.

Discussion was held on some of the restrictions set forth by the organizers.

7. Old business
NFOA Day at the Capital, planned for March 19th. Discussed timeline, supplies, itineraries, senator invites, lunch requirements.
Committee Hearing Room 1524 reserved for Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 8:30 AM to 11 AM and the Ferguson House reserved for lunch. Reservation fee paid for by Paul Dunn, Board Member of the Environmental Trust
Motion made to pay and seconded to secure 100, 2.5 inch, NFOA buttons at a cost of $46
Motion seconded and passed
Board Members discussed the rules and limitations for making gifts to Senators and Staff was discussed. Options and limitations to NFOA actions with regards to providing a gift were verified.
Motion made to pay and seconded to secure 100 NFOA logo mugs for Senators and Staff at a cost of $425
Motion seconded and passed

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