OF THE USS JAMES MADISON SSBN 627 ASSOCIATION
Held in Silverdale, WA
The meeting was opened at 3:00 PM by President, Fred Huwe. The Pledge of the Allegiance was said, along with a prayer by Gil Raynor.
SECRETARY’S MINUTES – Charline Huwe
Charline read the minutes of the meeting from June 23, 2007 and the USSVI mini meeting on Sept 5th, 2008. Bob Thompson made a motion to accept the minutes as read and was 2nd and passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Roger Schmitt
Month ending balance for June, 2009 was $6522.80, thanks to dues, donations, reunion fees, and sales of Madison clothes/memorabilia.
Gil Raynor made a motion to allow and accept the audit by Bob Thompson, which was seconded by Keith Holman and passed. We currently have $4,737.19, after additional sales and reunion expenses. It was stated that we are now on more secure footing, financially and that is due to our members.
VICE-PRESIDENT – Gil Raynor
Gil talked about the beginning of the Association and the first meeting in Charleston, SC thanks to Grady Harrison. He offered a huge thank you for the large donations that helped to get us started and the officers who took the reins.
HISTORIAN’S REPORT – Bill Andrea
Bill asked for the help of all, in obtaining more items for our collection. He would like copies or originals of any and all sailing lists. It would be great if we could get a Commissioning Pendant and the Ship’s Bell. He would like to set up a power point presentation of documents and photos, which could run continuously in the hospitality room. Jim Eldgridge made a motion to have this done, which was seconded by Tony Suplicki and passed.
SHIP’S STORE – Grady Harrison/ Gil Raynor
In Grady’s absence, Gil reported that the store took in about $1600 during the reunion and that there are order forms available for anything he can print.
WEBSITE – Keith Holman
Keith said that we will be able to vote again for the next reunion site. He will try to make sure that it is easier this time. He told us that the site SSBN627 was donated to us by Bob Wright. In the Forum, the Religion and Politics section has been removed due to misuse.
In the Photo Album, it is possible to add names after the photos have been posted. Keith will continue to try to make it easier to find the names of your shipmates. He has added a section where we can now add postings about the recently deceased.
Life Membership dues would be hard to set. When our last Madison shipmates pass, there will no longer be a Madison Association, unlike the USSVI or the American Legion, etc., which can continue indefinitely. Roger Lynch made a motion that we do not collect Life Membership dues, but continue on an annual basis. This was seconded by Len Reneau and passed.
Bill Andrea showed us the flag we received for our donation to the restoration of the Cavalla.
JD Walton made a motion to donate $100 to the Bremerton USSVI Base for the Tolling of the Boats and to send a Thank You. It was seconded by Dan Ludwig and passed.
Bob Thompson made a motion to send a Thank You plaque to the USS Nebraska, which was seconded by Chip Porter and passed. The wooden plaque from LaserCuts to read:
To The Crew of the USS Nebraska SSBN739, In Appreciation from the USS James Madison SSBN6217 Association.
Sites suggested for the reunion were Montpelier, VA (home of James Madison); Branson, MO; Williamsburg, VA; Ft.Worth/Dallas, TX; Charleston, SC; Newport News/Norfolk, Va (where keel was laid in ’62); San Diego, CA; and Las Vegas, NV. President Fred Huwe stated that this was enough to pick from and suggested that we continue with a motion. Bob Thompson made a motion to accept these sites and it was seconded by Floyd Crow and passed.
A suggestion was made that we use a two vote system this time and take the top 3 chosen for a final vote. Len Reneau then made the motion as it was suggested, which was seconded by Ron Warnick and passed.
Larry Martin made a motion to send a Thank You card to Grady for all his donations and help, and it was decided to Just Do It (no vote).
NOMINATION OF OFFICERS
The secretary read the nominations from the Internet site. Fred Huwe Nomitated to continue as President by Gil Raynor, 2nd by Grady Harrison; Gil Raynor nominated to continue as Vice President by Fred Huwe, 2nd by Grady Harrison; Bob Thompson nominated as Treasurer by Gil Raynor, 2nd by Grady Harrison; Charline Huwe nominated to continue as Secretary by Gil Raynor, 2nd by Grady Harrison; Bill Andrea nominated to continue as Historian by Charline Huwe, 2nd by Gil Raynor. Bill asked to have Roger Lynch assist him as Historian. Tim Davis made a motion to close the nominations and accept the list, which was 2nd by Roger Schmitt. Since Charline has already served two 4 year terms, a vote was taken to allow her to continue for 2 more years, if she chooses, and it passed.
Jim Eldridge made a motion to close the meeting and it was seconded by Bill Andrea and passed. The time was approximately 4 PM.