2008 WLEOA SPRING MEETING
Meeting called to order at 10:17 AM
Opening Prayer – Sheree Carr
Pledge of Allegiance
President Jim Kirk Present
Vice President LaMont Strandberg Excused
Treasurer Allen Kraeger Present
Secretary Randy Albert Present
District #1 Vacant
District #3 Craig Olson Present
District #4 Michael Hartert Present
District #5 Kurt Drezek Present
District #6 Winn Collins Present
District #7 Tony Nardi Present
District #8 Randy Lind Present
District #9 Jeff Schmidt Present
District #10 Sheree Carr Present
District #11 Dennis Kluge Present
Agenda distributed to all members present. Motion made to accept agenda by Kraeger. 2nd Nardi. Motion passed.
Meeting minutes from October 27, 2007 meeting distributed. Motion made to accept meeting minutes by Collins. 2nd Kluge. Motion passed.
Motion made to set per diem for meeting at same rate as past meetings at $25.00 by Lind. 2nd Carr. Motion passed.
Raffle Drawing took place. Tickets were pulled by non member Dave Presley who represented Millers First Insurance at the Meeting. He did not purchase any tickets.
1st Prize Bret
2nd Prize John Roggenbauer Stratford $750.00 Gander Gift card
3rd Prize Gene Sipple Black Creek $500.00 Gander Gift card
4th Prize Martin Studenec Milwaukee $250.00 Harley Gift card
5th Prize Kathy Albert Hatley Lodge at Cedar Creek Stay
6th Prize David
8th Prize Bill
9th Prize Mac McMahon Minocqua Antiqua Bay Resort Hotel
10th Prize Oscar
11th Prize Lucinda
12th Prize Paul
13th Prize G
1st Alternate Mike
& Deb Mullarky
Allen Kraeger gave the treasurer’s report. As of April 3rd, 2008 the WLEOA had $163,477.83 in current assets. Fixed assets totaled $49,327.62. Total assets equaled $212,805.45. This is in increase of $759.74 when compared to October 27, 2007 and an increase of $5,285.94 since the Spring 2007 meeting. Motion made to accept the treasurer’s report by Kluge. 2nd by Schmidt. Motion passed.
Randy Albert gave the secretary’s report. Membership stands at 2, 124 as of April 4th,2008. There were 317 members behind in dues. The WLEOA lost 28 members in 2008 and gained 26. There are presently 988 active and associate members and 1134 retired members. There were 43 retirements processed in 2007. There have been 18 retirements processed so far this year. All members behind in dues had a reminder letter mailed to them in October 2007. Motion made to accept secretary’s report by Kraeger. 2nd by Drezek. Motion carried.
Dave Presely spoke to the members present and informed them of the services Millers First Insurance offers. They operate primarily in the States of WI, IA, IL, and MO. They were formed in 1877. They do not call members unless our members contact them. They will send mailings offering their services. They do offer roadside assistance for towing and cover rental cars for an additional $1.00 per month on their policies. Dave Presley presented a check to the organization for royalties.
Michael Hartert gave two excellent examples of mission statements for consideration and Dennis Kluge offered some suggestions along the same line. The mission statement was tabled until the fall meeting to give everyone more time to consider a WLEOA mission statement.
Audit & Finance The audit conducted annually will be completed at the end of April
Awards Chairperson Strandberg was excused from the meeting. The board
still wants to pursue certificates and awards for WLEOA members
who perform exceptional acts in the line of duty and an officer of
the year award.
Campground Campground report distributed by Kraeger. The campground
came in under projected budget in 2007. Expected budget for 2008
is $12,050.00. Sanitary inspector gave WLEOA a clean report for
2007. Motion made to accept projected budget by Schmidt. 2nd by
Kluge. Motion passed.
Delegates/Rules No report
Chaplain Report More sympathy cards will be ordered by Kraeger and distributed
at fall meeting.
Historian Report Old magazines have been stored at secretaries home. We are still
missing some past issues of the magazines and newsletter. Albert
will provide Kluge with a list of past issues missing at fall 2008
Magazine April 15th, 2008 is the deadline for submission or articles to
Membership Report given during secretary report
Resolution/Bylaws Motion made to increase the amount from $200.00 to $250.00
the standard amount of a discretionary disbursement. There will
be a $500.00 max limit disbursement by the President in the event
of an emergency. Motion made by Collins. 2nd by Drezek. Motion
11:58AM Adjourned for lunch
1:03 PM Meeting resumed.
Raffle Report Two letters were received by members regarding suggestions for
raffle improvements. Both were discussed and after discussion it
was decided the raffle will remain as is. The first letter came from
a member from LaCrosse and it stated members in that area do not
tickets because there are so few prizes offered in that area. The
hotels stays are offered so people can explore other areas of the
state and are spread in 4 different counties in the east, west, central
and northern regions of the state. The other suggestion asked us to
back to a gun raffle. The
equivalent to two guns being given away so it was decided to leave
those prizes as is.
Insurance Two letters were received by the secretary regarding members who
had contacted American Income Life and not received contact
back from AIL. Albert contacted AIL with this information and
has not received any other complaints.
Retired Members Kluge advised he received a request from a former Milwaukee PD
officer requesting names/addresses for his former colleagues.
Discussion commended and it was agreed we should not release
any confidential information for a request such as this.
Trials/Suspensions No report
to April 28th. 46 youth and 10 chaperones will make the trip. There
will be new lodging and meal arrangements this year and Carr will
be exploring going back to a smaller bus next year.
Golf Kirk advised the golf outing will be Glacier Wood in Iola again
this year and there is still room for more teams.
Lobbyist No report
Scholarship Wuerl advised the deadline to apply stayed the same this year but
will be moved up in 2009.
Pres. Advisory No report
Web Site Up and running with no problems. Let Kirk know if you wan to
to add a link.
Secretary Albert received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. He replied and a copy of his reply letter was sent. A discussion took place regarding the merits of the letter and possible changes to our bylaws. It was decided no further action would take place.
Letter received from Joe Prebisch with concerns about putting identifying information on the AIL cards. No social security information is asked for on the card. A DOB is requested. It was decided that members who had concern about the information requested put the card in an envelope when they mail it or leave off identifying information.
Letter shared with Board from Robert Stuhmer who gave the largest single contribution to the WLEOA this past renewal period.
Letter received from an associate member named Dan who asked if associate members could ever become active members with benefits. Only LE related personal can ever become active members per the bylaws.
O’Neil volunteered to look for 3 members whose renewals did not reach them via mail. It was learned 1 was deceased, 1 was located and the other Lind volunteered to look for.
Kay Kraeger donated $200.00 to the WLEOA which in the turn the WLEOA donated to Special Olympics.
District #1 Officer Frank Fabiano’s killer to be sentenced in the next week.
There were forms distributed to members who wanted to sign a
Pledge requested stiff sentencing with no opportunity for parole.
District #2 O’Neil requested a $1,000.00 donation to the family of Dale Veto
of the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Veto was seriously injured
while deploying stop sticks in the attempted apprehension of a
fleeing vehicle. Deputy Veto is a longtime member of the WLEOA
and the request was unanimously passed.
District #3 No report
District #4 No report
District #5 No report
District #6 No report
District #7 Two thank you notes were read by Nardi. One was for a donation
made to the DC Everest Booster Club. The other was for a
donation made to the Marathon City Post Prom Party. There was a
nice write up in the Wausau American Legion paper for our
donation to start up a hunter safety program as well.
District #8 No Report
District #9 No report
District #10 Deputy Jason Zunker of the Chippewa Co Sheriff’s Dept lost his
life when he was struck while investigating a traffic crash. No
criminal charges are forthecoming for the striking driver.
District #11 No report
Kluge made a motion to donate $600.00 for start up costs for the golf outing. 2nd by Nardi. Motion carried.
Albert and Nardi offered to host the fall meeting in the
Kreager made a motion to adjourn. 2nd by Kluge. Motion passed,.