WLEOA FALL BUSINESS MEETING
OCTOBER 17TH, 2009
HEIDEL HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTER-GREEN LAKE WI
Meeting called to order at 10:05 AM
President Jim Kirk
Vice President Lamont Strandberg
Treasurer Allen Kraeger
Secretary Randy Albert
D#1 Director Vacant
D#2 Director Chad O’Neil
D#3 Director Excused
D#4 Director Mark Stanmeyer
D#5 Director Excused
D#6 Director Winn Collins
D#7 Director Tony Nardi
D#8 Director Randy Lind
D#9 Director Vacant
D#10 Director Sheree Carr
D#11 Director Dennis Kluge
Past Presidents: Fred Haas, Bob Wuerl, Jerry Koenig
Guests: Robert Callan
Opening prayer- Sheree Carr
Pledge of allegiance
Motion made to approve meeting agenda by Kraeger, 2nd Kluge. Motion carried.
Kirk asked for a motion to accept Secretary’s spring meeting minutes after changing the word “not” to “now” in first paragraph of the third page.
Kraeger made the motion, 2nd by Kluge. Motion passed.
Motion made by Collins to accept the resignation of D#1 Director Mark Hunter and appoint Tim Zarzecki to the position of D#1 Director. 2nd by Strandberg. Motion carried.
Motion made by Strandberg to accept the resignation of D#3 Director Craig Olson and appoint Linnea Moren to the position of D#1 Director. 2nd by Kraeger. Motion carried.
Motion made by Kraeger to accept the resignation of D#9 Director Jeff Schmidt and appoint Michael Hartert to the position of D#9 Director. 2nd by Stanmeyer. Motion carried.
As of October 16, 2009 the WLEOA had a total of $141,365.80 in current assets. This figure is $33,876.40 lower than the spring meeting. Fixed assets totaled $44,619.58. This figure is the same presented at the spring meeting.
There were 3 main reasons the WLEOA saw a loss this past 6 month period.
1) Increased costs of DC youth trip
2) Lawnmower purchase at campground
3) Reduced royalty incomes
Motion made by Strandberg to accept the treasurer’s report. 2nd by Lind. Motion carried.
A discussion took place regarding per diem’s for the meeting and the mileage rate. It was suggested everyone forego a per diem and not put in for mileage either. A motion was made by Stanmeyer to forego the per diem and set the mileage rate below the federal rate of .55 cents at .35cents. 2nd by Lind. Opposed by Kirk, Kraeger and Kluge. Motion carried.
President Kirk and D#11 Director Dennis Kluge both stressed the importance the leading by example in the area of belt tightening and many at the meeting indicated they would not be submitting expense vouchers for any expenses incurred as a result of this meeting.
Membership stands at 2114 as of October 17, 2009. This compares to a membership of 2143 in October 2008. The main reason we lost membership was 63 members failed to pay dues for 3 years and were deleted from the WLEOA membership roster because they failed to comply with by-laws. 27 members were also deleted due to death. This accounted for the majority of losses. There were 974 active members in the association and 1140 Life members. The membership currently is 29 members down from the fall meeting in 2008.
Motion made to accept Sec report by Strandberg. 2nd Carr. Motion carried
DC Trip – Secretary Albert provided the board with a handout showing the expenses incurred by the WLEOA for providing the DC Trip. D#10 Director Carr provided information regarding bus sizes.
Strandberg made a motion that we cancel the WLEOA DC Trip on 2010 to recoup monetary losses incurred during the trips in 2007, 2008 and 2009. 2nd by Kraeger.
More discussion took place regarding long term goals and solutions to this problem.
New Brochures-D#4 Director Stanmeyer distributed new membership brochures and campground brochures for review. Everyone received one of each and then was asked to carefully review the new brochures for errors, missing information and then offer helpful suggestions for final drafts.
Fred Haas-shared a letter he wrote to President Kirk summarizing what happened from a recruiting standpoint at the Arson Investigators Academy. He also implored the present board of directors to step up their recruiting efforts.
AUDIT/FINANCE: (KRAEGER)We will be doing the short form audit this year.
AWARDS: (STRANDBERG) new polo shirts available, dark in color. We have challenge coins and traffic templates available. D#7 Nardi redesigned the award certificates for Meritorious Service and Honorable Service Award.
CAMPGROUND: (KRAEGER) Campground expenses indicate everyone working at the campground has stayed within budget. The electricity bill at the campground is very high considering the number of users and hookups. It is suspected the aging hot water heater may need to be replaced in the near future. Fred Haas made the suggestion to have WPS come out and hook up a meter to the hot water heaters and refrigerators to determine which appliances are wasting energy.
Motion made by Collins, 2nd by Kluge, to rescind the motion made two years earlier to reside the blue garage at the campground. Motion carried.
DELEGATES/RULES: (STRANDBERG) No report
CHAPLAIN: (KIRK) Tony Russos passed away. Past president from 1964 to 1968.
HISTORIAN: (Kluge) No report
MAGAZINE: (Wuerl) November 1st ,2009 will be the deadline for submission for all articles for the magazine.
MEMBERSHIP: (ALBERT) Refer to Secretary report
RESOLUTION/BY-LAWS: (COLLINS) No report
Total received = $17,615.00
Raffle Cost = $4125.63
Net Profit = $13,489.37
INSURANCE/WELFARE/DEATH: (Lind/Albert) No report
11:58 AM – adjourn for lunch
12:45 PM – WLEOA election sign up placed near door.
12:57 PM – reconvene after lunch
MEMBERS SIGNED IN FOR ELECTIONS:
Allen Kraeger, LaMont Strandberg, Randy Lind, Randy Albert, Chad O’Neil, Fred Haas, Jerry Koenig, Bob Wuerl, Tony Nardi, Winn Collins, Dennis Kluge, Jim Kirk, Michael Hartert, Mark Stanmeyer, Sheree Carr.
RETIRED MEMBERS: (KLUGE) No report except his district is growing faster than any other
TRIALS/SUSPENSIONS: (COLLINS) No report
YOUTH AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: (CARR) Sheree Carr reported the DC Trip used two different bus lines this year. Tri-State took them out to Washington DC and then a local bus company took over. This resulted in several complaints as some didn’t know their way around and some didn’t speak English. The trip was a success nevertheless and the students were very appreciative for the opportunity.
GOLF: (KIRK) The golf outing turned a profit again this year. The final figure was $4,641.00.
LOBBYIST/LEGISLATION: (COLLINS) Solicited the advice of the board on what kind of role we should be playing on legislative issues.
SCHOLARSHIPS: (WUERL/KRAEGER6 scholarships were awarded. One student did not follow the directions and did not receive his scholarship money on time. He eventually figured it out, took care of his paperwork, and received the money. The deadline is 3-15-10 for next year.
PRESIDENTS ADVISORY BOARD: (WUERL) Still has a red shirt for sale.
WEB SITE: (KIRK) Would like to add lobbyist information added.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you letter from Cyle Hantszsch
Numerous letters from many individuals read by Secretary
D#1 No report
D#2 O’Neil reported NAFTO is changing their name
D#3 No report
D#4 Dale Schunk retired from Milwaukee PD
D#5 No report
D#6 Two recent retirements reported
D#7 WLEOA received a certificate of appreciation from the WI DNR for our
support of their Instructor Recognition Banquet.
D#8 Seems like new members are signing up that are expressing interest in
D#9 Nothing has happened in District #9 since his appointment a few hours ago.
Secretary Albert reported on recent mismanagement of our mailing list by AIL and new mailing costs incurred by the WLEOA because we mail out their enrollment cards and these contain the member satisfaction survey.
D#6 Director Collins brought up information on the Mid-WI Law Enforcement Symposium held in Green Lake each year. Motion made to approve the memorandum of understand and co-sponsor the event by Kraeger. 2nd by Strandberg. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn by Kraeger, 2nd by Strandberg. Motion carried.
2009 ANNUAL MEETING (ELECTIONS)
Call to order by President Jim Kirk at 2:21 PM
Prayer – Sheree Carr
Pledge of allegiance
Roll Call- see sheet
Motion to approve the agenda by Allen Kraeger, 2nd Strandberg. Motion carried
Treasurer- No Report
Secretary- No Report
President Albert nominated Strandberg for President. Lind 2nd There were no other nominations for President. Allen Kraeger made the motion that the voting be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast. 2nd O’Neil. Motion carried.
Vice Present Allen Kraeger made a motion nominating Randy Lind for VP. 2nd by Collins. Jim Kirk made the motion that the voting be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast. Kluge 2nd. Motion carried.
Secretary Allen Kraeger made a motion nominating Randy Albert for secretary. Lind 2nd. Collins made the motion that the voting be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast. 2nd Kraeger. Motion carried.
D#1 Director Kirk nominated Tim Zartzecki for the vacant D#1 position. Albert 2nd. Kluge made the motion that the voting be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast. 2nd Carr. Motion carried.
D#3 Director Allen Kraeger nominated Linnea Moren for the vacant D#3 director’s position. 2nd by Kirk. Allen Kraeger made the motion that voting be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast,. 2nd Kirk Motion carried
D#5 Director Albert nominated Kurt Drezek for the D#5 director’s position. 2nd by Allen Kraeger. Lind made the motion that the voting be closed and an unanimous ballot be cast. 2nd Kirk. Motion carried.
D#7 Director Allen Kraeger nominated Tony Nardi for director. 2nd by Kirk. Allen Kraeger made the motion to close the voting and cast an unanimous ballot. 2nd by Kirk.
D#8 Albert nominated Peter Kraeger for the vacant D#8 position. Lind 2nd. Kirk made a motion to have Strandburg appoint Peter Kraeger to the position since no election was required. 2nd by Lind. Motion carried w/ Alan Kraeger abstaining.
D#9 Albert nominated Michael Hartert for D#9 Director. Lind 2nd. Kirk made the motion to close the voting and cast a unanimous ballot. 2nd by Lind. Motion carried.
D#11 Lind nominated Kluge for District #11 director. Kluge 2nd. Lind made the motion to close the balloting and cast an unanimous ballot. 2nd Carr. Motion carried.
Committee Sign ups
Before sign ups took place, Winn Collins made a motion to leave committee assignments as is for the present time and to discuss committee consolidation at the spring 2010 meeting. 2nd Stanmeyer. Motion carried.
A committee was formed to examine the numerous WLEOA committees and propose consolidation. The committee is made up of Collins, Kirk, and Kraeger.
Robert Callan advised the meeting that the current economic situation presents a series of problems all across the Midwest. Long time supporters are cutting back donations and Callan Publishing Inc. is having to contact twice as many people to obtain solicitations. The percentage of those of pay what they pledge to pay has fallen below 40%. This is about a 10% drop from what is normal.
Kirk asked about using a different grade of paper inside the magazine to save some money. Robert Callan advised he will look into that option and get back to Jim Kirk.
Strandberg asked Robert Callan to break down the expense sheet provided by Callan.
Stanmeyer asked Robert Callan if we were going to return to offering advertisement space in the magazine and Callan said that they were going to try that.
With the WLEOA no longer keeping member social security numbers on file, savings bonds will only be furnished to members who provide those numbers.
Stanmeyer suggested we do a better job of defining the long term objectives and purpose of the organization.
Prizes will remain the same for the 2010 raffle as were offered in 2009
Jim Kirk has stepped aside as the person responsible for the organization of the golf outing. Nardi, Lind, Albert and Strandberg will organize the golf outing in 2010. The date will be June 28th.
4:30 Resume session
Applications for scholarships are due March 15th, 2010.
Jim Kirk will be the new chairperson of the magazine committee.
There were no new reports from District Directors.
Chad O’Neil offered to host the 2010 spring meeting. He is looking at the Chula Vista Resort as they have contacted the organization several times offering reduced rates.
Motion to adjourn made by Kraeger
2nd by Lind
Meeting adjourned at 5:05 PM.