2009 WLEOA SPRING MEETING
RADISON HOTEL, PEWAUKEE WI
Meeting called to order by President Jim Kirk at 10:13 AM
Opening prayer- Sheree Carr
Pledge of Allegiance
President Jim Kirk Present
Vice Pres. LaMont Strandberg Present
Treasurer Allen Kraeger Present
Secretary Randy Albert Present
District #1 Mark Hunter Present
District #3 Craig Olsen Absent
District #4 Mark Stanmeyer Present
District #5 Kurt Drezek Present
District #6 Winn Collins Excused
District #7 Tony Nardi Present
District #8 Randy Lind Present
District #9 Jeff Schmidt Excused
District #10 Sheree Carr Present
District #11 Dennis Kluge Present
Past President Robert Wuerl Present
Fred Haas Present
Campground Bill Appleton Present
Others Laurie Gruber American Income Life
Meeting agenda presented by President Kirk. Motion to approve the agenda by Kluge. 2nd by Strandberg. Motion passed.
Meeting minutes from Fall 2008 meeting presented. Motion to approve the meeting minutes from the past meeting by Strandberg. 2nd by Lind. Motion passed.
Motion to set the per diem at $25.00 for this meeting so it is the same as past meetings by Strandberg. 2nd by Kluge. Motion passed.
Mileage reimbursement rate set at .55 cents per mile per IRS guidelines.
Laurie Gruber, PR representative from American Income Life agreed to pull the tickets from the raffle tumbler. She had not purchased any tickets for the drawing.
Prizes were awarded from 1st place to 12th place in order of tickets drawn. The winners were:
1st Prize Darrell
2nd Prize Nancy
3rd Prize Paul
4th Prize Jim
5th Prize Ruth
6th Prize Don
7th Prize Jerry
8th Prize Jeff
9th Prize Jeff
10th Prize Mike
12th Prize John
1st Alternate Susan
TREASURER REPORT – Allen Kraeger
As of March 20th, 2009 the WLEOA had 175,242.20 in current assets. Fixed assets totaled $44,619.58. Total assets equaled 219,861.78. This is an increase of $6956.33. compared to the Spring Meeting April 2008. Wegner LLP conducted a full blown audit of the WLEOA finances. Those reports were distributed to everyone present. Motion to accept the treasurer report by Nardi. 2nd by Kluge. Motion carried.
SECRETARY REPORT – Randy Albert
Membership stands at 2094 as of March 19, 2009. The WLEOA has lost 6 members since the beginning of the new year when adding in new members and subtracting members lost to deaths and other reasons. Deaths are the main reason as Secretary Albert has been notified of 23 deaths of Life and Active members so far this year. There are 957 Active and Associate members and 1137 Life members. There were 37 retirements processed in 2008. There have been 14 retirements thus far in 2009. All members behind in dues had a letter mailed to them in November 2008. Motion made by Strandberg to accept the Secretaries report. 2nd by Kraeger. Motion carried.
AMERICAN INCOME LIFE – Laurie Gruber
American Income Life PR Representative Laurie Gruber issued folders explaining benefit coverages for members, their spouses and children. Benefit increases will soon go in effect. Coverage will not be $2,000 for members, $1,000 for spouses of members and $500 for children of members. This option comes at no cost to our membership. A motion was made by Strandberg to accept the increased coverage. Second by Lind. Motion carried.
District #4 Director Mark Stanmeyer has been working on the mission statement for the WLEOA since the Fall 2008 meeting. He presented the following statement for review.
“To unify the Wisconsin Law enforcement community, promoting law enforcement as a profession, encouraging public and private cooperation, and building community relationships.”
Motion made by Kraeger to adopt the mission statement as the official mission statement of the WLEOA. 2nd by Drezek. Motion carried.
Price List Polo short sleeve shirt $23.00
Crewneck sweatshirt $18.00
Hooded sweatshirt $24.00
Fleece zippered sweatshirt $30.00
All apparel contains official WLEOA logo. Orders can be placed with Vice President LaMont Strandberg.
T-shirt demo’s were presented. Millers First Insurance has offered to help with printing costs in exchange for advertizing on the back of the shirt. Kirk is exploring selling the other ½ of the T-shirt for advertizing revenue. Motion made to print up 200 shirts at $4.95 each and given away to golfers at the golf outing. The remainder will be sold on a first come basis. Motion was made by Kraeger. 2nd by Drezek. Motion passed.
NEW DISTRICT #1 DIRECTOR
Newly appointed District #1 Director Mark Hunter was presented to the board by President Kirk. Lt Hunter works for the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.
Audit & Finance Allen Kraeger advised members the annual audit year runs from
May 1st to April 30th.
Awards Monty Strandberg, awards chairperson, is accepting orders for
clothing. Fred Haas shared an issue of the 1967 WLEOA journal
that has photo’s of the various awards given out during that era.
Tony Nardi agreed to scan the documents and redesign them so we
will have newly designed awards for service and meritorious
Meeting adjourned at 11:52AM
Meeting reconvened at 1:00 PM
Campground Projected campground budget distributed by Kraeger. This budget
of $11,500.00 is less than last years projected budget of $12,050.00
Motion to approve campground budget by Strandberg. 2nd by
Kluge. Motion carried. To accomplish the reduced budget phone
service and alarms will be removed from the campground. A sign
will be posted where the old phone was informing campers of the
change. Bill Appleton gave a report on the status of the old
lawnmowers that used gang mowers. They are breaking down and
parts/service are expensive for these mowers.
researched new mowers and presented 3 proposals to the board. In
the best long term interest of the campground a motion was made
by Lind to purchase a Gravely 60” zero turn radius (0TR) mower
for the campground. 2nd by Strandberg. Motion passed.
OLD/UNFINSHED BUSINESS CONTINUED
Callan Publishing “Projected operating report” and related correspondence from Robert
Callan was distributed. Strandberg and Kraeger explained the report as they understood it. The WLEOA had to pay Callan Publishing a check for $3,457.00 to cover expenses associated with the publication of the newsletter and magazine in 2008. A committee was formed consisting of Strandberg, Kirk, Drezek, Kluge and Hunter to examine these operating expenses and explore other printing options. Past President Wuerl signed our last agreement with Callan Publishing on November 1st, 2001. Allen Kraeger will contact Callan Publishing in the near future to get a more current contract signed by the current president.
COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTINUED
Delegates/Rules Hunter No report
Chaplain Carr No report
Historian Kluge No report
Magazine Wuerl April 15th, 2009 is the deadline for spring newsletter
Membership Albert At members request the renewal card will be
redesigned and we will no longer ask for our
members social security information. They will
have to provide it at retirement if they wish to
receive their savings bonds.
Resolution/By-Laws Kluge No report
Raffle Albert We went to a mostly cash raffle this year due to the
Economy. We are exploring a gun raffle and looking at legalities for 2010.
Ins/Death/Welfare Lind No report
Retired Members Haas Reports one member is not receiving any mailings.
Albert asked Haas to get that name to him and he
will verify a correct address in the computer.
Trials/Suspensions Drezek No report
Youth/P.R. Carr The DC Trip will take place April 30th –May 4th
2009. The bus has been filled and they will be
staying in a hotel instead of the 4-H headquarters
dorms. The cost this year is $21,980.00. Albert
advised this is a 17% increase from the previous
year. Albert suggested we hold a DC Trip two out
of every 3 years as the proceeds from the raffle will
not cover the trip. The suggestion was presented in
a motion. Kluge 2nd the motion for the purpose of
discussion. After discussion the motion was tabled
until the fall when firm figures on raffle proceeds
can be presented and it is confirmed by AAA they
would allow us to fill a bus 2 out of every 3 years.
Carr requested $300.00 for incidentals for the trip.
Albert made the motion to provide the $300. 2nd by
Strandberg. Motion passed.
Golf Kirk Golf outing will be held in
remain the same as last year. Kirk requested $600
for start up costs. Motion made by Kraeger to
provide start up funding. 2nd by Nardi. Motion
Lobbyist/Legislation Stanmeyer Stanmeyer reported not all District Directors are
receiving the electronic newsletter. Stanmeyer
will be contacting Michael Blumenfeld and
providing new email contacts for Directors and
Scholarship Wuerl Deadline for scholarship applications was 3-16-09.
12 applications were received.
Pres. Advisory Board Haas No report
Web Site Kirk No report
Recess at 2:57 PM
Reconvene at 3:11 PM
ANNOUNCEMENTS & CORRESPONDENCE
Secretary Albert shared correspondence related to the performance of the board, the raffle, and welfare of members. Tough economic times were cited by a few retirees as reasons they couldn’t participate in the raffle this year. Several retired members made donations to the organization this spring and they were also recognized.
District #1 Hunter Advises he is excited about the opportunity to be on the
board and will be working on recruiting new members.
District #2 Absent
District #3 Absent
District #4 Stanmeyer reports he and Director Drezek are working on a few ideas in
an effort to improve recruiting in the
all Milwaukee PD supervisors. The Milwaukee PD supervisors are
reimbursed for dues to a professional organization such as the WLEOA.
Sec Albert advised Stanmeyer and Drezek a receipt needs to be requested
from any Milwaukee Supervisor and one will be printed out.
District #5 See above District #4 report
District #6 Absent
District #7 Nardi reports the WLEOA donated $200.00 to the Central WI Safety
Instructors Appreciation banquet on behalf of the WLEOA. We receive
recognition at the banquet for the donation.
District #8 No report
District #9 Absent
District #10 No report
District #11 No report
Director Stanmeyer brought up two issues in Governor Doyle’s budget bill that impact law enforcement. The first is the abolishment of front license plates and registration decals on the rear plates. The Milwaukee Police Chief supports the removal of the registration decals as that department receives almost 5,000 reports of decal thefts yearly. Many Directors agreed this is a problem and the penalty for such an offense does not offer much determent. A motion was made by Strandberg to support Governor Doyle’s idea to remove decals from rear registration plates and to oppose abolishing the front registration plate as it would hinder many types of enforcement efforts. 2nd by Lind Motion passed. Stanmeyer will contact our Lobbyist Michael Blumenfeld and advise him of our position.
The Fall Meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held in
A motion to adjourn the meeting was brought forth by Kraeger. 2nd by Lind. Motion passed.