Rough Rider Association News

First Meeting of the Association
Rock Island, Illinois - August 6, 2006

 

The first meeting of the Roosevelt Military Academy Rough Rider Association took place on the last day of the 2006 All-Class Reunion at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Rock Island, Illinois, on August 6-2006.  These are the draft minutes from the meeting:

The meeting was called to order by Jack Gwynne and he indicated that the primary purpose of the meeting was to elect the Officers of the Roosevelt Military Academy Rough Rider Association and to see Ronn Jutkinsí presentation of his proposed Roosevelt Military Academy Memorial. The meeting began at 9:15AM

Jack briefly reviewed the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association and pointed out that in order to vote for the Association Officers you must be a Full Member of the Association.  Mike Vagi then read the Membership list of those who had joined. As there were a number of alumni who had not joined and wanted to take part in the election of the Officers, time was taken to allow the alumni in attendance to complete the Membership Application form, pay the dues and become voting members.

The voting members agreed that for this first time election the following conditions would apply:

  • Candidates who had not previously been nominated by written nomination could be nominated from the floor and the nomination would have to be seconded. The nominee would have the option of accepting or declining the nomination at that point.

  • Nominations for each specific Officer position would be closed from the floor

  • The voting would be by a showing of hands as opposed to written ballot.

Jack Gwynne then began the voting process by reading the description of duties for the Officer positions starting with the position of President.  Jack Gwynne had previously been nominated by written nomination and had accepted the nomination.

Gary Weaver was nominated, seconded and he accepted the nomination.

The vote was taken and Jack Gwynne was elected President.

The nominations were taken for the position of Vice-President and Gary Weaver, Leland Easton and Bernard Groharing were nominated, seconded and all accepted. Robert Fritz was nominated but was unable to accept the nomination at this time.

The vote was taken and Gary Weaver was elected Vice-President.

The nominations were taken for the position of Secretary.  Mike Vagi had previously been nominated by written nomination and had accepted the nomination.

Jim Robertson was nominated, seconded and accepted the nomination.

The vote was taken and Mike Vagi was elected Secretary.

The nominations were taken for the position of Treasurer and Gerald Feitler, Rick Bogoff and Larry Eltoft were nominated, seconded and all accepted. Barnaby Wald was nominated but was unable to accept the nomination at this time.

The vote was taken and there was a tie between Gerald Feitler and Larry Eltoft. A second vote was taken and Gerald Feitler was elected Treasurer

President Gwynne made the following appointments to the Association:

  • Gene Shalander Sr.      -     Historian

  • Robert G. Fritz               -     Webmaster

  • Leland Easton               -     Parliamentarian

  • Doug Gover                   -     Strategic Planner (Appointed during floor discussion)

President Gwynne then opened the meeting to the membership so that specific questions and/or concerns could be raised. The following is the essence of the discussion that followed:

Many suggested that the Association be Incorporated and also Tax-Exempt. Our Mission Statement should reflect the effects this status will have.

It was also suggested that we engage in Strategic Planning by Doug Gover and as the members agreed that it was a good idea, President Gwynne asked Doug if he would serve in that capacity and Doug accepted.

The following members offered their assistance to Doug Gover regarding the Strategic Planning of the Association:

  • Larry Velvel

  • Jim Crawford

  • Warren Meyers

  • Bob Brown

  • Bob Fritz

  • Rick Bogoff

 Concerns were raised as to what will become of the campus, considering the condition of the remaining buildings and that the Association should consider a long range project to consider the future usage of the property and buildings. (Considerations should include: Should the Association purchase, rehabilitate, or consider it for museum use, etc.?)

Gene Shalander indicated that a set of yearbooks, on CDís, from 1942-73 would be presented to the Essley Noble Museum by himself on Monday. He also presented full sets of CDís to the Rough Rider Association Officers and the Webmaster. This would insure this part of the RMA legacy. Gene plans to present other artifacts of RMA to the museum.

It was requested that anyone who had taken photos during the reunion send copies to Bob Fritz, and Leland Easton for the Website postings and the color brochure that Leland is putting together.

Proposed RMA Memorial - click for larger image

 ROOSEVELT MILITARY ACADEMY MEMORIAL PROPOSAL

Ronn Jutkins distributed his formal proposal to all the Association members regarding the Teddy Roosevelt ďBronco BusterĒ statue in Aledo. Click here to read to read the full proposal. The detail and ideas outlined in Ronnís proposal are excellent and the proposal will be one of the Association Officers first orders of business. Members with ideas, questions or suggestions regarding this proposal should send them to one of the Association Officers for review and discussion.
 

 The meeting was then adjourned at 10:40AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Vagi
Secretary

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