Rough Rider Association News
July 14, 2007
This summary is intended to give all RMA alumni, faculty and
friends a brief overview of Association activities, programs and decisions of
common interest. Members are provided with the complete set of Conference Call
The Officers are currently reviewing 2 Membership Recognition
programs and will notify the Association members when a final decision is
reached. A review is also being made of making the 1992 Reunion video and Aledo
visit available to alumni.
Other items under review are establishing a "chat room" on the
website and Strategic Planning for the Association.
It was decided that the new Rough Rider newsletter would be
posted on the website for all alumni, faculty and friends of RMA to have access
A number of questions concerning the operation of the
Association have been raised recently in the website Message Forum and e-mails
to others. Each of these issues was reviewed by the Officers with the following
" Were there any other membership recognition proposals beside
Mel Bogus's for the plaques"
No, not until we received Lloyd Young's suggestion of the
flag set in his email dated 7.5.07 to Jack Gwynne.
" Do we give proper consideration to ideas or suggestions
submitted to us?
Absolutely, the membership recognition program is an
example. When the suggestion for the flag set was presented to Jack Gwynne
we put the plaque program on hold until we could review all the implications
and cost perspectives of both suggestions. This review was done and the
results are outlined above under Old Business - Membership Recognition.
Another example is the idea of establishing a "chat room" on the website
which is also responded to in these minutes.
" Why did we incorporate in Florida? \
It was a majority consensus at the Rock Island business
meeting, although a vote was not taken, that the Association be incorporated
and also have tax-exempt status. Operating with the spirit and intent of the
business meeting we investigated incorporating in the state of Illinois, as
that is where we are from. It was determined that it would be very expensive
to retain an attorney in Illinois to accomplish that. Since our Treasurer
resides in Florida, and in order to transfer all the funds left over from
the Reunion into the Association account, it was imperative that we make a
decision quickly and economically. As our Treasurer has had previous
experience in this area, and had obtained legal counsel as to the best way
to go, we decided to incorporate in the state of Florida. We are still
working on the tax-exempt status.
" What will happen when Jerry Feitler steps down and is replaced
by someone from another state?"
A change of Treasurer will have no effect on the operation
of the Association. Since it is a legal requirement that the corporation
maintains a "resident agent" in Florida who can accept legal documents for
the Association, it will be determined at that time whether Jerry will
continue to serve as the resident agent: another member residing in Florida
will take over as resident agent: or if the Association will hire an
attorney or a service to serve as resident agent. As far as Association
funds, the signature cards on the bank account will be changed to reflect
the change of Officers/responsibility. The account may or may not be moved
to another bank based upon the decision of the Officers. The corporate
identity and the funds of the Association will be protected.
" Has an Audit of funds occurred?"
No, an Audit conducted by an outside firm would be extremely
costly and the Association cannot afford it. Our Treasurer, Gerald Feitler,
conducts a financial review at the end of each calendar year and also
submits monthly financial reports to the Officers. The 2006 financial review
was approved by the President and distributed to all Association members.
There were several questions that were directed to our Treasurer about the
review which he responded to individually. We encourage members to ask
questions and our books are open for review. If a member wishes to have an
Audit done by an outside firm, and is willing to pay for it, we welcome it
as the Association is financially sound and the books are balanced.
" Did the annual financial review of Association funds,
including monies left over from the 2006 Reunion, find all monies accounted for?
Is the membership equity secure.
Yes. All monies left over from the 2006 Reunion were
transferred from the Reunion account, as well as the 2006 Membership dues
account, into the Association account and all monies are accounted for.
Individual questions should be directed to our Treasurer, Gerald Feitler.
" Did any board member send an inappropriate, anonymous e-mail
to an Association member as a result of some Message Forum postings?
Absolutely not. We have always acted in the best interest of
the Association members and respond to criticisms in a professional,
courteous manner. We have always encouraged open, friendly dialogue with
former cadets and friends of RMA to encourage our fellowship with each
" Should we refer to our Alumni as members and non-members as
opposed to "association members only"?"
The primary focus and responsibility of any association is
to its members since those individuals have chosen to join and pay dues.
However, the purpose of our Association, as stated in the Constitution and
By-Laws is "to establish and promote on-going communication and
organizational structure for the alumni, faculty, family members and friends
who were connected with Roosevelt Military Academy." Therefore, we encourage
feedback, information and suggestions from non-members as well and it will
be considered on the basis of value to the members of the Association. We
also hope those non-members will eventually join the Association.
" Is the Roosevelt Memorial proposal privately funded? Are any
Association monies involved? Have any contracts been discussed, or signed, by an
Association Officer regarding committing the Association to any financial
obligation regarding the Roosevelt Memorial? What does the reference t $2,000.00
in the section "Raising The Funds To Pay For the Memorial" on Page 2 of Ronn
Jutkins proposal mean? If the Association isn't involved financially in any
memorial project and it is privately funded can the Association say no?"
Yes, the Roosevelt Memorial proposal is privately funded and
although some of the language in the proposal may imply otherwise, it was a
proposal made at the time of the meeting in Rock Island and did not commit
the Association to anything. There are no Association monies involved and no
contracts have been discussed, or signed, committing the Association to any
financial obligation regarding the Roosevelt Memorial. Although the
Association Officers support Ronn's proposal and encourage other well
thought out ideas and proposals for memorials, as long as they are privately
funded they are outside the jurisdiction of the Association. The Association
will support these private endeavors to the extent possible in terms of
communications with the Association members and alumni. However, in the
event that the Association considers to provide any financial support for
any memorial endeavor, it would be presented to the voting membership for
their consideration and input.
" What about the idea of a "chat room?"
We think that this is a good idea and would be a major
addition to the website that would give all alumni and friends of RMA an
opportunity to talk about mutual interests and concerns on an informal
basis. We support this idea of improved communications and have passed on
our recommendation of further review and implementation possibilities to our
webmaster, Bob Fritz.
The call was ended at 11:25 AM Central time. The next scheduled
call is Aug. 11, 2007 at 9:00 AM Central time.