NOTE: The Draft Summary Minutes follow. They were prepared and staffed by the
National Secretary. I thank Bill Hutton for the quickest availability of Minutes of an Executive Council
(now Board of Directors) meeting since I have been President. Good job, thank you.
Lou Dechert, National President
This is a summary of the actions taken at a KWVA Executive Council Meeting. An official
verbatim transcript is on file with The Secretary, KWVA, for all meetings on and since 07.27.2004.
Any corrections or changes should be sent, in writing, to the Corporate Secretary as they
are noticed. Minutes will be corrected and approved at the next meeting of the body to which they
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CALL TO ORDER:
President Dechert called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM on October 4th.
Assistant Sergeant at Arms Yanacos led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The newly appointed KWVA National Chaplain, Rev. Leonard Stegman, gave the invocation.
ADOPTION of the AGENDA:
The agenda was adopted. Moved by Dauster, 2nd by Edwards.
ROLL CALL OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS AND STAFF:
Executive Council – All Present
- President - Louis Dechert
- First VP - Dick Adams
- Second VP – Byron Dickerson
- Secretary - Bill Hutton
- Treasurer - Richard Hare
- Directors –
- Robert Banker
- Jeff Brodeur
- Lee Dauster
- John Edwards
- James Ferris
- Stan Grogan
- William Mac Swain
- Dean McClain
- Larry McKinniss
- Bob Morga
- Joseph Pirrello
- Warren Wiedhahn
Guests and Staff
- Medal of Honor Recipients:
- Col James Stone, MH00028
- SFC Ronald Rosser, MH00025
- Tom Clawson
- Boyle Henderson, CPA
- Frank Cohee
- Tine Martin
- Jimmy Faircloth, Esq
- Charley Price
- Jake Feaster
- J. D. Randolph
- Sim Goodall
- Steve Szekely
- Art Hills
- Chris Yanacos
MINUTES OF MEETING, July 26, 2005: Approved unanimously as published in the July/August 2005 issue
of the Graybeards.
CORRESPONDENCE: Secretary Hutton reviewed the types of correspondence received.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Presented by Treasurer Richard Hare (will be included in General Meeting
summary in future Graybeards).
OLD BUSINESS ACTION ITEMS:
CONVENTION/REUNION COMMITTEE REPORT: Presented by Chairman Byron Dickerson. The Committee
recommended that the 2006 Convention/Reunion be held in San Antonio, TX, from October 8-11, 2006.
Budget and Finance Committee Report: Presented by Chairman Jim Ferris. The following were
suggested as methods to reduce expenses: (1) Cut one issue of Graybeards-Not Approved, (2) Schedule only
two Executive Council meetings-Approved, pending review of new Bylaws, if approved, (3) limit the number
of attendees to Executive Council meetings-Approved, leaving Presidential discretion; and, (4) Review per
Investments: Presented by Treasurer Hare. Mr. Hare recommended that the KWVA funds in the Smith
Barney Account be moved to AG Edwards Accounts. Joseph Bruska of AG Edwards made a presentation. Approved
unanimously by the Council.
2005-06 Appointments: President Dechert made the appointments for the year - Approved. (See KWVA
E&G Committee Report: The report of a nearly year long investigation was presented by outgoing
Chairman Goodall with the recommendation that civil action be considered and Harley Coon and Kenneth Cook
be expelled from the KWVA. After much discussion and secret ballots, the Council voted to send Mr. Coon
and Mr. Cook each a letter of reprimand and to ban them from holding any office in the KWVA.
NEW BUSINESS ACTION ITEMS:
Loan Request, Dept of Virginia: Referred to Budget & Finance Committee.
Public Affairs Officer: Referred to Budget and Finance Committee.
Request for Website Link and Donation: Link approved, but no donation.
Recruiting Task Force Committee: Approved.
Budget & Finance Committee-Disaster Relief Fund: Director Ferris reported. The Council approved
the recommendation that the funds donated for disaster relief be distributed to the chapters located in
the disaster areas for further distribution, as they deem appropriate.
Korean War Veterans Memorial: KWVA promotional support will continue; referred to Budget and
Finance Committee for ways and means study.
KWVA Museums and Libraries Report: Museums and Libraries Liaison Bill Mac Swain and Larry
Sassorossi, Executive Director, Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library, Rantoul, IL, gave
excellent reports. A motion of support for the KWVNML, Rantoul, was passed by the Council.
Bylaws/Procedure Manual Responsibility: The President was requested to appoint a subcommittee to
the Bylaws Committee for development and maintenance of the Policy and Procedures Manual, subsequent to
any action by the Annual Meeting, October 5, 2005, on the new Bylaws.
Tell America Report: Marvin Dunn reported for Larry Kinard, Chmn. of Tell America Committee.
James E Yaney, Sr., of the Central Indiana Chapter 30, gave an outstanding presentation of the Tell
America Program in their area as a part of the report.
Resolutions: Four resolutions were approved for action at the annual meeting: (1) Resolution
supporting posthumous MOH for Chaplain Emil Kapaun, USA; (2) Resolution Commending Mr. Eugene Chin Yu and
awarding a Lifetime Honorary Membership to him; (3) Resolution supporting H.R. 2369, Award of the Purple
Heart Medal to certain POW; and (4) Resolution restricting monetary donations for museums and libraries to
KWVAML, Rantoul (see KWVA Museums and Libraries Report, elsewhere in summary).
Membership Records Management: Updated report of the member data project was presented. The
problems in getting chapter and department responses were discussed.
It was noted that a number of elected chapter officers were not current members of KWVA, to include some
MOTION TO ADJOURN: Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM, to be reconvened on October 5 for the purpose
of reviewing the proposed budget revisions directed by the Council during the course of the October 4
BENEDICTION: Given by Chaplain Stegman.
ADDED: The Executive Council reconvened at 9:00AM, October 5, to review the changes ordered in the
proposed 2006 Budget. After discussion, the proposed 2006 Budget was approved for presentation to the Annual
Meeting. A special order was requested. After discussion, the Council approved a Special Fund Raiser of three
weapons of the Korean War—the M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine, and Cal. 45 Pistol--donated by a US Army source, to be
promoted through all available in-house media. A fund raising committee/ task force of Bill Mac Swain, Jim
Ferris, and Charley Price was appointed to carry out the task and authorized to expend funds on a
reimbursable basis to promote and conduct the fund raiser. The President later appointed the CPA, Mr. Boyle
Henderson, to the Task Force. The Council adjourned to prepare for the Annual Meeting.
Bill Hutton., National Secretary