MINUTES OF MEETING

ALBANY-SARATOGA BASE, USSVI

Location: Mohawk American Legion Post 1450 Clifton Park, NY

 Meeting Date:  March 16, 2005

 All members present stood and introduced themselves and the boats they served on.

 All WWII Veterans present were asked to stand and be recognized. Ray Koch and Walt Bydairk stood and were applauded.

 The Base Secretary reported there was a quorum present.  The minutes of the previous months meeting have been either mailed or e-mailed to the members and therefore the reading of these minutes of was waived. A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes.

 Also, copies of the proposed schedule of the Baseís activities for the coming year were passed around for all to see.

 The Base Treasurerís report gave his report for the month of March. The ending bank balance for the Base is $8659.46. A motion to approve the report was made and passed.

 The Base Treasurer also gave a quick report on the Convention finances. The account balance is approximately $20,500.00. We owe National 10% of this money for their share of the Convention. We are also waiting for the final vouchers from NY State to be paid to us which should result in several thousand additional dollars. When this amount is received and all is accounted for, we will send National a supplemental check for the difference. This was discussed with the National Treasure and is an acceptable arrangement. 

 At this time Base member Ed Luther was called forward and was inducted into the Holland Club. He was congratulated by his fellow Holland Club members and the rest of the members in attendance.  

 The Bell was tolled for Boats lost during the month of March

 CDR Ondek announced that he had invited the Base Chaplin Fritz Feldhaus to become a member of the Base Executive Board.

 Old Business

 CDR Ondek reported that John Cook, Frank Hardick, and he had met with Saratoga Springs Mayor Lenz to discuss our needs for the proposed memorial. We requested a letter of support from the city for us to forward along with our request for a sail which the city agreed to do. We also requested the city set up a meeting with Niagara Mohawk, Saratoga Springs, and the SubVets to discuss our plans for the memorial. They were also supportive of this idea and agreed to set up the meeting.

CDR Ondek announced that there will be two Tolling the Boats ceremonies. The first will be held on Monday April 11, 2005 at the NY State Capital at 1:00 pm. The second will be held on Thursday April 14, 2005 in Ballston Spa at the Cornell Co-operative Extension Building on 50 West High St. at 1:00 pm. Each ceremony will require the participation of several members so a sign up sheet was passed around.

 CDR Ondek requested that members volunteer to take photos and videos of the ceremonies. Al Singleman, Frank Hardick, and Ed Luther agreed to help out.

 We are continuing ahead with our plan to incorporate our Memorial Fund. Ben Torrey agreed to look at the application paperwork to see what is needed to get everything moving.

 Fred Carlson reminded everyone that if you had not as yet paid your dues for 2005 please do so as soon as possible to avoid being dropped from National.

 New Business

 CDR Ondek read a letter from Groton Base that listed the details of their upcoming Golf Tournament.  

 CDR Ondek reported on the Books for Boats program and asked if any Base members wished to participate. He reported that renowned author and Base member Joe Buff has offered to participate with a donation of books and also with financial assistance. 

 The NY State Submarine Service license plate program is overseen by Mike Carmody from Long Island Base. He forwarded Bob Ondek a list of plate numbers that indicated what plate numbers are available/taken. Bob reported that the list was rather confusing but he offered to help any base member with trying to decipher it.  

 A motion to adjourn was made by Mike Stoneback and seconded by Fritz Feldhaus.

 The next regular meeting will begin at 7:00 on April 20, 2005.  This meeting will be held at the American Legion Mohawk Post 1450 on Grooms Road in Clifton Park, NY.

 Submitted by:
Jim Irwin
Albany-Saratoga Base
Pride Runs Deep

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