Published in the January 2005 Ragged Irregular
13 Nov 04 your Board held its first Conference Call since the Reunion in
to the more mundane business of your BGMA in our Conference Call. We reviewed
the "quiet period" at the 91st Space Wing since the departure of Gen.
Mark Owens and agreed to explore more contacts in the New Year when the new
base commander has had a chance to settle into his priorities. I contacted the
American Battle Monuments on identifying one of our own who Vince Hemmings noted
as not being recorded as a member of the 91st when he did his wonderful job of
photographing inscriptions. I reviewed for the Board a recent letter that I sent
to Peter Roberts, Chairman of the East Anglia Aviation Society, regarding our
reunion and our appreciation of their continuing efforts to preserve the Tower
Museum and the artifacts that it enshrines relative to the 91st Bomb Group.
Pate has followed up on communication I had with the
Johnson reported that we are in sound financial condition after a profitable
reported that plans to apply for a non-profit mailing permit are proceeding and
we hope to have approval soon which would cut our costs by half. Since that is
our largest recurring expense, it would help solidify our long term finances. We
are waiting until we have it before we mail out the proposed changes to the
you approve, the proposed By-Laws will restructure the BGMA into a Board-managed
organization with the President as the Chief Operating Officer. They will
provide for emergency replacement if I get too cranky or go off the deep end
more than normal; at our age it seems prudent to plan for such an event. Also,
hopefully our Associate Members will be encouraged to be candidates for
office in the near future. Since the PX is now our biggest money raiser some
more formal rules will be proposed in the By Laws for the future. Please
consider them when you receive them in April. If you have any comments on the
draft copy that was available at the Business Meeting at Reunion 2004, please
let me or any of our officers know.
Howland, our new Historian, stressed the desire to have your input to the
Library of Congress project on memoirs of WW II. He can supply you with the
"kit" prepared by the Library. It is a labor of love. It is a reminder
of the monumental effort that "Bud" Evers made in our behalf to get
the basic information of our 91st history in order when we were younger and - at
least some of you - had slightly more accurate memories.
we discussed Reunion 2006 in
did all that in under an hour on the phone. We are improving. 'Nuf said.
Ed Gates, your Pres.
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