Past BOD meeting minutes

2016:  July 27 | April 19 | March 15 | February 16 | January 19

2015:  December 15 | November 17 | October 20 | September 28 | July 15 | June 15 | March 17 | February 17 | January 15 |

2014:  December 11


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Special Meeting
Minutes of July 27, 2016

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:03 p.m. at City Hall, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Bob Wamester, Mike Rogalsky, Bill Hunt, Phil Cacciola, Larry Riley, Janet Maune, Calvin Hilton, Gerald Augustine, Joseph Milardo, and Lawrence Riley. Bill Maune sent in a proxy vote. Bob Rogala also attended.

DiscussionAny donations that come through the Community Foundation will be charged 2%. Charge card donations will have the charge card fee deducted. A copy of the contract was handed out to members. This is a local organization. Cynthia Klegg is the CEO. They will send out thank you letters to those who donate. We must decide on what will be done for what levels of donations such as challenge coins for $100.00 donation.
A motion was made by Joseph Milardo to sign the pass the attached resolution. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion passed unanimously.

AdjournmentBob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of April 19, 2016

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Ken McClellan, Janet Maune, Gerald Augustine, Joseph Milardo, Phil Cacciola, Calvin Hilton, Lawrence Riley, and Brian Phillips. William Hunt, Robert Rogala and Victor Damon also attended.

-Brian Phillips made a motion to suspend the meeting so Denise Russo could speak. Ken McClellan made the second and the motion passed unanimously. Ms. Russo spoke about the Memories of WWI project. The CT State Library will have people at the Russell Library on May 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to digitize WWI memorabilia. This will be uploaded to the CT Digital Archive kept at Uconn. She is looking for volunteers to be greeters and ushers. Training will take place from 9:00 to 10:00.

Ron Organek called the meeting back to order.

Minutes: The minutes of the March meeting was accepted on a motion by Ken McClellan, seconded by Robert Scanlon, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: There is no treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:
Building Committee: The Mayor appointed the building committee. The Chair is Robert Blanchard. The members are Jerry Augustine, Phil Cacciola, Ron Organek, Ken McClellan, Anita Melhorn, Art Meyers, Larry Riley and Mike Rogalsky. Robert Blanchard would like the veterans to attend the meetings. Steve Nelson is putting together the details for the RFPs. Ken McClellan made a motion for our meetings to be held the second Thursday of the month directly after the building committee meeting. Joe Milardo made the second and the motion passed unanimous.

 Fundraising will need to be started to purchase items for the inside of the museum such as desks, chairs, etc. so that the other funds can be used for the structure. Our standing as a 501C3 means all donations are tax deductible. Middlesex Mutual turns over furnishings and may be willing to donate.

– Drawings of what the building will look like are available.

Fundraising: Joe Milardo found that Go Fund Me was a better internet site for us than StartUp.com which is for business start ups. They need an account for the donations. Pay Pal charges 2%. We need to open another checking account for this. The money can then be moved into the main account. This will keep the main account safe from hackers.

-Ron Organek will speak with Cynthia Clegg about the Community Foundation. They have a program for donation requests.

– Bobbie Scanlon provided a list of ball games for the Norm Way game. July 4th is a Monday. There is a double header on July 3rd starting at 4:00 pm. We will plan to hold the Norm Way Memorial on Sunday.

Election of Officers: There is one open spot for a director. There was a discussion about having someone from outside the group be on the board of directors. Joe Milardo said Pete Derita was interested.

New Business:   Enlistment papers and checks from 1890 were given to Ron Organek.

Adjournment: Ken McClellan made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of March 15, 2016

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Bob Wamester, Ken McClellan, Janet Maune, Gerald Augustine, Joseph Milardo, John Petig, and Brian Phillips. William Hunt, Robert Rogala and Victor Damon also attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the February meeting was accepted on a motion by Brian Phillips, seconded by Gerald Augustine, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Brian Phillips gave the treasurer’s report. Robert Scanlon made a motion to approve the report. Ken McClellan made the 2nd and the motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:
Building Committee: The Mayor appointed the building committee. The Chair is Robert Blanchard. The members are Jerry Augustine, Phil Cacciola, Ron Organek, Ken McClellan, Anita Melhorn, Art Meyers, Larry Riley and Mike Rogalski. A discussion followed about the best time to meet. It was suggested that the Board of Directors meet at the same time as the building committee so that the conversations won’t have to be repeated.

Fundraising: Vic Damon will give a presentation on General Maurice Rose at a fundraising luncheon.

Roger Connel of the 1st Company Governors Foot Guard had given a presentation in Hartford on his two tours in Vietnam and is willing to do one to raise funds for the museum.

Joe Milardo will look into starting a Go Fund Me page on the internet. Ken McClellan made a motion for Mr. Milardo to check into the internet funding sites and bring back information. Brian Phillips made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Website: GMVMM.org Please take a look and offer suggestions.

Old Business: A date has been announced for the memories of World War One project at the Russell Library. May 7th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm will be the meeting time. They are looking for 3-4 volunteers to be greeters and escorts. Orientation would begin at 9:00 am.

Bill Russo made a sign saying Future Home of the Greater Middletown Military Museum. Discussed making the installation of the sign into a photo opportunity. The Mayor, Tom Serra, and the building committee would be invited to attend and the Cromwell Chronicle and Hartford Courant would be notified.

Ron Organek will have a segment on his tv show about the installation.

Someone heard rumors that Peyton Manning was in the area and should be contacted to see if he would attend.

New Business: Discussed the upcoming board of director elections. Ron Organek read a list of the present directors. The election will be held in May at the annual meeting. Please contact Ron if you don’t want to be on the board next year.

Adjournment: Bob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of February 16, 2016

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:03 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, Ken McClellan, Janet Maune, and Phil Cacciola.

Minutes: The minutes of the January meeting was accepted on a motion by Phil Cacciola, seconded by Mike Rogalsky, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Ron Organek gave the treasurer’s report. There is $1,194.38 in the checking account.

Committee Reports:
Building Committee: Met with Steve Nelson who presented a lay out.
The city building committee has not been formed yet by the Mayor. Discussed ways to get this moving.

April 14th is the next public council meeting.

The website was shut down for a short time since the bill had not been received. Ron Organek paid $143.88 for one year. Ken McCllelan made a motion to reimburse Ron Organek for the website. Bobbie Scanlon made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Donations: A donation was made by Aetna for $88.00.

Old Business: A date has been announced for the memories of World War One project at the Russell Library. May 7th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm will be the meeting time. They are looking for 3-4 volunteers. More information will be available as the date gets closer.

New Business: Bill Russo will put up a sign saying Future Home of the Greater Middletown Military Museum.

Adjournment: Phil Cacciola made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of January 19, 2016

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, William Hunt, Ken McClellan, Gerald Augustine, Janet Maune, Brian Phillips, Robert Rogala, Lawrence Riley, and Phil Cacciola. Denise Russo and Christine Pittsley attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the December meeting was accepted on a motion by Larry Riley, seconded by Mike Rogalsky, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s ReportBrian Phillips gave the treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports
Building CommitteeThere will be a meeting on Friday at 1:00 pm with Steve Nelson. He wants us to consider additional fundraising for furniture, bookcases, display cases, computers, projectors, etc. He expects monthly expenses to be $800 – $900.

Steve Nelson has signed the contract from the Mayor to serve as architect on this project. We are waiting for the Mayor to appoint the Building Committee.

FundraisingThe January 26th luncheon has been cancelled due to conflict with other programs on that day.

Discussed Wolfpack vouchers good for any game. They get $10 per ticket while we would get the balance. Suggested selling tickets for $15 each. Ticket cost at the door is $22. They play until April 9th this year. It may be a good fundraiser for next season.

Vic Damon and Phil Cacciola have volunteered to give a talk about General Maurice Rose.

Phil and Shirley Pessina gave a generous donation.

The website has been changing. Discussed listing donors without listing amounts donated.

Remembering World War OneChristine Pittsley spoke about preserving memories of World War One. The project focuses on community based scanning events at which local residents bring in family letters, photographs, diaries and other objects from the World War I period. Volunteers are needed. Ken McClellan made a motion to support this program with anything we can do. Jerry Augustine made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Correspondence: A request for a donation was received from the Youth Soccer League. An insurance bill for $449 was received. Ken McClellan made a motion to pay the insurance bill. Bob Scanlon made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

New BusinessThe Middletown Chamber of Commerce has been contacted to find out if we can join at the $50 associate member rate. We are waiting for Larry McHugh to approve this.

Adjournment: Larry Riley made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of December 15, 2015

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, William Hunt, Ken McClellan, Gerald Augustine, Victor Damon, Janet Maune, John Petig, Brian Phillips, Bob Wamester, Robert Rogala, and Phil Cacciola.

Minutes: The minutes of the November meeting was accepted on a motion by Brian Phillips, seconded by Bob Scanlon, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Brian Phillips gave the treasurer’s report. Ken McClellan made a motion to approve the report. Bill Hunt made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports: Next Fundraiser: January 28th luncheon with John Hargreaves from Maine, Vice National Commander Northeast Region of The American Legion, speaking at the Sons of Italy. Senator Blumenthal and Sean Connelly, Commissioner for Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs, may be speaking at future luncheons.

Building Committee: The lease has been signed to move the museum closer to the Trees of Honor. Steve Nelson has been approved as architect.

The mayor needs to appoint a building committee. The following names have been submitted: Tom Serra, Carl Chisem, Seb Guiliano, Phil Cacciola, Mike Rogalsky, Joe Milardo, Ed Monarca, and Jerry Augustine.

Membership: Renewal letters are ready to be mailed.

Correspondence: A letter came from The Hartford Insurance Company explaining some changes in insurance.

New Business: Jerry Augustine delivered a donation from the Connecticut Street Rod Associate. We are very grateful for their support.

Vic Damon spoke about a ceremony renaming a Route 9 bridge in honor of Major General Maurice Rose.

Adjournment: Bob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Minutes of November 17, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, Lawrence Riley, William Hunt, Ken McClellan, Joseph Milardo, and Janet Maune.

MinutesThe minutes of the October meeting was accepted on a motion by Bill Hunt, seconded by Bob Scanlon, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s ReportBrian Phillips will give the treasurer’s report next month.

Committee Reports:
Donation: Gregory S. & Catherine Oneglia and Linda Passinese in memory of Max Corvo.

New members: Tony Petras and Billy Corvo. Both are life memberships.

Fundraising:
October 22 Luncheon at the Elks
Expenses: Elks: $1,107.00
Income: Ticket Sales   $1,140.00     Donations          $965.00       Book Sales          $190.00
Income Totals: $2,295.00
Net gain:         $1,188.00

Next Fundraiser: January 28th luncheon with John Hargreaves from Maine, National Vice Commander Northeast Region of The American Legion, speaking.

Building CommitteeThe lease has been signed to move the museum closer to the Trees of Honor. There is a meeting tomorrow with the city to discuss the building and construction.

AdjournmentWilliam Hunt made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of October 20, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Brian Phillips, Bob Wamester, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Lawrence Riley, William Hunt, Lawrence Riley, and Janet Maune. David Roane also attended to find out how the museum is coming along.

MinutesThe minutes of the two meetings held during September were accepted on a motion by Brian Phillips, seconded by William Hunt, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s ReportBrian Phillips gave the treasurer’s report. The checking account has a balance of $2,348.92. There is $11,810.66 in the savings. Bob Wamester made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. William Hunt made the second and this passed unanimously. Larry Riley made a motion to pay the $82 bill for the post office box. Mike Rogalsky made a second and the motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:
DonationGuilmartin, Dipiro & Solowoski sent a $75.00 check. $33.00 was made at the South District Fire event.

New membersLinda Salafia, Ryan Kennedy.

FundraisingA luncheon will be held on October 22 at the Elks. 56 tickets have been sold. The hall holds 60. Other organizations will be recognized; Post 75, VFW 583, and VFW 1840 and many other individuals.

BuildingThe progress of getting the lease finalized was discussed. Revisions are being made. The Common Council will meet on November 2nd to approve the lease. We were asked to fill the hall with supporters. It looks like $660,000 will become available. Steve Nelson will sign a contract to be the architect. The building will be scaled down

Old BusinessNone

New BusinessNone

Good of the orderNone

AdjournmentBob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors
Minutes of September 28, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 6:08 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, Bob Wamester, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, Joe Milardo, Phil Cacciola, Lawrence Riley, Bill Maune, and Janet Maune.

Discussion: Joe Milardo reviewed past conversations regarding the original site, bond history, and talks with other Middletown organizations. He discussed getting the contract complete so that RFPs could be started. He presented the new lease. The lease has been increased to 99 years from 30 years on the old lease. The center would include a comfort station, tourism center, research materials, displays, and a meeting room. A draft copy of the resolution and lease were handed out for review. Copies are attached. The resolution needs to be passed by the Common Council to give the Mayor authorization to execute the contract with Steve Nelson, our architect.

A motion was made by Phil Cacciola to give Ron Organek the authority to sign the lease with the city of Middletown for a building approximately 3,000 square feet in Veterans Park subject to negotiations of the attached lease with review by Joe Milardo. Mike Rogalsky made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Everyone was reminded of the October 22 luncheon at the Elks. Billy Corvo will be the speaker. American Legion Post 75 will be recognized at the luncheon.

AdjournmentBob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Informational Meeting
Minutes of July 15, 2015

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:35 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Mike Rogalsky, John Petig, Ken McClellan, Brian Phillips, and Janet Maune. Steve Nelson, William Hunt, and Robert Rogala attended. Jerry Guarino and Bob Cyranowicz were guests.

Information: The proposal has been sent to the city. Mr. Nelson will be meeting with Mr. Russo to go over the proposal. Design professionals will design to city code.

Planning and zoning believes that the public meeting will not need to be held on the new site since the previous site had been approved.

Site survey, subsurface survey, and mapping the wetlands will need to be done. Information will need to be submitted to Wetlands Commission and Planning and Zoning.

Ron Organek would like a ground breaking in November. If not, a ground breaking in the spring.

The plan is for a 3,000 sq. ft. building with a fixed budget of $600,000. It will be city owned. It will be a square building instead of another geometrical shape.

Would start with columns and roof then walls. Need to install sewer, power, and water. A trench will need to be dug for those. A driveway and sidewalk need to be installed to meet ADA standards.

Civil engineering then will know what money is left for “bricks and mortar.” We are hoping work can be done with veteran volunteers. The pavilion can be done with veteran volunteers. The pavilion type of building is shipped as kits. If volunteers cannot be used, the work will be bid out. It is Mr. Nelson’s opinion that we will not get a real building for $600,000.

There was a discussion about needing protection against being pushed out of the building since it is city owned.

One of the first steps to be taken will be to get site definition.

Operational costs were discussed. Water, electricity, and heating/cooling will all fluctuate. LED lights will be a higher cost up front, but will lower the electrical bill. Heating/cooling will be the biggest cost. Heating/cooling a 3,000 sq. ft. building will run about the same cost as a fairly decent size house. We are expecting to install an oil burner and electrical air conditioning.

We will need to attend public meetings.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Combination Regular and Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of June 15, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:04 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Bob Wamester, Lawrence Riley, Mike Rogalsky, Gerald Augustine, William Hunt, and Janet Maune.

MinutesThe minutes of the monthly meeting of May were accepted on a motion by Gerald Augustine, seconded by Larry Riley, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s ReportThe treasurer’s report will be presented at the next meeting.

Committee ReportsFundraising: Norm Way baseball game will be held on July 4th. Pre-game ceremonies start at 10:45 am with the game starting at 11:00 am. Help will be needed. Trying to advertise on local radio stations.

BuildingThe building will be 3,000 square feet. Steve Nelson will contact Ron Organek when he can meet with the building committee.

New BusinessThere is one opening on the board of directors. Bob Wamester made a motion to designate William Hunt as a board of director. A second was made by Gerald Augustine. The motion passed unanimously.

Ron Organek will be meeting with Allison Dodge to talk about available federal funds. She works for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. 

Adjournment: Bob Wamester made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Combination Regular and Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes of March 17, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the regular meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:01 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, John Petig, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Robert Scanlon, Gerald Augustine, Ken McClellan, and Janet Maune.

MinutesThe minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of February had been corrected and were accepted on a motion by Phil Cacciola, seconded by John Petig, and passed unanimously. The minutes of the monthly meeting of February were accepted on a motion by Calvin Hilton, seconded by Robert Scanlon, and passed unanimously.

Committee ReportsThe business plan is ready for the council. -No changes to membership. -No changes to the advisory board. – Bill Maune has been making changes to the website.

Fundraising: Discussed having a luncheon with a speaker and recognizing people who have helped. Several places were called for prices. The Elks had good prices. Kevin Smith of the Elks is to reply with available dates during the week in September. The room holds 60-70 people. Tickets may be $20 per person. Discussed holding a meeting like this every quarter.
-Ron Organek created buckets to place at local businesses to collect pocket change.

Treasurer’s ReportBrian Phillips will present the treasurer’s report next month.

Old BusinessThere will be a meeting with Tom Serra in the next day or two to discuss the bond issue.

-A letter has been sent to Eric Hesselberg of the Middlesex County Historical Society requesting joint ventures. He has not replied yet.

-The Godfrey Library does not have open Board of Director meetings, but they would like to send a representative to our meetings.

New Business: Peter Galgano belongs to a veterans group at the Middlesex Community College. Ron Organek attended their meeting. They have a tv station there and are willing to tape PSAs for us.

-Ron Organek read an article that he wrote to put in the newspaper. Comments were made and some changes were made.

– Museum items have been moved to the 2nd floor of the Remington Rand building. Shelving will be added and items will be sorted and placed with like items.

– Ron Organek wants to expand our website with the history of Middletown monuments. The board thought it was a good idea.

– Ken McClellan has been collecting names of Middletown veterans from the revolutionary war through present conflicts. He would like to gather biographies and create a searchable database that would be available at the museum. Gerald Augustine made a motion to proceed with collecting names and information on all Middletown veterans. Robert Scanlon made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

AdjournmentPhil Cacciola made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Ken Mc Clellan and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
February 17, 2015

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, John Petig, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Robert Scanlon, Lawrence Riley, and Janet Maune.

Minutes: The minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of January were accepted on a motion by Phil Cacciola, seconded by John Petig, and passed unanimously.

Scott Organek has been added to the Advisory Board. He has been running the museum Facebook page.

Met with Joe Serra in January. He was to get back to Joe Milardo. As of today, there has been no communication. Joe Milardo will ask Joe Serra and Seb Guiliano to meet to discuss the funding.

Business plan draft is available for review. Board of Director resumes need to be updated.

Ron Organek attended the Trees of Honor meeting which is entering phase II – signage on the street.

Discussed having a major fundraiser. Dinner dance? Luncheon with speakers and recognizing people who have been working for the museum and those who have donated items?

Pledges called private, corporal, general, commander in chief, etc?

The Mayor has use of the Mansion 4 times. Two are spoken for.

Items can be showcased.

Elks Club has good food, good parking. Kevin Smith is the contact.

Phil Cacciola made a motion to form a public relations committee with Ron Organek chairing. John Petig made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

AdjournmentPhil Cacciola made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by John Petig and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 15th, 2015

Call To OrderPresident Ron Organek called the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

AttendanceThe following Directors were present: Ron Organek, John Petig, Joseph Milardo, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Robert Scanlon, Gerald Augustine, Ken McClellan, Brian Phillips, and Janet Maune.

MinutesThe minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of December were accepted on a motion by John Petig, seconded by Brian Phillips, and passed unanimously.

Joe Milardo made a motion to have the Board of Directors meet at 6:30 pm each month before the regular meeting. John Petig made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

The business plan must be completed.

Joe Milardo made a motion to add Mike Rogalsky to the resolution that was passed last month giving him authority to negotiate for this Corporation. Calvin Hilton made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Discussed forming an Advisory Board consisting of business people and at least three GMMM members. Phil Cacciola, Ron Organek, Joe Milardo, and Jerry Augustine were willing to be on this committee. Ron has been discussing this with John Coughlin who works with investments, Bill Corvo who owns a business, Paul Dodge who also owns a business, Garrell Mullaney who is CEO of Adelbrook, and Peter Galgano who works at MXCC with websites. John Petig made a motion to create an advisory committee. Bob Scanlon made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Joe Milardo sent an email to Paul Doyle to get directions on how to attach the fund for the money that should have been set aside for the museum. He read an article posted in 2012 in the Hartford Courant about the funds.

There was a meeting with Joe Serra. He will get some answers. A special meeting with the council members will be called if no answers are forthcoming to inform them of the discrepancies.

Joe Milardo suggests basing the business plan on $665 million.

When we were asked to leave Eckersley Hall, the lease stated we would get a 60 day written notice. No written notice was ever received, but we cooperated by moving out.

The Common Council must tell us why the business plan is inadequate if it is refused.

AdjournmentJohn Petig made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Brian Phillips and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary


GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2014

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the special meeting of the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Inc. Board of Directors to order at 7:02 p.m. at American Legion Post 75, Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, John Petig, Joseph Milardo, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Michael Rogalsky, Robert Scanlon, Lawrence Riley, Bill Maune, and Janet Maune.

Building: The attached resolution was read by Ron Organek. Joe Milardo explained what has been happening. Phil Cacciola made a motion to adopt the resolution as presented. Mike Rogalsky made a second. Proxies were signed by Vic Damon and Ken McClellan accepting the resolution. The motion was accepted unanimously.

Adjournment: Phil Cacciola made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune, Secretary.