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GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Regular Meeting
Minutes of January 15, 2019

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 200 Walnut Grove Rd., Middletown, CT.

Attendance: The following Directors were present: Ron Organek, John Botti, William Hunt, Ken McClellan, Phil Cacciola, Robert Scanlon, Michael Rogalsky, Lawrence Riley, Robert Rogala, and Janet Maune. Mort Pare, William Corvo, John DiMauro, Kent Harrington, General Sar Phoutsack, and Carol Rogala also attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of December were accepted on a motion by Bill Hunt, seconded by Robert Rogala, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Phil Cacciola gave the report

Contributions: Mort Pare brought in 2 frames containing pictures and information about General Maurice Rose. The JWV has donated these. General Rose was born in Middletown.

Finance Committee: John Botti has the challenge coins to be sold at $10.00 each. DAV donated $500.00

583 VFW donated $583.00. Volunteers are needed for the April 13th opening.

Old Business: 65 pavers have been sold. Bids will be gathered on solar panels.
Bill Corvo spoke about the need to get the bills paid. He is in favor of solar panels and will try to help. The April 13th fundraiser should be an annual event with the understanding that this is the major fundraiser for the year.

A committee for the food will meet next week to firm up the prices for the sit down dinner at the Cantina. This will be a family style dinner with salad, antipasto, and entrée.
There will be a cash bar. There will be round tables with max attendance at 250. Tickets can then be printed and invitations can be sent out. There should be a committee to advertise the event and get ads for the book. Minute Man Printing will give a good price. A cost should be decided for people who would like to have their names in the book as supporters. There was a discussion about getting a speaker. Governor Lamont will be invited to speak. Larry McHugh will be asked to mention the opening at every meeting and breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce

Kent Harrington spoke about holding events at this facility such as wine tastings, special talks, 4th of July picnic, etc. He has culinary experience, lives in Middletown with his wife of 28 years and has two daughters.
Rob Blanchard will check with the Governor’s schedule. Blanchard was contacted while this meeting was in progress.

Adjournment: Bill Hunt made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Michael Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune
Secretary

GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.

Annual and Regular Meeting

Minutes of May 15, 2018

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the annual and regular 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, William Hunt, Mike Rogalsky, Gerald Augustine, Robert Scanlon, Phil Cacciola, John Botti, and Janet Maune. Morty Pear attended.

Annual Report: Ron Organek discussed the building of the museum. The certificate of occupancy should be issued in a few days. Once carpet is down, items can be moved in. John Botti is chair of the finance committee. Reviewed the Norm Way baseball game.

Treasurer’s Report:  Phil Cacciola gave the treasurer’s report.

Election of Officers: The slate of officers was read: President, Ron Organek; Vice President, John Botti; Treasurer, Phil Cacciola; Secretary, Janet Maune; Board of Directors: Gerald Augustine, Calvin Hilton, Bill Hunt, Robert Rogala, Ken McClellan, Joe Milardo, Larry Riley, Mike Rogalsky, Bob Scanlon, Bob Wamester, and Pete Derita. It was asked if anyone would like to run for election three times. There were no further nominations. A motion was made by Bill Hunt to have the secretary cast one vote for the officers. Mike Rogalsky made the second and the motion passed unanimously. The secretary then cast one vote for the officers.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of April were accepted on a motion by Bob Scanlon, seconded by Gerald Augustine, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report:  Phil Cacciola gave the report during the annual report.

Donations:  Rita Gorman donated a dress jacket and $50.00. Jerry Winzer became a lifetime member.

Finance Committee:  Fundraising was discussed.

June 9: CT Military Vehicle Show at the Chester Fairgrounds from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

June 13: Cruise Night on Main St. from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

July 7: Norm Way Baseball double header at 11:00 am. There will be a ceremony and throwing out of the first pitch fifteen minutes before the start of the game.

August 15: Motorcycle Mania from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Please sign up to help with these events.

Building Committee:  The internet will be hardwired to the office and the rest of the building will have WiFi. The phone number is 860-788-7215. There is a volunteer who will set up files.

Website:  Courtney Kennedy, a graduate of MXCC, will handle the website. She comes highly recommended. Peter Galgano will work with her. She is donating her time and talent.

Old Business:  The concrete was poured and the stand put in for the Huey helicopter. Joe Milardo is working on getting a crane and low bed trailer.

New Business: Discussed having a new banner made. The old one has tears and stains. Phil Cacciola will donate a new 5X2 banner at a cost of about $70. It was decided to put the street address on it instead of the PO Box number.

A ribbon cutting will not take place on Flag Day as things aren’t ready.

The gates to the park are locked at night, but they will be kept open until 9:00 pm on meeting nights.

Discussed getting signs up that say “Trees of Honor” and “Military Museum” on route 3, route 66, and Walnut Grove Road.

Adjournment: Bill 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 7:36 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Maune

Secretary

GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Regular Meeting
Minutes of April 17, 2018

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the regular 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, William Hunt, Mike Rogalsky, Gerald Augustine, Lawrence Riley, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, Joseph Milardo, Ken McClellan, and Janet Maune. Robert Rogala, General Sar Phoutsack, and Dan Thurston also attended.

Mike Rogalsky made a motion to suspend normal meeting procedures for Dan Thurston to speak. Ken McClellan made the 2nd and all agreed. Mr. Thurston spoke about Senate Bill 289 to restore $2 million back into the Veteran budget for the Rocky Hill facility. There will be a rally on April 24th at the Legislative Office in Hartford.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of March were accepted on a motion by William Hunt, seconded by Gerald Augustine, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Ron Organek gave the report.

Donations: EverSource will be putting in the electric lines at no charge. Billy Corvo donated 1,000 brochures which he designed. The Comcast Advisory Committee hopes to donate 2 computers, 2 printers, and a wide screen tv.

Finance Committee: Fundraising was discussed. The Military Vehicle Show run by Convets will give the museum a free booth. We are registered for Cruise Night on Main St. There is a $5.00 fee for background checks for anyone collecting money. Ron Organek and Ken McClellan will have background checks. This background check will be needed for Motorcycle Mania. The pavers need to be sold. Peter Galgano of MXCC will present forms to the veterans at the college. Joe Milardo will bring the paver brochures to funeral homes. The pavers would be a great memorial for deceased veterans. EverSource approved a grant for $1,000. Ken McClellan gave a presentation at AARP and raised $100. Thanks for a great presentation.

Building Committee: There is no water yet.

Website: Cortney Kennedy, a graduate of MXCC, will handle the website. She comes highly recommended. Peter Galgano will work with her. She is donating her time and talent.

Old Business: A 6 foot hole has been dug for the platform for the Huey Helicopter. It is full of water from the bad weather. It is unknown when the concrete will be poured. Water was being pumped out today. If you have any ideas for the helicopter, see General Sar.

New Business: There will be the election of officers next month. The proposed slate is Ron Organek, President; John Botti, Vice President; Phil Cacciola, Treasurer; Janet Maune, Secretary. Other board members are Gerald Augustine, Calvin Hilton, Bill Hunt, Robert Rogala, Ken McClellan, Joe Milardo, Larry Riley, Mike Rogalsky, Bob Scanlon, Bob Wamester, and Pete Derita.

The foundation group advises that an advisory board, Friends of the Museum, be created with business people. Billy Corvo and Fire Chief Kronenberger have agreed to be on the board. This group would advise museum directors on how to move forward.
Ken McClellan has contacted the New England Air Museum and West Haven Military Museum. They would be willing to advise us.

Good of the Order: The owner of the Westbrook Military Museum passed away. The items in the museum were purchased by the Battlezone on Route 1. He has fully dressed mannequins. He has a General Swartzkoff uniform. Discussed the ability to show the items on loan.

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 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune
Secretary

GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Regular Meeting
Minutes of March 20, 2018

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the regular 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, William Hunt, Mike Rogalsky, Gerald Augustine, Phil Cacciola, Lawrence Riley, Robert Scanlon, Calvin Hilton, and Janet Maune. John Botti, Robert Rogala, Lewis Vasquez, Sal Orlando, Rob Blanchard, and Anton Petras also attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of February were accepted on a motion by Lawrence Riley, seconded by Mike Rogalsky, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: No report. Computer problems on our end.

Donations: A compass and books have been donated. The CT Street Rod Assoc. will release a $500 donation on April 1st. We are very grateful for all donations.

Building Committee: John Rosa believes he is ahead of schedule. The completion date is April 9th. The ribbon cutting is planned for Flag Day, June 14th. Rob Blanchard invited everyone to attend the city building meeting on April 12th at 6:00 pm at the Town Hall.
A 2 year contract has been signed with Comcast for $124/month to provide internet and phone service. The cost to wire the building ($3,200) will be covered by Comcast. The city will provide a modem and the IT personnel to get it started. Tracy will be our contact at Comcast. She is a veteran. There was a discussion about Comcast being a supporter of the museum and getting a leaf on the tree of supporters. It was asked if they have a security system. Ron Organek will call and ask about this. Outside security cameras will also look at the Trees of Honor. Chris Holden will be asked about this.

Old Business: Ken McClellan will make a presentation to AARP on April 10th at 1:30 at the senior center. The March presentation was postponed due to snow.
The company that is engraving the pavers suggested that the pavers that have been paid for should be engraved now to be used as examples to others who may purchase them. We have 10 orders right now.

The excavator for the Huey pad will start work the week of April 1. The concrete must set for 30 days. Then the Huey can be moved. It is expected that 3 days will be needed to transfer it on a lowbed trailer from Bristol, put the blades on, and mount it on a pole. A crane will be needed in Middletown to get the Huey off the lowbed trailer.

New Business: The finance committee will meet March 22 at 11:00 am here at Bernie O’Rourke Dr.

March 11th Sgt. Stubby will be unveiled at the Trees of Honor. -Election of officers is in May. See Ron Organek if interested.

Good of the Order: Storage space is needed. Furniture from Joe Milardo’s office will need to be moved. Discussed getting a pod, but is it too small? An 18 wheeler? Rich Burgen stores items for the historical museum. Citizen Bank has items that need to be moved.
Ron Organek will go to the Chamber of Commerce to register for Motorcycle Mania and the car show.
Billy Corvo made up brochures. We are looking for a printer. He uses Minute Man.

Adjournment: William 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 7:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune
Secretary

GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Regular Meeting
Minutes of February 20, 2018

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the regular 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, William Hunt, Mike Rogalsky, Gerald Augustine, Phil Cacciola, Lawrence Riley, Robert Scanlon, and Janet Maune. John Botti, Robert Rogala, and Anton Petras also attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of January were accepted on a motion by Lawrence Riley, seconded by William Hunt, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Phil Cacciola gave the report. William Hunt made a motion to accept the report. A second was made by Jerry Augustine. The motion passed unanimously.

Donations: a A civil war bayonet with documents has been donated. Michael Sulkowski donated his Father’s WWII clothing. Tony Petras will be donating coveralls from 1928-29 Air National Guard and a dress uniform.

Fundraising: There is a draft grant for EverSource.

The pamphlets should be done soon.

Fundraiser dates and times need to be firmed up. –

Applications for pavers are available. See Ron Organek.

It will cost $125-150 for a space at Motorcycle Mania. We would put out displays and a container for donations. We are very grateful to Tony Petras who will donate up to $150 to cover the cost of the space. John Botti made a motion to attend both Motorcycle Mania and the car show. William Hunt made the second and the motion passed unanimously.

Building Committee: The builder wants an extension to May 21. The city said he needs to finish by April 9. There will be a $500/day fine after that. The sheetrock has been delivered. The outside is done. The roof will be going up in the next couple of days. The roof is green. The siding is a very light brown, almost white. The heater and generator are running all night since the sheetrock must be at a certain temperature. Three conduits have been put in by the city. The ground needs to dry out before more conduits can be put in. There is a lot of mud now.

Old Business: The SGU wants to use our 501(3)(C) to lower costs from their contractor. Joe Milardo believes that is not a problem. John Botti made a motion to allow SGU to use our 501(3)(C) for the helicopter base. Bob Scanlon made the second and the motion passed unanimously. This should be temporary as Dan Thurston is applying for a 501(3)(C) for the SGU.

New Business: Ken McClellan will be making a presentation to AARP on March 12th at 1:30 at the Middletown Senior Center about the museum.

The Main Street financial headquarters of Citizens Bank has closed. They have bookcases that need to be moved out by March 1st. Ron Organek will see if he can get in to see what is available. Flag placement was discussed. It was decided that it should be close to the building for lighting. Pavers will go around the flagpole. The library will be placed on the corner near the Trees of Honor. This position was suggested by the builder.

Good of the Order: Ron Organek will be out of state March 3-10.

Adjournment: Jerry Augustine made a motion to adjourn the meeting. A second was made by Mike Rogalsky and the motion was accepted unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune
Secretary

GREATER MIDDLETOWN MILITARY MUSEUM, INC.
Regular Meeting
Minutes of January 16, 2018

Call To Order: President Ron Organek called the regular 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, William Hunt, Mike Rogalsky, Ken McClellan, Gerald Augustine, Calvin Hilton, Phil Cacciola, Lawrence Riley, Robert Scanlon, and Janet Maune.

Lewis Vasquez, General Sar Phoutsack, John Botti, Ed Monarca, Anthony Adamczyk (from Vinal Tech), Rich Gatewood, Calvin Bunnell, and Sevieng Suparat also attended.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of December were accepted on a motion by William Hunt, seconded by Calvin Hilton, and passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: Phil Cacciola gave the report.

Fundraising:  Ken McClellan will be meeting with the EverSource Veterans group.
Website:

Someone is lined up to maintain the website.

Building Committee: There was a construction meeting at the site. There is no heat in the building. This is a responsibility of the contractor. The electrician is working in the dark with just a small light on his hat. Construction is behind schedule. The city building committee has the authority to address this issue. Ken McClellan will call a special meeting of the city building committee.

There was a discussion regarding a transfer switch. This would allow power to transfer from a generator if the power was lost. If there will be no generator, a transfer switch will not be needed.

Anthony Adamczyk of Vinal Tech discussed his side of the project. He has visited the building with his students. Students are willing to work on display cases. They need to look at the inventory list to decide what types of displays are needed. The contract was discussed. The students would be covered by the school’s insurance. The town asked what their liability would be. It is a bit of a grey area. The students are looking at the flagpole, grounds, and the helicopter. They would need a separate contract signed with the SGU on the helicopter.

Discussed talking with Home Depot and Lowes for donations of supplies.
Old Business: Bill Corvo will be designing new brochures for the museum.
Discussed the Huey foundation. The original cost was $27,750. They got it reduced to $24,750. They have $20,300. The bid is signed. The helicopter weighs 6,000 pounds and will be 6-8 feet up in the air. The foundation will need 30 days to set. A single pedestal will be placed in the foundation.

Ron Organek met with the Connecticut Pilots Association. They will be contacting the SGU.

New Business: Bob Wamester is sorry that he can’t attend the meetings, but wants to help where he can. He needs a ride to the meetings.

An article in the Meriden Record reported on the Danbury Military Museum closing. Their displays were going to NY. Lewis Vasquez will speak with the mayor to see if anything is available.

Good of the Order: Lewis Vasquez has a stair lift chair, wheelchairs, 2 mounted lifts and another lift if anyone could use them.

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 7:44 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Maune
Secretary