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President - John Crespi
President - Fred McKellar
Treasurer - Robert McKinley
Alt Replacement — James Belair
Secretary - Jim Calibro
Operator/Webmaster - Murray Gibbs
Search Coordinator - Paul Troop
Reunion Coordinator - Pete Mulford
Historians — Paul Troop (Chaplin), COL
Snail Mail Sender — Norm Roberge
Ladies Aux Coordinator -
Other appointments may be made at the President's
The meeting was called to order by President Richard
"Tiny" Mellon in the hospitality room at the Super 8 Hotel in Biloxi, MS.
President Mellon welcomed members present to the 11th annual reunion, he
also introduced the 2007-2008 officers.
Open prayer was led by Chaplin Paul Troop. We prayed
silently on minute for departed member COL Nichols who passed away last
year. We also prayed for our members in distress: Larry Ash, Dave
Fenstermacher, Jerry Dick and Charlie Williams.
TREASURER REPORT: Treasurer Bob
McKinley reported on the 15th Med Association's finances for the previous
OLD BUSINESS: Paul Troop reported on
his trip to Washington DC to research the archives for old records
pertaining to the 15th Medical Battalion. He plans to make a return trip to
purchase these records for the Association.
NEW BUSINESS: Paul Troop reported on
the cost to obtain these records from the archives in Washington DC for the
15th Medical Battalion from VN 1965-1972, During the discussion it was
brought up that by obtaining these records it would be beneficial for our
members filing VA claims, by speeding up the process by several months.
Mike Smith made a motion, 2nd by Henry Land to send
Paul Troop to Washington DC to obtain these records at whatever the cost.
This motion died on the floor after Officers ROW (pilots & officers)
volunteered to donate $100.00 each to finance the trip. This led the way for
other members to make donations for financing this project. COL Bill Downey
said; he would assist Paul Troop at his own expense in obtaining this
John Crespi donated a recorder, batteries & blank tapes
for the Secretary to record the next annual meeting.
Murray Gibbs gave a presentation on the new website
that he reconstructed for the 15th Med Association which costs $6.95 per
month. A member who shall remain anonymous paid the cost of this website for
2009 Reunion: Members present voted to hold our next
reunion in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in early April 2009. Pete Mulford
will be the reunion coordinator. Other nominations for next year's reunion
were Sacramento, CA, Shreveport, LA & Ashville, NC- Mike Smith said; he may
be able to hold the 2010 Reunion in Idaho, since this will be the 2nd
reunion in a row east of the Mississippi.
NOMINATION for 2008-2009 OFFICERS: Done according to
the by-law & constitution of the 15th Med Association.
President John Crespi
Vice President -- Fred
Treasurer Robert McKinley
Alt Replacement Jim Belair
APPOINTMENTS by President John Crespi
Database/Webmaster/Newsletter Murray Gibbs
-- Paul Troop
Historians — COL Bill Downey & Paul Troop
Coordinator — Pete Mulford
Chaplin -- Paul Troop
Coordinator Norm Roberge
Saber Writer — Mike Bodnar
Coordinator- Holly Calibro & Velma Smith
The meeting was adjourned until April 2009.