2008 Reunion

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President - John Crespi
President - Fred McKellar
Treasurer - Robert McKinley
Alt Replacement — James Belair


Secretary - Jim Calibro
Database Operator/Webmaster - Murray Gibbs
Search Coordinator - Paul Troop
Reunion Coordinator - Pete Mulford
Historians — Paul Troop (Chaplin), COL Bill Downey
Snail Mail Sender — Norm Roberge
Ladies Aux Coordinator - Holly Calibro
Other appointments may be made at the President's discretion.

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 year 2007-2008.

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 information.

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 two years.

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 McKellar
Treasurer Robert McKinley
Alt Replacement Jim Belair

APPOINTMENTS by President John Crespi
Secretary Jim Calibro
Database/Webmaster/Newsletter Murray Gibbs
Search Coordinator -- Paul Troop
Historians — COL Bill Downey & Paul Troop
Reunion Coordinator — Pete Mulford
Chaplin -- Paul Troop
Snail Mail Coordinator Norm Roberge
Saber Writer — Mike Bodnar
Ladies Auxiliary Coordinator- Holly Calibro & Velma Smith

The meeting was adjourned until April 2009.

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