United States Army Warrant Officers Association


Fort Lowell - Apache Chapter


Meeting Minutes –


13 October 2008


Meeting called to order at 1803 hours by President, CW2R John Curtis, with members saluting the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance. The President declared a quorum present.  The meeting was held at the Cattletown Restaurant


Secretary’s Report: 

The minutes of the September 2008 meeting  were presented previously to the members electronically. A motion was made by CW4R Harold Lindamood to accept the minutes as published and seconded by CW2R Ted Cogut.  The motion passed.


Treasurer’s Report:  CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti


As of September 30, 2008


            Savings Account:

Opening Balance = $5.06


            Checking Account:

 Opening Balance       September 1, 2008     $5437.97

 Ending Balance          September 30, 2008   $5452.47


A motion was made by CW4R Harold Lindamood to accept the Treasurer's Report, subject to audit, and seconded by CW3R Gary Huggins. The motion passed.


President's Report:  CW2R John Curtis


No Report


Vice President's Report:  CW4R Harold Lindamood


The Vice President provided a recap and clarification of the Proxy Rules for the AMM


Unfinished Business:          


  1.  Chapter Elections  – CW3R Al Price made a motion to postpone the Chapter elections until after the Western Region election is completed at the AMM 2008.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Ron James.  The motion passed.  Chapter elections are to be held at the November meeting.

  1. Soldier Relocation Project


    1. CW3R Michael Turner made a motion that the Chapter purchase an 8” x 8” paver with the USAWOA logo and test for $600.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Al Price.  The motion passed.CW3R Ron James will prepare the artwork and text for the block:


USA Warrant Officers Association

Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter

Tucson, AZ


    1. A motion was made by CW3R Al Price for the Chapter to purchase a duplicate 8” x 8” paver for $50.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Gary Huggins.  The motion passed.


  1. Holiday Party - CW3R Ed Blankshen and his wife Leslie have volunteered to host this year’s holiday party at their home.  A tentative date of Sunday, 14 December 2008 has been suggested. A motion was made by CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti to hold the party at CW3R Ed and Leslie Blankshen’s home on 14 December 2008 at 1400.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Al Price.  The motion passed.


  1. 2008 Golf Tournament - 4 Plaques were presented to businesses to show our appreciation for their support of our Annual Golf Tournament since we started with our first one in 2002.  The companies are:


    1. Mrs. Theresa Mowery of Mama Louisa's Restaurant, Mr. Larry Durgin of Seville Cleaners, Mr. A.C. "Spud" Sperduti of Suburban Motors, and Mr. Frank Sapone of Don Mackey Cadillac. 


    1. An additional plaque was given to SFC Mateo-Colon of the US Army Recruiting office in Tucson, for his support and donations to this year's tournament.


New Business:


  1. Birth of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer - CW4R Harold Lindamood wants to include the Newsliner article “Fort Monroe’s little-known history: Birthplace of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer” (September 2008) in the Fort Lowell-Apache History Book.  CW3R Michael Turner will send CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti a copy for inclusion in the history book.


  1. Soldier Care Packages – CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti has not received a reply from CW2 Craig Dowdney concerning the distribution of a care package to members of his deployed unit.  A lively discussion ensued with the members agreeing that…


 “…It is the intent of the membership to support the concept of a quarterly care package, to an individual for further distribution to other unit members, and the Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter will pay the shipping costs…”


    1. The Chapter must make a commitment to support the program for at least one year.

    2. The receiving unit should be an Arizona based unit

    3. Need a POC to purchase and ship the package

    4. A possible 50/50 style raffle to raise funds…

    5. Chapter members match personal donations

    6. A motion was made by CW3R Ron James to “provide a quarterly care package, form member donations, with the Chapter paying shipping costs.  The recipients will be selected during the monthly meeting preceding the shipment”.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Al Price.  The motion passed.

    1. CW3R Al Price will lead the first package, with shipment no later than 15 November 2008.  Members are urged to make recommendations at the 10 November 2008 meeting for the recipient.


  1.  JROTC Drill Meet - CW3R Ron James reminded everyone of the Annual JROTC Drill Meet at Flowing Wells High School on 13 December 2008. Assistance is required in the form of Judges, Scorers and Volunteers.  Dress is civilian clothes, preferably with the Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter shirt.  For  judges, military uniform is required.  Start time is 0600 and completion time is 1400.


  1. Meeting Attendance - CW4R Harold Lindamood made a motion to establish a “calling committee” to remind the regular members of the upcoming meetings.  The sequence of reminders should be: EMAIL – 15 and 7 days out, CALLING – 3 days out. CW3R Ron James added that the President will select a list of names and notify 3 or 4 members to call those members on the list.  The motion was seconded by CW3R Ron James.  The motion passed: AY = 6, NAY =1.


  1. Annual Fort Lowell-Apache Golf Tournament – the 2009 edition of the golf tournament will be held on Saturday, 13 June 2009 at the Omni Tucson National Resort.  The contract is for 88 golfers…


Good of the Order


  1. Chapter Member Proxy Updates - The secretary requested that the members present confirm or update the current proxies.  Completed.


  1. Massing of the Colors - CW2R John Curtis reminded the members of the Military Order of the World Wars Massing of the Colors on 9 November 2008.


  1. ROTC Drill Meet - CW3R Ron James reminded everyone of the JROTC Drill Meet on 13 December 2008




There being no further business, CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti made a motion that the meeting be adjourned; seconded by CW4R Harold Lindamood and passed by the members present at 1942 hours. 


The next meeting of the Chapter will be held at 1800 hours on 10 November 2008 at Michelangelo's Ristorante Italiano, 420 W. Magee Rd


Members Present:

CW5R Vincent A. Baiocchetti

CW2R Ted Cogut

CW2R John T. Curtis

CW3R Gary Huggins

CW3R Ron James

CW4R Harold Lindamood

CW3R Al Price

CW3R Michael R. Turner


Guest(s) Present:

Betty Lindamood


Submitted by:

CW3R Michael Turner, Secretary



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