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The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Spare Parts Policy

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This new policy replaces the previous spare parts policy which approved of manufacturers restricting parts sales only to “reasonably qualified persons.” Many manufacturers continue to restrict parts, even to “qualified persons” harming the profession and reducing the quality of service available to consumers.

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute stands in support of all watchmakers and timepiece owners.

We declare that the best way for manufacturers to provide service to their customers is to support a diversified service network which includes independent watchmakers, retailers, and service centers and to allow customers to choose where they would like their timepiece serviced. Manufacturers who freely distribute technical information, brand specific tools, and training to interested watchmakers will improve the service experience for their customers and create both goodwill and loyalty. Watchmakers who deliver high quality customer service by adhering to the standards and practices of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will, in turn, earn the loyalty of their customers.

We encourage all watchmakers whether self-employed, working in a retail environment, or employed by the manufacturer, to strive for excellence and abide by the standards and practices set forth by AWCI. Access to genuine spare parts is critical to this endeavor and as such we call upon manufacturers and distributors of timepieces to make spare parts available at fair and reasonable prices to all watchmakers.

In addition to our new spare parts policy the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute would like to encourage all members to adhere to our standards and practices. Many manufacturers have placed tool and equipment requirements as conditions to receiving spare parts. While the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute does not support these conditions and requirements, we do promote the highest standards of workmanship and we expect our members to exercise these standards. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • meeting or exceeding manufacturer’s recommended service procedures
  • using genuine parts when available
  • pressure testing water resistant watches to the depth rating specified by the manufacturer
  • restoring modern chronometer grade watches to chronometer standards
  • refinishing cases wherever possible
  • and providing a complete explanation of the scope of repair and/or restoration. Signed by, American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Board of Directors

Signed by,
American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
Board of Directors

Call to Annual Meeting-September 26-28, 2013

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Last year your Board of Directors decided to have our conventions with educational programs every other year beginning in 2014. Therefore, this year we will hold an annual meeting without any programs for spouses, awards banquet, or educational classes. It will strictly be 2-3 days of full board meetings. Next year, we will have a convention for all, to include our ELM Trust dinner, Awards banquet and classes for watchmakers and clockmakers, and hope to have it in a location to be enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing all of our long time AWCI members and friends as well as welcoming new members!

The Board of Directors will meet in Harrison for meetings at headquarters on September 26, 27, and 28th. We have a special rate at the Holiday Inn Express in Harrison, Ohio. (513-367-1111) You are all welcome to attend the Board meetings.

We have decided to hold the annual meetings of the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters as a conference call, once the board has had its annual meeting. This is purely a cost saving alternative. If there are newly elected representatives from the IAB, REC, and Affiliate chapters, they will be installed by our parliamentarian by way of electronic media and brought up to speed with board affairs quickly.

We appreciate your support and patience during this transitional period.

Terry Kurdzionak, Secretary, AWCI

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 04/9, 2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Minutes of AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting Conference Call via gotomeeting April 9, 2013

Board Members Present:
1. Manuel Yazijian
2. David Douglas
3. Wesley Grau
4. Terry Kurdzionak
5. Henry Kessler
6. Fred White
7. Jordan Ficklin
8. Tom Nesbit
9. Justin Shiver
10. Michal Blaczyzk

Non Voting or Guests Present:
1. Paul Wadsworth
2. Beth Grau
3. Keith Rosser
4. Amy Dunn
5. Daniela Ott
6. Tom Schomaker
7. Dennis Warner

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm CST

It has been determined that only 6 video cams can be viewed on screen at one time with Go To Meetings.  Keith will look into being able to add more in the future.

1.    Proposal for Bylaw amendment from Constitution and Bylaws Committee: This proposal would amend the following Articles and Sections of the current AWCI Bylaws:

• 2013 04-09 #1 Motion to change Article VI Sec 3 of the bylaws to read: was made by Jordan Ficklin, seconded by Justin Shiver for “Article 6 – Sec. 3  No person may become a member of the Board of Directors unless that person is an eligible voting member of the Institute, and is currently in good membership standing prior to the election.”

• Rationale for Change:  There are two candidates on the slate who do not currently meet the eligibility criteria as stated, and this change would allow for a fuller slate of quality candidates for the voting membership to choose from. 

Motion passes – opposed by Wes Grau, Fred White

Keith Rosser gave overview of audit update.  Discussion about audit, Perpetuation Fund

Discussion with Amy Dunn about printing Archie Perkins 2nd book.  Archie wants contract for Antique Watch Restoration Books.  We only have one for his Lathe book.  The older contract is to be shared with the BOD for viewing.

Amy is to get a Task Force together from HT & Finance committees with Keith to see if it’s viable to keep printing books.

Keith Rosser gave overview on Status of Finance Committee – review of financials New financial system by 7/1/13 ~ Integrity improved~ Finance committee is to give advice as to how the accounts should be organized such to provide the most valuable information for creating a budget. Motion made by Henry Kessler Repeals Motion 2013_02_02 #5 to withdraw plans to make fiscal year end of year.  Keep it 6/30/13  seconded by Fred White – Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion with Keith on new financial system needed and is waiting on Finance Committee  to get back to him with what they want – 3 user license in Quickbooks has been purchased and the financials need to be available to the BOD uploaded to Google Drive.

Discussion on Pricing of classes.  2013 04-09 #2 Motion made by Jordan Ficklin Fred White 2nd I move to update section 8.2006.04 of the policy manual to reflect the changes suggested by Keith Rosser. –AWCI Academy week long course (Members) $1000 –AWCI Academy week long course (Non-Members) $1275  Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion about Web online course.  Will visit this again in future.  Don’t have funds at this time to develop program.

Wesley Grau gave overview and discussion on CW21 program.  Task Force in place (Herman Mayer, Manuel Yazijian, Tom Schomaker, Tamara Houk, Michael Michaels, Mackenzie Nesbit, Gerhardt Loitz – they are working on new exam, Work has been done obtaining new movements and the exam documents.   Pilot test is being scheduled for sometime in July in Lititz. Currently putting together a cost analysis for the BOD. 

Jordan Ficklin brought to the board that web page minutes are not currently uploaded cleanly

Discussion on minutes now being recorded and are being transcribed by Beth Grau.

Discussion regarding the appointment of  Keith as Executive Director during interim. “Due to inconsistency of minutes from the midyear minutes, it was unclear if a motion was made to transfer power of the Executive Director from Manuel Yazijian to Keith Rosser. As a general housekeeping practice the motion 2013 04-09 #3  made by Jordan F. seconded by Fred White. I move to appoint Keith Rosser as Interim Executive Director effective February 2, 2013 and transfer to him the power and authority given to the Executive Director in accordance with our Constitution and bylaws until such time as the board appoints a full time Executive Director. Motion passes unanimously.

Discussion for when next “Annual Meeting” will be.  Research will be done as to when to have meetings and to be set up on Google Drive for ideas and costs. Also discussion as to whether affiliate chapters should be included.  It was determined by the by-laws that the Affiliate Chapters, IAB, REC are to be included.  Fred White and Terry Kurdzionak will research places to have meetings with reasonable cost.

Discussion on magazine inserts – need to go through review process prior to placement in magazine.  HT committee will look at policies. Discussion on Advertisers in back of magazine – IAB & REC members need to be given criteria on what needs to be done to be a member

Discussion of referral directory & web site.  this will be discussed at a later date after Staff meeting and more information is obtained.

Discussion on Election & Ballots – how they are to be mailed out and tallied.  Scanning ballots is an option and highly recommended to show transparency to members.  Amy has estimates on printing costs and will forward to BOD for review.   Keith will talk to CPA about scanning the ballots and cost.  Also how Burke and Schindler, i.e., the name of the CPA firm will tabulate results.

Wesley Grau made a motion to adjourn meeting, seconded by Fred White. ~ passed.~ Meeting adjourned at 10:18pm CST

FOUR RARE WATCHES FEATURED APRIL 14

Friday, April 12th, 2013

FOUR RARE WATCHES FEATURED APRIL 14 at Cowan’s “Fine Jewelry & Timepiece Auction.” Real Time Internet Bidding and Live Auction in Cincinnati at one of the Midwest’s largest auction houses.

 

1. VACHERON & CONSTANTIN 18 Karat Gold Pocket Watch. Very rare unsigned  pocket watch made for Bigelow, Kennard & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. Size 12 movement. Beautiful white porcelain face with auxiliary seconds dial. 1890.

 

2. PATEK PHILIPPE 18 Karat 20-Jewel Open Face Pocket Watch. Very rare, ca. 1910.  Features 8 adjustments and associated display holder. 1891 patent. Porcelain face with subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock.

           

3. Gentleman’s 18 karat rose gold manual wind ROLEX CELLINI CESTELLO 5330 wristwatch. Sapphire crystal. Genuine crocodile brown band with 18k rose gold clasp. Excellent condition. Very few signs of wear. With box and Cellini pamphlet.  

 

4. E. MATHEY TISSOT 14 Karat Yellow Gold Hunter Case Repeater Pocket Watch.

Case number 26712. Arabic numerals with secondary dial at six o’clock. White porcelain face in excellent condition, Owner: Solomon S. Curry born in 1840 who opened the Metropolitan Iron and Land Co., the world’s greatest producer of ore.

For more information: www.cowanauctions.com

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Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization (MWCA) and CLOCK GUILD JOINT CONVENTION

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Put it in your schedules May 3rd & 4 2013

Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization (MWCA) and CLOCK GUILD JOINT CONVENTION

at the Kelly Inn

 

Friday Night May 3rd Robotics lecture at Hopkins high School with Mark Rossheim

Friday night talk will be at Hopkins High school (about 250 seats), doors will open at 7:00. We are looking at  about 2 hours, including time for questions. The topic will be modern robotics, with a target audience from kids thru adults. The presentation will be PowerPoint and DVD based.  $10 entrance fee  Children under 12 free

 7:30pm official start time

Saturday convention May 4th with:

Richard Cox talking about constructing an Astronomical Regulator

Mark Rossheim talking about Leonardo’s programmed moving cart, details of it’s design, implementation and what it does. * POSTER CLICK HERE *

Diann Clendenimg talking about Glass Beveling, stain glass and other types of glass repair

Tomas Chase and Douglas Thompson talking about the Omega Co-Axial care/cleaning/ and theory

Wes Cutter round table talking about the Micro Set and how to get more out of it

8am to 4pm with AUCTION starting after 5:30  $45 convention
 

SUNDAY hands on May 5th

Richard Cox will present a three part hands on talk about

Reparing or retipping hands,  silver dials and bezels

8am to 2pm  50$

The Midwest Watchmaker and Clockmaker Professional Organization, affiliated with American Watchmaker Clockmaker Institute (AWCI) the national organization.  Serving the Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Northern Iowa, and Western Wisconsin area.

Our Mission

We are the regional affiliate of the National Professional organization for Clockmakers and Watchmakers establishing standards for education and testing for National Certification.  Our goal is to establish and maintain the necessary high standards for quality, systematic procedures, and use of the proper technology to ensure excellent outcomes for each watch or clock service.

A Message from the President – Manuel Yazijian, CMW21 04/2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

As you are reading this message, spring has already arrived and I hope you are enjoying the milder weather. This is a great chance to further engage in outdoor activities.

One of the main characteristics of a person involved in the field of horology is the posture many of us have to maintain, and that is of being seated and hunched over a desk/workbench. While there are several schools of thought of which may be the best position, which workbench height is the best or which chair is the most ideal, one thing is for sure, the human body is being asked to be in a certain position for a prolonged number of hours, e.g. eight hours a day.  It appears, however, that the human body was designed to be physically active, judging from the number of joints we have.

While many of us pride ourselves on attaining that best balance wheel amplitude, best delta rate, best finish on a wheel pivot or a case and bracelet, yet how many of us think about the physical condition in which we are in?  Since it is a generally accepted principle that, in order to produce good quality work, certain workshop conditions must be met, such as properly functioning tools and equipment, good lighting, clean environment, etc.  How about the most important element in the equation? You!

Just like you properly maintain the rest of the tools and equipment for best performance, the human body requires regular maintenance and adjustment for continued best performance, so a well-balanced lifestyle is crucial.

There are many types of physical activities that you can embrace if you are just starting out. Start slow and steadily increase over time (it can be months) without overly exerting yourself. Stronger muscles are needed for proper function just as you need your sharp eyes and steady hands. Depending on your age and current physical fitness, you may want to begin with simple walking, hiking or swimming, among others. There are also the “eastern arts” such yoga, Tai Chi and similar forms of gentle exercises which focus on overall health of body and mind. These types of activities will not only help with your physical fitness, but also with your mental alertness and focus. You can even incorporate some of these gentle exercises every day when you take a 15-minute break during work; you don’t have to wait to go home or to the gym for a full-blown intense workout. Once you feel comfortable with one form of exercise then keep moving one level up.  

In addition to being physically active, keep in mind that if you maintain a proper and healthy diet, it will help keep you fit for the life career you have chosen. Be sure to stay hydrated while at work by drinking enough water. The right quality and combination of fuel will only help enhance your performance in the journey of life.

In the end, exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health and have fun. Just like you take good care of the customer’s watches and clocks, so must you take the necessary time to take good care of yourselves.

And as always, keep your skills honed, your standards very high, your attitude professional, your tools and equipment in great condition and your workshops clean and organized; you never know who may come by to pay you a visit.

Manuel Yazijian

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AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 02/12, 2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting
Conference Call
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Board Members Present:
Michal Blaszczyk – joined at 18:30 MDT
Manuel Yazijian
Ron Landberg
Terry Kurdzionak
Henry Kessler – joined at 18:17 MDT
Jordan Ficklin
Jason Ziegenbein
Tom Nesbit
Wes Grau
Justin Shiver
Fred White

Board members not present
David Douglas

Non Voting or Guests Present:
Paul Wadsworth
Dennis Warner
Keith Rosser

Daniella Ott – joined at 18:45 MDT
Meeting called to order at 18:10 MDT
Discussion regarding assigning a new individual to update finance, meeting minutes and similar documents. – follow-up: Jordan
Reports on top 3 Critical Success Factors by Manuel, Keith Rosser & Wes Grau
 Leadership & Financial Planning
 Staff Development & Needs
 Improved Certification Process
Discussion of timeline for hiring a new Executive Director.
In preparation for the next board meeting (on Mar 12) which will focus on determining the criteria to use in selecting the next Executive Director and prioritizing those criteria, board members will collaborate on what they think these criteria should be.
Discussion of possible members to appoint to Member Network Committee – follow-up: Jordan
Discussion of “vision of AWCI”
Discussion affirming continued commitment to AWCI presence at the JCK show. Assignments given to Marketing Committee and Daniela Ott.
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 20:30 MDT made by Ron Landberg, seconded by Terry Kurdzionak
Voice vote passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 01/31, 2013

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting

Executive Inn, Harrison, OH

31 January 2013

 

Board Members Present:

Manuel Yazijian 

David Douglas

Ron Landberg – Via gotomeeting  

Terry Kurdzionak

Henry Kessler

Michal Blaczyzk

Jason Ziegenbein  – Via gotomeetng

Justin Shiver

Jordan Ficklin – Via skype

Tom Nesbit

Wes Grau

Fred White

 

Board members not present

 

Non Voting or Guests Present:

Dennis Warner

Paul Wadsworth

Thomas Fisher

 

 

Meeting called to order at 7:30am EST

 

Motion 2013_01_31 #1 Motion made by Henry Kessler and seconded by Ron Landberg.

I move that the board go into executive session

Voice vote taken, passed

 

Exited Executive Session at 8:35am EST

 

Motion 2013_01_31 #2 Motion made by Henry Kessler and seconded by Fred White

On motion duly made and seconded at a meeting with quorum present, the Board of Directors hereby adopts, approves and authorizes the following resolutions:

 

  1. The Board of Directors authorizes the termination of the employment contract with James Lubic effective immediately and authorizes the American Watch – Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) to pay all sums due and owing to James Lubic under his employment agreement and any applicable employment policies of the AWCI.
  2. The Board of Directors does hereby authorizes its Chairman Manuel Yazijian to take any and all actions on behalf of AWCI necessary to effect the termination of the employment contract with James Lubic.
  3. The Board of Directors hereby appoints Manuel Yazijian to serve as the Interim Executive Director of AWCI effective as of the termination of the current Executive Director’s employment contract.  Mr. Yazijian will serve as Interim Executive Director until his resignation or the action of the Board of Directors to appoint a full time Executive Director.  Mr. Yazijian’s service as the Interim Executive Director shall be in an “at will” employment arrangement
  4. The Board of Directors authorizes Manuel Yazijian to take all actions and to exercise all authority of the Executive Director of the AWCI in his role as the Interim Executive Director.

 

Roll Call Vote Taken:

David Douglas – Yes

Ron Landberg – Yes               

Terry Kurdzionak -Yes

Henry Kessler – Yes

Michal Blaczyzk – Yes

Jason Ziegenbein – Yes

Justin Shiver – Yes

Jordan Ficklin – Abstain (Jordan was calling in while driving to Harrison and coverage was intermittent)

Tom Nesbit – Yes

Wes Grau – Yes

Fred White – Yes

 

Motion passes by a vote of 10:0:1 (Yes: No: Abstain)

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:52am CST made by Wes Grau seconded by Fred White

Voice vote passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 8:52am EST

 

Submitted for your approval,
David Douglas CW21
Secretary

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 03/3, 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Board Members Present:

Manuel Yazijian 

David Douglas  

Terry Kurdzionak

Justin Shiver

Jordan Ficklin

Tom Nesbit

Wes Grau

Fred White

Ron Landberg

Jason Ziegenbein

 

Board members not present

Henry Kessler

Michal Blaczyzk

 

Non Voting or Guests Present:

Keith Rosser

Mark Miller

Paul Wadsworth

Dennis Warner

 

Meeting called to order at 7:10 CST

 

Motion 2013_03_05 #1 Motion made by Fred White seconded by David Douglas

Motion to make Beth Grau as a recorder of minutes of meeting on trial basis.

Voice vote taken

Vote passes unanimously

 

Motion 2013_03_05 #2 Motion made by Fred White seconded by Justin Shiver.

Motion to pay Beth Grau $25.00 an hour, keeps a record of the time and submits the time to AWCI.

Voice vote taken

Vote passes unanimously

 

Motion 2013_02_05 #2 Motion made by David Douglas, seconded by Ron Landberg.

Motion to approve the minutes 1/31, 2/2, and 2/12.

Voice vote taken

Vote passes unanimously

 

Motion 2013_02_05 #3 Motion made by Ron Landberg, seconded by Jordan Ficklin

Motion to approve the finalized committee list (see attached document)

Voice vote taken

Vote passes unanimously

 

Mark Miller presented his information regarding the status at HQ.

 

Motion 2013_02_05 #4 Motion made by Fred White and seconded by Ron Landberg

Move to accept the following slate of candidates pending payment by 31 of March:

Wesley Grau

David Kurdzionak

Joe Cerullo

John Safranek

David Douglas

Michael Michaels

Drew Zimmerman

Justin Shiver

Terry Curkan

 

Roll Call taken:

David Douglas – Abstain

Terry Kurdzionak – Abstain

Justin Shiver – Abstain

Jordan Ficklin – Yes

Tom Nesbit – Yes

Wes Grau – Abstain

Fred White – Yes

Ron Landberg – Yes

Jason Ziegenbein – Yes

Motion Carries

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:01 CST made Ron Landberg seconded by Wes Grau

Voice vote passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 10:01 CST

 

Submitted for your approval,
David Douglas CW21
Secretary

AWCI Board Of Directors Meeting 02/2, 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Board Members Present:

Manuel Yazijian 

David Douglas

Terry Kurdzionak

Henry Kessler

Michal Blaczyzk

Justin Shiver

Jordan Ficklin

Tom Nesbit

Wes Grau

Fred White

 

Board members not present

Ron Landberg

Jason Ziegenbein

 

Non Voting or Guests Present:

Amy Dunn

Tom Schomaker

Dennis Warner

Paul Wadsworth

Daniela Ott

Jack Kurdzionak

No Disclosures were made.

 

Amy Dunn presented her marketing guidance presentation.  What we’ve accomplished and suggestions for the future.

 

Ron Landberg joined by gotomeeting at 1:30 EST

Ron Landberg left the meeting at 2:50 EST

 

Amy Dunn presented an update on HT.

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #1 Motion made by Jordan Ficklin and seconded by Wes Grau  

Motion to accept the constitutional changes as presented to the Board of Directors by Paul Wadsworth regarding the perpetuation fund, Article XXI.

Voice vote taken

Motion Passes                        

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #2 Motion made by Fred White and seconded by David Douglas.

Motion to accept the constitutional changes as presented to the Board of Directors by Paul Wadsworth regarding the perpetuation fund, Article VI.

Voice vote taken, two nays.

Motion Passes

 

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #3 Motion made by Wes Grau seconded by Michal Blaczyzk

Motion to accept the constitutional changes as presented to the Board of Directors by Paul Wadsworth regarding the perpetuation fund, Article VII.  To be in effect, this change will require a membership vote.

Voice vote taken, All opposed. 

Motion Fails

 

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #4 Motion made by Fred White seconded by Tom Nesbit

As a board member, what will you do to be a responsible leader and exercise fiscal responsibility?

Voice vote taken

All yes David Douglas and Justin Shiver abstained.

Motion passes.

 

Jack Kurdzionak provided an ELM trust report.

 

Manuel has appointed the following members of the ELM trust.

Jack Kurdzionak

Dennis Warner

Brad Wellman

Voice vote taken,

All Yes.

Appointment passes.

 

Manuel Yazijian will find a qualified person to serve on the Perpetuation Fund.

 

Terry Kurdzionak presented a report from the IAB committee.

 

Recess for dinner at 6:30

 

Back in session 7:20

 

Manuel Yazijian presented the education committee report.

 

Jordan Ficklin presented the Horological Times committee report.

 

The Annual Meeting date will be set tentatively as September 12-14, 2013

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #5 Motion made by Henry Kessler, seconded by Jordan Ficklin

I am hereby making a Motion that moving forward AWCI change our financial year end from June 30 to December 31.

Rationale: Matching dues to the proper periods has become muddy. Our membership dues are collected based upon a calendar year.  I feel this will add clarity to the understanding of our financial position. This will be accomplished by creating an interim financial via our new Auditor Gady, following their work to produce the 6/30/12 YE financial.

Voice vote taken

Passed Unanimously

 

Motion 2013_02_02 #6

Motion made by Henry Kessler seconded by David Douglas

I am requesting that the BOD approve and task Keith Rosser, our new CFO, with the responsibility of communicating regularly with our bankers on behalf of AWCI.

Rationale:

Our Auditor, Gady, has advised us that communication with our bank has been lacking.  This task will help to correct the communication problems of the past.

Voice vote taken

Passed unanimously

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 CST made by David Douglas seconded by Justin Shiver

Voice vote passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 9:52 CST

 

Submitted for your approval,
David Douglas CW21
Secretary

Meeting called to order at 12:30 EST