USS HAYNSWORTH REUNION COMMITTEE
Business Meeting Minutes for
25 September 2004 – Arlington, TX
President Vernon Stuard called the meeting to order at 1000 with
36 members present.
was made of the 60th Anniversary of the Commissioning
of the USS Haynsworth (DD-700) in 1944.
present introduced themselves giving name and City and State of
Treasurer presented the Financial Report for the 2nd
Quarter 2004. The report showed a balance of $9314.91 as of 30
To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented: Made by Raymond
Wolf and Seconded by Bill Hannah. Motion carried unanimously.
Dick Bailey made a motion to initiate life membership. After
discussion a vote was taken. Motion was defeated 32 against 4
Web Site Report:
Howard Doble was congratulated and thanked for his splendid work
in maintaining the web site. Howard honored all plank owners of
the Haynsworth. Howard told of how the microfiche of names of
shipmates starting in 1947 into the ‘60’s was bought by Bill
Morton from the Navy Bureau of Personnel. Howard and Vern Stuard
split the cost of $100.00 for a microfilm projector to enable
Howard to read the names on the microfiche tape. Howard put all
names and other data, e.g. dates served, into his database which
was a gargantuan task.
Howard Doble described the electronic newsletter and informed
all that they must tell their Internet Service Provider (ISP) to
let the newsletter through and not delete it as SPAM. He also
suggested a membership card for all those who pay dues.
Bill Hannah cited Bill Hager for a job well done as our
newsletter editor. Sentiment echoed by all members present.
Thank you, Bill!
Henry Hillbrook announced that the reunion in 2005 would be held
in Sandusky, OH on September 15, 16, 17 and 18. He has the
hotel for the reunion at a good price. The flag that flew on
the Arizona will be at the reunion on display.
Jim Horn announced that the 2006 reunion would be held in
Norfolk, VA in mid September. There will be a tour of the
Norfolk Naval Base (the USS Wisconsin is docked there) and there
will be things planned for the ladies as well.
following changes to the By-laws were proposed:
Oberholzer recommended that the jobs of Secretary and Treasurer
be split. Bill Hannah proposed that the Board could call for a
financial audit of the Treasurer’s records at any time for
Under “purpose of
organization”, a motion was made by Gordon Wolfe and seconded by
Ken Jenkins to eliminate support of other organizations. Motion
Motion was made by Gordon Wolf
and seconded by Bill Hannah to accept by-laws with the
recommended changes. Motion passed unanimously. Bravo Zulu to
Harold Learson for a job well done in drafting the by-laws. .
Nominations were requested to fill the offices of President,
Treasurer and Secretary and to formally elect Jim Schreffler to
fill the spot on the board he has been filling since Bob Ink’s
Gordon Wolfe nominated Vern
Stuard to continue as President. Bill Lang seconded. Vern was
unanimously elected for a term of 1 year.
Jim Schreffler nominated Jim
Murphy for Secretary. Dick Bailey seconded. Jim was
unanimously elected for a term of 3 years.
Jim Horn was nominated by Jim
Schreffler to fill the office of Treasurer for 3 years starting
in 2005. Ed O’Brien seconded. Jim was elected unanimously for
a term of 3 years.
Gus Scutari made a motion to
elect Jim Schreffler to the board. Seconded by Ed O’Brien. Jim
was elected to the board for a term of 3 years.
Ken Jenkins lauded the wives for their support of the
organization. Wives are welcome at the business meetings, but
cannot vote on motions. As per the by-laws, wives are associate
members of the Organization.
Howard Doble made a plea that
when new members are listed on the web site, shipmates send
welcoming e-mails or perhaps notes, especially if the new member
has served with one of the Haynsworth Reunion members. Ed
O’Brien suggested calling people on the database by state, i.e.
he would call people living in Ohio.
Bill Hager said that he and
Nancy would try to get a USPS permit for mailing the newsletter.
To save postage costs.
David Oberholzer read a poem
given to him by Sherry Stuard entitled “Once I was a Navy Man”.
Motion to adjourn the business
meeting made by Bill Lang and seconded by Henry Hillbrook.
Motion carried. President Vern Stuard adjourned the meeting at
David J. Oberholzer, Secretary