Southern Arizona Chapter, AFCEA
Leadership Meeting Minutes
Time: 11:15 AM
Date: 8 February 2006
Place: Thunder Mountain Activity Center, Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Gary Bell President
Richard Besselman Secretary
Larry Bingaman Treasurer, C4IST Chairman
Donna Quick-Keckler VP, Membership
John Keenan Past President
Anna Bays Director
Pam Hand Director
Grant Hays Director
Claudia LaClair Director
Jack Rippel Director
Rod Trevino Director
Dan Guilmette Cochise College Subchapter
Minutes. Minutes of the January 2006 meeting were reviewed and approved. The
minutes are posted on the Chapter website.
Nominations / Elections. Ray Kervahn was not present, but Gary Bell reported that
there is a candidate for each position, except President. Gary and Larry Bingaman
recently spoke with COL Denise Williams. COL Williams was advised by government
attorneys not to take the role of Chapter President. Instead, she will contact COL Debra
Dexter, Commander of the JITC, to determine if she would be interested in being
President. Gary would like to see the final ballot ready in March.
Treasurer’s Report. Larry Bingaman presented the Treasurers Report. In addition, he
presented a draft Budget. The Chapter is in excellent financial shape. The draft budget
was presented to the Board.
No costs were incurred for the AFCEA West, San Diego trip. Funds have been approved
and are reserved to send someone from the Chapter to attend TechNet in Washington, DC
A check for $100 has been approved to give the City of Sierra Vista for the City’s awards
to winners in the YES Fair.
Checks have been approved for Cochise College to fund the Military Education
The Chapter will send a check to the Internet Provider who hosts the Chapter website. In
the future, AFCEA International provide hosting for the Chapter at no cost.
The 2005 – 2006 Budget was approved as presented.
C4IST. Larry Bingaman and Bill Reich recruited companies who were displaying in San
Diego. Several new companies are interested in attending this year’s C4IST. A kick-off
meeting will be held on 21 February at the Windemere.
Cochise College. Dan Guilmette reminded the Board that the Computer Olympics will
be held on 3 March. Four county high schools and five middle schools have already
signed up. Volunteers are needed to be judges and provide other support.
Education. Rod Trevino said that scholarship applications are available and will be
given to Anna to place on our website. Applications will also be delivered to schools and
to Trudy Berry, Cochise County Superintendent of Schools.
Publicity. Larry suggested that we use the “Big Check” to present to Trudy Berry as a
roll-up for all the school districts in Cochise County. This could be presented at one of
the regular monthly meetings.
In addition, it was suggested that the “Big Check” for $38,000 be presented to COL
Jonathan Hunter, Garrison Commander, to represent the funds the Chapter has given to
the Military Education Assistance program. Gary will follow up on this action.
Membership. Donna Quick-Keckler reported that the Chapter has a table at the next
Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP) job fair to increase visibility. Volunteers are
needed to work the table. The job fair is 16 March.
A second discussion centered on the Cochise County Workforce Development (CCWD)
Career Fair to be held at the Windemere on 4 April, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This would
could increase our visibility and help gain new members. Pam Hand and Donna will
follow up to capture details. Bill Reich suggested that a strategy be developed to
maximize our participation in this event. In addition, he suggested that a one-page flyer
and membership applications be available for participants to pick up at the job fair.
Donna will report what is required. The Board approved $250 for the cost of the booth.
Model Chapter for Next Year - Goals. John Keenan continues to develop and refine
the Goals and Objectives. One goal is recruiting five new corporate sponsors. John
asked that each member of the Board review his draft, and that each member update their
area of responsibility. This document is due to International in the next few weeks.
Chapter Website. Anna Bays reported that the website continues to work well. It was
suggested that a note on the Computer Olympics be posted. In addition, a note alerting
members to look for the ballot will be posted after the ballot is finalized.
Secretary’s Report. Rich Besselman suggested that ESEI be presented their corporate
plaque at the next regular luncheon meeting. He will contact Ed Molina, ESEI.
Gary’s Resignation. Gary presented his letter of resignation, to be effective 1 June 2006.
He cited the lack of support from the senior leadership at Fort Huachuca. However, he
did give strong compliments to the Chapter Board for all the hard work that it does.
Future Meetings. The regular luncheon meeting will be on 23 February at 11:30 AM.
IEEE is the lead on this meeting, as it is the recognition for the “Engineers of the Year.”
Rich is awaiting their flyer so that it can be disseminated to AFCEA members.
Next Leadership Meeting. The Next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for 8 March
2006 at 11:00 AM at the TMAC.
Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 PM.