Executive Committee Meeting, AAFMAA HQ, Ft. Myer, VA,
11 a.m., June 27, 2014
Executive Committee Members Present or Participating by
Teleconference: Louis C. Wagner Jr., James F. Obendorfer,
Dion Johnson, William Y. Epling, John G. Porter, Dale A.
Vesser, William J. Almon, Charles A. Debelius, Victor J.
Hugo, James A. Williams, Howard M. Gabbert and James E.
Executive Committee Members Absent: Douglas B. Stuart,
Robert J. Ellis and Rose M. Malone.
Visitors Participating: Frank A. Hart and John T. Miller.
Meeting was called to order by Past Class Vice President
Frank A. Hart.
1. Election of Executive Committee
members to Class President and Vice President positions:
Louis C. (Lou) Wagner, Jr. was nominated and elected
Class President for a five year term and assumed chair of
James F. (Jim) Obendorfer was nominated and elected
Class Vice President for a five year term.
2. 2. Board Management: Lou emphasized his method of
management of the Executive Board was not to do most of the
work himself. He will delegate freely among members of the
Executive Committee and other members of the class, as
3. 3. Reunion Planning (62, 63, 65): Lou will send a
letter to the class proposing reunion options and requesting
feedback. He will discuss when to start planning for the 65th
reunion with the AOG when he goes to West Point in August.
He called for a volunteer to start with planning of the
program when it is appropriate. Bill Epling commented on the
difficulties of early planning. Frank Hart suggested that
Vince McDermott would be the best initial contact in the AOG
for reunion planning.
4. 4. Local Class Luncheons: Jim Obendorfer will
provide information about the program and schedule for the
President. Chuck Debelius and others suggested a day other
than Friday for the luncheons. Wednesday was discussed as
easier to travel, less congestion in the dining room, and
not a problem day for most classmates.
5. 5. Class Archives/Records, Class History (Should We
Develop One/Purpose): It was reported that there are
several boxes of material that should be reviewed for
historical relevance and more attention should be given to a
historical records program for the class. There was some
discussion as to whether this should be the responsibility
of the Class Scribe or the Class Secretary. It was agreed
the Class Secretary should be responsible. Dion agreed to
take charge of this program and Vic Hugo volunteered to
assist. The first order of business will be to define what a
class history might consist of and how to go about
accomplishing this. A proposal for this will be provided to
a meeting of the Executive Committee in the near future.
6. 6. ’54 Website: Bill Epling expressed serious
concern there is not enough effort going into keeping the
Class website current. If the site is not going to be
maintained, it should be closed down. All agreed the web
site is important and should be kept up to date.
7. 7. West Point Cemetery Problem: It was reported by
the cemetery director at West Point that metal plates had
been placed on tomb stones of some classmates in the
cemetery. Lou will investigate this issue, as this is
against rules in all national cemeteries.
8. 8. AOG MA Program: Jack Porter reported that
while we have been doing well with the Memorial Articles,
the need to complete more articles is
increasing. We should all submit information on our
lives in the AOG format.
9. 9. ’54 AOG Financial Support: Bill Epling reported
that the AOG has had to curb spending in a number of areas
and our class has never had a program to help the AOG meet
its financial needs. Frank Hart volunteered to head a
program to address this need. Jim Williams proposed that we
form an executive committee to research AOG needs and
alternatives to provide funds for AOG support. Lou appointed
a committee of Frank Hart, Dale Vesser and Vic Hugo to
accomplish this and provide recommendations to the Executive
10. 10. 2014 AOG Alumni Leaders Conference: Lou
Wagner will attend. If you have items to discuss, submit
them to him at email@example.com.
11. 11. Other Business: Lou will check with the AOG
on its responsibility for producing class rosters for
reunions and other occasions.
Adjourned 12:10 p.m.