Elders Association, Inc.
Annual Corporation Meeting Agenda
October 18, 2020
NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic, this annual corporation meeting was held via ZOOM. The
meeting was called to order at 1:01 PM by Phi Bob Kravecs.
Bob Kravecs, Alpha Phi Shelly Katz, Gamma Don Burr, Sigma Ron Neiderwerfer
Donaldson, Michael Joyce, Al Smith, Cal Lord
Conklin, Jeff Davis, Jim Henderson, Tom Stevens, Pete Slomianyj,
Steve Rogers, Dave Debowsky, Earl Ott, Curtis Halla, Claudio Capone,
Mike Slomianyj, and Ken Millard
a Quorum by Bob Kravecs.
Appointment of Parliamentarian.
of Minutes from the last annual meeting.
Burr submitted and explained the detailed report electronically
submitted prior to the meeting.
general checking account balance as of 10/18/20: $8,008.87 (was
$8,016.94 at 2019 meeting).
Fidelity Investment Account balance as of 10/18/20: $249,483.04 (was
$193,740.44 at 2019 meeting).
Zete4Life: National Headquarters has not yet sent out our annual
distribution. This should be about $600.00.
Burr and PHI Kravecs remain the authorized co-signatories on the
Donaldson moved acceptance of the report. Al Smith seconded. The
Committee is comprised of PHI Kravecs (Chairman), GAMMA Burr,
Tristan Lawrie, and Al Smith.
Kravecs maintains primary contact with investment advisor Panfilo
Guglielmi who continues to work with no fee as a courtesy to Bob.
Burr said that the accounts have bounced back nicely from recent
changes were recommended regarding investment strategies in the near
was discussion of giving Mr. Goglielmi a gift for his services
Donaldson moved acceptance of the report. Jeff Davis seconded. The
Housing Committee Report
Active Chapter Status:
The Active Chapter became inactive
Several Greek organizations have
recently had their recognized status revoked by UConn. There
appears to be an opportunity to reengage talks with the UConn
administration about reactivation.
Zeta Psi Headquarters have been
unsuccessful in their efforts to persuade a reactivation effort.
Doug Donaldson was authorized, by
PHI Kravecs, to make contact with Greek Like Director Jamel Catoe
to ascertain Zeta Psi’s viability for reactivation. Mr. Catoe has
been unresponsive with our previous efforts. Doug will initiate a
discussion with Mr. Catoe as soon as is practicable.
There are organizations available
to do a complete activation. The cost is roughly $40,000.00..
Fund at International Headquarters:
Restricted funds are established
at the Grand Chapter for donations to be earmarked to those donors
specific Chapters, in our case the Theta Fund.
Essentially there are 2 Theta
First, The Educational Foundation
Fund is for donations which can only be used for educational
purposes. These donations are tax deductible.Currently, there is
about $45,000.00 in this fund. A possibility exists that some of
this money could be used for reactivation.
The second Theta Fund is the
Fraternity Theta Fund. These donations are not tax deductible. We
have somewhere between $12 and $14,000.00 in this fund with no
restrictions for how they can be
University Liaison Committee
The TEA should be receiving our
annual check for about $600.00 soon.
All graduating seniors are
solicited to sign up for Zete 4 Life upon graduation with one half
of the funds going to the Grand Chapter and one half going to the
TEA in support of the Active Chapter.
Donations may be made for as
little as $1.00/week.
Moment of Silence:
the July 28, 2019 meeting, the Membership Eligibility and Gender
Identity Study Committee (appointed in 2018) issued the following
recommendation to change the By-Laws:
“Membership in the Theta Chapter shall be limited to males or those
who identify as “male” and who regularly utilize HE, HIM, and HIS as
their preferred gender pronouns.”
motion to accept the recommendation was made, seconded, and carried
by the Board and placed on the agenda for this 2020 Annual meeting.
Kravecs called for a vote of those in attendance and the change
(amendment) passed. There was one dissenting vote and one
Approval of actions taken by the
TEA Board since the last meeting:
much debate, a motion was made by Jeff Davis to send out dues
notices.The motion was seconded by Shelly Katz. The motion carried.
revenue from the dues received essentially offsets the expense of
the mailing. The positive gain is the upkeep of an accurate address
Michael Joyce will do the work in this effort, with help from others
Concurrent with the sending out of the dues notices, Mike will
procure Headquarters address list to make cross-reference and make
updates. The list costs $150.00. Doug Donaldson moved to
purchase the list from Headquarters. Shelly Katz seconded the
motion. The motion carried.
Theta Chapter Memorabilia
Kravecs moved all remaining memorabilia from Doug Donaldson’s
previous residence in Manchester.
Donaldson moved to reimburse Bob for his expenses in the effort, up
to $50.00. Michael Joyce seconded the Motion.. The motion carried.
Henderson has some miscellaneous memorabilia and will get them to
2020 - 60th Anniversary
event has been postponed until sometime in 2021, due to the COVID-19
pandemic. A rescheduled date will be determined when the
situation changes for the better.
$5,000.00 was allocated, at the July, 2019 meeting, to fund the
2021 Zeta International
Convention is to be held in New Orleans.
Donaldson will be attending but doesn’t want to replace a TEA
Discussion to appoint a delegate was tabled until future date due to
the uncertainty if a Convention
Election of Directors:
following Elders were nominated as Directors for the upcoming term:
Ron Niederwerfer, Jeff Davis, Tom Stevens, Bob Kravecs, Shelly
Katz, Michael Joyce, Earl Ott, Al Smith, Cal Lord, Harvey Beinstein,
Don Burr, Doug Donaldson, Bob Bentley, and Chris Heacox.
Burr moved that the nominations be accepted with a single
affirmative ballot. Doug Donaldson seconded the motion. The motion
14 Directors were elected. They chose the officers from amongst
their group which reduced the number of Directors to the mandated
range of 3 to 8. he election of Officers was a follows: PHI: Bob
Kravecs, ALPHA PHI: Shelly Katz, SIGMA: Ron Niederwerfer, GAMMA: Don
Burr, ALPHA SIGMA: Michael Joyce, DELTA: Doug Donaldson
decided not to elect the optional officers of Alpha Gamma and Beta
Pi, the Active Chapter liaison.
Ron Niederwerfer nominated Doug
Donaldson for performing unspeakable deviant acts with Theta Chapter
memorabilia. The good news is that he is comfortably in rehab in
Florida after a swift Intervention by Bob Kravecs who removed the
memorabilia and thereby saving (at least temporarily) Doug’s public
Al Smith nominated Steve Rogers
for not blinking, even once, during the entire ZOOM meeting. All
other members in attendance noticed this too, but were reluctant to
say anything because Steve had appeared dead. After further
inspection Steve was found to be merely catatonic.
In a close and contentious
election, Doug won. It must be noted that this is the second
consecutive Year Doug has won the HA. It must also be noted that
Doug is in possession of the HA Plaque and prominently displayed it
during the meeting. HMMMM?!
Ode and Adjournment:
submitted in Tau Kappa Phi,
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