Meeting notes<BR><BR>(I was late, sorry about that.)<BR><BR>The first business was to approve the executive committee. It was approved.<BR><BR>Next Darren discussed applying for 501-3C Status.He was also aproved to go ahead and file when things were ready. Darren is working with lawyers and cpa's and tax experts to get this acomplished.<BR>We discussed where the money would come from and agreed raffles like the one we had at the meeting. Mark offered to hold an online raffle. This was voted on and approved.<BR><BR>Next Ken was approved to go ahead and work on the constitution. Once finished, it will be posted online (OWA board) for all to look over and approve or decline.<BR><BR>The Mission Statement was amended and approved. (Simple tense change, the basic meaning and statement have not changed at all). This was approved.<BR><BR>Next the Logo was shown to everyone for approval. It was approved on the condition that it can be changed in the future if needed.<BR><BR>Ken showed everyone his initial informational flyer for the OWA. There was one correction needed. It is now corrected and posted online for all to print and distribute. <BR><BR>Membership costs were discussed. Incentives for becoming a member were discussed (and it was unanimously approved that Stan Chapin will host a free hunt for a membership drawing.) Stan was not actually at the meeting, so that idea will not work.* However, donations of hunts or items (guns etc) for a membership drawing were agreed to be a good idea as a membership incentive. <BR>It was decided we should determine the actual membership costs at a future time. <BR><BR>Next we had a long discussion about what our first act should be as the Ohio Waterfowl Association. Most of the executive committee had previously discussed this and agreed that our first act should be outstanding and different from other organizations. <BR>We discussed education, Habitat, ODNR involvement. <BR>Many good ideas were thrown around. Hen nests and / or wood duck boxes, across the state on private land. Food plots, and aquatic vegetation, as well as other habitat donated to the state or privately were discussed. It was decided that either Tom would contact Mark Shieldcastle (ODNR Biologist) to find out what the state actually wants and needs. We will proceed from there.<BR><BR>The floor was open for any discussion. The ethics of money handling was brought up as something to be watched. Should the treasurer get bonded so there are no questions from future members or state reps? Chappy stated he would if necessary.<BR><BR>The next meeting is to be announced.<BR><BR>Meeting closed and we finished with the raffle drawing. (I won nothing)â€¦<BR><BR><BR>* - This was a joke and was not approved<BR><BR><BR>If I forgot anything or something happened before I got there, let me know.