MINUTES OF M.C.I.T.T.A. MEETING
San Diego, California
October 07, 2009
I. Meeting was called to order by Team Commander Jim Haskins at 0744,
II. Roll was called: Team Commander Jim Haskins,
1st Sub-Team Commander, deceased
2nd Sub-Team Commander Howard Kahn, present
3rd Sub-Team Commander, absent
Team Chief Felix Conde, present
III. There were 16 members present at the meeting. Team Commander invoked
Robert's Rules of Order on meeting management because of there being less
than the ten percent members present required for quorum.
IV. Team Commander moved to accept the minutes
of the 2008 business meeting as printed. Move was seconded by Mike
Bianchino. Motion carried.
1. Team Chief Report: Felix Conde, No report
2. 2nd Sub-Team Commander presented/read Financial Report. Harry Todd
moved that Financial Report be approved as read. Motion was seconded by
Jeff Smith. (Note: Financial Report is available from Treasurer.)
3. Team Commander's Report
a. Commander stated that donations to MCITTA are down this year
and that MCITTA member Al Kent had donated $1000.00 to the organization in
memory of John Schindler who passed on November 10, 2008.
4. Advisory Committee: No report
5. Membership Committee: Report by Mitch Paradis
a. Membership has declined, and presently there are 238 members,
16 associate members, and one honorary member. This count differed from
that held by our Team Chief. The matter will be resolved.
b. Two members requested to be disenrolled, one of whom has
requested to be reinstated.
6. Gathering Committee: Report by H. Young
a. Information from Hipolito "Paul" Hernandez on status of 2010
Gathering is pending. Paul is on active duty and difficult to contact. It
was determined if Paul cannot commit fully to specific dates and ensure a
venue at Tampa the organization will revert to an alternative Gathering site
in San Antonio, Texas. Paul has been allotted until November 30 to make
Tampa acceptable. MCITTA members will be notified of developments no later
than the first week of December.
7. Chaplain's Report: No report, position is vacant
8. Officer of Service: Howard Young holds this
administrative position required to maintain our Charter by establishing
state of residence for at least one MCITTA officer.
9. Service Officer: Jim Riemer, no report.
10. Historian: Tm Cmdr presented report for Warren Smith
Historian Warren Smith requested that all members fill out the historical
form/questionnaire to be found on the website and return it to him for
inclusion in the compilation of our history).
11. Last Man Standing: Report by Felix Conde
Recommended that the Last Man Standing Protocol remain as is.
12. Awards Committee: Report by Harry Todd
a. Nine awards were given out this year for member
b. The MCITTA sponsored Baum Teamwork
Award issued at NMITC for each MAGTF graduating class has reached a total to
date of 143 individual awards.
VI. Old Business:
1. Hipolito "Paul" Hernandez the 2010 Gathering volunteer, who is on
active duty, has requested the MCITTA decide on a month in 2010 on which to
Gather in Tampa, FL.
2. A motion was made by Harold Weiss, seconded by Harry Todd to hold
the 2010 8th MCITTA Gathering in October. The motion carried pending the
availability of Paul or his representatives on scene to organize the venue
in his absence.
3. The 2010 8th Gathering alternative site will be San Antonio,
Texas if Tampa, Florida is not available.
VII. New Business
1. The Tm Cmdr announced that the MCITTA is a member of the Military
Reunion Alliance, an organization that helps set up reunions for
organizations such as the MCITTA. Team Commander Haskins agreed to further
investigate the benefits of relying on these services.
2. Harry Todd presented a project to erect an MCITTA Memorial at the
Marine Corps Museum. The research and design was done by Alan Adler, Harry
Todd, and Mitch Paradis. The monument has received design and placement
approval in the Semper Fidelis Park by the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico.
a. Howard Kahn made a motion, seconded by Harold Weiss, to go
forward with the project to raise funds to erect a memorial to honor
the 0250/0251 MOS and those who were killed in the line of duty Museum of
the Marine Corps. The motion carried.
b. Mitch Paradis made a motion, seconded by Mike Bianchino to
establish a funding committee to investigate the appropriation of funds for
a memorial project. Motion carried. The committee will consist of Harry
Todd, Mitch Paradis, Vince Burdelski, and Felix Conde.
3. Electronic Spot Report
a. Tm Cmdr reported that sending out Spot Reports by regular
mail costs $800 to $900 per issue and that there are approximately 35 copies
returned as undeliverable.
b. Howard Young made a motion seconded by Jim Tortorici that
before sending out the next Spot Report, send out a letter explaining that
we are redoing our organization and asking members to state whether he wants
to receive the Spot Report by email or hard copy by regular mail.
Notification will be made in the Spot Report and via E-Bulletin as well.
4. Team Commander received a request from Professor Himel for a copy
of the MCITTA mailing list for a project involving the study of
a. Jim Haskins made a motion, seconded by Harry Todd that the
MCITTA will provide a copy of its mailing list to Prof Himel. In keeping
with self imposed privacy concerns, the motion did not carry.
5. The subject of whether the organization should take a stand on
issues germane to the ITT field and intelligence matters in general was
a. Jim Haskins motioned, seconded by Jim Tortorici, that MCITTA
change its policy and become more involved in political/national issues.
The motioned was defeated by a vote of 0 yes and 15 no.
6. Gathering for 2011
a. The following locations were nominated for the 2011 9th
Ft Huachuca (in conjunciton with the MC Birthday Ball) -
Received 12 votes
(note: NMITC, Dam Neck, VA will be considered if Ft Huachuca
Hawaii - Received 0 votes
San Antonio - Received 3 votes
Lake Placid, New York - Received 0 votes
b. Ft Huachuca was selected as the site for the 9th Gathering
pending cooperation and coordination with the Marine Corps Ball.
c. Jim Haskins made a motion, seconded by Felix Conde, to limit
MCITTA Gatherings to three "active" days. Motion was defeated, votes were 2
yes, 14 no.
7. MCITTA Web site
a. Jim Haskins made a motion, seconded by Jim Tortorici, to make
a members only section in the MCITTA web site accessible only by password.
Motion carried, 13 yes, 2 no, 1 abstain. Coordination with Jeff Smith will
make this occur.
8. Restructure of MCITTA Command structure
a. Motion made by Chuck Ables, seconded by Mike Bianchino, to
change the MCITTA command structure from an elected concept to a Board of
Directors concept. Motion carried, 15 yes, 1 no.
b. Motion made by Chuck Able, seconded by Howard Young, to
install as the MCITTA Board of Directors Harry Todd, Howard Kahn, Mike
Bianchino, Felix Conde, and Vince Burdelski. All other officers: Service
Officer, Officer of Service, and the new Treasurer Jack Parker will not be
Board members but shall serve at the pleasure of the Board or personal
desire. Motion carried.
VIII. Meeting was closed for business at 11:15, 10/07/2009.