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The 1993 National meeting was held July 12, hosted by Branch 13 at Grass Valley, California. What follows is a continuation of the minutes of that meeting.
The old issue of multiple memberships was again brought to the foreground asking why pay several National dues. Discussion followed. President Versteeg announced that being a primary member in one branch gives that member full privileges and benefits in showing at all branches and that there is no need of multiple membership except in receiving the benefits of belonging to several branches. To divide memberships between primary and secondary membership would become a burden-some job for the branch secretaries. This clarification by the president was well received by the membership. Branch secretaries will be polled during the coming year to get their feelings on this subject.
Bob Alexander, president of Branch 27 called for the floor and asked for no voting be done at National meetings, but discussion of issue only and all voting be done by mailing ballots to the branches with results being mailed back to the National office. President Versteeg announced that branches do not return ballots, or many other requests that are sent out by the National with only a limited percentage of ballots being returned. It was agreed that this issue be tabled for the time being and could be brought up again at the 1994 meeting.
Evelyn Williams of Branch 13 asked for the floor and commented that the National president had not responded favorably to one of her requests and she felt disrespected. President Versteeg openly issued here his apology and was sorry that this event had taken place.
The issue of establishing Regional meets was brought to the foreground as an extension of an issue discussed at the 1992 meeting and which had been tabled at that time. It was clearly announced by president Versteeg that the pro-posed regional meetings would be an addition to the regular meeting. During the course of the past year, four proposals had been sent to the National to be presented at this meeting. President Versteeg briefly presented proposals 1, 2, and 4 and asked Gus Peter-son, Western Director to take the floor and present proposal 3 which was quite lengthy. Gus Peterson made his presentation in full detail stating the advantages and disadvantages. The general consensus was expressed by the membership and asked that we table the matter for further study by the branches and that the issue could again be presented at the 1994 meeting. A motion was made to that effect, seconded and carried.
The liability insurance coverage was again brought to the foreground with several questions. President Versteeg explained the coverage for those branches which were insured by the National endorsement and again mentioned that the branches were free to enroll for insurance coverage wherever they choose. However, the National felt that their endorsement was by far the cheapest and best for the premiums required.