Members Participating: Commander-in-Chief Keith G, Harrison, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief David R. Medert Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Alan R. Loomis Council Member Robert E. Grim, Council Member Andrew M. Johnson, Council Member PCinC Allen W. Moore, National Secretary David F. Wallace, National Treasurer Richard D. Off, National Quartermaster Elmer F. Atkinson.
Members Not Participating: Council Member Peter A. Dixon, National Counselor James H, Pahl, Washington Representative PCinC Richard C. Schlenker.
Other Brothers Participating: PCinC Charles Corfman, National Membership-at-Large Coordinator L. Dean Lamphere, Jr., and Interim Banner Editor Gregory D. Hayes.
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. Commander-in-Chief Harrison explained that the purpose of the conference call meeting was to:
1. Appoint a Managing Editor for the Banner;
2. Review printing proposals for the Banner as obtained by the Special Committee for the Professional Upgrade of the Banner;
3. Review a request for funds from the "Blue Coats in a Gray City" program.
It was moved and supported (Medert/Atkinson) that the Council of Administration authorize a staff and utilize a commercial printing company to prepare and print the Banner; motion passed.
Discussion included a review of printing costs and the mechanics of appointing an editorial staff:
It was moved and supported (Orr/Wallace) that the Council of Administration alter the current policy of the Order and accept advertising from non-associated entities that is germane and of interest to our membership. Pricing would be as follows: a one-page advertisement would cost the equivalent of the production price of four pages of the Banner. Maximum advertising allowed per issue will not exceed 25 percent; motion passed.
Discussion included prorating of ad size and a separate pricing structure for SUVCW members.
It was moved and supported (Medert/Wallace) that the Banner be prepared by a staff consisting of a Managing Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, and Advertising Editor. In addition, Department Commanders and National Camp-at-Large Commanders may appoint Regional Reporters as Editors of events; motion passed. The positions of Assistant Managing Editor and Advertising Editor were referred to the National Standing Committee on Program and Policy for inclusion in the National Job Descriptions,
It was moved and supported (Medert/Atkinson) that Gregory D. Hayes, Department of Michigan, he appointed as the Managing Editor of the Banner; motion passed.
It was the resolution of the sense of the body that Commander-in-Chief Harrison appoint Paul Huff, Department of Ohio, as a National Aide with responsibilities commensurate with the position of Assistant Managing Editor of the Banner.
It was the resolution of the sense of the body that Commander-in-Chief Harrison appoint Danny Wheeler, Department of New York, as a National Aide with Responsibilities commensurate with the position of Advertising Editor of the Banner.
Brother Hayes gave a brief overview of software available for publishing the Banner.
It was moved and seconded (Atkinson/Medert) that the Banner be published on the following schedule: March 30th, June 38th, September 30th and December 30th; motion passed.
The review of commercial printing bids was tabled.
It was moved and seconded that the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War not provide the funds requested by the "Blue Coats in a Gray City" program as it does not qualify under the guidelines established for a monetary donation from the GAR Fund; motion passed.
The conference call meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted in F., C. and L.,
David F. Wallace