CALL TO ORDER:
Meeting was called to order by Vice President Bill Abbatematteo on Monday October 15, 2012 at the Cultural Center in Port Charlotte, Florida. Invocation was given by Carole Pettee and Jane Sturges led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion was made to approve the September minutes and seconded. The Treasurer’s Report for September was approved and seconded and submitted for audit.
Our Vice President introduced the following officials: State Committee Woman, Jane Sturges; Airport Authority Commissioners, Kathleen Coppola, Don Lee, Pam Seay, Gary Stasko; Chairman Executive Committee, Bill Folchi.
Candidates: County Commissioners, District #1 Ken Doherty, District #3 Bill Truex; Airport Authority District #1, Pamella Seay, District #3 Paul Andrews and Gary Stasko.
Report from the Nominating Committee: Dianne Velde, Peg Thompson, and Jane Sturges
The slate is as follows: President, Bill Abbatematteo; VP, Mark Zehr; Secretary, Carole Pettee; Treasurer, Jean Benjamin and Membership, LC Daniels. These will be voted on at the November luncheon.
Gene Murtha gave information on the Golf Scramble: St Andrews South Golf Club – $60 per person $15 lunch – Registration and Continental Breakfast at 7:30am – Shotgun start at 8:30am and 12:30 lunch. Call if interested 941-639-5261.
Monday Night Mixer at the Crab House at 5pm
Kathleen Coppola reminded us that the Peace River Forum is the 2nd Wednesday each month at the PGI Yacht Club. Lunch is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
Jean Benjamin said that the dues are now due the first of the year. $10 if you are a member of another club. $15 otherwise.
Executive Board met and discussed using some of the Club money as a contribution to a candidate. $500 can be given and therefore it was then mentioned that we give to a local candidate. Bill Truex was approved for the contribution by the members.
Bill Abbatematteo gave out sheets on the 2012 Voter Guide and Recommendations for the Florida Constitutional Amendments that gave us an idea on how some of the other Clubs were voicing opinions. Bill also talked on the Supreme Court justices on whether they should be retained. He mentioned that they are all liberal and our vote should be “no” to retain.
Pam Seay talked on Amendment #5 “State Courts: Creates Senate confirmation for Supreme Court nominees and more legislative oversight over judicial rules”.
Paul Andrews –Has business experience which includes: Broker/Associate/Realtor / Property Management as well as being the former vice president/partner of Blue Dolphin Builders. He is also a former Michigan licensed builder and owner of Inspect-All, Inc. a Home Inspection business. He also talked about his community involvement which included being the past president of the Charlotte County Airport Tenants Association. A member and mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, Charlotte County Composite Squadron. Paul Andrews has been a positive asset to the organizations he belongs to. He has the management experience and feels his professionalism and knowledge can be a plus if elected.
Gary Stasko – Seeking a re-election and has a saying that “if its not broken don’t fix it”.
He has had a dedicated service to the Airport Authority Board and has proven his common sense leadership. He has strong conservative values and has been a Southwest Florida resident for 44 years. He stated that using zero tax dollars they have attracted new commercial tenants and revamped the entire airfield Built a terminal building as well as an air traffic control tower. In the past 8 years he says has helped take the Punta Gorda Airport from Hurricane Charley’s almost total devastation to the shining jewel of economic development in Charlotte County. Says that we will soon reach a million total passengers that will have used the airport.
Official name: Punta Gorda Airport.
The meeting was adjourned at 1 pm
50/50 winner Bill Folchi $22.00
Respectfully submitted by Carole Pettee, Secretary