Executive Committee Meeting Minutes — Conference Call – October 23, 2018

MARP Annual Meeting Planning Committee
23 October 2018
Phone Conference Call  7:00 PM
Dial in number  712.770.8041
Conf. Code number  426600

Present: Tom Purmort, Adam Tauno Williams, John Langdon, Kay Chase, Steve Vagnozzi


Charles Shong has tendered his resignation due to family obligations.

Chase had information on two questions that came up in previous meetings:

  • The list exchange with NARP took place in 2010. 52 NARP members joined MARP as a result. Since then, 4 have died, one moved out of state, and 10 have maintained their MARP memberships.
  • The first official meeting of MARP took place on September 19, 1973. Until 2017, the annual meeting has continued to be held in September.

Nominating Committee Report:  The slate of officers for 2018-2020 is almost complete. Warren Fritz is nominated for West Region Chair. The search continues for a candidate for Secretary.
Annual Meeting Planning:  The remainder of the short meeting was concerned with last minute details of the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Joe Shacter (Amtrak), Tim Hoeffner (MDOT), and Paul Larouche (retired from Bombardier Transportation) will speak. Attending as our guests are Greg Holcombe (consultant for West Michigan Express), Chris Matus (staff, Sen. Gary Peters), U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, State Representative Abdullah Hammoud.

18 people have registered for the Annual Meeting. Chase will send out a last call for reservations.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Recorded by Kay Chase