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Minutes of the Formation Meeting for WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF FASTENER DISTRIBUTORS Forrest Cornell, Acting Secretary(Secretary of Los Angeles Fastener Association) February 25, 1982 City of Industry

The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. by the acting Chairman, Bob Lehman. After introductions of everyone present, the meeting was turned over to Dick Proteau, President of Los Angeles Fastener Association (LAFA) who explained the purpose of the meeting, namely to determine the interest and feasibility of a western regional fastener association. The meeting was then returned to Bob Lehman who opened a discussion concerning a possible name for the organization. After proper discussion, it was decided to delay a decision until later in the organizational meeting.

Dick Proteau then outlined the various programs conducted by the LAFA. He concluded his remarks by outlining the feasibility of having both organizations working independently in the same area. The meeting was recessed at 12:30 for lunch.

At 2:00 p.m. Bob Lehman reconvened the meeting. It was determined at this point to form a steering committee to establish the parameters and guidelines for the new organization. Those appointed to the committee were Dave Kendall, Portland Screw Co.; Larry Stanley, Empire Bolt and Screw, Inc.; Mel Kirsner, Pell Mell Supply; Ken Winters, Aero Stopnut Co.; Barry Porteous, Porteous Fasteners; Martin Calfee, Copper State Bolt and Nut; and Harold Benson, Consolidated Bolt and Nut. These individuals then went into a conference to establish guidelines for the new organizations. Upon returning to the main meeting, spokesman Larry Stanley reported the following guidelines: (1) The geographical area to be included in the new organization is to be the 13 western states and the 2 western Canadian provinces. (2) There is to be a board of directors elected consisting of 9 members with each serving a 3-year consecutive term. In order to establish the proper rotation of board members, the initial board shall consist of 3 members serving 1-year terms, 3 members serving 2-year terms and the remaining 3 members serving 3-year terms. The following restrictions were placed on the selection of the Board of Directors: (1) No more than 4 members from the Los Angeles area may serve at any one time. (2) No more than 3 supplier members may serve at any one time. (3) From these 9 directors there will be elected a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer.

The following membership qualifications were established: In order to maintain a distributor controlled organization, at least 60% of the members shall be distributors and the remaining 40% will consist of manufacturers, suppliers and manufacturers representatives. All members must have been in business a minimum of 3 years within the geographical area indicated above; the company must maintain a minimum of $100,000 of inventory in threaded products. Manufacturer representatives must have at least 1 major line with a stocking facility in the geographical area indicated above with a minimum of $100,000 of inventory in threaded products. A motion was made by Mel Kirsner to increase the minimum inventory necessary for all categories to $200,000. The motion was seconded and passed.

Nominations were then made for the 9 directors, with Ken Winters conducting the meeting as acting chairman. Voting took place with all nominees out of the room with the following results:

Elected for 1-year term:
Mel Kirsner, Non Ferrous Manufacturing
Martin Calfee, Copper State Bolt and Nut
Harold Benson, Consolidated Bolt and Nut

Elected for 2-year term:
Dave Kendall, Portland Screw Co.
Ray Bristow, Ray Bristow Co.
Dick Thull, Porteous Fasteners

Elected for 3-year term:
Larry Stanley, Empire Bolt and Screw Inc.
Bob Lehman, Modern Metric Co.
Chuck Jenefsky, Industrial Bolt Co.

A motion was then made and seconded for charter membership dues and initiation fees, the initiation fee to be $100 and dues to commence with 1982 in the amount of $200. The motion passed.

It was further decided to hold two meetings each year with the fall meeting being the annual meeting and a conference meeting in the spring, with the board of directors determining location and programs .

The final topic of discussion before recessing for dinner was the selection of a name for the organization. The name selected was Western Association of Fastener Distributors. The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.

The newly elected board of directors held their first meeting at this time in a separate area for the purpose of electing officers. Two members were nominated for the presidency: Larry Stanley and Martin Calfee with Larry Stanleybeing elected. The nominations were then opened for vice president with Dave Kendall and Chuck Jenefsky being nominated with Dave Kendall being elected.

Then the nominations were opened for treasurer with Dave Kendall and Chuck Jenefsky being nominated. Chuck Jenefsky was unanimously elected as : treasurer. At this point, Bob Lehman volunteered to be the secretary and after some discussion by the board, he was unanimously elected.

The next order of business was the appointment of various board members to be committee chairmen by President Larry Stanley. The appointments were; as follows:

Finance - Chuck Jenefsky
Constitution and Bylaws - Harold Benson .
Membership - Mel Kirsner and Dick Thull Site selection - Dave Kendall and Ray Bristow, Jr. Program - Ray Bristow, Jr. and Dave Kendall Public relations and publicity - Martin Calfee Newsletter - Martin Calfee
Liaison to other fastener associations - Bob Lehman
Liaison to Link Magazine - Bob Lehman

The next order of business was the matter of dues. After a great deal of discussion it was moved, seconded and passed that the amount of dues to be collected from each member company be set at $200 annually with an initiation fee of $200 per member company after the initial enrollment of all charter member companies. It was duly decided all charter member companies would pay an initiation fee of $100. It was further determined that a charter member would be any company who was invited to the organizational meeting, who met the guidelines which were to be drawn up and who paid within 60 days, all .fees due.

It was agreed that the next directors meeting would be held in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual National Fastener Show on Monday, May 3, 1982. It was unanimously decided that the food and beverage costs incurred for this dinner meeting would be paid for by the association; however, airfare and lodging would be the responsibility of each director and officer.

It was further agreed to hold a directors meeting on June 24, 1982 at the site of the fall conference. A discussion ensued concerning possible fall sites as well as the number of members we might expect to attend. Other items discussed were the bylaws and the collection of dues prior to the establishment of those bylaws. It was unanimously agreed we could proceed to collect dues immediately.

The Board then took up the issue of the signing of checks; It was unanimously agreed that the treasurer and the president be authorized to sign checks with only one signature being required.

The next order of business was choosing a date for the fall conference. It was decided the first choice would be October 7 to 10 y.'19.82, and the second choice would be September 30 to October 3, 1982. Consideration was given to the scheduling of other fastener association activities. The following additional items were approved:

1. As soon as enough funds had been collected, the association will
pay back the Los Angeles Fastener Association for the costs they incurred
in organizing the new western regional association.
2. That March would be the best month for the spring conference.

At this time a motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. It was unanimously approved at 6:45 p.m.

Larry Stanley President Bob Lehman • Secretary
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