2021 Annual Meeting Minutes

Friends of Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Annual Meeting
February 10, 2021
3:00 p.m.


In attendance:
Mr. Jim Controvich, Outgoing President (by proxy)
Mr. Neil Daboul, Incoming President
Mr. John Diffley, Vice President
Mr. Roger Johnson, Treasurer
Mr. Joshua Clark, Secretary
Ms. Kelly Fellner, Park Superintendent
Mr. Alex MacKenzie, Curator
Ms. JoAnne Cardell
Mr. Peter DeRose
Dr. Robert Ford


Meeting called to order at 3:03 p.m.


See the attached report from Mr. Johnson, which was approved unanimously by the Board of Directors at the January 2020 meeting.  Friends account balance is $19,688.00.  George and Rose Daboul Endowment Account balance is $25,000.00.  National Parks Service Grants Account balance is $3,806.00.  Motion to accept treasurer’s report made by Mr. Daboul, seconded by Mr. Johnson.  Approved unanimously.



Reading of the minutes unanimously waived.  Motion to approve the minutes of the March 7, 2020 Annual Meeting made by Mr. Clark, seconded by Mr. Johnson.  Approved unanimously.


Supt. Fellner showed a certificate of appreciation for Mr. Controvich for his support, service, leadership, and advocacy on behalf of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.  She then described the outcome of the strategic planning process of the Springfield Armory NHS/Coltsville NHP.  She shared a Powerpoint presentation, which is attached.



President – Mr. Neil Daboul
Vice President – Mr. John Diffley
Treasurer – Mr. Roger Johnson
Secretary – Mr. Joshua Clark

Motion to accept the slate of officers made by Ms. Cardell, seconded by Dr. Ford.  Approved unanimously.

Mr. Daboul recognized Mr. Controvich for contributions that he made during his tenure on the Board of Directors for the Friends group.  He commended the Shays’ Rebellion seminar and other programs that Mr. Controvich spearheaded.  Mr. Daboul praised the makeup of the group, including the addition of academics/historians to the group.

Mr. Johnson displayed a plaque to be given to Mr. Controvich and read the text on the plaque.

Mr. Daboul brought up the logo redesign.  The new logo concept is in the second round of revisions.

Mr. Daboul surveyed the group about changing meetings of the Board of Directors from monthly to quarterly.  The Board of Directors will meet on the first Wednesday of each quarter at 3 p.m.  Motion made by Mr. Daboul, seconded by Mr. Clark.  Approved unanimously.

Mr. Diffley reminded the Board of Directors about the bylaw conversation from the previous monthly meeting.  Mr. Diffley spoke to Mr. Controvich who said that the bylaws were most recently revised in 2018.  Mr. Diffley will circulate the most recent bylaws to the Board of Directors so the Board can review them and determine if they should be revised.  Mr. Diffley also suggested that the Board begin the process of updating the Friends’ work plan between the Friends and Armory.  Mr. Diffley will send Mr. Daboul the latest revision of the bylaws and strategic plan so it can be posted on the Friends’ website.





Meeting adjourned at 4:26 p.m.  The next meeting will be scheduled for the beginning of 2022.