Day 4 - The Board Meeting
The insiders have closed ranks and are blocking any positive change
The room was only set for 49 of the 76 directors. Only 48 attended. I was the only non-staff or family member attending (again).
They called the roll, approved the minutes, and held the swearing-in for Colandro and Norcross.
Cotton’s report focused on self-defense stories from Raul Menendez (subject of the video from day 3 report) and Eli Dicken. His point was that the NRA laid the groundwork for training, ranges for practice, and constitutional carry that enabled self-defense.
Lee’s report reviewed the legal wins and reminded the directors of their financial disclosure and business attire requirements.
Coy’s report reviewed the national matches and encouraged the directors to be ambassadors for the NRA and counteract hostiletive media.
LaPierre’s report echoed much of what he covered in the day 3 report. He gave examples of the “No Bail” efforts leading to murders in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He stated that the NRA would begin augmenting its direct mail approach by aggressively using digital and social media to drive membership and donations.
Debregalis’ report was a repeat from day 3.
Ouimet’s report talked about the ongoing fights in NY and NJ. He projected that the midterms would leave the republicans with a workable majority of between 15 and 25 seats in the House and that the Senate was too close to call and would be 51-49 or 50-50 or 49-51. He also said there are expected governor pickups in WI and NV.
Frazer thanked the staff, said there is 100% compliance with financial disclosures for 2021, and announced the next board meeting at the Dallas Hyatt at for 9 am central time on January 7, yatt.
Rowley referred to the written reports for the Finance Committee ( I heard that not every board member was provided a copy of the finance committee reports). She stated that revenues were below budget resulting in commensurate expense cuts and that they continued to execute the mission while controlling costs. They are looking at ways to increase revenue. They are working on the 2023 budget that the board will approve at the January meeting. After the break, the
The meeting went into executive session, and I had to depart.
The Omerta is strong with the group. All reformers are off the ballot for 2023. All that was presented outside of the executive sessions was good news. I’m skeptical of the digital and social media approaches, as I did not hear any key performance indicators mentioned beyond open rates and “engagement.” There should be metrics that get into a yield of new members, renewing members, and new and continuing donors for each campaign.
The members’ interests are in the hands of Judge Cohen.