Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

First Non-Profit Board Meeting

Board MeetingWe had our first official Non-Profit Board meeting last month since becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The meeting took place in Miami and was attended by all the Directors and our non-profit/fundraising consultant. The newly appointed Directors got to meet each other for the first time.

After preliminary introductions, the Directors nominated and elected the officers of the corporation as follows:

President and Treasurer: Patrick Russell

Vice-President: Andrae Marak

Secretary: Gene Garren

Other Business

The first order of business for the Board was to review the legal filings for the Making History Project, including its incorporation documents and recent non-profit status. Thereafter, the Board enacted a Conflict of Interest Policy for each director to sign. The purpose of the Conflict of Interest Policy is to protect the non-profit status for the organization. As such, no director is permitted to enter into a transaction with the Making History Project that would benefit his or her own private financial interest.

Current Projects

The Board is presently working on completing the By-Laws as well as crafting a succinct and meaningful mission statement for the organization. Grants, partnerships with other organizations, and fundraising were the additional topics discussed. Expect the website to be updated shortly with a page for the Board of Directors including a short bio for each director.

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About Author

Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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