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

Board of Directors Archive

Annual Board Meeting

Annual Board MeetingWe held our annual board meeting this month. Prominent in our discussion was the project work for the past year related to the National Endowment for the Humanities grant on War and Trauma at Governor’s State University. Below, you will find one of the public outcomes of the grant, a televised town hall meeting between students and veterans on the topic of combat trauma.

Another milestone this year was attendance at the 82nd Airborne reunion in Fort Bragg for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. For the first time, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama veterans mingled with our current paratroopers and shared their experiences. Three additional oral history interviews of veterans were obtained at the reunion as well as the making of some new friends.

Finally, future goals for the upcoming year were set. First and foremost was the need to obtain more help, specifically from students and volunteers to assist with the editing of interviews. Additional opportunities exist for student interns to help with marketing, social media, and website updates. Other ideas were proposed for some formal fundraising initiatives, all of which are needed for the long-term growth of the project. Those interested in helping are encouraged to contact us.


Introducing the Board of Directors

Making History ProjectThe new Board of Directors page for the Making History Project is now available for review on this website. Our voluntary Board now includes Dr. Andrae Marak, Ph.D., SGM Francis Gene Garren (Ret.), and Mark Meland, Esq. We are very proud of our new Board of Directors and urge you to visit the new page to see a personal biography for each Director.

I think you will agree that the Board of Directors is a diverse and talented group dedicated to both history and the preservation of the legacy of our Veterans. If you should have any ideas for the Making History Project, or if you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran who would like to give an oral history interview, please be sure to reach out to us. Likewise, if you would like to lend a hand for this important project, let us know as we are always looking for assistance.

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.