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Volume 13, Issue 2

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History of the FAA: Part Three

The StructuringYears

by Dennis Kirby

those who were never members of SJB Province.  This relationship became official in 1998.   

Recognizing that the FAA is not a growing organization, discussions took place on possible FAA activities on the death of an alumnus.  One outcome was the establishment of the "Candlelight Remembrance Service" at the annual Chapter to remember those alumni who recently died.

Over the years, members wanted to find their classmates and friends.  So, several directories of FAA names and addresses were published. 

During these middle years, a good number of policies were formulated:

  • Bylaw update process to occur every 4 years (same year as the U.S. presidential elections)
  • An Archivist policy for the FAA
  • The FAA Bulletin Board and Awards Plaque at St. Francis Center
  • A policy for safeguarding the FAA database to preserve members' privacy

Next time: the most recent years. 


This is the third article on the origins of the FAA.  In the years prior to 1993, the basic foundations of the FAA were laid.  Following 1993, enhancements and refinements came to the forefront. 

The loosely organized FAA started to need procedures and policies to conduct the growing business of the FAA. Up to then, Board members "volunteered" to serve on the Board.  A Board nomination committee was established to seek new board members and committee members.  By-laws on Board staggered term limits and qualifications were explored and drafted.  This allowed the membership to select their Board members, provided an experienced continuity to the Board, and now Board members also had a graceful exit from the Board.

The Board voted to convert the FAA to a 501 C4 non-profit organization.  And on October 25, 1994, the FAA achieved this non-profit status.  The bylaws became the Code of Regulations and board members became trustees.

We believe this is an outstanding organization, but we stumble once in awhile. 

Two new programs were developed and approved during this period and unfortunately received little interest.  The Board wanted a "spouse liaison"--a person who would represent the spouses and families of the members.  The second new program was the "local initiative," an attempt to get the membership in a geographical area or city to join together periodically for social, sports, and religious purposes.  Neither program took off. 

Another program has been highly successful: The Recognition Awards program.  It was apparent that members were doing and living highly dedicated and productive lives.  The Board wanted to highlight and recognize these members in

The first Christian Life award recipients were:
1994 Fr. Aubert Greiser                     
1995 Bro. Bob Hozie
1996 Fr. Germain Krizmanich
1997 Fr. Mel Brady

The first Humanitarian awards went to:
1994 Mike Weber
1995 Dan Mauk
1996 Mike Niehaus
1997 Cyrin Maus

two distinct categories: The Christian Life Award (for professed religious) and the Humanitarian Award (for lay members).  This type of recognition started in 1994 and continues today.
In the early years, the FAA centered on those who were associated with St. John the Baptist Province.  We then began exploring affiliation with Our Lady of Guadeloupe Province members, including