GuideStar, for some odd reason, has the name of RECF’s listing as “THUNDERCHICKENS ROBOTICS CLUB INC”, despite other information about RECF being correct.
It also shows the Board of Directors as empty, but “Self-reported by organization” on 10/12/2022. It’s odd that the list of directors appears to have been emptied right before all of this started coming out.
The name thing alone is really strange, but the board of directors is even more odd.
THUNDERCHICKENS ROBOTICS CLUB INC - GuideStar Profile
The RECF used to be known as THUNDERCHICKENS ROBOTICS CLUB INC, prior to a name change in 2010 to the now-current name. The company was originally founded in Michigan in 2003, as the nonprofit parent organization for FRC217.
History based on Michigan Annual Report Filings
It was filed with 10,000 shares? I’m not sure of the details on that, never heard of nonprofits having “shares” before.
There was some re-org in 2007, with the articles of incorporation being updated, but I can’t find a record of the updates. I can’t find the list of board of directors until 2009. In 2007, they started submitting annual filings, and the 2007-2009 filings all state no changes. The 2009 filing lists the board of directors: Paul Copioli (President), Jennifer Copioli (Treasurer), Ron Arscheene (Director), Anita Stafford (Secretary ), and Edward Debler (VP), all with business addresses in MI.
As mentioned, in 2010, the name was changed to RECF. The 2010 annual filing states no changes. The 2011 annual filing changes Paul Copioli to a Director, Edward Debler to a Director, and adds Jason Morrella as President, all with business addresses in TX. No changes in the 2012 annual report.
In 2013, Jason Morella moves to Secretary, Paul Copioli moves to Treasurer, Jennifer Copioli is removed, Joseph Astroth is added as President, Edward Debler is removed, and David (Tony) Norman is added as a Director. No changes in 2014-2016.
In 2017, Tony Norman becomes Treasurer, Jason Morella becomes President, Paul Copioli is now spelled Paul Capolli (and still is to this day), Paul “Capolli” becomes Secretary, Joseph Astroth is removed, and William (Dan) Mantz is added as Director.
In 2018, Dan Mantz becomes President and Jason Morella is removed. No changes since then.
History based on IRS 990 filings (only 2015 onward)
Note: the Michigan filings are generally at the start of the tax years used for the IRS filings.
In the 2014 990 filing (for tax year from Sept 2014 to Aug 2015, filed in 2017), Jason Morella is listed as president, Joseph Astroth is listed as Chairman (with term ending 7/31/2015), Paul Copioli is listed as Secretary, and Tony Norman as a Director. Ronald Arscheene is missing from the IRS filing for this year, but present in the Michigan records.
In the 2015 990 filing (for tax year from Sept 2015 to Aug 2016, filed twice in 2017 due to a mistake), Joseph Astroth is removed, and Ronald Arscheene is on this filing (as a director).
In the 2016 990 filing (for tax year from Sept 2016 to Aug 2017, filed in 2018), Dan Mantz is added as Chairman.
In the 2017 990 filing (for tax year from Sept 2017 to Aug 2018, filed in 2020), Jason Morella is removed.
Miller Roberts is listed as VP of Operations for 2014-2016 (but not a director).
In 2018/2019, both Jason Morella and Miller Roberts begin working with Revolution Robotics Foundation. Jason Morella is listed as a co-founder. Somewhat irrelevant but interesting, Dave Lavery is listed as a current member of the board of RRF.
In the 2018 990 filing, no list of directors is included
In the 2019 990 filing, no changes in the list relative to 2017.