Post Members Monthly Meeting

VFW POST 9892

A Reminder that the minutes of each meeting, are posted on our web site, www.vfwpost9892.com. [Correspondence and hard copies of Reports are available in the VFW Post files.]

 MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 11 September 18

Commander Reyes made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:

Comrade Russian – OOD

Opening ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 1000 hours.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS

Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Excused

Junior Vice Commander – Tim Aukshun– Excused

Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Excused

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present

Trustee One – Tom Darkus – Present

Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present

Trustee Three –John Mesaros – Present

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - Excused

Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present

Surgeon - Rhett Webber--Present

Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present

Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present

Seam Squirrel – Rhett Webber - Present

National Home/POW/MIA Chairman - Rhett Webber – Present

There were seven members in attendance.

Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees: All current and past

Seam Squirrels, Post Commanders, District Officers and Department Officers.

READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS:

James D Brown, USN, Expeditionary (Mogadishu), Transfer from VFW Post 2485.

Lawrence D Munnick, USAF, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Transfer from 2485.

Daniel L Cimo, USA, Vietnam, Transfer from VFW Post 12130.

Motion was made to accept each member into VFW Post 9892 was made by Comrade Jim Rodgers and seconded by Comrade Webber. Discussion. Motion was approved.

READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the August 2018 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Comrade Russian, seconded by Comrade Brozowski upon changing the distance from the main road to the location of the upcoming Chili Cook-Off from 1 km to 2.2 km as brought up by Comrade Russian. Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Posts financial status was read by Commander Reyes (acting as Quartermaster), in the absence of Comrade Spain. All programs are adequately funded indicating that our financial status is good. Income and projected expenses were also discussed with no immediate concerns. No QM report was given until QM Spain returns at the next meeting.

READING OF BILLS: Post still has a bill mentioned in last month’s meeting which will be paid upon return of QM Spain, also post has a bill to Blu Water Beach Resort and Parks. Bill payments were approved during previous General Membership Meeting.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE:

1. Department of Pacific Areas Amendments to By-Laws

2. CinC B J Lawrence’s letter to membership re-adding members over 75 without returnable addresses to the posts’ membership rosters.

COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS: Comrade Joe Dager continues to improve from a heart related ailment. We wish him well and hope for a fast recovery.

SERVICE OFFICER REPORT:

1. Lorma Medical Center has stopped billing FMP directly due to slow payments. Action is in work between VAOPC Manila, Lorma and FMP.

2. VES does not pay travel.

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

SURGEON –Report Attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – All is well

CHAPLAIN –Keep comrades with PTSD in your prayers.

HISTORIAN –Up to date

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:

COMMUNITY SERVICE: We continue to do well in performing community service. Document your monthly participation and submit to Comrade Aukshun. Twaukshun@yahoo.com Keep up the good work.

SAFETY REPORT - See attached

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: See attached

SEAM SQUIRREL: We will have a Scratch today immediately after the post meeting.

NATIONAL HOME – See attached

POW/MIA – See attached

CCO – In the absence of Chili Cook Off Chairman Spain we discussed the upcoming event. CCO Invitational letters were to members present and will be distributed via E-mail to membership. Members are directed to give these packages to interested potential participants. Commander Reyes asked present membership to volunteer in assisting with this year’s Chili Cook Off.

NOTE: For more information please read all attached committee chairman reports.

Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Rodgers, seconded by Comrade Russian, lengthy discussion, motion approved.

REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL HOME: A prayer was said by Chaplain Rodgers in remembrance of our National Home.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Commander Reyes continued to ask for ideas for our next community project: We have money in the McPherson fund and are trying to determine what we could do to honor our deceased member Pat McPherson. The requirements are that we want to do a project that will be viewed by people, and a plaque reflecting his name to honor the family’s contribution. Money and supply donations will not fit this requirement. If you have any ideas, contact any of the Post officers, or better yet, come to our meeting and tell us about it.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. It was brought up by Comrade Webber if people were interested in selling ball caps during the CCO. After a discussion to selling ball caps and other items. The topic was tabled for members to think about it first and be able to discuss the topic at the next General Membership Meeting.

2. We will again be raffling out P500/each Raffle Tickets to support our Chili Cook-Off.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

1. Department of Pacific Areas Webmaster, Shawn Watson, has the Registration for the Mid-Term Council of Administration, up and running on the Department website.

Department website is: ww.vfwdeptpacific.org.

If you are planning to attend the Mid-Term C of A, at the Oasis Hotel, Angeles City, Philippines, 7-9 December 2018, please register on the DPA website. Do not register with the Hotel, register on the DPA website.

Even if you are not planning to stay at the Oasis Hotel, please register for the other C of A activities, i.e., DPA Banquet, Afternoon Social, Hospitality Room donation.

2. September is National Suicide Prevention Week. Commander Reyes passed out information sheets on identifying potential suicide victims and what can be done to help prevent them from committing suicide.

3. The following members were re-added into our membership rolls. This brings our membership to 102.15%

a. Franklin D Dills, 85

b. Edward J Mc Carthy, 80

c. John L McGurk, 88

d. Charles R Russell, 78

(1) Commander Reyes asked Membership to verify these members’ addresses so that we can update our records.

4. BluWater Beach Resort will provide a 5% discount to VFW Members in good standing upon check-in. Resort guests and their guests are entitled to free use of the pools. There will be a free shuttle to take guests from the Petron Station to the Resort (only…o stops, pick-ups or drop-offs)…assword is "Chili Cook Out". Hotel reservations must be done directly with the resort and they require a 20% down payment at their financial institution before confirmation.

5. Key dates until next meeting:

a. September 11: Patriot day & National Day of Service and Remembrance. Half-mast until sunset.

b. September 17: US Constitution is approved. Constitution & Citizenship Day.

c. September 18: US Air Force is established in 1947.

d. September 21: POW/MIA Recognition Day.

e. September 22: VFW Post 2485 Cabanatuan Tour Ceremony.

f. September 29: VFW Day. VFW established 1899.

6. Commander Reyes told membership about the upcoming Severe Storm Advisory. For Typhoon Mangkhut.

7. You can get a wheel chair at S&R for P5,500.

50/50 DRAWING: Total 800 pesos. The winner was Comrade Russian (400 pesos). The Post will receive 400 pesos.

BUDDY POPPY: P210, which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

Meeting closed at 1100 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 9 Oct 18 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.

/s/ Wayne "Bud" St. Onge Robert "Bobby" Reyes

Adjutant Commander