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:  10 Jul 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 1010 hours.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS

Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Excused

Junior Vice Commander – Tim Aukshun– Present

Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present

Trustee One – Tom Darkus – Present

Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present

Trustee Three –John Mesaros – Excused

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - Present

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 12 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:  None

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the June 2018 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Comrade Aukshun.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Russian. No discussion.  Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The 2018/2019 Budget is complete.  Our projected income and expenses balance so we are in good shape for the new term.  Comrade Spain made a motion to accept the QM Report, subject to audit.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Darkus.  A discussion followed, and as expected the Quartermaster addressed all questions to the satisfaction of all in attendance.  Motion approved.

READING OF BILLS: None

SERVICE OFFICER REPORT:  See Good of the Order

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE:  Brian Duffy, the National Adjutant General, expressed thanks to everyone for supporting the National Disaster Relief Fund.  However, that fund has now diminished to a critical low point and he is requesting additional financial support from Departments, Districts, Post and members to ensure that funds will be available for future disaster relief.  If any member is interested in making a donation, this can be done through the Post Commander.

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.

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

SURGEON –Report Attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE - None

CHAPLAIN –None

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: See attached.

NATIONAL HOME – See attached

POW/MIA – See attached.  The US is now searching other islands in the Pacific for MIA remains.

CCO – Chili Cook Off chairman Spain advises that we are still exploring venues for this year’s event.  Bali Hai (now Hotel 45) is no longer in contention due to their unreasonable demands, which we cannot meet.  As a result of our decision they advised us to remove all of our stored CCO items, which we have done.  They have been moved to a temporary location.  For 23 years we have had the good fortune to have our Chili Cook Off events at the Bali Hai.  Sadly, this event will no longer be held there.  We are in the process of opening up a new chapter of CCO events at another location.  We expect to make a decision on this in the next couple of weeks and will report out to the membership in the August.  These events require a lot of work and the burden of this cannot reasonably be done by a couple of members.  If you are interested in helping us with something, anything, contact the CCO Chairman, Charlie Spain.

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

Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Rodgers; seconded by Comrade Brozowski.  No discussion.  Motion approved.

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

A fund raiser BBQ was held at the Paradise Inn Resort for the La Union Hash Harriers on June 30, 2018.  Thanks, is extended to Comrades, Reyes, Aukshun and St. Onge for their help for making this a success.  And a special thanks to Comrade Dzurissin for hosting the event.  All proceeds will go to the Post.

NEW BUSINESS:

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.

GOOD OF THE ORDER: 

  • Cdr Reyes reports that Junior Past District 7 Commander and our Quartermaster Charlie Spain received a letter of commendation and flag streamer from VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman congratulating him in achieving the distinct honor of leading the District to over 100% in membership for the 2017-2018 year.

  • Clark American Cemetery – Cdr Reyes reports that ABMC now owns the CVC as VFW 2485 only does the burials.  He discussed indigent veterans’ burials as they are draining the Grave Digger Fund.  They are looking at ways to continue burying indigent veterans and are determining what classifies a veteran as eligible for an indigent burial.  They have had some burials where the VA burial monies go to the Post to help maintain the fund.  Also, they are looking at veteran’s families offering P3,000 to help defray the costs of the burials. By putting a limit of P45,000 per burial expenses, the fund may only have enough to do six more services.

  • Cdr Reyes reiterated DPA CDR Verville’s remarks at the District 7 meeting that the VFW Membership Program for this 2018-2019 term is on-line (www.vfw.org).  Sign into your account and go to the My VFW, then click on the link for the Membership Program. There is also a thing called “Round Ups”, where the Department Commanders would go one month on a weekend and show-up at a post to have the post make a membership pledge. Additionally, Post Officers need to go out and recruit members to set the example to the post’s members, additionally they should come up with ideas (membership drives) to recruit members and keep a membership application with them.

  • The DPA has now combined their DPA pages for ease of access.  DPA CDR Verville now has a FB page that he will use to communicate with.  All post members should “friend” the Face Book Sites “DPA Around the Pacific”, “DPA Official Communications” and “VFW Pacific Areas”.

  • The Mid-term (CofA) will be held in Angeles City on December 7-9 at the Oasis Hotel.  The DPA 2019 Convention will be held in Saipan.  As a reminder that all non-US Citizens must have a US visa and to apply for one early if they have an interest in attending the Convention in Saipan.

  • There will be a change to the Department’s By-laws that will require Elected Department Officers and Council Members be living within the Department’s geographical region.  Presently, DPA is the only department that allows elected officials to live outside of the area.

  • There is a US Embassy Outreach at the Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay, Baguio City on July 20, 2018, 0730 to 1030.  Bring exact amount in pesos as the Outreach will not be able to give you change.

  • Many veterans are receiving their annual Social Security verification letters.  A reminder that if SSA does not receive the letter back in time that the beneficiary’s Social Security benefits will stop.

  • VFW Post 2485 will be hosting a National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Cabanatuan American Memorial. Transportation will be provided from the Post to the event.

  •   We will start posting the minutes of the District 7 meetings on our VFW Post 9892 Website.

  • Cdr Reyes touched on the topic of Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ’s) and how they can help with a veteran’s claims.  They can read about DBQ’s on the VA Website and be able to download the questionnaires also. 

    https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_disabilityexams.asp

  • Cdr Reyes reminds all members to sign-up on www.vfw.org to have access to their individual accounts and to enroll in the “VFW Action Corps Weekly” to get up to date news on what is going on with your VFW to include legislative issues that the VFW is working on.  Cdr Reyes states that if you have problems logging onto your account or enrolling in the “VFW Action Corps Weekly” to see him (or contact him) and he will help you.

  • Comrade Rodgers made a motion for the Post to donate $25 to the National Relief Fund, as explain in “Official Correspondence”.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Russian.  A discussion followed and the motion was denied.  Our position on this is that we make donations to specific events rather than into the general fund.  Our funds are limited.

DRAWING:  Total 1300 pesos. The winner was Comrade Rodgers (650 pesos), generously donated to the relief fund.

BUDDY POPPY:  P610, which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

Meeting closed at 1120 hours in accordance with VFW ritual.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 14 Aug 18 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.

 

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

              Adjutant                                                                  Commander