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.]
Col. B. J. Smith VFW Post 9892
Paradise Inn Beach Resort
Purok 7, San Francisco, San Fernando City
2500, La Union, Philippines
MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 13 November 18
Commander Reyes made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:
Comrade Dzurissen –
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 – Present
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 – Present
Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - Present
Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present
Surgeon - Rhett
Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Excused
Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present
Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present
Seam Squirrel – Rhett Webber - Excused
Home/POW/MIA Chairman - Rhett Webber – Excused
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
READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: We have some prospective member requests that we are in the process of trying to secure accurate addresses and verification of eligibility.
READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the October
2018 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Comrade Rodgers, seconded by Comrade St Onge. No discussion. Motion approved.
QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Posts financial status
was read by 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. Comrade Gaspard made a motion to accept the quartermaster’s report,
subject to audit. Motion was seconded by Comrade Brozowski, No discussion, motion approved.
READING OF BILLS: P7500 is due to the Wood Carver which is a budgeted item
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT:
in the VA Manila Teleconferences again for the VA Advocacy Board Conference Call on November 8. See Good of the Order.
Lorma Hospital still does not bill FMP directly due to slow payments by FMP. VAOPC Manila is still aware
of this issue and this issue has been brought up. We will continue to follow-up and to update this issue again.
Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) is ending in 2018 and being replaced by the Office of Personnel Management’s
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). You must enroll in FEDVIP dental during the 2018 Open Season, November 12 to December 10, 2018, to keep coverage that starts January 1, 2019. For more information, visit: https://tricare.benefeds.com/
The last day to enroll in TRDP has been extended. You may enroll in TRDP until November 30, 2018 with coverage scheduled to end on December 31, 2018. If you enroll between November 1 and November 30, your coverage will begin December
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: None
COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS: David Ransom is still ill.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
SURGEON –Report Attached
JUDGE ADVOCATE – None
HISTORIAN –Records are being validated
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:
COMMUNITY SERVICE: We continue to do well in performing community service. Document your monthly participation and submit to Comrade Aukshun. Be sure to provide the number
of volunteers, number of hours worked, number of miles traveled and the total amount spent. Send to Twaukshun@yahoo.com Keep up the good work.
SAFETY REPORT - See attached
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL
MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: We continue to support four schools in the Bauang area, providing a wide variety of school supplies for a grand total contribution of P95,187 worth of school supplies delivered to all 4 schools on 12 November including P4,630 worth of
candy for the 2,329 students.
SEAM SQUIRREL: See attached
NATIONAL HOME – See attached
POW/MIA – See attached
Preparations are ongoing for our 27th Annual Col B J Smith
VFW Post 9892 Chili Cook Off at Blu Water Beach Resort and Parks in Barangay Pugo, Bauang, La Union on November 24, 2018. The Captain’s Meeting will be held at the resort at 1200, November 23, 2018.
CCO chairman Spain reports that there are two rooms available and that the newer rooms are opening up.
If you are interested in helping us with something, anything, contact the CCO Chairman, Charlie Spain. We are looking
forward to seeing you at the event
Comrade Limle provided 2019 calendars to sell during the CCO. Partial Proceeds of which to support the CCO beauty contestants for food and refreshments.
NOTE: For more information
please read all attached committee chairman reports.
Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Rodgers, seconded by Comrade Aukshun, some discussion, motion approved.
REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL HOME: A prayer was said by Chaplain Rodgers
in remembrance of our National Home.
We still 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.
ACTION: Comrade Brozowski said that there is a project in Barroro that we can assist by providing materials for a public restroom. We have the funds with a VFW National Community Projects Fund Grant and
within our own funds to support this. Commander Reyes made a motion to support this project and seconded by Rodgers. Discussion. The motion was passed by unanimous vote. Comrade Spain will draft the grant request.
Determine whether we will
pay for hats, shirts, etc. for the CCO
ACTION: Comrade Webber hopes to have to ball caps for those that ordered caps at the CCO.
a. The Post Relief Fund Committee convened to review, vote and approve a
grant of P10K to support veteran Delwynn Everson who was held in Manila Doctors Hospital for payment after his foot was amputated. Assistance from other veterans groups, private citizens, US Embassy and DPA were also offered.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
a. Commander Reyes reported that Col B J Smith VFW Post 9892 was awarded a 2018-2019 streamer for the post reaching over 100% in membership goals.
b. Congressional Gold Medal Award was presented to WWII members in the local area on October 27, at
the Philippine Military Academy Parade Grounds on Loakan Road in Baguio. Post Adjutant and District 7 Senior Vice Commander St Onge attended the services.
c. Five post members attended and performed Veterans Day Memorial Service at the gravesite of
Medal of Honor recipient Pvt Jose B Nisperos, US Army—Philippine Scouts, San Fernando City Public Cemetery. Participants were, CDR Reyes, JVC Aukshun, QM Spain, Chaplain Rodgers and JA Darkus.
d. We have completed all of our requirements
to State and All-American, however we must maintain to be in the top 50 in our division to maintain qualifications for All-American. We are presently #17, nationwide. Keep the press on membership.
e. Commander Reyes said that he will talk to CSI about
having a membership booth set up in January or beginning of February. We will need volunteers to help show what we do to the public and potential members.
f. Commander Reyes has brought up having a Membership Appreciation Day/Christmas Dinner at Final
Option or Amaré La Cucina both in San Juan. It was decided to have the event at Final Option with the post picking up the tab for each member’s bill of up to P500. If a member and guest(s); the post would still pay the first P500 of the total
member’s bill. The date of the event will be December 11 at 1:00pm.
g. Our membership stats.
Adjusted Prior Year
BAUANG,LA UNION PHIL
Status on our four returned
2030 W Patrick