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: 14 November 2017

Commander St. Onge made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:  ComradeDzurissin – 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 - Bud St. Onge – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin –Present

Junior Vice Commander – Bobby Reyes–Present

Quartermaster –Charlie Spain–Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers –Present

Trustee One – John Messaros –   Present

Trustee Two –Thomas Darkus–Present

Trustee Three –Tim Aukshun–Present                                          

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Charles Spain - Present

Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present

Surgeon - Rhett Webber Excused

Safety Officer – Rhett Webber - Excused

Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle –Present

Seam Squirrel – Tim Aukshun - Present

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

There were 14 members in attendance. In addition to the Usual Suspects Paul Hogle and Paul Sullivan paid us a nice visit.Comrade Fred Russian (converted to Life Member) is now included in the Usual Suspects Category.

 Commander St.Onge recognized the following distinguished attendees:  All current and past Seam Squirrels, all past Post Commanders, District Officers and Department Officers.

 READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS:

Don W. Aukshun was voted in as our newest Life Member. Don is the son of Comrade Tim Aukshun, and is currently serving in an area that qualifies him for membership. Dad paid half his life membership fees, and in keeping with our policy for active participating members, the post paid the other half. Thanks to both dad and son.

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the October 2017meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept theminutes was made by Comrade Rogers.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Dzurissin. No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  Comrade Spain made some changes to the QM Ledger to make it easier to read, and include specific breakdown of funds. He will also bring a Members Review Copy to be passed around for all to see our exact financial situation. Usually just the Trustees get to see this kind of detail. This will allow the QM to give a brief but accurate report each month, thereby shortening our meetings by up to, I don’t know, maybe two or three minutes.

Comrade Spain made a motion to accept the Octoberreport, subject to audit and signatures.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Dzurissin. No discussion.  Motion approved.   

 READING OF BILLS: No Bills

 SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: It is at Comrade Reyes’ house. You can go there to read it if interested. Comrade Reyes attended the American Battle Monuments Commission meeting in Angeles last week. He now knows how to bury us at the Clark Cemetery. So if you die get in touch with Bobby. A lot of banter about Tricare and FMP. The bottom line is, get your application in, so you can get your approval letter from FMP. Don’t confuse FMP with Tricare. You may have to do a lot more paperwork with FMP and jump through a few more hoops but, it can save you a lot of money.

 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: Comrade Spain has the C of A Schedule if anyone is interested in looking at it. Go to the DPA website to register.

 COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:Comrade Ocampo is at home and continues to improve. Comrade Bowling must be doing well. We heard he is ready to return to PI, as soon as he gets his daughters approval.  It was reported by a Confidential Informant (CI in the PI) That JD Keller was spotted out and about showing off his new and improved, lean and mean, torso. The CI tried to tell us it was because JD was working out and eating healthy. The CI didn’t get paid for that bit of BS but we wish JD well with his new healthy lifestyle.

 REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

 SURGEON –See Attached

JUDGE Advocate- None

CHAPLAIN –None

HISTORIAN –We’re up to date.

 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN REPORTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Reyes would appreciate it if you added to his workload in this department. He has ample free time to input your good deeds, after he has inputted Comrade Limles’ monthly submissions. Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, so let’s keep Bobby out of trouble by keeping him busy with our community service inputs.

SAFETY REPORT - See attached.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: Comrade Limle reported that he and his wife delivered over 85 thousand pesos worth of school supplies to the four schools remaining in our program. A big thank you to Roger and his wife for all the work they do for the children on our behalf.   See attached Report

SEAM SQUIRREL:SS Aukshun Scratch to follow today’s meeting.

NATIONAL HOMEAttached

POW/MIA –Attached

CCO  Committee –See Comrade Spain after today’s meeting to turn in your money and ticket stubs. We only have 7 tickets left to sell, and they will be sold today. The following have volunteered to run various aspects of our upcoming CCO.

Judging – Comrade Gaspard      Miss Chili Pepper – Comrade Aukshun             Silent And Live Auction / Action Aukshun      Sound and DJ / Comrade Spain

Help is always needed on the day of the CCO so please be there and help with whatever you can.  We would like to thank Comrade John Kelly for the box of goodies he shipped to us. The Hershey’s chocolates melted to mush but the rest of the stuff should fetch a nice price at the auction.

Thanks to Comrades Ben Patterson, Paul Hogle, and David Camillo for responding to the October Meeting Minutes by purchasing 10 CCO Raffle tickets each. Let’s root for Comrade Camillo because if he wins, he and his wife are donating the winnings to the Post.

Membership Committee – The committee consist of the Chairman SVC Comrade Dzurissin, Comrade Spain, and Comrade Reyes.Keep those apps ah comin in.

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

 Motion to accept all committee reports was made by ComradeDarkus; seconded by Comrade Dzurissin.  No discussion.  Motion approved.

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:    None

 NEW BUSINESS: None

 GOOD OF THE ORDER:  In addition to buying 10 CCO Raffle Tickets, Comrade Hogle shared some good insight with us on having the new AFN Decoders shipped straight to your house. Comrade Dzurissin offered an alternative solution. You can contact him before his next trip to Okinawa.

 DRAWING

50/50 Total

Winner:               Comrade Rogers

Winner amount:  700 Pesos

Post amount:       700 Pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P 370 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1056 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 14 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 12 December@ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.

 /s/Charlie Spain                                      /s/Wayne "Bud" St. Onge

     Adjutant                                                 Commander