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: February 14, 2017

Commander St. Onge made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:  Comrade Dzurissin– OOD. 

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

The Charter was draped for Comrade Eugene Worley who passed away in January.


ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS:

Commander - Bud St. Onge - Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Rhett Webber - Present

Quartermaster - Bobby Reyes – Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present

Trustee One – Tim Aukshun – Present    

Trustee Two - John Mesaros – Absent

Trustee Three - Thomas Darkus – Present                                           

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Charles Spain - Present  

Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present

Surgeon - Rhett Webber – Present

Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present

Service Officer - Rhett Webber – Present

Bingo Chairman – Roger Limle - Excused

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Excused

Seam Squirrel - Bobby Reyes - Present

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

There were 11 members in attendance. Other members in attendance:

Art Gaspard   Paul Sullivan  Fred Russian

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

 READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: The application to transfer  from Post 15010, of life member Mark Alexander, currently stationed in Korea, was read, approved, and unanimously voted on. Motion by Comrade Weber. Second by Comrade Rodgers.                                                               

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the 10 Jan 2017 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept the 10 Jan 2017 minutes was made by Comrade Reyes.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Sullivan  . No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  We continue to heal our financial wounds. All bills are paid and we are steadily rebuilding our Relief Fund as well as the General Fund.   Comrade Reyes made a motion to accept the August report, subject to audit and signatures.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Rodgers. No discussion.  Motion approved.    See Attached.

 READING OF BILLS:  All bills are paid. QM Reyes will provide Comrade Limle the money needed to pay for the well installation at DeGuzman school. That money came from a grant provided by the family of Comrade Randy Jerman. RIP Comrade.

 SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: Comrade Webber

See attached report.

 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE:   None

 COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:  Comrade Limle was hospitalized at LORMA Medical but should be released this morning. Comrade Ransom seems to be a little better as he has been seen on the highway in his car. Comrade Bowling is at home recovering from a stroke. He seems to be fine physically but is having great difficulty speaking. He is scheduled for an appointment with the VA in Manila. It was also reported that Comrade Dozier is having medical difficulties. We wish Comrade Dozier and all our ailing comrades a swift and complete recovery.

  REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

 SURGEON - See attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – Negative Report

CHAPLAIN – He is available for anyone who may feel the need for some spiritual counseling, or just an attentive ear should you need someone to listen.

HISTORIAN – We are up to date and, will update as appropriate and necessary.

             COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:                                                              

 COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Comrade Dzurissin All inputs have been submitted. Please let us know of your activities in the community. We are doing much more than what is being submitted.

Bingo: Comrade Limle was in the hospital but Comrade Reyes reported that bingo is doing quite well thanks to Roger. January was a very good month and February is off to a good start. The downside is, the Jackpot is getting vulnerable for a hit and, we will need to reload that when it happens. In spite of that normal process we are doing very well.

SAFETY REPORT: In addition to the attached report Comrade Weber stressed the need for Stairway safety. For some reason or another he felt the need to infer that our age precipitates this. What was it that Pocahontas said? “Speak for yourself John”. Anyway, thanks for the concern and see attached report.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: Comrade Limle was in the hospital at the time of the meeting. Perhaps his report will be submitted before we go to press. If so, see attached report.

SEAM SQUIRREL: A scratch will follow today’s meeting. Hospital visits will follow the Scratch.

NATIONAL HOME: The time for a distressed family to stay at the NH has been increased from 3 to 4 years. See attached report.

POW/MIA – Various groups are making great progress locating and recovering bodies in Hawaii and across the Pacific. The body of a downed pilot in Iraq has also been recovered. See attached report

CHILI COOK OFF –  Item Closed. Mission accomplished. Thank you Comrade Gaspard,  and all who worked to make the 25th CCO a huge success.

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

 Motion to accept all committee reports by Comrade Reyes; seconded by Comrade Spain.  No discussion.  Motion approved.

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:    

Continuity Folders: Comrade Spain reported due to his two month hiatus to the States, this is still a work in progress.

 NEW BUSINESS:

A motion was made by Comrade Weber, seconded by Comrade Dzurissin to move our April meeting from 11 April at 10AM to 18 April at 9AM so as not to conflict with Holy Week. We will host the District meeting that day and a Cooties Social to follow the District Meeting. Unanimously Approved.

Department Convention in Subic June 11 thru 15. Sign up will be available on the Department web site soon.

Be thinking about Officer Candidates. We need nominations at March meeting.

 GOOD OF THE ORDER:  Comrade Paul Sullivan and his wife continue to bring credit to himself/wife and the Post with his involvement in his local community. Recently they donated a projector to one of the schools and once again provided ice cream and mirienda to students and teachers. This is a prime example of the unsung good that are members do in the community but, does not always get reported. Thanks to Paul and his wife, and to all members who continue to GIVE to others in need.

 DRAWING

50/50 Total:                  1100  Pesos

Winner:               Comrade Sullivan (How appropriate. Pay It Forward)

Winner amount:  550 Pesos

Post amount:       550 Pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P 305 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1100 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 11 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 14 March @ 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