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 July 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 1010 hours. The Charter which we had draped last month for James Brooks was undraped.


ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS:

Commander - Bud St. Onge - Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Rhett Webber - Excused

Quartermaster - Bobby Reyes – Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present

Trustee One – Tim Aukshun –   Excused  

Trustee Two - John Mesaros – Present

Trustee Three - Thomas Darkus – 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

Bingo Chairman – Roger Limle - Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present

Seam Squirrel – Tim Aukshun - Excused

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

There were 12 members in attendance. In addition to the Usual Suspects Fred Russian, Ed James, Mike Nicely and John Kelly were in attendance. It was good to see so many friendly faces.

 Post 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: None

                                                              

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the 20 June 2017 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Comrade Spain.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Dzurissin. No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  Comrade Spain gave an abridged report with recognition to Comrade Reyes for his continued support and invaluable assistance during this transition period.

  Comrade Spain made a motion to accept the June report, subject to audit and signatures.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Reyes. No discussion.  Motion approved.    See Attached.

 READING OF BILLS:  Commander St. Onge informed us that the bill for Attorney Paragas, in regards to our taxes and the assistance he provided us pertaining to our BIR filings, or lack thereof, will be submitted at the August meeting. Anticipate a bill amounting to P16,000.

 SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: Comrade Reyes has contacted the DSO and is in the process of bringing himself up to speed so as to provide assistance on Developing/Filing claims. He is developing a checklist to streamline the process. He intends to establish office hours. Place and hours, that he will make himself available, to be announced at a future meeting.

 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE:   None QM is still having problems logging in to Department email. Will contact Sean Watson for assistance in changing password.

 COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:  JD Keller was admitted to Notre Dame Hospital in Baguio yesterday with respitory problems. Comrade Rhett Webber is not present at today’s meeting for what we believe to be cardiac problems. Comrade William Joe Dager is still in LORMA. He is suffering from pneumonia, and had a cancerous growth removed from his head. Comrade George Bowling has relocated to New Jersey to be near family and a VA Hospital while he continues to recover from recent strokes and heart problems.

 REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

 SURGEON - None

JUDGE ADVOCATE – All is in good order.

CHAPLAIN – God Bless us one and all.

HISTORIAN – None

 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN REPORTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Reyes asked all to take the time to submit reports for all the good things we do. We need our comrades who live in the states and elsewhere to submit via email the good things they are doing.

SAFETY REPORT - Be Safe.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND:  See attached

SEAM SQUIRREL: Blanket Bum Spain, in the absence of the seamy one, announced that a scratch will follow today’s meeting, should we have a quorum.  

NATIONAL HOME None

POW/MIA – None

Budget Committee – Comrade Reyes announced that the Budget Committee had met and revised last year’s budget to accommodate our current situation. Although the budget reflects a negative balance at this time, he pointed out that it does not reflect the ongoing donations made by the father of Patrick McPherson who has pledged a considerable sum for any worthwhile community project to honor his son’s memory. We will try to something along the lines of what the family of Comrade Jerman allowed us to do. (School Project) The budget was presented and approved. Comrade Gaspard thanked and complimented the Budget Committee on their efforts to produce a viable budget.

Membership Committee – The committee consist of the Chairman SVC Comrade Dzurissin, Comrade Spain, and Comrade Reyes. Please submit any membership applications to the committee well in advance of the next meeting so as to allow for proper vetting and approval.

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

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

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:    

The July 1st Hash Fund Raiser Dinner netted P8,450. Thanks to all who came and worked the project. A special Thank You to Comrade Dzurissin and his staff at the Paradise Inn. For the second year in a row Comrade Dzurissin donated all the proceeds from the drink sales, the condiments and many other food items, in addition to conducting a 50/50 Raffle. Comrade Spain donated the HB buns and HD rolls, and it is believed that Comrade Aukshun will follow suite with the potato salad that was provided. All in all a great team effort.  Closed

The issue of bingo was put to rest. Comrade Spain visited with PAGCOR officials in San Fernando. It may be possible to obtain a bingo license from PAGCOR but no one is willing to subject their personal finances and that of the Post to the scrutiny of the BIR. We are taking steps to continue our school program as is, without the additional income from bingo. To Comrade Limle, his wife Emily, and all those who worked the bingo program for so many years, a heartfelt thank you.  Closed

Comrade Webber delivered the P10,000,  that had been approved out of the Relief Fund, to the widow of James Brooks.  Closed

 NEW BUSINESS:

The Chili Cook Off was discussed and the vote went to the theme suggested by Comrade Aukshun. This year’s them will be “Toot Toot Chili” Which may very well be shortened to “Utot Chili” (To amuse our host country nationals) at the discretion of the CCO Committee. Chairman Spain is working on the Invitation Letter.  CCO Letter Attached.

 GOOD OF THE ORDER:

 The Legacy Life Program is a way of providing much needed funding to your post, long after you have passed on to that eternal post. A member can sign up for Bronze, Silver, or Gold Legacy Life. The post will receive in turn each year $6, $12, or $18. Each level of the Legacy Life Program costs $400. You can sign up for Gold and pay $1200, or you can do it incrementally by signing up for the Bronze for $400 and then advance to Silver and Gold later on down the road. At the present time we only have 7 members participating in the program. Please consider helping your post in perpetuity by signing up for any level of the Legacy Program. 

Comrade John Kelly recently returned from the states, where he always seems to acquire the most interesting and historic memorabilia. Today he presented the post with a Bronze Bell inscribed in honor of LtCol George E. Petro. LtCol Petro served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was presented the Navy Cross in July 1951 for extreme heroism in Dec 1950, in Korea.  Comrade Kelly was also able to obtain a plaque which was once presented by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. These items will be secured until such time that the post has a permanent place to display them. Most of the things we auction off at the Chili Cook Off are donated by Comrade Kelly. SALUTE

 DRAWING

50/50 Total:         1300 pesos

Winner:               Comrade Mesaros

Winner amount:  650 Pesos

Post amount:       650 Pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P340 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1125 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 12 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 8 August @ 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