Post Members Monthly Meeting


Col. B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892

Km 264 Natl. Hwy., #473 Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, 2501, La Union, Philippines


 Reminder that the minutes of each meeting, are posted on our web site, [Correspondence and hard copies of Reports are available in the VFW Post Office files.]


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 James Brooks who passed away last month.  Comrade Aukshun had draped the casket with our flag May 23rd.


Commander - Bud St. Onge - Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin–Present

Junior Vice Commander – Rhett Webber - Present

Quartermaster – Charles Spain–Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers –Present

Trustee One – Tim Aukshun –   Present  

Trustee Two - John Messaros–Present

Trustee Three - Thomas Darkus– Present                                          


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 - Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present

Seam Squirrel - Bobby Reyes - Present

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

Other members present: Art Gaspard, Fred Russian

There were 12 members in attendance

  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  In the future all membership applications need to be submitted to SVC Dzurissin, preferably two weeks prior to the meeting, so that the Membership Committee can review for eligibility.

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the 9 May 2017meeting have been distributed via email.  A motion to accept theminutes was made by Comrade Reyes.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Spain. No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  Comrade Reyes read the QM Report as his final act as outgoing QM.

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

 READING OF BILLS:  QM Spain informed us that there was a final bill for P930 submitted by Comrade Limle which completes the billing for the Comrade Jermain water project at Deguzman School.  Funding for this project was already approved so QM Spain will reimburse Comrade Limle for the P930.

 SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: Comrade Webber See Attached Report


 COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:  Comrade Bowling will be relocating to the states next month. All wish him good health and a safe trip.

Comrade James Rodgers is recovering from his recent back surgery and we were glad to see him in attendance at today’s meeting. Welcome back James, and a speedy recovery.


 SURGEON - See attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – Comrade Darkus reported that, as far as he knew, the Russians had not been involved in our recent elections, and no investigation was anticipated.

CHAPLAIN – Comrade Rodgers has made himself available for anyone in need of spiritual counseling, or just a discreet/sympathetic ear to listen.

HISTORIAN –Comrade Aukshun has prepared an annual update and it should be available on the post website soon.

 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN REPORTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Reyes asked for all reports to be submitted to him. He has prepared a form to simplify the submission of our good deeds. We are all doing them but, seldom take the time to submit them. We are doing a lot more than what is being reported. Please allow the Post to be recognized for your good deeds.  You can email Comrade Reyes.


Report Attached.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: School has started again, and Comrade Limle and his wife have delivered all the school supplies. Thank you both for your continued hard work on this ongoing project.  See attached CSR

SEAM SQUIRREL: Seam Squirrel Aukshun made his first official announcement that  a scratch will follow today’s meeting.

NATIONAL HOME See attached

POW/MIA - See attached

Chili Cook Off – CCO Chairman is Comrade Spain - We will begin in earnest our CCO planning at the July meeting. If you have an idea for a theme, submit at the next meeting. We will vote at that time. We also need donations for auction items, and items to be given away as bonus/consolation prizes during our 50/50 drawing.

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

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

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


The Hash is still on for 01 July 2017.  We will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs again.  Last year’s lessons learned were discussed. Cooking crew should be on site around 3PM.  Item Open


The issue of resuming bingo at a different location was brought up. A heated discussion led to some less than favorable actions. Comrade Spain offered to try and locate a local office for the Philippine Gaming Commission and inquire if a Mayor’s Permit is sufficient to operate a bingo concession, and  what BIR documentation would be required of the VFW.  Item Open

The father of Patrick McPherson has donated $100 to the Post to be used for a Community Service project. The McPherson family is willing to donate up to a total of $1000 for a community service project similar to the Deguzman School project that we did in honor of Comrade Jermain. Let’s try to come up with a viable project before the July meeting.

The widow of James Brooks is having some serious financial problems following the death of her husband. Comrade Reyes made a motion that we donate P10,000 from the Relief Fund. Seconded by Comrade Aukshun. After a discussion as to the nature of her bills and the possibility of requesting funds from the DPA Relief Fund, the motion was approved.

 GOOD OF THE ORDER:  Post General Order 1 needs to be distributed to Post members.  It will be sent with the meeting minutes. OPR Adjutant

Comrades St Onge, Dzurissin, Aukshun, and Spain donated P1000 each to the Elementary School Project as pledged at the May meeting. Minda donated P2000 for the project, which she has been doing every month for quite some time now. It should be noted that Comrade Messaros has also been making a monthly donation to this worthy project for several years now. Despite our loss of income from the Bingo revenues, the Post continues to sustain this program. Thank You to all.


50/50 Total:                  1100 pesos

Winner:               Comrade Webber

Winner amount:  550   Pesos

Post amount:       550   Pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P380 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1135 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 12 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 11 July@ 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