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.]


MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 13 February 2018

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.


Commander - Bud St. Onge – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present

Quartermaster – Charlie Spain – Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Excused

Trustee One – John Messaros – Present

Trustee Two – Thomas Darkus – Present

Trustee Three – Tim Aukshun – Excused                                          


Adjutant – Charles Spain - Present

Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present

Surgeon - Rhett Webber Present

Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present

Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present

Seam Squirrel – Tim Aukshun - Excused

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

There were 10 members in attendance.

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


Ransom, Daniel Recovered Life, Gibson, James C. Recovered Life, Boseman, Daniel New Life by Installment, and Genesy, Jimmy C. New Life; were all investigated, approved, and unanimously voted as members of the post. QM Spain will process the applications pending receipt of payment.

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the January 2018 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 Russian. No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  Comrade Spain briefed that we were still in good shape, and that he would transfer funds from the CCO account into the General Fund. Motion to accept report subject to audit and signatures was made by Comrade Spain, seconded by Comrade Dzurissin. Discussion: Comrade Reyes expressed concern that we may need to increase the QM Bond. No need at this time. Motion Approved.

 READING OF BILLS: Thankfully None

 SERVICE OFFICER REPORT:  Comrade Reyes spoke on FMP payments, Last Wishes of deceased veterans, Post 2485 can no longer authorize burials at Clark Cemetery, VFW & National Veterans Service will set up a conference call to discuss slow FMP payments, Direct Deposit for FMP and slow updates by FMP on C&P changes. It is best to attend the meetings so as to benefit from all the back and forth discussions.

 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: District/Department Awards need to be submitted. DPA Commander John Gilbert thanked and praised the Posts and District 7 for its membership efforts to date. Keep up the good work.


Chaplain Rodgers was at the dentist today. Comrade Gaspard was conspicuously absent, hope he is not having that sciatica problem again. Our Cootie Comrade from Baguio John LaGrew is down with pneumonia. Comrade Webber was present and looking good.


 SURGEON – See Attached


CHAPLAIN – None. At the dentist.

HISTORIAN – None. At the VA.

                                                                                                                                                                         COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:                                                              


43 Projects - Sold $7.60 Buddy Poppies – 64 Volunteers – 222 Hours – 579 Miles – Total - $1,580

SAFETY REPORT - See attached.


SEAM SQUIRREL: SS Aukshun was in Manila for a VA appointment. BB Spain announced no scratch due to lack of quorum.


POW/MIA – Attached

Membership Committee – The committee consist of the Chairman SVC Comrade Dzurissin, Comrade Spain, and Comrade Reyes.  We are getting close to 100%. We still need two new or recovered members.

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

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

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:    Plans for the Special Project at Parian Este Elementary School are progressing. It was decided that rather than construct a new building (cost prohibitive) we could renovate an existing structure. The school principal will request approval from the school board. Once plans are complete we will provide a copy to the local Lions and Rotary Clubs for their assistance in obtaining materials. We will ask the school to provide the labor. Comrade Sullivan is working this project. Comrade Spain made a motion to accept this project as our McPherson Memorial Project, seconded by Comrade Reyes. Motion approved.

Comrade Aukshun’s project with the B. Flores Foundation School is progressing. Tim has purchased appliances and some sporting equipment with the approved post funds and donated funds. Comrade Spain has items left over from the La Cantina closure that he will get to Comrade Aukshun.


Department Convention June 10 – 14 Ban Chang Thailand, register on DPA website.

District Convention April 10 - Shooters Sports Bar, Officers Call 0930, District Meeting 1000.

A motion to change our April Post meeting to Shooters Sports Bar, starting at 0800, was made by Comrade Spain, seconded by Comrade Webber, and approved.

It was clarified that the post will continue with its policy of paying half the life membership fee for active post members who purchase a life membership for their son or daughter, and that we will try to encourage applicants to sign up for life membership versus annual by providing a $100 discount.

 GOOD OF THE ORDER:  Comrade Reyes, on behalf of Pup Tent 7 and the post, made the annual Valentine’s Day visit to LORMA Medical Center and he distributed three fruit baskets to veteran and the TRICARE/FMP nurses.


50/50 Total:   1000   pesos

Winner    Comrade St Onge

Winner amount:     500 Pesos

Post amount:         500 pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P 360 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1115 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 10 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be Mar 13@10:00 AM at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.

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

     Adjutant                                                 Commander


Cc: Post Members 

       Adjutant’s File