Post Members Monthly Meeting


Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Col. B. J. Smith VFW Post 9892

Paradise Inn Beach Resort

Purok 7, San Francisco, San Fernando City

 2500, La Union, Philippines






Commander Reyes 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 – Bobby Reyes – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Tim Aukshun– Excused

Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Excused

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Absent

Trustee One – Tom Darkus – Present

Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present

Trustee Three –John Mesaros – Present


Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - 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 – Rhett Webber - Present

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

 There were 11 members in attendance.

 Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees:  All current and past

Seam Squirrels, Post Commanders, District Officers and Department Officers.


  • Michael Campbell has submitted a request to transfer from Post 2485. Motion made to accept by Commander Reyes, Seconded by Comrade Dzurrissin; discussion, motion approved.

  • William Greco’s  application for a life membership has been approved  Motion made to accept made by Commander Reyes and seconded by Comrade Brozowski; discussion, motion approved.

  • Charles Washington has submitted an application for membership.  We are awaiting his DD 214 to verify eligibility.

READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the July 2018 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Comrade St.Onge, seconded by Comrade Russian. No discussion.  Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Posts financial status was read by Commander Reyes (acting as Quartermaster), in the absence of Comrade Spain.  All programs are adequately funded indicating that our financial status is good.  Income and projected expenses were also discussed with no immediate concerns.  Commander Reyes made a motion to accept the quartermasters report, subject to audit.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Dzurissin.  A discussion followed, motion approved.

READING OF BILLS:  None, although Comrade Dzurissin reminded us that he is stilled owed $200 for two members he submitted during the last term.  When Quartermaster Spain returns he will address this debt and resolve it.

SERVICE OFFICER REPORT:  See Good of the Order


COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:  Comrade Joe Dager continues to improve from a heart related ailment.  We wish him well and hope for a fast recovery.


SURGEON –Report Attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – All is well


HISTORIAN –Up to date


COMMUNITY SERVICE: We continue to do well in performing community service.  Document your monthly participation and submit to Comrade Aukshun.  Keep up the good work.

SAFETY REPORT - See attached


SEAM SQUIRREL: See attached

NATIONAL HOME – See attached

POW/MIA – See attached

CCO – In the absence of Chili Cook Off chairman Spain we discussed the upcoming event.  Comrade Russian submitted an example of a “Hobo” logo.  It was well received and he provided it to Comrade Gaspard for submission to the carver to insure that this can be recreated for the trophy.  He will advise us at the next meeting.  The event will be held at The Blu Water Beach Resort and recreational park.  The general location is to turn west,  one block south of the Bauang Market.  It is less than 1 km from the National Highway.  A map will be provided prior to the event.  We have come to terms with the ownership and we are anticipating that this years event will exceed all expectations.  BLU Water (which is an abbreviation for Bauang La Union) is a very large, spacious resort, with many attractive features.  The VFW tents that we have used for individual teams will be retired.  This event will be under a covered roof with assigned stalls providing more than adequate areas to cook and socialize.  No more issues with the hot sun and unexpected rain.  The show will go on regardless of the weather.  They have a restaurant that is under construction and will be completed prior to our event.  There are presently 24 rooms now available for rent with 12 more under construction.  It is projected that 40 rooms will be ready for occupancy for the event.  Reserving a room will be the responsibility of each individual.  More information on costs and contact info will be provided at the next meeting.  There is much more that this location offers, too numerous to mention.  If you would like more info you may want to visit the resort or better yet, attend our meeting!  For 23 years we have had the good fortune to have our Chili Cook Off events at the Bali Hai.  Change often times is a good thing.  This years event will undoubtedly be an example of that.  If you are interested in helping us with something, anything, contact the CCO Chairman, Charlie Spain.

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

Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade St.Onge, seconded by Comrade Dzurrissin, lengthy discussion, motion approved.

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


The fund raiser BBQ that was held at the Paradise Inn Resort for the La Union Hash Harriers on June 30, 2018 was a success.  The final accounting has been completed and we made money for the post, which was provided to the Quartermaster at the meeting.


We have money in the McPherson fund and are trying to determine what we could do to honor our deceased member Pat McPherson.  The requirements are that we want to do a project that will be viewed by people, and a plaque reflecting his name to honor the family’s contribution.  Money and supply donations will not fit this requirement.  If you have any ideas, contact any of the Post officers, or better yet, come to our meeting and tell us about it.


  • There are plenty of DOD ID card appointments available online on the RAPIDS site for the month of August.  You must go on-line to make an appointment.

  • Although the House of Representatives has passed the Blue Water Navy Bill it is having problems in the Senate as the new VA Secretary has testified against the Blue Water Navy due to costs, the increase in VA Home Loan fees, and that most of the illnesses presented as “Blue Navy” are age related.

  • The digital Blood Pressure Machines that the VA gives us are inaccurate as tested by post members against the manual operated ones with the pump.  There is also no adjustment on them to calibrate.

  • The VA is in the process of completely updating the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, commonly referred to as the “VASRD” or “Rating Schedule,” for the first time since 1945. The latest rating schedule related to skin went into effect Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.   No conditions were removed from the new rating schedule for skin conditions. However, several diagnostic codes assigned to various skin conditions were restructured or revised as VA aims to have the rating schedule better reflect modern medicine. Under the new schedule for disability ratings of the skin, the VA broadly aims to distinguish between conditions that affect a large portion of the body, or the entire body and conditions that are localized or require localized treatment.   The complete list of updates to the rating schedule for skin conditions is now available online. Claims pending prior to August 13 will be considered under both the old and new rating criteria, and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied. Claims filed on or after August 13 will be rated under the new rating schedule.   Since September 2017, the VA has been updating the VASRD, which is used by claims processors to determine the severity of disabilities related to military service and decide claims.

  • The rating schedules for Dental and Oral Conditions, conditions related to the Endocrine system, Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast and the General Rating Formula for Diseases of the Eye have already been updated. The VA will continue updating the remainder of the VASRD—affecting 15 total body systems—over the next several months.

  • VFW Post 2485 will be hosting a National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Cabanatuan American Memorial. Transportation will be provided from the Post to the event.

  • Cdr Reyes reminds all members to sign-up on to have access to their individual accounts and to enroll in the “VFW Action Corps Weekly” to get up to date news on what is going on with your VFW to include legislative issues that the VFW is working on.  Cdr Reyes states that if you have problems logging onto your account or enrolling in the “VFW Action Corps Weekly” to see him (or contact him) and he will help you.

  • VFW Post 124, in Baguio is planning an event to  Honor Filipino WWII Veterans w/ US Congressional Gold Medals;  to Designate Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a Purple Heart University and to Commemorate thek  anniversary of GEN McArthur's Leyte Landing.  The proposed date is October 31, in Baguio. More information will be provided next month.

50/50 DRAWING:  Total 1400 pesos. The winner was Comrade Gaspard (700 pesos).  The Post will receive 700 pesos.

BUDDY POPPY:  P260, which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

Meeting closed at 1115 hours in accordance with VFW ritual.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 11 Sep 18 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.


 /s/ Wayne “Bud” St. Onge                                             Robert "Bobby" Reyes

              Adjutant                                                                   Commander