Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Col. B. J. Smith VFW Post 9892
Paradise Inn Beach Resort
Purok 7, San Francisco, San
2500, La Union, Philippines
MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 9 Oct 18
Commander Reyes made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:
Aukshun – OOD
Opening ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 1000 hours.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS
Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present
Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Excused
Junior Vice Commander – Tim Aukshun – Present
Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Present
Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present
Trustee One – Tom Darkus
Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present
Trustee Three –John Mesaros – Excused
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
National Home/POW/MIA Chairman - Rhett Webber – Present
There were 15 members in attendance.
Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees: All current and past
Seam Squirrels, Post Commanders,
District Officers and Department Officers, Alex Fores, District VII Commander and Kevin Mitchell, Roving Ambassador from District II, Post 9555, Yokota Japan.
READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: We have some prospective member requests that
we are in the process of trying to secure accurate addresses and verification of eligibility.
READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the September 2018 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept the minutes
was made by Comrade Spain, seconded by Comrade Rodgers. No discussion. Motion approved.
QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Posts financial status was read by Comrade Spain, back from vacation. All programs are adequately funded indicating that our financial
status is good. Income and projected expenses were also discussed with no immediate concerns. Comrade Rodgers made a motion to accept the quartermaster’s report, subject to audit. Motion was seconded by Comrade Aukshun, No discussion, motion approved.
READING OF BILLS: None, although Comrade Dzurissin is owed $305 from the Post. This will be paid once both members are at the same meeting, next month. Comrade Aukshun made a motion to make a 500 Peso donation to the Northern Philippine College of Maritime
Science and Technology. Motion seconded by Comrade Rodgers, No discussion, motion approved.
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: VA Manila will start to have Teleconferences again for the VA Advocacy Board Conference Call, starting November 8. Questions, comments
Lorma Hospital still does not bill FMP directly due to slow payments by FMP. VAOPC Manila is still aware of this issue and this issue will be brought up again at the next Teleconference.
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: We have received a letter from the Commander - In - Chief, B.J. Lawrence, with the Commanders Challenge. Commander Lawrence has laid down a challenge to all VFW Posts for the month of October, from
October 1st through October 31st, 2018, as follows:
The Post in each membership Division that shows the highest percentage of membership increase will receive
an award of $500 to be deposited directly into their Post Fund to be used as needed for the Post. In addition, each Department with a winning Post will receive a matching $500 to be deposited into the Department Fund to be used as needed by the Department.
If a Department has more than one winning Post, they can receive this award multiple times!
We will strive for this goal not only to compete for this honor but to also achieve our membership goals for the 2018/2019 term.
COMRADE OR FAMILY OF
A COMRADE IN DISTRESS: Daniel Ransom is in Kuwait for a 10 month deployment.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
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. Be sure to provide the number of volunteers, number of hours worked, number of miles traveled
and the total amount spent. Send to Twaukshun@yahoo.com Keep up the good work.
SAFETY REPORT - See attached
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: We continue to support four schools in the Bauang area, providing a wide variety
of school supplies for a grand total contribution of 9,200 pesos. See attached for a more detailed accounting of what we are providing.
SEAM SQUIRREL: See attached
NATIONAL HOME – See attached
POW/MIA – See attached
CCO – CCO chairman Spain reports that the upcoming Chili Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th. The event will be held at The Blu
Water Beach Resort and recreational park. The general location is to turn west off the National Highway, one block south of the Bauang Market. There will be signs to guide you to the location. All of the information regarding this event can be found on our
Post 9892 Facebook page. We are anticipating that this year’s 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 rooms available for rent, with many of them already reserved. If you are interested in staying there, contact the resort. Reserving a room will
be the responsibility of each individual on a first come basis. 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 year’s event will undoubtedly be an example of that.
If you are interested in helping us with something, anything, contact the
CCO Chairman, Charlie Spain. We are looking forward to seeing you at the event. We will have a 50/50 raffle at the event. Winner gets 50,000 pesos. The tickets are 500 pesos each. Contact a Post member if you are interested in purchasing tickets.
For more information please read all attached committee chairman reports.
Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Aukshun, seconded by Comrade Brozowski, some discussion, motion approved.
REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL HOME: A prayer was
said by Comrade Rodgers in remembrance of our National Home.
We still 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.
ACTION: Comrade Brozowski said that there is a school in Barroro that could need some assistance that fits our criteria for the McPherson Fund. He will
get back to us at the next meeting.
Determine whether we will pay for hats, shirts, etc. for the CCO
ACTION: Members were not interested in the post selling these items because somebody would have to sell them and store them,
which has always been a problem. Commander Reyes said that anybody interested in purchasing a VFW Post 9892 Ball Cap to contact him within one week of the release of our minutes; so that Comrade Webber can have them made. Payment required at or before the
Status on our four returned members follow-up:
2030 W Patrick
ACTION: Commander Reyes said that it is important that all information on a member’s application be filled out correctly, concisely and legibly. This is the first step in maintaining
contact with members.
NEW BUSINESS: None
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
a. Comrade Kevin Mitchell
introduced himself to the membership and announced that he is in the running for DPA Junior Vice Commander for the 2019/2020 term.
b. District 7 Commander Alex Fores presented Junior Past Commander Bud St Onge with his All American VFW cap and Streamer.
He also presented Junior Past District 7 Commander Charlie Spain with his All American District cap.
c. District 7 Commander Alex Fores said that the Congressional Gold Medal Award will be presented to WWII members in the local area on October 27, at
the Philippine Military Academy Parade Grounds on Loakan Road in Baguio. Interested guests should arrive by 0900 to allow time for security checks. Parking is limited. Commander Reyes asked, "Do we have any members eligible for this award and with qualifications/records?
Do we have Pulido’s documentation…if we can find him? Also, other members who have deceased?"
d. The criteria for the three programs that we pay into annually (Patriot Pen, Voice of Democracy and Teacher of the Year), has been changed to
be open to any American Citizen. Our resources here are limited so this will ease the restriction and possibly make it easier for us to find a candidate.…Something to consider next year, unless we have somebody who can submit to us a completed package
by October 31.
e. Commander Reyes has brought up having a Membership Appreciation Day/Christmas Dinner at a hotel/restaurant, i.e. Final Option, Olive Garden, Taipan, etc. Minimal charge for member and guest while the post picks up the difference. A
set menu can be worked out. Commander Reyes will talk to Final Option and present his proposal at the next meeting. Commander Reyes said that we should have social events for our membership and significant others in appreciation for all the work that membership
does for our veterans and communities. . Our membership stats.
Adjusted Prior Year
BAUANG,LA UNION PHIL
bit of news from the "DPA Official Communications" Face Book Site. Nationally, we are ranked #10 in Division 4. All posts must be in the top 50 of their division to qualify for All American. At present, all DPA District 7 Philippines VFW Posts are in the top
ten of their respective national divisions. We were surely
helped by the efforts of last season’s membership drive and the return of our "missing" four members from our rosters this season.
Keep the press on membership. Ask; you never know
if anybody is interested in joining unless you give them an opportunity to say yes...or no. More on this at our next meeting.
h. Commander Reyes encourages all post members to follow/friend the two DPA Facebook Pages: "DPA Official Communications" and
"DPA Around the Pacific" and to sign up for the VFW Action Weekly on www.vfw.org to get up to date information on what the VFW is doing on the legislative front.
i. Special Events this Month until the next meeting:
a. October 13: US Navy Birthday
b. October 27: National Make a Difference Day
c. November 6: Election Day
d. November 10: District 7 Meeting at VFW 2485
e. November 10: US Marine Corps Birthday.
f. November 10-11: Veterans’ Day Celebration. We will do
our VFW Post Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at Lingsat Public Cemetery, San Fernando City, La Union. at the Medal of Honor Recipient’s, Jose B Nisperos' gravesite. Post members are encouraged to attend the services at 9:00 am, November 11, Sunday
j. See Comrade Tim Aukshun if you have any nominations for Outstanding EMT/Doctor/Police/Firefighter.
k. For those Comrades wishing to attend the 2018 Department of Pacific Areas Council of Administration (DPA CofA) on December 7-9, in Angeles City,
Pampanga at the Oasis Hotel, the registration deadline is November 30, 2018. Registration can be done at www.vfwdeptpacific.org/index.php/registration .
l. A ceremony was recently sponsored by VFW Post 2485 in Cabanatuan. Comrade Rhett Webber indicated
that three VFW Post 9892 members attended the ceremonies.
50/50 DRAWING: Total 1600 pesos. The winner was Comrade Spain (800 pesos). The Post will receive 800 pesos. It shall be noted that Comrade Spain bought a round for everyone in attendance, with
BUDDY POPPY: P340, which will go into the Post Relief Fund.
Meeting closed at 1140 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 13 Nov 18 @ 10:00 a.m.
at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.
/s/ Wayne "Bud" St. Onge Robert