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. There were special invited guests in attendance so Commander St. Onge declared the meeting to be an Open Meeting.


Commander - Bud St. Onge – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Rhett Webber - Present

Quartermaster - Bobby Reyes – Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Excused

Trustee One – Tim Aukshun – Present 

Trustee Two - John Mesaros – 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 in attendance: JD Keller, Art Gaspard, John Lagrew, Fred Russian, Paul Sullivan, and Dave Camillo

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

  DRAPING/UNDRAPING OF THE CHARTER:  The Charter was undraped in honor of Eugene Worely that passed away in January 2017;



READING OF MINUTES:  The Minutes from the 14 Feb 2017 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email.  A motion to accept the 14 Feb 2017 minutes was made by Comrade Reyes.  Motion was seconded by Comrade Webber. No discussion.  Motion approved.

 QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT:  A most favorable report was provided. We have crawled up out of the hole, and are looking around for better times to come.

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

 READING OF BILLS:  QM Reyes announced that we had no bills.


See attached report.

 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE:  Department Convention is June 11 – 15 at Subic. The official DPA website is being worked on.  Keep trying to register. You can email Mike Verville to arrange room accommodations at the convention center, if you are unable to get into the DPA website.  

 COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:  Our Chaplain James Rodgers fell at his home and was unable to attend today’s meeting. We hope to see him in April. At the time of the meeting it was reported that George Bowling was still recovering at home however, before posting these minutes we learned that George had suffered another heart attack and was back in LORMA medical. Keep George and his family in your prayers.


 SURGEON - See attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – He was pleased to be able to make a negative report.

CHAPLAIN – Tune in next month, perhaps our Chaplain will recover and make it to our April meeting.

HISTORIAN – You need to make history to record history. We are currently up to date. Get out there and make some history.

 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN REPORTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Dzurissin reported that he had been receiving CSRs but was unable to access the DPA website to record them. Please continue to send in your reports. We will get them posted as soon as the department website is available.

Bingo: Comrade Limle reported that bingo was doing well in spite of the small jackpot being hit last week.

SAFETY REPORT: Travel safety is a prime concern. Be careful and vigilant while traveling.

Report Attached.


Report  attached

SEAM SQUIRREL: A scratch will follow today’s meeting with elections and installation of officers.

NATIONAL HOME: The Home has received the 7th Van from Campbell Soups.

 POW/MIA - See attached

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

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

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


Continuity Folders: Comrade Spain reported he had the folder for the Schools Program and the Chili Cook Off. 

A reminder that the April meeting was changed to 18 April at 9AM to accommodate the District meetings which will follow.  Officers Call 1015    District Meeting 1045


When the commander asked for nominations for next months elections you could hear the train a comin. After Comrade Reyes declined to accept the nomination for commander that Comrade Aukshun submitted, the following individuals accepted nominations for the post indicated.

Commander: Comrade St Onge      SVC Comrade Dzurissin      JVC Comrade Reyes           

QM Comrade Spain              Trustee 3  Comrade Messaros

The June 2017 meeting is changed to June 20th Motion by Comrade Webber, Seconded by Comrade Aukshun, unanimously approved.

We will have nine delegates at the District Meeting

Comrade Limle will have a Commemorative Plaque made in honor of Comrade Jerman and his families contribution that made it possible for us to have the well and water system installed at the Deguzman School.


FRAlics in Zambales April 7,8,and 9. Comrade Reyes has Raffle Tickets. Comrade Aukshun made a motion that the Post buy the tickets, seconded by Comrade Reyes, after a brief discussion the motion was denied. A number of anonymous comrades purchased tickets and donated them to the post.  Thank you Bud, John, Dave,  The remaining  tickets were purchased by comrades who hope to usurp their largesse.

On 8 April the Marines will be hosting a Bataan remembrance walk (bus) check our website.

Please look over the items on the pool table. If they cannot find a loving home, they are going in the trash.


50/50 Total:                  1400 pesos

Winner:               Comrade St.Onge

Winner amount:  700 Pesos (donated to purchase raffle tickets for the FRA, all winnings will go to the Post)

Post amount:      700  pesos

 Buddy Poppies:

P320 was donated for Buddy Poppies which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

 Meeting closed at 1100  hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 14 members present.  The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 18 April 0900 hours at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.

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

     Adjutant                                                 Commander