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: June 19, 2018
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 1015 hours.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS
Commander – Bobby Reyes
Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present
Junior Vice Commander – Tim Auckshun–
Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Present
Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present
Trustee One – Tom Darkus – Present
Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present
Three –John Mesaros – Present
Adjutant – Bud St.Onge - Present
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 12 members in attendance.
Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees: All current and past Seam Squirrels, all past Post
Commanders, District Officers, Department Officers and our special quest, Comrade Alex Fores, District VII Commander.
READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: We have 3 approved new
members that will be added to our Post membership: Al Marker (transfer from Subic), Andrew Parker (transfer from Subic), and Daniel Seino (transfer from Cebu), effective 1 July. Nominated for approval by Comrade Spain and seconded by Comrade
Rogers. Discussion ensued. Motion approved.
READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the May 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 Webber. No discussion. Motion approved.
QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: We continue to operate
efficiently and will finish this year in the black. We are looking forward to another productive year during the 2018/2019 term which begins on 1 Jul 18
Comrade Spain made a motion to
accept the QM Report, as audited. Motion was seconded by Comrade Webber. No discussion. Motion approved.
READING OF BILLS: None
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: Commander Reyes advises to read the recently published VA Mission Act of 2018 that was posted on our Facebook Page and sent out via E-mail to post members. It explains changes within the VA.
A feasibility study is now being conducted by the VA for consideration to build a VA hospital some place in the Pacific Areas Territories. Also, expanded eligibility for VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans
with a serious injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service on or before May 7, 1975, during the 2year period following the date on which the VA Secretary submits to Congress a certification that VA has fully
implemented the information technology system required by section 302(a) of the bill. After the date that is 2 years after the date on which the certification is submitted, eligibility would be expanded to also include veterans with a serious injury incurred
or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service after May 7, 1975, and before September 11, 2001. Additionally, a requirement to have VA payments to be 30 days or less for electronic invoices and 45 days or less for paper
invoices. There will be more information provided on this endeavor in the future.
Comrade Webber advised us that if are going to seek medical treatment in Guam Naval Hospital, you must
make an appointment in advance. And if your medical treatments will require housing then 60 days advance notice is recommended to ensure you have a room.
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: None
COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS: Comrade Joe Dager continues to recover from a heart related ailment. Recovery time is expected to be about 6 months. We wish him well and hope
for a fast recovery.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
SURGEON –Report Attached
JUDGE ADVOCATE - None
HISTORIAN –Up to date
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:
COMMUNITY SERVICE: We continue to do well in performing community service. Document you monthly participation and submit to Comrade Aukshun. Twaukshun@yahoo.com Keep up the good work.
SAFETY REPORT - See attached. Also, while north of Barrio Barretto, do not park on the side of the highway due to road repairs.
You will be ticketed.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: See attached
SEAM SQUIRREL: See attached.
Presentation of plaques and awards at the scratch.
NATIONAL HOME – See attached
POW/MIA – See attached.
The US is now searching other islands in the Pacific for MIA remains.
CCO – Comrade Spain advises that we have four proposed locations for this year's Chili Cook Off event. One
of which is Bali Hai. Bali Hai is now under new ownership but still operating until renovations will begin. If an agreement can be reached with the new owners to have our event this year, then we will give this a strong endorsement. We are
also in discussion with three other locations in Bauang. We expect to make a final decision on where our venue will be held, next month.
NOTE: For more information please read all
attached committee chairman reports.
Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Webber; seconded by Comrade Darkus. No discussion. Motion approved.
REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL HOME: A prayer was said by Chaplain Rodgers in remembrance of our National Home.
Below is the list of elected and appointed officers of Post 9892 for the new term.
Commander: Comrade Robert Reyes
Senior Vice Commander: Comrade Andrew Dzurissin
Junior Vice Commander: Comrade Timothy Aukshun
Trustee #1: Comrade Tom Darkus
Trustee #2: Comrade Fredrick Russian
Trustee #3: Comrade John Mesaros
Adjutant: Comrade Bud St Onge
Judge Advocate: Comrade Tom Darkus
Comrade Rhett Webber
Service Officer: Comrade Bobby Reyes
The following Elected Officers were sworn in by District
VII Commander Fores.
Quartermaster: Comrade Charles Spain
Chaplin: Comrade James Rodgers
A fund raiser BBQ will be held at the Paradise Inn Resort for the La Union Hash Harriers on June 30, 2018. All proceeds will go to the Post.
Volunteers are needed to assist in cooking and food service.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
The Department of Pacific Areas has
two Facebook pages, "DPA Around the Pacific" and "VFW Department of Pacific Areas". Sign up and you will be able to see what is going on throughout the VFW Department of the Pacific Areas.
Don’t forget sign up for the "Action Corps Weekly" on www.vfw.org.
50/50 DRAWING: Total 1200 pesos. The winner was Comrade Spain (600 pesos).
BUDDY POPPY: P360 which will go into the Post Relief Fund.
Meeting closed at 1130 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW
Post 9892 meeting will be 10 Jul 18 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.
“Bud” St.Onge /s/ Robert "Bobby"