MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 8 December 2020

MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 8 December 2020

Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine and travel restrictions throughout the island of Luzon, Republic of the Philippines this meeting was done using group video conferencing with the Zoom Application. Opening ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 0900 hours. Opening prayers were given by appointed Post Chaplain, Comrade Rogers.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS:

• Commander – Rhett Webber – Present

• Senior Vice Commander – Andrew Dzurissin – Present

• Junior Vice Commander – Edward “Pete” Brozowski – Present

• Quartermaster – Tim Aukshun- Present

• Chaplain - James Rodgers- Present

• Trustee One – John Mesaros - Absent

• Trustee Two – Garret Bridges – Present

• Trustee Three – Fred Russian – Present

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

• Adjutant – Bud St.Onge - Present

• Judge Advocate – Bud St.Onge – Present

• Surgeon – Andrew Dzurissin—Present

• Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present

• Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present

• Scholarship Committee Chairman—Tim Aukshun—Present • Seam Squirrel – Rhett Webber – Present

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

• Webmaster – Pete Brozowski – Present

• Assistant Quartermaster – Charlie Spain – Excused

• Historian—Pete Brozowski—Present

• OOD—Garrett Bridges

Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees:

• All past Department, District and Post Commanders.

o Current District 7 (acting) Commander and past Post Commander: Bobby Reyes

o Past All American District 7 Commander and Post Commander: Tim Aukshun

o Past District 7 Commander and Post Commander: Bud St Onge

There were 10 members in attendance.

DRAPING OF THE CHARTER CEREMONY: Earlier this month the charter was draped and a small ceremony conducted at Crown & Anchor Resto to honor the members that have passed away since the travel restrictions were put in place, earlier this year. A few of the local members were able to travel there to conduct this ceremony.

READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: : Timothy Kilbane’s application was approved. A motion was made by Comrade Aukshun to accept Comrade Kilbane as a member of our post, seconded by Comrade Reyes. No discussion. Motion approved.

READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the November 10, 2020 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept the minutes, as distributed and posted, was made by Comrade Reyes, seconded by Comrade Aukshun. No discussion. Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Post’s financial status was read by QM Aukshun. A motion to accept the Quartermaster’s Report, upon audit, was made by QM Aukshun, seconded by Comrade Reyes. No discussion. Motion approved.

READING OF BILLS: None

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: None

COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:

• Daniel Cimo back in the hospital.

• Dave Ransom is still ill at home.

• James Kiper is convalescing at home.

• Comrade Roger Limle passed away on November 13, 2020. A memorial service was conducted with his family. He was a past Post 9892 Commander and helped the local schools every month, delivery supplies for the children. He will be missed.

REPORT OF SERVICE OFFICER:

• Presently working with three clients. • Service-Connected Veterans enrolled with VAOPC Manila will be offered the COVID-19 Vaccine when available. • TRI-CARE: Don't forget you have until December 14th, 2020 to enroll and start a monthly payment plan (allotment) for those wishing to continue Tricare Overseas Select or be dropped from the program on January 1, 2021. You will have to pay one monthly payment in advance. Call the Tricare Singapore or Stateside address or you can call Tricare Singapore 65-6339-2676 or Australia 62-2-9273-2710 or go online to Tricare Overseas. • CLAIMS: A reminder to look at our post Webpage and you will find the documents that most people would use to file a claim. Your post service officer and District Service Officer can assist you. The post Service Officer will forward the paperwork through the District 7 Service Officer and Assistant Department Service Officer. Claimants can set up a Zoom or telephone appointment with the Post Service Officer using the Email SO9892@vfwpacific.org. VA Form 21-22 must be filled out giving the VFW Power of Attorney to assist with the claim. • VAOPC Manila will continue to have telephone appointments until further notice, although they are close to operating with a full staff. However, there are strict guidelines that must be followed. See attached update on the status of the clinic. • See our new link in our VFW 9892 Website entitled, “VA Survivors Benefits”. Here veterans and survivors can find information on filing and be able to download forms. Of interest is the link “Planning Your Legacy”. It is a rather large download as this is a book that will give guidance to the veteran and family. www.vfwpost9892.com. We have a link to the page on our Facebook also. .

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

Presently working with three clients.

• Service-Connected Veterans enrolled with VAOPC Manila will be offered the COVID-19 Vaccine when available.

• TRI-CARE: Don't forget you have until December 14th, 2020 to enroll and start a monthly payment plan (allotment) for those wishing to continue Tricare Overseas Select or be dropped from the program on January 1, 2021. You will have to pay one monthly payment in advance. Call the Tricare Singapore or Stateside address or you can call Tricare Singapore 65-6339-2676 or Australia 62-2-9273-2710 or go online to Tricare Overseas.

• CLAIMS: A reminder to look at our post Webpage and you will find the documents that most people would use to file a claim. Your post service officer and District Service Officer can assist you. The post Service Officer will forward the paperwork through the District 7 Service Officer and Assistant Department Service Officer. Claimants can set up a Zoom or telephone appointment with the Post Service Officer using the Email SO9892@vfwpacific.org. VA Form 21-22 must be filled out giving the VFW Power of Attorney to assist with the claim.

• VAOPC Manila will continue to have telephone appointments until further notice, although they are close to operating with a full staff. However, there are strict guidelines that must be followed. See attached update on the status of the clinic.

• See our new link in our VFW 9892 Website entitled, “VA Survivors Benefits”. Here veterans and survivors can find information on filing and be able to download forms. Of interest is the link “Planning Your Legacy”. It is a rather large download as this is a book that will give guidance to the veteran and family. www.vfwpost9892.com. We have a link to the page on our Facebook also.

SURGEON: None

JUDGE ADVOCATE: None

CHAPLAIN: None

HISTORIAN: None

SAFETY OFFICER: None.

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:

COMMUNITY SERVICE:  All CSRs shall be inputted on the new VFW DPA page at www.vfwpacific.org

• BUDDY POPPY: None • NATIONAL HOME: None

• POW/MIA: None • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT: None

• BUDGET COMMITTEE: None

SCHOOLS: Still need a School Committee Chairman

• SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: None

• SEAM SQUIRREL: A pup tent 7 meeting will follow the VFW meeting.

• CHILI COOK OFF: See “Good of the Order” for information on the drawing.

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

• Membership Drive Booth at CSI continues to be on hold.

• Bacsil Ridge project is on hold.

• Post 9892 Birthday celebration still reset for at a later date once we have our first physical GMM at Crown & Anchor.

NEW BUSINESS: 

• VFW Posts are required to store and safeguard important VFW documents. The DPA has issued a letter outlining documents and retention periods we must follow. Refer to Post 9892 website to review these guidelines.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

• Important information: The attached URL is a VFW National Action Alert sent out by our Department Legislature Chairman. Click on it to view the requested actions by all VFW members: https://votervoice.net/VFW/Campaigns/78208/Respond

• The Chili Cook Off raffle drawing will take place after our meeting at Ocean Deep Dive shop, today. It will be video tapped and broadcast via Face book. This video will be also be posted on our website with an announcement of the winner.

• From Depart of Pacific Areas Commander, Ken Stein:

  1. “The Pacific Times”, our newsletter that replaced “The Typhoon”, is published every other month. The next one will be published in January.

   2. Current programs being worked are VOD/PP/TA, any questions please contact Department Chairman and D3 CDR Don Kelley @ cdrd3@vfwpacific.org. The Safety/EMT/LE/Firefighter awards should also be moving forward. Contact chairman Mike O’Kelley for further information. maokelley@aol.com

   3. The VFW Foundation is shifting its grant making focus for the 2021 fiscal year to provide urgently needed financial relief to VFW Posts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The VFW Foundation Post Pandemic Relief Grant (PPRG) is an opportunity for VFW Posts that own or lease their buildings to receive up to $2,500 in support toward expenses such as mortgage/rent, utility bills and property taxes. Posts will need to meet certain requirements to be eligible to receive funding from this program. PPRG applications will be accepted beginning 10/1/2020. However, Posts may access and begin completing the application prior to October 1 by visiting www.vfw.org/grants and clicking on “Apply Now”. For more information please visit: www.vfw.org/grants. You may also contact Jason Couch, Grants & External Relations Coordinator, at jcouch@vfw.org.

• We have been advised by our National organization that they are experiencing delays in the production of Buddy Poppies. Please continue to submit your orders while they actively work toward fulfilling your requests. All orders will be processed in the order in which they are received, but fulfillment may be significantly delayed. Feel free to send inquiries to the National Buddy Poppy program administrators at buddypoppy@vfw.org

• Commander Webber encourages any Veteran scheduled for a Manila VA appointment to request a telecom with their primary doctor, to avoid having their medications cut off. This guidance shall remain in place until quarantine restrictions are lifted.

• 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.

• Comrade 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.

• The new Department of Pacific Areas Webpage is www.vfwpacific.org . Log in to Members Only to input CSR data using the member’s VFW membership number and your last name as the password.

• Blue Water Navy Veterans are now approved for Agent Orange disabilities claims, subject to verification and approval by the VA.

• The VFW National Convention is scheduled to be held in Baltimore Maryland. The dates have not been set but are typically in the July – August time frame. More information will be provided.

• The Department of Pacific Areas Convention is scheduled to be held at Pattaya Beach, Thailand June 27 – 30 June.

50/50 DRAWING: None

BUDDY POPPY: P500

Meeting closed at 1037 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be January 12, 2021 @ 0900, at Crown & Anchor Resto, # 475 National Highway, Barangay Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union. However, if we are still in quarantine, we will have the meeting via Zoom.