MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 12 February 19

Commander Reyes made the following temporary appointments for this meeting: Comrade Russian – OOD Tim Aukshun – Chaplain

Opening ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 1010 hours.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS

Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Absent

Junior Vice Commander – Tim Aukshun – Present

Quartermaster –Charlie Spain– Present

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present (late)

Trustee One – Tom Darkus – Deceased

Trustee Two –Fred Russian–Present

Trustee Three –John Mesaros – Present

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - Present

Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Deceased

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 13 members in attendance.

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

DRAPING OF THE CHARTER: The Post Charter was draped in memory of Past District 7 Commander, Past Post 9892 Commander Thomas Lee Darkus, DTCS, US Navy (Retired). Who passed away on February 3, 2019. Funeral services at Clark Veterans Cemetery are pending.

READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: None

READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the January 8, 2019 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 Webber seconded by Comrade Rodgers. No discussion. Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Posts financial status was read by 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. Comrade Spain made a motion to accept the quartermaster’s report, subject to audit. Motion was seconded by Comrade Rodgers, No discussion, motion approved.

READING OF BILLS: None

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: None

COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:

Services for the family of Comrade Thomas Lee Darkus who passed away, February 3, 2019 with be held at Clark Veterans Cemetery, He leaves his wife Imelda, daughter Sasha and son Nicholas.

Daniel Cimo is currently in the US having medical tests done.

Pete Brozowski is at Lorma Hospital; he says that he should be released this afternoon. Dave Ransom is still ill at home.

REPORT OF SERVICE OFFICER:

Lorma Hospital still does not bill FMP directly due to slow payments by FMP. VAOPC Manila is still aware of this issue and will be brought up again at the next teleconference.

If you plan on going to the US Embassy Outreaches ensure that you have all documentation signed before you go to the desk.

Bluewater Navy is on again and will hopefully be approved soon.

See Rhett Webber at the DAV at Daniela’s hotel (next door to VFW Post 2485) for assistance with filing documents.

VA is trying to eliminate concurrent pay.

Military ID cards are now being done at VAOPC Manila. Make your appointment on line. The schedule is weekly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with many slots available.

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

SURGEON –Report Attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE –Vacant, due to death of Tom Darkus

CHAPLAIN –None

HISTORIAN –Records are being validated

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS: COMMUNITY SERVICE: We are way ahead in our Community Service reporting. Continue performing community service and document your monthly participation by submitting to Junior Vice Commander 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: Comrade Roger Limle read his School Report to the members.

SEAM SQUIRREL: Cootie Membership has reached 100% +1. There will be a Cootie Scratch following this meeting.

NATIONAL HOME – See attached POW/MIA – See attached

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT: Our Membership is presently at 103%. This puts us at #73 in Division 4, Nationally. We need to be in the top 50 to gain All-American honors which raises the bar to 104.08%. We will need three more Life Memberships to get the DPA membership stipend.

NOTE: For more information regarding the committee reports, see the attachments.

Motion to accept all committee reports made by Comrade Spain, seconded by Comrade Rodgers, some discussion, motion approved.

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Update on the Barroro/McPherson Project Action: Comrade Spain and Brozowski are coordinating the project and are still awaiting a reply from VFW Foundation Community Support Grant folks at VFW National.

Membership Drive Booth at CSI: Awaiting reply from CSI. Banners must have a CSI logo on it. The cost will depend upon what the management of CSI decides. We need to make banners and a table cloth for this event. We will also be ordering membership material from the Department JVC. Once we know how much it will cost to do this, we add this to our annual Post budgeted.

Our next District 7 Convention on April 26, 2019 will be at Blu Water Beach Resort and Parks. The Cooties will set up the social event that will take place after the convention. Officers call for the convention will be at 0930, with the general meeting will begin at 1000. Any member in good standing is invited to attend the 1000 meeting.

The hospital visit scheduled at Lorma Hospital after our general membership meeting today (12 Feb 19) was cancelled due to the fact that there was no veterans confined. Therefore the follow-on Social Event is at 1:00 pm, immediately following the PT7 Scratch. The Social Event will be at Isla Bonita Beach Resort. Members and family are encouraged to attend. Attendees will purchase drinks and food off of the Menu.

NEW BUSINESS:

Our post needs to get our “colored” advertisement into Pete Callaghan by March 30. Comrade Webber said that he will ensure that his is done. We are requesting that post members submit pictures to Comrade Webber at Rhett_webber@yahoo.com. He will include them in our color ½ page advertisement. Any takers to do this?

Comrade St.Onge asked if there was anyone interested in being nominated for the District 7 adjutant position (or any other elected or appointed District position) for the new 2019/2020 term. If you are interested contact Comrade St.Onge or attend the District Convention on 26 Apr 19.

Deadlines for DPA Outstanding Awards are March 15 and for National Community Service Awards is March 25. Post members wishing to make nominations for these awards should submit them to Commander Reyes or Post Adjutant St Onge.

Temporary Replacements for Comrade Darkus’ positions are as follows: Judge Advocate: Donald Carr Trustee One: Garrett Bridges Webmaster: Pete Brozowski

Nominations are now open for VFW Post 9892 elected positions that will take effect at the beginning of the new 2019-2020 term. Nominations were made for the following VFW Post 9892 elected positions and accepted: Commander: Bobby Reyes (accepted) Sr Vice Commander: Jr Vice Commander: Quartermaster: Tim Aukshun (accepted) Trustee Three: Chaplain: Jim Rodgers (accepted)

The positions of Adjutant, Surgeon, Judge Advocate and Service Officer will be appointed by the Commander. Submit all written nominations and acceptance’ to Post Adjutant Bud St Onge at budstonge9892@gmail.com, or attend our next general membership meeting. Nominations will remain open until elections held 9 April 19.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

Comrades, keep the press on membership. Ask people you see in your everyday travels.; you never know if anybody is interested in joining unless you give them an opportunity to say yes...or no.

FRA 367 gave us 25 tickets at P500 each for a jackpot of P100,000 for their Chili Cook Off in April. If any member is interested in purchasing one or more of these raffle tickets, contact CDR Reyes. Comrade Carr has volunteered to represent the post at the FRA 367 Chili Cook-Off in San Antonio, Zambales on April 6, 2019.

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.

hose attending the DPA Convention in Saipan need to reserve their rooms on the DPA Website as the rooms are going for $100/night. If you order through the hotel or through an on-line hotel Website as Hotels or Agoda then you will pay $170/night. The hotel name is Fiesta Resort and Spa. The local post will provide transportation to the convention for attendees from the airport to the hotel. Airfare tickets are going fairly cheap at this time.

All post members that have a DPA E-mail account can ask Comrade Brian Hamic or Shawn Watson to set up their account to automatically go to your own personal E-mail account.

50/50 DRAWING: Total 1400 pesos. The winner was Comrade Aukshun (P700 pesos). The Post will receive 700 pesos.

BUDDY POPPY: P380, 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 12 Mar 19 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.