MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 09 Sep 19

MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 09 Sep 19

Commander Reyes made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:

Garrett Bridges – OOD

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 Post Chaplain, Comrade James Rodgers.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS

Commander – Bobby Reyes – Present

Senior Vice Commander – Donald Carr – Present

Junior Vice Commander – Pete Brozowski – Present

Quartermaster – Charlie Spain – Excused

Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present

Trustee One – Fred Russian – Present

Trustee Two – John Mesaros – Present

Trustee Three – Garrett Bridges -Present

APPOINTED POSITIONS:

Adjutant – Bud St. Onge - Present

Judge Advocate – Don Carr - Present

Surgeon - Rhett Webber--Present

Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present

Service Officer – Don Carr – Present

Elementary Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present

Seam Squirrel – Rhett Webber - Present

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

Webmaster – Pete Brozowski – Present

Assistant Quartermaster – Tim Aukshun – Present

Historian – Pete Brozowski - Present

There were 15 members in attendance.

Commander Reyes recognized the following distinguished attendees:

All past Department, District and Post Commanders

Undraping of the Charter Ceremony: The Post Charter was undraped in memory of VFW Post 9892 Life Member Michael Dean Campbell, SK1, US Navy. American Legion Department Service Officer and FRA 367 Member. Who passed away on July 25, 2019.

READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: None

PRESENTATION OF VFW INSIGNE TO NEW MEMBER: Commander Reyes presented new Post member, Comrade Chris Turgeon, the VFW Cross of Malta Insigne. After a three minute break for this ceremony, Commander Reyes resumed the Post General Membership Meeting.

READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the August 13, 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 Rodgers, seconded by Comrade Gibbions. No discussion. Motion approved.

QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Post’s financial status was read by Assistant QM Aukshun. Motion to accept the Quartermaster’s Report as audited was made by Comrade Aukshun and Seconded by Comrade Carr. No discussion. Motion approved.

READING OF BILLS: There is a bill to pay for the CCO trophy and plaques as a budgeted item.

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: None

COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:

• Daniel Cimo is currently at home in Tacloban City recovering.

• Dave Ransom is still ill at home.

• James Mann is presently at the Bridges of Hope in Angeles City recovering.

• Comrade Limle reports that he hasn’t been able to contact Comrade Bruce Cutler after hearing that he was in the hospital. Commander Reyes said that he would research and try to locate him to find out his status.

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.

FROM the RAO Subic: The Veterans Administration and VA Manaila Outpatient will participating in Outreach events along with the Social Security Administration. be Regional staff will be available to assist with questions regarding pension and benefit claims and Outpatient staff will be able to schedule appointments, provid e wellness check-ups, and will have flu vaccines available. Olongapo City, Zambales Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Venue: Mansion Garden Hotel. (Dewey Avenue corner Bonifacio Street, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales 2222) Angeles City, Pampanga Date: Friday September 20, 2019 Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am Venue: Park Inn by Radisson (M.A. Roxas Highway, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga 2010).

Continue to submit Bluewater claims to the VA so that they will be ready in January.

Effective October 1, 2019 the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic will stop issuing prosthetics and durable medical equipment (DME), eye glasses, hearing aides and clothing allowance claims. Reimbursement request must be submitted through the Foreign Medical Plan (FMP) for VA rated service connected conditions. If you have questions or need additional information regarding prosthetic services, contact Daniel Gutksoki, the VA Manila Clinic Manager, at (02) 550-3888 or via email at daniel.gutkoski2@va.gov

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

SURGEON: Report sent via email distribution

JUDGE ADVOCATE: Excused - no report

CHAPLAIN: Prayers for our departed comrade, Tom Darkus and family.

HISTORIAN: Records have been updated with more updates as they occur.

SAFETY OFFICER: Report sent via email distribution

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:

• COMMUNITY SERVICE: All Community Service Reports go to Junior Vice Commander Pete Brozowski. ep@broz.ph.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND: Comrade Roger Limle read his School Report to the members.

SEAM SQUIRREL: Seam Squirrel Webber reports that there will be a Cootie Scratch following this meeting.

• CHILI COOK-OFF:

Members should continue to sell their issued Chili Cook-Off raffle Tickets.

We are still locked in to using BLU Water Beach Resort and Parks in Brgy Pugo, Bauang, La Union on November 30, 2019.

The Chili Cook - Off logo was approved at this meeting and submitted to ComradeGaspard to have the trophy and plaques made. 

• NATIONAL HOME: Report sent via email distribution

• POW/MIA: Report sent via email distribution

• MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT: Commander Reyes reports that our membership number goals for the new VFW term will be posted as soon as National and Department figure out who has transferred from our rolls. Keep the press on membership!

• BUDGET COMMITTEE: None

NOTE: For more information regarding the committee reports have been sent to members on the email distribution list.

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Membership Drive Booth at CSI is on hold. CSI is presently going through remodeling and the area that would have been assigned to us will be part of that remodeling. In the meantime we need to make a backboard advertisement and get what we need to do a respectable Membership Drive table. We will be given a 2 S.M. space near the optical shop and Alhambra tasting booth. The cost for the booth space rental is P3,210/day. We will need help in getting the items to build our booth so that we can reuse it for other events. We will need a backboard and table to start with.

Please keep in mind the following on VOD/PP:

o Deadline for the Voice of submissions and donations in lieu of submissions, will coincide with the Posts Democracy, Patriots Pen and Teacher of the Year entry deadline of midnight October 31st 2019. Donations after the deadline will not be accepted for participation credit.

Donations should be made through https://vfwprograms.formstack.com/forms/vfw_programs_donation?fbclid=I wAR2Khbkc1amm0JCcks4-OX0eVgv6_fbulHiyNJdcMWEzFKya15edsOC7RAw 

Mommy Amparo’s birthday was a big hit; CDR Reyes, Comrades Limle, English and Aukshun assisted. There were 20 children in attendance and it was heart- warming to hear them sing songs for Mommy Amparo including Happy Birthday. Thank You to Candy, Phil at Philibels and all others for their support and donations to the event.

NEW BUSINESS:

• None

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

•The two employees at Gecko’s that were struck from behind by a drunk driver, Maricel Aquino and Marivic Loreno are now doing well. They give their thanks to all that assisted them in their time of need. They still have long recuperation processes to go through.

•Comrades, keep the press on membeship, you never know if anyone is interested in joining unless you give them an opportunity to say yes...or no.

• Commander Reyes 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.

• Leyte Landing Ceremony at Pala, Tacloban City on Saturday, 19 of October (see Rhett for more information).

• Comrade Aukshun said that there would be a beach clean up at Acapulco Beach Sept. 13, meet at Ocuan Deep Dive Shop 0800.

• District 7 Meeting on November 10, 2019 at VFW Post 2485, Angeles City. There will be a swarm night before.

• DPA CofA will be held in Phnom Peng, Cambodia, Dec. 6 - 8

   DPA convention is in Bangkok, Thailand in June

   Start thinking about our annual Children’s Christmas Party…since we are now in Pagdalagan Sur.

• It was decided that we would have the Post’s Christmas/Appreciation luncheon at P & M Final Option Beach Resort in San Juan, La Union.

Daniela’s, in Angeles City, next to VFW Post 2485, has changed ownership and the new name is Super Manong’s. Improvements have been made to the rooms. The prices remain the same. Also Phoenix Hotel is closed.

Special Events this Month until the next meeting: 

September 10: Suicide Prevention Week.

o September 11: National Patriot Day/National Day of Service/RemembranceDay (half mast)

o September 17: Constitution and US Citizenship Day

o September 18: US AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY

o September 21: POW/MIA Recognition Day Cabanatuan Ceremony, see Comrade Webber to be put on the list as attendee. A bus will transport people from Clark Cemetery to Cabanatuan at 0730, returning after the Ceremony. A box lunch will be provided.

o September 29: VFW Established in 1899

o September 29:  Gold Star Mother’s Day/Family Day

50/50 DRAWING: Total 1500 pesos. The winner was Comrade Mesaros (750 pesos). The Post will receive 750 pesos.

BUDDY POPPY: P410, which will go into the Post Relief Fund.

Meeting closed at 1030 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be 8 October 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. at Philibel’s Resto, # 475 National Highway, Barangay Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union.