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Minutes of 3 March 2020

General Meeting called to order at: 18:45 (6:45 pm) by Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Dave Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Lonnie Rose

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2021

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2021

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2021

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            P                 2021

          Mike Boice, B of D                                   P                 2021

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 2020

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           A                 2021

          George Douglas, B of D                           P                 2021

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             P                 2021

Guests: Darrell Hart

New members present: Tom Boyhan

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA now 298, AVVA 47 members

Old Business:     

          1.      Wheelchair ramp for Stan Dyer was completed on 4 February 2020. Thanx to Ron Wilson

2.      All officers and members of the board of Directors were inducted into office.

3.      The generator donated by the Lysne family was bought by Ray Radke for $500.00

New Business:

Prior to new business, certificates were awarded to John Forgette and Tom Haddox.

          1.      There will be a veteran’s ride and potluck at the Faith Equestrian Center, 3545 Birch Bay – Lynden Road 17:00 to 20:00 on March 7, 2020.

          2.      The blood drive will end 17 March. To schedule call 800 398 7888.

          3.      Start collecting items for the VVA Car Show raffle and veteran’s picnic. Don’t forget to hit up family and friends for donations.

          4.      The VFW auxiliary is planning a Purple Heart Day. If you know of any Purple Heart recipients please let Cindy Mellema know. Her phone number is 360 671 3597.

          5.      Sunday 29 March is “National Vietnam Veteran’s Day”. Celebrate with vigor.

6.      The Marine Corps League is asking for a $1,000.00 donation for the Memorial Day Parade. Motion made, second, discussion, passed. We were also invited to display cars that will be in the car show in the parade – as advertising…

7.      Lonnie rose moved that the chapter donate $250 for funeral expenses for a veteran who recently passed. The family had huge medical expenses and nothing left for the funeral. Second, passed.

8.      Discussion about when and where vet’s picnic to be held. It was decided to hold at Hovander Park on Veteran’s Day, 25 May at 16:00 (4:00 pm). The shelter has been reserved…

9.      Ron Wilson announced the demise of the “widow’s tax” which affected surviving spouses of veterans.

10.    Tom G read a handwritten note of thanks from Dean Fulton of Bellingham Technical College (BTC) expressing the wish to continue our cooperation with the college.

Rosemarie is requesting your pictures when you were in VN or the military. If you were at the meeting you know what for.

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Ken Carlson $47 which he donated back to the chapter – car show proceeds.

Good of the Order:

VFW Post 930, 7011 Hannegan Rd., Lynden serves breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 March 21st

There is breakfast at VFW Post 1585 29 March from 8:00 to 10:00 on March 29th.

Meal donations collected $ 223.25. expenses were $ 195.74

Motion to adjourn: 19:25 (7:25 pm)

4 February 2020 meeting

Minutes of 4 February 2020

General Meeting called to order at: 18:30 by Pres. Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Dave Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Chaplain Lonnie Rose

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2020

Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2020

Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2020

Kirk Lyon, B of D                                       A                 2020

Doug Spangler, B of D                              A                 2020

Randy Turnbull, B of D                             A                 2020

Richard Martinez, B of D                         A                 2020

George Douglas, B of D                           A                 2021

Tom Modica, B of D                                 A                 2021

Guests: No guests this meeting

New members present: No new members this month

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved even tho printed duplicate balance sheets

Membership Update: VVA, AVVA no update this meeting

Old Business:     

  1. Election held, no nominations from the floor, by acclamation officers: President – David Loomis, Vice President – Ron Wilson, Secretary/Treasurer – Tom Grinstad, Chaplain – Lonnie Rose

Board of Directors: Ken Richardson, Mike Boice, Duane Holliday, Randy Turnbull, Gene Goldsmith, George Douglas

  1. The DAV van needs drivers. Please contact Gene Goldsmith. Also need to have assistant coordinator, talk to Gene.
  2. Ron Wilson received certificate for his labor and design on the accessible ramp for Stan Dyer in Lynden. He did it all by himself. Way to go Ron!

 

New Business:

  1. VFW Post 1585 hosts a blood drive on 2 March 2020 9:00 to 15:00 (3:00 pm). Contact John Ferdon at 360 3118 7521 or email johnferdon@hotmail.com It really is a good cause. It hurts only a tiny bit and you can help as many as three people with your pint.
  2. Officers and Directors were sworn in by Ray Radke, an honorable member of this chapter.
  3. Ray also purchased the Lysne donated generator for $500, thanks Ray for all you do.
  4. Stan & Carrie Dyer donated $1000 to the chapter in appreciation of the ramp. They also joined as AVVA.

 

 

50/50 Raffle Won by: Dan Norvelle $33

Good of the Order:

VFW Post 9301 breakfast is served 8:00 – 11:00 Feb. 15th at 7011 Hannegan Road, Lynden

Post 1585 hosts breakfast on Feb 23rd 8:00 – 10:00 at 625 N. State, Bellingham

Meal donations collected $125, expenses 102.37.

 

Motion to adjourn: Second and approved 18:58 (6:58 pm).

Editors’ note thanx for a quick and efficient meeting everyone, makes my life a little easier.

 

 

 

Minutes of 7 January 2020

January, Minutes of 7 January 2020

General Meeting called to order at: 18:30 (6:30 pm)

Pledge of Allegiance by: President David Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Chaplain Lonnie Rose Remembering Curtis Hull AVVA who recently passed.

Presentation of certificates to Wojo and Harriet for December feast.

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2020

Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2020

Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer       P                 2020

Kirk Lyon, B of D                                       A                 2020

Doug Spangler, B of D                     A                 2020

Randy Turnbull, B of D                    P                 2020

Richard Martinez, B of D                          P                 2020

George Douglas, B of D                            P                 2021

Tom Modica, B of D                                  A                 2021

Guests: Francisco Ivarra, Washington State Council, Del Stuhl

New members present:

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA, AVVA no report this meeting

Old Business:     

  1. Review of joint banquet of 6 December 2019. Thanks to all who made it a success.
  2. On 11 December chapter monetarily aided a vet, Dennis Couch. Who needed assistance to attend school in Burlington
  3. Also on 11 Dec. received a request for aid to a WWII vet needing a wheel chair ramp. V.P. Ron is working with Home Depot to acquire materials.

 

New Business:

  1. Council President Ivarra addressed the meeting recognizing our chapter as the largest and one of the most active in the state. He talked briefly about four items, Membership, Leadership, Veterans’ Service Officers, and his hat.

For membership – the VVA is still increasing, due to recruiting like Pres. Dave does.

Leadership was also touched on, noting the excellent officers and activities the VVA enjoys.

VSO – the Washington State VVA has the best VSOs, they outdo all the other states handily with case resolution.

And then Francisco talked about the hat he wears to remind himself and others that life is good. It will be alright. We are progressing in VA rural health, PTSD etc.

  1. Nominations for officers and members of the Board of Directors:

President: Dave Loomis

Vice President: Ron Wilson

Secretary / Treasurer: Tom Grinstad

Board of Directors:      Ken Richardson

Mike Boice

Duane Holliday

Randy Turnbull

Gene Goldsmith

George Douglas

Gene G voiced an opinion that it is time for younger members to step up and take over leadership roles in the chapter (and I venture the state and national organizations).

  1. Now is the time to start thinking about acquiring items for the raffles at the car show and veterans’ picnic. A discussion ensued regarding the generator housed at Ray R’s. Decision maybe an auction is the best way to dispose of it. The VFW has an auction this month, and a minimum could be set on the generator.
  2. Gene G. asked for volunteers to drive the DAV bus. There is a great need, as we have the only one that runs from here all the way to Seattle. He also reported on the VA 1-stop community resource center in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. It was a very upbeat report.
  3. From national came information about possible travel pay to/from VA medical appointments. Check it out.
  4. Sam H gave an update on the car show preparations. We need people to find car show sponsors and raffle prizes. He reminded us that many hands make light work.
  5. Gene G also reminded us that Memorial Day is approaching, and he will be ordering inscribed bricks, so contact him soon. Ken R. volunteered that the shelter at Hovander is reserved.
  6. Randy T asked for replacement as the Marine Corps League liaison. After discussion Mike B was talked into it. Thanks Mike.

Good of the Order:

18 Jan. VFW Post 9301 hosts a breakfast from 8-11 am (7011 Hannegan Road, Lynden)

26 Jan VFW Post 1585 breakfast from 8-10 at 625 N. State St. Bellingham

50/50 Raffle Won by: Ruth A

Motion to adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 19:15 (7:15 pm)

Meal: receipts – $260, expense – $229.29

 

 

 

 

Minutes of 3 December 2019

General Meeting called to order at: 18:45

Pledge of Allegiance by: Pres. David Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by:  Lonnie Rose

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2020

Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2020

Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer       P                 2020

Kirk Lyon, B of D                                       A                 2020

Doug Spangler, B of D                     A                 2020

Randy Turnbull, B of D                    P                 2020

Richard Martinez, B of D                          A                 2020

George Douglas, B of D                            P                 2021

Tom Modica, B of D                                  A                 2021

Guests: Bob & Linda Bertram, John Black & Malcolm Oliver

New members present: George Linder, John Black

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA 296 members, AVVA 41 members

Old Business:     

  1. DAR honored three of our members for Vietnam service. Ken Richardson, Ron Wilson and Dave Loomis were feted.
  2. All the members who collected donations for the DAV van on 11 Nov. deserve big thanks. They managed to wrangle $5,744.10. And thanks to the Barkley Haggen store.
  3. BTC provided a great lunch to honor veterans. Speakers and a military band provided entertainment (?). Malcolm Oliver was the emcee.
  4. Former Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp’s memorial service was held 20 Nov 2019 at Christ the King Church. Members attending were: Ron Wilson, Ruth Ashe, Ben Brown, Rosemarie & Dave Loomis.

 

New Business:

  1. On 6 December the VFW Post / Auxiliary together with DAV & VVA host a dinner for members and +one. Seating is limited to 125. Reservations cut off on Wednesday 4 Dec. Call Cindy Melema 360 671 3597.
  2. Pearl Harbor Day Dec. 7 remember to fly the flag at half-staff in remembrance of the 2,403 service persons who died that day in 1941.
  3. Car Show Committee meeting at Denny’s restaurant in the bar area at 10:00 on 6 January 2020. Donations for the raffle will be collected (or take to Loomis’ house 619 Darby Drive). Let’s see if we can collect so much stuff Dave is forced to park the car outside…
  4. John Black, former Lt. Colonel in army and Vietnam veteran gave a short talk about his book Tears and Triumphs and album Vietnam Farewell He also performed three songs from his albums. For more information find him on the interweb at meetmeinvietnam.net.

 

50/50 Raffle Won by: Gene Goldsmith who donated back to meal

Good of the Order:

21 Dec breakfast at the Lynden VFW Post 9301 from 8:00 to 11:00. Location : 7011 Hannegan Road.

No breakfast this month at Post 1585.

 

Motion to adjourn: 19:20 (that’s 7:20 pm for you civilians)

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