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Minutes of 6 July 2021

General Meeting called to order at: 6:39 pm (18:39) by Pres. Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: V.P. Ron Wilson

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

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2022

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2022

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2022

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            A                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 2022

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2022

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           P                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                           A                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                            P                 2022

Guests: none

New members present: Bob Asparo, Jim Carr, Pete Kremen, Mike Self

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved as written

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved as presented

Membership Update: As of today VVA -310 AVVA – 66

Old Business:     

          1.      Pres. Dave thanked those present for the memorial service for his brother-in-law Jose Sonora.

2.      18 June Car show committee meeting assigned people to sub-committees. Still need people to volunteer for jobs on 18 July car show.

New Business:

  1. Doc Holliday wnet over much of the planning for the car show. The show begins at 10:00 and lasts til 3:00 pm (15:00). Registration will officially start at 8:00. Pete Kremen will be the announcer. Raffle times will be 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 pm.
  2. Need set up / take down support. Porta Potties will be delivered on Sat. Dan F. will have locks, furniture and supplies will be secured in toilets for use in the morning. The Victory Lane banner is missing. Who has that sucker?
  3. Coffee urn(s) will be on site. Coffee awaits being made. Donation cans provided by Randy T and others. Signs will be provided to i.d. said cans. Cash boxes are provided, awnings are ready. Remember mic batteries, garbage/recycling cans, raffle prizes.
  4. Ray R. described the car raffle ($5 tickets). Good odds of coming away with the prize, a Mercury Cavelier.
  5. Washington Council President Francisco Ivarra reviewed dates and issues of the national convention to be held 1-7 November in North Carolina. All positions at national will be open for election.

Regions 8&9 will hold their convention 14-16 September at Sparks Nev. Any member is welcome to attend.

The state council is doing well, numbers are increasing, it obtained a grant of $58,000 for losses incurred by Covid. All chapters can share by submitting documentation of loss.

The state VSO program has gotten funding for four new positions, Bellingham, Walla Walla, Clark Co., and Skagit. This is one of the best Veterans’ Service Officer programs in the nation.

Francisco was presented with a certificate of appreciation by V.P. Ron W.

          6.      Pete Kremen reminded all to write up their announcements in advance, so they sound professional when he reads them.

          7.      Ben Brown noted that he is nearly done with the plans for the memorial arch at Greenacres.             

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Mary Boice ($53).

Motion to adjourn:  Adjourned at 7:53 p.m. (19:53).

Minutes of 1 June 2021

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General Meeting called to order at: 18:45 by President Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Dave L

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

Member David (Mac) McMaster passed away 28 May

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2022

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2022

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2022

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            A                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 2022

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2022

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           A                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                           P                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                            P                 2022

Guests: Several members of the local detachment of the U.S. Coast Guard; Vincent , Matthew Edge, Sarah Nickolls, Jarred Worsen, Gabriel Hernandez and family members, including the youngest attendee in anyone’s memory. Kate Boyd from Whatcom Co. Parks

New members present: Paul Arstad, AVVA Leah Rosetti

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: the count stands at 307VVA, 59 AVVA

Old Business:     

          1.      On 10 May Ken Carlson, Ron Brown, Larry Montgomery, Darlene Carlson and Jesse Enriques prepared the foundation for the memorial arch at Greenacres.

2.      On 12 May, Lonnie and Elizabeth Rose along with 7 other members of VFW Post 9301 worked the entire day cleaning the Greenacres Veterans Memorial

3.      The bottle auction proceeds were $862.00, donated to VFW Post 1585.

4.      the Memorial Day picnic at Hovander Park was well attended. Chuck Muggy, Ron Brown, Larry M and all who cooked, served, set-up, and did take down deserve recognition.

New Business:

          1.      4 June at 1:00 pm is a memorial service for Jose Sonora. Please attend and give support to Rosemarie Loomis.

          2.      Leah Rosetti gave a short presentation on Brigadoon service dog program. Doc H moved to provide Brigadoon $500.00. Seconded and approved by voice vote.

          3.      On 7 August, Chapter 1109 of Sedro Wooley hosts a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans picnic at 6254 Fruitdale North, Sedro Wooley 98248. All inclusive. Further info call Ande Mitchelle 360 708 3268.

          4.      8 August Enumclaw VFW Post 1949 hosts the Vietnam Moving Wall. They will honor Enumclaw vets who lost their life in Vietnam with a special ceremony. City of Enumclaw will remember and recognize vets who received the Purple Heart and proclaim the city to be a Purple Heart City. The VFW post invites all to be a part of this healing and welcome home…

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Dan Norvelle who donated back to the chapter. Total take $86. Donations totaled $121.13

Good of the Order:

Doc H. announced that the car show needs donations and volunteers. This is our chief money-maker. Lets all get behind this effort.

Motion to adjourn:  19:23 (7:23pm)

Minutes of 4 May 2021

General Meeting called to order at: 18:29 by President Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: VP Ron Wilson

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

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2022

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2022

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2022

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            A                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 2022

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2022

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           P                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                            P                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             P                 2022

Guests: Mike Self – possible new member, Dorothy Rood, Ruth Ashe, Malcolm Oliver, Bob Garrison, Ande Mitchelle and Francisco Ivarra

New members present: Vicky Wise (AVVA), Rita Welters (VVA)

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Old Business:     

          1.      Doc Holliday briefed membership on progress of planning for the upcoming car show. As the pandemic is still a concern, everything is tenuous. But the aim is to hold it on 18 July 2021 at the Barkley Village parking lot (off Woburn)

New Business:

  1. State Council President Francisco Ivarra talked about the recent council meeting. All the present officers were re-elected. He reiterated the idea that VVA is in the business of caring and doing the best it can for vets. No matter which conflict. The state has the best record of service grants in the nation. Our VSOs are #1 in the nation at processing claims. Ivarra also restated the idea o fighting a proposed change to the VVA, making it not a “last member standing” organization. He stated that the upcoming November national convention will be a fight with national leadership.

President Ivarra said to lobby members of Congress to support veterans’ affairs. The proposed budget is in the range of $9.6 billion an increase of approx. 7.6%

  • V.P. Ron W noted the donation can for the meal. He also discussed the former NorBell building at Smith and Northwest Roads. Several people did a walk through and around. Consensus was that the building is worth saving. Lobbying efforts to acquire the property for veterans will commence.
  • The chapter has received a Mercury van as a donation. Discussion ensued regarding a raffle to dispose of it and raise money at the same time.
  • There is a need for volunteers to dig foundation holes for the DAR Gold Star Mothers memorial at Greenacres. Ken Carlson stepped up. (Or should I say, sat up?)
  • Veterans’ appreciation picnic in Sedro Wooley was announced. Motion, second and approved expenditure of $1,000.00. in support.
  • May 14, bottle auction and pot luck dinner at VFW 1585. Starts at 6:00pm (18:00). Proceeds to VFW 1585.
  • 22May at 14:00 a memorial service for Mike Boice, member of the board of directors will be held at River of Life Church in VanZandt.
  • 22 May VFW 1585 has a dinner with silent auction. Doors open at 4:00pm, dinner at 5:00 (or take out). Cost is $10.00 all proceeds to VFW.
  • 29 May, VFW 1585 will hold Flo Simon BBQ. Band is Ever Leaf, come enjoy the food and music. By donation.
  • 31 May 10:30 am VFW 9301 HOLDS A Memorial Day ceremony at the Lynden Cemetery. Guest speaker is sheriff Bill Elfo.
  • Also, on 31 May at 1:00pm (13:00) the chapter hosts our annual Vietnam Veterans Picnic at Hovander Park. Brins a favorite dish to share. The chapter provides drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers and condiments. Need a few volunteers to set up / take down. Talk to Pres. Dave.
  • 4 June at 13:00 (1pm) our chapter conducts a memorial service for Jose Sonora, Rosemarie Loomis’ brother. It will be at Greenacres. All members are encouraged to attend.

Good of the Order:

Rosemarie requests pictures of your service in Vietnam.

Please save soda & beer tabs to support breast cancer research. Bring exhausted toner cartridges and the tabs to the next meeting.         

50/50 Raffle Won by: Rosie Loomis – she’s a real winner.

Meal donations collected $ 150.00.

Motion to adjourn: adjourned at 19:24 (7:24pm)

Minutes of 6 April 2021

General Meeting called to order at: 18:16 by President Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Pres. Loomis

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

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2022

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2022

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2022

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            A                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 2022

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2022

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           P                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             P                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                           A                 2022

Guests:  Bob Garrison, Daniel Park, Kil Soo Han, Francisco Ivarra,

New members present: Chuck Muggy VVA, LeLoris Muggy AVVA

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: 306 VVA, 58 AVVA

Old Business:     

          1.      Car Show Committee is proceeding on the assumption that we will have one this year. The next committee meeting is 8 April.

2.      National Vietnam War Veterans’ Day celebration at the Lynden Pioneer Museum was “Great”. Music, dancing, food and conversation. Member Howard Vanbeek made a generous donation.

New Business:

          1.      VFW 1585 will have a pre-garage sale 16 April 3-6 pm prior to general public sale 17 April 9am to 3pm.

          2.      14 May the chapter will co-host a bottle auction with VFW 1585 starting at 6pm. Please bring a wrapped bottle and potluck dish to share.

          3.      Our chapter is now 26th in membership nationally, let’s make it into the top 25, huh?

          4.      Chapter annual picnic is scheduled for 31 May at Hovander Park, start time 1pm (13:00) for all you.

          5.      The National Records Center (NPRC) provides a website for veterans to get access to their DD-214s online. http://vetrecs.archives.gov another access might be http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records Military veterans and next of kin may use this to request documents. Others with a need for documents must complete Standard Form 180 which can be downloaded from the NPRC to process the request. This new web-based application is designed to provide better service for these requests.

          6.      Dr. D. Park spoke about the effort to get the ROK soldiers who fought beside us in Vietnam recognized by the DOD.

          7.      State council President Francisco Ivarra announced that national has postponed the convention until November 2-6, still in Greensboro, NC. This probably will be one of the final conventions, due to membership age. A decision will be made as to whether the VVA is a “last man standing” organization.

          Francisco attended a chapter meeting in Yakima, which recognized the 737 Transportation Company. They delivered millions of gallons of fuel in 68-69. The state council presented a plaque to memorize this feat.

          8.      Moved, seconded and approved to give VFW 9301 $500 to defray costs of the Vietnam War Veterans’ Day celebration.

          9.      Whatcom County plans to tear down the old nursing home site of the present Planning Department. Ron W. spoke about possibly reusing the building for housing homeless veterans. Decision to propose to county council. Other options were expressed. The letter will get this matter in the door, so to speak.

          10     Gene G. announced that the DAV van is nearly ready. He will pick up next Monday to get the logos applied. When the GPS is installed, it will be ready to transport vets to the VA in Seattle. New drivers needed.

          11.    Doc H. reiterated that car show contributions should be provided with a W9 form for tax purposes. He also noted updates to the website should be made.

          12.    Proposal that instead of passing the hat for dinner contributions a bucket for donations should be provided. Generally approved.

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Chuck Muggy, $26

Good of the Order:

Meal donations collected $ 124, spent $147.10.

Motion to adjourn: Approved at 19:08 (7:08pm)

Minutes 10 February 2021 meeting

Minutes of the first virtual meeting 10 February 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Dave Loomis at 18:01 (6:01 pm)

Roll call taken Officers present: Dave Loomis, Ron Wilson, Tom Grinstad

Directors present: Duane Holliday

Invocation given by Chaplain Lonnie Rose

Guests Stan Inzer from Spokane

Treasurer’s Report Income statement January 2021 reviewed moved & seconded approved

Members Report Chapter has 311 members on the rolls. AVVA membership now 59.

Noted Passing We lost two members this past January. Mike Boice, director and Marine Corps League Liaison. Also, Charles Anway passed 28 January.

New Business: Slate of chapter officers and directors was presented. Slate was elected for year 2021-2022. Those elected were:

President Dave Loomis

Vice President Ron Wilson

Secretary / Treasurer Tom Grinstad

Director Randy Turnbull

Director James (Sam) Houston

Director Gene Goldsmith

Director Duane Holliday

Director George Douglas

State Delegates: David Loomis, Donald Martinson, Kenneth Richardson, Ronald Wilson, Frank Woicieckowski, Eugene goldsmith

Amended chapter bylaws were presented, reviewed and accepted with one change noting the committees as appointed, not standing.

State Council President Francisco Ivarra reported on latest developments from national. The next national conference will likely be virtual. Any and all resolutions to be considered at the conference must be submitted by 31 March 2021. Roughly 360,000 VVA members have suffered Covid infection. The Vietnam Veteran era recognition has been expanded to 1955 -1975. The national office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The state council has been awarded a $20,000 VSO grant. The April council meeting may have to be conducted virtually. President Ivarra will appoint a nominating committee.

Chaplain Lonnie concluded with a prayer.

There being no further business a motion made to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 18:42

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