Entries for April, 2014

Minutes of Meeting April 1, 2014

General Meeting called to order at @ 6:45 PM by President Gene Goldsmith

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation by John Forgette

Moment of silence for POW/MIA

Roll Call of officers

Gene Goldsmith, Pres                     Present

Ken Richardson, VP                         Excused

Bill Cox, Secretary                            Present

Tom Modica, Treasurer                   Excused

Jim Pace, B of D                               Present      Fiscal 2016

Tom Darling, B of D                         Excused      Fiscal 2015

Richard Martinez, B of D                 Present      Fiscal 2015

Frank Wojciechowski, B of D         Excused      Fiscal 2013

Randy Elmore, B of D                      Present      Fiscal 2014

Greg Bremer, B of D                        Present      Fiscal 2016

Steve White, B of D                         Emeritus deceased


Rosemarie Loomis

New members present

Richard Wilson

Pamela Wilson


Secretary’s March minutes were reviewed prior to the meeting by the membership. Minutes were approved as drafted.

Treasurer’s March report was read by Gene Goldsmith. The report was approved as read and the report is attached.

Membership Update was given by Jim Pace. The chapter currently has 144 members.


Old Business


A Kitchen Announcement was made by Ken Payne. First, to work in the kitchen now requires a food handler’s permit. Second, if any member has a meal complaint, that member needs to see the chapter member in charge of that meal event. Do not complain to a kitchen assistant.

Car Show Update was given by Dale Boe and Gene Goldsmith. It will be held Sunday, July 20th between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Sunset Costcutter parking lot. Randy Elmore has enlisted Goat Mountain Pizza to supply food. It was suggested that he talks to the food supplier about raising their prices 10% and giving the 10% premium to the chapter. Ed Simmers will provide music CD’s for sale. Any requests for songs should be given to him.

Scholarship Applications were distributed to the membership. Members were urged to give an application to candidates as soon as possible. The awarding of the three scholarships is planned for June.

Memorial Day Service was discussed by Gene Goldsmith. It will be held at Hovander Park on May 26. The pavilion is reserved. Ken Payne will do the food. Suggestions for speakers were discussed. Bill Bowen mentioned Senator Norma Smith whose husband is a Vietnam veteran. Gene Goldsmith will contact her. At the next meeting a list will be distributed for members to note their food contributions for the event.


New Business


The Annual Financial Review was discussed by Bill Cox. Since 100% of last fiscal year’s expenses and receipts were reviewed in the conversion to QuickBooks as well as all bank statements and bank reconciliations, it was deemed to be redundant to have an annual review. He made a motion to skip the annual financial review for fiscal 2013. Motion seconded and approved.

Snack Night is April 18th. Gene Goldsmith said that the chapter needs better attendance at snack night. Various members also discussed problems that the VFW was having with lack of manpower and financial resources.

The VVA State Convention was discussed by Bill Bowen. It will be held May 17th at the Pancake House at Snoqualmie Pass. Each chapter president or his delegate will be there. Our chapter can send three delegates. Gene Goldsmith, Ray Radke and Ed Simmers volunteered. Greg Bremer is an alternate. Three of our chapter members will be running for state office. Gary Lysne is running for president, Jim Pace for vice president and Bill Bowen for secretary/treasurer.

Election Committee for this year’s chapter officers and board members was discussed by Randy Turnbull who is the nominating committee. The chapter voted to replace Frank Wojciechowski with John Bradshaw on the Board of Directors for a three year term. The chapter also voted Gene Goldsmith president, Ken Richardson vice president, Bill Cox secretary and Tom Modica treasurer for one year terms.

Several Announcements were made by Gene Goldsmith. First, the State of Washington has signed a bill to help protect veterans against pension poacher scams and to increase economic protections for military service members. Second, the Washington State Fair in Puyallup is having Military Appreciation Day on April 11th. Admission for active and retired military plus disabled veterans is free that day.

Children of Vietnam was discussed by Jim Pace and Randy Elmore. This is a charity which was established by Richard Brummett. He is a former tank driver in Vietnam who later became a distinguished photo journalist. He sponsors an American Chocolate Ceremony in a Vietnamese village which is an important element in this village’s life. He also has a scholarship program for Vietnamese children which pay their village school tuition of $100 per year. Discussion occurred as to whether the chapter should contribute to this charity and it was decided to get more information. After this discussion Ray Radke mentioned a charity to which he contributes. It is an orphanage for Montagnard children in Vietnam. Further discussion of both charities was deferred to next meeting.


Next meeting is May 6.


Good of the Order


First, Gene Goldsmith mentioned that Tom Modica has a HP Laser 4L printer for free if anyone wants it.

Second, Jim Pace introduced Richard and Pamela Wilson who are both accredited veteran service officers who are helping him at the Vet Center.

Third, Bill Bowen indicated that the Faces of Agent Orange will be held in Seattle on May 10.

Fourth, Greg Bremer mentioned that veterans are eligible to apply for a free weekend in October. August is the deadline to apply. This weekend is geared primarily for the benefit of disabled veterans. Also, there is a fund raiser for the mud slide victims in Oso. If anyone needs more information about either item please see him.


Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:10 PM. Motion passed and meeting adjourned by Gene Goldsmith.