Entries for July, 2014

4th Annual Car Show – Everyone Invited

4th Annual Car Show

Click on the link above for more information. Set aside Sunday, July 20th for the chapter sponsored annual car show. Over 100 vintage cars for your enjoyment. Food, entertainment, raffles and prizes. Bring the family.


VVA165 Expands Its Scholarship Giving

In addition to the three partial college scholarships that the chapter grants each year to veterans or children of veterans, the chapter is now partially supporting a primary school in Vietnam. It is the Mạc Đỉnh Chi School near the village of An Son in Quang Nam province of Vietnam. The chapter is contributing funds to support approximately eight students for an entire calendar year. The anticipation is that the chapter will receive periodic status and grade reports on each of the students. The possible outcome may be that the chapter supports these students each year throughout their education.

This scholarship contact was made possible due to the efforts of chapter member Richard Brummett. Richard’s unit in Vietnam was largely responsible for destroying the village of An Son during the war. Since then he has visited the village and photographed many of the current inhabitants. These scholarships are a way of giving back to the current residents what their parents and grandparents may have never received. Richard will be providing photographs to the chapter of these scholarship students on his next trip to Vietnam.

Minutes of Meeting July 1, 2014

General Meeting called to order at @ 7:10 PM by President Gene Goldsmith

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation by Gene Goldsmith

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                   Present

Jim Pace, B of D                               Present      Fiscal 2016

Tom Darling, B of D                         Excused      Fiscal 2015

Richard Martinez, B of D                 Excused      Fiscal 2015

John Bradshaw, B of D           Excused      Fiscal 2016

Randy Elmore, B of D                      Present      Fiscal 2014

Greg Bremer, B of D                        Excused      Fiscal 2016

Steve White, B of D                         Emeritus deceased


Rosemarie Loomis

Steve Hilliard

Michael Blair

New members present



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

Treasurer’s June report was read by Tom Modica. The report was approved as read and the report is attached.

Membership Update was given by Jim Pace. The chapter currently has 145 members. Bill Bowen suggested that chapter members give out chapter applications and VVA business cards at car shows that members visit. This information should clearly identify that chapter 165 is the recruiter for possible new members.


Old Business


Scholarship presentation was made by Gene Goldsmith. The award went to Michael Blair who was an E-5 in the Navy Seabees. He was an Iraq vet and spent six years in the service. Michael is currently studying kinesiology at WWU.


Car Show Update was given by Tom Modica. It will be held Sunday, July 20th between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Sunset Costcutter parking lot. There will be four large trophies for $100 each and seven small trophies for $75 each. All are currently sponsored through contributions. Randy Elmore has enlisted Goat Mountain Pizza to supply food. Tom Modica recruited members to distribute car show flyers at the upcoming Nooksack, Ferndale and Smith and Guide car shows. Ed Simmers delivered approximately 150 music CD’s for sale. Tom Modica recruited volunteers for the day of the show and distributed to Randy Elmore a list of items to be picked up at the VFW the morning of the show. Volunteers are as follows.

VFW Pickup-       Gene Goldsmith, Randy Elmore and Gary Lysne.

Registration-       Ray Radke

T-shirt sales-        Jim Pace

Raffle ticket sales-        Randy Elmore

50/50 ticket sales-       Richard Brummett

Doughnuts-         Gene Goldsmith

Generator-          Gary Lysne and Bill Bowen

Canopy-     Dale Boe

Sandbags-           Randy Elmore

Laser Point Trophies is providing the chapter free trophies this year. Sunset Square will do some advertising for the show. Bill Bowen will supply a photographer.


Bus Passes for VASH participants was discussed by Tom Modica. It would cost the chapter about $300 per year. Further discussion was tabled because members pointed out that the Vet Center distributes bus passes and because there is a volunteer transportation program where vets can call and be picked up and driven to where they need to go.

The Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting was discussed by Bill Bowen. It is in Bellingham on September 19th between 1 and 4 PM. All chapter members are requested to attend. This is an outreach to all affected veterans and their families. Veterans with specific stories about the impact of Agent Orange on themselves and their children and grandchildren are encouraged to tell their stories. These testimonials are important because they are being collected and this output will provide support for legislation and future research. Senate Bill 1602 dealing with Agent Orange has passed and Representative Mike Honda has introduced a complementary bill in the House of Representatives. This legislation would provide treatment for affected descendants of Agent Orange veterans. Possible expenses to the chapter for the town hall meeting may run between $1,000 and $1,500. Gerry Flowers, a chapter member, who is also a commander of a Canadian Vietnam veterans group, will be participating giving the town hall an international perspective. Bill Bowen is working on getting as much advertising out to local newspapers and radio stations as possible. VVA National and Regional are providing additional support.


New Business


Buy American Products letters were discussed by Gene Goldsmith. He requested that the Secretary send buy American letters to VVA National and to Medals of America with respect to product sales by these two organizations.

The Remembrance Emblem Fund was discussed by Gene Goldsmith. The Emblem Fund permits eligible veterans to purchase and display approved decals on vehicle license plates. The proceeds of the Emblem Fund are used by the State Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee to fund veteran’s memorials in the State.

A New Scholarship Committee was formed by the chapter. Bill Bowen will be in charge assisted by Gene Goldsmith. Gene has the applications and candidates questions for future scholarship candidates.

Vietnam War Korean War Veterans contributed $300 to the chapter for chapter Agent Orange expenses.

A Thank You Letter from Katelyn Sherman was read by Gene Goldsmith. She was a $500 scholarship winner last month.

Next meeting is September 2nd.


Good of the Order


First, Gene Goldsmith discussed a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Dinner at 6 PM July 26th at the Holy Family Parish Dining Hall located at 505 17th St. SE, Auburn, WA.

Second, Gene Goldsmith and Dave Loomis volunteered as judges for the car show.

Third, Randy Elmore and Richard Brummett discussed the $850 contribution to the Vietnamese school. It will go to as many students as can be supported by the $850 for one year. Future contributions will be evaluated based upon how things transpire with the school. The chapter should request regular grade reports for the supported students. Richard Brummett will supply pictures of the supported students when he is in Vietnam.


Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:35 PM. Motion passed and meeting adjourned by Gene Goldsmith.