Entries for June, 2016

VVA165 Officer and Member Gary Lysne Receives Letter of Commendation From Whatcom County

Gary Lysne received a Letter of Commendation from the Whatcom County Council and the Whatcom County Executive for his many years of service in assisting veterans. The chapter is proud of Gary’s work in not only assisting all veterans but his years of active service benefiting the local chapter and the Washington State Council. The Letter of Commendation follows.

Lysne Certificate of Commendation



VVA’s 6th Annual Car Show

The 6th Annual VVA Car Show will be held Sunday, July 24th between 10am and 2pm at Sunset Square Shopping Center in Bellingham. The center is at the intersection of Orleans and Sunset and  the show will be between the K-Mart and Office Max. Vehicle preregistration is available. Registration on site begins at 7am.

Everyone is invited and all spectators are free. There will be music, food, memorabilia sales, raffles and trophies for the best cars, motorcycle and truck. All proceeds support Whatcom County veterans. Bring the family and spend a fun day together.

For more information please contact Tom Modica at (360) 738-3842 or 175rrvn@gmail.com.  Or, contact Dale Boe (360)739-2969 or thaihouse187@yahoo.com.


Minutes of Meeting June 7, 2016

General Meeting called to order at @ 7:00 PM by President Gene Goldsmith

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation by Lonnie Rose

Moment of silence for POW/MIA

Roll Call of officers

Gene Goldsmith, Pres.                  Present

Dave Loomis, VP                             Excused

Gary Lysne, 2nd VP                          Excused

Bill Cox, Secretary                           Present

Tom Grinstad, Asst. Sec.                Excused

Ken Richardson, Treasurer            Present

David Scattum, Asst. Treas.           Excused

Bill Wilcox, B of D                            Present      Fiscal 2016

Tom Darling, B of D                         Excused      Fiscal 2018

Richard Martinez, B of D                Excused      Fiscal 2018

John Bradshaw, B of D                  Present      Fiscal 2016

Tom Modica, B of D                        Present      Fiscal 2017

Greg Bremer, B of D                        Excused      Fiscal 2016

Guests and their acknowledgement


New members present and their acknowledgement



Secretary’s May minutes were reviewed prior to the meeting by the membership. The minutes are also posted on the chapter website, VVA165.org. Minutes were approved as drafted.

Treasurer’s May report was read by Ken Richardson. The report was approved as read.

Membership Update was given by Gene Goldsmith. The chapter currently has approximately 272 members plus 10 members who are late in renewing their memberships. Gene Goldsmith will be contacting those 10 members to update their membership.

New Appointments were made by Gene Goldsmith. Bill Wilcox replaces Jim Pace as a Board of Director for the remainder of that positions term. Secondly, Lonnie Rose replaces Tom Darling as the chapter chaplain. Gene will appoint a replacement for Tom Darling’s Board of Director’s position at the next meeting.


Old Business


 Car Show Update was discussed by Tom Modica and Duane Holliday. Randy Turnball and Duane were added to the car show committee with Tom and Dale Boe so it now includes the four of them. It will be held July 24th from 10AM to 2PM at the K-Mart parking lot off Sunset in Bellingham. Tom showed an example of the trophies and the certificate of appreciation for participation. There will be nine car shows prior to ours at which a chapter member will be assigned to hand out flyers advertising our show. The car shows are as follows with the existing volunteers shown.

June 19 – Bellingham – Randy Elmore

June 19 – Burlington – Bill Cox

June 19 – Lynden – Duane Holliday

June 25 – Sumas – Open

June 26 – Stanwood – Duane Holliday

July 2 – Sedro Woolley – Tom Modica

July 4 – Blaine – Tom Modica and Duane Holliday

July 8 and 9 – Ferndale – Ray Radke

July 16 – Lynden – Open

Various needs were discussed. They include raffle prizes, putting up posters in area business locations and sponsors for the $70 and $100 trophies. Tom Modica will email Gene Goldsmith a list of needs and he will in turn distribute it to the membership. Volunteers for the day of the car show will be needed and identified at the next meeting. Tom Modica requested that Bill Cox set up a registration form on the chapter website and will send to Bill a copy of the desired form.

Memorial Day was discussed by Gene Goldsmith. It was a great ceremony and the turnout was very good. He mentioned that the Sunnyland Memorial Park will have a wreath made up for the Vietnam Veterans next Memorial Day but someone from the chapter will be needed to accept it at Sunnyland Memorial Park.

A Jim Pace Update was given by Gene Goldsmith. Jim Pace is recovering slowly from his back surgery with setbacks along the way. Generally, his health is suffering. He has dropped his suspension appeal with the VVA but he is a service officer with the American Legion.

The Endowment Fund with BTC was discussed by Gene Goldsmith. The chapter no longer maintains a Scholarship Fund or bank account. Nor does the chapter give scholarships directly anymore. Any donation to scholarships by chapter members or others should go directly to our foundation account at BTC. Gene also read an article in the summer 2016 edition of Whatcom Magazine discussing the chapter endowment set up with BTC.


New Business


The Veterans Service Account and veterans financial assistance was discussed by Gene Goldsmith. Leon Scott is a six year Navy veteran with an honorable discharge. He was living in his car and needed a room in which to stay. A Motel 6 room for two days was obtained for him costing $123.52. A motion was made to approve this expense of $123.52. Motion seconded and passed.


Next meeting is July 5, 2016.  Dinner will be at 6:00PM. The meeting will be at 7:00PM.


Good of the Order


First, Gene Goldsmith reminded the members to check their VFW monthly calendar for upcoming events.

Second, Gene Goldsmith discussed purchasing bricks which help support Greenacres Memorial Park. Gene has the brick applications for interested parties. Donations are also needed for the World War I Memorial which is scheduled to be dedicated in 2017. The chapter will need to make a future contribution to the Vietnam War Memorial which is scheduled to be dedicated in 2019. Both of these Memorials are at Greenacres.

Third, Randy Elmore reminded the chapter that he has a guitar valued between $600 and $800 that benefits the chapter. It was suggested that he try and sell on the internet.

Fourth, Ken Richardson will be requesting donations at the next meeting for the Rotary Duck Race.

Fifth, Lonnie Rose discussed breakfast at the VFW.

Sixth, Gene Goldsmith has VVA business cards to give out to members who may need them for recruitment or for other chapter business.


Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:35 PM. Motion seconded and passed. The meeting was adjourned by Gene Goldsmith.