Memorial Chapter #165

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


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)