Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 7 January 2020

January, Minutes of 7 January 2020

General Meeting called to order at: 18:30 (6:30 pm)

Pledge of Allegiance by: President David Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Chaplain Lonnie Rose Remembering Curtis Hull AVVA who recently passed.

Presentation of certificates to Wojo and Harriet for December feast.

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                          P                 2020

George Douglas, B of D                            P                 2021

Tom Modica, B of D                                  A                 2021

Guests: Francisco Ivarra, Washington State Council, Del Stuhl

New members present:

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA, AVVA no report this meeting

Old Business:     

  1. Review of joint banquet of 6 December 2019. Thanks to all who made it a success.
  2. On 11 December chapter monetarily aided a vet, Dennis Couch. Who needed assistance to attend school in Burlington
  3. Also on 11 Dec. received a request for aid to a WWII vet needing a wheel chair ramp. V.P. Ron is working with Home Depot to acquire materials.


New Business:

  1. Council President Ivarra addressed the meeting recognizing our chapter as the largest and one of the most active in the state. He talked briefly about four items, Membership, Leadership, Veterans’ Service Officers, and his hat.

For membership – the VVA is still increasing, due to recruiting like Pres. Dave does.

Leadership was also touched on, noting the excellent officers and activities the VVA enjoys.

VSO – the Washington State VVA has the best VSOs, they outdo all the other states handily with case resolution.

And then Francisco talked about the hat he wears to remind himself and others that life is good. It will be alright. We are progressing in VA rural health, PTSD etc.

  1. Nominations for officers and members of the Board of Directors:

President: Dave Loomis

Vice President: Ron Wilson

Secretary / Treasurer: Tom Grinstad

Board of Directors:      Ken Richardson

Mike Boice

Duane Holliday

Randy Turnbull

Gene Goldsmith

George Douglas

Gene G voiced an opinion that it is time for younger members to step up and take over leadership roles in the chapter (and I venture the state and national organizations).

  1. Now is the time to start thinking about acquiring items for the raffles at the car show and veterans’ picnic. A discussion ensued regarding the generator housed at Ray R’s. Decision maybe an auction is the best way to dispose of it. The VFW has an auction this month, and a minimum could be set on the generator.
  2. Gene G. asked for volunteers to drive the DAV bus. There is a great need, as we have the only one that runs from here all the way to Seattle. He also reported on the VA 1-stop community resource center in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. It was a very upbeat report.
  3. From national came information about possible travel pay to/from VA medical appointments. Check it out.
  4. Sam H gave an update on the car show preparations. We need people to find car show sponsors and raffle prizes. He reminded us that many hands make light work.
  5. Gene G also reminded us that Memorial Day is approaching, and he will be ordering inscribed bricks, so contact him soon. Ken R. volunteered that the shelter at Hovander is reserved.
  6. Randy T asked for replacement as the Marine Corps League liaison. After discussion Mike B was talked into it. Thanks Mike.

Good of the Order:

18 Jan. VFW Post 9301 hosts a breakfast from 8-11 am (7011 Hannegan Road, Lynden)

26 Jan VFW Post 1585 breakfast from 8-10 at 625 N. State St. Bellingham

50/50 Raffle Won by: Ruth A

Motion to adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 19:15 (7:15 pm)

Meal: receipts – $260, expense – $229.29