Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 7 September 2021

General Meeting called to order at: 18:40 (6:40pm) by Pres. Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Dave Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Lonnie Rose, Chaplain

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          David Loomis, Pres                                   P                 2022

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2022

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2022

          Ken Richardson, B of D                            A                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             A                 2022

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2022

          Gene Goldsmith, B of D                           P                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                           P                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             A                 2022

Guests: Nikki Loehmer, Nancy Ghall, Jill Church, scholarship recipient Aubrey San Nicolas

New members present: Jim McCoy, Ron Kautzman,

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved, note Covid relief money

Membership Update: VVA – 318, AVVA – 68

Old Business:     

          1.      Car show was a great success. Net income may exceed $15,000. Note that not all bills have been received yet.

2.      Welcome Home Picnic in Sedro Wooley was attended by many members. A fine time for all.

3.      Aubrey San Nicolas discussed her goals and the assist the scholarship has given to her education.

4.      Ron Wilson built three wheelchair ramps, one solo, one with Larry Montgomery and the third with Ken Carlson as well.

New Business:

          1.      Nikki Loehmer presented the Honor Flight program, which has a Washington state chapter. The Flight takes veterans to the other Washington to tour and be honored for their efforts in war. There is no cost to the veteran, and he/she may be accompanied by a child or other relative.

          2.      A Celebration of Life for David McMaster will be held 11 Sept. from 5 to 9 pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club 2633 S. Harbor Loop drive.

          3.      VVA Region 8 conference is held at Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV 14-16 Sept. This chapter is sending five delegates.

          4.      Marine Corps League celebrates the 245th Anniversary of the USMC at the Skagit Valley Casino, 5984 Dark Lane, Bow, WA. The date is 6 Nov. from 5 to 9 pm. (17:00-21:00). Cost is $45/person. Please respond to if you would like to attend.

          5.      The Chapter now has a new service officer – Andy Sauier – at the Veterans Center (3800 Byron Street, suite 124). Phone 360 733 0226. For the moment he is working out of the VFW hall in Lynden.

          6.      VFW Post 1585 requests volunteers to meet with them to support efforts to help recent veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

          7.      DAR requests a veteran to attend their meeting on 13 Nov to discuss service experience and what it means to be a veteran. Contact Darlene Carlson.

          8.      A” Free Legal Answers” website is available to answer questions about veterans’ federal legal questions. This is a part of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP).

          9.      Nancy Ghall of St. Brendan’s Anglican Church is attending to see how the church may support our efforts – mainly in education.

  • 10. Moved, second, approved Donate $30,000 to foundation endowment at Bellingham Technical College.

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Chuck Muggy

Good of the Order:     VFW Post 1585 breakfast 26 Sept 8 – 11 am.

Motion to adjourn:  adjournment at 19:45 (7:45)