Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 4 January 2022

General Meeting called to order at: 18:50 by Pres. David Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: David Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: VP Ron Wilson

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                           A                 2022

          George Douglas, B of D                            A                 2022

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             A               2022

Guests: Jesse Barsness who introduced his wife and children, whose names I didn’t get.

New members present: none

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: we now have 351 on books, 79 AVVA members

Old Business:     

          1.      President Loomis announced he will not run for re-election. He thanked the membership for the opportunity to serve.

2.      Names were floated to fill the various officer positions; nominations will occur next month (February) and elections will be held in the March meeting.

3.      Dave Loomis will stay on in a membership position – chief recruiter – at which he is great.

New Business:

          1.      The attending members made a donation to assist Jesse Barsness’ family. They were flooded out in the storms of November. Dave moved that the chapter contribute an additional $500 in recovery. Motion was seconded and approved.

          2.      District President Francisco Ivarra gave a short review of the proceedings at the national convention held in November. The main points were:

          The VVA is established as a “last person standing” organization.

          ROK veterans are allowed to be VVA members if they are citizens of the USA.

          The number of persons needed to organize and establish a new chapter of VVA is reduced from 25 to 15.

          John Rowan lost his re-election bid; Jack McManus is the new national president.

          McManus established a financial and investigative committee and appointed Francisco to it.

          3.      The Moving Vietnam Wall is coming to Ocean Shores this coming June. Sam H. moved we donate $1,000.00 to support this cause. Seconded and approved

Good of the Order:     Be careful of the pandemic, be smart.

Motion to adjourn:     Adjourned at 19:25