Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 1 March 2022

General Meeting called to order at: 6:45 (18:30) by Pres. Dave Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Malcolm Oliver

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

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                            P                 2022

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                             P                 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: Sue Richardson, Dorothy Rood, Diane Caragio Leah Rosetti

New members present: Pete Chorney, Dan Campbell, Donna Treoker

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA members – 348, AVVA members – 80

Old Business:     

          1.      Steve Jordan new State AVVA representative reported he met with region 8 to finalize requirements for this AVVA chapter to incorporate. The chapter will need a founding membership of 15, and select officers to be accountable to the membership.

2.      Leah R. reported that fundraising for Brigadoon rescue dogs has raised about $13,700.

3.      Darlene C noted that the Gold Star Mothers arbor for Greenacres is nearing completion. Ben Brown reported that the arch has been rolled by Reinke and that fabrication begins this week.

4.      There was a discussion regarding the Whatcom County Veterans’ Advisory Board and the Allied Veterans of Whatcom County, their respective duties and responsibilities. A suggestion that Liz Harmon come talk to the membership again was recommended.

5.      No news to report regarding the NW Annex property.

New Business:

          1.      WA State Council of VVA meets 9 April at the Yakima Warriors Building, Toppenish, WA. Legends Casino has rooms available at special rate.

          2.      Sunday 13 March is National K-9 Veterans Day

          3.      Tuesday 29 March is Vietnam Veterans Day

          4.      John Ferdon reported on planning for the Memorial Day Parade to be held on Memorial Day this year.

          5.      Election by voice vote the slate was approved:

President:            Robert Aspiris                       Election Committee:

Vice President:   Ron Wilson                          Randy Turnbull                                   

Secy / Treas:       Tom Grinstad                         John Forgette                                      

Chaplain:             Lonnie Rose                           Larry Murray

Membership:      David Loomis

          Board Members                                       State Delegate

David Loomis                                                      Larry Montgomery

James Houston                                                   Raymond Radke

Raymond Radke                                                 Michael Hackett

Larry Montgomery                                             Tom Grinstad

Charles Muggy                                                   David Loomis     

Randy Turnbull                                                   George Douglas

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Ruthe Ashe

Good of the Order:     Reminder VFW Post 1585 has breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 27 March. $10 / $5 children…

Motion to adjourn:  adjourned at 7:30 (19:30)