Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 7 June 2022

Meeting called to order at 18:20 (6:20 pm) by President Bob

Pledge of allegiance by Malcolm Oliver

Lonnie Rose gave the invocation and moment of silence for POW/MIA

Roll Call of officers:                                                                             term expires

            Bob Aspiras, Pres                                       P                      2023

            Ron Wilson, VP                                                       P                      2023

            Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer    P                      2023

            David Loomis, B of D                                             P                      2023

            Randy Turnbull, B of D                               P                      2023

            Sam Houston, B of D                                              P                      2023

            Raymond Radke, B of D                            A                     2023

            Larry Montgomery, B of D                                   P                      2023

            Charles Muggy, B of D                                          P                      2023

Guests: Elaine Dickenson

New members present: Kevin Dickenson, Richard (whose last name I didn’t get)

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: VVA 355, AVVA 80

Old Business:         

            1.        A memorial for Tom Haddox will be held at American Legion Post #7 on 21 August. More details to come.

2.        VP Ron discussed the DAR arch at Greenacres.

3.        Doc announced the Car Show Committee meeting 8 June at 3:00 pm same venue

4.        Malcolm O gave an update on the effort to gain a veteran’s center here in Whatcom County. After a vigorous discussion it was decided to have Malcolm and the others try to obtain a meeting with county council/executive.

5.        Larry M revisited the compensation to President Bob to travel from his home in Seattle for VVA business. A proposed $0.85/mile was seconded and approved.

New Business:

  1. State Council President Francisco Ivarra gave a short talk about the VA reevaluation of their systems and care delivery. A new facility in Everett will be next to “cutting edge”. He also reminded us that this November 11th will be the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Wall. National is planning a celebration, for as was noted very few of us will be around for the 50th. He also said that National President Jack McManus will attend the Welcome Home picnic in Sedro-Woolley on Sat. August 6.
  2. Treasurer Tom called for funding of the VASH bus passes via the WTA to the tune of $400. Moved seconded and approved.

50/50 raffle netted the chapter $35.

Donations this evening came to $70. Meal expenses $119.55.

Donations at the Memorial Day picnic came to $107.00…

Good of the Order:           It’s summer (almost) so nothing much else is happening. Meeting adjourned at 19:35 (7:35 pm).