Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of Meeting 4 April 2017

Vietnam Veterans of America

Ron Davenport Memorial Chapter 165


Minutes of Meeting 4 April 2017

While waiting for dinner to come out of the kitchen, Jackie Thurman was introduced and she explained her background and situation. Then dinner was served.

General Meeting called to order at:       19:20 (7:20 p.m.)

Pledge of Allegiance by:                           President Gene Goldsmith

Invocation by:                                           Gene Goldsmith

Moment of silence for POW/MIA           Gene Goldsmith

Roll Call of officers:                                                                term expires

Gene Goldsmith, Pres                     present                          2017

Dave Loomis, VP                             present                          2017

Randy Elmore 2nd VP                      present                          2017

Bill Cox, Secretary                           present                          2017

Tom Grinstad, Asst. Secy.               present                          2017

Ken Richardson, Treasurer             present                          2017

David Scattum, B of D                    absent                           2017

Bill Wilcox, B of D                            present                          2017

Richard Martinez, B of D                present                          2019

John Bradshaw, B of D                     absent                           2017

Tom Modica, B of D                        present                          2018

Greg Bremer, B of D                        present                          2017

Kirk Lyon, B of D                              excused                         2019

Guests:       Rosie Loomis, Agnes Kenny, Connie Marich, Jackie Thurman

New members present:        Paul Nelson, David Williams, Skip Syvertsen

Secretary’s January minutes: approved Ray R / David L

Treasurer’s January report: approved David L / Ray R

Membership Update: Gene Goldsmith  reported 273 members, 1 deceased.  AVVA has 7 members.

Old Business:

  1. Memorial Day 29 May – Jim McKinney, 24 year vet, possible guest speaker. We need help to move to site – pick up at VFW 9am. We need all available members to show up for the Memorial Day service and picnic. Greenacres is trying to put together “Thank a Vet” program and needs representatives from various organizations.
  2. Wojo is gone for a while need helpers in the kitchen.
  3. Remember breakfasts are at VFW 9301 on 3rd Saturday and VFW 1585 (Bellingham) on last Sunday of the month.
  4. Very likely the car show will occur at Barkley this year. Only a few items left to iron out. A suggestion raised by Randy T to make some sort of tribute or recognition of both Gary Lysne and Kenny Paine be incorporated into car show activities. Member are needed at the VFW in the evening 6pm (18:00) of 22 July to pick up items for the car show on 23 July.
  5. Election of officers for the 2017-2018 year:

President                       Gene Goldsmith

Vice President               David Loomis

2nd Vice President        Doug Spangler

Secretary                      Tom Grinstad

Treasurer                      Ken Richardson

Board of Directors:        term ends

Tom Marsich                          2020

Larry Martin                           2020

Peter Pavlik                            2019

David Osinski                         2019

Tom Modica                           2018

Doug Spangler                       2018

  1. f. A motion to buy Gary Lysne’s generator for $800.00 was approved. Motion by Ken R / Randy E

New Business:

  1. VASH (VA Subsidized Housing) bus passes were funded $400.00
  2. Expenses for delegate to attend State Council meeting in Yakima $390.38
  3. Expenses for Gene Goldsmith to attend DAR State Convention $ 630.46, motion by Ken R to fund both for $700.00 approved
  4. Request to buy more banners and sign for the car show tabled Randy T, Doc H, Sam H to bring cost and formal proposal to next meeting.
  5. VVA originally founded as “last man standing” organization. Now two committees at national looking into maybe making it everlasting.
  6. Jackie Thurmond is in a bind. Job cut short tossed out of housing, she is seeking help. Motion to assist with $1,300.00 allowing her to get into an apartment with her nephew approved. Tom M / Randy E


Good of the Order:

  1. Check VFW calendar
  2. pick up VVA business cards & applications from Gene G.
  3. c. Gene has 7 cases of Promot and various other medical supplies that are available.
  4. d. the Festival of Flags needs a representative from each organization. If you know of someone who could carry out the duties, let Gene know.

Motion to adjourn: made at 8:09 pm (20:09) passed unanimously

The raffle netted $110. The winning ticket #783 returned the proceeds.

39 folks showed up for this meeting.  They were mostly the same faces. Keep on coming and let’s see some new or infrequent members.