May 1, 2018 minutes

General Meeting called to order at: 6:57 pm (18:57)

Pledge of Allegiance by:  President Dave Loomis

Invocation by:  Lonnie Rose

Moment of silence for POW/MIA

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

David Loomis, Pres                                      Present      2019

Ron Wilson, VP                                            Present      2019

Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer       Present      2019

Kirk Lyon, B of D                                           Present      2019

Doug Spangler, B of D                                  Absent       2019

Randy Turnbull, B of D                                Present      2020

Richard Martinez, B of D                            Present      2020

George Douglas, B of D                                 Present      2021

Tom Modica, B of D                                       Present      2021

Guests:      Yvonne Goldsmith, Agnes Kenney, Rosie Loomis, Lana Haddox, Joel Douglas, Mark Nelson, Jeff Bergman, Jerry McLean

New (potential) members present: Donald Martinson, Bob Dechaox (sp)

Secretary’s report:      moved to approve, 2nd, passed

Treasurer’s report:      balance sheet & income statement presented motion & 2nd approved. Showed acknowledgment of charitable donation from BTC

Membership Update:  approximately 272 members

Old Business:     

  1. Memorial Day celebration fast approaching. Kirk Lyon is heading the committee, helped by Richard Martinez, Ron Wilson, and Randy Turnbull.
  2. Ron Wilson gave update on the wheelchair ramp for Daniel Keimaier in Maple Falls. It’s all done except the concrete landing at the bottom of the ramp. Ron was ably assisted by Kirk Lyon, Ray Radke, Howard Van Beek and staff from Home Depot.  Great work gentlemen. Darrell Dobson of Bellingham Central Lions Club donated a motorized wheelchair, delivered by Dave Loomis and Ron Wilson. Motion to reimburse Ron W $100 for gas 2nd and approved.
  3. As an update to the car show, Doc H showed off the flyers that will be distributed. The posters will not be hung for another month or so. Hanging too early and they get covered or torn down. He also made an announcement regarding sponsorship of plaques and trophies. The prices are: Plaques – $100, 1st Place Piston – $75, 2nd Place gas pump – $50, 3rd Place sparkplug – $35. Come on and sponsor the awards guys.
  4. Participation in the upcoming parade was discussed, with focus on the VFW float. No one spoke about walking the parade route with the float or with our own banner (or flag).


New Business:

  1. Joel Douglas of Lairmont Manor would like to co-sponsor a lunch for Korean or WWII veterans. He would like the chapter to plan the event with him. Volunteers included Jim Pace, Ron Wilson, Ray Radke and Dave Loomis. If I did not get your name, and you would like to volunteer you can reach Mr. Douglas at 360 319 5555.
  2. The Festival of Flags at Green Acres will start at noon on the 28th of May. The ceremony at Memorial Park will occur at 3:00.
  3. Our own Memorial Day Celebration will happen at Hovander Park on the 28th at 4:00. The guest speaker will be astronaut Wendy Lawrence. The emcee is Gene Goldsmith. A motion made to record Wendy Lawrence’s remarks, tom M. will make it happen.
  4. Dave Loomis brought up action taken at the state council meeting, where each chapter will donate $225.00 to fund a placard form the Vietnam Veterans of America, Washington State to be placed in the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Motion by Ron W, 2nd Jim P. approved.
  5. Jerry McLean and Jeff Bergman  from the Lions Club talked about Wheelchair Gang Ball which happens in the gym at Bloedel Donovan Park on Friday afternoon in the summer and Monday afternoons the rest of the year. Check it out…

Good of the Order:

Remember VFW Post 9301 breakfast 19 May 8:00 – 11:00

VFW Post here breakfast 27 May 8:00 – 11:00, if ramp construction allows. (The parking and building may be torn up and unavailable).

DAV drivers are still needed, talk to Gene G.

Our own Richard Martinez will be discussing his time in VN at VFW Post 9301 (7011 Hannegan Road, Lynden) in a veterans services event. This occurs on Saturday, 5 May, noon to 3:00 pm.

Jim Pace shared that three members of his immediate family have died from Agent Orange associated illness. Be aware and if you suspect you were exposed go see him at the Vets Center…

Jerry McLean announced that the RC model airplane group flies at the South Red River Road location, (Ferndale International Airport) each 1st and 3rd Thursday starting at 6:00 – that’s 18:00 hours guys.

Welcome Home Vets Picnic in Sedro-Wooley August 4 11:00 to 3:00.

That’s all I can recall…


Motion to adjourn:  made by someone, 2nd by Richard M. meeting adjourned at 19:45 7:45 pm.

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