Vietnam Veterans Of America

Memorial Chapter #165

Minutes of 5 July 2022

General Meeting called to order at: 18:15 (6:15 pm) by Pres. Bob

Pledge of Allegiance by: Dave Loomis

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

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          Robert 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                             A                 2023

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2023

          Ray Radke, B of D                                     A                 2023

          Larry Montgomery, B of D                      P                 2023

          Duane Holliday, B of D                             P                 2023

          Charles Muggy, B of D                             P                 2023

Guests: Albert Lyduschuk (?), Bill Moore – who will join as soon as he can corral his DD214. Stacy Phelps, Cheryl and Jennifer from Peace Health Hospice; Glenda and Jeri from Home Care

New members present:

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: No new figures, but Randy Turnbull is in Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle receiving treatment.

Old Business:     

          1.      Steve announced that the AVVA needs one more officer to be able to incorporate and become official. Someone step up.

2.      Steve also said that there are still 55 families in temporary shelter after the severe flooding in the Sumas area last November. There are a couple of fund-raising efforts taking place this month.

New Business:

          1.      Ron W. will front the $50 for donut purchase from Haggen’s

          2.      A petition circulated to ask the county to reconsider demolition of the old NorBell nursing home. It is proposed to turn it into a vets’ center for the county.

          3.      6 August is the picnic at Ande Michelle’s place in Sedro Wooley. The VVA national president is planning to attend.

          4.      There will be no meeting in August. We will all be recovering from the car show. And we don’t want to compete with the Sedro function.

          5.      Ron W. moved to purchase new flags for the chapter, including a VVA flag. Seconded and approved.

          6.      Pete Kremen wants short PSAs that he can deliver over the PA system during the car show. Send him your ideas pkremen@comcast.net. Phone 360 734 3802.

          7.      A celebration of life for Tom Haddox occurs 21 August.

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Ruth $41.

Good of the Order: nothing left to say

Motion to adjourn:  at approximately 19:20 (7:20 pm).

          Donations tonight – $89.           Meal expense $227.96

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).

May 3rd minutes

General Meeting called to order at: 18:15 (6:15pm) by President Bob Aspiras

Pledge of Allegiance by: Malcolm O

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

Roll Call of officers:                                                           term expires

          Robert Aspiras, Pres                                 P                 2023

          Ron Wilson, VP                                         P                 2023

          Tom Grinstad, Secretary / Treasurer      P                 2023

          Randy Turnbull, B of D                              A                 2023

          Sam Houston, B of D                                P                 2023

          David Loomis, B of D                           P                 2023

          Ray Radke, B of D                           P                 2023

Larry Montgomery B of D P 2023

Charles Muggy P 2023

Guests: Glenda Sinclair, Jeri Hawk, Jesse Enriquez, Tim Sodden, Shane Sodden,

New members present:

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved as amended

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Membership Update: 355 VVA, 80 AVVA

Old Business:     

  1. Pres. Aspiras briefly went over the Roberts Rules of Order.
  2. Glenda and Jeri gave a ten-minute presentation on a little-known VA benefit regarding home care. They assert that the vet pays nothing. Contact information was shared.
  3. A bunch of certificates of appreciation were given out to: Jesse Enriquez, Tim Sodden, Shane Sodden, Sean Dalgarn, Jared Bocek. If I missed anyone, I’m sorry.
  4. Pres. Aspiras gave a short report on the state council meeting in Toppenish.

New Business:

          1.      Moved and seconded that the chapter provide Pres. Aspiras a travel stipend of 44 cents/mile. After discussion, the motion was amended to $25 per meeting. The motion was tabled for more discussion at the next meeting.

          2.      Malcolm O announced that a meeting will be held on 10 May at the American Legion Post 7 at 1:30 pm (13:30) to discuss the fate of the NW Annex, which the county seems to intend to tear down. Some want the facility to be repurposed for a veterans’ facility. There is a fairly large veteran population in the county and to gain many services they have to travel to Mt Vernon, Everett or Seattle.

          3.      Saturday May 28th is the Whatcom Memorial Day Parade. We will have a presence in the parade, all are invited to walk or ride with us.

          4.      Sunday May 29th will be the dedication of the Gold Star Mothers’ Memorial Arch at Greenacres. The Legion will supply refreshments. A speech by Col. Wes Weston and entertainment will follow.

          5.      Monday May 30th our chapter will hold its annual picnic at Hovander Park at 4 pm (16:00). We need volunteers to setup and take down, serve, cleanup etc. Everybody come please.

          6.      Doc H called for volunteers for the car show in July. He announced the committee will have a meeting 8 June at 15:00 (3:0pm) at the VFW.

7. Add new President Robert Aspiras to WECU signature card, remove Loomis and Goldsmith.

Announcements:

  1. 4 July Post 1585 raffle for Golden Boy rifle. Open to folks 21 or older. Tickets are $20/each. 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes are silver…

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Glenda S. who donated back to chapter $ 65 total.

          Donations tonight totaled $167.

Motion to adjourn:  made at 20:05 (8:05pm) adjourned.

Minutes of 5 April 2022

General Meeting called to order at: 18:50 (6:50pm) by President Loomis

Pledge of Allegiance by: Pres. Loomis

Invocation by & Moment of silence for POW/MIA by: Chaplain 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                             P                 2022

Guests: Greg Hawley, Mike & Martha Welch, Francisco Ivarra

New members present: George Mills

Secretary’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved

Treasurer’s report: Moved, 2nd & approved as amended

Membership Update: 350 VVA, 80 AVVA

Old Business:     

          1.      New slate of officers, delegates and directors elected

New Business:

          1.      New officers, directors and delegates sworn in by State Council President Ivarra.

          2.      New President Robert Aspiras introduced himself (gave a little background) and assumed role as president.

          3.      Liz Witowski was called upon to explain the role of the Whatcom County Veterans Program. She explained that among the duties of the program is to help low-income veterans get and maintain permanent housing. It also carries out a volunteer drive program, driving folks to medical appointments etc. The 114 fund services indigent veterans (those with an income lower than $2,900/mo. for a couple). This fund can help with burial services, rent, utility payments etc. Liz reported that the office assisted 648 veterans last year. She can be reached by calling 360 778 6050.

          Liz also noted that all Vietnam vets qualify for VA benefit claims. She encouraged us all to enroll, for our spouse’s benefit if not our own. She also encouraged all to attend the board meetings (on Zoom) and to apply for any open position on the board.

          4.      Francisco Ivarra remarked that 29 March is Vietnam Veterans’ Day, a day we should all commemorate. It is our day. He also noted that the Washington State Council VSOs are first in the nation in bringing dollars to the state. There is a council meeting in Toppenish this Sat. April 9th from 13:00-16:00 (1:00-4:00pm) at the Yakima Warriors Building. The National VVA board meeting is 20-23 April in Washington, DC. He will be attending.

          Francisco ended with a presentation to outgoing president Dave Loomis for his excellent leadership over the past few years. Good job, Dave.

          5.      Randy T moved the chapter donate $500.00 to VFW 1585, seconded and approved.

          6.      Ken R moved the chapter support the Memorial Day parade to the tune of $1,000, seconded and approved.

          7.      Ron W moved the chapter support the Welcome Home picnic this year with $1,000, seconded and approved.

          8.      Doc H called for volunteers for the car show in July. He announced the committee will have a meeting 13 April at 15:00 (3:0pm) at the VFW.

          9.      John F. noted that the parade registration is now open and urged the chapter to register.

Announcements:

          50/50 Raffle Won by: Ken R. donated back to chapter $ 85.

          Donations tonight totaled $165.

Motion to adjourn:  made at 20:10 (8:10pm) adjourned.

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)

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