December General Meeting
Held January 3, 2010


EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PRESENT
CHAIRMAN K. HAGAN
VICE-CHAIRMAN E. RENTERIA
SECRETARY/TREASURER D. LEAVITT
OUTSIDE COORDINATOR J. LANGNESE


MEMBERS AT LARGE
NORTH BLOCK C. SCHUHMACHER
H-UNIT A. PARKER


Chairman Mr. Hagan called the meeting to order at 8:12 hrs. Roll was called, 32 members were present, a quorum. 7 members were excused. Debra Sheldon, AND Lt. Evans were present.

Members were asked to remove their hats for a moment of silence for the American Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action, those Killed in Action, and for our troops deployed around the world.

Members were asked if they received their minutes of the last months meeting. Mr. Barton made a motion to accept the minutes. Mr. Kie seconded. The motion to accept the November minutes passed.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
D. Leavitt: We still have $200.00 in our account for our next purchase of V.V.G.S.Q. light blue hats. All other money within our account is port of the Toy Program. We will paying $34.25 for the initial cost of dry-cleaning the Santa Suit. We will be dry-cleaning it once again, since Santa got a little hot in it this year, before it goes into storage for next year. A new Santa beard and wig were purchased. A Mrs. Claus attire was purchased for use in H-Unit visiting. Our Sponsor Ms. Debra Sheldon donated the cost of those items.


OUTSIDE COORDINATOR:
J. Langnese: received the below listed correspondences during the month od December 2009.

VVA VETERAN Nov / Dec issue, Silver Spring, MD.
VVA Chapter 190 Atmore AL, Thanks for the Xmas card.
VVA Chapter 205, Auburn, NY. Thanks for the great newsletter.
Ron and Carrie Cutting, Golden Gate Chapter of the 82ne Airborne Association. Thank you very much for the Xmas card.
Dick Taylor, 4th Infantry Division, 2 letters. Thank you for donating the stamps we will use for our Scholarship Award mailing. They will sure come in handy.
Vincent Milo, 4th Artillery Division. Hillsboro Beach, FL. Thank you!
Jesus Wept Ministries, Sister Vicki, Richardson, Texas. Thank you for your wonderful letter and newsletter.
N.I.V.N. Bill Anderson, Ephrata, Washington. Great letter Bill, thanks
Operation Mom, Thank you Gloria and Dotty for the fantastic Xmas card.
U.S.M.C. Scott Stetler. Thank you for your very informative letter.




COMMITTEE REPORTS:


BY-LAWS:

Mr. Fernando Lemus: Nothing new to report at this time.



FOOD SALE:

Mr. Leavitt: We will be selling food once again in April 2010, for delivery to our fellow inmates on Sunday May 23, 2010. The paperwork must be signed off 45 days before we begin selling in April. The list of items we will be selling must be included in the packet of paperwork. Our May 23rd delivery will allow us to have our scholarship funds available for a June 2010 date. Suggestions were taken for items to be sold. Our sponsors are currently checking our the availability of the below listed items:

In and Out Burer Selections
Costco items: M & M's, Cereal, Pizza Salami, Cheese, Trail Mix, Fruit and Nut Medley, Mini Mix Chocolate candy.
Trader Joe's: Pound plus chocolate bars, both milk chocolate and Dark chocolate.
Safeway items: 8 piece chicken, 25 piece wings, 4 types of doughnuts, bagels and cream cheese, and cases of canned soda water.



SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET:

Mr. Leavitt: We must get in touch with Operation Mom's and work out a date that is convenient for everyone, a date that is sometime in June 2010.



COLOR GUARD:

Mr. Baer: Nothing new to report at this time.



SCHOLARSHIP:

Mr. Fernando Lemus: The Scholarship committee members are Chris Schuhmacher, Joe Diggs, David Basile, J.B. Wells, and Chairman Fernando Lemus. A date for the Scholarship Banquet is needed, so we will have to get with Gloria and Dotty first.



STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS:

Mr. Rooke: A box full of about 12,000 stamps will be mailed out this week. Mr. Joe Diggs has the address and info for anyone that is interested.

(We would like to clarify that the atamps for Soldiers Program is used stamps still on the ripped off corners of the envelops. These stamps are peeled off envelops, then used as therapy for wounded Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers.)



CAMARADERIE NIGHT:

Mr. Fernando Lemus: Oour next Camaraderie night will be Saturday January 30, 2010. We now have a comlete listing of all movies available. In addition, from now on, one copy of OUR list will also always be kept in our archives for future use, rather than being controlled by one individual.



REAL CHOICES:

Mr. Renteria: Harry and I are the only V.V.G.S.Q. members left on Team 3 now. We will be having kids in all this month.



TAB'S FOR TOT'S:

Mr. Rooke: We will be mailing out a box full of tabs at the same time that we send out the stamps.



TOY PROGRAM:

Mr. Renteria: The Toy Program this year was a huge success. We lost a few days due to the usual December lockdown, but we more than made up for that on December 25th, 26th, and 27th. Most of the big corporations that we have gotten donations from in the past were not able to this year because of the economic sitiation. All sorts of donations came in from private individuals, prison staff, prison program volunteers, area churches, other inmate activity groups, and a huge donation from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. Between H-Unit and North Block visiting rooms, Santa, Ms. Claus, and Santa's helpers handed out 435 large opaque black bags full of toys to the children that visited H-Unit Mainline, Death Row, Reception Non-contact, and North Block Mainline.



GRANTS:

Mr. Fernando Lemus: Nothing new to report at this time.



PRESENTATION BOXES:

Mr. Schuhmacher: I'm looking into who is doing what as far as these boxes go. Who has gotten them? Who gets them now? In addition, a dozen or so will be needed at the Scholarship Banquet for resentations to our supporters.





OLD BUSINESS:

Our Chairman, Kevin Hagan announced that he is stepping down from the position for personal reasons. A huge THANK YOU goes out to him for all that he has done for us. THANK YOU KEVIN. Ms. Debra Sheldon announced that she might still be leaving, courtesy of a CDCR Education Department pink slip. She will be sorely missed if she does leave.



NEW BUSINESS

The By-Laws state that our Vice-Chairman, Mr. Edward Renteria moves into the Chairman's position and we elect a new Vice-Chairman to fill the vacant position. So, the nominations for the position of Vice Chairman are as follows: Mr. Fernando Lemus, Mr. Harry Barton, Mr. Bob Lott, and Mr. John Blair. We will vote at our next General meeting on January 31, 2010.

The 90-day probationary period ended for Mr. Robinson, US Army. Mr. Robinson was voted in, by unanimous approval, as a Full Member. congratulations Robby. Guess you did make it in despite being the the Aren't Really Marines Yet, huh? Welcome to our band of brothers.

Our new Chhief Sponsor, Lt. Evans, introduced himself and spoke of his many qualities and how he is a huge asset to us. Some of the suggestions that he spoke of, we are already implementing. We are heading into a period of many more accomplishments. Welcome to our band of brothers Lt. Evans. Thank you for stepping up.

Our previous sponsor, Lt. Cramer has retired, but will continue to be involved with us on many levels.







A motion was made by Mr. Stan Baer to adjourn the meeting at 0903 hr. The motion was seconded by Mr. Weeks. A vote was taken and the motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 0904 hrs.




NEXT MEETING:                                          NEXT CAMARADERIE NIGHT 
Will be on Sunday, January 31, 2010.                   will be on Saturday, January 30, 2010.





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