General Meeting
April 26, 2009


                                      EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PRESENT
              
                                    CHAIRMAN                  M. NORTHROP  
                                    VICE-CHAIRMAN             R. SINGLER
                                    SECRETARY/TREASURER       R. PORTUNE
                                    OUTSIDE COORDINATOR       F. LEMUS

                                              MEMBERS AT LARGE
                                    NORTH BLOCK               S. BAER
                                    H-UNIT                    A. PARKER


Chairman Mr. Northrop calls the meeting to order at 8:12 hrs. Roll was called, 37 members were present; a quorum. 5 members were excused and 0 members were absent. Appropriate sponsorship 'Debra Sheldon' and 'Gloria Godchaux' from Operation:Mom was 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 to indicate if they received their minutes of the last months meeting. A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes from the March meeting. A vote was taken and passed to accept the minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT: (R. Portune): I was not able to obtain a trust report this month, I will have one by our next meeting.


OUTSIDE COORDINATOR: (F. Lemus): read a list of correspondence.
Bill Anderson Letter NIVN - Ephrata, Washington
Rev. R. Dugdale Letter - NIVN - Ridgefield, WA
VVA-Chap. 371 Roberto D'Avanzo Letter Ionia Corr. Ionia, MI
Sgt. Richard Taylor 4th Infantry Div Las Vegas, NV
V.V.A. Chap, #190 Craig McClaren "The Eagle", Alabama
Operation:Mom Gloria Godchauz & Dotty Selmeczki
American Airborne Association Airborne Quarterly
Luis J. Gutierrez Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) Fort Bragg
Sergeant Major Millard R. Ball U.S. Army (Ret.) Fort Campbell 101st, 11th, and 187th Airborne
Jeffrey J. Brodeur KWVA National Director
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Cutting Golden Gate Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association
Mr. Richard G. Becker 82nd Airborne Division Association Past National President
Colonel William E. Weber (USA-Ret.)
Gerret, Wilma & Nancy Hope & Help Ministries
Pastor Brad Clark & Editor Sister Trina Ball Harvest Vision Church
Big Al Newman National Incarcerated Veterans Association
Frank Schoch Veterans Corner
Annette Purcell Editor Airborne Static Line
Ketteth J. (Rock) Merritt 82nd Airborne 508th Association




COMMITTEE REPORTS:


BY-LAWS: Mr. Hagan: there is nothing to report.

FOOD SALE: Mr. Portune: there is nothing to report.

SOCIAL: Mr. Portune: the Narrative has been complete and awaiting approval. We would like to thank everyone for their donation to the scholarships social; the donations taken from your books on May 6th. Applebee’s will be catering this event. Mr. Portune read a list of choices and the group voted on steak. A meal for the vegetarians will be served. The group was asked that each member bring two sodas with them, one for themselves and one for a guest.

COLOR GUARD: There is nothing to report. The Chairman Mr. Northrop thanked the Color Guard for the good job on the opening day ceremony for this year’s baseball season.

STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: Mr. Schuhmacher: There is nothing to report.
We would like to clarify that the stamps for soldiers program is used stamps still on envelopes. These stamps are peeled off envelopes and are used as therapy for wounded soldiers.

REAL CHOICES: Mr. Renteria: a short report was given.

GRANTS: Mr. Singler: There is nothing to report.

TAB'S FOR TOT'S: Mr. Sanders: Gave a short report. New posters have been made. Mr. Sanders asked for plastic containers.

TOY PROGAM: Mr. Renteria: on stand down until next year.

PRESENTATION BOXES: Mr. Roberts: Seven presentation boxes were given on our behalf at this year’s Airborne Static Line Awards as well as two rings. We have 15 boxes being made at this time to honor veterans. Also the one to be used at this years Scholarship and Operation:Mom event.

ALL BOXES WERE HAND CARVED WITH MILITARY ICONS


SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Mr. Leavitt: gave a short report. Operation:Mom has some applications. Gloria Godchaux from Operation:Mom spoke on two new volunteers who will attend the scholarship event and the issue of gate passes.

CAMARADERIE NIGHT: Thanks to Mr. Bolema for sponsoring this event. Camaraderie Night was a great success last month and all had a good time. A vote was taken for the next movie, and on May 30, 2009 U 571 will be shown.



OLD BUSINESS:
No old business.


NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Leavitt brought up the issue of Stan Baer’s medical problem. The group will assist him in any way possible.

The Chairman Mr. Northrop spoke on the logistics of the up coming Scholarship Luncheon and Operation:Mom packing day event. Mr. Portune made a suggestion to add along with the notes the group will place in the boxes for the troops a copy of the Soldiers Prayer.

The group gave its support to Mr. Kie who just lost his nine-year-old son. We all will pray for him in his time of sorrow and for his son.

Mr. Langnese and Mr. Singler may be leaving the group due to paroling. They both gave statements.

The Chairman Mr. Northrop thanked Debra Sheldon and Gloria Godchaux for sponsoring this meeting.



There was a motion to adjourn the meeting and seconded. The motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 0843 hrs.



NEXT MEETING
Will be on May 31, 2009.
Camaraderie Night will be May 30, 2009.





Robert Portune                                         M.W. CRAMER
Secretary/Tresurer                                     Correctional Lieutenant
                                                       V.V.G.S.Q. Chief Sponsor









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