SATURDAY, June 25, 2005
General Membership Meeting

Executive Committee Present:
J. Stipe - Chairman VVGSQ
R. Portune - Vice-Chairman VVGSQ
F. Lemus - Secretary/Treasurer
T. Northrop - Outside Coordinator
G. Caffale - Sergeant-At-Arms
E. Haskin - Member-at-Large

Meeting called to order at 1730 hours by Chairman Stipe. Roll was called. A quorum of voting members was present.

Chairman Stipe asked everyone to remove their hats for a moment of silence for America’s Prisoners of War, her Missing in Action, those Killed in Action, and our troops deployed around the world.

Members were asked to indicate if they received their minutes of the last meeting. No corrections or additions were noted. A motion was made to accept the minutes of the May 29, 2005, general membership meeting as written. Motion carried.

  • TREASURER REPORT:(Mr. Lemus) A summary of current account status was presented to the group and no questions were posed.

  • OUTSIDE COORDINATOR:(Mr. Northrop) The Group received the following correspondences:


    Morton Tallen - Veterans Service Officer
    Ron & Carrie Cutting - Golden Gate Chapter 82nd Airborne
    Dr. Rosenthal - Department of Veteran Affairs
    Chaplain Higgins -N.I.V.N.VVA 190
    Dennis Elliott - N.I.V.N.
    Frank Schoch - Airborne Quarterly
    Pritz Navara - Regional Office Department of Veteran Affairs
    Al Newman - N.I.V.N.
    Dotty & Maggie - Operation:MOM
    Rev. Dugdale - N.I.V.N. plus a phone call
    Robert Gogon - Golden Gate Chapter 82nd AirborneSec/Treas.
    Bob Hayes - NESHV Bunker Program Director
    Static Line -
    Mary Manley - Parris Island, SC Address is in Operations

    SPECIAL NOTE: The V.V.G.S.Q. wishes to express the gratitude to Ms. Karen Stanley for her generous donation to the Scholarship social. Thank you letters have been sent to our great supporters of the Social, too. Additionally, two cards were given to Ewin and Craig. Finally, two “Get Well” cards and flowers were sent to Mrs. Carol Jackson to cheer her up during her recovery from surgery.


  • BY-LAWS: (Mr. Haskin) Nothing to report at this time.

  • HAPPY HATS: (Mr. Barton) Nothing to report at this time.

  • NON-PROFIT: (Mr. Singler) Mr. Singler noted that no response has been received from VVnW in reference to the 14 questions the V.V.G.S.Q. proposed towards our Non-Profit status.

  • SOCIAL (Scholarship Presentation 2005) (Mr. Northrop) The V.V.G.S.Q. members thanked Mr. Northrop for a well planned event. The Scholarship Committee, headed by Mr. Leavitt, did an outstanding job this year in selecting two very noteworthy recipients of the V.V.G.S.Q. Scholarship. Finally, we could not have done this event with the assistance of all our sponsors doing the “behind the scenes” work to get the paperwork singed and approved. Ms. Debra Sheldon and Ms. Carol Jackson did a fabulous job in helping the V.V.G.S.Q. with the 2005 Scholarship Social, as usual. There are numerous persons that helped with this event and you know who you are—the V.V.G.S.Q. thanks you sincerely. Again, THANK YOU!
    On a different note, December 10, 2005, has been tentatively been scheduled for our Veteran’s Day Social.

  • FOOD SALE/FUNDRAISER: (Mr. Lemus) Members were reminded that our next scheduled fundraiser/food sale event would be delivered August 27, 2005. The items for the food sale have been finalized and a memo is forthcoming to allow members to deliver the Food Sale form to all cells in North Block and H-Unit dorms.

  • JOINT VENTURE PROJECT/VIDEO CAPTIONING: (Mr. Haskin) Nothing to report at this time.

  • COLOR GUARD: (Mr. Caffale) The Color Guard did an outstanding job in presenting and retiring the Colors during the 2005 Graduation Ceremony on June 16, 2005. Kudos to all these great men of the Color Guard.

  • CAMARADERIE NIGHT: (Mr. Faison) Camaraderie Night was help immediately following our General Membership meeting on June 25, 2005. A few new faces enjoyed the atmosphere and we look forward to our next scheduled Camaraderie Night.

  • R.E.A.L. CHOICES: (Mr. Stipe) Mr. Stipe noted that the schedule for the next event to host the kids has been sent out.

  • STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: (Mr. Leavitt) Mr. Leavitt stated 2,000 stamps have been mailed and reminded members to continue to support this worthwhile function.

  • GRANTS: (Mr. Langnese) Mr. Langnese noted that it would be very helpful to get our non-profit status started for the grants. Mr. Stipe explained to Mr. Langnese that he might be able to use the Prison Number for potential grant donors. Further, details will be issued to Mr. Langnese in regards to this method of obtaining grants for our scholarship recipients and charitable donations the V.V.G.S.Q. supports.

  • SPOOKY LOGO: (Mr. Barton) The mystery has been solved! Mr. Duane Sougins of the Petaluma Chapter #563 wore his T-shirt of the Spooky logo and V.V.G.S.Q. members were happy to see “Spooky” with the V.V.G.S.Q. letters printed across its chest.


    NEW MEMBERS: Mr. Diggs, Mr. Kie, and Mr. Warren successfully accomplish the 90 day probationary period and were eligible for full voting membership status. A majority vote was received with one member abstaining from the vote. WELCOME!

    V.V.G.S.Q. MEETING LOCATION: Mr. Stipe explained to the V.V.G.S.Q. why we had to meet in a different location for our monthly membership meetings. Mr. Leavitt opened the floor for discussion and after the discussion, the group was ready to vote on the new location. A majority vote was reached to have the V.V.G.S.Q. monthly meeting at the Peer Health Education room. To facilitate the use of the Peer Health Education room on the last Sunday of each month, Mr. Stipe will coordinate the memo for approval.

    V.V.G.S.Q. CHIEF SPONSOR: On June 24, 2005, members of the Executive Committee met with Mr. Stokes, Chief Deputy Warden, San Quentin. Mr. Stipe explained the purpose of the meeting and the question was posed to Mr. Stokes to consider supporting the V.V.G.S.Q. as our chief sponsor. Mr. Stokes is a veteran and was a sponsor when the V.V.G.S.Q. was in its infancy “back in the day”. Mr. Stipe gave a brief synopsis of our charitable functions and what the V.V.G.S.Q. is currently involved. After the discussions, Mr. Stokes noted to the Executive Committee that he would meet with Jill L. Brown, Warden, San Quentin, to see if his support as a chief sponsor is a conflict of interest. Mr. Stokes assured the V.V.G.S.Q. he would get back to us with an answer.

    CLOSURE: A motion to close the meeting at 1822 hours was made, motion carried and meeting closed at 1824 hours.

    NEXT MEETING: SUNDAY, July 31, 2005. NOTE: During the meeting, we will vote on our new Executive Committee members, so please plan to attend and make your voice be heard.

    F. A. Lemus

    W. Jeppeson, CCII Specialist
    V.V.G.S.Q. Sponsor

    Comittee ActivityChairmanHousing
    By-laws Mr. Haskin 1-N-16
    Camaraderie Night Mr. Faison 1-N-65
    Color Guard Mr. Caffale 3-N-63
    Food Sale/Fundraising Mr. Lemus 2-N-92
    Grants Mr. Langnese 3-N-92
    Happy Hats Mr. Barton 1-N-35
    Joint Venture Mr. Haskin 1-N-16
    Non-profit Mr. Singler 3-N-39
    Public Information Mr. Northrop 3-N-71
    R.E.A.L. Choices Mr. Stipe 3-N-25
    Scholarship Committee Mr. Leavitt 3-N-89
    Social Mr. Northrop 3-N-71
    Stamps for Soldiers Mr. Leavitt 3-N-89
    VOC Video Captioning Mr. Singler 3-N-39


    If you would like further information on any of the projects, activities, or goals of the V.V.G.S.Q., or would like to participate, please contact the following:

    Veterans Information Project- VVGSQ
    Laura Bowman, Coodinator
    San Quentin State Prison
    San Quentin, CA 94964
    Phone: 415-455-5090
    Fax: 415-455-5180

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