Sunday June 29, 2008
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS PRESENT CHAIRMAN K. HAGAN VICE-CHAIRMAN J. BLAIR SECRETARY/TREASURER R. PORTUNE OUTSIDE COORDINATOR J.B. WELLS MEMBERS AT LARGE NORTH BLOCK J. DIGGS H-UNIT A. PARKER
Meeting was called to order at 8:06 hrs. by Chairman K. Hagan. Roll was called, 36 voting members were present; a quorum. 7 members were excused and 2 members were absent and an appropriate sponsorship was present. Lieutenant Evans.
Members were asked to remove their hats for a moment silence for American Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action, those Killed in Action, and for our troops deployed around the world.
TREASURER'S REPORT: (R. Portune) the beginning of this month we had a balance of $2,835.05 in our account. I received a letter from Mr. Larry Ward from the trust office. Mr. Ward stated that we had to have the proceeds from our fund raiser (food sale) donated to our charitable causes no later than June 30th of this year. As result of this letter the group has sent $1,500.00 to Operation Mom: We have also sent $1,000.00 to the 82nd Airborne. That brings our balance to $571.54. The group still needs to lower its account. The group voted to send $250.00 to the Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing, Menlo Park. That will bring our balance to $321.54. Of that money $120.00 is for the Hat Fund.
OUTSIDE COORDINATOR: (J.B. Wells)
Hope & Help Prison Ministries Gerret & Wilma Greeley, CO. Marcy Orosco North Bay Resource Center Robert W. Hayes Marshfield, MA. Jim Kenney Veterans Service Office Colonel James E. Hoeh (USA Ret.) 187 Airborne Rakkasan President Luis J. Gutierrez Con. Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army Special Forces Ret. Sgt. Maj. Millard R. Ball (U.S. Army Ret.) Clarksville, Tennessee Jeffrey J. Brodeur KWVA National Director Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Cutting Golden Gate Chapter 82nd Airborne Assn. Mr. Richard G. Becker 82nd Airborne Division Assn. Past National President Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ottaviano Mr. Frank Schoch Airborne Statis Line Mr. James L. Weber Veterans Workforce Specialist Colonel William E. Weber ( USA Ret.) American Airborne Assn. (Airborne Quarterly) K.J. (Rock) Merritt Command Sgt. Maj. 508th Airborne North Carolina Duke Armendariz National President 02-03 82nd Airborne Association Bill Self Head Coach Univ of Kansas "Jayhawks" Basketball Team Judith Manley V.V.G.S.Q. Web. Master "The Ivy Leaves" 4th Inf. Div. Association Publication St. Peters Mo. "Between the Lines" VVA Chap. #20 Newsletter Rochester, NY Ron Trovato Letter Writes Incarcerated Sec. "BTL" VVA Chapter 20 Jesus Wept Ministries Editorial Richardson, TX Chaplain R.O. Dugdale NIVN Letter Ridgefield, WA. Thanks for the Stamps Sgt. James Smith (USA Ret.) Letter Hickory Valley, TN. Bill Anderson Letter Ephrata, WA
BYLAWS: Mr. Northrop: We must submit new By-Laws in the near future.
FOOD SALE: Mr. Portune: The food sale went well. Thanks for all the hard work you guys did.
SOCIAL: Mr. Portune: the Social was a big success. Thank you for your hard work everybody had a good time. We received three notes thanking us. From the Scholarship winner, and two from guests.
COLOR GUARD: Mr. Caffale: the Education Department thanked the Color Guard for the great job at this year's graduation.
STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: Mr. Schuhmacher: We will mail over 10,000 stamps this week to Stamps for Soldiers.
COMMARADERIE NIGHT: Mr. Stetler: working with Debra Sheldon to set up a date for this event. Remember to bring some snacks.
REAL CHOICE: Mr. Renteria: Nothing to report.
GRANTS: Mr. Singler: gave a brief upodate.
TAB'S FOR TOTS: Mr. Sanders: the containers in the Visiting Room are filling up. Fliers are being made.
No Old Business.
A proposal was made to the group by Principal Roberts for the group to write a column for the new San Quentin News Paper. This column will be called the Vet's Corner. There were some concerns regarding confidentiality clause in the By-Laws. Mr. Northrop read portions of the By-Laws regarding this proposal. A discussion was held. Mr. Leavitt made a motion to do this project. The Motion was seconded. The motion passed. Mr. Lemus volunteered to write this column for the group. This article will be submitted to the Executive Body for approval.
Three new members have joined the group they are Mr. Brooks, Mr. Green, and Mr. Polley. They all made a short statement regarding their service and were welcomed to the group. These gentlemen have started their probationary period.
Executive Body elections will be held next month at our meeting. Nominations for this election are being held this month. The following nominees have been seconded and have been accepted.
Office of Chairman Office of Vice-Chairman Mr. Hagan Mr. Singler Mr. Kie Mr. Northrop Mr. Renteria Mr. Haskin Mr. Lott Mr. Butler Office of Secretary/Treasurer Outside Coordinator Mr. Leavitt Mr. Lemus Mr. Portune Member at Large North Block Member at Large H-Unit Mr. Bear Mr. Parker
The group thanked Lt. Evans for sponsoring our meeting.
A motion to adjourn was made and seconded. Motion was passed.
Meeting adjourned at 0844 hrs.
July 27, 2008. Ducats will be sent.
Robert Portune M.W. CRAMER Secretary/Tresurer Correctional Lieutenant V.V.G.S.Q. Chief Sponsor VIETNAM VETERANS GROUP of SAN QUENTIN WEB SITE http://vvgsq.tripod.com Telephone (415) 454-1460, EXT. 5309 or 5757 FAX Telephone (415) 455-5049 ATTN: D. Sheldon SIA Brothers Helping Brothers