General Meeting
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.

Hope & Help Prison MinistriesGerret & 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

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