SUNDAY, July 31, 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 08210 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 June 25, 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:


    Dennis Elliot - N.I.V.N. IL
    Bill Anderson - Ehprata, WA
    Bob Hayes - Bunker Program MA
    Tony Thompson -N.I.V.N. GA
    Robert Ahalt - VVA Chapter 205, N.Y
    Mr. & Mrs. Cutting -Golden Gate Chapter, 82nd AirborneThanks for Social Photos
    Chaplain Dugdale - N.I.V.N. WA
    Al Newman -N.I.V.N. Ft. Bragg, NC
    Frank Schoch - Columns, FL., American Airborne Association & Static Line
    Richard Becker - Past National President, 82nd Airborne Association
    Colonel Weber - Airborne Quarterly
    Operation:MOM - Dotty, Maggie, Pam, Gloria, Louise & all Operation:MOM
    Judith & Mary Manley -
    Airborne Quarterly -
    Static Line -
    Amanda Martinez -2005 V.V.G.S.Q. Scholarship Recipient
    California Zephyr VVA State Council -
    Craig McLaren -VVA 190 AL

    NOTE OF INTEREST: We received the following information and Mr. Northrop updated the group on issues been raised by the following: HR2673 Bill by Senators Smith and Evans; VA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request form; A card for Chaplain Johnson, NC, was distributed for group members to sign. Additionally, greetings from McClendon and O’Connell were received.


  • 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 since no response has been received from VVnW, we search another avenue of obtaining our non-profit status. However, one more letter will be mailed to VVnW to obtain assistance in this matter.

  • FOOD SALE/FUNDRAISER: (Mr. Lemus) Members were reminded that our next scheduled fundraiser/food sale event would have a delivery date of August 27, 2005. Group members were given a summary of the funds raised and it looks like another successful event is forthcoming. As of this writing, due to the lockdown at San Quentin, members of the American Indian Culture group have stated that they are willing to help the V.V.G.S.Q. deliver food sale items to the general population. If the lockdown continues past the August 27, 2005 delivery date, the V.V.G.S.Q. is prepared to handle the delivery phase. WE WILL PREVAIL!

  • 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 a videoconference is scheduled with the California Youth Authority and recommended members of the V.V.G.S.Q. in the Choices program to attend.

  • STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: (Mr. Leavitt) Mr. Leavitt stated 3,000 stamps have been mailed and reminded members to continue to support this worthwhile function.

  • GRANTS: (Mr. Langnese) Nothing to report at this time.


    PROBATIONARY MEMBERS: Mr. Stetler (Navy) and Mr. Hayes (Army) introduced themselves to the group members and will be voting members once they have successfully completed their 90 day probationary period. WELCOME!

    1K Mile Club: Mr. Miller gave a synopsis of this new project at San Quentin and their fund raising endeavors. Mr. Miller asked the general membership if the V.V.G.S.Q. Account # can be used ONLY to stored funds raised during this project and the funds raised will be sent to the Children’s Hospital. The floor was opened for further discussions and objections. Once the discussions were over, a motion was made to let the 1K Mile Club use our Account # ONLY for storing the funds raised and the exact amount raised would be sent to the Children’s Hospital. The motion was accepted by receiving a majority vote. Mr. Miller thanked the group members.

    NEW MEMBERS: Mr. Navaerette and Mr. Ricci completed their 90 day probationary period and received a majority vote by group members to be Full Voting members. CONGRATULATIONS.

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS: Mr. Stipe explained the voting procedures to group members and ballots were passed out. A majority vote was received by the following new executive committee: Mr. Renteria, Chairman; Mr. Portune, Vice Chairman; Mr. Lott, Secretary/Treasurer; Mr. Langnese, Outside Coordinator.

    Mr. Mortensen, North Block Member at Large and Mr. Atkins, H-Unit Member at Large received a majority vote to represent the V.V.G.S.Q. at their respective units.

    Mr. Stipe thanked V.V.G.S.Q. members for all their support given to him during his tenure as the Chairman of the V.V.G.S.Q and passed the “Torch” to Mr. Renteria. Mr. Renteria addressed the group members and assured the V.V.G.S.Q. that all charitable efforts will continue. The V.V.G.S.Q. membership looks forward to assisting our new Executive Committee in their endeavors to makes us be known by our works in our local community. We tried to pause at this time to give a celebratory toast to our new Executive Committee, but as usual, we started to associate with other members and forgot to toast. However, we did enjoy the soda pops.

    HAPPY B-DAY WISHES: The V.V.G.S.Q. extended Happy Birthday wishes to Mr. Ewing McClakin.

    CLOSURE: A motion to close the meeting at 0924 hours was made, motion carried and meeting closed at 0924 hours.

    NEXT MEETING: SUNDAY, August 28, 2005. NOTE: We may have a brief meeting on August 27, 2005, before the start of the delivery phase of our Food Sale if a quorum of voting members are present to decide on this matter.

    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
    Carol Jackson, Coodinator
    San Quentin State Prison
    San Quentin, CA 94964
    Phone: 415-455-5090
    Fax: 415-455-5180

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