Sunday, September 24, 2006
General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Present: Eddie Renteria Chairman VVGSQ John Blair Vice-Chairman VVGSQ Mike Northrop Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Langnese Outside Coordinator Harry Barton Member-at-Large (North Block) Mike Atkins Member-at-Large (H-Unit)
Meeting called to order at 0752 hours by Chairman Renteria. Roll was called. A quorum of voting members was present.
Chairman Renteria 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. A motion was made to accept the minutes from the August 2006 meeting. Motion approved with one revision to the proposal for donations from RC for the holiday toy program.
TREASURER REPORT: (Mike Northrop) A summary of current account status was presented to the group and no questions were posed.
OUTSIDE COORDINATOR: (Jeff Langnese) The Group received correspondence from the following:
Col. J.R. Franklin, USA (ret.) - letter N.I.V.N. Pensacola, Florida - VVGSQ, thanks for your continued support.
Col. William E. Weber, USA (ret.) - letter (Airborne Quarterly) - New Windsor, Maryland, thank you for the Airborne Quarterly and two letters.
Ron Trovato, VVA Chapter 20, Rochester, New York, writes for "Between the Lines".
Craig McLaren, pres. of VVA Chapter 190, Mobil, Alabama, N.I.V.N. "Eagle" - two newsletters.
Gloria and Dotty, Operation MOM - letter.
J. Lyman Jr., Norfork, Massachusetts, newsletter - "Vets News". Richard G. Becker, 82nd Airborne Association past president - letter.
Ron and Carrie Cutting - letter - Here are two of VVGSQ's most ardent supporters.
Frank Schoch, Static Line - Voice for the incarcerated veterans - thanks, Frank.
Chaplain Bill Anderson, N.I.V.N., Ephata, Washington - Chaplain for twenty years at Washington State Prison. Thanks for news on Chaplain Raymond Dugdale.
"Army Echoes" "Retired Soldiers" - Alexandria, Virginia - letter.
National 4th Div. (IVY) Div. Association, Inver, Minnesota - Thanks for 2007 membership card.
Tony Thompson, N.I.V.N., Smith State Prison, Glennville, Georgia - letter. James L. Weber, Veterans Workforce Specialist - letter.
Baraney McClendon - letter.
Doctor Karen Stanley - letter.
President R. D'Avanzo, VVA Chapter 371, Jackson, Mississippi - Chapter minutes and stationary.
Between the Lines, VVA Chapter 20 - Advocates for the incarcerated veterans across the United States.
President R. Ahalt, VVA Chapter 205, Auurn, New York - Newsletters of July and August.
President Ron Baraz, VVA Chapter 563, Petaluma, California - Yountville reminder.
Frank Schoch, Static Line - Voice for the incarcerated veterans - thanks Frank.
Chaplain Dugdale, N.I.V.N., Ridgefield, Washington - Mission of Faith
Clay Barker, Secretary, 187th Airborne Rakkasans - letter.
Agent Orange Review - Information for veterans (Jeff asks: Would YOU like a copy?)
BYLAWS: (Jeff Biggs) Updated bylaws and constitution have been signed and shall be distributed to all appropriate individuals.
NONPROFIT: (Ron Singlar) We continue to wait for bylaws from John Chaney to see if we can join with them. Consequently, no movement.
FUND RAISER: (Mike Northrop) Robert "Tuna" Portune acknowledged for service above and beyond in fund raising. Chairman Renteria explained guidelines and delivery schedule for food-sale distribution day, 20 September 2006.
SOCIAL: There will be no packing day combined with our Veterans Day social due to concerns regarding custody coverage. Outback Steakhouse ruled out because of scheduling conflict. Panda Express remains in consideration along with chicken from Albertson's. Amount donated from members will be determining factor. Trust withdrawals shall be submitted to trust office on Thursday, 30th November 2006.
COLOR GUARD: (Gio Caffale) Nothing to report at this time.
CAMARADERIE NIGHT: (Larry "Popeye" Faison) Nothing to report at this time.
R.E.A.L. CHOICES: (Wolf Stipe) Reminded group to prepare for every second and fourth Friday.
STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: (John Warren) New folder has been installed. John's cell is 4N92 for all direct deliveries of canceled stamps.
HOLIDAY TOY PROGRAM: (Wolf Stipe) Some problems are occurring and Wolf is working on solving them.
The purchase of new membership covers is in the updating process, as we await catalogs and confirmation of current prices.
A motion was made and seconded to donate $1,000 to Operation MOM, since our packing day with them has been canceled. Motion carried.
Associate Warden B. Welch approached regarding chief sponsorship upon retirement of Counselor W. Jeppeson.
Sponsor candidate W. Wilkerson, Print Shop supervisor, awaiting Chief Deputy and Warden's approval.
Newly signed constitution and bylaws were distributed.
Social donations were tallied and Panda Express will provide our meal.
A new packing-day date shall be scheduled after 1st January 2007.
Correctional Lieutenant E. Messick has been contacted by representatives from the VA who want to meet our membership.
A strategy session occurred regarding our upcoming food-sale distribution.
Kudos to everyone who said they would help with setup on Friday, 20th September. Every person, who said they would help, showed up along with other members.
Strong work, men. Thank you.
We adjourned at 0849 hours. All are reminded to inform the secretary of cell/dorm changes.
NEXT MEETING: Sunday, 29th October 2006.
MIKE NORTHROP W. JEPPESON Secretary/Treasurer Correctional Counselor II, Specialist Comittee/Activity Chairman Housing By-laws Jeff Biggs 2N37 Camaraderie Night Larry "Popeye" Faison 1N65 Color Guard Geo Caffale 3N63 Fund raising Mike Northrop 3N71 Grants Jeff Langnese 3N92 Happy Hats (stand down) Joint Venture (stand down) Nonprofit Ron Singler 3N39 Public Information Jeff Langnese 3N92 R.E.A.L. Choices Wolf Stipe 3N25 Scholarship Committee (stand down) Social Committee Mike Northrop 3N71 Stamps for Soldiers John Warren 4N92 Holiday Toy Program Wolf Stipe 3N25
Attention: Outside Correspondents:
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:
Community Partnership Manager's Office Attn: Carol Jackson/VVGSQ Phone: 415-455-5090 San Quentin State Prison Fax: 415-455-5180 San Quentin, CA 94964
For further information about the Vietnam Veterans Group of San Quentin (VVGSQ), please see our web site at: http://vvgsq.tripod.com