Sunday, October 29, 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 0815 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 and seconded to accept the minutes from the September 2006 meeting. Motion approved.
TREASURER REPORT: (Mike Northrop) Issue of Ranch order discussed. Sponsor Sheldon shall investigate and report findings. Issue tabled pending....
OUTSIDE COORDINATOR: (Jeff Langnese) The Group received correspondence from the following:
Col. William E. Weber, USA (ret.) - letter (Airborne Quarterly) - New Windsor, Maryland.
Ron Trovato, VVA Chapter 20, Rochester, New York, writes for "Between the Lines". Please add our group to those welcoming your warrior home. Strong work, son.
James Lyman Jr., Norfork, Massachusetts, newsletter - "Vets News".
Richard G. Becker, 82nd Airborne Association past president - letter.
Frank Schock, Static Line - Voice for the incarcerated veterans - thanks, Frank.
Tony Thompson, N.I.V.N., Smith State Prison, Glennville, Georgia - letter.
James L. Weber, Veterans Workforce Specialist - letter.
VVA Chapter 205 N.I.V.N., Smith State Prison, Glennville, Georgia - letter.
Jim Kenny - Veterans Service Officer.
Al Newman - Fort Bragg, North Carolina, N.I.V.N.
Reverend Raymond Dugdale - N.I.V.N., Richfield, Washington, Glad your're feeling better.
Linda and Willis Rice - letter thanking our group for their wooden box.
Sergeant Wingo - Thanks so much for helping out group with postage expenses.
Harvest Vision Church - Newsletter from Livermore, Kentucky.
Aisling - Five Irish postcards, four hearts, and letter. Every good wish for the unprecedented success of your publishing event.
BYLAWS: (Jeff Biggs) Corrected copies of VVGSQ's Constitution and Bylaws were distributed to all appropriate individuals.
NONPROFIT: (Ron Singlar) The nonprofit committee shall stand down herewith.
FUND RAISER: (Mike Northrop) Ideas for new fundraising products were presented.
SOCIAL: Planning completed and paperwork perfected. We await the Saturday. We commend all members save one for contributing to this event.
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 show up if you're on the list. Banquet held October 21st, as Lieutenant Crittendon (ret.) was presented with a choice ring.
STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: (John Warren) Eight thousand stamps are prepared for mailing.
GRANTS: (Jeff Langnese) Nothing to report currently.
HOLIDAY TOY PROGRAM: (Wolf Stipe) We're looking for candy donations. Narrative not yet signed. Got green light for RC donations. Volunteers to collect donations in RC are Barton, Diggs, "Popeye", Hagan, Miller, Northrop, Wells, and Sponsor Sheldon.
Mike Northrop informed the general membership about the meeting with veteran administrators who facilitate the CAT -5 program in West Virginia.
A motion was made and seconded to donate $500 to Swords to Plowshares. Motion approved.
A motion was made and seconded to donate $1,000 to the Christmas Toy Program. Motion carried.
New sponsor Print Supervisor Wilderson approved. A hearty VVGSQ welcome to you.
New membership candidates introduced: Peterson (Air Force) and Tupling (Navy).
We welcomed two new voting members: Morris and Jones. Love peace and keep your powder dry, gentlemen. And take pleasure in wearing your new blue covers and using your activity cards.
Kudos to Ron Singler. Nicely noted, Ron. Thank you.
We adjourned at 0912 hours. All are reminded to inform the secretary of cell/dorm changes.
NEXT MEETING: Sunday, 19th November 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 (stand down) 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