Sunday, November 26, 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 0809 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 October 2006 meeting. Motion approved.

TREASURER REPORT: (Mike Northrop) Donations were processed and extended to the following organizations: Operation:MOM - $1,000; Golden Gate chaper - $700; Treasure Island residency program - $500; Christmas toys for children of those incarcerated - $1,000. None of the trust withdrawals for the Veterans Day social have been submitted for processing. Withdrawals are currently being accepted for the purchasing of candy for the Christmas toy program, with a 2100 hours, 3rd December deadline. Inquires should be addressed to Wolf Stipe, 1N30.

OUTSIDE COORDINATOR: (Jeff Langnese) The Group received correspondence from the following:

Col. William E. Weber, USA (ret.) - two letters (Airborne Quarterly) - New Windsor, Maryland.
Frank Schock, Static Line - Leesburg, Florida Thanks, Frank.
Ron Trovato, VVA Chapter 20 - letter. Writes the incarcerated section of Between the Lines.
Ron and Carrie Cutting - Golden Gate chapter of 82nd Airborne Association - letter.
The Ivy Leaves - Publication of the National 4th Infantry Division, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota - Thanks for printing letter and listing VVGSQ website.
Dick Taylor - Editor, The Ivy Leaves, Las Vegas, Nevada - "Getting Out by Going In" info.
Kyle Trezian - Program manager, Menlo Park residency program. Thanks for your visit.
James L. Weber, Veterans Workforce Specialist.
VVA Chapter 205 N.I.V.N., Auburn Correctional Facility, Auburn, New York.
Jim Kenny - Veterans Service Officer.
Reverend Raymond Dugdale - N.I.V.N., Richfield, Washington, three letters. Good to hear you're better.
Harvest Vision Church - Newsletter from Livermore, Kentucky.
Bill Anderson - N.I.V.N. Ephrata, Washington - two letters.
Hope and Help Ministries - letter.
Barney McClendon - letter. Howdy, Barney.

Committee Reports:

BYLAWS: (Jeff Biggs) Nothing to report at this time.

FUND RAISER: (Mike Northrop) Ideas for new fund raising products were presented. Nothing new on the food sale hold.

SOCIAL: Narrative on hold. Funds being held pending further input from administrative sources. Even though we were unable to hold our social as scheduled we did not neglect to acknowledge our sponsors: Handicraft manager L. Shaeffer accepted a presentation box and warm applause for her outstanding sponsorship and help in the perfection of paperwork. Dotty and Gloria of Operation:MOM received certificates of appreciation from the VVGSQ. James Weber, James Conway, and Jim Kenny received plaques of appreciation, and finally, Colonial Curtis Johnson received a presentation box.

COLOR GUARD: (Gio Caffale) Nothing to report at this time.

CAMARADERIE NIGHT: (Larry "Popeye" Faison) December 30th is under consideration. Linda and Willis Rice wish to show recently taken photographs from their vacation in Vietnam.

R.E.A.L. CHOICES: (Wolf Stipe) Kids are coming in during December.

STAMPS FOR SOLDIERS: (John Warren) Eight thousand stamps appropriately posted.

HOLIDAY TOY PROGRAM: (Wolf Stipe) The program has more toys coming in. Things are moving along fine. There is a need for "candy money" donations (see Treasurer Report section of these minutes).

Old Business:

Nothing at this time.

New Business:

We welcomed one new voting member: At last, a member (Holloday) from the city of brotherly love. Show us how it's done, "Philadelphia". Welcome aboard.

VVGSQ website address cards were passed out.

This was the last meeting for member Rick Mortensen, who paroles December 1st. Rick was warmly applauded and thanked for his hard work and dedication.

Greg Sanders is set to collect for the toy program pending unit scheduling.

Carlos Morales's probation starts 26th November 2006.

Kudos to Ron Singler. Thanks Ron. That '62 Corvette should be in your Christmas stocking.

We adjourned at 0837 hours. All are reminded to inform the secretary of cell/dorm changes.

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, 31st December 2006. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

MIKE NORTHROP                                M.W. CRAMER
Secretary/Treasurer                                 Correctional Lieutenant
                                                    Chief Sponsor

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:

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