OPENING CEREMONIES: Commander Verville called the meeting to order at 1000 hours, 4 NOV 2015. Opening ceremonies were held according to VFW Ritual. Fifteen Post 11447 members were present.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: The Roll Call was taken by Adjutant Burnett. Nine Officers were present, 2 absent (1 excused), SVC position vacant.
NEW RECRUITS: None
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS: Grand Commander Hilliard (Post member)
MINUTES: Commander asked if the minutes from the previous meeting had been posted. The Adjutant said that a copy of the minutes were posted on the bulletin board and posted on our website. Copies were not sent to members via Email as Adjutant could not access the mailing list for the minutes. There were no changes to the minutes. The Adjutant made the motion to accept the minutes as posted, seconded by Comrade Corbin, motion carried.
QUARTERMASTER REPORT: QM Burnett presented the report and made the motion to accept the report as audited. Seconded by Comrade Best, motion carried. The report is on file, see the QM if you would like to see the entire report.
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: The Commander is the acting Servicer Officer. A Funeral service for Veteran Bob Mahler will be held at San Nicolas, Castillejos at 1500, 7 Nov. (Note: 11 VFW/FRA members and seven Cooties attended the funeral. The FRA did their two bell ceremony and the VFW Officers conducted the funeral service, over 30 guests and family members were in attendance.)
SURGEON'S REPORT: NTR
COMRADE OR FAMILY MEMBER IN DISTRESS: Jim Tyler's wife is still in Lourdes Hospital, Barretto.
PUP TENT 11: NTR
COMMANDER CALLED FOR COMMITTEE REPORTS:
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: QM Burnett gave the report. This report has been updated since the meeting.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: This year's field trip will be at Paradise Ranch, it will be held in conjunction with the Christmas party on 12 Dec at 1300 at Mango's. The Children's Christmas Party list is posted at the VFW P300 per child.
POST HOUSE/BUILDING COMMITTEE: Need more participation in the Daily and Weekly Draws.
HOSPITAL/HOME VISITS BY POST MEMBERS: CDR gave the report for OCT visits. 63 members made 42 visits to see 76 vets, spent 281 hours in visits, traveled 4275 miles and gave $106 in gifts. Total credited for OCT was $6443.
BEACH BASH: Trying to hold first meeting 9 Nov. Still need a volunteer to be the Chairman.
BUDDY POPPY CHAIRMAN: Buddy Poppy donations were P670 ($15).
VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN: Commander asked the Chaplain to say a prayer for our National Home for Children.
Nominations were opened for SVC. There were none.
Elections are coming up soon.
The Post will purchase a RSL/VFW wreath for RSL Day (11 Nov). A wreath will also be purchased for Veterans Day for the VFW/A.L./FRA.
Need to work on our All State requirement. Need to pay $300 for VOD/PP/TEACHERS AWARD. (NOTE: At District meeting, 10 Nov, we were informed that the cost has been reduced to $100).
Comrade Hilliard made a motion for the Post meeting be changed to 2 Dec vice 9 Dec. Many members will be in Thailand for the Convention. Seconded by Comrade Best. Motion carried.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
Building Fund Blocks are still open for purchase of either a Silver or Gold Block. The cost for a Silver Block is P2500 and P5000 for a Gold Block. See the Commander or QM if you would like to purchase a block.
SUNSHINE Cart project still ongoing weekly at Bay Pointe hospital. If you would like to volunteer see the Commander.
The Commander said that we had a large amount of funerals over the last few months, and he would like to thank the burial detail members for their support. He went on to say that he would like to see some of our newer members to come out and participate. We need to train new members as some of our current members are getting up there in years and suffer from health problems and limited mobility. The Post does 99% of all military burials in the Olongapo/Subic area (to include much of Zambales and Bataan provinces). This is a tradition that needs to be carried on in the future. Please volunteer to help our Post.
Department Convention in Bang Chang, Thailand 11-13 DEC. Registration is up and running on the Department website.
Please continue to sign up for Action Corps Weekly at www.vfw.org. "Blue Water Navy Bill" HR-969 HAS 286 co-sponsors and S-681 has 33 co-sponsors.
Fifty/fifty: was P1700 and won by Chuck Garrett who donated his share to the National Home.
VA Outreach has changed and is now scheduled for 0745-1000, 25 NOV.
Calendar of Events:
CLOSING CEREMONIES: Closing Ceremonies were held according to Ritual and the meeting was adjourned at 1059. The next GMM will be held 2 DEC at 1000 hours at the Post Home.
Michael R. Verville
November 25, 2015