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Monthly Business Meeting Minutes


VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

DELAWARE COUNTY CHAPTER 67,

P.O. BOX 1220, MEDIA, PA

19063

MINUTES OCTOBER BUSINESS MEETING

The meeting was called to order by President Bill Gafford on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

at 7:30 PM at the Post Home at the Amvets Post 118. There were 19 members in

attendance. Absent were: Directors Paul Hanson and Mike Houlihan (excused). The

Chaplain, Jeffrey Dorfman was absent The reading of the Minutes of the Meeting of

September 8, 2015 was dispensed with by the President.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Michael Laganelli, Chapter 67 founding member; and all veterans who died during the

summer months and all US Troops KIA in Afghanistan and Iraq during the past month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The next Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM; and the next Business

Meeting, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Chapter Home at Amvets Post 118.

A Senior Expo sponsored by State Senator Tom McGarrigle will take place on Thursday,

October 15, 2015 at the Lazaretto Ballroom from 10 AM to Noon. Set up between 8:30

Philadelphia will hold its first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Step

The Media Veterans Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in

Media, PA. Assemble at 10 AM, step off at 11 AM.

COMMUNICATIONS

Thank you card received from Judy Campbell for us providing transportation down to

Gold Star Mothers Day in Arlington and for helping her find the headstone of her brother

 

STATE COUNCIL

Bob O'Neil stated the next State Council Meeting will take place at State College, PA the

weekend of November 7 and 8, 2015

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Ray Stankus thanked the members of the Honor Guard who went down to Arlington, VA

for Gold Star Mother's Day. Joe Dubolino did a good job driving. The Honor Guard

presented the colors for the ceremony. Gold Star Mother Judy Founce and Gold Star

Sister Judy Campbell went down with us as well. It was a successful trip.

Ray stated that Philadelphia will hold its first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November

8, 2015. Step off at noon. Chapter 266 will participate and will have a 2 1⁄2 ton truck

which we are invited to ride in. George Brown had suggested we drive up in a van because

we have to take our banner and rifles.

The Media Veterans Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in

Media, PA. Assemble at 10 AM, step off at 11 AM. Breakfast will be at the Court Diner at

Wayne Lamond stated the Pancake Breakfast at Appleby's on October 10 was a success as

we made a profit of $423. We are locked in for November 5, 2016 at Appleby's for next

OLD BUSINESS

Bill Gafford stated that Mike Houlihan had suggested we have our Christmas Party at

Casey's Pub, State Road and Lansdowne Ave. in Drexel Hill on Tuesday, December 8,

2015 at 7 PM. They want us to order off a fixed menu and pick two main entrees. The

Chapter voted for Crab Cakes ($17) and Filet Mignon ($24) as the two main entrees. The

price doesn't include tip or taxes. They have a problem writing separate checks and want

to do table checks. We need a commitment at the November meeting (Money in hand).

We were asked about a tax ID and Bob O'Neil stated we don't have one.

Bill Gafford talked about our website. No one has maintained it in three years. He said

we should think about getting a new website with a new domain name and that we need to

Jack Mitch suggested we have a pizza party for the veterans at the Coatesville VAH. This

could take place sometime in January or February of next year. We would have to

coordinate with the hospital.

Jack also stated that Wreaths Across America will take place on Saturday, December 12,

2015 with ceremonies at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Washington

NEW BUSINESS

Motion 15-01 by Jack Mitch that the Chapter donate food and clothing in the amount of

$200 for Christmas to Walt Kraft. Second Tony D'Alterio. Motion passed.

Motion 15-02 by George Brown that the Chapter donate $100 Super Market Gift Cards for

five families of needy veterans for Christmas. Total amount is $500. Second Tony

D'Alterio. Motion passed.

OPEN DISCUSSION

The Chapter thanked Joe Dubolino for his donation of a VVA Plaque and flag holder to

Jack Mitch thanked Jeff McCaw for what he did with Product Sales and with provided us

with Krispy Kreme Donuts.

Motion to adjourn by Tony D'Alterio; second, Jerry Demartini.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael S. Kalichak, Secretary

 
 

 

 

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

DELAWARE COUNTY CHAPTER 67,

P.O. BOX 1220, MEDIA, PA

19063

MINUTES SEPTEMBER BUSINESS MEETING

The meeting was called to order by President Bill Gafford on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

at 7:30 PM at the Post Home at the Amvets Post 118. There were 14 members in

attendance. Absent were: Directors Paul Hanson, Bob O'Neil and Ray Stankus (excused).

The Chaplain, Jeffrey Dorfman was absent The reading of the Minutes of the Meeting of

June 9, 2015 were dispensed with by the President.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

All veterans who died during the summer months and all US Troops KIA in Afghanistan

and Iraq during the past month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The next Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM; and the next Business

Meeting, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Chapter Home at Amvets Post 118.

Brookhaven will hold a “Welcome Home” Parade for Korean and Vietnam War veterans

on Sunday, September 13. Assemble at the Christian Academy at 11 AM, step off at Noon.

There will be ceremonies at the Borough Hall after the parade. The Honor Guard will

Gold Star Mother's Day trip will take place on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Meet at the

Amvets Post 118 at 8:30 AM. The Honor Guard will be attending. Cost: $35 per person.

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's in Ridley on MacDade Blvd on Saturday, October 10,

2015 from 8 to 10 AM. Cost: $8 per person.

The Media Veterans Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in

Media, PA. Assemble at 10 AM, step off at 11 AM.

COMMUNICATIONS

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer submitted Treasurer’s reports for the months May to July 2015. They have

been made part of the Minutes by incorporation by reference.

GUEST SPEAKER

STATE COUNCIL

Tony D'Alterio, State Council Delegate reported that he attended a State Council Meeting

in June and that he attended a class of Veterans Claims and how to file those claims.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mike Houlihan, National Delegate gave a report on the VVA National Convention. He

stated that Marsha Four has been reelected National Vice President. Congratulations,

He stated that the Organization is going strong and is dedicated to the aims of the

organization but the members are aging and getting infirm! This shows we are a “last

man standing” organization. National is worried about this and trying to do something

about it. Marsha has been challenged by National to work on this. There are many legal

Mike stated that the Secretary doesn't have to keep copies of members' DD 214 any more.

The Secretary stated that our Chapter voted about 10 years ago that the Membership

Director keep them. This was when John MacKay was Membership Director.

The issue of a candidate running for National Office from the floor came up. Our National

Constitution allows it.

Also discussed was the question of what happens when someone leaves money to the

VVA? Mike stated that if NO Chapter or State Council is named, then the money goes to

National and would be divided between National and the Chapter or State Council of the

area where the deceased lived. If a Chapter is named, then there is no problem.

Jim Ulmer, Government Affairs, stated that he talked to the Veteran's Representative in

Congressman Meehan's office concerning the Toxic Waste Exposure Bill. He stated the

Bill is in Committee and that the Congressman will read the Bill when it is released from

Committee and will probably co-sponsor it.

Senator Casey has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the Bill.

Dave Humphrey, Membership, stated that we have 172 active members and 6 active

Associate Members.

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

OPEN DISCUSSION

Jeff Elliot stated that the Amvets Post 118 will hold a Crab Feast at the Post Home on

Sunday, September 20, 2015 from Noon to 5 PM. Cost: $35 per person.

Motion to adjourn by Bill Lewis; second, Mike Houlihan.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael S. Kalichak, Secretary