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September 2017 General Meeting

THE SEPTEMBER MEETING OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 1054 WAS HELD AT THE ELKS LODGE ON SEPTEMBER 21,2017.

MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:06 WITH A PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN DON AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESIDENT JACK WELCOMED NEW MEMBERS, VIPS AND GUESTS.

SECRETARY’S REPORT WAS GIVEN AND APPROVED.

TREASURER’S RETORT SHOWED A BANK BALANCE OF $24,242.85 AND SAVINGS OF $48,056.91 FOR A TOTAL OF $72,281.73.

HONOR GUARD REPORTED 5 FUNERALS AND PROVIDED A COLOR GUARD FOR THE FLORENCE HOMECOMING.

EVERYONE WAS REMINDED ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE ELKS ON DEC. 2 2017.

MEMBERSHIP STANDS AT 490 MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES.

VIETNAM MEMORY BOOKS HAVE BEEN ORDERED AND WILL SELL FOR $59.95.

STATE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, LARRY ZIMMERMAN, GAVE US  A PRESENTATION OF WHAT HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DOING AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP.

JIM HANSON ANNOUNCED THAT THE DAV IS IN NEED OF DRIVERS FOR THE VAN THAT TAKES VETERANS TO THEIR APPOINTMENTS AT THE VA HOSPITAL IN SIOUX FALLS.

IT WAS MOVED AND APPROVED TO DONATE $200.00 TO THE SDPB.

THE 50/50 DRAWING WAS HELD FOR $193.

GORDY WEST PROVIDED A PRINT THAT WAS AUCTIONED OFF FOR $300.00.

86 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT.

MEETING ADJOURNED.

August 2017 General Meeting

AUGUST MEETING OF CHAPTER 1154 WAS HELD AUGUST 17 2017 AT THE ELKS LODDGE IN WATERTOWN SD

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 PM

CHAPLAIN DON LED US IN PRAYER AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

THE ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS WAS TAKEN

PESIDENT JACK WELCOMED NEW MEMBERS AND VIPS

THERE WILL BE A MEETING AT THE LEGION ON AUGUST 29 SDPB WILL BE THERE TO SHOW A PREVIEW OF KEN BURNS FILM ON THE VIETNAM WAR

THE SECRETARY’S REPORT WAS GIVEN AND APPROVED

THE TREASURES REPORT WAS GIVEN  AND APPROVED. IT SHOWED BANK BALANCE Of $23,842.51 AND SAVINGS OF $48,056.91 FOR A TOTAL OF $71,899.43

THE HONOR GUARD REPORTED 2 FUNERALS IN MILBANK AND 2 IN WATERTOWN

12 MEMBERS ATTENDED THE VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL AT CHAMBERLAIN

THE SUMMER PICNIC WAS THE LARGEST EVER AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL

MEMBERSHIP STANDS AT 433 VVA AND 50 AVVA

TRANS CANADA GAVE US $2,000.00 GRANT THANKS TO BOB SYRING

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE STATE FAIR TO MAN THE VETERNS BUILDING

STATE SECRETARY OF VETERNS AFFAIRS WILL BE ATTENDING THE SEPT MEETING ANYONE HAVING A QUESTION FOR HIM CAN ASK HIM

A POW/MIA PROGRAM WILL BE HELD THE VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK IN SIOUX FALLS AT 6:30 ON SEPT 15. $500 WAS GIVEN TO HELP DEFRAY COSTS

THE 50/50 RAFFLE WAS HELD AND ALSO 7 QUILTS WERE GIVEN

78 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT

MEETING WAS ADJOURNED

July 2017 General Meeting

JULY MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA WAS HELD AT THE ELKS LODGE ON JULY 19,2017

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:08 WITH PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN DON FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESIDENT JACK WELCOMED NEW MEMBERS.

THE SECRETARY’S REPORT WAS GIVEN AND APPROVED.

THE TREASURES REPORT SHOWED A CHECKBOOK BALANCE OF $26,207.44 AND SAVINGS OF $47,055.10 FOR A TOTAL OF $73,262.54.

HONOR GUARD REPORTED 1 FUNERAL IN MINNESOTA.  SINCE STEVE WILL BE GONE TILL NOVEMBER, JIM HANSON WILL TAKE  OVER.

MEMBERSHIP IS 426 VVA AND 50 AVVA FOR A TOTAL OF 476

CHAPTER PICNIC WILL BE ON 7/29 AT 11-30 AM

SDPTV WILL BE AT THE AMERICAN LEGION AT 2:00 FILMING A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY THAT WILL BE TELEVISED STARTING ON NOV 1

THE DAY COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER WAS INTRODUCED AND GAVE A REPORT ON WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING SINCE TAKING OFFICE.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT WE WILL BE NEEDING HELP AT THE STATE FAIR AS WE NEED AT LEAST 1 PERSON EVERY DAY FROM SEPT 31 UNTIL LABOR DAY.

THE TRAVELING WALL WILL BE IN CHAMBERLAIN ON AUG 10. WE WILL BE PRESENTING THE COLORS.

LARRY ZIMMERMAN WILL BE AT OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING.

A MOTION WAS MADE AND APPROVED FOR OUR BUYING 30 COPIES OF THE NEW BOOK BEING PUBLISHED BY SOUTH DAKOTA.

DON Z WON THE 50-50 RAFFLE AND DONATED $83 BACK.

87 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:14.

June 2017 General Meeting

JUNE MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

ELKS LODGE WATERTOWN, SD JUNE 15, 2017

MEETING OPENED IN PRAYER AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRESIDENT JACK WELCOMED NEW MEMBERS AND VIP’S

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS SHOWED ALL PRESENT OR ACCOUNTED FOR

SECRETARYS REpORT GIVEN AND APPROVED

TREASURER’S REPORT GIVEN AND APPROVED. BANK BALANCE $37,439 SAVINGS $27,049 FOR A TOTAL OF $64,488

FLAG DAY BROUGHT IN $5,890

HONOR GUARD REPORTED 2 FUNERALS AND 1 IN MILBANK

MEMBERSHIP IS 428 VETS AND 49 ASSOCIATES FOR A TOTAL OF 477

THE PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT THE ELKS ON JULY 29

PHIL REPORTED ON VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STARTED BY THE LOCAL VETERANS COUNCIL. A MOTION WAS MADE AND APPROVED TO GIVE $250 TO GET IT STARTED.

DON ZAFT GAVE BACK THE $100 HE RECEIVED FOR DOING GARY LINDGREN’S FUNERAL

NEED A COLOR GUARD FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

THE COMMUNITY CORNER PARTY WILL BE JUNE 19

THE TRAVELING VIETNAM WALL WILL BE IN CHAMBERLAIN AUG 10. WE WILL HAVE A COLOR GUARD THERE AS REQUESTED

CHRISTMAS PARTY IS DEC 2

87 MEMBERS PRESENT

50-5DRAWING 344/172 $122 RETURNED TO CLUB

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:56

May 2017 General Meeting

MAY MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA MAY 18 2017 AT THE ELKS LODGE IN WATERTOWN, SD.

PRESIDENT JACK CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 7:08.

CHAPLAIN DON GAVE THE PRAYER AND LEAD THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

JACK WELCOMED VISITORS AND VIP’S.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS SHOWED ALL PRESENT.

THERE WAS NO SECRETARY’S REPORT.

TREASURERS REPORT WAS APPROVED WITH CASH BALANCE OF $73,064.

HONOR GUARD MEETING ON 6-11-17 AT BITTERSWEET LODGE.

FLAG DAY PROJECT WILL BE 6-10. WE NEED AS MUCH HELP AS POSSIBLE.
MILBANK’S WILL BE ON 6-14 FLAG DAY.

MEMBERSHIP TOTAL IS 428 VETS AND 49 ASSOCIATES FOR A TOTAL OF 477. THAT PUTS US AT NUMBER 13 NATION WIDE.

JULY 8 IS THE STATE VVA MEETING AT THE PIERRE AMERCAN LEGION.

$100 WAS GIVEN TO DELORIS HALAJIAN FOR BAKED GOODS SHE BRINGS.

DON RECONNU GAVE A REPORT ON THE CEMETERY PROJECT. SEVERAL BIDS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND MORE ARE TO COME.

PHIL REPORTED ON THE WASHINGTON TRIP. 37 PEOPLE WENT AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.

A MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO GIVE $500.00 TO QUILTS FOR VETERANS.

90 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT.

THE ELK HUNT RAFFLE WAS HELD AND THE WINNERS WERE:

1ST PRIZE – Jim Schaaf ($2,000 instead of Elk Hunt)
2ND PRIZE – Jerry Hertel (Elk Hunt)
3RD PRIZE – Todd Sunvold ($400 GIFT CARD @ Kone’s Korner)
4th PRIZE – Neal Jacobson ($400 GIFT CARD @ Brotherhood of Arms)
5th PRIZE – Bruce Fish ($400 GIFT CARD @ Kahle’s Gunshop)
6th PRIZE – David Clough (($400 GIFT CARD @ Runnings)
7th PRIZE – Ed Wiseth ($250 GIFT CARD @  Jorgenson Meats)

50 50 RAFFLE WINNER WAS GARY LINDGREN.  HE GAVE $100 BACK.

MEETING WAS ADJORNED AT 8:20.

April 2017 General Meeting

March 2017 General Meeting

February 2017 General Meeting

VVA MEETING OF 16 FEBRUARY 2017

Meeting called to order: Prayer and pledge conducted.

Roll call of officers:  Chaplain absent

Chapter president welcomed guests and new members.

Secretary read minutes of last meeting.

Treasurer gave financial report of income and expenses.  Balance is $45401.69.

Membership report:  418/48

Honor Guard reports:  None

Fishing trip:  Gary reported there was a successful trip with 14 attendees.  There is a new sign up sheet for this summer.

Govt Affairs:  Phil reported no response yet to the proposed appointed or elected position of the Sec of VA Affairs.   Also noted that the hiring freeze does not apply to the VA.

Jack reported on new presumptives have been added to the list regarding Agent Orange.

Randy Holiday reported on the Aberdeen Gun show.  280 elk tickets were sold and 1 new member.  Currently there are about 480 tickets out.  The local gun show is March 18 & 19.  Looking for volunteers.

Report of the Christmas party – Denny said me made $2000+ from the auction.  Had an excellent meal and good entertainment.

Denny reported on the status of the cemetery.  Some of the land was donated to the city and had some stipulations.  Did not see a problem with that.  Soil samples will be taken next week.  Fundraising will start in a month to raise about $500,000.

Old business:  none

New business:  Denny says had to put new battery in the bus.  Also used the bus to help the legion and VFW.

Reported on the upcoming VVA State Council meeting this weekend.

Election Committee members:  Denny Solberg, Paul Hermans, and Floyd Hermans.

Don reported on the Wash, D.C. trip.  Everything is on schedule and information has been sent out to those attending.  There is room for 2 more people.

Phil says the Codington County Veterans meeting will meet Feb 28 to be on the KXLG radio station.

Congratulations to Connie’s granddaughter who will be attending USD ROTC and graduate as a LT.

Sickness and health:  John Rowan, Gary Lindgren and Gordy West.

50/50  $334/$167    $60 donated back

74 members present.

Announcements:

Agent Orange packets have been ordered.