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March 2018 General Meeting

VVA meeting on March 15, 2018
     The VVA meeting was called to order by Pres Jack Kempter.  All officers were present except for our secretary Rich Fellberg, who is currently in the hospital.  There was no reading of last month’s meeting, but they will be on the website for anyone to review.
     Don Reconuu presented the Treasurer report.  Our Checking account has approximately $19,000 and our Savings account has approximately $47,000.  A list of all expenditures and income and exact balances were presented at the meeting.  The report was moved, seconded and approved.
     Committee Reports:
     Membership - Dennis Solberg, Chrm reported we currently have 455 VVA members and 65 AVVA  for a total of 520 total members.  The Soaring Eagle Contest will continue through the May meeting.  Members earn 1 point for any new AVVA members and 2 pts for any VVA members that are signed up. We are currently the 12th largest Chapter in the US and would like to move up.
    Govt Affairs - Phil Braeger reported that the legislators approved the monies needed to start the State Cemetery in Sioux Falls.  The Governor will sign the bill on Mar 26h. Anyone wishing to attend should let Phil know.  The State American Legion pledged $50,000 of the 3-4 Million that needs to be raised by 2022.
     Honor Guard - Floyd reported Milbank has had 2 funerals recently.  They will also be in the Corona St. Pat’s Parade.  Jerry Denman reported that they have done a couple local basket ball games in Wtn and then did the Summit College games in Sioux Falls. Thanks to Don Pash, Jerry Denman, Ed Timm, Dennis Anderson, Darrell Biering, Darwin Clyde for participating in them.
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     State Convention for the VVA will be May 5th in Sioux Falls at 11 am.  Chapter 1054 can have 16 delegates.  Anyone that would like to be a delegate – let Jack know and the board will get this organized.
     Wtn Cemetery Committee- Dennis Solberg reported that they have now received the IRS 501-C which allows them to accept donations.  They plan to continue on with the project as this is more of a NE SD cemetery and will accept all Veterans with an honorable discharge.  They will be on the radio and have an article coming out in the PO.
     Tribal Cemetery will be dedicated in July in Sisseton.  Chapter 1054 will donate $100 to help with  a fence for their cemetery.
     Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans will be Mar 30th.  Sisseton is planning a program and have invited us to attend.  We will take a bus to Dakota Magic.  The program starts at 11 am.
     The Sisseton Wapheton Tribe is hosting their 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament on Sunday, May 20 at Pirus Lake with 2-man Teams. You do need a SD license and a tribal license.  Contact Gordy if interested.
     Al Janzen, Veterans Service Office here in Wtn is moving his office to the City Auditorium across from the Court House as of April 2.
     Military Officers Organization- Mark Schroeder reported they are sponsoring a program on Mar. 22 called “Tri Care for Life” with a speaker from Omaha.  It will be held at the Elks Lodge.  They are also working on a 2 pm program for Memorial Day and will share that information at a later date.
       Orne Sweezy shared a PTSD article that was in our newsletter.  They are trying to get more help out to front line soldiers to be able to deal with their encounters.
     Gerry Likness made a Make A Wish presentation about the wishes that are granted to children in this area.  They are for children from 2 1/2 -18 yrs old with aggressive diseases.  Chapter 1054 donated $500, and then  hats were passed to take up additional funds.
     Veterans Coming Home Book is still available for $64.  See Don if you are interested.
     Other announcements included:
     Benefit for Rose Jones (wife to Dana) will be Mar 31st at the American Legion.
     Nation of Patriots gave Jimmy Lantgen a donation (which 1054 was part of) for a new furnace.
     Veterans helping Veterans. (This is the program that the flag is taken to all 50 states and funds are collected along the way. )
     Craig Tschetter, author of the book “15 Minutes Ago” will have his book at DDR Bookstores in Uptown Wtn on Apr 24 at 7 pm.  Craig has a Purple Heart and he will talk about his experience.
     Ford Test Drive will be held in June in Montgomery Furniture parking lot.  For each Ford that is taken for a drive, Chapter 1054 will receive $20.  There is no obligation to buy, just take it for a drive.  We could raise up to $8000.
     Home Show was very successful selling tickets.
     The Gun Show is this weekend and Phil is in charge. If you can work please let him know.  We only have 360 tickets left to sell.
     Nomination Committee is Dennis Solberg and Paul Hermans.  All the officers and 3 board positions are up for re-election .  If you would like to be on the board, let one of them know.  Elections will be at the April meeting.
     The chapter gave Lori Halajian $25 for cookies….Thanks a lot Lori.
     There were 89 members present and Ed Timm won the 50/50.
     At the close of the meeting Dave Vosburg donated 3 canvas pictures that were made by Matt Solberg. Thank you to the 3 that bought them, raising $282.  The Chapter decided to give these funds to Make a Wish.
Meeting Adjourn
Minutes Respectfully submitted

February 2018 General Meeting

THE FEBRUARY MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 15, 2018.

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRES. JACK. PRAYER WAS FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND THEN THE POW MIA PRAYER.

PRES. JACK WELCOMED EVERYONE INCLUDING THE VIPS, NEW MEMBERS & GUESTS.

SECRETARY READ MINUTES OF LAST MEETING & THEY WERE APPROVED.

TREASURERS REPORT SHOWED A CASH BALANCE OF $17,941.95 AND SAVINGS OF $47,066.96 FOR A TOTAL OF $65,008.91.

THE HONOR GUARD REPORTED 2 FUNERALS IN MILBANK AND ONE MORE COMING UP.

MEMBERSHIP STANDS AT 507.   (443 VVA AND 64 AVVA)

CEMETERY BOARD REPORTED THAT FUND RAISING WILL START SOON

WE RECEIVED A CHECK FROM COMMUNITY CORNER FOR $1,300. EVERYONE SHOULD PATRONIZE THEM.

VVA STATE CONVENTION WILL BE IN MAY.

ELECTION WILL BE IN APRIL WITH DENNIS SOLBERG IN CHARGE.

A MOTION WAS PASSED TO GIVE DONATED QUILTS TO ROSLYN NURSING HOME.

ORRIE SWAZEY TALKED ABOUT PTSD AND SUICIDE OF PTSD VETS’ CHILDREN.

JURGENSON MEAT PACKING WAS GIVEN AN APPRECIATION PLAQUE.

THERE WERE 59 MEMBERS PRESENT.

A VETERANS REUNION WILL BE HELD IN MITCHELL ON THE 23RD-25TH.

THE FORD TEST DRIVE WILL BE HELD AGAIN IN JUNE.

ABOUT 800 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD FOR THE ELK HUNT.

50/50 RAFFLE WAS $127 AND $60 WAS GIVEN BACK.

MEETING ADJOUNED AT 8:36.

January 2018 General Meeting

December 2017 General Meeting

THE DECEMBER MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA WAS HELD AT THE ELKS ON DECEMBER 21.

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT JACK AT 7:01 AND THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE WERE CONDUCTED. ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS SHOWED SEVERAL OFFICERS MISSING. 1 NEW MEMBER, EARL BRENNAN OF HAYTI, WAS WELCOMED.

NEW BUSINESS:

THE VIETNAM MEMORY BOOKS ARE IN.

YELLOW POST CARDS FOR A NATIONAL REGISTRY WERE SENT TO MEMBERS. DATA WILL BE COMPILED INTO A BOOK AND SOLD FOR $125. IT IS YOUR OPTION TO REPLY

MOTION WAS MADE TO BYPASS MINUTES OF LAST MEETING DUE TO ABSENCE OF SECRETARY.

TREASURERS REPORT: CASH ON HAND $21,273.95, SAVINGS $47,066.96 FOR A TOTAL  OF $68,340.91. CHRISTMAS PARTY RAISED $726.

MEMBERSHIP IS UNOFFICIALLY 503. CONNIE PRESENTED DOCUMENTS FOR 2 NEW MEMBERS

THE MILBANK HONOR GUARD DID 2 FUNERALS. WATERTOWN DID ONE (SABOE)

A REPORT ON THE CEMETERY WAS DEFERED TO NEXT MEETING. A PAMPHLET ON THE CEMETERY AND DONATIONS WAS PASSED AROUND.

OLD BUSINESS:

EARL CASS REPORTED ON THE NATION OF PATRIOTS AND THANKED THE VVA FOR IT’S DONATION.

RANDY HAS ELK TICKETS AND NEEDS HELP SELLING. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SELL ONE BOOK

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS:  PAUL HERMANS IS DOING THE SAME BUT GORDY IS DOING BETTER

50/50 WAS $106/53 AND WON BY EARL CASS WHO DONATED $50.00 TO THE NATION OF PATRIOTS AND THE REST TO OUR VVA CHAPTER.

52 WERE IN ATTENDANCE

ADJORNED AT 7:29

November 2017 General Meeting

THE NOVEMBER MEETING OF CHAPTER 1054 OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA WAS HELD AT THE ELKS ON NOVEMBER 16, 2017

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:05 PM BY PRESIDENT JACK.

PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN DON WAS FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESIDENT JACK WELCOMED VISITORS, VIPS AND NEW MEMBERS.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAS SUNG FOR DEAN HALAJIAN FOLLOWED BY THE ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS.

THE SECRETARY’S REPORT WAS GIVEN AND APPROVED.

THE TREASURERS REPORT SHOWED CASH OH HAND OF $22,682.47 & SAVINGS OF $47,066.96 FOR A TOTAL OF $69,749.43.

HONOR GUARD REPORTED 2 PAST FUNERALS AND ONE MORE NEXT SATURDAY.

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WILL BE ON DEC 2 WITH DINNER AT 6:00 FOLLOWED BY ENTERTAINMENT AND AN AUCTION.

MEMBERSHIP IS NOW AT 499.

WE WILL DECORATE THE BUS ON NOV 21 FOR THE LIGHTED PARADE ON NOV 24.

THE VET ORGANIZATIONS’ CANNED FOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE IS STILL GOING ON.

IT WAS DECIDED TO GIVE $1,100 TO THE SALVATION ARMY AND $8,900 TO NEEDY VETERANS.

IT WAS DECIDED TO HAVE A MEETING DEC 21 FOR THOSE WHO COULD MAKE IT.

THE 50/50 RAFFLE COLLECTED $150 WITH THE WINNING $75 GIVEN BACK.

63 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT AND MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 8:20.

October 2017 General Meeting

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