VVA meeting of September 15, 2016
Called to order by President Jack Kempter & opened with prayer and pledge of allegiance.
Guests & New Members recognized – 3 new members present
Officers roll call – abstained – Some officers at First Responders Event but arrived later
Secretary absent – minutes of last meeting read by Jim Hansen and approved
Treasurer’s Short Report read & approved – Income total = $4,518.00, Expenses total = $9,249.56
Membership report by Dennis Solberg – 400 members & 45 associates (15th or 16th largest chapter in nation)
POW/MIA Day ceremony at Sioux Falls veterans memorial park at 6 PM on Friday Sept. 16th
(Take I-90 Madison exit & go straight east)
Washington DC trip at end of April 2017 – sign up list passed, past travelers may go again but first timers get preference.
10th Anniversary of Welcome Home in Pierre Friday & Saturday Sept. 23-24 – Sat. parade starts at 9 AM, so if you’re going, you’ll want to stay overnight or if anyone wants our van in Pierre for the parade, we’ll need to leave @ 5:00 AM – Let Jack know after the meeting if interested.
Honor Guard Report by Steve Arnett – Oct. 1 starts funeral detail attire of long sleeve black shirt. Also a new honor guard member was introduced and welcomed.
Don Reconnu report:
For fall, order jackets for $50 each & long sleeve black shirts
History book has new pages here – see Don for yours or for an absent friend
See Don or Gary Wurgler to buy a chapter history book if you don’t have one
Laurie Halajian made brownies – help yourself
DC trip has 42 people signed up but need 50
Fund Raising will be in planning
State Council Meeting:
Talked about POW/MIA event
Need agenda as to what we talk about for a National Cemetery & Soldiers Home in eastern SD
Legislative Round Table at noon on Dec 15 @ American Legion
Veterans Choice Program – see VSO Al Jensen
New VVA Chapter in Watertown – #1121 – we have to approve any fund raisers
Picnic – was a success even though we didn’t get enough people, so not happy with financial end. Suggested to go back to our old picnic at the lake, so need to check Chamber calendar before anything set up. Paul’s beans were great! And ladies’ desserts were good too!.
Rollie’s memorial banners will be on Jack’s truck in Pierre parade.
State Fair – Thanks to those who helped, but need more participation. Need someone to man building@ fair for each day. We got 7 new members @ the state fair!
Flu shots – At CBOC Sept 30, Oct 14 & 28 at 8:30 AM – 4 PM (or during appointment)
“Warriors Never Give Up” fishing trip – Gary Wurgler spoke about the great event. A motion was made to donate $100 to the program and amended to give $500 all of which was approved.
Christmas Party – We’ll sell tickets in advance. It was decided on a Saturday night in January at the Elks with a buffet meal, auction & entertainment.
“No Veteran Dies Alone” program – Dean Halajian passed out flyers about program and who to call to participate.
Color Guard - Denny Solberg spoke of the color guard presenting colors at basketball games & other events and to see him if interested.
Pierre Rededication – Sept 23 & 24 – Can leave early Saturday or the day before. The parade will include a helicopter fly by.
86 members were present.
Don Zafft won the $332 50/50 raffle.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
Remember Paul Hermans
Rich Fellberg (Walmart greeter) was better & attending
Meeting adjourned with prayer and flag salute.
Connie Miller (for absent secretary Sherry)