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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

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