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February, 2019 General Meeting

Northeast South Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 1054

General Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2019
Meeting called to order by Phil Braeger
Prayer and pledge conducted.
Welcomed distinguished guests and visitors.
Roll call of officers taken.  Officers present were:
Officers                 Office                Present
Jack Kempter          President               ☐
Phil Braeger            VP                         
Daryl Berning          2nd VP                   
Don Zaft                 Chaplain                ☒
Bob Frink                Treasurer               
Sherry Janssen        Secretary              

Secretary’s report was read and approved.

Treasurer’s report:  Balances: Checking $5268.73 Savings $77,286.51 for total $82,255.44 Report was presented using projection screen.  It was well accepted by the membership. Report approved.

Committee reports:

Membership:  Denny reported on membership at 492.

Honor guard:  Performed 2 funerals.

Phil reported that the SD Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs will not be speaking at this meeting but next month.

A video was shown on the Million Veterans Program.  A research project which involves donating a blood sample for genetic research in finding cures and tailoring medicines.

Randy turned in $800 for elk tickets.  Have two more opportunities to sell tickets at the gun show and the home show.  Expects most tickets to be sold.  Needs help at those shows.

Ford Drive date will be set for June.  Not to conflict with Flag day.

VVA challenge coins are now available for $3.00 each.

Update on the Wash DC trip in Sept.  Possibly a Saturday thru a Thursday.  Also looking at taking a charter flight.  Discussion was held on possible fund raising.  Denny will chair.

Kay Solberg announced that the Welcome home Vietnam Veterans is March 30th.  We can have a display at the library.  Please come up with ideas.

Warriers Never Give Up will be having 3 fishing trips.  There will be an online sign up.

Red Wilke, who sponsors the rodeos during the fairs, will speak next month.  He honors veterans during his shows.

Dr Likness discussed the difference between the Honor Flights and our Chapter 1054 flight. The Midwest honor flight is basically for World War 2 veterans and is a crash visit of one day.  They are trying to put together a Vietnam Veteran trip as well, outside of ours.

The Summit League tournament is coming up.  Last year we presented colors.  Denny said he has a request in to participate again.  Need volunteers.  It is 9 March in Sioux Falls.

Milbank DAV is having a raffle. Help them out – $10.00

Browns Valley Legion is having their first Pow Wow.  Have invited us to join them.  More info to follow.

For the good of the order:  Need more members!

Sickness and distress:  Phil’s son in Denver has cancer.  Jack is in swing bed.  Mike Anderson is doing good.  Keep them in your prayers.

50/50 $214/$107 – won by Dr Likness who donated it to the trip.

54 members

(Home Show 3/3&4)


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