VVA Meeting of October, 20 2016
Called to order by President Jack Kempter & opened with prayer and pledge of allegiance.
Roll call of officers. All present.
Welcomed 1 new member from Madison, MN and 1 new associate member.
Secretary read minutes of Sept meeting. Approved
Treasurer Report read . Ending balance was $28,290.30
Honor guard has been busy. Jointly they did 9 funerals.
Al B. made a challenge to all members to come up with funniest story by the November meeting for a prize of $50.
Membership report by Dennis Solberg – 409 members & 46 associates. Also reported on the Christmas party which is set for Jan 28, 2017 for food, auction and entertainment. Denny will be the auctioneer. Bring donations for the auction to the next meeting.
Jack announced that the Community Corner thrift store gave him a bag of money from past donations. Urged people to take their plastic bags to the center and also donate unused items. It benefits us.
Warriors Never Give Up – a spokesman for the organization explained what the organization is and what they do. The Chapter donated $500 to them. They sponsor the Pro-Am Fishing trips. There were ten chapter members who went on the fishing trip. There will be 4 fishing trips next year and a couple of hunts next year.
Denny Solberg announced there will be a color guard for Veterans Day at the Court House. The bus will be in holiday lighted parade. Need help with decorating. Suggestion to pass out candy canes. Don will purchase the candy canes. Phil suggested getting a converter that plugs into the cigarette lighter to keep the lights running. Otherwise a generator is available.
Dec 15th is the Legislative Round table at the Legion. Encouraged to attend. There will be several new legislators in attendance. Would like to see many people in VVA shirts there.
Jack reported on the Vietnam ceremony in Pierre. The parade was the biggest event. Not well organized.
Don Reconnu reported that the Wash D.C. trip has 60 people interested. There is room for one more couple.
VSO announced that the Veteran’s Day program is honoring the World War 11 veterans.
Denny says SDSU plays USD on 12/31. He will contact SDSU about doing the honor guard.
Jack encouraged everyone to participate in Veteran’s Day somewhere. There is also free meals at certain establishments and Terry Redlin gives out a print.
Dean Halajian reminded all about the hospice program training taking place next week.
Sickness and distress: Leonard not doing well. Rosalee Horner had knee replacement. She is a gold Star mother.
50/50 = $379/$188- $140 donated back.
101 members attended!!