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November 2016 Thursday General Meeting

VVA Meeting of November 17, 2016

Called to order by President Jack Kempter & opened with prayer and pledge of allegiance.

Role call of officers.  Don Zaft absent.

Secretary read minutes of October meeting.  Approved

Treasurer Report read .   Ending balance was $29,147.16.

Membership report.  Welcomed two new members.  410 members.

Honor guard report.  Big thank you for Connie for her contributions to the honor guard.  She will be stepping down for awhile.  Denny asked for help with calling people when needed.

Denny reported on the Christmas party 1/28 at the Elks.  Cost is $15.  Meal, auction and entertainment. Tickets will be available at the next meeting.

Government affairs report.  The Legislative roundtable is 12/15 at the Am Legion.  Phil invited all members to come and meet the new legislators.  Meal is served at noon.  Reminder that evening is also our regular general meeting.

The Quartermaster table is in need of help for setting up and taking down each meeting.

Lighted parade is the day after Thanksgiving.  Put out a call for volunteers to decorate the bus earlier.  Anyone who wants to help please meet Monday night before Thanksgiving at the storage building, which is straight east of Dempsey’s.  Meet at 6 PM.

We will be giving out candy canes at the parade.  Need volunteers to hand them out.  Will not need to walk the whole route.  Meet at Culligan’s at 5 PM.  Wear any VVA gear.  Also looking for Color Guard volunteers.

Don updated the Wash D.C. trip and called for those interested to meet briefly after the general meeting.  Also, has new pages for member albums.  There are new window decals available.  Announced a close out sale on pins and ball caps.

New business:

State Veteran’s Council meeting report – 50th Vietnam Anniversary pins are still available.

East River Veteran nursing homes – we have several in the NorthEast side of the state who are VA certified.  Of interest, there are 37,000 veterans in SD between 70 and 85 yrs.

Gordy recognized Al Janzen for a job well done at the Veteran’s Day festivities honoring World War 11 veterans.

Anyone interested in signing up for a fishing trip next year can sign up with Gary after the meeting.

Bob attended the Hospice training.  Anyone interested in participating can contact Bob.

VFW will have a veteran’s Christmas party 12/11 2-4 PM for all veterans.

VFW thanked us for the use of our bus to take them to Henry for Veteran’s Day events.

For the good of the order:  Always

Sickness and distress:  Dick Strichertz passed away today.  Lenard Baines is home now.

50/50  $250/$125

66 members present

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