• Chuck and his wife Ann

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2022 Meeting Minutes

Jon Luker, Secretary

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

8 December 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’s, their families, and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone! 

New Members: None

Guests:  None 

Minutes of the November meeting has not yet been published.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

Several of our members spoke to the students at Saline High School for Veterans Day.  We did the Dawn Farm Thanksgiving Dinner.  This time we were allowed in the building and were able to see the impact that our dinner has.  Thank you to Meijer’s for the $500 gift card we used to buy most of the food.  We had a packing party on 4 December and packed 50 boxes.  We attended one member’s funeral.

Treasurer’s Report:

Reports were emailed to the board and to members who wanted one.  Let Bourne know your email address.

The only major unrestricted activity was the $500 gift card we received from Meijer’s. The Christmas Fundraiser is doing well and is on schedule to meet the budget projection for income.

Our budget year ends 28 February.  The finance committee has prepared a draft budget that includes $8,000 that will be used to support veterans.  The board will review and make final revisions to the budget at the January meeting.  The budget will be sent out shortly after that so that members may approve a final budget at the February meeting.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll. Please see report in the Dispatch. Kate Melcher is working with a Marine in hospice.  The Marine’s family would like a throw for the veteran.  Sandy Martinez donated one that Kate picked up tonight.  We are going to make two throws for each of the six branches of service over the next year.

January, February, and March will be zoom meetings for AVVA.  This year we are sending four high school girls to Girls’ State.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  We have 266 chapter coins for sale and 30 anniversary coins for sale.  Both are $5 each.  No other activity this month.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: Next meeting will be here. 

Michigan State Council: We were happy to be able to meet in person again.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. Crews are asked to bring their report covers and first two pages to the next meeting so they can be updated.

The irrigation plan is complete so we can file our irrigation permit with the Township. The company that gave us the plan for free is also planning to donate something toward getting the project done and is also working to help us find a sod source and labor force to do the sod work at a discounted rate.

Website:  McCrumb. We are up around 362,000 hits. We added a new link to some video stories that one of our members created while in the service.

Membership: The official number is at 215. We have lost four members so far since Memorial Day.

Newsletter: About the time the new computer was ready to work, Paulo lost his home internet connection. That is what has caused the delay of the Dispatch this month.  It will be out shortly. 

Healthcare: The choice program that lets you go to a civilian facility if you can’t use a VA facility in a reasonable time is consuming 1% of the VA’s total budget. As a result, the program will see some substantial changes soon.

There’s a new research report out that says the Gulf War Syndrome was caused by the destruction of sarin gas weapons. It has also been determined that the insecticide Dursban causes the same problems as burning sarin gas and that Dursban was used extensively by the military.

VVA has hired a new person to advise the board on health issues. 

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger. Jane gave the report. If you remember, we buy shirts every year that we take to Linda Colby who then embroiders them, especially for the VA patients. This year, 10 people who have already been identified will be allowed to go into the VA to deliver those embroidered shirts. We also buy thousands of dollars of underwear for VA patients which we delivered to voluntary services already. They will hand those out for us.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

Motion by Rivers, seconded by Clarke to amend Article VI Section 1 to reduce the board size from 10 directors to 6 by eliminating 2 two-year members and 2 one-year members.

The amended section would then read:

“Section 1 – Board Composition 

The officers and six directors shall constitute the Board of Directors. Three of the directors shall be elected annually to serve a term of two years or until their successors are elected. In this way, the Board of Directors will maintain three members with two years and three members with one year remaining in their term of office.”

The motion was approved.

Motion by Rivers, seconded by Clarke to donate $200 toward the purchase of a $553 dollar lift chair for a member with cancer.

Motion by Clarke, seconded by Bull, to amend the motion to state that the donation will come from the support for hospitalized patients restricted fund.  The amendment was approved.

The amended motion was approved.

Good of the Order:

McCrumb: Dr. Reuel Long wrote a book about his experiences in Vietnam.  He has copies for sale at the meeting.

Driscoll: Cindi is having a skin graft at the end of the month.

McCrumb: I ordered a black T-shirt with our logo and my name.  If you want one for yourself, it will cost $19 plus shipping.  Just let me know and I’ll help you order it from https://www.stickermule.com/studio.

Draper: Steve Duncan is faced with multiple medical issues that are getting worse.  He needs your prayers.

Bull: We are doing a project called Reverse Advent to help local food banks replenish their food supplies.  We ask that you take home one of the bankers boxes in the lobby.  Then use the reverse advent calendar (also in the lobby) to remind you to place one nonperishable food item in the box each day.  Once the box is full, contact me.

Bull: We must deliver our Toys for Tots collection to the Marine Corps by the 20th, so please stop by Wednesday or Saturday when we are here to drop off your toys to us by the 17th.

Bull: Moose Lodge donated 30 cold-weather coats with scarves and gloves for the Resource Center.

Wilson: The 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall went very well.  The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the VA were both there.  We reviewed the PACT Act to see what was added and to figure out who will benefit from it.  There was also a big reception.

Wilson:  Getting things through Congress is going to be even more difficult than in the past.  The pressure is on now more than before to do the Agent Orange Townhall meetings again.  We need to explain the PACT Act and current knowledge about toxins in military service.

Wilson:  With changes in PACT Act and Blue Water bill, the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs, now under the supervision of Acting Director David Saims, has 2,000 claims that can now be resubmitted.  If you want your claim resubmitted, please let the office know right away.

Cothorn:  At her request, we had a short discussion of SB 783 and 784 which take away the disabled veteran’s property tax relief and replace it with a sham in the form of a state income tax credit that almost nobody will qualify for.  The bill was introduced by Jon Bumstead from district 34.  Suddenly, this bill is gaining traction.  It was approved in the Senate, sent to the House where the House approved a revised version that was sent back to the Senate on 7 December this year.  Now is the time to let your legislators know what you think of their dog and pony show.

St. Antoine: I really needed your recent prayers, especially this weekend.  Thank you very much for them.  They helped a lot.

Merritt: Breakfast on Friday, 13 January, at 0900: TBD.

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 2003 hrs. 

________________

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

8 December 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None

Guests:  None 

Minutes of the November meeting have not yet been published.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

Several of our members spoke to the students at Saline High School for Veterans Day.  We did the Dawn Farms Thanksgiving Dinner.  This time we were allowed in the building and were able to see the impact that our dinner has.  Thank you to Meijer’s for the $500 gift card we used to buy most of the food.  We had a packing party on 4 December and packed 50 boxes.  We attended one member’s funeral.

Treasurer’s Report:

Reports were emailed to the board and to members who wanted one.  Let Bourne know your email address.

The only major unrestricted activity was the $500 gift card we received from Meijer’s.  The Christmas Fundraiser is doing well and is on schedule to meet the budget projection for income.

Our budget year ends 28 February.  The finance committee has prepared a draft budget that includes $8,000 that will be used to support veterans.  The board will perform and final review and make final revisions to the budget at the January meeting.  The budget will be sent out shortly after that so that members may approve a final budget at the February meeting.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.   Kate Melcher is working with a Marine in hospice.  The Marine’s family would like a throw for the veteran.  Sandy Martinez donated one that Kate picked up tonight.  We are going to make two throws for each of the six branches of service over the next year.

January, February and March will be zoom meetings for AVVA.  This year we are sending 4 kids to Girl’s State.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  We have 266 chapter coins for sale and 30 anniversary coins for sale.  Both are $5 each.  No other activity this month.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: Next meeting will be here. 

Michigan State Council: We were happy to be able to meet in person again.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt.  Crews are asked to bring their report covers and first two pages to the next meeting so they can be updated.

The irrigation plan is complete so we can file our irrigation permit with the township.  The company that gave us the plan for free is also planning to donate something toward getting the project done and is also working to help us find a sod source and labor force to do the sod work at a discounted rate.

Website:  McCrumb.  We are up around 262,000 hits.  We added a new link to some video stories that one of our members created while in the service.

Membership: The official number is at 215.  We have lost four members so far since Memorial Day.

Newsletter: About the time the new computer was ready to work, Paulo lost his home internet connection.  That is what has caused the delay of the Dispatch this month.  It will be out shortly.

Healthcare: The choice program that lets you go to a civilian facility if you can’t use a VA facility in a reasonable time is consuming 41% of the VA’s total budget.  As a result, the program will see some substantial changes soon.

There’s a new research report out that says the Gulf War Syndrome was caused by the destruction of sarin gas weapons.  It has also been determined that the insecticide Dursban causes the same problems as burning sarin gas and that Dursban was used extensively by the military.

VVA has hired a new person to advise the board on health issues.  LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger.  Jane gave the report.  If you remember, we buy shirts every year that we take to Linda Colby who then embroiders them especially for the VA patients.  This year, 10 people who have already been identified will be allowed to go into the VA to deliver those embroidered shirts.  We also buy thousands of dollars worth of underwear for the VA patients which we delivered to voluntary services already.  They will hand those out for us.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

Motion by Rivers, seconded by Clarke to amend Article VI Section 1 to reduce the board size from 10 directors to 6 by eliminating 2 two-year members and 2 one-year members.

The amended section would then read:

“Section 1 – Board Composition 

The officers and six directors shall constitute the Board of Directors. Three of the directors shall be elected annually to serve a term of two years or until their successors are elected. In this way, the Board of Directors will maintain three members with two years and three members with one year remaining in their term of office.”

The motion was approved.

Motion by Rivers, seconded by Clarke to donate $200 toward the purchase of a $553 dollar lift chair for a member with cancer.

Motion by Clarke, seconded by Bull, to amend the motion to state that the donation will come from the support for hospitalized patients restricted fund.  The amendment was approved.

The amended motion was approved.

Good of the Order:

McCrumb :   Dr. Reuel Long wrote a book about his experiences in Vietnam.  He has copies for sale at the meeting.

Driscoll:  Cindi is having a skin graft at the end of the month.

McCrumb: I ordered a black T-shirt with our logo and my name.  If you want one for yourself, it will cost $19 plus shipping.  Just let me know and I’ll help you order it from https://www.stickermule.com/studio.

Draper:   Steve Duncan is faced with multiple medical issues that are getting worse.  He needs your prayers.

BullWe are doing a project called Reverse Advent to help local food banks replenish their food supplies.  We ask that you take home one of the bankers boxes in the lobby.  Then use the reverse advent calendar (also in the lobby) to remind you to place one nonperishable food item in the box each day.  Once the box is full, contact me.

Bull:  We must deliver our Toys for Tots collection to the Marine Corps by the 20th, so please stop by Wednesday or Saturday when we are here to drop off your toys to us by the 17th.

BullMoose Lodge donated 30 cold-weather coats with scarves and gloves for the Resource Center.

WilsonThe 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall went very well.  The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the VA were both there.  We reviewed the PACT Act to see what was added and to figure out who will benefit from it.  There was also a big reception.

Wilson:  Getting things through Congress is going to be even more difficult than in the past.  The pressure is on now more than before to do the Agent Organ Townhall meetings again.  We need to explain the PACT Act and current knowledge about toxins in military service.

Wilson:  With changes in PACT Act and Blue Water bill, the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs, now under the supervision of Acting Director David Saims, has 2,000 claims that can now be resubmitted.  If you want your claim resubmitted, please let the office know right away.

Cothorn:  At her request, we had a short discussion of SB 783 and 784 which take away the disabled veteran’s property tax relief and replace it with a sham in the form of a state income tax credit that almost nobody will qualify for.  The bill was introduced by Jon Bumstead from district 34.  Suddenly, this bill is gaining traction.  It was approved in the Senate, sent to the House where the House approved a revised version that was sent back to the Senate on 7 December this year.  Now is the time to let your legislators know what you think of their dog and pony show.

St. Antoine I really needed your recent prayers, especially this weekend.  Thank you very much for them.  They helped a lot.

MerrittBreakfast tomorrow morning at 0900 at Holiday’s Restaurant, 2080 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, (734) 668-1292.

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 2003 hrs. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

13 October 2022

Call to Order by President Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance: Harrison

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None

Guests:  None 

Motion by Bayha/Draper to approve the September minutes published in the Dispatch.  Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

Clinton Fall Festival was a success. Thanks to all that help in assisting the merchandise sales. VFW Commander has requested that VVA vacate the closet and remove its refrigerator in the entrance room. Everything in the barn is ok.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne.  Reports are emailed to the board and any member that desires one.  Let me know your email address.

Non-Restricted Fund: Clinton Fall Festival merchandise sales were $3,065 with a $1,441 profit, or 47%, plus donations. $200 was donated to Veterans Radio America for their funding raising drive. 

Restricted Funds: A $50,000 grant was received from Graef Foundation to support the Memorial Building. 

Copies of the proposed Investment Policy Statement and Investment Strategy are available for your review prior to the motion in New Business.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.   

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  Clinton Fall Festival merchandise sales exceeded $3,000. Thanks to all who assisting in selling the merchandise. We have paid our fee for the 2023 Clinton Fall Festival.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: No meeting

Michigan State Council: No meeting

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. Water has been shut off for the winter. Leaves are beginning to accumulate. A local trade organization performed some landscaping. During the month of  September “22 Flags a Day” were displayed alongside the Memorial site entrance driveway. See www.22aday.org for additional information on the 22 flags a day effort.

Website:  McCrumb.  We are at 356,801 hits and averaging approximately 2,500 per month. 

Membership: The official number is 215

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: No report

LTCCSKMC: Still no personal appearance at the VA. On November 1st the Christmas program letters will be mailed. Voluntary Services will distribute our gifts before Christmas.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

Motion by Bayha/Merritt to approve the proposed Investment Policy Statement and Investment Strategy. Approved. 

Motion by Bayha/St. Antonio to donate $2,000 to Veterans Radio America for its Annual Fundraiser.  Approved.

Good of the Order:

Harrison: December 4th beginning at 3:00 pm we will hold a packing party at VFW. 

Bull: Open house at VFW on 22 October from 1000- 1600 hrs. 

Bull: Discussions have begun on a model car show for next spring. 

Bull: V
eterans Resource Center needs blankets, coats, jackets, gloves, hoodies, etc. to pass out before winter.

Bull
Discussed the claim process from the Camp Lejeune contaminated water issue. Do not contact a lawyer. Any fees that are paid to a lawyer to process the claim will be required to be repaid by the veteran to the government.

Hitte: Mentioned the Saline High School veteran’s program on November 11th 

Draper: Washtenaw Community College has a Veterans Day breakfast.

Rivers: Encouraged a meeting by those organizations that utilize the VFW with the VFW Commander to improve the communications. 

Draper: Meni stated that most of the contents of the closet that were removed have been stored at Steve and Shirley Hitte’s.

Bull: A Reserve Advent project will be held during December. Place a certain canned goods product in a container to be distributed by Veterans Resource Center to various organizations. 

Merritt: Breakfast tomorrow morning at 0900 hrs at The Bomber Restaurant, 306 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 734.482.0550.

Closing Prayer: Bob Bull

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes

8 September 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1858 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established. Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None

Guests: None

Motion by Merritt/Bull to approve the August Minutes published in the Dispatch. Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report:

We had a Pig Roast that went well. The price of food was up, and we bought more hoping to sell more; but, we sold less than last year. Our donations and auction were better than last year, so we came out alright.

Clinton Fall Festival is next. Please sign up to help set up at 1600 on 22 Sep. Or signup to help sell a few hours between 0900 – 1800 Friday and Saturday and 0900 – 1700 Sunday. We’ll start packing up at 1700, and we’ll need help for that, also. There is a signup sheet going around.

22aday.org is doing their veteran suicide public awareness presentation next to the Memorial until 3 October. We are there every day at noon. The Chapter received a one-hundred-dollar donation there.

There are three sympathy cards going around. Please sign them.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne. Reports are emailed to the Board and member who wants one. Let me know your email address.

Last year, the Pig Roast sold 390 tickets and earned the Chapter $9,700. This year, we earned only $8,700. Although we bought more food, hoping for a bigger crowd than last year, we sold fewer tickets at 325. And the price of the food we bought was significantly higher. The higher prices and lower ticket sales were the most significant adverse factors. However, our donations were greater this year, and the income from the auction was greater than last year. So, the result was not bad at $8,700. We had an after-event review meeting and have some ideas for how to do things differently next year.

Our other significant expense was our annual insurance bill. This year, the bill was $969 because we are insuring the Memorial Maintenance Building and its contents. Last year’s insurance bill was just over $400.

No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll. Please see report in the Dispatch. We have $500 more dollars to donate to the Fisher House once the Patriot matching challenge begins.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise: Our gross sales at the Pig Roast were about the same as last year, right around $900.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: A meeting was held but nothing happened.

Michigan State Council: Will meet later this month.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. The crews are continuing to do good work and are catching on to the new procedures. We have not heard from Diversified Excavating about doing the final grade. We are not going to get irrigation this year, but we are still pursuing that goal.

Website: McCrumb. We are up around 353,000 hits. We get around 3,000 hits a month, most of which are trolls. Average time spent on the website is 47 seconds.

Membership: The official number is 215, since we just lost another member.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: Wilson. The PACT Act did pass, but the law doesn’t extend the one-year claim deadline for peripheral neuropathy. But, the VA has observed that peripheral neuropathy related to toxic exposure may very well be present for the first time more than a year after service in the sandbox. The VA has taken it upon itself to study this condition further and to determine whether to extend the deadline on its own.

Also, I have reported before, the VA has decided not to obey that law that requires it to study the effects of toxic exposures on the children and grandchildren of veterans. Since all other approaches to this problem have not produced fruit, the VVA Board of directors has decided to sue the VA for its failure to obey the law.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger. No report.

Old Business:

None

New Business:

Motion by Merritt, seconded by Palazzolo, to authorize Pereira to spend up to $1300 to purchase a new computer for creating the Dispatch. This motion was approved by the Board. Membership also approved.

Motion by Bayha, seconded by Bull, to donate $200 to Veterans Radio toward its upcoming fundraiser. Approved.

Good of the Order:

Bull: The next open house will be 22 October. The Rosie the Riveter group will be there and give a presentation. A group called “Be Smart” will give a presentation about gun safety in homes with children.

Bull: We just had our first tailgate event at the U of M football game. I passed out about 40 cards.

Throneberry: As you know, the PACT Act was passed recently. It added new presumptive diseases to the list—one of which is hypertension, which many of us have. It behooves you to talk to your Veterans Service Officer to review your records and see whether you should be filing a claim for this or other consequences of your military service.

Throneberry: Veteran’s Radio is holding its first official fundraiser. It is called “Radio on the River.” Eric Fretz has offered his riverfront property for this event on 25 September from 1400 to 1700. Tickets are required and are available online. Click https://givebutter.com/radioontheriver for more details.

Merritt: Breakfast on Friday, 14 October at 09:00 am: TBD.

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1934 hrs.

________________

 

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

11 August 2022

Call to Order by McCrumb at 1901 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established. Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None

Guests: None 

Motion by Bull/Kinzinger to approve the July Minutes published in the Dispatch. Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

Read by McCrumb: VetFest went well. There are signup sheets going around for Pig Roast. There are also Pig Roast flyers on the table. Please pass them out where you shop and where you eat.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne. Reports are emailed to the board and member who wants one. Let me know your email address. Our unrestricted revenue grew because of a single $2,000 donation for Pig Roast. We sold $714 of merchandise at Camp Liberty, plus $18 donated. On the expense side, we made a matching fund donation of $2,500 to Michigan Ability Partners (MAP). No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll. Please see report in the Dispatch. Kinzinger mentioned that Kate Kirkpatrick is bringing 8 women from the Daughters of the American Revolution to help serve at the Pig Roast.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise: The VA is still not allowing us in to sell yet. Our next big events will be the Pig Roast and the Clinton Fall Festival.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: Did not have a quorum. 

Michigan State Council: No report.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. New procedures in place for the new building and equipment. We are still expecting Diversified Excavating to do the final grade for us and to build a berm at the back of the property on which we will plant Michigan wildflowers and perennials.

Website: McCrumb. We are up around 350,000 hits

Membership: McCrumb. The official number is 217, a new record for us. I handed out six applications at VetFest, but I have not received any of them back yet.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: No report.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger. VA patients did get one meal upgrade so far. They have two more coming from us. We will do Halloween and Christmas the same way we did last year. We deliver gifts to the door and staff takes care of it from there.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

None

Good of the Order:

Bourne: We got a nice letter from MAP for our gift to them. We also got an invitation to the Fisher House Fundraiser Gala in Detroit. It is for the Detroit Fisher House and is on 10 September at Gross Pointe Yacht Club

Bull: We just put in a request to set up the MRC in the tailgate area at the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club for each Michigan home games. We will have to pay $50 per space. We’ll have hotdogs on the grill. I am looking for donations for the MRC.

Bull: VRC had 20 people come out yesterday. That’s a record group for us.

Bull: 22 October is the next open house from 10 to 1600 at VFW.

Merritt: Breakfast on Friday, 9 September, at 0900: TBD.

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

______________________

Meeting Minutes

Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes

14 July 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families, and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established. Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: Ron Callison.

Guests: Bob Kwiecinski brought his son, Matt. We also had a potential new member guest, Paul Arnott. Matt has moved off the sub and up to the position of Senior Master Chief on a destroyer.

Motion by Bull/Bayha to approve the June Minutes published in the Dispatch. Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report:

We had the Flag Day Ceremony. Next year, we will just hold a picnic on Flag Day weekend. VVA helped to unveil the Black Civil War Veterans Memorial. We also attended the Camp Liberty Open House, and we presented a $5,000 check to Fisher House. Pig Roast planning is going on as expected.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne. Reports are emailed to the Board and a member who wants one. Let me know your email address. We had another good month. We received a $10,000 donation from an estate, $800 from Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home and $500 from Alice Lee, in memory of Lloyd. As the President said, we wrote a check to Fisher House for $5,000 which qualified for a matching fund donation.

No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll. Please see report in the Dispatch. We are doing our $5 wrist bracelet fundraiser for Fisher House. We donated $50 to the Saline Rotary for the Saline Road Flag Project. We also donated to the annual friendship donation for the Leadership Conference.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise: We sold pins and hats for about $157 at the Camp Liberty Open House. We expect to have a small sales function at the VetFest at WCC. The VA is not allowing us in to sell yet.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: No report.

Michigan State Council: No report.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. Asked for a show of appreciation for Wendy Hibbitts, Eric Downy and Jon Luker for work on the Memorial and the new building. All our crews are doing good work and the Memorial shows it.

Website: McCrumb. Many more hits – anywhere from 200 to 500 a day.

Membership: The official number is 212. National is using a new system, so please be patient while we get used to it. We have one more member who went online to transfer from at-large membership to our Chapter, so it will be 213.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: For the universities to learn more about birth defects caused by toxic exposure in military service, they need to find 10,000 people to study each time. The State of Michigan’s registry doesn’t help much because it only registers kids who have obvious deformities at birth. The VA’s registry includes developmental cases as well as physical deformities. We need more of you to register on the Vietnam registry or the Burn Pit registry, along with your children and grandchildren, so that the studies can continue.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger. John is coaching the baseball team at West Park tonight. Jane gave the report on his behalf. We did upgrade the VA hospital meals to steak for $678. We are going to do it two more times this fiscal year. We have Pig Roast flyers also.

Old Business:

None

New Business:

None

Good of the Order:

Wilson: The Chapter has been asked to help provide a Color Guard for a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in DC for the 40th Anniversary. All you need to do is walk about 500 feet. Please talk to Sandie for more information.

Bull: VetFest is a week from this Saturday, 23 July. Our resource center will be closed. You need a ticket to get in. All you must do is register on Eventbrite.

Bull: The Mobile Resource unit will be on the road on Monday. The unit will have an AED on board. We are going to have winter coats, blankets, and other clothes on the truck. We need sample-size toiletries.

Bull: I’ll soon finish my Peer Support Specialist training and will be certified.

Draper: We passed the hat to help a needy veteran family. I’m pleased to report that we collected $370, which is more than we think we will need. If there are leftover funds, they will be put into a restricted fund for needy veterans.

Perrault: We are circulating a book. Please sign it so we can give it to Senior Master Chief kwiecinski.

Harrison: We now have a new source for Chapter jackets. New ones, set up as usual, will cost $89. Please see Fredo to put in your order.

McCrumb: If you are a new member, you are entitled to one free hat. If you didn’t get one, come see me. For those of you who already got your free hat, see me to buy a new one.

Merritt: Breakfast at 0900 on Friday, August 12, 2022, location TBD.

Swearing in Ceremony: Sandie Wilson swore in Luker

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1945 hrs.

 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

14 July 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Bob Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: Ron Callison.

Guests:  Bob Kewicinski brought his son Matt.  We also had a potential new member guest, Paul Arnott.  Matt has moved off the sub and up to the position of Senior Master Chief on a destroyer. 

Motion by Bull/Bayha to approve the June Minutes published in the Dispatch.  Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

We had the Flag Day Ceremony.  Next year, we will just hold a picnic on Flag Day weekend.  VVA helped to unveil the Black Civil War Veterans Memorial.  We also attended the Camp Liberty open house and we presented a $5,000 check to Fisher House.  Pig Roast planning is going on as expected.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne.  Reports are emailed to the board and member who wants one.  Let me know your email address.  We had another good month.  We received a $10,000 donation from an estate, $800 from Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home and $500 from Alice Lee, in memory of Lloyd.  As the President said, we wrote a check to Fisher House for $5,000 which qualified for a matching fund donation. 

No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.  We are doing our $5 wrist bracelet fund raiser for Fisher House.  We donated $50 to the Saline Rotary for the Saline Road Flag Project.  We also donated to the annual friendship donation for the Leadership Conference.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  We sold pins and hats for about $156 at the Camp Liberty Open House.  We expect to have a small sales function at the VetFest at WCC.  The VA is not allowing us in to sell yet.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: No report. 

Michigan State Council: No report.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt.  Asked for a show of appreciation for Wendy Hibbitts, Eric Downy and Jon Luker for work on the Memorial and the new building.  All of our crews are doing good work and the Memorial shows it.

Website:  McCrumb.  Many more hits – anywhere from 200 to 500 a day.

Membership: The official number is 212.  National is using a new system, so please be patient while we get used to it.  We have one more member who went online to transfer from at large membership to our chapter, so it will be 213.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: For the universities to learn more about birth defects caused by toxic exposure in military service, they need to find 10,000 people to study each time.  The State of Michigan’s registry doesn’t help much because it only registers kids who have obvious deformities at birth.  The VA’s registry includes developmental cases as well as physical deformities.  We need more of you to register on the Vietnam registry or the Burn Pit registry, along with your children and grandchildren, so that the studies can continue.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger.  John is coaching the baseball team at West Park tonight.  Jane gave the report on his behalf.  We did upgrade the VA hospital meals to steak for $678.  We are going to do it two more times this fiscal year.  We have Pig Roast flyers also.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

None

Good of the Order:

Wilson:  The Chapter has been asked to help provide a Color Guard for a ceremony at the Wall in DC for the 40th Anniversary.  All you need to do is walk about 500.  Please talk to Sandie for more information.

Bull: VetFest is a week from this Saturday, 23 July.  Our resource center will be closed.  You need a ticket to get in.  All you have to do is register on Eventbrite.

Bull: The Mobile Resource unit will be on the road on Monday.  The unit will have an AED on board.  We are going to have winter coats, blankets and other clothes on the truck.  We need sample size toiletries.

Bull: I’ll soon finish my Peer Support Specialist training and will be certified.

Draper: We passed the hat to help a needy veteran family.  I’m pleased to report that we collected $370, which is more than we think we will need.  If there are leftover funds, they will be put into a restricted fund for needy veterans.

Perrott:   We are circulating a book.  Please sign it so we can give it to Senior Master Chief Kewicinski.

Harrison: We now have a new source for chapter jackets.  New ones, set up as usual, will cost $89.  Please see Fredo to put in your order.

McCrumb:  If you are a new member, you are entitled to one free hat.  If you didn’t get one, come see me.  For those of you who already got your free hat, see me to buy a new one.

Merritt:  Breakfast tomorrow morning at 0900 on Friday at Holiday’s Restaurant at 2080 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (734) 668-1292

Swearing in Ceremony:  Sandie Wilson swore in Luker

Closing Prayer Bob Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1945 hrs. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

3 April 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1200 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Gordon Moore

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established. Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None.

Recess for nominations: (Round Two)

The only nomination on the third round was for Joe Palazzolo for Sergeant at Arms. He accepted. The outcome is as follows:

Officers:

President: McCrumb (declined), Harrison (accepted)

Vice President: McCrumb (accepted),

Treasurer: Bourne (accepted)

Secretary: Luker (accepted)

Sergeant at Arms: Clarke (declined), Palazzolo (accepted)

Nominations for two-year Board:

Accepted: Merritt, Bull, Wilson, Hitte

Declined: Wetzler, St Antoine, Throneberry

Two-year Board members moving to 1-year positions are: 

Bauder, Bayha, Hall, Kinzinger, and Driscoll. 

State Council Delegate, Driscoll, Wilson, accepted, Luker declined

Regular meeting recalled to order.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

We had a good get together at the Memorial for Vietnam Veterans’ Day. Thanks to Fredo for bringing the donuts. Thank you to everybody who came out. It was a good turnout.

Also, the planning for the Recognition Dinner is well underway. I have tickets for sale here at the desk for $15 each.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne. Reports will be emailed to the Board shortly. I still have a few schedules to finish for the annual tax return. Reports are also available to members and others via email on request. This month lowered our cash on hand a little over $4,000 due in part to paying the caterer $1,000 deposit for the Recognition Dinner and paying VFW our donations for the full year ($1,800) instead of writing checks each month.

No questions.

New Business: 

Motion by Sandie Wilson, seconded by Tim Driscoll to amend Bylaws Article V, Section 3, subparagraph C. by deleting the word “four” and replacing it with the word “two.” Amended bylaw would read:

“Section 3 – Annual Meeting 

Annual meetings will be held during the month of April. The primary purpose of these meetings is the election of Chapter Officers and Board Members for the coming year.

Elections – Voting shall be by ballot. 

Quorum for Elections – Shall be at least 15 members. 

Voting Time – Ballots for elections will be available for two hours on the day of the Annual Meeting.” 

This motion will be voted on at the 12 May 2022 regular meeting.

Good of the Order:

Harrison: The Washtenaw County Council of Veterans Organizations made it known that the Michigan Trust Fund is now up to $70,000,000. As a result, the State is now ready to provide service to non-wartime veterans over the age of 65. The fund focus is still on meeting emergency needs only.

Driscoll: The Saline Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual recognition dinner on 14 April 2022 at the Lake Forest Golf Club on Ellsworth Road. The really great thing about this is that Sandi Wilson is being recognized as the Distinguished Veteran of the Year! If you want to show your support, tickets are still available for $25 for a single ticket, $45 for a pair. The meal and program will run from 1800 to 2100. 

Merritt: Breakfast will be Friday, 13 April at 0900 at Bomber Restaurant, 306 East Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 4198 — 734-482-0550.

Closing Prayer Gordon Moore

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1923 hrs. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

10 March 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Robert Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established. Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None.

Guests: Bill Steward who flew combat assault in II core is a potential member. He flies the Yankee Air Museum Huey. 15-minute flights cost $99.

Motion by Merritt/Bull to approve the January and February minutes as published in the Dispatch approved.

Recess for nominations (Round Two):

The only nomination on the second round was for Dale Throneberry for two-year Board. He declined. The outcome is as follows:

Officers:

President: McCrumb (declined), Harrison (accepted)

Vice President: McCrumb (accepted),

Treasurer: Bourne (accepted)

Secretary: Luker (accepted)

Sergeant at Arms: Clarke (declined)

Nominations for two-year Board:

Accepted: Merritt, Bull, Wilson, Hitte

Declined: Wetzler, St Antoine, Throneberry

Two-year Board members moving to 1-year positions are: 

Bauder, Bayha, Hall, Kinzinger, and Driscoll. 

State Council Delegate, Driscoll, Wilson, accepted, Luker declined

Regular meeting recalled to order.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

The apartment we are furnishing is still under construction. They expect we will move our furnishings in on 8 or 9 April, starting at 0900. Joe Palazzolo has everything we need. He is recruiting help to move, but there is a moving company that would be willing to move the stuff for us. Our planning for the 12 June Flag Day celebration is going well. It will be a catered family picnic. Fredo and I will be at the Memorial at 1100 on 29 March to mark Vietnam Veterans Day. There will be no program, but there will be coffee and donuts. Remember that there will be a short meeting here on 3 April and then election voting will be available until 1600. There will be no meeting on the second Thursday of April. Plans for the 23 April Recognition Dinner are coming along. That will be catered by the same people that did it last year. We are charging $15 per person. Tickets will be available at the door at UAW 898, located at 8975 Textile Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. We need more people to show up. The Pig Roast is set for 28 August. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne. Reports were emailed to the Board. Reports are also available to members and others via email on request. I just finished our annual report. We had an excellent year compared to what our first budget predicted. Looking at restricted and unrestricted funds combined, we expected our total assets to decrease by $2,000. Instead, our total assets increased by $18,000. Much of the difference was the record-breaking donations received from the Christmas letter the Committee sends out every year. We also received more merchandising revenue than expected. Our past treasurer, Luker, will review the IRS Form 990 before we submit it. The Finance Committee is going to move our operating account to Bank of Ann Arbor. We are still looking at how best to invest our surplus cash. No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll. Please see report in the Dispatch. We are doing our $5 wrist bracelet fund raiser for Fisher House. We are sending 4 Girls to Girls’ State in honor of Lois Perrault. The no-bake bake sale for Fisher House is still in progress. Please make your donations now.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise: Larry St. Antione went to a CB “swarm.” He sold 9 hats – all he had. We will be selling at the Open House here on 26 March 1000 to 1600.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: The Council’s next meeting will be at the Ypsilanti American Legion Post 282 on 21 March. 

Michigan State Council: Luker. The next meeting is sponsored by and will be held at the Plymouth-Canton Chapter 528 on March 27

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt. Our crews are waiting for spring. There is a chance we have found somebody to build our maintenance building. We are thinking about doing our spring cleaning on Saturday, 2 April (the day before our annual elections). Please let us know if you can help.

Website: McCrumb. 341,449 hits.

Membership: McCrumb. When Jim Robinett’s application was approved, our number went to 210 members.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: Wilson. I participated in one of these conference calls about women veterans, but nobody said anything new. VVA National wants to know if they should press to have liver flukes be a presumptive disease of Vietnam service. The burn pit legislation did add 8 presumptive diseases for post 9/11 sandbox veterans. Leadership training seminar will be in Greenville, SC in August. I think Linda Bernbaum is going to be there to speak about Agent Orange.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger. Thank you to all who donated to Christmas Program. I was totally flabbergasted by some of the checks that came in. We acknowledged each one. The Committee is looking to make another donation to Fisher House the next time the donations are doubled. We are also looking for more opportunities to upgrade the meals for VA hospital patients.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

None

Good of the Order:

Harrison: Thanks to George for taking over for our Sergeant at Arms who is ill.

McCrumb: I was authorized to seek honorary memberships for Phil Pham’s dad and Bill Vollano. National approved both memberships. On Sunday 13 March and Sunday 20 March at 1400 at Saline City Hall, Phil Pham will tell the story of his dad’s escape. 

Hall: I’d like to thank John and Jane for all the work they did this year on the Christmas fund and on Chapter events.

Horace: I want to thank Dave and Meni Draper for cleaning and reorganizing the storage area and putting in new lights.

Throneberry: Next weekend, 18-20 March, is Military Appreciation Day at USA hockey in Plymouth. Everything will be free for veterans. The event is sponsored by VCAT 9 this year. Go to https://veteransradio.net/ to sign up for the event. I’ll be there live from 1500 to 2100 on the 20th for a live broadcast.

Bull: Our all-unit Open House will be from 1000 to 1600 on 26 March. We will have food, Blue Star Service Dogs, Guitars for Vets, National Cemetery representatives, a lawyer who specializes in cancer cases, an estate planning lawyer, and Michigan Ability Partners.

Draper: Remember that on Saturday, 19 March we are having our food drive for Food Gatherers. This year you can drop canned and boxed goods in barrels we have set up. We also accept sample size personal hygiene items. There will also be a secure box there for your cash and check donations. Food Gatherers will distribute everything to those in need.

Bull: I was able to contact Rolling Thunder about coming to our Flag Day event.

Harrison: We still need items for the Recognition Dinner bucket raffle. Please give them to Roy Hall.

Hall: Please keep my sister in your prayers. She has suffered a death in the family.

Bull: This Saturday is a food give-a-way here. We have lots of food, including meat and we have individual meals as well. This food is for anybody with difficulty getting enough food, not just veterans.

Hitte: Also, please keep Shirley in your prayers. She lost her brother on 4 March.

Merritt: Breakfast at 0900 on Friday, 15 April: Holiday’s Restaurant, 2080 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, 

    MI 48103, (734) 668-1292.

Closing Prayer Robert Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1958 hrs.

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

10 March 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Robert Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None.

Guests: Bill Steward who flew combat assault in II core is a potential member.  He flies the Yankee Air Museum Huey.  15 minute flights cost $99.

Motion by Merritt/Bull to approve the January and February minutes as published in the Dispatch approved.

Recess for nominations:  (Round Two)

The only nomination on the second round was for Dale Throneberry for two-year board.  He declined.  The outcome is as follows:

Officers:

President:  McCrumb (declined), Harrison (accepted)

Vice President:  McCrumb (accepted),

Treasurer: Bourne (accepted)

Secretary: Luker (accepted)

Sergeant at Arms: Clarke (declined)

Nominations for two-year board:

Accepted:  Merritt, Bull, Wilson, Hitte

Declined:  Wetzler, St Antoine, Throneberry

Two-year board members moving to 1-year positions are: 

Bauder, Bayha, Hall, Kinzinger, and Driscoll. 

State Council Delegate, Driscoll, Wilson, accept, Luker declined

Regular meeting recalled to order.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

The apartment we are furnishing is still under construction.  They expect we will move our furnishings in on 8 or 9 April, starting at 0900.  Joe Palazzolo has everything we need.  He is recruiting help to move, but there is a moving company that would be willing to move the stuff for us.  Our planning for the 12 June Flag Day celebration is going well.  It will be a catered family picnic.  Fredo and I will be at the Memorial at 1100 on 29 March to mark Vietnam Veterans Day.  There will be no program, but there will be coffee and donuts.  Remember that there will be a short meeting here on 3 April and then election voting will be available until 1600.   There will be no meeting on the second Thursday of April.  Plans for the 23 August Recognition Dinner are coming along.  That will be catered by the same people that did it last year.  We are charging $15 per person.  Tickets will be available at the door at UAW local 898, 8975 Textile Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  We need more people to show up.  The Pig Roast is set for 28 August. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne.  Reports were emailed to the board.  Reports are also available to members and others via email on request.  I just finished our annual report.  We had an excellent year compared to what our first budget predicted.  Looking at restricted and unrestricted funds combined, we expected our total assets to decrease by $2,000.  Instead, our total assets increased by $18,000. Much of the difference was the record-breaking donations received from the Christmas letter the committee sends out every year.  We also received more merchandising revenue than expected.  Our past treasurer, Luker, will review the IRS form 990 before we submit it.  The finance committee is going to move our operating account to Bank of Ann Arbor.  We are still looking at how best to invest our surplus cash.    No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.  We are doing our $5 wrist bracelet fund raiser for Fisher House.  We are sending 4 girls to Girl’s State in honor of Lois Perrault.  The no-bake bake sale for Fisher House is still in progress.  Please make your donations now.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  Larry St. Antione went to a CB “swarm.”  He sold 9 hats – all he had.  We will be selling at the Open House here on 26 March 1000 to 1600.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: The Council’s next meeting will be here on the 21th, sponsored by VVA 310. 

Michigan State Council: Luker. The next meeting is sponsored by and will be held at the Plymouth-Canton Chapter 528 on March 27

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt.  Our crews are waiting for spring.  There is a chance we have found somebody to build our maintenance building.  We are thinking about doing our spring cleaning on Saturday, 2 April (the day before our annual elections).  Please let us know if you can help.

Website:  McCrumb.  341,449 hits.

Membership: When Jim Robinett’s application was approved, our number went to 210 members.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: I participated in one of these conference calls about women veterans, but nobody said anything new.  VVA National wants to know if they should press to have liver flukes be a presumptive disease of Vietnam service.  The burn pit legislation did add 8 presumptive diseases for post 9/11 sandbox veterans.  Leadership training seminar in will be in Greenville SC in August.  I think Linda Bernbaum is going to be there to speak about Agent Orange.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger.  Thank you to all who donated to Christmas Program.  I was totally flabbergasted by some of the checks that came in.  We acknowledged each one.  The committee is looking to make another donation to Fisher House the next time the donations are doubled.  We are also looking for more opportunities to upgrade the meals for VA hospital patients.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

None

Good of the Order:

Harrison: Thanks to George for taking over for our Sergeant at Arms who is ill.

McCrumb: I was authorized to seek honorary memberships for Phil Pham’s dad and Bill Vollono.  National approved both memberships.  On Sunday 13 March at 1400 at Saline City Hall, Phil Pham will tell the story of his dad’s escape. 

Hall: I’d like to thank to John and Jane for all the work they did this year on the Christmas fund and on Chapter events.

Horace:  I want to thank Dave and Meni Draper for cleaning and reorganizing the storage area and putting in new lights.

Throneberry:  Next weekend, 18-20 March, is Military Appreciation Day at USA hockey.  Everything will be free for veterans.  The event is sponsored by VCAT 9 this year. Go to https://veteransradio.net/ to sign up for the event.  I’ll be there live from 1500 to 2100 on the 20th for a live broadcast.

Bull: Our all-unit Open House will be from 1000 to 1600 on 26 March.  We will have food, Blue Star Service Dogs, Guitars for Vets, National Cemetery representatives, a lawyer who specializes in cancer cases, an estate planning lawyer and Michigan Ability Partners.

Draper:  Remember that on Saturday, 19 March we are having our food drive for Food Gatherers.  This year you can drop canned and boxed goods in barrels we have set up.  We also accept sample size personal hygiene items.  There will also be a secure box there for your cash and check donations. Food Gatherers will distribute everything to those in need.

Bull: I was able to contact Rolling Thunder about coming to our Flag Day event.

Harrison:  We still need items for the recognition dinner bucket raffle.  Please give them to Roy Hall.

Hall: Please keep my sister in your prayers.  She has suffered a death in the family.

Bull: This Saturday is a food give-a-way here.  We have lots of food, including meat and we have individual meals as well.  This food is for anybody with difficulty getting enough food, not just veterans.

Hitte: Also, please keep Shirley in your prayers.  She lost her brother on 4 March.

Merritt: Breakfast tomorrow morning at 0900 on Friday at Holiday’s Restaurant at 2080 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (734) 668-1292

Closing Prayer Robert Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1958 hrs. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

10 February 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Robert Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: James (Jim) Robinett (Air Force) just joined.  Bo Brown (Navy) will join tonight.

Guests: None.

Motion to approve the January Minutes postponed because the Dispatch has not been published yet.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

The Pig Roast is set for 28 August, during the National Leadership Conference.  Flag Day, which we are doing with other organizations this year, is set for 12 June.  The Recognition Dinner will be held at 1800 on 23 April at the UAW hall.  Please send your food ideas to Wendy Hibbitts.  We have applied for the $500 gift card from Meijer’s again.  If we get it, we will use it for the Dawn Farm Christmas Dinner.  We have everything we need for the apartment we are furnishing in Dexter, thanks to the great work of Joe Palazzolo, who came in under budget.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne.  Reports were emailed to the board.  Reports are also available to members and others via email on request.  Non-restricted funds received $1,700 in donations and $1,200 in interest.  We paid out $745 of the $1,500 authorized for the Dexter apartment.  The Christmas program has produced over $22,000 in donations this year.  We also presented a $5,000 check to Kate Melcher at Fisher House.  The finance committee is studying where to move our bank accounts and how best to invest our surplus cash.    No questions.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.  We are doing our $5 wrist bracelet fund raiser for Fisher House.  Girl’s State returned our excess payment.  Lois Perrault Memorial Fund is over $3,000.  We are still collecting trial size toiletry items for Fisher House.  The no-bake bake sale for Fisher House is in progress.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  We have new inventory coming in.  We will have a small sale set up for the open house here on 24 March.

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: The Council’s next meeting will be here on the 24th, sponsored by VVA 310. 

Michigan State Council: Luker. We should consider our proposal to amend National’s Constitution to open membership as dead on arrival at national.  It turns out that the litigation with the IRS was not just about AVVA members.  The IRS has an illegal rule limiting 501(c)(19) organizations to veterans who served during a Congressionally declared “wartime.”  For various reasons, VVA National will not spend any more money fighting with the IRS over its illegal rule.  Therefore, we should consider turning our attention to what we can do locally, with Local Veteran’s Alliance.

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt.  We have new crews set up for maintenance this year, but there is not much to do until the weather breaks.  We are still trying to get the building built, but we don’t have an estimate for when that will happen.

Website:  McCrumb.  328,012 hits.

Membership: We lost Mike Samar, recently and gained Jim Robinett, so our number remains at 210 members.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: Jane Kinzinger.  The Dispatch is late this month because Paulo needed extra time to defend his dissertation.  He was success full, earning a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger.  The Christmas donors really came through this year.  Thank you to the Chapter members who donated generously this year.  This year’s letter included a flyer from Fisher House.  That might explain the increase in donations.  As a result, the committee is considering making another donation as soon as matching funds are offered again.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

Motion by Bob Bull, seconded by Steve Hitte, to approve the budget for fiscal year 2022-2023.  Approved.

Motion by Bob Bull, seconded by Larry St Antoine, to amend Bylaw Article VI, Section 3, Board Meetings, to change the meeting start time from 1730 to 1800.  Approved.

Motion by Vance McCrumb, seconded by Dave Draper, to apply for honorary memberships for Bill Vollano and Pham Quang Khiem (Phil Pham’s dad).  Approved.

Motion by Al Merritt, seconded by Jim Robinett, to hold elections on 3 April 2022, from noon until 1600.  Approved.

Recess for nominations:  (Round One)

Nominations for officers:

President:  McCrumb (declined), Harrison (accepted)

Vice President:  McCrumb (accepted),

Treasurer: Bourne (accepted)

Secretary: Luker (accepted)

Sergeant at Arms: Clarke (declined)

Nominations for two-year board:

Accepted:  Merritt, Bull, Wilson, Hitte

Declined:  Wetzler, St Antoine

Two-year board members moving to 1-year positions are: 

Bauder, Bayha, Hall, Kinzinger, and Driscoll. 

Nominations closed, regular meeting resumes.

Good of the Order:

Bull: Flag Day Celebration is set for 12 June.  Come on out.  We’ll have food and several events.  The Boy Scouts will help with flag retirement.  Dale Throneberry will either broadcast live or will record a program.

Bull:  We will hold our next open house on 26 March from 1000 to 1600.  We will provide coffee and donuts in morning and brats and burgers in the afternoon.  A variety of resources will be here to help veterans.  Our member organizations will be here also.

Bull:   We have a food distribution here on Saturday from 930 to 1700.  We have a lot of food to give away, so please help get the word out.  We have turkery, ham, chicken and frozen burgers.  Each person who comes out will get two $10 meijer’s gift cards.

Bull  : The ambulance that HVA was going to give us has a blown head gasket which we can’t afford to fix.  HVA is looking at giving us a different ambulance.

McCrumb:  Presented a chapter hat to new member, Robinett.  They are also for sale for $15.

Bourne:
I We also have chapter coins up front for sale.

Wilson:   9 March is Vietnam Veterans Day.  There will be many events set for the Wall that day.  Veteran’s organizations are being asked to donate to the Wall fund.


  Wilson: The VVA National Board changed its fourth quarter meeting to 8 and 9 Nov, because this will be the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  Events are being planned from 11 through 14 November.  If the chapter wants to do anything down there, we need to be planning it now and getting our hotel reservations now.

Hall: The annual Recognition Dinner is set for Saturday, 23 April at the UAW hall.  We’ll be using the same caterer.  We’ll do a little bucket raffle if we can get a few donations.  Think about regifting Christmas presents.  Things like that.

Bayha: Noah South, the pilot who flew with Chuck Kettles, broke his femur and was treated at the U of M, until he was moved to a nursing home, where he caught COVID.  He is back home now and is doing ok.  He would like phone calls.

Merritt: Breakfast will be at 0900 on Friday at Bomber Restaurant, 306 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, (734) 482-0550.

Closing Prayer Robert Bull

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 2015 hrs. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310

Regular Membership Meeting Minutes 

13 January 2022

Call to Order by Harrison at 1900 hrs.

Pledge of Allegiance

Opening Prayer: Robert Bull

Moment of Silence for POW/MIA’S, their families and those who are serving in hazardous places around the world.

Roll Call: A quorum was established.  Welcome Home Everyone!

New Members: None.

Guests: None.

Motion by Bull/Clarke to approve the December Minutes as published in the Dispatch.  Approved.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report: 

Because the Christmas program produced such good results, the executive committee voted to give $5,000 to the Fisher House, which with matching funds put them over $1,000,000 for the year.  We also received a donation from friends and relatives of Lloyd Lee in his memory.

Treasurer’s Report:

Berry Bourne.  Reports were emailed to the board.  Reports are also available to members and others via email on request.  It appears that our year-end unrestricted fund balance will be plus $10,000, rather than the deficit we projected at the beginning of the year.  No questions.

Budget Introduced:

Bourne introduced the proposed budget approved by the board for member review and comment.  The proposed budget projects a $3,100 surplus for the unrestricted fund balance.  The budget will be voted on at the 10 February Regular membership meeting.

AVVA Report:

Driscoll.  Please see report in the Dispatch.  We have 120 new wrist bracelets for our fundraiser.  They come in two sizes.  Girls State is going to be virtual this year.  We are sending three people.

Committee Reports:

Merchandise:  No report

Washtenaw County Council of Veterans: The Council’s next meeting will be 17 January. 

Michigan State Council: Luker. Next meeting will be on 7 March in Plymouth, sponsored by chapter 528.  The annual meeting will be held in Dearborn on 21-22 May.  Our resolution to change VVA National membership requirements was going to be discussed at the 13 January Conference of State Council Presidents, but we don’t expect it will be voted on. 

Memorial Maintenance: Merritt.  Not much to report.  We are still looking for builders, trying to get quotes for pest control and so forth. 

Website:  McCrumb.  324,000 hits.

Membership: 210 members.  The new member hats have arrived.  They have VVA 310 on the front and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon on the back.

Newsletter: No report.

Healthcare: No report.

LTCCSKMC: Kinzinger.  The Christmas donors really came through this year.  The VA is still not allowing very much volunteer activity.

Old Business: 

None 

New Business: 

Motion by Jon Luker, seconded by Berry Bourne, to amend Bylaw Article VI, Section 3, Board Meetings, to change the meeting start time from 1730 to 1800.  First Reading Approved.

Good of the Order:

Harrison Kate Melcher told me that it takes $120,000 a year to run the place.  Fisher House gives gift cards to folks who don’t have what they need when they arrive at Fisher House.  Now what we need are for volunteers who will do the shopping for those folks so they can stay with their loved ones.

Palazzolo We are near to finished with collecting items for the apartment.  We need a few more things.  The next big thing we need is help moving all the stuff into the apartment after construction is done in February.

McCrumb  Introduced Wiil Becket, a VFW member who is visiting tonight.  He is a US Army medic.

Bull:  VFW will be open 2 Feb.  The Veterans Resource Center will also be open again on Wednesday and Saturday after that. 

Bull: The Green Alert bill is going to be discussed at the 25 January commanders group meeting.

Bull:  Food resources are plentiful now.  This past month, only one person needed food.  The focus must not be on making sure this food gets to those who need it before it goes bad.  Veterans and their families are eligible.

Bull:  Huron Valley Ambulance is working on donating an old ambulance for us to use as a Mobil Resource Center.  This will allow us to offer these same services at more locations during the year.

Bull: 26 March is the next open house.

Merritt: Breakfast tomorrow morning at 0900 at Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176, (734) 316-2084.

Closing Prayer John Kinzinger

Flag Salute

Meeting Adjourned at 1940 hrs.