October 2019

10 Oct 2019
Call to order by Vice President Harrison at 1900
Pledge of Allegiance
Opening Prayer: Draper
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:    Rev Bob Bull and Tom Stempke
Guests:  Isaac (Air Force 2000 to 2006) and Michele
Motion to Approve the September Minutes by Lee/Draper. Approved.
President’s Report:   Harrison
President Driscoll is home helping his wife recover from major surgery.
We need volunteers to run the Pig Roast next year, and we need to start earlier next year.
Treasure’s Report:  Bourne.  Pig Roast did earn as budgeted.  Printed report circulated.  Merchandise did as expected.  CD’s earning above market rate.  No questions.
AVVA Report:  By Draper for Driscoll.  Please see attached report.  
Food Pantry:  Miller.  No Activity.
Merchandise Report:  St Antoine/Rivers.   We had a good month.  Thank you to all who helped with one or more of the events.  We have two volunteer committee members, but it would be best to have four, plus those who stop by to help here and there.  We still need somebody to manage ordering and somebody else to manage credit card transactions.  We are running down the inventory.  We really would like to train a new team to keep on doing this important work.  It is not just an important source of revenue, but it where we meet Veterans, some of whom become new members.  We have two events left for the year.
Washtenaw County Council of Veterans Report:  Luker.   No report.  Next meeting is next Monday.
Michigan State Council:  Luker.  No report.  Next meeting is 20 October.
Memorial Committee Report:  Merritt.  The season is nearly over.  We will have a fall cleanup on 17 October.  We’ll probably be there all day.  You can stop by for an hour or two whenever it suits you, but we’ll be starting work at 0900.  We will have crews from two Home Depots helping us do some extra work.
Tomorrow, we will take down the Veteran Suicide Prevention Demonstration at 1030.  Please stop by if you would like to help pack things up.
Website Committee Report:  McCrumb.    We've had 150,000 hits thus far.
Membership Report:  McCrumb.  Officially, national shows us at 207.  With our new members tonight, we are at 209.
Newsletter:  Pereira.  No report.
Health Care:  Wilson.  No report.  
VAAAHS Report:  Kinzinger.  Our last VA event was a Halloween Party, at 1730 on Saturday 26 October.  As always, it is a costume event, and we will spent some time together at the Sidetrack afterward.  20 December is the Christmas Party where our VVA Chapter gives away the embroidered shirts.  But you can also join VVA 528 on 17 December when they do their Christmas event at the VA, as long as we don’t have too many people.  26 Nov is the Dawn Farm Thanksgiving Dinner purchase and delivery. We meet at Kroger on Maple Road at 1600 and then meet at Dawn Farm at 1800.
Old Business:  None
New Business:  Motion Feight/Fredo to Support Veterans Day Program in Chelsea with $150 donation.  Approved.
Good of the Order:  Draper,  John K will be at the First United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti at 1400 on Sunday, 20 October, to talk about and answer questions about his book and the 76 people whose names appear on our Memorial. He will also have more free copies of the book on hand.
Perrault    Our holiday packing party will open at 1430, to set up.  At 1500, we will begin packing.  We’ll be done no later than 1600 so don’t be late.  There will be a pot luck dinner afterward.  We have been doing this for more than 30 years.  We’ve spent more than $80,000 on postage.  We’ve sent out more than 4,200 boxes, so far.
Throneberry - Please come to the fourth Tell Your Story Open Mike Night at 1730 on 30 Oct at the VFW on Wagner Road.  This is a family friendly event.  Cake or donuts will be provided as well as the good stories.  Our next one will be 20 November.  We hope our December event will be held at the VA hospital on 18 December.
Draper:    The American Legion worked with the City of Ann Arbor for more than a year to get permission to erect a flagpole dedicated to veterans on the Veterans Park property.  The Ann Arbor VFW made a substantial contribution to the project as well.  As a representative of the Legion, I would like to present Certificates of Appreciation to four people who made a significant contribution. Unfortunately, Kathy and Tim Driscoll can’t be here due to Kathy’s operation.  Also, Vance McCrumb couldn’t be here tonight.  
Presentation: To Meni Draper for her support of the flagpole dedication ceremony, including being the still photographer for the event.
Merritt:    Breakfast Friday, November 15th 0900 at Bomber Restaurant at 306 East Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti MI.
Closing Prayer: Bob Bull.
Salute the Flag
Adjourned 1947
Respectfully Submitted, Jon Luker

 

September 2019

Regular Meeting Minutes - VVA Chapter 310
12 Sep 2019
Call to order by Vice President Harrison at 1900
Pledge of Allegiance
Opening Prayer: Kinzinger
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 to Approve the August Minutes by Rivers/St Antoine. Approved.
President’s Report:   Harrison
The Piggy went very well due to the grand participation of so many volunteers.
Who is going to run it next year?  We need to get started earlier next year.
Treasure’s Report:  Bourne.  Excused.  No Report.
AVVA Report:  Driscoll.  Please see attached report.  
Food Pantry:  Miller.  No Activity.
Merchandise Report:  St Antoine.   We are half way through September and things are looking good.  Thank you for all of your help, not just at the recent events but through the year.  We are not ending in September as was stated in the Dispatch.  We will do the VA in December.  But the real good news is that we have two people who volunteered to help run the committee next year.  We still need somebody to manage ordering and somebody else to manage credit card transactions.  Our next event will be at Ann Arbor Arms this Saturday.  This event is our first chance to see a lot of younger veterans.  
Washtenaw County Council of Veterans Report:  Luker.   The Council is monitoring the situation with the cancelation of Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program contracts throughout Michigan including Washtenaw County.  The Council is also planning to host two bingo nights at the VA on meeting night Mondays.  We will do the bingo first and hold the meeting second.
Michigan State Council:  Luker.  No report.
Memorial Committee Report:  Merritt.  Season nearly over.  Not being able to water has impacted both the weeds and the grass this year.  We are also looking forward to restarting our contract with Hometown Pest & Lawn later this fall.  Thank you to the crews who keep the Memorial looking clean and respectful.
Website Committee Report:  McCrumb.   Site hits to date 147,400
Membership Report:  McCrumb.  We are down to 204 members due to recent deaths.
Newsletter:  Pereira.  No report.
Health Care:  Wilson.  We are following up on a rumor that they are going to make the Detroit VA a CBOC.  That means they would no longer do any inpatient care, just clinics.  According to the same rumor, the Ann Arbor director would then be in charge of both facilities.  We will let you know when we learn more.  
VAAAHS Report:  Kinzinger.  Our next VA event will be the Halloween Party at 1730 on Saturday 26 October.  As always, it is a costume event and we will spend some time together at the Sidetrack afterward.  20 December is the Christmas Party where our VVA Chapter gives away the embroidered shirts.  But you can also join VVA 528 on 17 December when they do their Christmas event at the VA, as long as we don’t have too many people.  26 Nov is the Dawn Farm Thanksgiving Dinner.  We meet at Kroger’s on Maple Road at 1600, and then meet at Dawn Farm at 1800 to drop off the food and speak with some of the residents.
Old Business:  None
New Business:  None
Good of the Order:  Kinzinger J     We held two pancakes breakfasts at the VFW hall in Ann Arbor during September.  The idea was to get all of the units that meet here, to meet as a large group to generate comradery.  We believe it had that effect.  The events also generated some revenue which was donated to the VA’s coffee fund.  VFW will do at least one on 5 October.
Luker    At Ypsilanti Township’s request, the Memorial Committee tracked down Veterans Refuge Network – the group that held a Veterans Suicide Prevention Demonstration on the township grounds a few years back.  Veterans Refuge agreed to provide 660 crosses, representing the number of veterans who would commit suicide in a month.  However, they could not do the work of putting them up or publicizing the event.  Employees from the township, AVVA and VVA 310 members, a Livingston County Homeschool Co-op and the VFW gave us enough volunteers to place 22 crosses each day for a month.  The last crosses will be placed on 5 October and will remain in place for seven more days.
Draper    American Legion Post 46 is sponsoring a flag raising ceremony at Veterans Park in Ann Arbor at 1400 on 29 September.  This will also be the formal dedication of the new flagpole paid for by the American Legion and the VFW.  Parking was expected to be a problem, but former Sheriff Doug Harvey arranged for permission to park cars on the grass on the Maple Road side of the park.
McCrumb    If you do not have your free copy of the book of veteran stories, please see me.
Throneberry    Please come to the third Open Mic Night at 1730 on 25 Oct at the VFW on Wagner Road.  This is a family friendly event.  Cake or donuts will be provided as well as the good stories.
Merritt:    Breakfast tomorrow at 0900 at Brewed Awakenings.
Closing Prayer: Mayes
Salute the Flag
Adjourned 1948.
Respectfully Submitted, Jon Luker

 

August 2019

Regular Meeting Minutes - VVA Chapter 310
By Jon Luker, Secretary

8 Aug 2019
Call to order by President Driscoll at 1902
Pledge of Allegiance
Opening Prayer: Kinzinger
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:  Bob Kwiecinski was here for his birthday!  Bill Gibson who lives in Munith and doesn’t get to Ann Arbor often got a chance to make the meeting tonight.  Welcome home both of you.
Motion to Approve the May Minutes by Brooks-Miller/Merritt. Approved.
President’s Report:
The Piggy is going to happen this year.  It is because many members and AVVA are working on making it happen.  Sponsors are showing up.
Saline Chamber of Commerce has had a change of command.  They are encouraging us to put out veteran information on their new information racks.  
Next year’s Memorial Day ceremony is already on the books for Saline.
Treasure’s Report:  Bourne.  Year to date financials reported.  Cash position explained.  No Questions.
AVVA Report:  Driscoll.  Please see attached report.  
Food Pantry:  Miller.  No Activity.
Merchandise Report:  St Antoine.  We’ll need help at the Pig Roast, then at Ann Arbor Arms, then at the Clinton Fall Festival, as well as at the VA.  Signup sheets are going around.  We also need people who will help us take things down.  We still need somebody to take over the operation after we finish in September.  If nobody does, we close the second week of September.
Washtenaw County Council of Veterans Report:  Luker.  August Wallman, Commander of DAV 13 and representative to the Council, died suddenly.  The Council is also investigating reports that the US Department of Labor is canceling or refusing to issue contracts under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.  
Michigan State Council:  Sandie Wilson won a land slide reelection to the Board Member at Large position she has held for many years.  Jack McManus won the election for the National Treasurer, assuring us that we will finally get a finance report that actual people can understand.  Long time Michigan State Council President, John Riling, was elected to be the Region 5 Director as well.  The members voted to order the Board of Directors to prepare a plan for approval by the members changing the name of the VVA and to change qualifications so that all veterans may join. The new plan must be presented for member approval at the 2021 convention.
A plan calling for a specific closing date was defeated.  A plan authorizing (but not requiring) the Board to take such action as necessary to close the VVA was also defeated.
Memorial Committee Report:  Merritt.  Harrison is going to give us an edger that should last the rest of the year, so we are not going to replace the weed whip yet.  We are going to wait until cooler weather to change the wood chips around the bushes for rocks.  
Website Committee Report:  McCrumb.   Our site does get visited.  140,000 hits so far.
Membership Report:  McCrumb.  210 members.
Newsletter:  Pereira.  No report.
Health Care:  Wilson.  No report.  
VAAAHS Report:  Kinzinger.  Our next VA event will be the Halloween Party, at 1730 on Saturday 26 October.  As always, it is a costume event and we will spend some time together at the Sidetrack afterward.  20 December the Christmas Party - the underwear giveaway.  26 Nov is Dawn Farm. We meet at Kroger on Maple Road at 1600 and then meet at Dawn Farm at 1800.   
Old Business:  None
New Business:  None
Good of the Order:
Luker    Lloyd Lee’s nephew is offering a great discount to veterans who need a golf cart at Kokomo.  You can reserve yours by calling Paul, (the nephew) at 765-464-9760.
Kinzinger    10 pallets of girl scout cookies will be here at the VFW on 1600 on Monday.  We will need help to unload the trucks and distribute the cookies.
Brooks-Miller    There is a flyer available for a Veterans Radio event called “There I was.”  It is an open mic night where veterans can tell their stories. These nights will be the last Wednesday of the month for the next four months. The first one was “How you got into the service.”  The next one is your story about basic training.  These events will be conducted at the VFW 423 Hall from 1800-2000.  The next one is 28 August. The stories are recorded and made available as a podcast on Veterans Radio.  They will also be donated to the Smithsonian Institute as part of the National Oral History Project.
White:    There will be a groundbreaking at Veterans Memorial Park for a new 40-foot-high flagpole being paid for by VFW and American Legion ($10K each).  John K will be one of the people with a shovel at the event, representing the VFW.  The City will be doing the landscaping.  After construction is finished, a dedication for the flagpole will be scheduled.
Driscoll:    Breakfast tomorrow at 0900 at The Bomber.
Closing Prayer: Kinzinger
Salute the Flag
Adjourned 2002.
Respectfully Submitted, Jon Luker