2022 Meeting Minutes

 

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.