Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 MVC Meeting Minutes from the 96th International Convention

Military Veterans Chapter Meeting
Thursday, July 12, 2017

Indianapolis, IN
1700 Hours

Call to order: Called to order by President, John Lee at 1707 hours.  Members stood for Pledge of Allegiance. 

Number of members present: 47 members and their guest

Invocation by: Wilma Jean.

National Officer present recognized:  Gaye Young, National Secretar; Gary Milner Midwest Area Vice President and David Kessler, INTO Area Vice President.

Officer Reports

President: In attendance.  Welcomed all members and potential new members. 

Secretary:  Glenda Milner kept the minutes for the meeting.  Motion was made by Thomas Giluya and seconded by Gary Milner not to read the minutes.  Minutes can be found on the MVC blog at:
Vice President:  In attendance. Dell Jackson reported that we signed up 17 new members at this meeting.  Total membership is now 321 members.  The Chapter received 43 new members from the Southeast Area rally; 75 new members at International Convention in Chandler; and 10 new members attending the Northwest Area rally.  He encouraged all members to read the article found in the latest FMCA magazine about our Chapter.

National Director:   In attendance.  See New Business on his Governing Board update.

Alternative Director:  In attendance. -  Rev. Rich “Doc” Strait

Old Business:
Hats are available for all members for $12.00.  Many members were wearing the new hats.  If you are interested in the available inventory, contact Dell Jackson.    John Lee indicated that the new shirts are also available.  He indicated he would have them for members at the Donut/Coffee location. 

New Business:
National Director, Bob Cerney reported on the results of the Wednesday Governing Board meeting.  He indicated a budgeting error on the Treasurer Report.  The Chandler rally had a loss due to the number of extra coaches in attendance versus the budgeted (forecasted) amount.  The 2018 budget shows that some items have been moved above the line. 
Proposal #1 to change the Bylaws to reflect that same members under one FMCA number cannot serve concurrent (simultaneous) terms on the Executive Board. This proposal failed. 
Proposal #2 to change the language regarding membership eligibility.  It reads:  Membership shall be open to any family unit or individual regardless of race …adding “sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, religion, color, marital or family status, age, nationality, disability or political beliefs.  The proposal failed.  Conversation suggested that we end the membership eligibility to just family or individual unit.  The proposal may be to the next Governing Board.  P
Proposal #3 to the wording of Family Motor Coach owners to recreation vehicle owners.  Before vote was taken, the definition of “recreational vehicle was defined”.  The vote was passed by the Governing Board.  The next step will be for every “F” number has the opportunity to vote on whether to allow the predefined definition of “recreational vehicle”.  FMCA will run three months of the voting ballot in the monthly magazine and also the voting ballot can be downloaded from the website and mailed in.   The belief is that the change will generate new members, therefore assisting the financial position of FMCA.  Look for the ballots and vote.  Additional Governing Board decisions was  to consider Pomona California for the 2019 Winter Convention and 2020 in Wyoming or back to Oregon.  The National Budget was also approved.

Your new FMCA National Officers are:
Jon Walker, President
           Rhett Porter, Senior Vice President
           John Reynolds, Treasurer
           Gaye Young, Secretary

David Kessler, International Area VP, was invited to speak to the group.  He introduced the next International Area rally that will be held in Tucson, February 2018. 
Motion was made by Nick Farley to dispense of reading and reporting the Treasurer Report. 
The Blog is up and going.  See in RVillage site to keep track of all members.  Thank you, Rev. Rich Strait, for keeping us updated.
John reported that Volunteering at your National Conventions are very rewarding.  He suggested members seek out that opportunity.
A suggestion from the floor is that the Chapter identify members that can organize social gatherings in geographical areas.  Mr. Lee suggested that if members would volunteer to be Wagonmaster for those events, that it would be a great way for members to meet outside regular meetings.  Southern California, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Washington State have people working on meeting locations and activities. 
All military veteran members were invited to an Elks gathering at 9:45 on Friday July 13, 2017.
Nominating committee met (Dell Jackson, Roy Holt and Gary Milner) and recommended the following officers for the next two years.  Nominated for President is Dell Jackson, Roy Holt for Vice President, Secretary Glenda Milner, Treasurer Skip Kazmarek, National Director George Young, and Rev. Richard Strait as Alternate National Director.  Floor nominations were asked for each position and no nominations were provided from the floor.  A motion was made to elect all by acclamation by Patricia Sonny and seconded by Gary Milner. 
Audit Committee has been conducted and no financial issues were found.  Report will be filed. 
Drawings were made for gifts for the members in attendance.   
Dell Jackson recognized John Lee for his hard work as President for the Military Veterans Chapter for 4 years.  He also thanked Bob Cerney for serving as the Chapter’s National Director.  Carol Lee for Secretary
Dell Jackson asked that the ladies consider making quilt blankets for Veterans that are recovering from surgery. 
Badges are also being made for members who prepaid dues for five years; postage paid by the members. 

Adjourn meeting at 18:15. 

Glenda Milner

Here is a photo of the Salute to the Troops being played by the Frustrated Maestros with the Military Veterans Chapter presenting the flags.  This was on Saturday at the 96th International Convention We have several members in the Frustrated Maestros that stood up when their respective military branch's song (or songs as one member served in two branches) was played!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photos from Cirque Da Paloza enterntainment on the last night of the 96th FMCA International Convention.

Here are a few photos from Friday evening's entertainment which was Cirque Dapolza.

In the above photo the performers are gathered on the stage.

In the above photo Charlie Adock, Former FMCA President, is on stage with "Baby." Love the hat Charlie!

In the above picture you can see six of the ladies that do the aerial gymnastics on those ribbons.  They moved with eloquence and grace.   The ladies were actually from the local Cirque Indy.

Friday, July 14, 2017

REMINDER!! Today is the MVC & Elks Social at the 96th FMCA International Convention at Indy.

Today, 11am, in Seminar 11 is the MVC & Elks Social.  Use the Green Tram to get there.  Seminar 11 is in the Farm Bureau Building.
Here a some pictures from the FMCA 96th International Convention going on in Indy.
In the top two pictures is Dell hard at work recruiting new members.  Dell and John Lee also were distributing hats and shirts to those that ordered them.

They all disappeared on Dell!  Don't worry Dell, it was not something you said...LOL.

The above picture is from last night's entertainment.  Not a good picture due to the reflection on the video screen.

This is a better picture.  The performer was William Florian (on the right).  William is a full-timer and actually was part of the 60's group: The New Christy Minstrels.  The theme of his show was "The John Denver Story."

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Virtual Vietnam Wall

Virtual Vietnam Wall

First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country. The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam War with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes.

Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.

 Virtual Vietnam Wall

Minot Pre-Rally

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