Location: American Legion Adirondack Post 70, Saratoga Springs, NY
was a Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Bell was tolled for Boats lost
during the month of November.
this point of the meeting CDR Ondek addressed the membership. He reviewed the
major events that took place during his tenure and he thanked all of the Base
Officers and the Executive Committee who worked with him during the past year.
He also thanked the membership for their contributions to the Base during the
Ondek called the incoming Base Officers forward. John Cook, incoming Base
Commander, Fritz Feldhaus, incoming Base Sr. Vice Commander, Ray Koch, incoming
Jr. Vice Commander, and Fred Carlson, Base Treasurer were present and came
before the membership. Incoming Base Secretary Bill Preece was not present.
Singleman, USSVI’s Eastern District 5’s Commander administered the Oath of
Office to the incoming Base Officers.
this point CDR Cook took over the meeting. He asked all WWII Veterans to stand
and be recognized. Walt Bydairk and Ray Koch stood and were applauded by all
Cook addressed the membership and stated some of his goals for his term as Base
this point the regular meeting continued. The Base Secretary reported there was
a quorum present. The reading of the Base minutes was waived and the minutes
were approved as written. Motion by Fred Carlson and seconded by Bob Ondek.
Base Treasurer gave his report and the Base has a bank balance of $8436.17 in
the treasury and a balance of $40701.01 in the Convention/Memorial Fund. A
motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Bob Ondek, seconded by
Tom Glenn and was passed. Bob Ondek reported that the Base has 58.049 shares of
Carlson also reported that there are 14 members of our Base that are life
members of USSVI and have not paid their dues. Additionally, there are many more
annual members who are not paid and a few that haven’t yet paid their 2005
dues. Al Singleman agreed to call them to try to get everyone paid up.
Committee – Bob Ondek reported that we are still waiting to hear something on
a commitment for some land before we can proceed with our project. Once we have
the land we need the approval and backing from local, county and state
government before we can approach the Navy for the components of a
decommissioned submarine for our Memorial. Once this happens we can go ahead
with the project. Anyone who would like serve on the committee let Bob Ondek
– Diane Singleman reported sales for 2005 as follows: Total receipts $513.90,
Sunshine fund receipts $120.00 and $29.00 for the Memorial Fund.
Cook read note from Base member George Gasser thanking everyone for their
support, thoughts and prayers for Marlene during her courageous battle with
Cook said that many positions are available to be filled by Base Members
including Librarian, Chaplain, Executive Board member and many others. See CDR
Cook if you are interested.
Carlson suggested something be put in the Base Newsletter about delinquent dues.
Singleman reported that Bob Allen, the curator of the Viet Nam Memorial Museum
in Albany would like for us to put a display in the Museum this coming April. Al
would like to get 10 or 12 lauan doors to use as display tables for our
memorabilia. We would like to get them donated. If you have any contacts at
building supply stores or home centers try to get whatever you can.
he would like to get photos of as many different submarines as possible. He will
make copies of a CD from St. Mary’s Museum that has photos on it and bring
them to the next meeting. Members will be asked to volunteer to make a few
copies so no one person has to make a lot. See Al at the next meeting to
Lynett spoke of a web site where you can electronically register family members
or friends who served in WWII in the National Memorial in Washington DC. The
site is: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
member Joe Buff’s wife Sheila has been battling kidney stones and cancer and
recently underwent surgery. Initial reports indicate things are going well for
her. Please keep her and Joe in your thoughts and prayers.
Creed of USSVI was recited by all and the meeting was adjourned.
next regular meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on February 15, 2006.
This meeting will be held at the American
Legion Adirondack Post 70 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Pride Runs Deep
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