APRIL 2018
VVA MONTHLY MEETING APRIL 30, 2018
Meeting Called to Order at 6:00 PM by Bob Opthof, Pres.

Opening Prayer: Cecil Smith

Pledge of Allegiance

Up Date by Stewart Smith, CCB regarding Golf Outing. It will be a 2 day event on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd. There will be Hole Sponsors this year at $100.hole.

Secretary Report: Russ Surbrook. Secretary Report Approved.

Treasurer�s Report: Franc Connor Treasurer�s Report Approved. Beginning Balance as of 3/26/2018 $7,456.01 Ending Balance as of 4/30/2018 $8,811.13

Fund Raising: Candy Sales were very successful this month and raised $1,374 less the cost of candy.
Chapter membership now stands at 107 as of 4/30/2018 We had two guests (potential members) tonight. They are: Wayne Troupman, Navy and Steve Brady.

CCVAC: There is a lady who has a horse ranch in the area and is helping veterans with PTSD by using �Horse Therapy�. Acct. balance, including all cash assets is: $60,463.82.

Color Guard:
The Color Guard will be Posting and then Retiring the Colors at the Annual National Day of Prayer in FFG this Thursday, May 3rd. It will be at the St. George Marina Pavilion beginning at 11:00am. We would like to have as many Chapter members that can attend do so for support. If you can attend, please be sure to wear your cap and vest.

Old Business:
Report by Woody: Veteran�s Day Parade has been approved by the City and will be on November 10, 2018. There is an Informational meeting at 10:00 in the Library Conference Room.

On 4/17/2018, there was an Expo at the FFG Conference Center. Representing our Chapter was: Bob Opthof; Keith Seitzer; Jim Ernst; and Gary Hufford. They were able to let visitors know what we are doing in the community and making contacts with several Vietnam Veteran�s in attendance and inviting them to our organization.

VSO officer contacted all the Veteran�s organizations in town to assist a Veteran�s widow in helping to unload a moving truck so she could move into her new apartment. Our Chapter was the only organization that showed up and helped. Those that helped were: Gary Hufford; John Lucas; B. Tourbull; Bill Hinkley; Jim Ernst; Terry Mitchell; Mike Franklin; Buck Carr; Sam Cogswell. Thank you gentlemen for stepping up and donating your time for this very worthwhile thing.

The Traveling Wall was in Cookeville from April 19th, through April 21st. For those that were able to attend, it was a Great Experience.

Free Breakfasts are still being served to veterans on a weekly basis. We will be partnering up with the American Legion Post 163 in May or June.

The trailer that was donated to the Chapter last month, has been sold. The proceeds of $2,000 have been turned over to the Treasurer for deposit and will be reflected in next month�s bank balance.

New Business:
The American Legion, Post 163, will be having a Blood Drive on June 5, 2018. We are now members of the Comemorative Partners. The Painting donated to the Chapter by Gary Hufford�s brother�s estate, was raffled off tonight and won by Ernie Wilson. $184 donated to the Chapter. Congratulations Ernie for winning a great prize. 50/50 drawing tonight was $82 and won by Russ Surbrook. Russ donated this amount back to the Chapter.

ELECTION OF OFFICER�S APRIL 30, 2018
President: Robert Opthof Vice Pres: James Ernst Secretary: Russell Surbrook Treasurer: Keith Seitzer Corresponding Secretary Position created by the Board on 4/23/12018. Gary Hufford, has been appointed to this position and gave up his Board seat in order to assume this new responsibility.

BOARD MEMBERS
Terry Mitchell, 3 year term
Ed Eischied, 1 year term
Sam Cogswell, 2 year term
Cecil Smith, 3 year term
Gary Thorp, 1 year term
BANK ACCOUNT AUDIT COMMITTEE
Keith Seitzer; Robert Opthof; James Ernst; and Gary Thorp

Meeting Adjourned at 7:20pm

Respectfully submitted, Russ Surbrook, Secretary


MAY 2018
VVA MONTHLY MEETING MAY 28, 2018
Meeting Called to Order at 5:45 PM by Jim Ernst, Vice Pres.

Opening Prayer: Cecil Smith

Pledge of Allegiance

Secretary Report: Russ Surbrook read minutes from last meeting. Minutes Approved.

Treasurer�s Report: by Keith Seitzer

Beginning Balance as of 05/4/2018 $10,868.25
Ending Balance as of 4/30/2018 $10,582.21
Treasurer�s Report Approved.

Chapter membership now stands at 107 as of 4/30/2018. Ronald French, Navy/Air Force joined tonight as a Life Member. His time in Vietnam was with the Navy. 37 members attended tonight plus one guest.

CCVAC: No meeting in May.

Color Guard:
This morning at the Memorial Day Activity in Crossville, we had very good comments regarding our Color Guard and how they performed. As an addition to the Color Guard uniform, we have authorized the Color Guard members will wear a Black Beret. We have selected a round emblem design from the VVA badge. In the center section of the badge is the 1015 representing our Chapter. Each member will purchase his own Beret and badge. The badges are created at the Trophy Shop downtown at a cost of $5.00. Thanks to the membership that attended the Memorial Day activity. It meant a lot to the Color Guard to see all of you there in Vests and ball caps.

Report by Woody: Veteran�s Day Parade is a go and if anyone would like to have a float in the parade, please contact Woody.

Old Business:
This past weekend we set up our trailer at the Lake Tansi Festival. Per Jim Ernst, we had 8 members show up and help set up with lots of help both days. Also, there were 3 Vietnam Vets that showed interest in joining the Chapter, one stating, �You�re a good bunch of guys�. We sold merchandise and earned over $400.

Mentioned at the last meeting, the Golf Sponsors are selling advertising signs at each hole for $100. At last count, 54 signs have been sold. Much of these funds will be donated to our Chapter. Each sign costs $15.
JUNE 2018 VVA MONTHLY MEETING 06/25/2018
Meeting Called to Order at 5:45 PM by Bob Opthof, President
Opening Prayer: Cecil Smith
Pledge of Allegiance
Secretary Report: Russ Surbrook read minutes from last meeting. Minutes Approved.
Treasurer�s Report: by Keith Seitzer
Beginning Balance as of 05/28/2018 $10,582.21 Ending Balance as of 6/25/2018 $11,976.21 Treasurer�s Report Approved. Chapter Membership Report: Chapter Membership now stands at 103 as of 5/25/2018.
CCVAC: No meeting in June. Total Balance on hand is $60,880.65 which includes a $40,000 CD.
Color Guard: We now have purchased Beret�s for all Color Guard Members. We also have purchased a medallion representing our chapter that is attached to the front of the Beret. If any members want to purchase one of these medallions to be used on a shirt or jacket, please contact Russ Surbrook; Jim Ernst or Dan Senters and we will get one for you. The cost is about $5.50 each (our cost). The Board decided that the Chapter would pay the cost for the Beret/Medallion at the last Board meeting for Color Guard members.
Tennessee State Counsel June Meeting in Murfeesboro. Sam Cogswell and Bob O. represented our Chapter. The June election for State Council was held and the new State President is Terry Yates.
$3,500 was donated to the Chapter from the Cumberland County Bank from the 2nd Annual Golf Outing. Cameron Sexton personally donated $500 to our Chapter. We had several members help with this event again this year and the goal is to reach a donation of $5,000 next year per Stewart Smith of CCB.
Report by Woody: Veteran�s Day Parade. Met with the Crossville Cruisers and they will be part of the Parade. Posters have been made and are being put up all over the County.
The Chapter voted on the creation of a Board position of Corresponding Secretary. This was approved and the Chapter By-laws will be changed pursuant to Article IV & V to reflect this. A copy of this change will be sent to the State and National VVA.
Bingo will be this Friday and anyone that can help will need to be there no later than 10:15 am. Location is at the Senior Center across from the Fairgrounds.

July 4th celebration will be at the Courthouse downtown at 10:00. If you plan to attend, please be sure to wear your vest, white shirt and black ball cap. Bob will have a short speech describing what our organization does in the community and our Mission Statement.
We will be donating $50 to help the American Legion with the Pancake Breakfast. This will likely be in August.
New Business:
At the last Board Meeting, the Board suggested that we approve 2 donations with Chapter approval required. $1,000 to Honor Air and $500 to Fisher House. Voted on and Approved.
June is the 10th anniversary for the Chapter. The Board suggested we have a dinner to celebrate this on July 16th at R Place at 5:00 pm. Cost will be $16/person and signup sheets are in the back tonight. REMINDER: If you sign up and don�t show up, you will still be required to pay the $16/person. This is because we have to let R Place know how many are attending; they prepare the food necessary; and if we don�t have the numbers we said we would, then they loose money.
We have created a Plaque to be presented to Cumberland County Bank; R Place; and 19th Hole for their support of our Chapter. Ed Eischied had these made up for us.
127 Yard Sale will be at approximately the same time as the Gun & Knife Show at the Fairgrounds. We need to know who will be able to attend and help with each event. We will likely do another Flag Retirement at the Gun & Knife Show this year. Ed Eischied agreed that we can set up the trailer in front of the Crossville Tire & Appliance store. This will be August 2-4 for the 127 Yard Sale and August 4-5 for the Gun & Knife Show.
Rent to the Senior Center for our monthly meetings. $25/month and we have been paying quarterly. Board decided to pay through the rest of this year and then annually starting in January 2019. We have been notified that we are not to park our vehicles in the Senior Center parking lot, accept during meetings. Someone with a Chapter insignia parked their vehicle for several days recently and we are notifying you that this is not an option.
Suggestion the Color Guard participate in the Veteran�s Day Parade in some fashion. The Color Guard will discuss this and report back to the Chapter what we feel is the best option.
Helmet law is going to be enforced by the Highway Patrol in the near future. As a law abiding motorcycle rider, be sure to wear an approved DOT helmet.

Ernie reported that a lady in Walmart to let us know how thankful she was of our Chapter because in her words, �You are the only veteran�s organization doing anything to support our veteran�s�.
50/50 drawing tonight was $71 and won by Dan Senters. Dan donated this amount back to the Chapter.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:00 PM
Closing Prayer: Cecil Smith
Respectfully submitted,
Russ Surbrook, Secretary



JULY 2018
VVA MONTHLY MEETING 07/23/2018
Meeting Called to Order at 6:00 PM by President Bob Opthof
Opening Prayer: Cecil Smith
Pledge of Allegiance
Quilt of Valor was presented tonight to Bob Opthof (total surprise) by Doris Smith
The Quilts of Valor Organization began in 2003.

Charles McGee, TN Dept. of Veteran�s Services spoke to the membership to inform us how he works to assist Vets & families dealing with the VA. He works with Bill Ward our County VSO. If Vets or families are denied benefits from the VA, Charles works to see that all avenues have been checked to see if something can be done to resolve the issue. He and his organization have been fairly successful in helping Vets obtain benefits they have earned. He also reported that the State has a number of Veteran�s Cemetery�s and hope to have one in Cumberland County within the next 5 years.
AVVA: Nancy Mitchell is helping to bring in new applicants to the AVVA. They also want to help with the Chapter Picnic to be held Sept. 8th at Lake Tansi beginning at noon.
Be sure to bring your wives and let�s get them involved.
Secretary Report: Russ Surbrook read minutes from last meeting.
Treasurer�s Report: by Keith Seitzer Beginning Balance as of 06/25/2018 $11,976.21 Ending Balance as of 07/23/2018 $13,081.54
Chapter Membership Report: Chapter Membership now stands at 105 as of 07/23/2018.
Out of the 105 Chapter Members, 82 are Lifetime Members.
CCVAC: Beginning balance 05/18 $20,116.26 Ending balance 06/18 $20,006.26 There is a CD in the amount of 40,000 and funds for maintenance on the Veteran�s Memorial of $4,000. The County has just presented the balance of the restitution funds in the amount of $56,606, with $6,606 going into the checking account and the balance of $50,000 being deposited in two CD�s. This was just done in July 2018.
Color Guard: All members now have their Beret and medallion. We will do the Flag Folding & Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Gun & Knife Show on Sunday, August 5th. We need to be there at 2:30 pm for the 3:00 Ceremony. Those that can be present: Gary Thorp; Sam Cogswell; Bob Godin; Dan Senters; Don Nuhfer; Ron French; Russ Surbrook. Russ will be in charge and Dan Senters will assist. An email will go out within the next couple of days of a place and time for a practice.
Sign-up sheets in the other room for those that can assist with the 127 Yard Sale. Set up will be Wednesday, August 1st, starting at noon. The sale starts Thursday the 2nd, through Saturday the 4th.
Saturday, September 8th is the Chapter Picnic starting at noon. We are going to put something in the paper inviting all Vietnam Vets to attend. Sign-up sheet for who will attend and what dish you want to bring.
Call Jim Ernst. Bingo was June 29th. Gifts this time were Gift Cards. The seniors� really like this idea.
New Business: Pancake Breakfast with be on Thursday 8/9/18 at the American Legion Hall from 8 � 10. This is free to all Veteran�s and $4:00 to family members. We donated $50 to help with the cost of food.
The Board is looking into the possibility of moving our banking from 1st National to Cumberland Co. Bank. CCB has been very generous to our Chapter with the Golf Outing and we have had some problems with 1st National. There are some obstacles that will need to be resolved before this move can take place, if at all.
Terry Mitchell, on behalf of the Legion, we can park in their parking lot when necessary.
VFW had a Veteran�s Breakfast last time and only 2 Vets showed up. They lost money due to the cost of food and will no longer participate with activity.
Motion to send something to a VVA Member in the hospital. Approved (At least a card).
Gus Gocella of Honor Guard showed a brochure of a trip with pictures of Vets and D.C. sites. The 1st ever Virtual Flight was help earlier this month. The next trip will be in October.
50/50 drawing tonight was $63 and won by Mike Conners. $20 given back to the Chapter.
John Connor from the Crossville Arbor? Club and there mission is to do a Hero�s and Patriots event to educate our Youth on what Hero�s and Patriots are, because they don�t get this in school anymore. We want them to be able to appreciate them. The Org. want to do the Missing Man Table Ceremony on Saturday, October 20th at the Outlet Mall. This will be tied into the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. York receiving the CMH. The goal is to get maybe 1,000 kids involved.
If anyone can visit Andersonville, GA � GO! It�s the National POW/MIA Museum. You will never forget it.
Front License Plate available showing VVA. Meeting Adjourned at 7:18 PM
Closing Prayer: Cecil Smith
Respectfully submitted,

Russ Surbrook, Secretary
VA MONTHLY MEETING 08/27/18
Meeting Called to Order at 5:55 PM by Bob Opthof, Pres.
Opening Prayer: Cecil Smith
Pledge of Allegiance
Guests tonight:
James Davenport – T.F.O. (The Fallen Outdoors). They are looking to help take Vets hunting/fishing to help with their struggles, i.e. PTSD, etc. Has flyers/information if anyone is interested.
Colleen & Joan – Are helping Vets with PTSD with the Equine Assisted Learning. This is a program where Vets can be matched up with a horse. They don’t ride them, but help groom and just be around the calming influence of a gentle horse.
Quilt of Valor was presented tonight to Bob Godin, Master Sargent.
The Quilts of Valor Organization began in 2003.
Secretary Report: Read and accepted.
1st time guests: Henry Hughes, Army National Guard
David Jackson, Army
David J. Girten, U.S. Navy
Robert (Bob) Aanerud. U.S. Marine (Bugler)
Treasurer’s Report: by Keith Seitzer
Beginning Balance as of 7/23/18 $13,081.54
Ending Balance as of 08/27/18 $13,981.14
Chapter Membership Report: Chapter Membership now stands at 108 as of 08/27/2018.
CCVAC: Beginning balance 7/18 $20,006.26
Ending balance 8/18 $25,915.31
Color Guard: Gun & Knife Show. We did both a Flag Folding Ceremony and Flag Retirement Ceremony. Bob Aanerud, bugler, was there and played Taps. This was really a great addition to the Color Guard and a moving experience. We have been asked to come back again next year already.
Coming up, 10/20/18 in the Outlet Mall, in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. York receiving his CMH, we have been asked to do the Missing Man Table Ceremony; the Flag Folding Ceremony & the Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Special thank you to Bob Godin for everything he has done for the Color Guard. He has always been there to support, march and give advice. We will miss you a lot. Thanks Bob.
Veterans Day Parade: Next meeting is Sept. 4 th and we have been asked to donate $100 to help with expenses. How many members want to ride in the parade. We are looking for numbers so we know what options we need to follow. Float: Cars:
We will stage at CCHS at around 8:30 AM with the parade starting at 10:30 AM.
Saturday, September 8 th is the Chapter Picnic starting at Noon until 4 PM. Sign-up sheet in the kitchen area for who will attend and what dish you want to bring. Call Jim Ernst.
Sign up sheets also for the Fall Festival in Lake Tansi for helpers on September 14 th – 15 th .
Old Business:
Report on 127 Yard Sale: Larry for providing shirts to sell at the Yard Sale. Took in $735.
Gun & Knife Show Report: $56 in donations. Gave Gary Hufford a Certificate for his new position as Correspondence Secretary.
Received new membership applications. Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion. We had some members help and 83 Vets showed up for breakfast. Bob, Jim and Keith helped with the cooking.
Next one on Oct. 18th at the American Legion Hall.
Bingo this Friday. May be cancelled due to County Fair.
Trailer Committee met, inventoried the trailer and ordered supplies that needed replacing.
Total replacement cost was $474.
White Gloves for Color Guard on hold.
4th Grade Walking Tour. Looking for Volunteers on Tuesdays/Thursdays in front of Veteran Memorial starting 9/4/18. There is a script provided to help the kids get a better understanding of what it means to be a Veteran.
Chris Seals, owns Air-Crew Shop on Old Lantana Rd. (donated shirts for 127 Sale). He has designed a front vehicle license plate with unlimited options to honor the VVA. $10. Will not fade.
50/50 drawing tonight was $159 with $79 won by Bob Opthof. Bob donated back to Chapter.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:10 PM
Closing Prayer: Cecil Smith
Russ Surbrook, Secretary


SEPTEMBER 2018 MINUTES OF THE MEETING September 24
VVA MONTHLY MEETINGVVA MONTHLY MEETING 09/24/18 Meeting Called to Order at 6.03PM by Bob Opthof, Pres. Opening Prayer:
Russ Surbrook Pledge of Allegiance
Secretary Report: Read and accepted.
Treasurer’s Report: by Keith Seitzer
Beginning Balance as of 08/27/18 $13,981.14
Ending Balance as of 09/24/18 $13,911.62
Chapter Membership Report: Chapter Membership now stands at 107 as of 09/12/2018.
Guests tonight:
James Nelson, Army
Robert Bell, Navy
AVVA Report: June reports that the AVVA Goal is to assist the VVA with whatever they can. Urge members to invite your spouse to come to the meetings and become members of the AVVA. Reminder that they will not be attending the VVA meeting, but will have their own in the next room.
CCVAC: Beginning balance 8/18 $26,063.31
Ending balance 9/18 $26,215.31
3 Vets were helped last month with a total of $926.00
Total Vets assisted since inception is 69, with 8 declined and a total of $14,762.46
Color Guard: Coming up, 10/20/18 in the Outlet Mall, in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. York receiving his CMH, we have been asked to do the Missing Man Table Ceremony; the Flag Folding Ceremony & the Flag Retirement Ceremony. The community is becoming more aware of us and what we are capable of doing. This is a big honor and the men who have volunteered to be part of the Color Guard are doing a great job. Please, as many as possible, come out and support this event and the Color Guard.
Parade Report: Next meeting is 10/2/18 at the VSO Office. We were asked to assist financially with $100 for expenses and we have already paid this amount. We are hoping to have a float in the parade and Mike Livingston has offered a 16’ flatbed trailer.
Old Business:
Picnic Report: What can we do to improve this event in the future? Flies were a problem.
Meeting Called to Order at 6.03PM by Bob Opthof, Pres.
Opening Prayer: Russ Surbrook
Pledge of Allegiance
Secretary Report: Read and accepted.
Treasurer’s Report: by Keith Seitzer
Beginning Balance as of 08/27/18 $13,981.14
Ending Balance as of 09/24/18 $13,911.62
Chapter Membership Report: Chapter Membership now stands at 107 as of 09/12/2018.
Guests tonight:
James Nelson, Army
Robert Bell, Navy
AVVA Report: June reports that the AVVA Goal is to assist the VVA with whatever they can. Urge members to invite your spouse to come to the meetings and become members of the AVVA. Reminder that they will not be attending the VVA meeting, but will have their own in the next room.
CCVAC: Beginning balance 8/18 $26,063.31
Ending balance 9/18 $26,215.31
3 Vets were helped last month with a total of $926.00
Total Vets assisted since inception is 69, with 8 declined and a total of $14,762.46
Color Guard: Coming up, 10/20/18 in the Outlet Mall, in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. York receiving his CMH, we have been asked to do the Missing Man Table Ceremony; the Flag Folding Ceremony & the Flag Retirement Ceremony. The community is becoming more aware of us and what we are capable of doing. This is a big honor and the men who have volunteered to be part of the Color Guard are doing a great job. Please, as many as possible, come out and support this event and the Color Guard.
Parade Report: Next meeting is 10/2/18 at the VSO Office. We were asked to assist financially with $100 for expenses and we have already paid this amount. We are hoping to have a float in the parade and Mike Livingston has offered a 16’ flatbed trailer.
Old Business: Picnic Report: What can we do to improve this event in the future? Flies were a problem.
1. MOVE THE GARBAGE AWAY FROM THE FOOD!
2. Strategically placed fans would also help.
76 people attended and we spent less than $300 for food. Thanks to everyone that brought food. It was really appreciated. Thanks Mike Livingston for providing the music again this year.
Next pancake breakfast for Vets will be 10/18/18 at the American Legion. VVA helpers will
be: Gary Thorp; Bill Crawford and Jack Fogel.
The Lake Tansi Fall Festival had a very good turn out and we netted $400. We are still determining what else needs to be added to our trailer inventory.
New Business:
BOD voted to donate $500 to the Quilts of Valor. Had planned to give it to them at the Fall Festival, but were unable to make the connection. We will get them the check within the next few days.
Bingo will be 11/30/18. Day after Thanksgiving so it may be cancelled. Ernie will check this out and let us know.
Trailer Committee did an inventory and ordered supplies. Some were backordered but are expected to come in tomorrow.
Chapter participated in the 4 th grade walking tour this Fall. Bob and Jim were able to talk to the kids regarding the Military. This is a scripted event and hopefully next year other Chapter members will get involved in this very worthwhile program.
Do we want to help the Salvation Army with the Bell Ringing Program this year? No one indicated they were willing to do it this year. Lots going on this Fall and we’re getting stretched a bit.
At the County Fair this year, there were no Veteran’s Organizations present.
Frank Dougherty is in CMC room 590. We will send him a card from the Chapter and if anyone wants to stop in to see him, please do so.
50/50 drawing tonight was $118 with $59 won by Milton Bullock. Milton donated back $45 to the Chapter.
Meeting Adjourned at 6.55 PM
Closing Prayer: Cecil Smith
Russ Surbrook, Secretary