Attendees: 16(Al Jaccoma, Hugh Bruce, Bob Carpenter, Bob Grossman, Pete Bronson, Frank Stearns, Tom Siracuse, Lionelle Hamanaka, Carl Foster, Bill Gilson, Joe Urgo, Kathy Hager, John MacDougall, Aris Colonna, Greg Posnick, Bob Keilbach).
1. Introductions - The meeting started at 7 PM, chaired by Chapter 34 VP Hugh Bruce.
2. Treasury Report - Bob C reported that the treasury currently has $616 on hand. It was agreed that fundraising would be delayed until after the upcoming election of chapter officers. Meeting attendees contributed toward the cost of the meeting room at the Community Church.
3. Dave Cline Memorial Celebration, NYC – The event will take place on Sunday January 13, 2008, from 2-6 PM at Connolly’s, 121 West 45 St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue. There will be music, comedy, video, an auction, poetry and tributes to Dave’s life as an antiwar activist, labor organizer and humanitarian. Donations will be used to fund VFP antiwar events in Dave’s honor.
4. Nomination of Chapter Officers – It was agreed that nominations for chapter officers: President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer, could be presented up to the January 17th meeting, at which time the nominees would provide a brief oral description of their qualifications for the job, as well as future plans for chapter activities. The existing Chapter 34 bylaws, which address office responsibilities, meetings, election eligibility & procedures, will be e-mailed to chapter members by the Secretary, and hard copies provided at the next meeting. The election will be conducted on Thursday Feb. 7. Current nominations are as follows:
President: Carl Foster, Hugh Bruce
VP: Frank Stearns, Hugh Bruce, Tom Siracuse
Treasurer: Bob Carpenter,
Secretary: Bob Keilbach,
It is desirable that there be at least two nominees for each officer position; all chapter members should seriously consider running for a position. Chapter members should bring their current VFP membership cards to the Feb. 7 meeting.
5. Queens Dave Cline Memorial/Fundraiser - Anne Eagan of Woodside/Sunnyside Peace and the Queens Network for Peace & Justice has proposed a fund-raising event to honor Dave’s life and raise money for his favorite charity, Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange. The event will include a showing of “Sir-No Sir” at a cafe in Queens on Saturday evening February 2. Frank is contacting Anne regarding how we can provide speakers and help publicize the event.
6. New Business/Upcoming Events
a. Friday January 11th, 1-2PM at Foley Square Courthouse – NY Religious Campaign Prayer Service, in conjunction with the International Day of Action to shut down Guantanamo(www.WitnessTorture.org). Folks are urged to wear orange on Jan. 11 to raise public awareness and grow the movement to end torture and indefinite detention.
b. January 13, 2008, 2-6PM - Memorial celebration of David Cline’s life, with music, comedy, video and tributes, at Connolly’s, 121 West 45 St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue, NYC
c. Thursday January 24 from 1-3 PM – Counter-Recruitment event near 125 St Recruiting Station, between Lenox Ave and 5th Avenue, with speakers, tabling and literature for High School students.
d. March 15-19, 2008 - IVAW Winter Soldier Investigation, Washington, DC. Joe Urgo, who helped organize the original VVAW Winter Soldier Investigation, urged all members to attend what promises to be an historic event.
7. Peace Vigils - VFP members currently participate in four ongoing weekly peace vigils at locations throughout NYC:
! Grandmothers for Peace - Vigil for Peace at Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue between 49 - 50 St. every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. On January 16, which is the fourth anniversary of this vigil, the group plans to assemble at Times Square at 3:30PM, and march single file across town to Rockefeller Center.
! Women in Black - Silent Peace Vigil at 41 St and Fifth Avenue every Wednesday afternoon 5:30 - 6:30 PM
! VFP/Queens Network for Peace & Justice - 2 Peace Vigils, one at Continental Av & Austin St. in Forest Hills, and one in front of the Flushing Library, Saturday morning from 11AM - 12 Noon
These vigils have been a positive means of educating the public regarding efforts to defund the Iraq war and end the occupation, bring our troops home, and provide information to counter military recruiters, as well as attempt to attract new members.
8. Meeting Schedule – First and Third Thursday of each month, posted on the Calendar at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vfpnyc034
The next 3 general meetings of NYC Chapter 34 are scheduled for:
! Thursday January 17, 2008 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
! Thursday February 7, 2008 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
! Thursday February 21, 2008 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
The Executive Committee meets twice a month, at 5:30 PM, prior to each general meeting of the chapter. The next Executive Committee meeting will be on Thursday January 17, 2008 at 28 E. 35 St. at 5:30 PM