Attendees: 25 (Al Jaccoma, Bob Carpenter, Hugh Bruce, Bob Grossman, Al Stolzer, Sally Davidson, John MacDougall, Elliot Markson, Kathy Hager, Frank Stearns, Tom Siracuse, Bob Gumbs, John Baldwin, Lionelle Hamanaka, Bob Davidow, Gabe Falsetta, Bill Davis, Donald Simpson, Mitch Berkowitz, Susan Joseph, Carl Foster, Bill Gilson, Adam Hunt, Jay Janson, Bob Keilbach).
1. Introductions - The meeting started with introductions at 7 PM, chaired by Chapter 34 President Al Jaccoma.
2. Treasury Report - Bob C has contacted the Community Church, resulting in a significant reduction in our current rent. A fund-raising letter has also been drafted, addressed to donor supporters. Meeting attendees contributed $98 toward the cost of the meeting room at the Community Church.
3. Holiday Party - The Holiday Party committee, consisting of Bob Grossman, June Svetlovsky and Lionelle Hamanaka, reported on three restaurants in Manhattan that were visited. As the proposed date for the party was close to that of the Dave Cline memorial celebration on January 13th at Connolly’s, 121 West 45 St., it was agreed that we put off the party until a later date, and all gather at Connolly’s on Jan 13th.
4. WHINSEC Demonstration - Pete B, Bill G and George McAnanama traveled by bus from Scranton, PA to the annual demonstration to close the WHINSEC (formerly SOA) at Fort Benning, GA on the weekend of November 24-25. Among the speakers at the event were Rep. D. Kucinich and C. McKinney. There were over 21,000 participants in attendance this year, including many religious orders and a large contingent of VFP members from all over the country.
5. Proposed Counter-Recruitment Event on 125 St. – Tom S reported on the second meeting of the subcommittee, which was held Thursday evening to discuss the event with Bob Gumbs. There were nine attendees. The event will likely be held in the afternoon, after school lets out. Another subcommittee meeting is planned in the near future.
6. Chapter Newsletter – Pete B and Bill G wrote an article regarding their trip to the WHINSEC demonstration at Fort Benning, GA, edited by John Baldwin, for a proposed Chapter 34 Newsletter. The newsletter would also include a schedule of upcoming events. It was agreed that the newsletter would be sent out by e-mail, with copies available at the next chapter meeting. An editorial board, consisting of Elliott Markson, Hugh Bruce, Bob Grossman, Tom Siracuse, Bob Gumbs and John Baldwin, would review proposed articles, and report back at the next chapter meeting on December 20th. Submittal of approved articles to the VFP National Newsletter is also planned.
7. Chapter Elections – Nominations for chapter officers: president, VP, Secretary and Treasurer, are requested at the December 20 and January 3rd meetings. AJ expressed his desire to not run for office next year.
8. New Business/Upcoming Events
a. Saturday December 15, 2PM – Memorial service for Ricky Singh, including a showing of "When I Came Home", a documentary about homeless veterans in America, from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church 85 South Oxford Street (at Lafayette Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11201. Sponsored by: Black Veterans for Social Justice, Brooklyn For Peace (formerly Brooklyn Parents for Peace), NYC Coalition for Veterans in Pain & Distress http://www.brooklynpeace.org
b. Thursday December 20 at 1PM – MFSO/Iraq Moratorium III event on steps of City Hall in NYC with speakers and elected officials.
c. Friday December 21, and the third Friday of each month thereafter, 12-2PM - Iraq Moratorium/Raise Hell for Molly Ivins Campaign demonstration, with pots and pans, at Sen. H R Clinton’s NYC office at 780 3rd Avenue, near 48 St.
d. January 13, 2008, 2-6PM - Memorial celebration of David Cline’s life at Connolly’s, at 121 West 45 St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue, NYC
e. March 2008 IVAW Winter Soldier Investigation
9. 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.
! 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.
10. 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 December 20, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
! Thursday January 3, 2008 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
! Thursday January 17, 2008 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
The Executive Committee meeting schedule has been changed to twice a month, at 5:30 PM, prior to each general meeting of the chapter. The next Executive Committee meeting will be on Thursday December 20, at 28 E. 35 St. at 5:30 PM