Minutes of the July 22nd, 2017 meeting
1. A moment of silence was observed.
2. Sign in and welcome, introductions.
3. Old Business:
a. Heritage Parade: Mary reported a negative reception at the parade. Tim, Tom, Pete & Sharon reported a more positive experience.
b. Char Sanderson: Several members attended the memorial for Char.
c. Pride Day. Tim reported that he had a booth at the event and he was able to discuss peace issues with many attendees.
d. Military Demonstration teams: Mary reported that a local attorney is helping the group with a petition to block the military demonstration teams from performing in Traverse City.
e. Peace Pole: Will be dedicated on Peace Day, 21 September. Tim reported that the parks representative was very supportive of our effort.
f. International Day of Peace: Bob described the events for the day; 21 September. He is organizing a peace march on 24 September at 1:00 p.m. Bob & Penny are looking into TC becoming an international city of peace. More information here: http://www.internationalcitiesofpeace.org/
g. Garage Sale: The event was very successful; it raised $1,435.
h. Military recruitment of children: Tim talked with Christine Minervini about educating high school students about the facts of military life. Details at the August meeting.
4. Committee Reports:
a. Treasurer: Update provided by Lydia. While on his book tour, Tim received three donations for a total of $300, and Lydia received one for $75.
b. Library: Tom provided a review of new issues at the library.
c. Public Relations: Sally said that the VFP meeting was reported in the Northern Express.
d. Scholarship: Lydia provided a financial update; the scholarship is nearly fully funded.
5. New Business:
a. Jim Kulczyk memorial (September 23, 1-3 p.m.) This event will be held at Caroline’s house at 616 State Street.
b. Picnic: 16 August, 5:00 p.m. at Elmwood Park near the volleyball court. Tim will arrive early to reserve the space. Everyone should bring a dish, place setting, and drinks. Tim will send an email to the group asking for participation.
c. Presentation to scholarship recipient Kaylee Coy: Kaylee was presented with a $1,500 scholarship for NMC. She reported on her involvement with veterans’ issues, including helping with the veterans house in Gaylord. Kaylee may be able to create and maintain a VFP Facebook site for Chapter 50.
John Lewis, Kaylee Coy, & Tim Keenan
John Lewis, Kaylee Coy, & Parents
d. Tim reported that he will show the film Naneek in Grand Rapids on 16 August.Film link: http://www.naneek.com/ The password is: peace
e. Hiroshima candle float August 6th. Meet at the Clinch Park at 7:00 p.m. The candle float is at 8:30 p.m. at the Boardman River at the Farmers Market. For more information contact Mideast JustPeace at 231.223.7315.
f. Warren reported that the traveling Vietnam Wall is at Grayling until July 24th at 2:00 p.m. The wall is at the Grayling Sports Fields on N. Old US 27. More information here: https://grayling-mi.com/event/traveling-vietnam-wall
As recorded by Dave Lannen