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.

Photos Below:

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

John, Kaylee, Tim.JPG