Veterans for Peace #109 Rachel
Meeting Minutes August 15, 2004
Regular members: Christi McGinley, John Cusick, Don
Broadwell, Jim James, Molly Gibbs, Julia Moore, Laurel Vredenburg, Ken Schwilk,
Dennis Mills, Patricia Hoppa, Jody Tiller, Dawn Marcelle
Kyne, Jessica _____ ( lawyer)
The meeting was held at Wonderwood Park, Lacey, WA.
Marcelle asked for time to tell about her concerns for her life, due to her
past employment with an engineering firm that may have been acting as a
front for clandestine governmental activities. Since her situation is complicated, and meeting time is
limited, it was decided that she would cut her story short and put up an
article on the VFP website.
National Convention: Wes Hamilton will give a report the next time he
Joy event: Five members attended the VFP demonstration in Bremerton.
Kyne on Depleted Uranium Programs: Dennis
was introduced. He will speaking this evening at the United Churches in
Olympia and at Traditions Fair Traditions Café tomorrow.
He will also be showing a film related to the DU problem. The hat was
passed to collect donations for Dennis’ tour/travel expenses.
Page and list serve: Christi has set up the Listserv and Dennis maintains
Old Business from July
NW Exhibit: short discussion on
this event to be held in Olympia Individuals may participate as desired.
Veterans for Peace in Portland will be holding a rally (date?) Suggestion to
car pool to the event to give our support.
James reported on feasibility of setting up a separate VFP # 109 phone
number. It would cost about $27.00 a month, so we decided not to incur this
Meeting in Pt. Townsend
ideas: will be discussed in a future meeting.
Schwilk and Julia Moore will man an information table at “Palestine Is
Still the Issue” talk on August 25th. Christi McGinley passed
recruitment project in Eatonville was reviewed and a presentation was made
by lawyer/activist, Jessica. She
gave a history of the problem and actions taken so far by the Eatonville
School Board and parents. She described the likely course of a lawsuit
against the school board, emphasizing it could be lengthy and costly. She
asked us to think carefully about our decision to get involved in this. She
does think that the issue is tailor made for our group, and could be a
powerful precedent setting case, if we take it on. She also thinks she is
the right lawyer, given her background in activism and peace issues.* She
will work for us for $80.00/hr + $40.00/hr. for paralegal services + court
fees. She outlined the 3 test
areas she wants to work on first. If
these fail, she will file a lawsuit in Federal Court on behalf of Eatonville
school parents and VFP #109.
VFP #109 should write a letter to Eatonville School District
requesting access to speak to students, under the new school policy, so she can
challenge the constitutionality of their decision if they deny access.
The Eatonville student/parent newsletter contained an
advertisement for a War Games event. Jessica
suggests that VFP #109 should request to advertise too—see if we get accepted
Controversial speakers policy at Eatonville School. Challenge
The VFP team members Jody, Laurel, Dawn, Don B.,
Dennis, Wes and Molly, need to review Jessica’s information and make a report
to the group, so a decision can be made soon.
Chapter flyer modification. No action taken.
officers were elected: President:
Dennis W. Mills, Secretary/Treasurer: Julia
Moore. Ken Schwilk was elected as the quarterly spokesperson and Facilitator
for the final quarter of 2004.
Moore gave a report about the Timberland Regional Libraries WWII oral
history project. Anyone with names of Veterans can contact her for details.
She will contact ElizabethTriffit.
Antoon’s status as honorary member was discussed.
It was decided that since he is already a member of another chapter,
we can’t make him a member of our chapter, but to honor him, we will be
paying his regular membership fee of $25.00.
$ 7.00 was contributed, leaving $18.00 still to be collected. Give
money to Julia Moore to send in when ready.
McGinley passed around samples of various designs for our chapter logo. She
will put them on the website for further voting. Also Don Broadwell
introduced another logo possibility—the Chinese characters for Gung Ho.
This will be included in the website choices.
We will bring snacks for the Dennis Kyne speech tonight.
Respectfully submitted, Julia Moore, Secretary/Treasurer
* “Our constitution is a living, breathing document-- it
should be reflecting who we are today.” ---Jessica