VFP Chapter 109 Membership Meeting Minutes
, Terry Zander, Dennis Mills, George Hill,
,, Robert Smith, Dave Dittemore, Tom
, Jim James, Robert Poteat, George Hartwell, Debbie Pattin, Dennis Mansker, and
Ralph Blankenship. Guests/Visitors:
Anneliese Langer, Benjamin Tabor.
pm Jim James called the meeting to order
The Membership Action Team will meet before the December meeting to
discuss implementation of the “New Membership Kit”
The Membership Action Team will produce a recruitment ”VFP 109 RCC
Information Sheet” for review at our next meeting
Elections of a new board of directors is to take place at the December
general membership meeting
introduced Anneliese Langer, a 17 year old student, who would like
to go to
to the “International Peace Conference” put on by the “Stop the War
Coalition” there to determine a “Global Strategy to End the Iraq War”.
Airfare would be about $623 and Anneliese asked for contributions
from us to help with that cost.
There was a suggestion that Molly submit an Action Form to request
money for the trip. She said
funds are needed by December 3 so time is an issue.
We passed the hat and raised $156?
That combined with funds raised elsewhere brought Anneliese up to the
$500 that she has raised by 11/26/05. Additional
contributions would be appreciated Going
with Anneliese will be Molly and
comprising 3 of the 20 attendees from the
Additional information on the
conference may be viewed at “http://www.stopwar.org.uk/”
Taber asked us what our thinking is on the Kevin Benderman issue.
We told him there is a lot of discussion on that right now.
No action taken to date though. Terry is working on C/O and has 8
cases including Mark Moore now. George
Hill emailed Monica (Kevin’s wife) & she says she has received 12k
emails and lots of letters. Too
much. Kevin & Monica are
bearing up well and ask for no help from us other than to contact our
congressmen in support of C/Os.
thanked all for participation on the Arlington Northwest Presentation. Cost
to VFP 109 was about $300.
up letter to Smith & Baird asking if Bush has committed a “high
crime”. Baird said no so no
impeachment yet. It was pointed
out that the House impeaches and the Senate tries the impeached.
up on governor national guard recall. Apparently
the governor does not have authority to recall because the National Guard
has been “federalized”.
reporting on a planned fast at the legislative building through December.
It would be a joint effort of the
area peace activist community. VFP
109 to take a shift? Terry &
George will go to the Tuesday meeting to gather info.
Will report back.
gave the treasurers report: $1,150
in the bank w/$50 of bills outstanding.
And we still have an inventory of items for sale.
noting that Representative Brendan Williams is working on a bill for the
legislature calling for D/U testing on returning servicemen.
Also being eyed is possible legislation to control transport of
radioactive materials in
& George continue to work with
staff to get set up for counter recruitment in the schools.
Molly is doing counter recruitment training on December 5.
program on recruitment on Fridays & Sundays on PBS tv channel 9.
asking for VFP 109 approval of brochures for counter recruitment handout.
We will read them over and consider approval later.
She also asked for the VFP stamp to go on the brochures including our
contact name and phone number.
on Media Action Team that 5 members just finished the last program.
Pointed out that an Op Ed spot is open with The Oympian.
Larry is only one authorized to speak for VFP.
National Convention 2006 in
is actively being planned. Jim
is our local conduit to
for info on this.
Orange presentation by VFP 92. We
voted to contribute $50 toward the cost of this.
Rachel Corrie Foundation’s first annual conference will be in March 2006.
Arun Gandi, two or three Palestinian speakers, and some
Jewish/Israeli speakers will be presenting.
saying 1/16/06 MLK day statewide poverty action commemoration of 1932
poverty. She will prepare an
action plan & present.
list serve will be divided into: a.
VFP 109 discussion group for non critical messages and b.
The regular list serve will be reserved for critical messages.
Christi will discern who can continue to send on the old list serve.
conclusion of meeting