Wayne E. Marchand

THE AMERICAN LEGION

WAYNE E. MARCHAND POST 28

1934 ADANIYA

KITANAKAGUSKU-SON, OKINAWA, JAPAN 901-2316

              

MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING – 27 October 2022

 

Commander Occomy called the Membership Meeting of Wayne E. Marchand Post OK28, Department of the Philippines, to order at 1800 hours in the Post Home.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

The following Post Officers were absent from the meeting and excused by Commander Occomy: 1st Vice Tafoya, Chaplain Linker, Sergeant-At-Arms Hoover, Judge Advocate Young.    

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES:

 

The minutes of the 20 October Executive Committee Meeting and 22 September Membership Meeting were available for review and there being no additions, deletions, or corrections, they stood as read.

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Adjutant Holguin

 

The total Membership for 2023 is 232, broken down as follows: PUFL-78; NEW-22;

RE-NEW–132; TRANSFER-IN–0

 

There were 13 new applicants and 0 reinstatements to be voted on at this meeting bringing our 2023 Post Membership total to 245.

 

HOUSE COMMITTEE: 2nd Vice Commander Cathey: Nothing significant to report (NSTR)

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Comrade O’Brien 

 

The Financial statements were in the folders and available for review. 

 

POST SERVICES OFFICER: Comrade Kozlesky

 

Made health/welfare checks with two distressed Comrades: Howard Schell is doing fine, no response from Kelley Anderson.

 

Assisted two Veterans in processing VA/BDD claims: 4 hours of direct support.

 

es on Vaccine availability (Booster)

https://okinawa.tricare.mil for an appointment at USNHO.

Flu shots now available walk-in basis

USNHO provided Updates on Vaccine availability (Booster)

https://okinawa.tricare.mil for an appointment at USNHO.

Flu shots now available walk-in basis

USNHO provided updates on vaccine availability. Please visit the following link: https://okinawa.tricare.mil for an appointment at USNHO.

 

FLU shots are now available at USNH (Bldg 972) via walk-in.

 

Foreign Medical Program (FMP): Veterans traveling to or residing overseas can apply for benefits if they have a service-connected disability. Link (https://Youtu.be/eY6zyRRhk8E) and contact Comrade Kwong for further assistance. 

 

VA Benefits Delivery at Pre-Discharge (BDD) Program: Eligible military members that are between 180 and 90 days prior to Separation can file disability claims via the Korea VA Office. Call DSN 757-2914 or CML 050-3357-2914 and visit the following link for more information KoreaBDD.vbapit@gov- https//www.va.gov/disability/how-to-file-claim/.

 

HISTORIAN/CHILDREN/YOUTH/AMERICANISM: NSTR

 

 

 

BALLOTING OF APPLICATIONS:  

 

Adjutant Holguin read the names of the 13 new applicants: Comrade O’Brien motioned to accept the applicants as read, seconded by Comrade Mooney; passed unanimously.  

 

BUILDING AND GROUNDS: NSTR

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Commander Occomy

 

Completed office renovation projects: Floor tiles, Wi-Fi upgrade, zoom account, office dry erase boards, improved traction for exterior stairs, and office desks/chairs.

 

The remaining projects based on budget: Office TV/Camera, Trophy/resale display,

computer and desk for members use, new photo frames, new canteen bulletin board,

kitchen renovation, updated Preamble poster, repair of current podium top, a portable podium with the American Legion logo/emblem for events, improved American Legion Flag Base (Stain), and an executive committee photo board.

 

NEW BUSINESS AND CORRESPONDENCE: Commander Occomy

 

The National Commander’s scheduled visit is 10-15 December. Coordination are ongoing to include a Veteran and a membership Meet & Greet at the Post (TBD) for information sharing with all Okinawa Veterans including a Zoom call for PI and Korea. All veterans are encouraged to attend and are asked to provide questions in advance to amlegionok28@yahoo.com. The questions will be provided to the National Commander for advance review. Please spread the word through your contacts and social media platforms.

 

The National Commander has launched the “Be the One” campaign and the American Legion has activated a national platform to reduce the rate of veteran suicide. The “Be the One” campaign will, de-stigmatize asking for mental health support, creating opportunity for those with mental health issues to speak freely and get the support they need. It will also provide peer-to-peer support and resources in local communities and deploy FDA-approved therapeutics for veterans to identify issues and find resources for support. Flyers and literature will be posted within the Canteen and social media.

 

GOOD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION: Commander Occomy

 

Upcoming significant events: Veteran’s Day Ceremony, 11 November (1100) in the Canteen. Thanksgiving Day dinners, 24 November (1200-1700) in the Canteen, the Amerasian School Christmas party, 17 December (0830), the Legion Kids Christmas party will be held 17 December (Time TBD), and the Legion Riders will hold their annual Toy Run on 11 December (1500) in the Legion parking lot.

 

There was $110 donated to the widow’s fund; the winner donated it back to the fund.

 

The Tomari International Cemetery clean-up will take place on Sunday, 30 October. If interested in assisting, please meet at the Tomari International Cemetery, 0900 hours.

 

Since no further business came before this Membership meeting, Commander Occomy adjourned the meeting at 1820 hours. The next Membership Meeting will be 1800 hours on 29 December in accordance with the Post Constitution and By-Laws.

 

 

Prepared By:                              Approved By:

 

 

G.R. Holguin                              L. T. Occomy