THE AMERICAN LEGION
WAYNE E. MARCHAND POST 28
KITANAKAGUSKU-SON, OKINAWA, JAPAN 901-2316
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE MEETING – 20 APRIL 2023
Commander Occomy called the Executive Membership Meeting of Wayne E. Marchand Post OK28, Department of the Philippines, to order at 1800 hours in the Post Home.
ROLL CALL: Comrade Laman
The following Post Officers were absent from the meeting and were excused by Commander Occomy: Judge Advocate Young, Historian Kwong, Sgt@Arms Boggs, Executiveman Stowell.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES:
The minutes of the 18 May Executive Committee Meeting were available for review. There was no 25 May Membership meeting due to not having a Quorum. There being no additions, deletions, or corrections, they stood as read.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Comrade Laman
The total Membership for 2023 is 348, broken down as follows: PUFL - 80; NEW - 80; RE-NEW – 185; TRANSFER-IN – 3
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Comrade Cathey
A request to host an event at the Post 24 June for a member’s Cigar Group. The Canteen manager and Post Commander agreed to the use of the Post for the event. The Event will start at 1600. Patrons should be aware that there will be an excess amount of cigar smoke during this event.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: Comrade O'Brien
The Financial statements were available for review.
POST SERVICES OFFICER: Comrade Kozleski
Contacted TWO Comrades (Health and Welfare checks).
Assisted 4 Veterans in processing VA/BDD/supplementary claims. Total Time 12 hours in direct support. PACT signed by POTUS August 2022 Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxic issues for Veterans. Vietnam Agent Orange & Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water.
FMP (Foreign Medical program) Health benefits for veterans travelling overseas and or residing overseas can apply for benefits if they have a service-connected disability. See Comrade KWONG for support in processing claims. https://Youtu.be/eY6zyRRhk8E
BDD (VA Benefits Delivery at Pre-Discharge Program) between 180 and 90 days prior to Separation. https//www.va.gov/disability/how-to-file-claim/. VA office in Korea: DSN 757-2914; CML 050-3357-2914. KoreaBDD.vbapit@gov
HISTORIAN/CHILDREN/YOUTH/AMERICANISM: No Report
BUILDING AND GROUNDS: Comrade Cathey
Currently establishing contact with NAVY Seabee POC to assist in Maintenance and Upkeep for the Cemetery. Will seek approval from Naha Mayor’s Office.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Commander Occomy
The remaining project tasks are as follows and based on budget: Executive Conference Table, display cabinet for sale items and trophy stand, photo frames, canteen bulletin board, kitchen renovation, replace or repair podium top, purchase a portable podium with the American Legion logo/emblem for events, improved American Legion Flag Base (Stain), Canteen Leadership photo board.
NEW BUSINESS AND CORRESPONDENCE: Commander Occomy
The Early Bird membership drive begins. Renew your 2024 membership early and receive membership at a discounted price of $30. Offer good through November 11th, 2023.
Upcoming events: 4th of July BBQ Tuesday to begin at noon until all food is gone.
GOOD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION: Commander Occomy
A 28 May Memorial Day Ceremony and Miyazato Tomb, 29 May Peace Prayer Park and International Cemetery events were a success. Post OK28 thanks everyone who helped to make these events a success this year as well as those who could attend.
Since no further business came before this Committee, Commander Occomy adjourned the meeting at 1827 hours. The next Executive Meeting will be held at 1800 hours on 20 July in accordance with the Post Constitution and By-Laws.