Location: Mohawk American Legion Post 1450 Clifton Park, NY
Date: August 17, 2005
was tolled for Boats lost during the month of August.
advised the membership that one of our members, Bob Moore, was in the hospital
and asked that we keep him in our prayers.
All WWII Veterans present were asked to stand and be recognized. Ray Koch and Ralph Folger stood and were applauded.
members present stood and introduced themselves and the boats they served on.
Secretary reported there was a quorum present.
Treasurer was not at the meeting so there was no financial report given. CDR
Ondek reported that the funds for the Foundation Fund have been moved to an
interest bearing account and the balance is $40,431.27.
CDR Ondek reported that we had received a letter from Niagara Mohawk denying our request for the area surrounding the brownfield in Saratoga. The subsequent actions are being taken:
1. Frank Hardick has asked our attorney to intercede with Niagara Mohawk.
2. Bob Ondek, John Cook,
Fritz Feldhaus, Tom Glenn, Fred Carlson, and Joe Buff met with Jim Ader,
Congressman Sweeney’s staffer to work with us and Niagara Mohawk. Mr. Ader
reported that Sweeney is interested in seeing this project go forward and would
look into the possibility of some Federal Grant money towards it. He also stated
he would contact Rick Burdick of Senator Joe Bruno’s office to coordinate the
At the meeting with Mr. Ader the possible closing of the Groton Sub Base and
Portsmouth NSY were discussed. Those present relayed their concerns about the
closings and gave Mr. Ader a packet of information to share with Sweeney.
asked the members to decide on the wording of the brick that the base was buying
in support of the USS Lapon Memorial. It was voted on and the words
“Albany-Saratoga Base, Pride Runs Deep” was chosen.
asked if the Foundation needed a corporate seal and passed out some possible
designs. The members voted that they didn’t think a seal was necessary.
September meeting will be a Breakfast/Brunch meeting and will be on the 17th
and begin at 10:30 am. The price will be $8.00. Fred Carlson is making the
arrangements. We need a head count by the 13th of September.
following members were inducted into the Holland Club (50 years qualified in
Additionally, Ray Koch was declared a regular member of the Base and he received a Special Recognition Award from the Holland Club.
the above received handsome certificates that were framed by Al Singleman.
brought up that the attendance at the Clifton Park meetings was about half the
attendance at the Saratoga meetings. After some discussion it was voted that
beginning with the October meeting all meetings would be held in Saratoga
Springs at the American Legion Adirondack Post 70 on West Ave. (assuming space
USSVI Calendar is now in production. If you order them before the Convention
Fred Carlson will pick them up and avoid any shipping charges. Otherwise they
can be ordered through the Base Storekeeper.
$120.00 collected by Tom Glenn from selling the USS San Francisco coins went to
the Joseph Ashley Memorial Fund. Thanks to all who gave.
suggested that we can make up coins of our own for the Memorial Foundation and
sell them as a fundraiser. The coins would cost us about $1.50 each plus a mold
fee of $130.00 per side. If we buy 500 or more there is no mold fee. He has
prices and has asked Chickie Barden to work on a design. No final decisions were
Gasser has offered to subsidize members traveling to the Convention with the
understanding they will assist the Saratoga Tourist Bureau at their table.
Hardick discussed how to work with the Saratoga Tourist Bureau in helping to
bring Boat Reunions to Saratoga.
Singleman reported the ED2/ED5 annual meeting will be held this October in
Reading, PA. Also, the ED5 annual meeting will be held this November in Saratoga
Singleman also reported that George Gasser gave his final financial report to
National on the Convention and there were no adverse comments. He also reported
that it is the general feeling of USSVI members throughout the country that
awarding the Conventions is happening too far into the future.
to adjourn was made by Fritz Feldhaus and seconded by Al Singleman.
regular meeting will begin at 10:30 am on September 17, 2005.
This meeting will be held at the Denny’s
Restaurant in Clifton Park, NY.
Jim Irwin, Secretary
Pride Runs Deep
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