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Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:05 am
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Call to Order: 1300

Commander, Tim Barker called the meeting to order.

COB John Bethea led in the salute to the flag.

Chaplain Walt Fleak gave the invocation.

Tolling of the lost boats was conducted by Chaplain Sharon Lloyd and COB John Bethea.

Welcome to all by Base Commander

There were 29 members and guests present.

Secretary’s Report:

Secretary not present... however, July 2019 meeting minutes are posted on the web site. There were no changes.

Correspondence – None to report

Treasurer’s Report:

Jim Koogler reported on the status of the Treasury accounts through the end of July 2019. John Bethea asked about ways to make money and increase the treasury balance. Discussion followed. In short, all ideas are welcome... but more people (besides base officers and core individuals) need to be involved in planning, coordination, and execution of any ventures.. Donations for the VFW is on a voluntary basis.

Webmaster’s Report:

Web site is up and running.

Chaplain’s Report:

Cards sent to Bill Wright and to Mary and John Wegman.

Mary Wegman – Mary is at home with Hospice care. Keeping her as comfortable and pain free as possible.

Bob McDaniel – doing pretty well. Tires easily. Mornings better for him than afternoons and evenings.

Bill Wright – called, left message. No return call received

Membership Report/Introductions:

Columbus Base currently has 74 members.
o 23 Regular Annual
o 43 USSVI Life Members
o 40 Base Life Members
o 29 Active living Holland Club
o 2 Regular Associate
o 5 Life Associate
o 63 War Veterans


August 14-20, 2019 – USSVI National Convention Austin, Texas. Galin and Carol will be attending and also Johnny and Sharon Godwin.

August 24, 2019 – Saturday Honor The Service: Korean War. This will be held at the Newark-Heath airport. The Korean War Traveling Memorial and several aircraft will be on display. Galin will be attending.

September 26, 2019 – Dedication of USS Thresher (SSN-591) memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Committee Reports:

Submarine display at the National Veterans Museum Columbus: Nothing new at this time.

Submarine display at the Central Ohio Veterans Museum Veterans Memorial in Harrisburg: Nothing new at this time.

Unfinished Business:

Nothing new reported.

New Business:


For the good of the Order:


Open Discussion from the Floor:

George Petershagen asked if any present planned to attend the Thresher Memorial dedication at Arlington National Cemetery on Sept 26th? George and Barbara plan to attend. No one else indicated their intention to do so.

50/50 drawing – Jim Koogler won the 50/50. $66.00 donated back to the base.

Announcement of the next meeting:

o Sept 7, 2019
o 1200 to 1500 (approx.)
o American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post #239
700 Morning Street
Worthington, OH 43085

Closing prayer (Benediction) was given by Walt Fleak.

Adjournment of meeting by Commander Barker

Commencement of picnic.

AFTER PICNIC NOTE: Thanks to Billy Robinson (Rick Freeman’s brother) for manning the
grill and cooking for us. This is the 3 or 4th year that Billy has volunteered to don the “culinary
apron” on our behalf, and we’re extremely grateful for his generosity.

Submitted by Jim Koogler (for Scott Steele, Base Secretary)

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