JULY 1 - MESSAGE
To the Members, Associate Members and friends of VVA Chapter 218 | Santa Barbara:
We have lost another Chapter member…
Word reached me last evening (June 29) that one of the co-founders of our chapter and our first president, Douglas Craig Taylor, has passed away. In an email from member Joe Narkevitz, he remembered Craig as someone “who always spoke straight out and still had compassion for others at the same time; not a pair of talents we see often in our group.” (Craig held VVA member number 000301).
I recall Craig attending one of our annual Christmas dinners—he had driven from Northern CA to be here—in which he expressed his deep affection for the chapter and urged us to overcome our internal differences in order to benefit all Vietnam Veterans. No word yet on a memorial.
Memorial for Charlie Franco has been cancelled…
Cathy Franco was informed today (June 30) by the Creekside Inn, Santa Barbara that they were cancelling the event set for July 11. Most likely this was a pre-emptive move on their part in anticipation that since bars in SB have been ordered closed, that restaurants with inside service (and a bar) are probably not far behind. Cathy will let us know when there is a new date for the memorial.
Teleconference meeting of the chapter…
I had hoped to get us all together sometime soon, but since it is very unlikely that we’ll be able to meet in person (especially observing COVD-19 protocols), I have set us up for a phone teleconference call on Wednesday, July 15 at 6pm. (I know some of you don’t do Zoom or even the internet, so I thought this would be the best way to handle the meeting).
It is vital that we “meet” because we have to formally elect our officers and board members for the 2020-2021 year that runs from April to April. We will also need to approve a change in our by-laws to consolidate the positions of Secretary and Treasurer into a single entity.
Our Treasurer, Wilson Hubbell, had earlier this year declined to serve another term. Tom Elliot, our current Secretary, has offered to become our Treasurer as well. At our last meeting in March, we did have formal nominations for all officers and board members, which we will go over on July 15.
Please calendar the day and time and I’ll be sending details on how to join the call (it’s really easy) within the next several days via e-mail and snail mail.
You’ll be able to use your cell and/or landline for the call.
Welcoming a new member!
I’m pleased to announce that our newest Life Member is a transfer from an Idaho chapter! Larry Hlavaty—now living in Soda Springs, Idaho—was a 1964 grad of San Marcos High and a friend of Jerry Georges. Larry got in touch with me few weeks ago and expressed interest in affiliating with our chapter as he has strong and fond memories of living here…and he and his wife visit often. (He also noted that he has to drive 60 miles one way just to make a meeting!) Welcome Home!
There are no July 4th activities planned in Santa Barbara and all fireworks shows have been cancelled in our area. However, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation has put together a “virtual” celebration that will be seen locally on KEY-TV 3 starting at 6pm, Saturday. Let’s hope that by this same time next year we’ll be preparing to march in the parade!
Stay safe, be well…and I’ll look forward to “meeting” with you on July 15.
Vietnam Veterans of America | Chapter 218
Santa Barbara, CA