Minutes: 19 February 2022

Saturday, February 19th, 2022 The business meeting was held at the Goshen VFW Post – 985, 1201 W. Pike St, Goshen Ind. The meeting started at 3 PM and the […]
February 19, 2022

Saturday, February 19th, 2022

The business meeting was held at the Goshen VFW Post – 985, 1201 W. Pike St, Goshen Ind. The meeting started at 3 PM and the meeting was opened in due form by President K Holmes.

President K Holmes gave the opening prayer.

President K Holmes declared the business session open.

  1. Roll call of Officers: Completed by Secretary Jeff Schrock.
  2. Reading of Membership Applications: None
  3. Reading of the minutes: Secretary J Schrock read (emailed) the minutes from the last meeting, and asked if there were any corrections or amendments. Seeing none Vol Fred Schlorke made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Media Coordinator L Zeugner seconded the motion and the motion passed.
  4. Treasurers Report: H/R Dir J Schrock made a motion to suspend the reading of the bills, as Treasurer A O’Toole wasn’t able to attend; due to his work schedule. Media Coordinator L Zeugner seconded the motion, and the motion passed.
  5. Bills: President K Holmes reported there were no bills since our last meeting. H/R Dir J Schrock made a motion to accept the report. Media Coordinator L Zeugner seconded the motion, and the motion passed.

Unfinished Business: 1) President K Holmes brought up the fundraiser/benefit Dinner. He passed out a flyer for the dinner and asked everybody to look it over and make any notes about changes. There were a couple of minor changes, and he then asked about naming sponsors on the flyer(s). Everybody thought it was a good idea. 2) It was decided to have two (2) gun raffles, both pistols, and 2-different colored tickets; each in their own jar for their own gun. 3) President K Holmes and H/R Dir J Schrock would go to Gordon’s Food Service, to get deserts for the event. 4) Media Coord L Zeugner would take the photos of the event, as well as get a price for advertising for “The Paper”. This would be our only print advertising. 5) President K Holmes would secure (already has) Casey Henderickson as Guest Speaker and Scott as MC. 6) E. Dir S Holmes had made the meeting agenda and suggested a photo booth at the event. She also recommended the merch table be in the N-W corner of the hall. The photo booth was discussed, but thought while it was a great idea; it would have to most likely be in the hallway. We would have very limited seating, via ticket sales. Hence a first-come first-served/seated commitment will have to be in place. 7) Food; H/R Dir J Schrock (after a lengthy discussion) was told to have one (1) meat for dinner with a vegetarian lasagna as an option. Pork Chops were the first option for the meat, however, meat prices at the time (current market value in June) would dictate what we ended up with. As a side, Green Beans w/bacon and red potatoes. A desert cannot be overlooked this year; Pres K Holmes and H/R Dir J Schrock would go to Gordons and pick something up, possibly cheesecake. 8) Coffee was suggested as being served throughout the evening, especially after dinner. 9) Pres K Holmes will post (on the FS website) ticket sales w/a the deadline. Ticket prices will be up a little from last year. Also, the special note would need to be blatant that there is a VERY LIMITED number of tickets at the door. 10) H/R Dir J Schrock would get the tickets and permission from the VFW for 50/50 tickets to be sold. Fred and Jenn would do the actual sales and they did a great job last year. 11) The live quilt action would be for two (2) quilts; as last year we needed a second one. President K Holmes asked the floor about the Sarah Marie Sewing logo on the advertising. Everybody agreed that it should be listed with the other sponsors. 12) Move the mountain bike auction, from the live auction to the silent auction. This would be for time-saving to not tie up the live auction timing. A poster board should be made and have the bike on display there, so the winner could take it home at that time. It was also suggested Treasure A O’Toole make a video presentation for the bike program. It would be shown at the dinner. 13) H/R Dir J Schrock would contact both Ana Schue & Toby Crowley. Ana to ask for raffle/auction items and bartend at the event. Toby to let him know about the event, in case he wants to purchase a table again this year; and give the opportunity for him to participate (if he so desires) again this year with the donation of a gun for a raffle. Also, to get LCI volunteers for the event. 14) President K Holmes to get Volunteer’s Fred & Jenn FS polo shirts. (Small and large) 15) Glasses for the merch table; get both shot glasses and on-the-rocks glasses as they went great last year. If we don’t have the time to make them, they can be ordered for an additional .30 cents each. 16) President K Holmes said that we needed a new video this year for the event. In addition to that, he wanted to take new photos for the website, as well as an interview to be edited for presentation at the dinner. Dates in April were discussed, it was decided to make a date via email. It would take place at his home, we would all wear our FS polos and explain who we are and our positions at FSO. 17) President K Holmes also told the group that he had access to a drone with a camera, that could fly around the room and take photos/videos. Kenny, Adam, and Dave would take care of this. (Dave is from MSN Media) This would also showcase the bike program. 18) President K Holmes brought up table linens, per E. Dir S Holmes. The old ones are looking worn and we need to buy new ones. Media Coord L Zeugner made said motion. Vol F Schlorke seconded the motion, and the motion passed. 19) President K Holmes will need to update the website and FB page. NOTE: There are additional duties listed on the agenda. Secretary Dir J Schrock is to type up a “to do” list again and coordinate it w/E. Dir S. Holmes.

New Business: 1) President K Holmes told the floor that he, E. Dir S Holmes, and H/R Dir J Schrock attended the Get Wet for a Vet dinner. They donated $1,000 to our organization; with many thanks on our behalf. Side note: The Regional VA Rep who used to contact us; we were told that she had died. She used to give us information on vets who needed help. While at the dinner, we met her replacement. Natasha McClanahan, her office is in Ft Wayne Ind, 574-272-9000, ext-75598, email: natasha.mcclanahan@va.gov is her contact info. 2) President K Holmes announced that he got an email (for tracking the shipment) from UPS advising out FS Bike Jerseys are in Alaska now and are due shortly. 3) President K Holmes announced that he would like a blog from every board member (to include volunteers). One (1) would be posted monthly. Several would need to be written by each board member, so this could continue for a while. 4) President K Holmes said he would like to update the FS website in the future, it would have links to other veterans’ organizations; to include non-profit ones like ours. It would also have press kits available. It was suggested that a more comprehensive plan be done, copywriting or trademarked items would most likely be “used” by others and we wouldn’t be able to control it.

Good of the Order: President K Holmes 1) asked about contacting Phil Straw for the hall at Peddlers Village. It is much larger and we will need the extra room next year. It is unknown if there is a kitchen with w/the hall or not. We will have to check on this. 2) President K Holmes also announced the idea (which everybody loved), of hosting a Hawaiian Lu-ow late next summer. It could be a hog roast, at the Peddlers Village plaza and we would wear Hawaiian shirts and lays. This would be in addition to our annual fundraising dinner. 3) Media Coord L Zeugner asked about following up w/Treasurer A O’Toole about the bike program. President K Holmes said that she should contact him directly, as he has put together a very nice presentation for it. 4) President K Holmes announced that he hoped we could re-start our Martial Arts Program soon. His shoulder is healing fast and he wants to get back at it. It would still be at Steve’s Gym. 5) President K Holmes reminded the floor that FS hosts Resume classes. H/R Dir J Schrock would be assisting with the endeavor. 6) President K Holmes continued to say that E. Dir S Holmes is putting together a plan for a Cardio Drumming Class. It would most likely be held at the Goshen VFW on a night when the hall is not rented.

Next Meeting: Saturday, 26 March, at Noon, at the Signature Lanes in Elkhart, just off the CR-17 bypass. This is because the VFW is closed at that time, and it can’t be at our normal 3 PM due to commitments at that time for board members.

President K Holmes asked if there was any further business. Seeing none, H/R Dir J Schrock made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Media Coordinator L Zeugner seconded the motion. The motion passed.

President K Holmes gave the closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned.

J Schrock


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