Commander Terry Janke
COMMANDERS ACTION NETWORK
Posted: July 8, 2020
It has been my habit to send a reminder about the Executive Committee Meetings one week before said meeting and being a day late already...
It looks like we may be having a face-to-face meeting next Monday in the NyECC Activity Center (1020 E. Wilson Rd.) at 1630. I emphasized the "may" as we cannot finalize the rental agreement until we get a copy of our new liability insurance from the Department. I am hoping to have that soon.
That being said I have to forewarn everyone that the rental agreement has specific requirements we must meet. They include:
Everyone on campus must wear a face mask at all times. It is the Users responsibility to enforce this and any group not following this will be removed immediately and will not be allowed to use the facility again. Everyone must wash their hands with soap and water or sanitizer upon entering campus.
User is responsible for ensuring the safety of their attendees and is encouraged to screen all participants. If any participant shows signs of being ill, or does not have a mask, or refuses to wear a mask, they will have to leave the premises.
In conclusion "if" we have the meeting there and you plan to attend you must wear a mask. If you have a medical condition that will keep you from wearing a mask and you want to attend I suggest you purchase a face shield. If you cannot wear a mask and cannot/will not purchase a face shield please stay home.
I will send an update as soon as the rental agreement is finalized, or canceled.
Posted: July 2, 2020
It has always been my belief that boosting morale is one of the primary duties of any commander be it a military unit or a veterans' organization. With that in mind since the beginning of our current COVID-19 crisis I have attempted on numerous occasions to draft an inspiring message to the Chapter. I truly wish I had the linguistic ability to lift everyone's spirits, but alas I do not. I can tell you that although we have not been able to meet since February the Chapter continues to do its job and to assist the area's veterans within the limitations placed upon us.
Here's the update:
Commander: I continue to search for a venue that will allow our normal 40 - 50 member general membership meeting while obeying social distancing guidelines.
Senior Vice Commander Michael Haywood: Michael continues to process membership applications and report the Chapter's Volunteer hours to national.
1st Junior Vice Commander John Ballard: In addition the driving for the Pahrump Valley Public Transportation System and VETrans John has been busy providing wheelchairs, etc. to those in need.
Adjutant Victoria Brazzle: Is still passing along pertinent information from varying resources.
Treasurer Ralph Baker: In addition to insuring our bills are paid Ralph has been working diligently on the Chapter's Annual Financial Report to National.
Chaplain Doug Garlin: Doug has been busy keeping up with visits to ill comrades, sending cards as necessary, and, assisted by Comrade Bruce Cook, delivering sweets to staff at Desert View Hospital.
Trust Committee: Carl Jones, Greg Cardarelli and Tom Waters were recently able to assist a veteran facing eviction. Their prompt action gave the veteran what he needed to maintain his residence and get back on his feet.
Chapter Service Officers: Bob Hammond, Steve Chase, Stephen Pittman IV and Cathy Girard - have recently been allowed to reopen their office at Desert View Hospital though on a limited basis. They are once again assisting veterans and family members on Wednesdays only (8 - 12 & 1 - 4).
Chapter Executive Committee: Continues to meet by phone conference each month.
So, we shall continue and I am confident we shall prevail. One thing we know for sure is our membership in the DAV alone is proof we have faced hard times before.
Better times are coming so please stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
Posted: January 16, 2020