HVRC BULLETIN BOARD
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2017 Presidents Reflections
Our 46th Happy Valley Reunion was once again another fantastic gathering of shipmates, family and friends. This year our gathering was at the beautiful Marriot Hotel in grand Colorado Springs, Colorado at the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains beneath Pikes Peak. Kudos to our “Skippers” Earl and Kathy Gipe for a fantastic job for the planning, hard work in making this one of our most successful “Happy Valley” reunions ever held. Thank you again skippers. We were blessed with a spacious hospitality “recovery room” so our shipmates once again could gather to renew their friendships and welcoming our first timers. Our tours were great starting with the Royal Gorge train ride with lunch on board. The trains stayed close to the canyon wall on one side of the train while the other side was open to view the rapids of the Tennessee River. With no turn around they used the engine on the other end of the train to take us back to the station and the gift shop before boarding the bus. The following day our tour started with the Air Force Academy. Our first stop was at the campus chapel where we toured three of the four denominational chapels. While there we watched the assembly of the students for lunch. We then boarded our buses to visit the gift shop before having our lunch at the officers. The tour continued on to the Garden of the Gods where we saw huge out cropping of rocks through the park. We had a stop for refreshment and gift shop before returning to the hotel. On Saturday Skippers Mate Kathy Gipe hosted a luncheon at the Cliff House in Manitou Springs and gift shopping too. Our banquet was great success as always. The sit down dinner with entrées of glazed roast pork, sirloin tip and veggies, deserts etc. Our Chaplain Tom James was honored with an award for his years of continuous service coming to the reunions, and giving his “Blessings”. Shipmate Bob Shoemaker was also honored for being one of the earlier shipmates to serve aboard the Valley “1949”. Awards were presented by our next Skipper Jerry Miller in Branson MO. (November 7th to 11th 2018) Attendance drawing were held and entertaining was once again with a skit by Chatterbox and Elana. An auction was held for handmade quilt by Fran Carenza which brought in a whopping $650. Thank you so much Fran. The banquet ended when our President Ron Andrews began singing some of his favorite songs ending with Happy Trails to you till we meet again Next Year.
2017 HVRC Minutes (pending approval)
HAPPY VALLEY REUNION CLUB Minutes of the Happy Valley Reunion Club Annual Regular Meeting Held in Colorado Springs, CO. October 7th, 2017 Roll Call The General Membership Meeting was called to order at 09:07 hours. Roll was called with 48 shipmates present, three first-time attendees and no plank owners. Ron Andrews presiding. Pledge of allegiance and prayer. We were led by Ron Andrews in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer by Tom James. Introduction of officers: Ron Andrews, President Pete Koshivaki, Vice President, East Coast Jim Purviance, Vice President Central Peter Allen, Vice President West Coast Ed Thomas, Secretary/Treasurer Webmaster/Historian, Dave Manchester The Minutes from the 2016 general meeting were read by Secretary/Treasurer Ed Thomas. A motion was made to accept the minutes as written. This was seconded and passed by 2/3 majority vote. The financial report was presented by Ed Thomas. We have $32,340 of which $25,096 is in savings and $7,244 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Earl Gipe and Pete Koshivaki and approved by Ron Andrews. A motion to accept as presented was made by Earl Gipe and seconded by Dave Manchester and passed unanimously. NEW BUSINESS Jerry Miller will skipper our next reunion in Branson MO. This will be in November and plans are for us to march in the veterans day parade and have a float. Jerry gave a brief presentation with his plans and took suggestions from the members. Jim Purviance will make a new banner with a LPH theme to compliment our existing banner. Ken Schroyer suggested Norfolk or Washington D.C. for our 2019 reunion. He will investigate and give a better picture next year. Tom James is retiring as Chaplain after many years of fine service. He was recognized by the membership for his contributions. We will miss his steady hand. Joe Kneidinger was appointed to replace Tom. OLD BUSINESS There was no old business discussed. The next Annual Meeting is planned for Branson MO. Adjourn A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:45 hours.
2016 HVRC Minutes (approved)
The General Membership Meeting was called to order at 11:00 hours. Roll was called with 44 shipmates present, four first-time attendees and two plank owners.
Ed Thomas presiding.
Pledge of allegiance and prayer.
Introduction of officers:
Pete Koshivaki Vice President, East Coast, President Pro-tem
Master at Arms,Sal Severino
The Minutes from the 2015 general meeting were read by Secretary/Treasurer Ed Thomas. A motion was made to accept the minutes as written. This was seconded and passed by 2/3 majority vote.
The financial report was presented by Ed Thomas. We have $30,506 of which $25,049 is in savings and $5,465 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Sal Severino and Michael McGuire and approved by Peter Koshivaki.
Elections for officers was opened. There was one candidate nominated from the floor for Central VP. This was Jim Purviance.
Results of the votes were:
President - - Ron Andrews
VP West - - Peter Allen
VP Central - - Jim Purviance
Sec/treasurer - - Ed Thomas
There was no old business discussed.
The next Annual Meeting is planned for either Pueblo Colorado or Colorado Springs.
A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:45 hours.
2016 Steering Committee
HAPPY VALLEY REUNION CLUB
Minutes of the Happy Valley Reunion Club Steering Committee Meeting
Held in Pittsburgh, Pa. September 10th, 2016
The Steering Committee Meeting was called to order at 09:00 hours, Pete Koshivaki (President Pro-tem) presiding. Members present:
Peter Koshivaki, President
Pete Koshivaki, Vice President, East Coast
Ed Thomas, Secretary/Treasurer
Webmaster/Historian, Dave Manchester
Master at Arms, Sal Severino
John Thomas, former Skipper
Paul Adair, currant Skipper
Ron Andrews, former Skipper and Ships Store
The financial report was read by Ed Thomas. We have $30,506 of which $25,049 is in savings and $5,465 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Sal Severino and Michael McGuire and approved by Peter Koshivaki.
Minutes of the 2015 steering committees meeting in San Diego, Ca. were read by Ed Thomas. A motion to accept them as written was made by Sal Severino and seconded by Dave Manchester. Unanimous vote of approval.
NEW BUSINESS We discussed next year’s reunion site. Either Pueblo Co. or Colorado Springs will be next year’s reunion site. This will depend on the health of the skipper.
OLD BUSINESS The topic to combining our reunion with other LPH or carrier groups was very briefly discussed and tabled again until next year. The use of AFRI to plan and manage our reunions was reaffirmed.
GENERAL DISCUSSION There was a discussion on allowing family members to become club members as a means to extending the life of the club. This would require a change to the Articles of Association By-Laws. As a follow on we discussed Pete’s daughter taking the ships store from Ron Andrews. This was to be considered “out sourcing” and deemed appropriate. I will undertake writing a new section to Article II to allow for “associate members” for consideration at next year’s general meeting.
The following candidates were nominated by the steering committee:
President - - Ron Andrews
VP West - - Peter Allen
VP Central - - Jerry Miller
Sec/Treasurer - - Ed Thomas
A motion to adjourn was made by Sal Severino and seconded Mike McGuire and approved.