Minutes


 AMVETS LADIES AUXILIARY

DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA

JUNE 2015 70th CONVENTION MINUTES

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Official Convention Opening Session

Convention Chairman/PDP Dee Baggett convened the convention meeting at 8:30 a.m.  She introduced PNP /PDP Charlene Kee and the PDP’s in attendance: Dorothy Johns, Gloria Jasinski, Evelyn McElvin, Mary Lou Maslo, Donnajeanne Hakler and Trudy Wood.  2nd Vice Sherry Marecek introduced PDP Dee Baggett.  Dee then introduced Dept. President Karen Powers and she then turned the convention over to Dept. Pres. Powers.

Pres. Powers thanked everyone for all their support the last 2 years.  She also thanked the Gaveliers for her wonderful reception last night.  She asked Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson for posting of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Invocation was given by Chaplain Jerri Devoll.  Preamble was read by 1st Vice Sheila Haywood, Aims & Purposes read by 2nd Vice Sherry Marecek, Code of Ethics read by 3rd Vice Meltonia Presley and Definition of Americanism by Americanism Officer Cathy Carroll.

Pres. Powers welcomed everyone to the convention and asked that everyone attend the training this afternoon.

Roll call was given by Doe Seals, Recording Secretary.

 

Pres. Powers asked for approval of the agenda.  1st V.P. Sheila Haywood moved for approval of the agenda.  2nd by 2nd V.P. Sherry Marecek.  Motion carried.

 

Parliamentarian/PNP Charlene Kee read the Credential Rules.  She then asked for acceptance of the Convention Rules.  2nd by PDP/Treasurer Donnajeanne Hakler.  Motion carried.  Pres. Powers appointed Ernestine Ingram as Timekeeper.

 

Motions of the February 2015 SEC meeting were read by Doe Seals, Recording Secretary.  She then moved to accept the minutes as printed, distributed and read.  2nd by Ginny Taggart, Aux. #21.  Motion carried.

 

Correspondence:  Doe Seals, Recording Secretary read letters of endorsement from Dept. of IL for Leslie Nell as National Hospital Officer – Dept. of Iowa for Kathryn Berning for National President – Dept. of Kentucky for Barbara Guth as National Treasurer – Dept. of Massachusetts for Beverly Studebaker as National Scholarship Officer – Dept. of Ohio for Beverly Valley as National 3rd Vice.  She then read in its entirety from Dept. of Florida for Evelyn McElvin as National 1st Vice.  She then read announcement of commencement ceremony on July 12th for Evelyn McElvin as she receives her Associates in General Science Degree.

 

E-Board RecommendationsThere are 2 E-Board recommendations:  1.  Funds raised this year for Honor Flight should go to the Southwest Hub in Bradenton.  Doe Seals then moved to accept this recommendation.  2nd by Trudy Wood.  Motion carried.  2.  A recommendation from the Scholarship Committee – that the letters of recommendation for the scholarship applicant to be dated during the fiscal year of the scholarship application entry.  Doe Seals then moved to accept this recommendation.  2nd by Carole Ahmad.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Report – PDP Donnajeanne Hakler  Her report is on pgs. 28-35.  Everyone worked hard this year and it shows – look at the donation list.  We are sending $45,806.93 to National for our donations covering PAWS, John Tracy, National President’s Project, St. Jude’s Hospital, Freedom Foundation, National Scholarship and Parke Foundation.  On the Dept. level, we are sending a total of $18,200.79 for our Dept. projects – Ronald McDonald House, Fisher House, Make-A-Wish, Honor Flight, Dept. Scholarship and Dept. President’s project – the Lake Worth Carillon.  She spoke about 990’s confusion.  Many auxiliaries thought they had to send in the 2014 990 with their revalidation, which is impossible to do – since you cannot file the Epostcard 990 for 2014 until June 1, 2015, which is AFTER the revalidation due date.  So file now and send your 2014 990 to the Executive Secretary PRIOR to October 1, 2015.  The Finance Committee had 2 recommendations.  1.  A donation of $50 be given for each registered Jr. AMVET going to National Convention with checks to be written to each auxiliary with Jr’s. going to National.  Donnajeanne Hakler then moved to accept this recommendation.  2nd by Carole Ahmad.  Motion carried.  Please note that the Jr’s. will need to notify the Dept. Auxiliary by Saturday p.m. as to who is going and which auxiliary they represent.   2.  Donnajeanne then moved that the Dept. pay $200 for a one-page ad to be placed in the National Convention book for Evelyn McElvin as National 1st Vice and for Dee Baggett as National Americanism Officer.  2nd by PDP Dee Baggett.  Motion carried.   Please note:  $100 will come from the Dept. President’s budget and $100 from Dept. 2nd Vice budget.

 

Audit Report   Sheila Haywood stated that she, Sherry Marecek and PDP Gloria Jasinski audited the books and found everything to be in order with no discrepancies.

 

PDP Dee Baggett drew for the Friday p.m. 50/50.  It was won by Don Mansfield – Post #1992 ($190).

 

Guest:  PDC  A. J. John, National Pres. Of Sad Sacks – He thanked Aux. #2000 for their donation to the Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship Fund – since there no longer is a Sackette unit in Florida.  He would like to see Sackettes re-activated again in Florida.  We need 10 auxiliary members to start it up.  Anyone interested, please give your name to PDP Dee Baggett.

 

Presentation of 1st Timers  PDP Dee Baggett welcomed the 1st Timers and introduced the PDP”s as they escorted the 1st Timers.  There were 34 in attendance.  They included:  Aux. #2 – Cheryl Carr, Dianne Eiss, Joyce Sanders; Aux. #4 – Stacey Miller; Aux. #8 – Frances Hoffman; Aux. #9 – Terri Roberts; Aux. #15 – Terry Stickney; Aux. #16 – Catherine Smith, Aux. #26 – Joanne Baker, Teresa Irene, Leslie Kadubec; Aux. #44 – Michelle Cameron, Dana Conchar; Aux. #50 – Lora Robinson; Aux. #86 – Catherine Cosentino, Barbara Deschamps, Courtney Judge; Aux. #98 – Ericka Brunette, Patricia Campbell, Marina Tash; Aux. 100 – Cassandra Filer, Patricia Shaw; Aux. #113 – Eleanor Zebley; Aux. #312 – Nikki Balentine, Elisa Beck; Aux. #422 – Ann Marie Wright; Aux. #550 – Dorothy Webster; Aux. #1992 – Terri Hoff, Cecile Kruger, Leatrice Kruger, Marie Kruger, Teresa Kruger; Aux. #7467 – Amy Eddings, Rosalie Rasberry.

 

Credentials Chair Sandy Polite drew tickets for 21 door prizes.  Tickets were stapled to your books.

 

Officers’ Reports

 

Pres. Karen Powers  Her report is on pgs. 15-16. Her president’s project was the Carillon Bells of Lake Worth.  She set a goal and it was met.  Thank you, ladies, for all your support.  She knows that the Service Foundation and Don Rhindress appreciate our support.  Many of you remember Margo Rhindress, the Greeter’s Chairman we had several years ago.  That position is now retired – but we remember Margo fondly.  She sat in her wheelchair and gave hugs and Hershey Kisses to everyone.  In Margo’s honor – everyone received Hershey Kisses – by way of the officers throwing handfuls into the meeting room.  The Service Foundation gave us 2 checks last night – a check for $1,000 toward Scholarships and a check for $1,000 for the Dept. Officers Training.  Pres. Powers challenged all auxiliaries earlier this year to raise funds for the Carillon and that she would give an award to the auxiliary that raised the most money per member and the deadline was May 7th.  The winner is —-Aux. #2001 at 1.86% per member.  A check will be sent to them for their Americanism project.  We are now into June and June 1st was the day to file your 990’s with the IRS and forward a copy to Dept.  She also previously had  stated if you filed your E-990 in June, you could e-mail her a copy and she would give a gift to the first three auxiliary members who sent her their 990’s.  This year they came in a little later than usual, excluding her own local Aux. #78.  The first 3 were: In third place, Doe Seals for District 3 – 6:20 a.m. CST – 2nd place – Frances Rose for Aux. #1292, Milton – 6:05 a.m. CST and 1st place – Ernestine Ingram for Aux. #18, Eatonville – 6:01 a.m. CST.  Thank you ladies and please continue to send your 990’s to her through June 30th.

 

1st Vice President – Sheila Haywood  Her report is on pgs. 17-20.  It’s amazing how time passes when you’re having so much fun.  You will find certificates in your packets for the following awards:  Membership Achievement Awards – Aux. Nos. 2-8-14-17-18-19-29-32-33-34-44-60-78-88-312-422-447-550-1219-1999-2000-2006.  100% Membership Renewals – Aux. Nos. 1219-1999.  She looks forward to seeing many familiar faces and is always anxious to meet new ones.  She thanked everyone for their support.

 

2nd Vice President – Sherry Marecek  Her report is on pgs. 21-23. She thanked everyone for keeping with her theme this year – “Step Up And Reach Out For Our Children”.  Total evaluation for 2014-2015 was $398,558.  Only 69% of the auxiliaries turned in at least one report.  She knows everyone is doing the work, so please get the recognition for it by submitting your reports.  She thanked the 3 auxiliaries who have already submitted reports for 2015-2016.  She stated that it has been her sincere pleasure to serve as the Child Welfare Officer.  Thanks for the GREAT jobs YOU have done.

 

3rd Vice President – Meltonia Presley  Her report is on pgs. 24-27.  She thanked everyone for all the contributions and especially for sending in service reports.  Total evaluation is $1,110,350.  Her special project was the highest total evaluation to Ronald McDonald House and the winner is Aux. #8.  Thanks to all for a job well done.  It has been a pleasure serving as Dept. Community Service Officer.  Certificates of Appreciation have been placed in your packets.  Drawings were held for Ronald McDonald House and Fisher House for 2015-2016.  Both will be for Gainesville.

 

NEC/PDP Mary Lou Maslo  Her report is on pg. 48/Council of NEC report is on pgs. 49-51.  These reports are meant to be read.  There is much important information.  There have been a couple of minor problems with service reports due to illness – but as usual, this Dept. came through and the NEC reports were all submitted on time.  She didn’t want to give any specific number – so that each service officer could “toot their own horn”.  But we did very well.  She also spoke briefly about “Honors & Awards” and how hard this committee works judging all the entries for awards.  She asked that Awards Chairman PDP Evelyn McElvin and her committee to please stand for recognition.  There will be a training/orientation this afternoon.  Please return this afternoon.  If you can possibly attend the National Convention, please do so – as there are 2 Florida members running for National Office – Evelyn McElvin for National 1st Vice and Dee Baggett for National Americanism Officer.  They certainly would appreciate your support.  In the auxiliary packets, she has also included cheat sheets for service reports.  She then thanked Pres. Powers for being an exceptional President for the last two years.

 

Alt. NEC/PDP Gloria Jasinski  No report.

 

Chaplain – Jerri Devoll  Her report is on pgs. 43-46.  She sent 44 sympathy cards, 10 Get Well cards and 15 Thinking of You cards.  78 Deceased Notificati8ons were sent to National.  There now is a Chaplain’s manual and the Quartermaster has it for sale for $5.  Debra Lloyd and Darlene Linnell sent in prayers for the President’s prayer book and she gave them each a token of appreciation.  She presented Pres. Powers with her prayer book and stated it was a privilege serving with her.

 

Hospital Officer – Gloria Jasinski (Pro Tem)  Barbara Branch’s report is on pgs. 39-41. The auxiliaries have done a great job for Hospital this year – $328,249.  It has been a pleasure serving with you this year.

 

Guests:  Jr. AMVETS – Outgoing Pres. Dalton Hancock stated it was a great honor serving as Jr. AMVETS Pres. this year.  He congratulated Pres. Powers on a very successful year.  He then introduced Incoming Pres. John Hyatt, who introduced the new slate of Jr. AMVETS officers for the coming year.  Pres. Powers informed the Jr’s. that the auxiliary voted to give each Jr. attending National Convention would each receive $50 to help with their expenses.  She also gave recognition to the Jr. AMVETS “Mom’s” who help all these great Jr’s. – they do an awesome job!

 

 

Americanism Officer – Cathy Carroll  Her report is on pgs. 36-38.  She had a dream – and look what YOU all did – $1,304,703, 858 volunteers and 83 youth volunteers.  Only 5 auxiliaries did not send in a report, but we did have a 94.6% of total auxiliaries reporting.  AWESOME!  You all did a great job.  She thanked Meltonia Presley & Sherry Marecek for all their help.  There was one Americanism project that literally brought tears to her eyes.  She has a special Certificate of Appreciation for Kris Knecht, Aux. #88.  She took a troubled veteran into her home, who had been sleeping on other people’s couches, fed him and transported him back and forth to the V.A.  His life is now back on track, and he has re-united with his wife back in Oregon.  She also awarded “Harry, the Mascot” to Kris Knecht.  She promised everyone a “Happy Dance” – so be outside the banquet room at 6:20 p.m. To witness the one-time-only performance of the “Happy Dance”.  She thanked everyone for an extra-ordinary year.  All things are possible.  Dream Big, because if you can see it, and believe it, you can do it!  Believe we can fly”!  She thanked Pres. Powers for a great 2 years.  It was a pleasure serving with her.

 

Scholarship Office – Ernestine Ingram (Pro Tem)  Margaret Sousa’s report is on pg. 42.  Ernestine thanked Pres. Powers for appointing her as Pro Tem for this Convention.  She thanked Holly and Sherry for helping her with the Scholarship judging.  She announced that Margaret Elizabeth Vieta of Aux. #312 received a scholarship for 2015-2016.  On behalf of the Dept., Pres. Powers thanked Ernestine for always stepping up to the plate when needed.

 

Parliamentarian – PNP Charlene Kee  Her report is on pg. 52.  She informed Aux. #7 that their bylaws have been approved.  Please read her report today at some time.  She stated she needed to see the Pres. of #893; their bylaws are also approved.  She has bylaw cover sheets if you need them – they must be used when submitting bylaws and minutes.  Please make sure you use her CORRECT address as it appears on her report and on the web-site.  She thanked members of the Bylaws Committee – PDP’s Gloria Jasinski, Donnajeanne Hakler and Dee Baggett plus Sheila Haywood and Sherry Marecek.  There is an error in the National Convention Digest – please note that the local auxiliary members who will be attending the National Convention – it currently reads that you receive 4 votes for the 1st 50 – it should read 5 delegates for the 1st 50, and for each 25 over that, you get an additional 1 delegate or a fraction thereof.  As National Convention Chair, PNP Kee spoke about National Convention.  Please refer to pg. 53 for her report.  If you plan to attend and would like to volunteer, please see her.  The areas where volunteers are needed are listed on pg. 53.  She thanked Pres. Powers for her appointment as Parliamentarian.

 

Dept. Officers’ Training  PNP Charlene Kee stated that Dept. Officers Training would be held July 10th – 12th at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Ocala for those officers who will be elected on Sunday, and those appointed by the Incoming President.  Training will be held by the Gaveliers.  Information will be distributed on Sunday.

 

Grievance Committee and Appeals Committee  With the absence of PDP Lucille Henson, PDP Gloria Jasinski stated there were no grievances, therefore no appeals.

 

PRO – Jill Holstein  Her report is on pg. 57.  She received many photos and correspondence from many auxiliaries to fill Madam President’s scrapbook – so many programs and parties telling a story.  We are on a good start for FaceBook and hope to increase it next year.  It’s free advertising!  She thanked everyone for their trust and confidence in her as PRO.

 

Bushnell Cemetery Representative – Claudia Thompson  Her report is on pg. 63.  Many people attended the memorial service and it was quite moving.  She encouraged as many people to attend these services at Bushnell.  Thank you, Pres. Powers for my appointment as Bushnell Cemetery Rep.

 

Sgt. At Arms – Claudia Thompson  Her report is on pg. 47.  She thanked Dee Gonzalez, Wanda McDermon and Peg Morgan for assisting in paging this week-end.  As she looked around the room, she noticed some people were a little upset as the pages collected money.  Please don’t get upset with them – they’re doing what is asked of them.  If you are speaking among yourselves when an officer or a member is speaking, it makes it difficult to hear what the actual topic is.  On Sunday, you will need to have your badges in order to be admitted into the meeting room.  Once elections start, no one is allowed to enter or leave the room.  If you do leave, you will not be re-admitted.  She stated it has been an honor serving as Sgt. At Arms and looks forward to seeing everyone in October.  Have a safe trip home.

 

Fisher House Representative – Darlene Linnell  Her report is on pg. 62.  Thanks to everyone for all your support of the Fisher Houses throughout the state.

 

VAVS Representative – James Haley V.A. Hospital – Tammy Waring  (excused) No report.

 

VAVS Representative – C. W. Young-Bay Pines – Jan Northcutt  Her report is on pg. 64.

 

VAVS Representative – Orlando VAMC – Eartha Melton  Her report is on pg. 65.

 

Exec. Secretary – Linda Hoon  Her report is on pg. 54.  Something she has stressed at every meeting is DEADLINES.  She wanted to stress that again today – if you go back to this morning’s roll call – this is a good example why we emphasize the importance of deadlines.  If you notice, many auxiliaries were marked as “not revalidated” because they had not submitted their revalidation by the deadline date – in time for the book to be printed.  She stated she re-did the roll call list 3 times in order to have the latest up-to-date information for the Convention.  Next year the deadline will be even earlier, because the convention is a week earlier.  DEADLINES ARE IMPORTANT FOR A REASON!  On a personal note, she will not be accepting appointment as Exec. Secretary for next year.  She thanked everyone she has worked directly with for their hard work, dedication, patience and cooperation.  She’ll miss everyone – but will still be around to help.  Thanks to Pres. Powers and to the previous PDP’s she has worked with as Exec. Secretary.

 

Recording Secretary – Doe Seals  Her report is on pg. 55.

 

Gavelier President – PDP Dee Baggett  Her report will be tomorrow, but they are still selling 50/50’s that will be drawn at the close of today’s session.  As Convention Chair  she stated she needed to see a few auxiliaries who have not yet picked up their banquet tickets for tonight.  Her final report will be tomorrow.

 

Honors & Awards Chairman – PDP Evelyn McElvin  Her report is on pg. 59.  Just a reminder to come back this afternoon for the awards.  Come relaxed – no need for a uniform, but no shorts.  She complimented Aux. #4 for the beautifully decorated tables in a patriotic motif.  Great job!  After awards, there will be a mask judging contest.  So bring your mask and enter the contest – and we will be entertained by a band from Aux. #8.  See you this afternoon!

 

District Presidents Reports

District 2 Report is on pg. 66.  Outgoing Pres. Meltonia Presley introduced Incoming Pres. Eartha Melton.  District 3  Report is on pg. 67.  Outgoing Pres. Dee Gonzalez introduced Incoming Pres. Gail Burger.

District 4   Pres. Munoz stated that the report was not submitted on time to get in the book, but they have donated funds for various  charities.

District 6  Pres. Tonia Blauvelt stated she is not good at e-mailing and was not able to send her report, but that Dist. 6 is working well and they did send in donations for various charities.

 

Election Rules – Parliamentarian/PNP Charlene Kee read the Election Rules as reflected on pg. 102.  She then moved to adopt the Election Rules.  2nd by PDP Evelyn McElvin.  Motion carried.

 

Local Presidents’ Reports:  The following auxiliaries had reports in the book:  1-4-8-14-16-17-21-30-32-33-35-44-50-78-88-92-292-444-1992-2000-2006-7467.  The following auxiliaries had no reports in the book:  2-7-9-12-15-18-19-33-34-42-60-67-100-113-178-231-312-447-550-911-1208-1219-1939-1999.

 

Aux. #23 – Georgia Down stated there was no report this time – but there would be one next time.

Aux. #26 – Dee Gonzalez stated they had lost their President and the current President is ill, but they have been working diligently and the auxiliaries in District 3 are very supportive.

Aux. #81 –Tonia Blauvelt re-stated her e-mail situation, but they have been doing a lot of fund-raising and helping veterans.

Aux. #86 – Eldonna Mead stated there was no report in the book, but they have had a very busy year and have enjoyed serving with Pres. Powers the last 2 years.

Aux. 98 – Patricia Campbell stated there was no report, but she said they had a very productive year.

Aux. #301 – Joanne Kelderman stated there was no report – they had a few problems the last 6 months, but are currently on the right track.

Aux. #422 – Wendy Luzader stated there was no report – but as reflected by the statistical reports they’ve had a busy year.

Aux. #893 – Amy Paulin stated that as President, she could not be more proud of the ladies – they may not be as substantial as other auxiliaries, but they pull together, work together for veterans, their community and the Post home.  Integrity, selflessness, commitment and pride shows in every event they have accomplished.

Aux. #1292 – Frances Rose, SEC, stated there was no report.

Aux. #2000 – Outgoing Pres. Joanna Scales-Borowy introduced Incoming Pres. Holly Burbach.

Aux. #2298 – Pres. Marie Bradford stated there was no report in the book, but they have just finished their Relay For Life for American Cancer Society – they raised $12,500 this year.

 

PDP Mary Lou Maslo, Past Pres. Of Aux. #8 said she had failed to introduce Incoming Pres. Patricia Zaykowski and in her report for Make-A-Wish, the figures are listed as $4,000 in error – it should show $400.

 

PDP Dee Baggett drew for Saturday’s 50/50 – winner is Clara Nivins, Aux. #30 ($290).

 

Credentials Chair – Sandy Polite  She gave the 1st Credentials Report:  there were 297 registered.  Total vote:242 with a majority vote of 122 and a 2/3 vote of 161.

 

1st Nominations:              Position                                                                                          Nominated by:

President                            Sheila Haywood                 PDP Gloria Jasinski

1st V.P.                                 Sherry Marecek                                PDP Evelyn McElvin

2nd V.P.                                 Meltonia Presley                              PDP Evelyn McElvin

3rd V.P.                                 Cathy Carroll                                     PDP Dee Baggett

Treasurer                            Karen Powers                                   PNP Charlene Kee

Chaplain                             Dee Gonzalez                                    PDP Donnajeanne Hakler

Jerri Devoll                                        Linda Hoon

Frances Rose                                     Janet Northcutt

Sgt. At. Arms                      Claudia Thompson                           Rita Coberly

Eddie May                                         Angi Deese

Americanism Officer         Debbie Beck                                      Sherry Marecek

Hospital Officer                 Dee Gonzalez                                    Cathy Carroll

Janet Northcutt                                PDP Mary Lou Maslo

Scholarship                         Holly Burbach                                   Meltonia Presley

NEC Woman                      PDP Donnajeanne Hakler               PDP Mary Lou Maslo

Alt. NEC Woman               PDP Mary Lou Maslo                       PDP Donnajeanne Hakler

 

Guest:  Pres. of the AMVETS Riders stated that the Ladies Auxiliary is very important to the AMVETS organization and definitely to the AMVETS Riders.  There currently are 161 auxiliary ladies as members of the Riders – they are an integral part of this organization, and they help bring in a lot of people to their Posts.  He asked any auxiliary member who is a Rider to please stand for recognition.  Try to do functions in conjunction with the Riders to support our AMVET family.  He thanked Pres. Powers for coming unannounced and allowing him to address the Auxiliary body.

 

Pres. Powers announced that the Gaveliers  lunch is being provided in her suite and reminded everyone that Honors and Awards would be at 1:15 p.m.

 

Benediction was given by Chaplain Jerri Devoll and respect to the colors was led by Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson.  Meeting recessed until 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

Sunday – June 14, 2015  Pres. Powers reconvened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.  Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson opened the Bible and lit the candles, followed by Invocation by Chaplain Jerri Devoll and Pledge of Allegiance led by Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson.  Roll call by Recording Secretary, Doe Seals.

 

Gaveliers – PDP Dee Baggett  On behalf of the 8 Gaveliers present, she thanked Pres. Powers for lunch.  The Gaveliers had one recommendation:  Any officer who is on roll call and is working outside the meeting room should check with the Recording Secretary so she will mark you as “Present”.  PDP Dee Baggett then moved to accept this recommendation.  2nd by PDP Trudy Wood.  Motion carried.  The Gaveliers thank everyone who support their raffles.  A reminder to everyone – the perfect attendance awards have been changed.  You must answer roll call on Saturday and Sunday in June, October and February – but the Gaveliers have added that you must also attend the President’s Council or the SEC Council meeting in October and February and that the Council Presidents will need to turn over those sign-in sheets to the Gavelier President.  At this time, the Gaveliers have a special “thank you” for 2 ladies – Linetta Shilling and Terry Hoff.  Linetta volunteered to make desserts and Terry made salads and deviled eggs.  Great job on the reception presentation, ladies.  We hope Pres. Powers enjoyed herself.  The Gaveliers gave Linetta and Terry a love gift as a token of their appreciation for all their hard work.  Incoming Gavelier Pres. is PDP Donnajeanne Hakler.

 

Quartermaster – Joy Nekola  Her report is on pg. 56.  Joy thanked all her helpers, Pat Orr, Wendy, Toni, Marvine, Ann Marie.  Without them, she couldn’t do all we do for our members.  Thank you all for your support.  Report of sales:  Friday, June 12th – $2,314 – Saturday, June 13th – $2,434.  Total sales this week-end: $4,748.  Total sales for the year – $13,114.82.  Thank you, ladies!

 

Convention Chair – PDP Dee Baggett  Hope everyone enjoyed Saturday evening’s banquet.  The Hospitality Room in October, the horse races in October and what was raised in this room, all contributed to the Convention Chair turning in $740.  She had a few thanks – Eddie Mae, she took 50 books in February for 50/50’s and turned them in one week later.  She has just asked for 120 books to sell – so please come and pick up some books to sell at your locals.  PDP Baggett thanked volunteers Sue Belcastro and Eddie Mae for covering the desk for her and to Diane Rook who doesn’t ask anymore – she just comes and gets the money.  She thanked Pres. for her appointment as Convention Chair this past year.

 

Honors & Awards Chair – PDP Evelyn McElvin  She thanked everyone who helped and special thanks to Aux. #8’s “kitchen band”.  She asked them to stand for recognition.  Everyone had a great time!  She then thanked Pres. Powers for asking her to be the Awards Chairman.

 

Ways & Means Chair – Linetta Shilling (Pro Tem)  Dee Norman’s report is on pg. 60.  She is sorry to report that the bracelet and necklace set has disappeared, also another box is missing.  But she is happy to report she is turning in $489.50 from the silent auction.  Thanks to Pres. Powers for appointing her as Ways & Means, Pro Tem.

 

Jr. AMVETS Coordinator – Debra Pate  Her report is on pg. 58.  There were 17 Jr’s. in attendance.  Jonathan Hyatt is the incoming Jr. AMVETS President and he was also Jr. AMVETS of the Year.  Jr’s. 50/50 raffle was won by “Doc” of Post #44 ($250), which he donated back to the Jr’s.

 

PDP Evelyn McElvin announced the Woman of the Year Award – Linetta Shilling from Aux. #1992 and Auxiliary of the Year was #1992.

 

PDP Dee Baggett announced that the award for the auxiliary with the most participation for the Patron’s Page went to Aux. #4.

 

SEC Council – Jerri Devoll  Her report is on pg. 61.  The SEC Council met on Friday.  There were 28 SEC’s, 5 alternates, 9 guests and 2 PDP’s.  There were a couple of questions asked that were answered by the PDP’s.  There is one question that will be looked into.  Elections were held and Becky Coupe was elected SEC Council Chairman.

 

Presidents’ Council – Beverly Munoz  There were 28 local presidents in attendance, mostly newly-elected and 2 PDP’s.  They discussed various activities at their local auxiliary.  Beverly will continue as Presidents’ Council Chairman.

 

Pres. Powers explained about the “talking cup” – the fines are not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings – it helps pay for the candy at each SEC and convention.  Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson told Pres. Powers that there was an anonymous $20 donation to the talking cup.

 

Pres. Powers reminded everyone going to National Convention to please turn in your registration form NOW.    Light blue will be the color for the shirts that Florida will be wearing at National Convention.  She also reminded everyone that PNP Charlene Kee has bylaws cover sheets if you need them.

 

Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson turned in $128.45 from the “talking cup” for this week-end.

 

Final Credentials Report – Credentials Chair Sandy Polite  The following auxiliaries, having only 1 vote each, will vote as a block: Aux. #7-12-18-23-113-231-301-447-1292.  Aux. #78’s number was pulled as start of voting.  There were 169 total votes with 86 as majority votes and 113 as 2/3’s vote.  She has 3 prizes for early registration:  3rd place – Aux. #100, Pearl Long – 2nd place – Aux. #88, Sharon Shelton; 1st place – Aux. #231, Lola Teeter.  There were 173 pre-registered, 25 on-site, 15 no-shows.  She turned in $3,125.  She thanked Susan _______ and Debbie Beck for assisting at the registration desk.

 

Final Nominations:

President – no new nominations

1st Vice Pres. – no new nominations

2nd Vice Pres. – no new nominations

3rd Vice Pres. – no new nominations

Treasurer – no new nominations

Chaplain – Dee Gonzalez declined Saturday’s nomination, leaving Jerri Devoll and Frances Rose.                    After voting, Jerri Devoll was declared the winner.

Sgt. At Arms – no new nominations.  After voting Claudia Thompson was declared the winner.

Americanism Officer – no new nominations

Hospital Officer – no new nominations.  After voting Dee Gonzalez was declared the winner.

Scholarship Officer – no new nominations.  After voting Holly Burbach was declared the winner.

NEC Woman – no new nominations

Alt. NEC Woman – no new nominations

 

Election:  The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Dept. of Florida election took place on Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 and                     following are the newly-elected Dept. Officers for 2015-2016.

President – Sheila Haywood

1st V.P. – Sherry Marecek

2nd V.P. – Meltonia Presley

3rd V.P. – Cathy Carroll

Treasurer – PDP Karen Powers

Chaplain – Jerri Devoll

Sgt. At Arms – Claudia Thompson

Americanism Officer – Debbie Beck

Hospital Officer – Dee Gonzalez

Scholarship Officer – Holly Burbach

NEC Woman – PDP Donnajeanne Hakler

Alt. NEC Woman – PDP Mary Lou Maslo

 

Installation of Dept. Officers for 2015-2016 was conducted by PDP Gloria Jasinski.

 

Benediction was given by Chaplain Jerri Devoll.  Dept. & Local Colors were retired, led by Sgt. At Arms Claudia Thompson.

 

Adjournment:  After adjournment, President Sheila Haywood announced the newly-appointed officers (with approval of the E-Board).  They are as follows:

 

Parliamentarian – PNP Charlene Kee

Grievance Committee Chairman – PDP Lucille Henson

Appeals Board Chairman – PDP Gloria Jasinski

Executive Secretary – Wanda McDermon

Recording Secretary – Doe Seals

Convention Chairman – PDP Dee Baggett

Awards Chairman – PDP Evelyn McElvin

Ways & Means Chairman – Linetta Shilling

Credentials Chairman – Sandy Polite

Quartermaster – Joy Nekola

PRO – Jill Holstein

Jr. AMVETS Coordinator – Fran McGurk

SEC Council Chairman – Becky Coupe

Presidents’ Council Chairman – Beverly Munoz

Bushnell Cemetery Rep – Claudia Thompson

Fisher House Representative – Darlene Linnell

 

Awards were presented on Saturday afternoon, June 13th at the Awards Presentation program.  Winners are as follows:

PDP Fran Marchiano Memorial Membership Award – Aux. #33 – .02%

PDP Trudy Wood Largest Numerical Increase in Membership Award – Aux. #2 – 94 increases

PNP Ruth K. Nickerson Memorial membership Award (chairman) – Debra Luyster, Aux. #1992

Three Largest Auxiliaries – Aux. #1992, #550, #312

PDP Doris A Miller Memorial Child Welfare Service Award – Tonya Blauvelt, Aux. #81

Child Welfare Service Chairman Award (individual) – Gail Burger, Aux. #8

PDP Lucille T. Henson Award (John Tracy) (individual) Patricia Bennardo, Aux. #81

PDP Carylon Spencer Memorial John Tracy Clinic Award (auxiliary) Aux. #1992

PDP Gloria Jasinski Award (PAWS) (auxiliary) Aux. #1999

PNP Charlene D. Kee Award (Ronald McDonald) (auxiliary) Aux. #8

Community Service Chairman Award (individual) Teresa Defocy, Aux. #14

PDP Bertha M. Alexander Memorial Community Service Award (individual) Melody Rosenberg, Aux. #8

PDP Mary Lou Maslo Fisher House Award (auxiliary) Aux. #2 – $2,288.04

PDP Donnajeanne Hakler Americanism Award (auxiliary) – no entry

PDP Dorothy (Weaver)Johns Americanism Award(individual) Sheila Blizzard, Aux. #44

PDP Delia J. Ray Hospital Award (auxiliary) Aux. #8

PDP Linda Best Gfell Memorial Award (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (auxiliary) – no entry

PDP Nora McPherson Memorial Scholarship Award (auxiliary) Aux. #44 – $10.31/per member

PNP Anne E. Hall Memorial Scrapbook Award (auxiliary) Aux. #44

PDP Ruthia R. Hester Memorial Award (individual) PNP Charlene Kee and Linda Hoon

PDP Evelyn R. McElvin “Green Hat Award” (individual) Terri Hoff, Aux. #1992

PDP Virginia “Ginny” Martin Local Good Samaritan Award (auxiliary) #1992

PDP Joanne Henson Memorial Service Award (auxiliary) Aux. #8

PDP Estrella Young Honorary Member of the Year (Honorary Member) Frances Hoffman, Aux. #8

PDP Louise O’Donnell Memorial “Woman of the Year” Award (individual) Linetta Shilling, Aux. #1992

PDP Dolores “Dee” Baggett Largest No. of Volunteers (auxiliary) Aux. #1992

Auxiliary of the Year Service Award (auxiliary) Aux. #1992

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Doe Seals, Recording Secretary                                                  Karen Powers, Dept. President

 

AMVETS LADIES AUXILIARY DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA

2015-2016 OFFICERS, CHAIRS, AND COMMITTEES


PRESIDENT

SHEILA HAYWOOD

5512 PALM DR

FT PIERCE FL  34982

PHONE:  772-216-2940

sheila0234@aol.com

 

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

SHERRY MARECEK

102 DIOGENES ST

DUNEDIN FL  34698

PHONE:  727-687-5523

xette1@tampabay.rr.com

 

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

MELTONIA PRESLEY
1517 RILEY ST

ORLANDO FL  32805

Phone:  407-223-5688 meltonia.presley@ocps.net

 

3RD VICE PRESIDENT

CATHERINE CARROLL

131 CROSSWAYS DR

LEESBURG FL  34788

PHONE: 352-455-7347

catcarroll@yahoo.com

 

TREASURER

PDP KAREN POWERS

409 ANDREW DR

VALPARAISO FL  32580

DAY (WORK) 850-678-3140

HOME:  850-729-7760

FAX:  850-678-5235

tinkertoy191@gmail.com

 

AMERICANISM OFFICER

DEBBIE BECK

404 PORT ROYAL CT

N FT MYERS FL  33917

PHONE: 239-826-4741

dbeck2355@aol.com

 

HOSPITAL OFFICER

DAMARIS GONZALEZ

2404 DRAKE ELM TERR

VALRICO FL  33594

PHONE:  813-817-8677

OFEK1@AOL.COM

 

SCHOLARSHIP OFFICER

HOLLY BURBACH

3039 PONCE DeLEON BLVD

NORTH PORT FL  34291

941-786-8210

holdon1926@AOL.COM

 

CHAPLAIN

JERRI DEVOLL

217 LADUE AVE

CRESTVIEW FL  32539

PHONE:  850-305-4247

J_devoll@yahoo.com

 

SGT-AT-ARMS

CLAUDIA THOMPSON

1409 PEMBROOK DR

LEESBURG FL  34748

PHONE:  352-348-3326

cthompson1127@gmail.com

 

  1. E. C.

PDP DONNAJEANNE HAKLER

5756 CALAIS BLVD N #3

ST PETERSBURG FL  33714

EVENING PHONE/FAX: 727-545-3534

CELL:  727-763-1752

dhakler@tampabay.rr.com

 

ALTERNATE N. E. C.

PDP MARY LOU MASLO

750 42ND ST N

ST PETERSBURG FL  33713

PHONE:  727-638-0264

mmaslo3@tampabay.rr.com

 

PARLIAMENTARIAN

PNP CHARLENE KEE

PO BOX 457

EUSTIS FL  32727

PHONE: 352-357-0866

CHRLNKEE@AOL.COM

 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

WANDA McDERMON

1302CHERRY HILLS RD NE

PALM BAY FL  32905

PHONE:  321-312-6393

mcdermon.wanda@yahoo.com

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS

1302CHERRY HILLS RD NE

PALM BAY FL  32905

PHONE:  321-312-6393

mcdermon.wanda@yahoo.com

 

RECORDING SECRETARY

DOE SEALS

6735 54TH AVE N LOT 19

ST PETERSBURG FL  33709

PHONE:  727-327-5296

dseals2@tampabay.rr.com

 

QUARTERMASTER

JOY NEKOLA

16601 NW 85TH TERR

FANNING SPGS FL  32693

PHONE: 352-210-1738

xpectations4u2@att.net

 

  1. R. O.

JILLANNA HOLSTEIN

360 OKALOOSA AVE

VALPARAISO FL  32580

PHONE:  850-517-6720

jillholstein65@aol.com

 

JR AMVETS COORDINATOR

FRAN McGURK

108 VALLEY CIR

BRANDON FL  33510

PHONE:  813-685-2035

emcgurk@tampabay.rr.com

 

CONVENTION CHAIRMAN

PDP DOLORES DEE BAGGETT

13238 ROSE HOLLOW WAY

ASTATULA FL  34705

HOME:  352-742-8215

FAX:   352-343-5154

Doe123dee@aol.com

 

AWARDS CHAIRMAN

PDP EVELYN MCELVIN

4332 PRINCE HALL BLVD

ORLANDO FL  32811

PHONE:  407-758-3392

Bleve123@aol.com

 

CREDENTIALS CHAIRMAN

SANDY POLITE

2816-5 STERLING CHASE LN

ORLANDO FL  32818

PHONE:  407-222-2109

marzettaboobear@aol.com

 

WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN

LINETTA SHILLING

3460 LAKE CENTER DR

MT DORA FL  32757

PHONE:   814-414-8799

linetta@comcast.com

 

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

PDP LUCILLE HENSON

4472 CEPEDA ST

ORLANDO FL  32811

PHONE:  407-423-0015

FAX:  407-843-8025

henson978@aol.com

 

APPEALS BOARD CHAIRMAN

PDP GLORIA JASINSKI

5562 CHARLESTON AVE

TAVARES FL  32778

PHONE:  352-343-7126

cjgj@juno.com

 

BUSHNELL CEMETERY REP

CLAUDIA THOMPSON

1409 PEMBROOK DR

LEESBURG FL  34748

PHONE:  352-348-3326

cthompso1127@gmail.com

 

FISHER HOUSE REP

DARLENE LINNELL

15925 E LEVY ST

WILLISTON FL  32696

PHONE:  352-284-5496

 

AUXILIARY VAVS REPS & DEPS

 

BAY PINES VAMC

10000 BAY PINES BLVD N

BAY PINES FL  33504

PHONE 727-398-6661

 

REPRESENTATIVE

JANET NORTHCUTT

249 JASPER ST W LOT 148

LARGO FL  33771

PHONE 727-288-8844

jansews2007@yahoo.com

 

DEPUTY

CAROLE AHMAD

516 AVANTI WAY BLVD

N FT MYERS FL  33917

PHONE: 239-656-4088

ladycarole7@comcast.net

 

JAMES A HALEY VAMC

13000 BRUCE B DOWNS BLVD

TAMPA FL  33612

PHONE:  813-972-2000

 

REPRESENTATIVE

TAMARA WARING

8496 N TEMPLE AVE

TAMPA FL  33617

PHONE:  813-562-8654

waringtampa@aol.com

 

DEPUTY

DEE ALEXANDER

39047 OLA AVE

ZEPHYRHILLS FL  33541

PHONE:  813-610-3303

 

PENSACOLA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

312 KENMORE

PENSACOLA FL  32503

PHONE:  850-45-0680

 

REPRESENTATIVE

 

DEPUTY

FRANCES ROSE

5088 GLOVER LN

MILTON FL  32570

PHONE:  850-910-5766

 

ORLANDO VA HEALTH CENTER

5201 RAYMOND ST

ORLANDO FL  32808

PHONE:  407-629-1599

 

REPRÉSENTATIVE

EARTHA MELTON

PO BOX 4361

SANFORD FL  32772

PHONE : 407-323-7722

 

DÉPUTA

CARRIE PRESLEY

1517 RILEY AVE

ORLANDO FL  32805

PHONE: 407-293-8272

 

GAINESVILLE VAMC

1601 SW ARCHER RD

GAINESVILLE FL  32608

 

MIAMI VAMC

1201 NW 16TH ST

MIAMI FL  33125

PHONE:  305-324-4455

 

WEST PALM BEACH VAMC

7305 N MILITARY TRAIL

W PALM BEACH FL  33410

PHONE:  561-882-8262

 

LAKE CITY VAMC

801 S MARION ST

LAKE CITY FL  32055

PHONE:  904-755-3061

 

REPRESENTATIVE

 

DEPUTIES

RUTH TUTTON

5398 LOCH NESS DR

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS FL  32656

PHONE:  352-473-2015

 

CATHERINE COSENTINO

424 TAYLOR AVE

ORANGE PARD FL  32065

904-349-3358

 

 

DISTRICT PRESIDENTS

 

DISTRICT II

EARTHA MELTON

PO BOX 4361

SANFORD FL  32772

PHONE : 407-323-7722

 

DISTRICT III

GAIL BURGER

6978 46TH AVE N #237

ST PETERSBURG FL  33709

PHONE:  727-422-0927

 

DISTRICT IV

BEVERLY MUNOZ

111 SE KALAS RD

PENSACOLA FL  32507

850-346-7597

Bmunoz6488@hotmail.com

 

DISTRICT VI

TONIA BLAUVELT

2032 LAUREL LN

N FT MYERS FL  33917

Toniaj44@gmail.com