Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico

New Mexico Mothers on  a Mission

Board Meeting Minutes

2020

16 May 2020 Minutes


The monthly meeting of the Albuquerque Chapter of AGSM was held by conference call at 11:03, AM, on May 16, 2020. 

Those present for the call were: President Pat Merville, Vice President Karen Alexander, Secretary Becky Christmas and Sgt-At-Arms Jo Ann Zembiec.


The Opening of the meeting was dispensed with.


Karen moved we approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Jo Ann seconded and the motion passed.


Becky moved that we accept the Treasurers Report as emailed by Treasurer Joyce Paulsen. Jo Ann seconded the motion and it passed.


The Corresponding Secretary, Kay Coleman was not present on the call but Becky reminded us that the National President’s birthday is May 18 and we should send a card from the Chapter. Becky was asked to email Kay and the other members present with Mona’s address and email. Pat reported on the cards that Kay has sent since the last meeting, acknowledging Angelversaries and Birthdays.


Reports- There were no reports, due to cancelled meetings, due to the Corona Virus.


Current Business

  • Becky gave a recap of the report that was sent out concerning the restoration of the Turtle Fountain at the NM Veterans Home. The report is attached and the members discussed the project. Becky moved that we give $500 toward the project. Karen seconded the motion and it was passed. Becky volunteered to continue to work on this by looking for some large donors to help with the $200,000 cost.
  • There was an update sent out concerning the Grant County Veterans Memorial Bridge. Pat read a report from Mary Cowan and the report from David Morrison was sent to the members. There was discussion and due to the fact that the NM DOT and the State Highway Commission has not approved the project yet, we decided to continue to watch this and wait for approval before moving forward.
  • Fisher House has postponed its meetings due to the virus. Director Christina had recently sent a letter which Jo Ann forwarded to our members. Becky asked about the “Wish List”. Jo Ann suggested that there wasn’t an urgency at this time and maybe we could wait on this.
  • Fundraising was tabled, to be carried forward. We are hopeful that our GSM Sunday event will be held and that is a good fundraiser for us.
  • Those present confirmed that they have registered for Convention. Pat will contact Kay about this and we have previously heard from Mary Cowan that she has registered. We briefly discussed the proposed amendments to the C&BL. Pat expressed concerns with the suggested time to elect officers as that has not been our practice. Also, she wondered how this would affect the Community Service Report and our financial year.


New Business

  • It was suggested that since it is hard to do any fundraisers right now and we do have a supply of bracelets, we will wait to order any more.
  • It was moved by Becky to order 20 of the gold pens with the Logo. Jo Ann seconded the motion and it passed. Becky will contact Headquarters and see if we can get a low price for the pens before ordering.
  • It was decided not to order any of the AGSM member pins. We will continue to purchase the metal name badges for our new members.
  • Pat will contact Joyce about plans for GSM Sunday at Veterans Park.
  • Karen stated that she had signed up for an interview with WAA and will be doing this on Tuesday of the following week. Becky encouraged everyone to participate.
  • Becky discussed HR 6412, concerning the fact that the Bill does not include all GS Families, only those whose loved one was KIA. Becky has been contacting members of the House Armed Services Committee and encouraged everyone to contact Rep. Torres-Small and Rep. Haaland, who are on this committee.
  • Becky reported on the Monument of Courage which will be dedicated on 8/7/20 in Lubbock, Texas. This monument includes a Woody Williams Monument. Our GS members will be invited. Karen expressed an interest to go and Becky will also go. Several members of the Red River Chapter in Texas will be attending. If you are interested in going, please let Becky know.
  • Pat announced that there will be a new National Cemetery in Sandoval County, probably in Rio Rancho. This information came from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.


Please see the newsletter for information on the Virtual Convention. Becky reported that there will be three opportunities for Delegates to sign in to a Test Meeting the evenings of June 23-25. The National Convention is at 11 AM, EST, June 27, 2020.


Karen noted that Pat’s Birthday is upcoming on May 25 and wished her a “Happy Birthday”.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:02, following a motion by Becky and a second by Jo Ann.


Respectfully submitted,


Becky Christmas, Secretary


21 March 2020   Minutes


The monthly meeting for the Albuquerque Chapter of AGSM was held by conference call at 10:45 AM, on March 21, 2020. 


Those present for the call were: President Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec, Karen Alexander, Kay Coleman and Becky Christmas.


The Opening of the meeting was dispensed with.


The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as emailed.

Jo Ann moved we accept the Treasurer’s Report as emailed. Becky seconded the motion and the motion passed.


Reports

  • VAVS and UVC meetings have been cancelled.
  • Pat attended the recent Memorial Service for SPC Walter Lewark and gave family members cards and the daily meditation book, Healing After Loss. We have no contact for the family of SGT Rey Rodriguez. There have been no Blue to Gold ceremonies done. The information for these has been sent to the Valencia County BSM, however the Blue to Gold was not done.
  • Jo Ann, Pat and Kay attended the Tribute to Women in the Military. Pat reported that we sold bracelets and she deposited $40 for sales. There was a good turn out and the speaker from the Coast Guard was very good.


Current Business

  • Due to the current crisis with the Corona Virus we are unable to schedule several items and for some we have not had further information. These include the Memorial Bridge Pennant Project in Silver City, The Fallen Heroes Christmas Tree at the VA Hospital and Outreach Public Relations.
  • Pat reported speaking with the cemetery director at Santa Fe and so far, the ceremonies are still scheduled but any change will be announced by the end of April. Becky will be the key note speaker there. Karen reported that she has been in contact with the Ft. Stanton Veterans Cemetery director, as she will be the key note speaker there. The plans at Ft. Stanton have not changed at this time. Karen was able to get a case of the small poppies donated from the VFW in Clovis. These will be given out at the Ft. Stanton ceremony. Jo Ann had spoken to Bernie at Veteran’s Park in Albuquerque and he is unsure whether that ceremony will take place.

*Prior to New Business, the President opened proceedings for the Department of New Mexico. There was discussion concerning the National Convention and Becky and Pat reported that after speaking to the National President, Mona Gunn, the plans for Convention are moving forward. The next business in order is to elect Convention Delegates. Pat reported that our Chapter is entitled to four delegates and in addition, as Chapter President, she is a delegate and Becky is a delegate as a PNP. Those elected are: Karen Alexander, Kay Coleman, Jo Ann Zembiec and Mary Cowan. Becky will notify the NSO of this election and confirm our Chapter Officers. Pat reminded us to read the proposed amendments to the C&BL. One pertains to the time to elect Convention delegates.

*The meeting was returned to the Chapter Meeting.


New Business

  • Joyce distributed new Chapter business cards to Pat, Becky, Jo Ann, Karen and Kay. Kay inserted hers into the Spring cards that she sent to Veterans.
  • The latest Fallen Heroes poster will need a new mat but is the same size and can be reframed. Kay has the new poster and old framed one. When it is convenient, we will have this work done.
  • It was suggested that the old bulletin board that we have used in the past with button pictures of our children be taken apart and the buttons sent to the families. The bulletin board is Becky’s and she will get it from Kay at some point.
  • Plans for the May Chapter meeting are to hold the meeting at the Museum of American Military Families in Tijeras. Pat has reserved the museum and spoke highly of the venue. We may ask for a speaker to come from Desert Forge but we will wait to see about the situation with the virus.
  • Jo Ann reported that the Fisher House is closed due to the virus and suggested we wait to make plans for meal preparation or donations.
  • It was agreed to have Becky get more information on the restoration of the Turtle Fountain at the NM State Veterans Nursing Home. There was concern of the cost and we would like more details concerning the project.
  • Members were encouraged to share fundraising ideas by email. Kay stated we were almost out of bracelets and sometimes it takes time to get them following an order. Pat and Becky both have bracelets and will count their supply before making a decision about an order. This will be discussed at the April meeting.
  • It was moved by Karen to donate $250 to the Veteran’s Integration Center in honor of the retiring director, Wendy Webber. Jo Ann seconded the motion and it was passed.
  • Becky reminded the members that we can stay at Headquarters with a PNO or a PNP and we might think of a trip to D.C. We will keep this in mind for the future.

Pat thanked those that called in and reviewed the upcoming events, reminding us to check the status before making plans. The Honor Flight fundraiser for March 28 has been cancelled as well as the April 9, former POW/MIA Day ceremony.


The next meeting is a Conference Call, April 18 at 1 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 AM.


Respectfully submitted,


Becky Christmas, Secretary


February 15, 2020



2019

December 16, 2019   Conference Call Meeting


The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by President, Pat Merville. 

Participating in the conference call were Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Karen Alexander, Annette Arellano, and Jo Ann Zembiec.


Minutes: Karen moved to accept the minutes of the November 16, 2019 as circulated via email. The motion was seconded by Jo Ann and approved. Amended to the November 16, 2019 minutes was a motion made by Becky Christmas, seconded by Kay Coleman, on November 30, 2019, via E-Vote, to donate $250 to Toys for Tots. Motion passed.


Financial Report: The November treasurer’s report stated that there is a balance of $13,062.35 in the treasury. Jo Ann made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Becky. The motion passed.


Correspondence: Pat read a Christmas card from Edith Mathews. Kay reported that there was a thank you note from the VA for the hygiene bags GSM donated.


Reports:

VAVS Meeting – no report.

UVC Meeting highlights of the December 12, 2019 were circulated via email.

WAA – Karen reported that there were over 200 volunteers from Canon Air Force base who helped place wreaths this year. Between the two cemeteries, 1740 wreaths were placed. Karen reported that there are approximately 3,000 veterans buried in Clovis. The goal for 2020 will be to have 2020 wreaths to place at these two cemeteries. Becky reported that the Navajo Code Talkers were honored at the Santa Fe National Cemetery this year. She also reported that we need more wreaths at SF for next year to accommodate those not on the present list. Pat will send Louis Bowles an updated list. Kay reported that if you pre-sell WAA wreaths between December 14, 2019 and January 15, 2020 you get 2/1 plus the $5, thus doubling our order. Kay moved that we order our wreaths before January 15, seconded by Jo Ann. Karen amended the motion to read that the $600 order be split between Silver City, 33%; Clovis 33%; and Santa Fe, 34%. The amended motion was seconded by Becky. Both motions passed. The treasurer will order the wreaths by January 15, 2020 after consulting with Kay, Karen, and Mary Cowan to assure that the ABQ AGSM profiles are correctly set up with WAA to optimize the orders for each cemetery. Joyce, Karen, and Kay will coordinate the process.


Current Business: Pat reported that there is no information on the update on cost to repair the A/V system in the cafeteria at the NM State Veterans Home, so it was tabled. Donation for Meal Train to Fisher House was also tabled.


New Business:


Community Service Reports: are due to Pat by January 31.


Military Day January 25: Kay and Jo Ann will chair the AGSM display table at the Round House on January 25, 2020. Kay has ordered new AGSM brochures that will be used then. UVC is providing a bus for this trip from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. We will display the banner and framed picture of our fallen along with the brochures. Please notify Pat if you will attend this event at the New Mexico Legislature.


Chapter GSM Veteran Dues: Karen moved that the chapter shall pay a GSM’s membership dues who is a veteran. Seconded by Becky and passed.


2020 Meeting dates:

January 18 – Cancel

February 15 – Conference call

March 21 – Cancel (Bataan Memorial Death March, WSMR 3/15/20)

April 18 – Conference call

May 16 – Possible meeting at Museum of Military Families, Tijeras. Pat Hosting

June 20 – None

July 18 – Meeting at Becky’s

August 18 – Conference call (Tuesday)

September 19 – Meeting at Jo Ann’s

October 17 – Conference call

November 21 – Undetermined

December 19 – Conference call


2020 Draft Budget: Attached is the 2020 budget. Becky moved to accept the 2020 budget, Karen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Update on Upgraded Website: It was determined that Kay, as website administrator, will update the officers to create officer email accounts on the website at a later date.


Meeting adjourned at 8:44 PM.


Respectfully Submitted:


Jo Ann Zembiec, Secretary


16 November 2019


The meeting was called to order at 2:05 by President Pat Merville at the home of Kay Coleman. 


There was a motion by Becky Christmas to dispense with the opening ritual. Motion was seconded and passed. Becky will serve as Recording Secretary for this meeting. 


Those present were: Pat Merville, Karen Alexander, Joyce Montoya Paulsen, Kay Coleman and Becky Christmas. Associate member Kent Alexander was present and one guest, Jennifer Silliman. Member Annette Arellano had to leave prior to the meeting.


The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as sent out.


The Financial Report was given by Treasurer, Joyce Paulsen. The financials had been sent to all members by email, also. There was a question from Kay Coleman about a $40 difference that she did not understand. Joyce suggested that Kay come by her office so they could look at the QuickBooks accounting. Becky moved the report be accepted. There was a second and the motion passed.


Reports

  • VAVS-Joyce reported on information from the meeting about private counseling with three sessions that has been very successful. This counseling is for PTSD.
  • UVC-Jo Ann Zembiec had emailed the minutes.
  • MOAA-Pat and Kay went to their meeting to accept a donation check for $1,500, on 10-20-19.
  • Stand Down-No one was able to attend this year.
  • Native American Veteran’s Health and Wellness Symposium-Pat and Kay attended and accepted a very nice plaque for Gold Star Mothers’ work. There were break-out sessions and many handouts.
  • Veteran’s Day- Members attended various events in Albuquerque, Clovis and Las Vegas.
  • Commanders Quarterly Meeting-Kay attended the meeting and sent minutes of the meeting and attachments. There was important discussion on Veteran’s transportation to the VA. There are six vans for the state and most of them stay in the Albuquerque area. There is a need to adjust the system to alleviate the long days and many hours.


Old Business

  • Elections-Becky presented the following slate of officers: President-Pat Merville, Vice President-Karen Alexander, Recording Secretary-Becky Christmas, Corresponding Secretary-Kay Coleman, Treasurer-Joyce Paulsen, Sgt-At-Arms-Jo Ann Zembiec, Parliamentarian-Becky Christmas, Chaplain-Emily Buch-Hague. There being no further nominations from the floor, the slate was elected by acclamation.
  • Annette Arellano had volunteered to look into a CPA who might do an audit of the financials, without charge. This would be needed if we decided to purchase Directors and Officers insurance. Annette was not present, however, there was discussion of whether the insurance was necessary. There was agreement that we needed to disperse our funds toward Veterans issues and services. The general feeling was that the insurance was not necessary if we used the money in our account and had a lower balance. It was emphasized that if we hosted events such as the GSM Sunday event, we would always get insurance. Pat will notify Annette that we do not need to find a CPA at this time.
  • Charlie Five-Kay and Annette reported the information on this service to Veterans. From the positive report, Karen moved we donate $1,000 to Charley Five. The motion was seconded and passed.
  • Pat continues to contact the NM State Veterans Home about a donation toward the AV system. No information has been sent. It was suggested that we ask member, Emily Buch-Hague to go by and see what she can find out, since she lives close. Pat will contact Emily.
  • Other donations were tabled until the next meeting. However, it was agreed to give the framed poster print of Angel Fire Memorial to Mary Cox for the Veteran’s Memorial Park Museum. There was discussion on the White Sands photograph which was to go to Secretary Wilkie. This was tabled as we explore some options.
  • There was discussion of the GSM Sunday event with T.H.O.R.E. Pat and Kay attended a follow up meeting with Gerad to review the event. There are some suggested changes:
  1. Change the date-possibly September 12, 2020
  2. Use one singer
  3. Have a written agreement with T.H.O.R.E. outlining who would cover which responsibilities and the procedure.
  4. Enlist groups such as Jr. ROTC
  5. Change booth layout and reduce booth fee to $100.
  6. Adjust the event times.
  7. Form a committee from AGSM to attend the meetings. There was discussion concerning the donation receipts and who and how these would be given or sent. This will be part of the new procedure. Joyce volunteered to be on the committee. The President will appoint one or two more members for the committee.


New Business

  • WAA- Pat had appointed Kay as the POC and Kay had requested to know who would be attending the event in Santa Fe. Mary Cowan will be at Ft. Bayard and Karen will be in Clovis. Pat will notify Angie the names for the special wreaths. Becky will contact the Bowles, Harris’ and Marcela Rice and notify Pat if they are attending. Karen gave a report on the progress so far for the Clovis cemetery. Sales seem to be coming in slower this year.
  • Pat polled the group concerning who would attend the Holiday Party with Rio Grande Valley Blue Star Mothers on December 21, at the Veterans Memorial Park and how many were children.
  • 2020 meeting dates and locations was tabled until the December meeting
  • 2020 Budget was tabled until December

It was decided that the next meeting would be a conference call, Monday, December 16, at 7 PM. The Budget will be discussed as well as the schedule of the 2020 meetings.

Prior to the meeting, lunch was served at 12, by our hostess Kay Coleman. Thank you, Kay.

Also, those present packed bags for the VA Hospital with personal hygiene items. Most of the items were provided by Joyce’s neighbors who give her bags of the items throughout the year. Thank you, Joyce and a big thanks to Kay, who will take the bags to the VA Hospital.


Respectfully submitted,


Becky Christmas


Acting Recording Secretary


October 19, 2019  Conference Call Meeting


Participating on the conference call were Pat Merville, Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Annette Arellano, Karen Alexander, and Jo Ann Zembiec.


Minutes: A correction to Staff Sergeant Matthew McClintock’s rank was made. The minutes of the August 17 conference call were approved as circulated via email.


Financial Report: A September balance of $17,389.52 was reported by the treasurer via email.


Correspondence: Pat reported that a very nice article and photos was written by Dominic Ruiz about GSM Sunday for the VA Hospital, Round Up newsletter.


Reports: VAVS meeting report was circulated via email by Joyce Paulsen. UVC representative, Jo Ann, reported that the stolen bronze shoes at the NMVM will be installed and re-dedicated immediately after the November 11, 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony. A town hall meeting previously scheduled for that date has been postponed until the Memorial Day Ceremony in 2020.


Current Business:

  • Sept. 10 State Fair & Veterans Day: Pat reported that 4 GSM read the names of the fallen. It was suggested that we contact the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to offer some suggestions for next year’s ceremony.
  • NM Veterans Home Visit of September 21: Becky reported that it was a great day and that they got to visit and have lunch with many veterans as well as with Edith Matthews who will be 95 in November. Pat will follow up on AV repairs in the cafeteria that were requested by the residents that we may be able to help with. She also reported that there are approximately 100 residents, which is down from the approximately 140+ residents they can accommodate. There is an issue of the need for more employees. It was reported that the home has received many blazers and red sweaters from GSM for Veterans Day, 11/11/19. There is a tailor in staff now to help with alterations.
  • Sept. 24 Blue Mass: Pat reported that she and Kay attended the mass. The mayor of ABQ and the mayor of Rio Rancho as well as Gen. Judy Griegos, Secretary of NM Department of Veterans Services, also attended.
  • Sept. 26 Forgotten Heroes Burial at SF National Cemetery: Becky and Kay attended and rang the bell for each of the 23 forgotten heroes named. The Lt. Governor, Howie Morales was present. The burial boxes were made by the Valley High School wood working class. The assistant director stated that there will be a new director of the cemetery before December.
  • National Dues: It was recommended that we pay our $30 national dues plus the $5 chapter dues for a total of $35 this year before 12/1/2019. If 2020 dues are paid after 11/30/2019, the total is $40, which is $35 for national plus $5 for out chapter dues. The chapter treasurer will issue invoices for 2020 dues to our members by USPS We will re-visit raising our chapter dues next year.
  • Report on results of GSM Sunday Event: It was reported by Pat that the net proceeds to our chapter was approximately $3,000 from this event. The in-kind donation form needs to be redone for next year as there was some inconsistencies this year in issuing the donation form to vendors and others participating. It was determined that we meet with Gerad of THORE, to discuss some issues about GSM Sunday. That meeting has tentatively been set up on Tuesday, October 22, at 10 AM at Gerad’s office. Pat will notify members if there are any changes. Pat requested that you send her your suggestions for improving the event by Monday, October 21.
  • Fisher House Dedication Ceremony: Pat, Becky, and Jo Ann attended the very nice ceremony on October 11. Opportunities and donations for our GSM chapter to volunteer at the house will be discussed at our November meeting. If you volunteer at Fisher House, those hours will be counted towards VAVS volunteer hours for our chapter.
  • Slate of 2020 Chapter Officers: The slate of officers to be voted on the November 16 meeting are: President, Pat Merville; VP, Karen Alexander; Treasurer, Kay Coleman; Recording secretary, Becky Christmas; Corresponding secretary, Kay Coleman; Emily Hague, Chaplin; Parliamentarian, Becky Christmas; Sergeant at Arms, Jo Ann Zembiec.
  • Chapter Website: Kay declined reimbursement of our website cost for past years payments. Moving forward, it was moved and seconded that the chapter pay for an “enhanced,” 2-year license for our website by November 16, 2019. Treasurer to cut a check for $308.22 for this expense. This service plan will include an email account for each of our chapter officers. Kay will instruct the 2020 officers on how to set up these accounts.
  • It was determined that no CPA audit is needed for a treasury amount of less than $50,000. However, if directors and officer’s insurance are desired, a CPA audit is needed. Annette will see if she can get a pro bono audit done. It will be determined then if chapter insurance is desired and how much it will cost.
  • Donations: It was moved and seconded that the following donations will be made: Working Dogs for Vets of Lawrenceburg, TN $1,000; Horses for Heroes, $1,000; Wreaths Across America, $500 each to Santa Fe National Cemetery, Ft. Bayard National Cemetery, and Clovis Cemetery; Veterans Integration Center $1,000. Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital Canteen Books, $1,000. Donations to Charlie Five and Fisher House will be determined at our November 16 meeting. Annette and Kay to look into vetting Charlie Five.
  • VA Hospital Gift Bags: Kay and Pat to shop for small items for the VA bags. There is $600 in the treasury for these items. Items will be packed at Kay’s house at 1 PM on Saturday, November 16.
  • MOAA: Pat and Kay to attend MOAA meeting on Sunday, Oct. 20 to receive a donation check from them.


Upcoming Events:

October 24, ABQ Stand Down.

November 8, 19th Native American Veterans Health & Wellness Symposium – Pat & Kay to represent chapter to accept Combat Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation to GSM & BSM.

November 16,1 PM Chapter meeting at Kay’s house to pack bags for VA Hospital & conduct election for 2020 officers.

December 21, Chapter Conference call meeting.


Meeting Adjourned at 2:47 PM


Respectfully Submitted


August 17, 2019 Conference Call Meeting


The meeting was called to order by President Pat Merville at 1:00 PM. 

Present were Kay Coleman, Karen Alexander, Joyce Paulsen, Emily Buch-Hague, and Jo Ann Zembiec.


Minutes: Kay moved to accept the minutes as circulated via email, seconded by Joyce, and approved.


Financial Report for July: Jo Ann moved to accept the treasurer’s financial report as circulated via email, seconded by Kay.


Correspondence: There was no correspondence at this time.


UVC Report: No report at this time.


Current Business:

  • Written job descriptions will be prepared by Kay for the October meeting.
  • Budgeted National Convention expense of $1,200 will be used to pay for the motel rooms for three members who stayed at the Marriott. A motion was made by Kay and seconded by Jo Ann to pay the following: Pat, $312, Annette, $312, and Karen, $576 for their hotel room expenses. Motion passed. Copies of their hotel receipts will be sent to Treasurer (Joyce).
  • August 3 Purple Heart Ceremony was attended by Becky and Karen. Santa Fe is a Purple Heart City. Pat read a report by Becky about the ceremony.
  • September 10 NM State Fair Military & Veterans Day. Kay, Joyce, Jo Ann, and possible Pat will read the names. Deanna Anaya of VA Services will be contacted by Kay to get the current list of the names of the fallen. Pat will email the list to those reading the names.
  • NM Veterans Home visit will be on September 21. A list of items and supplies that will be welcome was emailed to all members. There is $200 budgeted for items. However, donations are welcome. Jo Ann will donate puzzle books, Kay will donate plants, Pat will peruse Thrift Stores for items. Copy all members as to what you have purchased or donated. It was decided that our members would have lunch with the veterans. Please contact Pat if you are planning to attend. Emily will check on getting a meeting room there for our September face to face GSM meeting. Emily to contact local and community newspapers to include articles about GSM, activities, and how to join.
  • GSM Sunday Event 9/29, 5-9:30 PM, NMVM. Mitch Lawrence, Business Manager of Behavioral Health Care, VA Hospital, TorC will be contacted by Kay to be the Keynote speaker for the GSM Sunday event. Christina Ramirez, ABQ Fisher House Program Manager, will be asked to speak if Mr. Lawrence is not able to be the Keynote speaker. Pat, Kay, Joyce, Emily, and Jo Ann will help set up at 4 PM. The following people have volunteered to bring items for the event: Kay, shade cloth, 6’ table, money box for raffle sales, banner, and defender bracelets to sell. Pat will bring chapter flag, membership applications, GSM history book, brochures, battery operated light. Joyce will bring tripod lights, fallen heroes picture, and change for the raffle sales. Jo Ann will bring the White Sands picture for the raffle. Becky has the framed, and signed by Dr. Westphall, Peace and Brotherhood Chapel picture to be raffled.


New Business:

  • Kay and Karen are working on possible Meet and Greet events in various parts of the state to attract and inform possible new GSM members. Kay has compiled a list of the fallen in NM. It was moved and seconded to purchase a USA flag and GSM organizational flag, pole and carrying case for Karen to use at GSM events in her part of the state. Joyce to check on ordering the flags.
  • National dues is being increased to $35 effective January 2020. The discussion to increase our chapter dues from $5 to $10 was tabled until our next meeting.
  • The last two face to face meetings (4/year) will be held on September 21 and November 16.
  • Members to represent AGSM burial of Forgotten Heroes at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on 9/26 at 11 AM will be Kay and Becky. Pat and Annette may be attending also.
  • An invitation for 3-4 GSMs to speak about their child at the Memorial Day Ceremony 2020 at Santa Fe National Cemetery was made. Joyce said she may be able to.
  • Invitation to display at the Native American Veterans Health and Wellness Symposium, Friday November 8 at Isleta Casino was declined at this time as it was felt that GSMs did not provide a “service to veterans” like healthcare or information on contacts.
  • Veterans Integration Center is collecting winter coats, hats, gloves and other clothing items. It was determined that we would donate as “individuals” and not as a chapter. More information will be sent as it becomes available.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 PM


Respectfully Submitted by:


Jo Ann Zembiec, Secretary


Upcoming Dates:

August 19 11:15 Burial ceremony for WWII casualty Billy James Johnson, Santa Fe National Cemetery

September 10 NM State Fair Military & Veterans Day

September 21 Visit TorC Veterans Home and GSM meeting

September 26 Forgotten Heroes Burial at SF National Cemetery, 11 AM

September 29 GSM Sunday event at NMVM 5-9:30 PM

October 19 Chapter Conference Call meeting

October 24 ABQ Stand Down, Volunteers and Donations needed at VIC

November 8 Fisher House Dedication, date and time to be confirmed

November 16 Chapter meeting at Kay’s home to pack bags for VA Hospital

December 21 Chapter Conference call meeting


July 20, 2019 

Jo Ann Zembiec’s home


The meeting was called to order by President, Pat Merville at 1:15 PM. Present were Kay Coleman and Jo Ann Zembiec.


Minutes: No minutes were available to be read.


Financial Report for June: As of June 30 the checking account has $23,379.90, but deducting un-cleared transactions yields a balance of $18,982.42.


Correspondence: A thank you letter from National President, Becky Christmas was read. Pat Merville has sent a copy of this letter to our chapter members. Kay Coleman reported a $2.24 check from People’s Flowers for their Helping Hands donation and $10 income from Defender Bracelet sales.

UVC Report: Kay reported that the UVC voted to remain as a group and not disband. A team of members will be assembled to formulate recommendations to “freshen” the UVC to encourage more participation from veterans’ service organizations.


Current Business:

  • GSM Monument: A 10% maintenance fee of the overall cost of the monument will be paid to the City of Albuquerque, Public Art Urban Enhancement Division when the chapter executive committee approves the treasurer’s report on the final expenses of the monument. The amount of this payment will be $4075.00. Written to City of Albuquerque, Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, PO Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103. This check will be written after the artist confirms receipt of Formal Acceptance of Ownership of the Work by the City of Albuquerque.
  • Thank You Letter: Names and addresses of donors will be given to the corresponding secretary, Karen, who will send thank you letters.
  • Convention Donations: Treasurer will send check to corresponding secretary to be included in her thank you letter to the balloon owner in the amount of $50. There is $2600 remaining from the convention fundraising. A motion was made and seconded to donate $300 each to the following: NMVM Foundation, Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial, Horses 4 Heroes, and $100 each to Ballut Abyad Shrine Pipes & Drums, Road Runner Convoy, American Legion Riders Chapter 22, Rio Grande Valley Blue Star Mothers and Valencia County Blue Star Mothers. These organizations helped with the convention and the activities surrounding the event. Pat will send E-vote to be taken soon to determine this expenditure.
  • Written Job Descriptions: Kay will have written job descriptions by the October conference call meeting date.
  • Purchase of Errors & Omissions Insurance: It was determined that the chapter would wait to purchase this insurance until January 2020 after a CPA audited financial statement is completed for 2019. In-Kind donation forms must be part of this financial statement and acknowledgment and maintaining these forms must be part of the financial statement. A certificate of appreciation will be created to be given to all our supporters and donors in the future. Kay to draft a certificate.
  • Framed Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial Poster: It was determined that this framed poster and the White Sands Picture (that was purchased for a gift that was not given at the convention) will be raffled as a fundraiser for our chapter at the GSM Sunday event on September 29 at the NMVM. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.
  • Donations from June Archery Tournament: There has been no reply from this organization.


New Business:

  • Chapter Support for GSM families: Discussion and drafted the following policy: Each Gold Star Mother and/or family request should be submitted to the Executive Board. The EB will review and determine appropriate action within the limit of $100 per each incident.
  • Report on GSM Sunday planning meeting: Joyce attended but was not available to report on this meeting. Our partner president, THORE, Gerad has sent out flyers to vendors and notices for social media to advertise the event. We discussed grandfathering in RGV BSM, and Folds of Honor at no charge. All other non-profit organizations vendor fees will be reviewed to determine if a donation of less than $200 will be charged. Vendors will pay $200 for space at the event.
  • Charliefive.org donation: Tabled until October meeting.
  • Meet and Greet Events: The suggestion to have a Meet and Greet with GSM in different areas of NM was discussed. Kay will discuss with Karen to determine specifics to have a Meet and Greet in the Clovis Area.
  • Epic Ride for Dignity & Respect for in-ground placement capacity @ Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, CA. This item was tabled.
  • August 3 Purple Heart Ceremony, Santa Fe: Emily, Kay, and Becky will attend.
  • NM Military & Veterans Day at the State Fair: Pat will review and edit the names of the fallen list to include the newly fallen.
  • NM Veterans Home Visit at TorC, September 21: Kay to contact Mitch at the home to set up this visit.
  • Meeting Schedule: We may not achieve 4 face-to-face meetings for the year per our standing rules. We will proceed with the August 17, 1 PM conference call meeting.


Meeting Adjourned: 4:20 PM


Respectfully Submitted:


Jo Ann Zembiec, Secretary


Upcoming Dates:

August 3 Purple Heart Ceremony, Bataan Building, Santa Fe

August 5 GSM Sunday planning meeting at 2 PM with Gerad, address to be determined

August 17 Chapter Conference call meeting 1 PM

September 10 NM State Fair Military & Veterans Day

September 21 Visit TorC Veterans Home

September 29 GSM Sunday event at NMVM beginning at 5 PM

October 19 Chapter Conference call meeting at 1 PM

November 16 Chapter Meeting at Kay’s home to pack VA Hospital Bags

December 14 WAA, Santa Fe National Veterans Cemetery

December 21 Chapter Conference call meeting


April 28, 2019, 2 PM


Those participating on the telephone conference call were Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, Karen Alexander, and Annette Arellano.

Welcome new member Annette Arellano.


Meeting Minutes: The March meeting minutes were read and approved.


Financial Report: The March financial statement was read and approved.


Current Business:

The VVA would like to place a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Angel Fire. Becky moved we donate $200.00. Karen seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Dedication of Gold Star Mother Monument at NM Veterans Memorial Park will be June, 8 at 1 pm. Brad and crew are on schedule to install ground work. The memorial park has offered us the spot directly across for the museum entrance. Kay and Becky are working on invitations and should be ready to send out next week. Kay has coordinated an American Legion to provide refreshments. Becky has developed a program and will email to members.

SFC Ryan Faraone Memorial Archery Challenge was held on 4/28. Seth Heath pledged a potion of proceeds to our chapter. Pat will follow-up with him

We discussed donating the framed Angel Fire Memorial poster to the VVA to be placed at the Vietnam Wall Memorial. Becky will research further.

Joyce has the AGSM flag to be taken the NM Veterans Memorial Park and will be flown on special occasions.


New Business:

We discussed making a donation to the Belen Eagle Park Veterans Memorial. Becky moved to donate $200. Annette seconded and motion passed.

9th Annual VA 2K Walk & Roll Will be on May 15. Becky moved we donate $200 in hygiene/household items. If a member can not shop for the items, we will send them a check. Karen seconded. Motion passed.

Kay is accepting cards for the Honor Flight until May 30th.

Farmington NM has been chosen for a Woody Williams monument.

Run for the Wall will stop in Angel Fire May 17 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Members are encouraged to be there. Pat and Annette will research if they will be stopping in Albuquerque and how our chapter can be more involved.

A convention call meeting is scheduled for May 15 at 7:00 pm. Pat will send an invite. Please plan to call in.

May meeting is pending.


Meeting adjourned at 3:05 PM


Respectfully Submitted:


Karen L. Alexander, Corresponding Secretary


March 24, 2019, 2 PM


Those participating on the telephone conference call were Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Karen Alexander, Felicia Hale, Mary Cowan, and Jo Ann Zembiec.


Financial Report: The 2019 budget was discussed and the changes proposed will be sent to chapter members.


Current Business:


GSM Monument: The base color for the monument was decided by email vote to be Sombra.

Brad Christmas and sons will install the groundwork. Jo Ann said she would talk with Bernie Lambe regarding the date (May 11, 2019) and time, 1 PM of the unveiling ceremony at the park. Becky and Pat will speak. Becky will ask Pastor Pat Harris to give the benediction. A flag folding ceremony will be done by GSM dads and yellow roses will be placed on the base of the monument once the flag is folded and placed there. Jo Ann will contact Maddy Hanson of the ABQ Journal to place an article of the unveiling ceremony in the newspaper. Kay and Becky will work on a formal invitation to be sent to donors, friends, and dignitaries. Pat will contact Diana Wong, Tribute to Women in the Military, to provide an honor guard for the ceremony. Kay has a contact to provide the refreshments.


New Business:

Department of NM Annual Meeting & Election of Convention Delegates:

Becky moved to purchase an AGSM flag to donate to the NMVM to keep there to be raised for special occasions. Jo Ann seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. It will be ordered thru National Capital Flag Company, 1.800.368.3524. In addition to the automatic delegates: Becky, as National President; Pat, as Chapter President; and Karen, as Department President; four delegates and four alternates will serve for this year’s convention. These delegates are: Mary Cowan, Kay Coleman, Joyce Paulson, and Jo Ann Zembiec. The alternates are: Emily Hague, Felicia Hale, Carol Harris, and Mary Koehler. The Department of NM Officers were elected as follows: Karen Alexander, President; Jo Ann Zembiec, VP; Becky Christmas, Secretary; Joyce Paulson, Treasurer.


Angel Fire Memorial Framed Poster:

Kay and Karen will work on determining how to market the signed frame poster and report back to the chapter.


Meeting adjourned at 3:20 PM

No other topics on the agenda were discussed due to the lack of time.


Respectfully Submitted:


Jo Ann Zembiec, Secretary


February 16, 2019, 2 pm Conference Call Notes


Participants: Becky Christmas, Pat Merville, Kay Coleman; no quorum


Financial Report: Treasurer, please email report for January.


Correspondence: VVA campaign for half-scale replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall @ Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial. Becky recommended a $200 donation to this. Need a motion and second. Then discussion and will either do an e-vote or discuss at next chapter meeting.


Current Business

  • Written Job Descriptions – Kay has on back burner.
  • Completion of filing with State of New Mexico as non-profit corporation for tax exemption certificate-Kay- Completed. Treasurer can print tax exemption form from State of New Mexico website when the chapter needs it.
  • Status report on Defender Bracelets sales – Kay Order has been received. Jo Ann sold $60 worth of bracelets.
  • Status report on Monument base selection of finish – Becky emailed chart of colors for integral coloring of the concrete. Our monument will be placed between two dark monuments, and our bronze statue will be dark, so Kay suggested a contrasting color for the base. Mary Cox has 2 flagpole sleeves to set in concrete base, needs to know if we want placed in front or back of statue. Kay, Becky, and Pat recommend that the flag sleeves (receptacles for flagpoles) are placed at the back of the statue. Recommend that a delegation of members visit the park to determine the exact square in which our monument will be placed, and to view the concrete color selections in the setting.
  • 2018 Community Service report from each member due to president Pat by Feb 28- I have received from Jo Ann, Joyce, Kay, Karen, Mary Cowan, Adrene, and myself. This will be reported at the national convention, so we want to include service from ALL our members.


New Business

  • Discuss Adam Trubow proposal for fundraiser (emailed to members 2/12): Adam Trubow, 505.440.0454, adam@talrealty.com, -offer to run in Big Horn 100 trail run June 2019 to honor GSF & raise funds for the selected family. I emailed his proposal to all members, but had no replies. No current member has said that their grandchild needs the monetary assistance. See also Becky’s email 2/16. Need input to all members no later than Monday 2/18, 5 pm if you want to proceed with this project. If there is sufficient support, it will require a motion and vote to proceed, else we will decline the proposal.
  • Department of New Mexico Annual Meetingset a date in March or April? Recommended to hold after chapter meeting March 16 at home of Karen Alexander in Clovis. We need to vote on Department officers, delegates to national convention, and chapter ad for convention journal. Please RSVP if you will attend this meeting. We need a quorum! We can add the conference call to the in person meeting if you can’t attend in person.
  • Set Date for Dedication of Hands That Held the Child Monument @ NMVMP – Recommended to do on Saturday before Mothers Day, May 11.
  • Set meeting date with Gerad for planning 2019 Gold Star Mother Sunday event- only Kay has responded with potential date. Please RSVP to me with a recommended date & time to meet.
  • Tribute to Women in the Military March 1 ,8 am – 1 pm, American Legion Post 49. Registration deadline Feb 21. We will have table to sell Quilt Raffle tickets. So far, Pat, Becky, Kay have notified me that they are attending.


2019 National Convention

  • Registration form in March newsletter
  • $1500 donation from NM American Legion Riders; American Legion Riders Belen Post $200 donation Kay picked up 2/16.


Upcoming Dates

March 1 Tribute to Women in the Military

March 11 Military & Veterans Day @ NM Legislature

March 16 Chapter & Department Meeting @ Home of Karen Alexander

March 17 Bataan Memorial Death March – www.bataanmarch.com


Close at 3 :10 pm.


2018

December 16, 2018 Meeting Conference Call Minutes


President Kay Coleman called the meeting to order at 2:05 pm. Participants included Pat Merville, Joyce Paulsen, Becky Christmas, Jo Ann Zembiec, Mary Cowan, and Karen Alexander.


Birthdays

4th - ARMY JAMES A. DAVIS

17th - ARMY CW3 AARON WILLIAM COWAN

17th Felicia Hale


Angelversaries

1st - ANG SPC DONELLA MACKMILLER


Guests / New Member- N/A


Minutes

October 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes (10-19-18 emailed)-Motion to accept by Joyce, second by Becky. Motion passed.


Financial Report
$36,821.71 reconciled bank balance on 12-8-18 (12-8-18 emailed)

$37,226.71 balance as of 12-10-18


Correspondence
  • TY NM Veterans Integration Center (emailed 11-24-18)
  • TY Ft. Bayard Veterans Home (emailed 12-8-18)
  • The Wall request (emailed 12-8-18)

  • Reports

UVC – (Jo Ann) (emailed 9-19-18). Jo Ann not at Dec meeting. Will request to be on agenda for Jan meeting to request donation for national AGSM convention to take attendees by bus from hotel to NMVM Park.

VAVS – (Kay) (emailed) No update.

Commanders Briefing - (Kay) (emailed) No update.

Current Business
  • Election of Officers / Slate Presented o President: Pat Merville o Vice President: Kay Coleman o Secretary: Jo Ann Zembiec o Treasurer: Joyce Paulsen o Corresponding Secretary: Karen Alexander o Chaplain: Becky Christmas o Historian: Kay Coleman o Parliamentarian: Becky Christmas o Website / Social Media: Kay Coleman & Karen Alexander. No nominations from the floor. Secretary cast the vote to elect the slate of officers.
  • Recap Wreaths Across America- Jo Ann, Kay, Pat, Mary Koehler, Elisa Bowles, Joyce & Hiltrud participated at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Annette Arrellano also participated. Mary Cowan reported 4491 wreaths laid at Fort Bayard National Cemetery for full coverage. Karen reported 1630 wreaths laid in Clovis cemetery, which is t times more than in 2017, with over 300 volunteers. Becky reported traveling with WAA from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, giving speeches at several stops along the route, and she was awed by the patriotism displayed along the route in various communities.
  • Monument (Becky)

§ Income $45,981.00 Expenses $27,705.51 Net Profit $18,275.49 Becky spoke with Suzanne, the wife of the artist, about the wording on the plaques, the font to be used, and the background. She is still trying to reach Pat Harris to discuss the choices on the base. She recommended that members look at the website for Concrete Systems in ABQ to view samples of the finish and colors. Brad and Pat Harris can do the underground work for the base in January.

fundraisers:

o Defender Bracelets Income $1720 Expenses $581.45 Net Profit $1138.55. Becky sold some on the WAA trip. Mary Cowan bought some as gifts for volunteer committee for Fort Bayard Cemetery WAA. Jo Ann sold $100 of bracelets. $90 sold on BSM bus ride from Santa FE to ABQ. Becky made motion, second by Jo Ann to buy 1 box of 50/50 and 1 box of small bracelets. Motion passed. o People’s Flowers Income: $1.18 o Quilt Raffle Income $135 Expenses $ Net Profit $135. Becky also sold some on the WAA trip.

New Business
  • Written job descriptions- postponed to January.
  • organization that raises money to get bullet proof armor for war dogs. Jo Ann will get more information for us, then we can do an email vote for a donation.
  • NM AGSM sponsor GSM honor flight attendee? Discussion that we should wait until after the June 2019 convention, then may do fundraiser towards $1,000 cost of GSM to participate in either the Northern NM or Southern NM Honor Flight as an escort.


Members – N/A

Upcoming Dates for Chapter Meetings

Jan 19th –meeting @ Jo Ann’s home

Feb 16th –conference call

Mar 16th – meeting @ Karen’s home

April 20th - conference call

May 18th – meeting @ Joyce’s home

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque

July 20th – meeting @ Becky’s home

Aug 17th - conference call

Sept 21st – meeting @ T or C Veterans Home

Oct 19th - conference call

Nov 16th – meeting @ Kay’s home (Packing for VA Hospital)

Dec 21st - conference call


AGSM convention in Albuquerque, NM June-2019 (Becky)

Becky told us that Six String Soldiers, a band of active military, played on the WAA trip at no cost. She will get info if they are available for 6/30 banquet. Jo Ann had cost information from Syd Masters; $750 for him as solo performer. Because he needs quick reply if we want to book him, we need to reply within a few days. Becky made motion, seconded by Jo Ann, to sign Syd Masters. Motion passed. Becky will follow up with the performer and with national BOD for AGSM. In February, the national BOD will determine the registration fee for convention, which will be published in the March magazine. Our chapter members may need to help on the Wednesday prior to convention to prepare items. NMMI has donated pens and notepads, and Visit ABQ will give coupons for local events and will be at Friday registration. If you want to stay at the Marriott, you are encouraged to make reservations soon.

  • Assigned job duties oWhat are more needs/requests? o MOPH plaque presentations
    • Need to make them. Vets in Action Civitan compile them o Tin gold star statues. Joe Conner 846-3956
  • 5-5-18 Emailed Heads Up Landscaping for Forget-Me-Nots
  • 5-5-18 contacted Aleta at aleta@nmpinoncoffee.com for 120 pinon coffee packets o Shining Star (emailed Becky 7-1-18) o Convention ideas (emailed Becky 7-1-18) o Mail passports to H4H OIF/OEF memorial dedication?
  • CONVENTION GOODIE BAG Chapters are invited to donate an item (100) of your choosing to be placed in the Convention Bag. The bags will be prepared in advance of delegate arrival
  • Bank of Albuquerque $2000 donation rec’d o In-Kind donations rec’d
    • Christmas Ranch – bags & lanyards (8-18-18 emailed to Joyce to send TY)
    • Joyce Paulsen - teal scarfs o Updated NM AGSM website with lots of info on it? o Quilt Raffle tickets o CO GSM Weekend pictures on Kay’s facebook page for ideas
  • Dad & Guest Tour (Kay) (traced for 2-4-19) o Unser Racing Museum o Nuclear Museum o KAFB:
    • Bomb Squad
    • Lunch in Dining hall
    • Dog show
    • Tour barracks
    • Tour flight line / airplanes


Gold Star Mothers – 2019 Planning Calendar

January

  • 2019 Membership dues are due

February

March

  • 3/11/19 Military & Veterans Day @ NM State Legislature
  • Tribute to Women in the Military Luncheon - tbd
  • Department Annual Meeting
  • 17th – Bataan Memorial Death March www.bataanmarch.com

April

  • Start promoting WAA sponsorship page

May

Memorial Day Ceremonies

June

  • Honor Flight
  • AGSM National Convention, Albuquerque, NM

July

  • 21st – Tentative AGSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August

September

  • State Fair, read names
  • Blue Mass
  • 29th Gold Star Mothers Sunday (Official)

November

  • AGSM Meeting - Pack hygiene bags for VA

December

  • Wreaths Across America


Meeting concluded 3:07 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


October 16, 2018 Conference Call Minutes


President Kay Coleman called the meeting to order at 12:05 pm. Participants included Pat Merville, Joyce Montoya, and Karen Alexander.


Birthdays

10-10-85 ARMY SFC MATTHEW QUINN McCLINTOCK


Angelversaries

10-4-03 ARMY SPC JAMES HEATH PIRTLE

10-12-04 ARMY SPEC CHRISTOPHER ANDREW MERVILLE


Guests / New Member- n/a


Minutes

September 15, 2018 Meeting Minutes (9/17/18 emailed) KA motion to accept, JM second, motion passed.


Financial Report

$29,948.57 reconciled bank balance on (10-3-18 emailed)

$31,145.59 balance as of 10-12-18


Correspondence - None


Reports

UVC – (Jo Ann) (emailed 9-19-18) JZ did not participate in call, so no update. Pat read in ABQ Journal about construction closing Louisiana south of Gibson for 100 days, so will ask JZ to contact UVC about whether the Park & Ride service from the credit union lot will be available for Veterans Day ceremonies in ABQ.

VAVS – (Kay) (emailed)

Commanders Briefing - (Kay) (9-17-18 emailed)

SWAT – (Kay) cancelled


Current Business

Recap Sept 25th – The Blue Mass @ St. Jude Thaddeus, Albuquerque- Pat was only GSM to attend.

Recap Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday- feedback to be given to Kay. Meeting next week with Gerard.

Felicia’s radio interview went well. Kathi Henderson signed up for notices about our activities.

Recap October 4th - Forgotten Heroes Funeral, Santa Fe National Cemetery – BC & KA rang the bell after each of 8 names of the deceased was read.

Recap October 5th – 7th – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO-Kay attended, along with several moms from northern NM. There were about 150 total attendees. Kay will share photos. Event sponsored by Colorado Gold Star Parents Project, a 501c3 entity. Kay suggested that NM families may want to do a similar event.

 Update QOV from NNMQG & NM Veterans Home visit in TorC-We are scheduled to visit at the Home from10 to noon, then lunch on our own, then 12:30 cookie reception @ American Legion in Elephant Butte. We will buy our beverages from the American Legion during the event. Kay will bring the lap quits as gifts to veterans at the Home. Pat suggested that we give packets of between 4 & 6 cards to residents. Those who carpool from ABQ to TorC can assemble the packets during the trip. Pat will bring ribbon; Kay will bring the greeting cards that were donated by friends of JoAnn. Kay has not gotten reply from Linda to get the QOV quilts to be presented to Gold Star Families at the American Legion event.

 Wreaths Across America- Karen continues to work with ROTC & CAP doing fundraising. About 700 wreaths committed so far, which is double of last year! She will present on this event at the 11/1 Clovis City Council meeting and will have a table at two of the veterans organizations during the Week of Veterans Day when Clovis veterans organizations host Open House events.

 Monument (Becky)

o Income $45,981.00 Expenses $27,705.51 Net Profit $18,275.49

 Fisher House progress – Groundbreaking ceremony @ VA Hospital on 11/9, 11 am. JoAnn may be added as a member of the BOD for the NM project to represent Gold Star Families.

 fundraisers:

o Defender Bracelets Income $1465 Expenses $581.45 Net Profit $883.55

o People’s Flowers Income: $1.18- This was rebate for purchases that Kay made under their program.

o Quilt Raffle Income $135 Expenses $0 Net Profit $135

 501(c)3 update (Kay)-Kay received notice 10/12 that we are officially approved! Next step is to register as a non-profit corporation with the state of NM.

 FOH Gala, October 20th @ Santa Ana Star Casino/Hotel, RR- Pat stated that due to construction on US 550 bridges over the Rio Grande in Bernalillo, there have been very significant backups of traffic exiting I-25 to 550. Suggested attendees try using hwy 528 through Rio Rancho as an alternative route.


New Business

 Written job descriptions- we will adapt the chapter job descriptions from those used for national offices.

 Board / committee authorized spending limit- Pat made motion to allow the executive board to spend up to $200 with approval either by email or phone of 3 out of 4 of the board. Kay will send email to all members to vote on this motion. Such expenditures will be reported in the subsequent monthly financial report.

 November meeting- Discussion to cancel the 11/17 meeting. During the TorC trip, we will decide a date/time to assemble the goodie bags to be donated to the ABQ VA Hospital.

 Veteran Day Ceremonies to Ray Seva- Karen will send info on Clovis Veterans Week activities.

o Please include the following information in your response

-City, -Venue -time of event -address of venue -type of event (i.e. parade/ceremony/concert/BBQ, etc.)

-sponsor of event (i.e. VFW/American Legion Chapter, city of Santa Fe, Elks Lodge, etc.) -point of contact (POC) - POC’s phone number

Individually:

o See if your hero is registered:

 http://www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com/

 www.militaryfamiliesunited.org (if died in conflict)

o Living Legacy Scholarship through Columbia Southern University, it is a full scholarship for a

Master’s degree for a sibling of a fallen soldier (Thanks Felicia for this information)

  • Working Dogs for Vets- Karen made motion, Pat seconded, to donate $200 to this organization. Motion passed.
  • No date yet set to perform the Blue to Gold ceremony for Annette Arellano in honor of her son Justin. Kay will stay in touch with the family to make the arrangements.


Members

 Cards to Lisa & family


Upcoming Dates

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Santa Ana Star Casino, RR

Oct 21st - Tatonka Trail Run 5k & 10k

Oct 25th – 26th - ABQ Stand Down

Oct 26th – Angel Fire Cemetery groundbreaking @ 11am

Oct 27th – NM Veterans Home visit in TorC

Nov 8th – NM Veterans Art Show

Nov 9th – ABQ Fisher House groundbreaking @11am

Nov 10th – Joyce’s Wedding

Nov 10th - WWII event @ Expo, NM

Nov 11th - Veterans Day / Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade Car Show

2019

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting concluded 12:53 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


September 15, 2018 Meeting

Karen Alexander’s home, 493 CR 4, Clovis, NM

Opening- Meeting commenced 12:50 pm.


Birthdays

9-15-85 ARMY SGT. JOEL ANTHONY DAHL

9-16-80 ARMY SSGT DEVIN SCHUETTE


Angelversaries

9-3-05 MARINE LCPL SHANE PATRICK HARRIS


Guests / New Member – Kay received a potential new member through Gerad at The Heart of Real Estate (THORE). She will contact the lady.


Minutes

August 26, 2018 Meeting Minutes (9-3-18 emailed). Motion to approve by Becky, 2nd by JoAnn, passed.


Financial Report

$29,532.65 reconciled bank balance on 8-31-18 (9-3-18 emailed)

$29,482.65 balance as of September 10, 2018

Kay reported that current balance is $30,302 & some cents, which includes $800 received as vendor payments for booths at Gold Star Mother Sunday (GSMS) event and bracelet sales. $23 to be paid to Joyce for postage for solicitation letters she sent.


Correspondence- Kay received letter from Louis Gallegos of Questa that her mother Petronila Gallegos, who was a GSM has died. We did not have Petronilla as an active member.


Reports

UVC – (Jo Ann) (emailed 8-14-18) Mayor Keller met with Bernie about goal to have all APS students visit the NMVMP. Need more volunteer docents to accomplish this.

VAVS – (Kay) (emailed )- Donation form includes the time that we shop for items to donate to the hospital. Also include hours Mary Cowan volunteers at Fort Bayard and Becky at Las Vegas VA Clinic. Kay met with Kimberly Antos for annual review of AGSM volunteer activity = 258 hours; 5 adult volunteers; $1,101 donations.

Commanders Briefing - (Kay) in September – Kay will email her notes from this meeting to members. Golden Age Games had 840 participants = most ever. NM participants awarded 46 medals.

Current Business

  • Recap August 25th - WWI Centennial Commission all-day history event at NM History Museum, Albuquerque – no member attended
  • Recap Sept 2nd – Patriotic Picnic, 5p-9p @ NMVM, Albuquerque- Kay attended. About 76 attendees.
  • Recap Sept 11th – Military Day @ NM State Fair, Albuquerque – Becky, JoAnn, Joyce, Pat read names of Fallen Heroes. Christmas family and Todd featured in video at the rodeo. Becky & family, Joyce & Bob, & Pat rode in truck for entry while giant American Flag was displayed in the arena.
  • Update QOV from NNMQG- Discussed present to members after 10/27 visit to Veterans Home.
  • Wreaths Across America-Karen had a booth at Curry County Fair, with assistance from JROTC. 127 wreaths have been sold for Clovis cemetery. Kitty Hawk Honor Society contacted her to help with WAA. May do a 24 hour vigil @ Lowe’s with WAA table as fundraiser. Karen sold $120 worth of defender bracelets during the fair; funds to our chapter, not WAA. Karen showed us a sample of large poppy made from felt and plant stakes that she will use at future fundraisers. May make smaller version to use for convention. Becky reported a table of 10 for GSM @ Gala WAA fundraiser in DC 9/26.
  • Monument (Becky) Becky has not received reply from Pat Harris on the samples to decide on material for the base. The city engineer needs to approve the engineering drawings. $40,000 payable to artist. $4,000 payable to city for maintenance of the monument.

      • Income $45,981.00 Expenses $27,705.51 Net Profit $18,275.49
      • Direct Mail Campaign Income $4,166
      • Defender Bracelets
      • Income $1000 Expenses $581.45 Net Profit $418.55
      • JoAnn reported that Bernie told her that the NM Department of Veterans Services declined to reimburse the NM Veterans Memorial Foundation for the $10,000 donation to this monument. We discussed concern that Bernie may go to the media and/or start a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover this donation, which could reflect adversely on our chapter if it is not handled delicately. JoAnn will contact Bernie Monday about this. We agreed that he should not refer to GSM to raise donations.
  • Fisher House progress ( Jo Ann)- Tentative groundbreaking November 2018.
  • fundraisers: HOLD ALL UNTIL AFTER 2019 CONVENTION
  • 501(c)3 update (Kay / Becky) Kay stated that 5 members are required to sign the application to the IRS. Kay, Becky, JoAnn, Karen, and Pat agreed to be listed on the application. It is a priority to get this filing completed.
  • Pocket flag gift to be presented to all who enlist at the Memorial Day ceremony. Kay to meet with contact @ RGVBSM to get info on how to make the folded flag, then will demonstrate to our members.
  • Website update (Kay) – Kay is to call Georgia to discuss.
  • Support Young Airmen (EMAIL INFO) -HOLD
  • FOH Gala, October 20th @ Santa Ana Star Casino, RR -Organizers reserved a table of 10 for GSF. Kay, Becky, Pat, JoAnn & Don, Joyce & Georgia to attend. Any member can contact Fold of Honor, Pat Quick to request one of the remaining spaces.
  • Suicide Flag event (Karen & Kay) Hold until January 2019.
  • Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday EVENT sponsored by The Heart of Real Estate (THORE) to be 5-9:30 pm @ NMVMP. Kay was contacted at end of August by Gerad Garcia to discuss creating a fundraiser event to benefit our chapter. Kay, JoAnn, Becky, Joyce met with Gerad during two meetings and agreed to holding the event. Kay is the point of contact with Gerad. Gerad prepared flyers targeted to soliciting vendors to pay $200 to have a booth at the event, with the proceeds paid to our chapter. Kay reported $800 has been paid to our chapter as of 9/14. A second flyer is targeted to the general public to attend the event. These have been distributed and posted to social media. We will have a booth to sell raffle tickets for the quilt (the donor has the quilt until 2019 convention, so we should display a photo of it), sell Defender Bracelets, and accept donations and educate people about our organization. RGVBSM agreed to cover our booth during the Reading of Names ceremony, but as of 9/14, they may withdraw this because they do not want to pay $200 to have a booth for their boutique items. Gerard asked the chapter to pay expenses required to put on the event, including the cost of printing flyers, cost of special event insurance estimated at $360, $150 or more for supplies to make several hundred luminarias that will be placed around the park and will form a Zia symbol in the Rose Garden area. These expenses are anticipated to be covered by the vendors payments. There will be a reading of the names of the Fallen Heroes since the start of the War on Terror, National Guard honor guard, a singer, and maybe the Isotopes mascot Orbit. Kay will email to all members a schedule of the sequence of events for the day. GSM are requested to wear white to the event.


Upcoming Dates

Sept 25th, noon – The Blue Mass @ St. Jude Thaddeus Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd NW, Albuquerque

Sept 30th , 5 – 9:30 pm– Gold Star Mothers Sunday /THORE (Heart of Real Estate) Event, New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, ABQ

October 4, 11 am Forgotten Heroes Ceremony, Santa Fe National Cemetery (burial of unclaimed veterans remains)

October 5th – 7th – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO

October 16, Noon – 1 pm – AGSM Conference call

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Santa Ana Star Casino, RR

Oct 21st - Tatonka Trail Run 5k & 10k

Oct 25th – 26th - ABQ Stand Down

Oct 27 – Visit to NM Veterans Home, T or C. And possible QOV presentation. Tentative date until Kay confirms with the Home.

November 8th – NM Veterans Art Show

November 10th – Joyce’s Wedding

November 11th - Veterans Day

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Kay decided not to cover other agenda items due to time constraints. Meeting adjourned at 2:45 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Recording Secretary


August 26, 2018 Conference Call Minutes


President Kay Coleman had not joined the call by 3:10 pm, so Pat Merville started the meeting with participants Becky Christmas, Jo Ann Zembiec, Mary Koehler, and Karen Alexander


Birthdays

7th Kay Coleman

24th Emily Buch-Hague

25th ARMY SPEC CHRISTOPHER ANDREW MERVILLE

28th Mary Cowan

30th Hiltrud Ridenour


Angelversaries


Guests / New Member- n/a


Minutes

July 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes (8-6-18 emailed) JZ motion to accept, BC second, motion passed.


Financial Report

$16,065.65 reconciled bank balance on 8-3-18 (8-19-18 emailed)

$19,220.65 balance as of August 20, 2018 + $10,000 donation from NM Veterans Memorial Foundation +$40 donation in memory of Christopher Merville 40th birthday.


Correspondence

TY Valencia County Blue Star Mom’s July 2018


Reports

UVC – (Jo Ann) (emailed ) Note Patriotic picnic 9/2, 9-5 @ NMVMP.

VAVS – (Kay) (emailed )

Commanders Briefing - (Kay) in September

SWAT – (Kay) CXL Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque CXL


Current Business

  • RECAP Nat’l Veterans Golden Age Games – Aug 3-8, 2018 BC, JZ, PM volunteered at Registration and various events. Had plenty of volunteers at the events in which we participated. We enjoyed meeting the veterans, their families, and other volunteers.
  • RECAP July 26th 50th Vietnam Commemoration Ceremony @ NM VMP- no GSM attendees
  • Update QOV from NNMQG- Kay not on call, so tabled
  • Wreaths Across America (Mary Cowan & Karen)- KA reported getting orders for 35 wreaths from 3 events. Online account for Clovis, NM is setup to accept orders/donations. Also receiving support from CAP & Boy Scouts. BC will travel from Maine to Arlington with the caravan this year. BC will check with Lisa if she can collect our wreaths for the Santa Fe cemetery this year.
  • Monument (Becky)

      • Income $45,981.00 Expenses $27,705.51 Net Profit $18,275.49
      • $10,000 Donation from NM Veterans Memorial Foundation. Corresponding Secretary, JM, will send Thank You letter on behalf of the chapter. Members are encouraged to send individual Thanks also due to the large donation amount. Send to: New Mexico Veterans Memorial Foundation, P.O. BOX 8389, Albuquerque, NM 87198.
      • Becky is trying to contact Pat Harris to confirm the plan for Pat & Brad to install the monument base. Duke is waiting for foundry to give him date for the casting. Possible installation in November?
      • Direct Mail Campaign Income $4,166
      • Defender Bracelets
        • Income $605 Expenses $358.45 Net Profit $246.55 ($210 if sold what’s out)
        • Motion by BC, 2ND by MK, motion passed to buy another order of 50/50 bracelets. Proceeds will go into chapter General Fund since we now have covered the Monument expenses.
  • Media:
  • Fisher House progress ( Jo Ann) No update. Start build in 2019.
  • fundraisers: All on hold
    • PaneraBread.com / fundraiser around Veterans day (Kay ABQ / Becky Santa Fe)
    • Chico's shopping (Becky)
    • Amber Waves of Grain
    • Virtual Strides
    • Facebook fundraiser page – Update
    • Rock & Brews = 25% of take
  • GSM convention in Albuquerque, NM June-2019 (Becky) – OCT meeting on convention only.
    • Mary Cowan is working with a group to make quilted potholders that have a gold star in center as items to include in delegate bags
    • Pat will contact Vets In Action Civitan chapter to assemble the Blue to Gold & Purple Heart pins/postage stamp framed keepsake for the delegate bags. Else our members will assemble from components donated by Thom and his wife.
    • In-Kind donations rec’d
      • Christmas Ranch – lanyards (8-18-18 emailed to Joyce to send TY)

Dav-Tek donated bags

  • Gift to be presented to all who enlist at the Memorial Day ceremony? Pocket flag? Kay will get instructions for how to make and fold the 3x5 flag to 1x3 inch triangle. Poem is included with flag. Kay will set date for members to make these.
  • New website domain hosting – Discussion that site is not under control of a chapter member, we can’t receive email from the site, and site is not being updated. Suggestion to move the website back to Webs.com at no fee, and have at least two members with administrative rights to make updates. Kay and possibly Karen will be administrators. Kay to meet with Georgia (who is webmaster) on 8/28 to discuss.
  • Support Young Airmen (EMAIL INFO)
  • FOH Gala, October 20th @ Santa Ana Star Casino, RR- hold
  • Suicide Flag event (Karen & Kay)- hold
  • Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday
    • HOR (Heart of Real Estate) Chris 910-0422 hamburger / hot dog cookout, light luminarias- Kay & JoAnn met with realtor. To meet again 8/30 to discuss flyer design & distribution.
  • Case Managers Society of America table DATE CHANGE November 1st & 2nd OR 2nd & 3rd


Grants- no updates

  • Bueno Foods submitted 11-27-17
  • People’s Flowers: mailed 7-6-18
  • MobilExxon – emailed 4-25-18
  • State Employees Credit Union – emailed 4-29-18
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union – email 4-29-18
  • The Thornburg Foundation, 2300 N Ridgtop Rd, Santa Fe, 87506 – mailed 7-6-18
  • The Karakin Foundation, POB 26867, Albuq 87125 – mailed 7-6-18
  • http://www.jfmaddox.org/Grants.aspx (only lea county) over $4 mil given
  • McCune Foundation – due by August 15, 2018 for 2019 grant cycle
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation POB 1827, SF 87504-1827 https://sfcf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn 7-6-18 waiting for acceptance
  • Eugene V. & Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, POB 2422, Santa Fe, 87504-2422 mailed 7-7-18
  • Chase Foundation
  • NM Veterans Memorial Foundation (Jo Ann)- see above
  • Bank of Albuquerque - RECEIVED
  • Isotopes – Denied
  • Isleta Resort & Casino – emailed 4-29-18 - Denied


New Business

  • Outreach (Joyce) -no updates since Joyce was not on the call
    • Game plan for reaching potential and/or previous members
    • Updating new members packets
    • Need more brochures?
  • Joyce order more business cards – change email address
    • Email address fixed?


Members


Upcoming Dates

August 25th - WWI Centennial Commission all-day history event at NM History Museum, Albuquerque

Sept 2nd – Patriotic Picnic, 5p-9p @ NMVMP, Albuquerque

Sept 11th – Military Day @ NM State Fair, Albuquerque

Sept 12th – Commanders Briefing

Sept 15th – GSM meeting @ Karen’s in Clovis- Time to be sent to members

Sept 25th – The Blue Mass @ St. Jude Thaddeus, Albuquerque

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday / HOR (Heart of Real Estate) invitation

October 5th – 7th – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Santa Ana Star Casino, RR

Oct 25th – 26th - ABQ Stand Down

November 8th – NM Veterans Art Show

November 10th – Joyce’s Nuptials

November 11th - Veterans Day

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting concluded 4:35 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


July 21, 2018


Kay Coleman opened the meeting at 2:42 pm in her home. Attendees: Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec, and Joyce Montoya. No members joined on the phone. No new members attended.


Kay read the Birthdays & Angelversaries listed on the agenda that was emailed to members:

Birthdays

7-1 MARINE LCPL. AARON COTE AUSTIN

7-22 Kay Beeman

8-7 Kay Coleman

8-24 Emily Buch-Hague

8-25 ARMY SPEC CHRISTOPHER ANDREW MERVILLE

8-26 Lisa Bowles

8-28 Mary Cowan & Karen Alexander

8-30 Hiltrud Ridenour


Angelversaries

7-31 MARINE SGT. STEPHEN M. CARPENTER


Guests / New Member

New Member – Kay Beeman, not in attendance.


Guest – Thom Towell, Military Order of Purple Hearts (Prior to meeting, Thom demonstrated how to make the Blue to Gold framed keepsakes that will be given to delegates to 2019 AGSM National Convention. Thom and his wife donated USPS Gold Star Mother stamps, Blue Star Banner, Purple Heart Medal, and Gold Star Banner pins and a dozen frames to our chapter to make the keepsakes. Pat will contact Vets in Action Civitan Club for assistance is assembling these.)


Minutes: Jo Ann made motion, Joyce seconded, to accept Minutes of 5/20/18 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled June bank balance (emailed) of $17,804.98 and 7/1 balance of $16,140.65. Joyce made motion, Jo Ann seconded to accept the financial report. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Copies of correspondence sent by email to members: VAVS TY for Memorial Day cards (emailed 7-1-18);Horses 4 Heroes TY (emailed);Quilts of Valor Foundation TY (emailed 7-14-18);

Jemez Mtn Bear Paw Quilting Club TY (emailed 7-20-18)


Reports

UVC Jo Ann’s report emailed 6/15. Volunteers needed for August VA Senior Games in ABQ.

VAVS – Notes emailed 7/11; especially need reader eyeglasses.

Commanders Briefing-Kay emailed 7/1.

SWAT-Format of meeting has changed. Kay will stop attending as the key contacts are participating in other meetings above.


Current Business

  • Recap 5-22 50th Commemoration, Angel Fire (emailed 3-12-18) Becky & Kay attended.
  • Recap 2018 National Convention, Long Beach, CA 6-21 to 25 (Pat, Karen, Kay) None of the proposed amendments passed. Delegates have given input on Survey Monkey.
  • Recap Cannon AFB Air Show (Karen & Kay) (emailed 7-1-18) $200 for WAA raised.
  • Recap May 26th – 9a-3p Blood Drive / Car Show @ NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque. Jo Ann attended.
  • Recap May 28th – Memorial Day – Events all over New Mexico
  • Recap June 8th – Honor Flight Returns (Jo Ann) 3p-5p, Albuquerque Int’l Airport. Jo Ann encouraged members to participate as escorts for future events. Pat participated in the Flag Line to Welcome Home the veterans.
  • Recap June 14th – Flag Day. NM Veterans Memorial retiring of the Flags Ceremony 10am – 11am. No GSM attended.
  • Recap June 18th – Blue Mass @ Catholic Center, Albuquerque. No update.
  • Update QOV from NNQG-Kay requested quilts for Emily, Felicia, Kay and Karen. Might hold visit to the T or C Veterans Home until the quilts are ready so that presentation can be made to those in southern NM during this visit.
  • Wreaths Across America (Mary C & Karen)- Santa Fe & Clovis cemeteries are registered.
  • Monument (Becky) Report attached. Becky recommended paying artist $5,000 now of the $20,000 that is due when the monument is completed due to the delay in our chapter obtaining the non-taxable certificate from the state of NM. Discussion decided to abide by the contract terms. Kay to contact Becky for copy of the signed contract with the city to review if possible to add flags at the four corners of the monument.
    • Income $42,826.00 Expenses $27,705.51 Net Profit $15,120.49
    • Direct Mail Campaign Income $3,916.00
  • Fisher House progress ( Jo Ann) Ground breaking sometime in 2019.
  • fundraisers:
    • PaneraBread.com / fundraiser around Veterans day (Kay ABQ / Becky Santa Fe)-Must choose a weekday; distribute postcard for person to bring to restaurant to give donation to our chapter. Suggest second week of October. After date is set, print postcards and add to our chapter website for patrons to print.
    • Chico's shopping (Becky)Table
    • Amber Waves of Grain (Kay) Table
    • Virtual Strides- Kay will get more information.
    • Facebook fundraiser page? Table
  • GSM convention in Albuquerque, NM June-2019 (Becky) Report attached. NM Pinion Coffee and Heads Up Landscaping have been contacted for donation items. Discussed sending Thank You letters when the product is delivered to us. Becky suggested that members check National AGSM Facebook page for teaser facts monthly, then weekly. Alternate suggestion to do quarterly email notice to all members. Suggestion to send Save the Date postcard to non-member Gold Star Families in NM. Joyce left the meeting before she reported on the quilt raffle tickets. How will these be distributed to members to sell?
  • 501(c)3 update (Kay / Becky)$400 to IRS to register as a non-profit corporation. If we have income greater than $10,000/year, fee is $850. Kay sent our Articles of Incorporation to NM Secretary of State; awaiting reply. Then will file 1023EZ online and should be 30 days to issue certification.
  • Nat’l Veterans Golden Age Games – Aug 3-8, 2018
  • Wood bracelets Update (Kay) Kay will sell @ Aug RGVBSM meeting, and at other meetings: UVC, Commanders Briefing. The full order was not delivered. We will wait to re-order until we see how the sales go.
    • Income $60.00 Expenses $358.45 Net Profit -$298.45


Grants

  • Bueno Foods submitted 11-27-17
  • People’s Flowers: mailed 7-6-18
  • MobilExxon – emailed 4-25-18
  • Isleta Resort & Casino – emailed 4-29-18 - Denied
  • State Employees Credit Union – emailed 4-29-18
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union – email 4-29-18
  • The Thornburg Foundation, 2300 N Ridgtop Rd, Santa Fe, 87506 – mailed 7-6-18
  • The Karakin Foundation, POB 26867, Albuq 87125 – mailed 7-6-18
  • http://www.jfmaddox.org/Grants.aspx (only lea county) over $4 mil given
  • McCune Foundation – due by August 15, 2018 for 2019 grant cycle
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation POB 1827, SF 87504-1827 https://sfcf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn 7-6-18 waiting for acceptance
  • Eugene V. & Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, POB 2422, Santa Fe, 87504-2422 mailed 7-7-18
  • Chase Foundation
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Isotopes – denied
  • NM Veterans Memorial (Jo Ann) – She will follow up with Bernie.


New Business

Outreach (Joyce) Joyce left the meeting prior to this discussion.


    • Game plan for reaching potential and/or previous members
    • Updating new members packets
    • Need more brochures?
  • Joyce order more business cards – change email address
    • Email address fixed? The wrong email address remains on the website. Urgent that this is fixed! Georgia controls the website; no chapter member has access to make the correction.
  • Gift to be presented to all who enlist at the Memorial Day ceremony? Pocket flag?
  • New website domain hosting for $1.20 per month- Kay pays for this. Suggestion to lock in domains for @.com, @.net, and @.org.
  • Support Young Airmen (EMAIL INFO)- Kay will get further information for Christmas project.
  • FOH Gala, October 20th @ Santa Ana Star Casino, RR
  • Suicide Flag event (Karen & Kay) Table
  • Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday HOR (Heart of Real Estate) So far, attendees may be Kay, Pat, JoAnn
  • Kay out of town on 9-11-18 State Fair Military Day
  • 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony, NMVMP 7-26-18 @ 10am
  • Case Managers Society of America table on August 29th & 29th: - Kay will get more information if she and JoAnn can sell bracelets & quilt raffle tickets.


Members


Upcoming Dates

July 21st – GSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences (RESCHEDULE – BECKY)

July 26th 50th Vietnam Commemoration Ceremony @ NM VMP

August 3rd - 8th – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque (5th is Parade of Athletes @ Kiva Auditorium 7:30pm – 9pm)

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

August 25th - WWI Centennial Commission all-day history event at NM History Museum, Albuquerque

Sept 11th – Military Day @ NM State Fair, Albuquerque

Sept 12th – Commanders Briefing

Sept 15th – GSM meeting ?? Karen offered to host.

Sept 25th – The Blue Mass @ St. Jude Thaddeus, Albuquerque

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday / HOR (Heart of Real Estate) invitation

October 5th – 7th – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Santa Ana Star Casino, RR

Oct 25th – 26th - ABQ Stand Down

November 11th - Veterans Day

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting adjourned at 4:55 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


May 20, 2018


Kay Coleman opened the meeting at 1:50 pm in her home. Attendees: Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec, and on the phone Becky Christmas and Karen Alexander. No new members nor guests.


Kay read the Birthdays & Angelversaries listed on the agenda that was emailed to members:

Birthdays

5-12-79 AIR FORCE CAPTAIN TAMARA LONG ARCHULETA B’day

5-16 Cindy Long B’day

5-25 Pat Merville B’day

6-4-64 NAVY LT JG PHILIP EDWARD BUCH B’day

6-12 Jo Ann Zembiec B’day


Angelversaries

5-11-07 MARINE MAJOR DOUGLAS A. ZEMBIEC

5-13-68 ARMY JAMES A. DAVIS

6-23-07 ARMY SGT. JOEL ANTHONY DAHL


Minutes: Becky made motion, Jo Ann seconded to accept Minutes of 4/23/18 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled bank balance (emailed) of $16,291.19 and $17,170.56 balance as of 5/14/18. Becky made motion, Jo Ann seconded to accept the financial report. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Kay had emailed 4/26 to members the photo of Blue & Gold Star pins if anyone wants to order. BSM Cinco de Mayo car show fundraiser was emailed to members 4/25. Thank You letter in memory of LaNeel Pierce emailed to members 4/29. Thank You letter from VAVS emailed to members 5/6.


Reports

UVC Jo Ann’s report emailed 5/13; no questions from members.

VAVS – Notes emailed 4/13/18 & Minutes emailed 5/13/18.

Commanders Briefing- No meeting this month.

SWAT-Format of meeting has changed. Kay does not see much value to our organization, but Becky recommended continuing to participate until after 2019 convention to maintain contacts.


Current Business

  • Recap – May 5-16, 2018 www.Runforthefallen.org Beginning 4-7-2018 (Pat & Kay)Poor communication from Run for the Fallen organization to locals, so BSM & GSM waited at ABQ hotel for participants for 1.5 hours before they arrived for dinner that was provided by RGVBSM. Karen stood for Lorna Harris’ son at Texico stop. Karen arranged for lunch donated by Foxy’s Drive-In in Melrose. American Legion in Clovis hosted dinner on Tuesday and McDonald’s donated breakfast burritos Wednesday. Becky reported that Jeanette & CY Yazzie cooked meal at Chapter House near Shiprock, and two nieces ran a section of the route with the runners. Becky & Brad donated meal in Vaughn on 5/13.
  • Recap 5-19-18 Folds of Honor Golf Tournament, Pendaries Golf Resort, NM (Becky) Her talk went well. Meet and Greet the evening prior. Also a Gold Star daughter from Florida whose Dad died from Agent Orange exposure talked. Senator Pete Campos attended. There may be a golf tournament scheduled in Clovis.
  • Recap 5-16-18 – VA2K 11am – 2pm, Bullhead park purchase $150 of items (Becky) Becky bought the items and Kay delivered to the event.
  • Recap 4-28-18 NM Golden Games car show & blood drive @ NMVM 9am-3pm (Jo Ann) Jo Ann attended, but doesn’t know how much money was raised. 5/26 Car show & blood drive will be held at NMVMP.
  • Recap 4-29-18 Rio Grande Patriots Bowling Tournament for Folds of Honor- no attendees from AGSM.
  • Recap 5-12-18 Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes- no attendees from AGSM.
  • Recap Run for the Wall (ABQ) Kay & Pat bought drinks & oranges from our chapter for dinner 5/17 @ Duke City Harley Davidson & helped to serve meal. Pat participated with group of flag waivers @ Mountain Valley Road overpass to I-40 on 5/18.
  • Update QOV from NNQG (will follow up in June)
    • Felicia Hale, Kay Coleman, Lleta Scoggins, Emily Hague, Karen Alexander, Edith Matthews
  • Wreaths Across America- Karen will set up booth @ Cannon AFB event over Memorial Day weekend. Karen put the AGSM logo on WAA banner she has used for fundraising in Clovis area. Kay will check on use of AGSM logo.
  • Monument (Becky) We need about $10,000 still. After June national convention, we will push to conclude the fundraising.

      • Income $41,115.00 Expenses $27,347.06 Net Profit $13,767.94
      • Direct Mail Campaign Income $2,755
  • ABQ Fisher House progress ( Jo Ann)- no update.
  • Fundraisers- hold until after convention. Becky reported some miscommunication about possible art show fundraiser in Santa Fe. The artist intended AGSM to sponsor an event, and he would get 3 or 4 artists to donate an item. Becky mentioned getting the signed Angel Fire Memorial poster framed and auctioned. An Unsigned posted raised $150 @ the Pendaries event. Kay mentioned potential event with Association of Home Brewers as partner.
  • GSM convention in Albuquerque, NM June-2019 (Becky) –Kay emailed Heads Up Landscaping requesting the forget-me-not seed packets; no reply yet. Kay emailed NM Coffee Company requesting coffee packets; no reply yet.
  • 501(c)3 update (Kay / Becky)- no update.
  • 2018 National Convention, Long Beach, CA 6-21 to 25-Becky will bring about 100 postcard invitations to ABQ Convention that Kay, Pat & Karen will pass out to delegates.
  • Nat’l Veterans Golden Age Games – Aug 3-8, 2018- Seeking water donations. We have spent $150 of $200 budgeted for VA; $50 available to buy drinking water for this event. So far, Becky & JoAnn have signed up to volunteer.
  • 5-22 50th Commemoration, Angel Fire (emailed 3-12-18)- Becky & Kay will attend.
  • 6-8-18 Honor Flight returns (Jo Ann)- She will escort a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, Jerry Atencio, Dixon.


Grants

  • Bueno Foods submitted 11-27-17
  • People’s Flowers
  • MobilExxon – emailed 4-25-18- waiting a reply.
  • Isleta Resort & Casino – emailed 4-29-18- Denied.
  • State Employees Credit Union – emailed 4-29-18- waiting a reply.
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union – email 4-29-18- waiting a reply.


New Business

  • Outreach – No update on status of Joyce’s efforts to update new member packets.
  • VC BSM girl scout cookie donation- 3 Cases remain of the original 10. Becky will offer to Angel Fire Memorial & Las Vegas clinic & Vet Center.
  • Gold Star Parents Weekend, October 5-7, Glenwood Springs, CO- Kay plans to attend. JoAnn-no. Undecided: Karen & Pat.
  • Joyce order more business cards – change email address. Kay reported that the chapter website is not forwarding email from info@gsmnm.org, so we should create a generic email address, maybe using gmail. New chapter cards could have blank space for member to write her personal email address and name.
  • New member issues (Becky)- Becky stated that there may be a proposal made @ convention to hire a person at the national office to process certain membership matters such as contacting members who have lapsed on dues and applicants who have not included all required supporting documentation.
  • Congressman to get GSM Stamp for plaques / dollar store gold frames (6.5x5)- Write to our Congressman & Senators to request that they urge the US Postal Service to print more GSM stamps. It is difficult to find the stamps currently. If you are in the Dollar Store, buy 6.5 x 5 gold frames to use for this project. They stock them only in spurts. 100 – 120 needed for 2019 convention gifts.
  • The Blue Mass (Pat – emailed flyer 4-19-18)-No updates.
  • Honor Flight Cards- Send cards for Mail Call to JoAnn.
  • Albuquerque Navy Week Sept 10-16- 50 -70 Navy reps to be in ABQ. City is looking for activities for them. We will ask UVC for a suggestion. 9/11 is Military Day @ State Fair. Gold Star Families will be honored at the rodeo, and video on Todd Christmas will be shown.
  • QOV $100 donation (Jo Ann)-JoAnn requested donation to 2 ladies who sew Quilts of Valor quilts. JoAnn will ask if they are formed into an organization due to concern of our chapter giving money to individuals


Upcoming Dates

May 22nd – 50 year memorial in Angel Fire

May 26th & 27th – Cannon AFB Air Show, Karen will have a booth

May 26th – 9a-3p Blood Drive / Car Show @ NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

May 28th – Memorial Day – Events all over New Mexico

June 8th – Honor Flight Returns (Jo Ann) 3p-5p, Albuquerque Int’l Airport

June 14th – Flag Day. NM Veterans Memorial will have a retiring of the Flags Ceremony 10am – 11am

June 21st -25th – AGSM Nat’l Convention in Long Beach, CA

July 21st – GSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August 3rd - 8th – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque (5th is Parade of Athletes @ Kiva Auditorium 7:30pm – 9pm)

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

Sept 15th – GSM meeting

Sept 25th – The Blue Mass @ St. Jude Thaddeus, Albuquerque

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday

October 5th – 7th – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Albuq

Oct 25th – 26th - ABQ Stand Down

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26th – July 1st AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting adjourned at 3:32 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


 April 22, 2018  Minutes Conference Call


Kay Coleman opened the meeting at 2:05 pm. Attendees: Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec. Karen Alexander joined the call at 3:10 pm. No new members nor guests.


Kay read the Birthdays & Angelversaries listed on the agenda that was emailed to members:

Birthdays

April 14th – Marine Major Douglas Zembiec

April 15th - Marine LCPL Shane Harris

April 16th – Joyce Montoya

April 17th – Air Force SSGT Timothy Bowles

April 27th – ANG Spec Donella Mackmiller


Angelversaries

April 19th – Navy Lt JG Philip Buch

April 26th – Marine Lcpl Aaron Austin


Minutes: Becky made motion, Jo Ann seconded to accept Minutes of 3/17/18 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled bank balance as of 4/5/18 of $15,681.82 and $16,186.15 balance as of 4/16/18. This includes about $1,500 in donations received from the solicitation letters. Becky made motion, Pat seconded to accept the financial report. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Kay emailed to members on 4/2/18 copies of 2017 Wreaths Across America Certificate of Appreciation. She will email to members the Blue & Gold Star pin that is being sold by Blue Star Mothers.


Reports

UVC Jo Ann 3/17/18.

VAVS –Kay emailed 4/20/18.

Commanders Briefing –Kay emailed 4/2/18.

SWAT- No update since March.


Current Business

  • Recap BSM NM Convention 4/14: Kay told them about the GSM monument (with display of maquette) and the AGSM 2019 convention to be held in Albuquerque.
  • Recap VA Shopping $250 donation – Kay & Joyce bought 50 @ $5 canteen books for the VA.
  • Recap Bataan Memorial March – Becky reported 8300 participants. There was a minor route change this year. Becky & Brad walked the 14.2 mile route, and were joined by other family members.
  • Update QOV from NNMQG- Kay continues to work on this for Felicia Hale, Kay Coleman, Lleta Scoggins, Emily Hague, & Karen Alexander.
  • Wreaths Across America- Karen joined the call about 3:10 pm. She reported that she has permission to setup booth at the Cannon AFB Memorial Day Weekend event to ask for donations for WAA. She is getting a vinyl sign made to be used on vehicles that will include NM AGSM & WAA, with no date so that it can be used for several years.
  • Monument- Duke will contact the foundry next week to determine if they are ready to cast the mold. He doesn’t want to risk having the statue sit at the foundry for longer than necessary. Income $39,845; Expenses $27,347.06; Net Profit $12,497.94. Three companies replied to solicitation letter that they require our chapter to complete a specific request form, which we will do. About 30 envelopes were returned as undeliverable, several have been corrected and remailed.
  • WWW.Runforthefallen.org – E vent started 4/7/18 & will travel through NM May 5-16. Valencia County BSM are involved, and may need our assistance to feed the participants. Becky will represent Loran Harris for her son Dustin at the May 8 stop in Lexaco. Stops in NM cover date of death between 11/6/2004 & 4/6/2006.
  • Fisher House progress, http://www.newmexicofisherhouse.org/ – No update.
  • AGSM convention in ABQ June 2019 –Becky has gotten Christmas Enterprises to sponsor the lanyards and Karen Alexander’s company to sponsor the delegate bags. Becky will be in Albuquerque next week and will check with 4 companies on the cinch bags that we selected at the last meeting.
    • Joyce printed the “Save the Date” cards that we will distribute at the end of the 2018 convention.
    • Thom Powell who gifted the GSM keepsakes that consist of the GSM postage stamp, the purple heart, blue star banner, and gold star banner pins in a gold frame, has offered to instruct our members on how to make the items so that they can be given to delegates to the 2019 convention. Thom & his wife are donating the supplies to make these. Kay will contact Thom to arrange a day/time in July for us to meet with him for the instruction. After we have learned, we will discuss whether this could be a project for the Veterans In Action Civitan group to assemble the items. After fundraising for the GSM monument is achieved, we will discuss making a donation to Thom to cover the cost of the supplies. Becky recommended inviting Thom and his wife to the opening meeting of convention, and the Pages will pass out the keepsake to delegates at that meeting.
    • Kay discussed the 5” tall memento made from tin cans with a gold star that she received at the NM BSM convention. The maker, Joe Conner, offered to make these for the ABQ convention, but he needs soup cans that require a can opener, not the type that have the pop-tops. Becky suggested that we could put intersperse these with the framed photos on the display, and mothers could then take one when they retrieve the framed photo of their child at the end of the event. For May meeting: bring your empty soup cans or vegetable cans, including the top & metal clothes hangers (used for the stand). Kay will get them to Joe.
    • Becky has prepared the 1 page ad for the 2019 convention that will be printed at the back of the 2018 journal. She used photos supplied by the Visit ABQ organization.
  • 501(c)3 update- Kay didn’t have update. She will work on it before May meeting.
  • 2018 National Convention – Becky reported that transportation is provided for each event that is off-site of the hotel. Attire for non-business and non-memorial activities is whatever the attendees prefer (California casual). T-shirts for the Walk-A-Thon at the Northwood Memorial will be available to buy. The City of Irvine is sponsoring the memorial service to be held at the conclusion of the Walk-A-Thon. Becky & Joyce are drafting the memorial ad for LaNeel and Carmen. The chapter ad listing all our Fallen Heroes has been submitted.
  • Gold Star Mothers Day: Robyn Wood Millard- Kay will get more information about possible retreat in September, or possibly postpone to next year. Becky suggested that this would be a good year for our members to go to D.C. for the GSM weekend activities. Discounted hotel rooms will be available near the HQ .
  • National Veterans Golden Age Games Aug 3-8, 2018- organizing meeting will be 4/28. Need many volunteers.
  • Folds of Honor: 4/29 Rio Grande Patriots Bowling Tournament for FOH; 5/19 FOH event @ Pendaries Golf Club – Becky is a speaker.
  • 5/22 50th Commemoration Vietnam War at Angel Fire – Kay emailed 3/12.
  • 6/8/18, 3 – 5 pm @ ABQ Sunport, Honor Flight returns- public invited to greet returning veterans


New Business

  • Outreach – tabled
  • Valencia County BSM girl scout cookie donation received. Kay gave 2 boxes to Becky.
  • 4/28/18 NM Golden Age Games car show, blood drive, and other activities @ NMVMP 9 am – 3 pm. We tabled the discussion of possible donation.
  • 10/5 – 10/7 Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO – Kay will get more information.
  • Joyce will order more chapter business cards. Change the email address to: gsmnewmexico@gmail.com.


Members Carmen Lopez died 4/1. Kay, Pat, and Joyce attend the funeral and performed the AGSM memorial service. $100 donation to National in her memory has been mailed.


Upcoming Dates

April 28 – 9 am – 3 pm Car Show & Blood drive @ NMVMP for NM Golden Age Games

April 29th - Rio Grande Patriots Bowling Tournament for Folds of Honor

May 5 -6, Museum of American Military Families, Tijeras, NM: War & Peace Festival

May 12th – Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes

May 5 -16 – Run for the wall www.rftw.us (in ABQ 16 – 25)

May 17th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

May 19 – Folds of Honor Golf Tournament, Pendaries Golf Resort, NM

May 20, 12:30 pm - GSM Meeting @ Kay’s, Albuquerque

May 22th – 50 year Vietnam memorial in Angel Fire

June 8 – Honor Flight returns to ABQ 3 – 5 pm, ABQ International Sunport

June 21-25 – AGSM Nat’l Convention in Long Beach, CA

July 8-13 TAPS Blue Ridge Mountains Women’s Week of Renewal, Boone, NC

https://www.taps.org/empowerment/2018/northcarolina

July 21st – ABQ Chapter AGSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August 3-8 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

Sept 15th – ABQ Chapter AGSM meeting

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday

Oct 5-7 – Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend, Glenwood Springs, CO

Oct 20 – Folds of Honor, ABQ

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – ABQ Chapter AGSM meeting

2019

June 26 – July 1 AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting adjourned at 3:19 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary


Agenda March 17, 2018


Home of Becky Christmas, Watrous, NM


Opening


Birthdays

March 8th – Army Cpt Todd Christmas

March 29th – Marine CPL Gary Koehler

April 14th – Marine Major Douglas Zembiec

April 15th - Marine LCPL Shane Harris

April 16th – Joyce Montoya

April 17th – Air Force SSGT Timothy Bowles

April 27th – ANG Spec Donella Mackmiller


Angelversaries

March 15th - Air Force SSGT Timothy Bowles

March 23rd – Air Force Cpt Tamara Archuleta

April 19th – Navy Lt JG Philip Buch

April 26th – Marine Lcpl Aaron Austin


Guests / New Member


Minutes

February 18, 2018 Meeting Minutes (emailed 2-20-18)


Financial Report

$15,681.82 reconciled bank balance on 2-28-18 (emailed 3-12-18)

$15,088.11 balance as of 3-16-18


Correspondence

  • TY from Veterans Administration for Valentine Day cards (emailed 3-8-18)
  • TY from COTA (emailed 3-8-18)


Reports

UVC – (Jo Ann)

VAVS – (Kay)


Current Business

  • Recap Southwest Assistance Team meeting (Joyce)
  • Recap Women in the Military – March 2nd (Pat)
  • Recap Veterans Creative Arts Festival (Kay)
  • Recap Community Service Report (Karen)
    • Rec’d Adrene, Becky, Kay, Pat, Jo Ann, Mary Cowan,


Grants

  • Bueno Foods submitted 11-27-17
    • For Sponsorship Requests:

Submit a letter to the Bueno Foods’ Donation Committee on the letterhead of the organization you are representing. Sponsorship Requests are reviewed once per year.  Requests are due by June 30th of every year for the following fiscal year’s events: August through July. The Donation Committee will review all sponsorship requests in July and notification will occur by August 15.

  • People’s Flowers


New Business

  • Outreach (Joyce)
    • Game plan for reaching potential and/or previous members
    • Updating new members packets
    • Need more brochures?
  • Folds of Honor event, May 19th
    • 144 MI from Albuq. 2.25 hours drive time $95++ hotel room
    • Becky is speaking
    • Stephen’s Run for the Wall in White Deer, TX @ 8:15am
  • Operation Homefront http://www.operationhomefront.org/need/list
    • Hey Kay I am willing to help monetarily and personally like meals, babysitting etc. Can you get more details? **Joyce **
    • 3-2-18 emailed to see what else can we do?
  • 4-29 Rio Grande Patriots Bowling Tournament for Folds of Honor
  • ?? May 17th meeting speaker: Judy w/ Vet Riders for Wounded Warriors Assn, NM Chapter
  • Legislative Update
  • NM State Veterans Home
    • Rapid Hire Event from 9am-4pm on March 30 to fill immediate Nursing, Janitorial, and Food Service job vacancies.
  • 5-20 50th Commemoration, Angel Fire (emailed 3-12-18)
  • Recap Civitan Presentation (Pat)
  • Recap 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration in Clovis, (Karen)
  • Guest for meeting Brenn Olson:
    • referencing your Gold Star Mothers general meeting May 19th, I have the honor of representing Janice Arnold Jones, a wife of a retired Naval officer and candidate for US Congress. Would it be possibel for her to come a listen to your members concerns during your meeting?
    • thank you. I know she would love to meet with your organization. She very much supports you. She is running for the 1st Congressional District, which is primarily the Albuquerque area. If there is another venue where she could meet and talk with the ladies, please let me know. Personally I am retired Air Force, and I salute all that you do for families.
    • Great. Please make this for an Albuquerque meeting. I can usually add to her schedule with a weeks notification. She could give a short talk on her ideas, or simply make it a question and answer type of meeting so members can express their concerns, at your discretion. Thank you for your help. It's difficult to find groups like yours to speak with, and it's very important for those in D.C. to listen.
  • GSM Department Annual Meeting – Nominate Becky for President


Members

  • Adrene and she won't be coming to NM this Spring.  She said she traveled a lot last year and her husband has some health issues.  He needs both knees replaced and both hips replaced.  He is also diabetic.
  • Mary Cowan 3-7-18 He's doing better, Kay.  We drove to Las Cruces yesterday for appt w/ cardiologist.  Blood work and echocardiogram indicate he's slowly heading in the right direction, re-enforced by next appt 6 weeks out – RAHH
  • Carmen & Boney


Upcoming Dates

February 26th – March 1st Veterans Creative Arts Festival, VA Hospital, Albuquerque

March 2nd – Women in the Military luncheon

March 17th – GSM Meeting @ Becky’s, Wagon Mound

March 25th – Bataan Memorial Death March www.bataanmarch.com

April 14th – BSM NM Convention, Espanola, NM

April 22-27 - TAPS Sedona Women’s Week of Renewal, Sedona, AZ https://www.taps.org/empowerment/2018/arizona

April 29th - Rio Grande Patriots Bowling Tournament for Folds of Honor

May 12th – Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes

May 16-25 – Run for the wall www.rftw.us

May 17th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

May 19th - GSM Meeting / Department @ Kay’s, Albuquerque

May 19th – Folds of Honor Golf Tournament, Pendaries Golf Resort, NM

May 27th – 50 year memorial in Angel Fire

June 7-8 – Honor Flight (Jo Ann)

June 21-25 – AGSM Nat’l Convention in Long Beach, CA

July 8-13 TAPS Blue Ridge Mountains Women’s Week of Renewal, Boone, NC

https://www.taps.org/empowerment/2018/northcarolina

July 21st – GSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August 4-8 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

Sept 15th – GSM meeting

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday

Oct 20th – Folds of Honor, Albuq.

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26 – July 1 AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


February 18, 2018 Conference Call


Kay Coleman opened the meeting at 3:05 pm. Participants: Kay Coleman, Karen Alexander, Pat Merville, and Becky Christmas.


Minutes: Becky made motion, Karen seconded to accept Minutes of 1/20/2018 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled bank balance as of 1/31/18 of $14,269.79. 2/9/2018 balance was $15,291.82. $100 donation for the GSM Memorial and $20 in memory of LaNeel Pierce received after balance reported.


Current Business

  • Recap Valentines for Veterans – Kay reported that she delivered 151 Valentine cards from our chapter to the ABQ VA hospital.
  • Recap Gold Star Family Dinner, Lubbock, TX – Becky reported that she and Brad, Karen and Kent attended. The Kassin and Sanders families from Roswell were also there. The event was sponsored by the MOPH, local VFW post, and Friends of the Monument of Courage. Becky spoke about AGSM and distributed some membership packets. It was a fundraiser for the Monument of Courage to be built in Texas. She reported that banners were displayed of those KIA in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Recap LaNeel’s funeral – Becky reported that she and Carol Harris performed the AGSM memorial service at the funeral, and it was well received. The family asked that donations in memory of LaNeel should be sent to our chapter.
  • Recap Monument – Becky reported that Duke is working on the replacement clay figure. Jo Ann is continuing to solicit donations. Kay has a list of about 400 businesses. Kay and Becky will work together to composed and mail donation requests to these businesses.
  • AGSM convention in ABQ June 2019 – Becky suggested that mothers should bring a framed photo of their son or daughter to display during convention. We discussed whether they should all be in the same frame provided by the organization or individualized as provided by the mother, limited to 8x10, identified with a standard label to be printed by the organization, and whether to display in business meeting rooms or hospitality room, etc. Members supported the idea of displaying the photos. Further details to be discussed. Becky suggested lanyards in gold with red lettering that can be used for the 2019 & 2020 conventions. She suggested using the Zia symbol on the gift bags. We discussed that we could be identified as members of the host chapter by wearing distinctive t-shirts on registration day, possibly with the Zia symbol, or wearing a sash or bandana as identification. Most members supported the NM passport displaying multiple images from NM to be distributed at the conclusion of the 2018 convention. Joyce and Becky will work on this. Pat reported on the email from Pat Tyler of the Jemez Mountain Bear Paw Quilt Guild in which the Guild offered a beautiful quilt to raffle as a fundraiser. Pat suggested that the chapter host at least a couple of the quilters and their spouses as the banquet as a thank you. Pat will ask the guild to store the quilt until we wish to display it at a future event. We will wait to begin raffle ticket sales until after the 2018 convention. We will prepare the nomination letter for Becky to the office of national president at the Department meeting.
  • 501(c)3 update- Kay reported that she submitted is working on the application and will give it to Becky to review before submitting to the IRS.
  • 2018 convention in Long Beach- There is some problems with the hotel reservation system. Becky will check on availability of double or queen bed rooms where only rooms with one king bed were listed. $100 registration, but many meals and trips included by donations. Concluding banquet will be Monday evening 6/25 rather than Sunday, so 5 days hotel stay required. Kay has reserved two rooms. Registration information will be in next newsletter. Becky said that air fare to LAX is less costly than to Long Beach, and the Super Shuttle is about $17 one way.


New Business

  • Denise Torbert GSM Donation – Becky reported that Denise needs a kidney transplant. She has been a page at past convention, and is active in her chapter in PA. Becky made motion for our chapter to donate $100 towards her medical expenses. Pat seconded; motion passed.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund- Kay reported that after we donated several years ago she has received annual requests to renew. The members discussed and agreed not to renew $100 membership this year, but we can discuss again in the future.
  • Women in the Military – March 2, American Legion Post 49. Becky, Pat, and Kay are registered, but Kay may be on jury duty. Becky and Pat will sell the greeting cards at this event.
  • Community Service Reports – Clarified that members should report on Jan to Dec 2017 activity, and get your report to Karen Alexander no later than March 31 so that she can compile the chapter report to the national office.
  • NM GSF License Plate update- Pat requested that our members contact Governor Martinez to sign the bill that adds siblings and children of the Fallen Hero as family members eligible to display the GSF vehicle license plate.


Upcoming Dates

February 26th – March 1st Veterans Creative Arts Festival, VA Hospital, Albuquerque

March 2nd – Women in the Military luncheon

March 17th – 11 am, GSM Meeting @ Becky’s, Wagon Mound

March 25th – Bataan Memorial Death March www.bataanmarch.com

April 14th – BSM NM Convention, Espanola, NM

April 22-27 - TAPS Sedona Women’s Week of Renewal, Sedona, AZ https://www.taps.org/empowerment/2018/arizona

April 28th – Golden Age Games fundraiser @ NMVM, Albuquerque 9a-3p

May 12th – Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes

May 16-25 – Run for the wall www.rftw.us

May 17th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

May 19th - GSM Meeting / Department @ Kay’s, Albuquerque

May 27th – 50 year memorial in Angel Fire

June 7-8 – Honor Flight (Jo Ann)

June 21-25 – AGSM Nat’l Convention in Long Beach, CA

July 8-13 TAPS Blue Ridge Mountains Women’s Week of Renewal, Boone, NC

https://www.taps.org/empowerment/2018/northcarolina

July 21st – GSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August 4-8 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

Sept 15th – GSM meeting

Sept 30th – Gold Star Mothers Sunday

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26 – July 1 AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting adjourned at 4:12 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary

January 20, 2018


Kay Coleman opened the meeting at 11:55 am in the home of Jo Ann Zembiec. Attendees: Kay Coleman, Karen Alexander, Pat Merville, 

Jo Ann Zembiec. No new members nor guests.


Kay read the Birthdays & Angelversaries listed on the agenda that was emailed to members.

Birthdays

Jan 14th Christy Miller

Jan 29th Mary Koehler

Feb 1st MARINE SGT. STEPHEN M. CARPENTER

Feb 13th Carmen Lopez

Feb 17th Becky Christmas

Feb 25th Carol Harris


Angelversaries

Jan 3rd ARMY SSGT DEVIN SCHUETTE

Jan 5th ARMY SFC MATTHEW QUINN McCLINTOCK

Feb 26th ARMY CW3 AARON WILLIAM COWAN


Minutes: JoAnn made motion, Karen seconded to accept Minutes of 11/26/17 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled bank balance as of 12/31/17 of $12,433.95 and $13,979.09 balance as of 1/18/18. Kay distributed Profit & Loss statement for calendar 2017 that listed Net Income of $7,721.55.



Correspondence: Kay received thank you notes from VA, Patrick Hughes, Chuck Howe, and AGSM Walk-a-thon, and 2017 highlights from Horses For Heroes. These PDF files were attached to the email with the agenda.


Reports

UVC Jo Ann emailed the minutes of the last meeting to our chapter members.

VAVS – Kay emailed to members. Kay and Joyce are volunteering at the ABQ VA hospital. Hospital is continually requesting items. National Veterans Golden Age Games need many volunteers, especially cheerleaders at the finish line.


Current Business

  • Recap Honor flights 12/9 & 12/13/17 – No chapter members participated. Jo Ann will participate as an escort with several other UVC members in the 2018 event.
  • Recap Blue Mass –Pat reported that there was some audio problems at the beginning with the display to people inside the church of the Blessing of the Animals ceremony that occurred outdoors. The Archdiocese made a recording of the mass, but our chapter didn’t request a copy.
  • Recap Clovis Christmas Lights Parade – Karen and Kent created a float with the WAA theme. She determined that this event was focused on local businesses, and not as interactive with the crowd as the Veterans Day Parade. She concluded that she will participate in the Veterans Day Parade, but not the Christmas Lights Parade, in future years.
  • Recap Wreaths Across America – Kay reported that at the Santa Fe Cemetery, the WAA truck did not deliver the wreaths until after the opening ceremonies had started. The wreaths ordered by BSM and GSM were grouped together, causing problems that Valencia County BSM did not receive all the wreaths for which they paid. Kay will give feedback to the organizers to keep these separate in future.

    • Per Mary Cowan’s call to Kay, Mary submits a post-event report to national WAA office, and she will include that issue in her report. The delivery to Silver City was late on Friday night, but a significant number of volunteers turned out to assist with the unloading. About 100 volunteers placed the grave specific wreaths. Clovis: Karen reported that the wreaths arrived about 5 am Saturday, and were unloaded by the driver, the cemetery director, Karen, and Kent. After the opening ceremonies, the grave specific wreaths were place first, then the remainder were placed. She received significant support for the WAA project from Raymond Madragon, who connected her to the ENM Council of Governments, Clovis City Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and she spoke on several local radio shows. The Color Guard from Cannon AFB cancelled the night prior, but she was able to get high school ROTC squad to perform as Color Guard and to do the flag folding ceremony. CAP wants to be involved at the Clovis location next year. We discussed the choice when ordering from the WAA website to either buy 3 get 1 free, else donate to the AGSM Chapter $5 for each 3 wreaths purchased. We agreed to request the $5 donation to our chapter. Kay will investigate further whether donors can designate through the website the specific cemetery for the wreaths that they purchase, since our chapter is seeking donations for multiple cemeteries in NM. Kay received contact through her Facebook page and the ABQ chapter page from Vandyk Mortgage to support us for WAA in 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Kawaleen/posts/10212089158517551?comment_id=10212089425324221&reply_comment_id=10212089906696255
  • Monument – Kay read the report that Becky submitted, which also included discussion of assignments in preparation for the 2019 national AGSM convention in ABQ. The report is attached to these Minutes.
  • WWW.Runforthefallen.org - Please check the website to confirm the final route and to locate the stop where your child will be honored.
  • Fisher House progress, http://www.newmexicofisherhouse.org/ – Jo Ann reported that groundbreaking will occur in 2019.
  • Fundraisers – on hold at this time
  • AGSM convention in ABQ June 2019 – See attached report from Becky Christmas. Jo Ann volunteered to ask Dana at Quilt Works to donate a quilt to raffle as a fundraiser, in addition to the request to the Jemez Springs Bear Paw Quilt Guild donation request that Pat is coordinating.
  • 501(c)3 update- Kay reported that she submitted the required application to Santa Fe. When this is accepted, she will then apply to the IRS. This will give our chapter a reporting mechanism that is independent of the national AGSM organization.
  • 2018 Planning Calendar was attached to Kay’s email with the meeting agenda. Please note and take action for 1/31/18 Military Day at NM Legislature, and events requiring RSVP to be held in February and March.
  • Grants - Kay submitted a grant request to Bueno Foods. A fundraiser request has been submitted to People’s Flowers. They will donate a portion of purchase when someone mentions GSM. Once the information is received it will be distributed to the group.


New Business

  • 2018 AGSM National Convention, Long Beach, CA, 6/21 – 6/25/18. Registration will be online; information in next national newsletter. $100 registration fee. Anticipate hotel cost @ Long Beach Hilton of $200 + tax per night for 2 occupant room. We discussed creating a new design for the chapter ad in the Convention Journal.
  • Valentines for Veterans – Members are asked to either buy or make cards for the VA Hospital and get them to Kay by early February. Kay will take them to the hospital for 2/14 distribution. Jo Ann will ask her neighbor if she has Valentine cards to donate.
  • Quilts of Valor – Kay reported that the Northern NM Quilt Guild has offered to make a quilt for each of our members. Contact to request a quilt: http://www.nnmqg.org/index.html. There is about an 18 month wait to receive a quilt if requested through Quilts of Valor, www.QOVF.org.
  • Outreach – No update on status of Joyce’s efforts to update new member packets.
  • Vietnam Memorial Pen Sets – Kay distributed 7 sets to veterans and our members who requested them. She has 10 sets that are missing pens. Jo Ann will take them to NMVMP to distribute. Pat made motion, Jo Ann seconded, to reimburse $37.97 to Kay for postage to distribute the sets. Motion passed.
  • Veterans Creative Arts Show – Feb 27 – March 1 – Opening & Closing Ceremonies will be at the ABQ VA Hospital.
  • Women in the Military – March 2, American Legion Post 49, 11005 Central NE,ABQ, $20 fee, registration deadline 2/21/18. www.tributetowomeninthemilitary.org
  • Mothers of Americas Military Fallen patch – Kay thinks this is no longer an active organization. She will do further research. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gsfofamericasupport/permalink/1685038768219890/
  • Gold Star Family Dinner, Lubbock, TX - See Becky’s report.
  • Robyn Wood Millard - Possibly have GSM retreat in September for GSM Day in Springer. Kay will get further information.
  • Commander Briefing – Kay will email report to members.
  • May 12th – Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes
  • LaNeel Pierce death- Becky and Carol will do the GSM memorial service. See Becky’s report for location, and address for condolence cards. JoAnn made motion, Karen seconded, to donate $100 to national AGSM as memorial for LaNeel. Motion passed.
  • TAPS retreats Sedona Women’s Week of Renewal, April 22-27, 2018 Sedona, AZ
  • Blue Ridge Mountains Women’s Week of Renewal, July 8-13, 2018 Boone, NC


Upcoming Dates

January 31st – Military Day @ Legislation

Feb 14th - Gold Star Family Dinner, Lubbock, TX

February 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

February 26th – March 1st Veterans Creative Arts Festival

March 2nd – Women in the Military luncheon

March 17th – GSM Meeting @ Becky’s, Wagon Mound

May 12th – Paws & Strips Celebration of Heroes

May 16-25 – Run for the wall www.rftw.us

May 17th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

May 19th - GSM Meeting / Department @ Kay’s, Albuquerque

June 7-8 – Honor Flight (Jo Ann)

June 21-25 – AGSM Nat’l Convention in Long Beach, CA

July 21st – GSM meeting @ Veterans Home, Truth or Consequences

August 4-8 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque

August 16th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

Sept 15th – GSM meeting- Karen offered to host either September or November meeting

November 15th – Southwest Assistance Team meeting, NM Veterans Memorial, Albuquerque

November 17th – GSM meeting

2019

June 26 – July 1 AGSM Convention, Albuquerque


Meeting adjourned at 2:10 pm.


Respectfully submitted


Pat Merville, Secretary

2017

November 26, 2017 Conference Call


Participants: Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Mary Cowan, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec


Kay read the Birthdays & Angelversaries:

Birthdays: 11-2 Edith Matthews was 92!

12-4 Army James A. Davis

12-17 Felicia Hale

12-17 Army CW3 Aaron William Cowan


Angelversaries: 11-1-2006 Marine Corporal Gary A. Koehler

11-29-2004 Army Captain Todd Tyler Christmas

12-1-2006 Army National Guard Spc Donella Mackmiller


Guests/ New Member: None participated on the conference call.


Minutes: JoAnn made motion, Becky seconded to accept Minutes of 9/16/17 meeting as posted. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Kay reported reconciled bank balance as of 10/31/17 of $22,780.68 and $11,783.95 balance as of 11/25/17 (attached to Kay’s email with the agenda).


Correspondence: Kay received email from Lisa Bowles that she and Louis were traveling to Florida due to emergency brain surgery for his mother.


Reports

UVC Jo Ann emailed the minutes of the last meeting to our chapter members.


VAVS – Kay sent to members in the email with this meeting agenda


Current Business

  • Monument – Becky reported on the meeting at Duke Sundt’s studio in which several of us suggested changes to the full model. Duke made the changes and the clay has been sent to the foundry for casting. Pat Harris and Brad Christmas have volunteered to install the base for the statue, and they have recruited donated materials for this, which will reduce our overall cost. We have a target to raise approximately $10,000 more to meet the full cost to create the monument, install it at New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park (NMVMP), and to pay the fee to the Park for the maintenance of the monument. Jo Ann has sent several letters to businesses to request donations. Becky sent a request for donation letter to an Albuquerque council member who might be willing to direct some of her discretionary funds to the monument. Kay sent approximately 30 letters, and has a list of 330 additional businesses as potential donors to be contacted. Becky, Kay, and Duke will meet with the representatives for the City of Albuquerque on 11/30 to sign the contract to install the monument at NMVMP.
  • WWW.Runforthefallen.org - Beginning 4-7-2018. This is a project directed by George Lutz of Honor and Remember Flags to have runners go from the west coast to the east coast making stops to honor the fallen from the War on Terror. The route has been modified several times. After January 2018, check the website to confirm if the route is finalized and the stop where your child will be honored.
  • Fisher House progress – Jo Ann reported that the ABQ house is still in the hands of the Historical Committee. There is no updated information on the website.
  • Fundraisers – We will investigate opportunities after January for: Panera Bread (Kay ABQ/Becky Santa Fe); Chico’s clothing store (Becky) and California Kitchen.
  • Public Relations/outreach – Discussed whether we should list sponsors on the chapter website. MOAA is our only current sponsor or annual donor.
  • Blue Mass – Pat will again email the flyer to members to remind them of the Blue Mass at noon on 12-7-17 at St. Jude Thaddeus Church, ABQ to honor the fallen military, police, fire fighters, correctional personnel, and other first responders. Seating is being reserved for GSM, please wear white.
  • AGSM convention in ABQ June 2019 – Becky will meet with the rep from the Marriott to discuss general ideas for table decorations. No action on the convention until after January 2018. She will need help on several committees.
  • Honor Flights – Jo Ann is planning to volunteer as a guide for the June 2018 flight to DC. Mary Cox of the NMVMP museum may participate as an honored veteran. Kay listed a group leaving ABQ 12-9-17 and returning 12-13-2017. Kay will send updates for when to meet at the airport for the send off and welcome home.
  • WAA 12-16-2017 – Karen is organizing the event in Clovis and Mary is leading the Fort Bayard event. Mary reported that there are 4200 markers at Fort Bayard, and currently there are orders for 3725 to 3750 wreaths. Mary discussed the difficulty of tracking online orders for wreaths to be placed at Fort Bayard, and that she discovered that online orders do not allow for the buy 2 get the 3rd wreath free option. Becky stated that Lorna Harris is the national AGSM contact to WAA and she will ask her to investigate the issue. The program has expanded rapidly, and that might have contributed to some of the ordering problems. Mary has placed several orders, and will be placing her 22nd order tomorrow! She starts in mid-September working with her committee in Silver City to solicit the sales of the wreaths.
  • Recap Folds of Honor event 9-23-17 – Joyce and Jo Ann attended. GSM were recognized, and photos of our children were displayed.
  • Recap www.NMVeteransArt.com 11-10-17, 6 pm opening ceremony. No member reported attending this ceremony.
  • 501(c)3 update- Kay reported that the electronic vote passed for our chapter to apply for this status. Kay and Becky will work on the application process.
  • Recap Talbot fundraiser – Becky reported that we have received the proceeds from this shopping event, plus about $300 in direct donations from people who could not make it to the store.
  • Recap Hoffmantown Church Military Appreciation Dinner- Kay, Pay, Joyce attended.
  • Recap Bags for VA Hospital – Kay delivered the toiletries bags to the hospital the day after they were packed by Kay, Becky, Joyce, and Pat. Thanks to Joyce for providing her house to do the packing, and for the large quantity of items donated by her neighbors. So our chapter did not spend money to buy any items this year.


New Business

Planning Calendar for 2018 is attached. We determined to set the meetings dates on the odd months and have conference calls on the even months of the year.

January 20th at Jo Ann’s

March 17th at Becky’s

May 19th at Kay’s

July 21st Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences

Sept 15th

November 17th


2018 Proposed Slate of Officers is attached – Motion by Mary Cowan, seconded by Becky Christmas to accept the slate by acclamation. Motion passed.


2018 Budget is attached


KAFB Cookie Drive 12-12-17: Kay & Pat will make cookies for the Airmen.

Session to address letters to request donations for the Monument will be 12-14-17, 10 am at Jo Ann Zembiec’s home. Please come to assist if you can.


Upcoming Dates

December 7, Noon – Blue Mass, Saint Jude Thaddeus Church, 8712 Paradise NW, ABQ

December 16 – Wreaths Across America

May 16-25, 2018 – Run For The Wall, www.rftw.us

August 4-8, 2018 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque


Meeting concluded at 4:30 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary

September 16, 2017


The AGSM meeting was called to order by Becky Christmas in the absence of president Kay Coleman at 11:30 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the home of Becky Christmas. Members in attendance were Becky Christmas, Pat Merville, Carol Harris and Karen Alexander. Guests were Kent Alexander and Brad Christmas.


Minutes: Pat made motion to dispense with the opening procedure. Karen seconded. Motion passed. Pat read the minutes from the 7/16/2017 teleconference meeting. Motion made by Carol and seconded by Karen to accept the minutes as read; motion passed.


Financial Report: No report was given due to Kay’s absence. Becky stated that Mary Koehler and JoAnne Zembiec accepted the donation of $250 from the City of Albuquerque at a recent luncheon.


Correspondence: Becky was contacted by Eamon Tansey of Run For The Wall (rftw.us) to invite Gold Star Families to meet with members of his organization when they travel through NM in May 2018, the 30th year of the RFTW. Becky and Pat will coordinate with Mr. Tansey (562.884.9708; eamon.tansey@rftw.us).

Pat was contacted by Mike Quinn (mdq9119@gmail.com) of the Michael Strange Foundation to invite NM GS Families to a Grief Workshop in Tucson on October 20-22, 2017. If you are interested in attending, you may contact him at 520.797.9000. A video about the foundation is available at http://www.michaelstrangefoundation.org/michael-strange-worksho-video/.


Current Business

Monument: Kay sent a letter to request donations to American Legion and VFW chapters around the state. Some donations have been received, and more are expected. Becky will send to businesses. Larry Blair of MOPH contacted Becky about making a donation of $250, but Becky needed his phone number to reply. Pat gave her the phone number at this meeting. The artist, Duke Sundt, attended Military Day at the State Fair and he met with the Gold Star Mothers and Tom Wagner, Director of the New Mexico State Veterans’ Cemeteries. Tom told us that he wants to put a GSM statue in each of the four state veterans cemeteries, and perhaps a maquette for the NMDVS office. We discussed potential discount for this quantity purchase, but no final price was determined. This would be a significant contribution to our chapter treasury when the purchase is finalized.


NM Fisher House: Becky and JoAnn wrote letters to Jeff Pappas of the NM Historical Preservation Division expressing concern about the delay on granting approval to build the Fisher House at the Albuquerque VA grounds. Mr. Pappas replied that there are more issues than just the roof design, and that his division is continuing to work with the Fisher House Foundation towards a resolution. We will continue to monitor the issues.


Fundraisers: Becky, Pat, Kay, Joyce, Carol, and JoAnn attended the 9/12 fundraiser from 4 to 6 pm at Talbot’s in Albuquerque. There were several shoppers, including phoned in orders. The store manager will contact Becky when the donation check is ready, in about two weeks.


9/12 Military Day at State Fair Ceremonies: Members who read names of the New Mexico Fallen Heroes were Becky, Pat, Kay, Joyce, Carol, and JoAnn. The Honor and Remember Flag for Douglas Zembiec was presented to JoAnn at the conclusion of the name reading ceremony. Becky got the business card for the Army band that performed at this ceremony as a potential band to use in the 2019 national AGSM convention. After the ceremony, the band changed into casual clothes and performed mariachi music, so they are very versatile!


9/15 POW/MIA Day Ceremonies: Joyce, JoAnn and Pat attended the ceremonies at the NMVMP.


New Business

Military Suicide Awareness Walk-a-Thon: Motion by Becky, seconded by Carol, to donate $200 to the event. Motion passed.


WAA: Karen has volunteered to be the coordinator for the Mission Garden of Memories and Lawn Haven Memorials in Clovis. She distributed flyers that she prepared to recruit volunteers and to sell wreaths for the December 16, 2017 event. Mary Cowan continues to coordinate at Fort Bayard and other members plan to participate at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.


Tax ID, NM Non-Profit Registered Organization: Currently our chapter has been using the national tax ID. We discussed the advantages for us to register with the state of New Mexico as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For example, Duke had assumed that he would not be responsible for gross receipts tax (GRT) on the GSM monument if he referred to our tax exempt certificate. We can only get that certificate by registering with the state of New Mexico. Currently, we are not exempt from paying GRT. This will be particularly important as we purchase supplies for the 2019 convention, and any time we buy items that are donated to veterans. Also, certain employers who make matching donations to non-profit organizations will not do so if the organization is not registered with the state, so this is a potential loss of income to our chapter. Kay has volunteered to handle the registration process and the subsequent mandatory filings. Becky will send an email to request an email vote of members to decide if we should proceed with this registration.


Veterans Art Show: Ray Breckenridge, a member of the Board for the NMVMP, is the contact to get information about the Veterans Art Show to be held at Expo New Mexico in November. Opening ceremonies will be at 7 pm, November 10 at the Fine Arts Gallery, NM Expo. Participants must submit art by November 5.


Honor Flight: Is offering a virtual tour video online for those who are unable to travel to DC. The NM organization is now raising donations to take WWII and Korean War veterans to DC.


AGSM national convention 2019: Following a break to eat lunch, the meeting resumed to discuss the 2019 AGSM national convention which will be in Albuquerque. Annette Ariano, president of the Valencia County Blue Star Mothers, has offered to Becky to assist with the convention. Becky suggested that they could make centerpieces for the VAVS Luncheon.

Carol suggested that we could print notecards of photos of various New Mexico scenes to include a set of 4 or so as a gift to the convention attendees. We will discuss further and investigate printing costs. If members submit photos they have taken, there will not be copyright issues.


Becky suggested using Forget-Me-Not flowers as the flower for her 2018-2019 year as national president, following the poppies selected for 2017 and sunflowers for 2018. She showed a sample picture that she had drawn in water colors. She also requested suggestions for a phrase or theme to use. One suggestion was “Mothers on a Mission are a Powerful Force”. Send Becky your ideas.

Kay had suggested that we could request in the convention registration materials that attendees bring a 5x7 framed photo of their Fallen Hero to convention. The photos would then be displayed in the meeting room and/or banquet room. Another idea is to issue a passport for the 2019 convention at the conclusion of the 2018 convention. Hector Balderas, NM Attorney General, and a former student of Becky, has offered to help as he could. The Visit ABQ organization offered to help make a video invitation to NM to be shown at the 2018 convention. Becky is investigating the potential to offer an optional bus tour to the Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial, perhaps on the Monday after convention.


Upcoming Events

September 22, 10:30 AM, Burial of unclaimed Veterans Cremains at Santa Fe National Cemetery

September 23, Military Suicide Awareness Walk-a-Thon, 8 am, Washington, D.C.

September 24, Gold Star Mother Sunday

November 6, Dedication of Fort Stanton Veterans Cemetery. Check www.nmdvs.org website for further information.

November 10, opening of Veterans Art Show, Expo NM

November 11, Veterans Day & Transfer of the NM Veterans Home to NMDVS

November 18 meeting @ Lisa Bowles, Glorieta We will pack bags for the VA Hospital at this meeting!

April 7 – Aug 5, 2018 – Run For the Fallen from California to Arlington. Expect to travel through NM May 11 – 12. www.Runforthefallen.org.

August 4-8, 2018 – National Golden Age Games, ABQ. Volunteers needed!


Meeting Closed at 2:45 pm.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

May 20, 2017


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Kay Coleman at 12:40 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the home of Pat Merville. Members in attendance were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Lisa Bowles and Karen Alexander. Guests were Louis Bowles and Kent Alexander.


Minutes: Lisa made motion to dispense with the opening procedure and accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Karen seconded. Motion passed. Upcoming birthdays and Angelversaries were read.


Financial Report: Kay Coleman reported that we have $7,359.11 in the account, which includes $4,200 in donations towards the GSM monument. Lisa motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Thanks received from Horses For Heroes for our donation. Thanks also received from VA Hospital for our greeting cards.


Reports: VAVS –Kay emailed report to members.


UVC: Kay attended April 13 meeting as our representative and discussed the Hands That Held the Child monument and the 2019 AGSM national convention to be held in Albuquerque.


Current Business

Reminderbands: Kay will bring bands to pass out at Memorial Day event in Albuquerque.


Monument: Becky submitted a report to Kay which stated that we have raised between $7,000 and $8,000 so far. Not all had yet been deposited when the Treasurer’s report was prepared as stated above. 11 of the maquettes have been sold, and 5 have been delivered. Information was sent to members asking them to solicit donations from family and friends. After Memorial Day, Becky will send a letter to businesses to request donations.


2018 Run for the Fallen: Kay checked the website for the latest listing of locations for each of the Fallen Heroes for our chapter members. She will email this to members. The locations may change as additional Fallen Heroes are added to the list and as the route is finalized.


NM Fisher House: As discussed at the VAVS meeting, the Fisher House project is stalled by the NM Historical Society; they are also requesting authority to determine the architectural style of the house, but Fisher House Foundation will not agree to that.


Social/Fun Meetings: Kay reserved June 23 – 25 at the Wyndham property in Taos. The unit can sleep 4. Please notify Kay as soon as possible if you will attend, and she will give directions to the property and details of the event.

Kay has been discussing with Mary Cowan to arrange a meeting at Fort Bayard (Silver City).

There is no Wyndham property in the SE New Mexico area of Roswell/Artesia/Clovis/Lovington, but we will attempt to schedule an event about October to draw Gold Star Families from that area who are not currently chapter members.


Grants: Becky’s report to Kay stated that an application has been submitted to the Phillips Foundation, and a reply is anticipated about the end of May. Becky’s research on the Maddox Foundation determined that they only give grants to Lea County causes. Becky is doing research on the Daniels Fund.


Fundraisers: Kay and Becky are contacting Panera to request a day near Veterans Day. Becky contacted the manager of the Talbot’s store at Albuquerque Uptown Mall, who is a BSM, so she is sympathetic to our needs. Becky has a meeting scheduled for 5/24 with her. Possible dates are 8/7, 8/22 or 8/23, from 5 – 7 pm. Talbots will provide light refreshments and 10% of sales for that time will be donated to our chapter. We will submit a list of people to evite to the event, so please notify Becky and Kay with email addresses to include in the invitation to the event. Kay will contact Georgia Montoya about potential support for the field of flags project. Other fundraising ideas were tabled. No action taken yet on Chico’s shopping event. No additional fundraising suggestions were made at the meeting.


Memorial Day Ceremonies: Members planning to attend the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park ceremonies are Kay, Pat, Joyce, Hiltrud, Mary Koehler. Karen will attend at Fort Hood. Becky will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Lisa will be in Colorado.


Blue Mass: Planning meeting for the event is at 4 pm on 5/25 at the Catholic Center, Sandia Room in Albuquerque. Kay will represent our chapter at the meeting.


AGSM national convention 2019: Becky has signed a contract with the Marriott Uptown hotel for the 2019 convention. Further information to be discussed at the next meeting.


2017 AGSM Convention: Pat made motion, seconded by Lisa, to elect Karen Alexander as delegate to convention. Motion passed.

  • April 5th – Former POW recognition ceremony 11am @ VA (recap)
  • April 28th - Fallen Vietnam Heroes Unveiling Ceremony, Santa Fe (recap)
  • May 17th - Run for the Wall coming through Albuquerque (recap)
  • May 17th – VA2K, USS Bullhead Memorial Park, Albuquerque (recap)
  • Carlsbad NM Veterans Memorial Park (Becky has not yet gotten information)
  • Massing of the Colors 6/10/17, 9 am: Members are requested to participate in the event at the Bataan Memorial, Santa Fe.
  • Run for the Fallen, April 1 - Aug 5, 2018


New Business

  • June 17, 38th Annual Armed Forces Banquet – Jo Ann and Mary Koehler will represent the chapter.
  • June 16, 9 am to 11:30 am, Base Operations, Hangar 333 KAFB Change of Command Ceremony for the 377th Air Base Wing to Colonel Richard W. Gibbs. Pat sent email to members to request a representative as several of us will be at national AGSM convention. 
  • Please reply by June 1 if you can attend!
  • Honor Flights: Kay will get more information of the times for events at the Albuquerque airport and will send to members.


Upcoming Events

May 27 – 10 am – 3 pm, Show & Shine fundraiser for Honor Flights @ NMVMP, ABQ

May 31 – Northern NM Honor Flight departing ABQ Sunport

June 2 – Northern NM Honor Flight arriving ABQ Sunport @ 4 pm

June 10 – 9 am, Massing of the Colors @ Bataan Memorial, Santa Fe

June 16 – 9 am, 377th Air Base Wing Change of Command Ceremony, Hangar 333 KAFB

June 17- 6 – 9 pm, 38th Annual Armed Forces Banquet, ABQ Convention Center

July 15 meeting @ Mary Cowan’s home, Silver City

September 16 meeting @ Becky Christmas home, Wagon Mound

November 18 meeting @ Lisa Bowles, Glorieta

April 7 – Aug 5, 2018 – Run For the Fallen from California to Arlington. Expect to travel through NM May 11 – 12. www.Runforthefallen.org.

August 4-8, 2018 – National Golden Age Games, ABQ


Meeting Closed at 2:30 pm.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

April 23, 2017  Conference Call


Participants: Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, Jo Ann Zembiec, Mary Cowan, Joyce Montoya


Current Business

  • Social / Fun Meetings
    • North meeting (overnight @ Angel Fire) - June or August
      • June 23rd @ Taos (1 bedroom is largest) sleeps 4: After discussion, members asked Kay to reserve for Friday & Saturday, June 23-24. Kay will email directions to the lodging and information on check in/check out times.
    • South meeting Ft. Bayard (Silver City) (even months)
      • Mary Cowan sent activity information to Kay. Kay will review for discussion at later meeting.
    • Roswell / Artesia / Clovis / Lovington - make it social event (October) – Kay will do research.
  • Grants
    • J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation – July application deadline. Funds for annual fundraising campaign.
    • Abram and ray Kaplan foundation- Kay couldn’t find website; will do further research.
    • Lineberry Foundation (Becky)- Becky found website, but it wasn’t the family that she thought, so she will do further research.
    • It is not the family that she thought.
    • The Ashkin Family Foundation - Kay couldn’t find website; will do further research.
    • Bresky Foundation-Does NOT accept unsolicited requests, so this will be deleted from the list.
    • Phillips Foundation (Becky)- Becky submitted request with photo of the Gold Star Mother Monument and statement of the purpose. She expects a reply by the end of May whether the foundation will award a grant.
    • Daniels Foundation (Kay) - Kay will do further research.
    • Maddox Foundation, Hobbs – Becky will do research. This was suggested by Becky’s sister.
  • Ideas for outreach to GSM's – Kay discussed the list of former members and those who were contacted when the Fallen Heroes memorial board was installed at Horses for Heroes.
  • Fundraisers:
    • PaneraBread.com / fundraiser around Veterans day (Kay)- The company offers non-profit organizations a percentage of sales made between 4 and 7 pm on a day reserved by the organization for which the diner has turned in to Panera the flyer for the fundraiser. We can’t hand out flyers at the restaurant door that day, but for stores in malls, we can be there on the day and pass out to shoppers at other locations within the mall. We can notify our friends and relatives ahead of time of the event, and get the flyers to them. Pat made motion to request Wednesday, 11/8 at the Coronado Mall store and Thursday 11/9 at the Santa Fe store . Becky seconded. Motion passed. Kay will contact Panera to place the reservations and to get further details and the flyers.
    • Talbot & Chico's shopping (Kay) –Talbot’s offers a Girls Night Out shopping event, with a percentage of sales made during the event to go to the organization. Becky will contact the AGSM members in Texas who have conducted a fundraiser with this chain in the past to determine if that is how the program worked for them. Kay will call Chico’s to get information on how their program works.
    • Flag fundraiser – This has been a big event in Farmington in the past. Kay will contact Gloria to assist. Becky stated that we could buy the flags from Mary Cox, a member of the UVC, who offers a deep discount to veterans support organizations. If this is pursued, it would be for Flag Day 2018.
    • http://www.fundraiserhelp.com/fundraising-auction-donations-sources.htm- Joyce offered to do research on this option. Becky stated that we received a poster of the Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial signed by Dr. Westphall, the founder, which could be a good item for such an auction.


Chapter Donation: Kay discussed the request from the Veterans Administration for household items to assist veterans to set up in an apartment. The items are being asked to be brought to the VA2K at Bullhead Memorial park on May 17. Motion made by Becky and seconded by Joyce to purchase $100 in household goods that will be donated to the Veterans Administration for use in establishing a veteran in housing. Motion passed. Joyce volunteered to do the shopping for the items.


Upcoming Dates

April 5th – Former POW recognition ceremony 11am @ VA

April 28th - Fallen Vietnam Heroes Unveiling Ceremony, Santa Fe

May 17th - Run for the Wall coming through Albuquerque

May 17th – VA2K, USS Bullhead Memorial Park, Albuquerque- The run is from 11 am – 2pm. Kay will send details.

May 20th, – Meeting @ Pat Merville’s home @ Noon. Directions will be emailed prior to meeting

July 15th – Meeting @ Mary Cowan

September 16th – Meeting @ Becky Christmas

November 18th – Meeting @ Lisa Bowles

April 1 - Aug 5, 2018 – www.Runforthefallen.org (through NM on May 11-21th)

August 4-8, 2018 – National Golden Age Games, Albuquerque


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary

March 25, 2017


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Kay Coleman at 11:15 am, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. Members in attendance were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec, and Becky Christmas. There were no guests.


Minutes: Becky made motion to dispense with the opening procedure and accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. JoAnn seconded. Motion passed. Upcoming birthdays and Angelversaries were read.


Financial Report: Kay Coleman reported that we have $2,673.64 in the account. Becky motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.

After discussion, it was agreed that Kay will mail a copy of the bank statement to members for transparency. Kay reported that subsequent to the e-vote by members to pay the artist bills for the costs to create the maquette, it was determined that the $800 was included in the cost, so no separate payment in that amount was required.


Correspondence: Thanks received from Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital for our cards.


Reports: VAVS –Kay emailed report to members.


UVC: JoAnn is unable to attend the April meeting. Kay or Joyce will attend as our representative and will ask for time to discuss the Hands That Held the Child monument. Ken O’Keefe wants to do something special for the GSMs for the Memorial Day ceremonies, but he asked us to suggest what that would be. Kay and Pat will attend Memorial Day at NMVMP; other members will participate at other locations.


Current Business

Reminderbands: No members were able to attend the 2nd Annual Biker Chili Challenge on 2/18, so we will pass out the bands at Memorial Day events.


Monument: Per Becky’s discussion with national BOD, no separate bank account is required to raise funds for the monument. Per email vote, the contract with the artist Duke Sundt has been signed. Becky displayed the small statue at the meeting. Duke is having a professional photograph made of the maquette, which will be included in the letters. Becky drafted a letter to Gold Star Families describing the monument project, and offering the maquette for purchase to the families. She also drafted a letter that will be sent to various veterans organizations to solicit donations for the project. Duke will contact an engineer to design the ground support for the monument. Pat suggested that if fundraising proceeds exceed the cost of the monument, then our chapter could make a donation to AGSM national organization.


Legislative: Becky reported that the bills to transfer the Angel Fire State Park & Veterans Cemetery to NMDVS, and to transfer the Veterans Home in T or C to NMDVS passed the Legislature. The Governor has until April 7 to sign the bills.


2018 Run for the Fallen: Becky contacted NMDVS and some veterans’ organizations to participate in a meeting 3/30 at the NMVMP with George Lutz to discuss the 2018 Run for the Fallen project that the Honor and Remember organization is promoting. Kay and Becky will participate in the meeting for our AGSM chapter.


NM Fisher House: No change in the project status due to hold placed by the Albuquerque Historical Society requiring a review of the impact of construction to the historical site on the grounds of the Murphy VA Hospital.


Social/Fun Meetings: Kay determined that there is no available overnight accommodations at Angel Fire during the summer. We will continue to investigate options for other parts of the state.


Outreach to GSMs: We anticipate that sending the letter concerning the GSM monument to Gold Star Families in NM may generate applications for membership in AGSM. Karen Alexander, from Clovis, has recently joined the chapter.


Fundraisers: Kay and/or Becky will check on conditions to fundraise with Panera, Talbot’s and Chico’s. Kay will contact Georgia Montoya about potential support for the field of flags project. Other fundraising ideas were tabled.


Generic Chapter Business Cards: Joyce Montoya had a batch of cards printed for our chapter.


Chapter Website: There is a new host for the website, which is valid through 2020.


Online Meetings: Majority of members prefer Sunday afternoons for a conference phone call. We will not pursue the use of Skype at this time. Kay will notify members of the date, time, and phone number to participate in a conference call.


Public Relations/Outreach: We discussed wearing AGSM logo shirts when we volunteer at events such as the Veterans Stand Down or when volunteering at the VA Hospital. Also discussed adding a sponsors page to the website, including a calendar of events on the site, and mailing a newsletter to potential donors.


President’s Project: tabled.


Blue Mass: date not yet determined.


AGSM national convention 2019: Becky reported on her discussions with reps of Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque Uptown. She has signed a contract with the hotel for the 2019 convention, and the national office has made the necessary deposit to the hotel. Becky also met with Visit Albuquerque organization about information and resources for attendees. She is recommending a bus trip to Santa Fe for Saturday evening. We also discussed attractions in Albuquerque that attendees may choose to visit in their free time.


Women in the Military: There were about 120 attendees, with the focus on the Marines this year.


2017 AGSM Convention: See Department of New Mexico meeting Minutes for delegates elected. Pat made motion that the chapter will purchase a full page journal add composed of a photo of the Angel Fire Monument as the background and to list the names of our members and their children over the photo. Motion seconded by Becky Christmas. Motion passed. Kay will submit the ad and the payment to the national office.


National Veterans Golden Age Games: Volunteers are requested to assist this national event that will be in Albuquerque August 4-8, 2018. https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/gag/index.asp.


New Business

Chapter Standing Rules: Becky made motion, Jo Ann seconded, to change the Standing Rules item 1 from “Chapter meetings will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the odd months, (January, March, May, July, September, and November) and called meetings, as needed”, to “Chapter meetings will be held at least once a month in the odd months, (January, March, May, July, September, and November) and called meetings, as needed”. Motion passed. Becky will send the revised Standing Rules to the national office.

Massing of the Colors 6/10/17, 9 am: Members are requested to participate in the event at the Bataan Memorial, Santa Fe.

Former POW Recognition Ceremony 4/5/17, 11 am, VA Medical Center Auditorium

Military Order of the Purple Heart Bowling Fundraiser 4/22, noon, Starlight Lanes, Santa Ana Casino

Potential Grants: Kay and Becky will investigate possible grants to support the GSM Monument and the 2019 convention that the chapter may be awarded if we write grant applications to Daniels Fund and other sources.

AGSM Pins: Becky made the motion, and JoAnn seconded, that the chapter should buy 3 Past Chapter President pins for the recent chapter presidents: Kay, Becky, and Pat. Motion passed.


Upcoming Events

April 15 – Museum of the Military Family, 546B Hwy 33, Tijeras, NM presents movie, “War Journal” @ 3 pm

May 3 - Museum of the Military Family, 546B Hwy 33, Tijeras, NM presents movie, “Stray Dog” @ 3 pm

May 17 Run For The Wall in Albuquerque

May 20 meeting @ Pat Merville’s home, Edgewood

July 15 meeting @ Mary Cowan’s home, Silver City

September 16 meeting @ Becky Christmas home, Wagon Mound

November 18 meeting @ Lisa Bowles, Glorieta


Meeting Closed at 2:15 pm.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

March 25, 2017 Department Meeting


The meeting was called to order by President Kay Coleman at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park at 1:30 pm, Saturday, March 25, 2017. Those in attendance were Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Jo Ann Zembiec, Pat Merville.


Becky Christmats made a motion to nominate Kay Coleman and Pat Merville as delegates to the national American Gold Star Mothers convention. Motion seconded by Jo Ann Zembiec. Motion passed by acclimation.


Department meeting closed at 1:45 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, President of Department of New Mexico

January 28, 2017


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Kay Coleman at 12:10 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at her home. Members in attendance were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec, Joyce Montoya, and Becky Christmas. There were no guests.


Minutes: Becky made motion to dispense with the opening procedure and accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Joyce seconded. Motion passed. Upcoming birthdays and Angelversaries were read.


Financial Report: Kay Coleman reported that we have $3,803.22 in the account. Becky motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.

After detailed discussion, the proposed 2017 budget was drafted to spend more than the projected 2017 income in order to draw down on the balance in the account to better support our mission. The budget will be emailed by President Kay to members, and she will request an electronic vote to approve it.


Correspondence: Thanks received from the Veterans Integration Center for participation in the Stand down. Thanks received from Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital for Christmas cards. Newsletter from Horses for Heroes received. Donation request received from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.


Reports: VAVS –Kay reported that the 2017 meeting schedule is 1pm on 4/12, 7/12, and 10/11 at the Albuquerque VA facility. Meetings are 1 hour and any of our members can attend, in addition to our representative to VAVS.

UVC: Jo Ann emailed the report of the 12/8/16 meeting to our members. She is unavailable for the March meeting, but Becky will represent our chapter.


Current Business

Reminderbands: Becky reported that we have a number of the plastic wristbands on hand that the chapter donated for the 2016 convention. She proposed that members distribute the bands at the 2nd Annual Biker Chili Challenge on 2/18, 11 am – 2 pm @ Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque. The event is to raise funds to provide food for Run For The Wall riders driving through NM in May 2017. Becky, Kay, and Joyce will attend for our chapter and distribute the wristbands.


Monument: Becky reported that she submitted the application, wrote and read a letter to the Committee that explained the purpose of our organization, and that Becky and Kay have met twice with the NMVMP Foundation Monument Committee to discuss our proposal for a Gold Star Mothers memorial. There is much more work to be done to finalize the design, including the base of the statue. Becky will continue work on the contract with the artist to create the monument and to identify the arrangements by which small versions of the statue will be sold for fundraising, and to confirm how much of the purchase price will go to the artist, and how much to our chapter. The contract will be reviewed and discussed with members before execution. Discussion of fundraising options including investigating creating a Go Fund Me page, suggesting that members post on their Facebook page or by direct contact to friends and relatives to make a donation to honor our Fallen Children by donating to the project, selling bricks that will be placed at the base of the monument, drafting a letter to be sent to multiple organizations and businesses requesting donations. Joyce volunteered to research how to set up a GoFundMe page. We would use Kay’s office address, and the tax ID for the national office. We will be required to track the number of hours that we work on the project to report to the Committee for funding from the city of Albuquerque. Becky made motion to open an account specifically for the monument funds at the Bank of Albuquerque (where our current account is ) in the name of “Gold Star Mothers New Mexico Memorial”. Joyce seconded. Motion passed. Kay and Pat will initiate the memorial account with the bank.


Carrie Tingley Hospital Festval of Trees: Kay reported that because this was our first year to participate in the event, our decorated tree was placed in the section of trees that were raffled to attendees. Becky reported that she and Brad visited the event, and witnessed much attention to the tree, and significant raffle entries for our tree. If we participate in 2017, the tree will be part of the auction.


Legislative: Becky reported a meeting was conducted on 1/13/17 between the NMDVS and the NM State Parks department to discuss the transfer of the Angel Fire State Park & Veterans Cemetery to NMDVS. There may be some federal money to apply towards maintenance. The 2017 session of the NM Legislature has commenced. The Military & Veterans Day is February 23, with a ceremony in the Rotunda at noon. Becky gave an overview of the veterans-related legislation. The full list is available for the NMDVS or users can check bills on the legislative website.


WAA: Although a winter storm prevented many of us from attending in Santa Fe, Joyce, Hiltrud, and Lisa & Louis Bowles were there in December 2016. The Cowan family participated in Silver City.


www.Runforthefallen.org: this is an event sponsored by the Honor & Remember organization that will take runners west to east across the country from 4/1/2018 to 8/5/2018 with marked stops that will pay tribute to every service member who died as recorded by the Department of Defense from 10/12/2000 forward. The event will travel across NM 5/11/18 – 5/21/18. The organization is seeking volunteers to assist with the project by recruiting runners, fundraising, gathering at the Hero Marker stops, and spreading the word to everyone. If you would like to see where and when your child will be acknowledged, go to the website. There is a form to register to stand at a particular Hero Marker, and a form to volunteer. If you are interested, please check the website. The chapter decided not to volunteer as an organization due to the focus on the GSM memorial for the next two years.


NM Fisher House: The project has hit a stumbling point due to a hold placed by the Albuquerque Historical Society requiring a review of the impact of construction to the historical site on the grounds of the Murphy VA Hospital.

National Golden Age Games: Kay will get information. VAVS is the point of contact for the event 8/4/18 – 8/8/18, that is seeking 3,000 volunteers.


Chapter Web Site: www.gsmnm.org. Send photos to Kay to add to the website.


2016 Community Service Report: Our chapter has not yet submitted our report for all members for 2016. Please use the form in your AGSM newsletter and mail or email your hours, miles, and monetary donation report to Joyce Montoya or Kay Coleman ASAP! The chapter/department report is sent to the national office to be compiled and compared to other chapters and is reported to the membership at the national convention.


New Business

Social/Fun Meetings: Kay suggested that we could schedule a few gatherings in various locations across the state during the year that would allow time for us to get to know each other better. Kay will check availability of a condo in Angel Fire for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th week of August for a one night stay for our members, and a tour of the Angel Fire Memorial. We could also host a Gold Star Mother event and invite those who have not joined our organization to get them acquainted with us. If you have suggested locations and dates for other gatherings, please contact Kay with your suggestion.


Fundraising: Becky proposed that our chapter should register as a wreath seller with WAA. For every 3 wreaths sold through our organization, we earn $15. Becky told us that the Texas mothers are fundraising through a dedicated shopping day at Talbots & Chicos, 


Panera Bread. She will investigate the potential for this at the Albuquerque stores. The idea of a field of flags fundraiser was revisited, but tabled at this time. Kay will contact Georgia Montoya to ask if she would be interested in heading the project. Becky will talk with a potential donor about items for an online auction fundraiser. Other ideas were discussed.


Kay proposed that the chapter purchase 1,000 business cards for our chapter to distribute at events. These would be generic with the chapter website and mailing address for donations, and to include the statement, “Albuquerque Chapter American Gold Star Mothers. We support our New Mexico veterans. Donations gratefully accepted.” Joyce seconded, motion passed. Joyce volunteered to place the order for the cards.


Attendance at Memorial Day ceremonies is strongly encouraged. Kay will get more information about date for Blue Mass to honor all First Responders.


Becky has talked with the convention coordinator at the Marriott Uptown about holding the national AGSM convention there in June 2019. It is convenient to shopping and multiple restaurants, has experience hosting VAVS national convention and other military-related events, and has reasonable room rates. She will discuss at the NEB meeting in February.


GSM National Convention will be held in San Antonio Texas on June 16-18. Current attendees will be Pat, Joyce & Kay.

The Women in Military luncheon will be held on March 3rd at American legion Post 49, 11005 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. This year they will focus on Marines. More information can be found at www.tributetowomeninthemilitary.org


We will discuss Public Relations & Outreach topics in a conference call. Kay will send out information.


Discussed Museum of the American Military Family. The opportunity may be available to do some hands-on projects with them. They also have “Operation Footlocker” that has “Operation Footlocker”. It’s a mini mobile museum treasure chest that is loaned to groups. Kay suggested that we can use this at an upcoming GSM event. http://www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org/


Upcoming Events

March 18 meeting hosted by Adrene Adams, 11:30 am @ St. Claire Winery, 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, ABQ

May 17 Run For The Wall

May 20 meeting @ Pat Merville’s home, Edgewood

July 15 meeting @ Mary Cowan’s home, Silver City

September 16 meeting @ Becky Christmas home, Wagon Mound

November 18 meeting @ Lisa Bowles, Glorieta


Meeting Closed at 3:50 pm.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

2016

November 19, 2016


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at 2:40 pm, Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the office of Kay Coleman after attendees filled the gift bags to be donated to the Albuquerque VA Hospital. Members in attendance were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Lisa Bowles, and Becky Christmas. Associate Members attending were Louis Bowles and Brad Christmas.


Minutes: Kay made motion to accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Lisa seconded. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have $4,667.73 in the account. Lisa motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Thanks received from the Veterans Integration Center for chapter donation. Thanks received from VA Hospital for donation of clothing and composition books. Thanks received from Maria & Carl Seif for the dog tags from Horses for Heroes in memory of Andrew Seif and the yard flag.


Reports: VAVS –Kay reported that our chapter has a credit of 286 hours of volunteer service recorded for FY 2016. Becky has contacted Sonya Brown to continue the procedure for approval for her to volunteer at the Las Vegas VA clinic.


UVC: Jo Ann emailed the report of the 10/13/16 meeting to our members.


Legislative: Becky reported that the Gold Star Family Voices Act was passed by the U.S. Senate on the first day in session post-election. The bill now awaits President Obama’s signature. NM: January 2017 legislative session begins. Anticipate request for money to operate the Angel Fire State Park & Veterans Cemetery, which will be moved to NMDVS from the state park administration. Kay discussed the 8% tax that NM imposes on military retirement income. Pat stated that the UVC has supported a proposed bill to exempt military retirement income for many of the recent years, which has never passed. It is unlikely to pass this year due to the state budget constraints. Proponents would need to demonstrate the economic benefit to the state of retaining military retirees compared to the loss of state revenue from the elimination of the tax. Several of the surrounding states have no tax, or lower tax than NM on military retirement income, so retirees move to those states instead of NM.


Santa Fe National Cemetery: Becky has met the new director, Susan Parks and her associate director, Jared Howard. Susan asked for AGSM to designate a representative to participate on a committee to review programs and suggest potential improvements for the cemetery. If you are interested in this role, please contact Becky.


Old Business

America’s Run for the Fallen: The Honor & Remember organization is sponsoring a run from California to the East Coast from 4/7/2018 to 8/15/2018 to honor Fallen Heroes who served and died as a result of the War on Terror. Family members can apply online to stand at their hero’s marker and/or for other volunteer activities: http://runforthefallen.org/2018-run-information/. The organization needs volunteers for various activities, and to contact organizations and individuals for donations to support this program. Becky and Pat will work together to draft a letter to solicit donations and volunteer help from veterans organizations, ROTC programs, Boy Scouts, etc. to support the run as it passes through New Mexico. If you can assist with this project, please enroll at the website above, and let us know so that we can coordinate efforts.


Forgotten Heroes Funeral: Becky attended. Governor Martinez accepted the flag on behalf of the families of the veterans.

NM Veterans’ Home: After sharing lunch with Edith Matthews, Becky, Kay, and Pat visited with the veterans at the Home in TorC on Saturday, October 8. We brought lap quilts from the BSM, hand lotion, books and bookmarks for 30 residents. In addition to visiting with the women residents, we visited with other residents as they prepared for the Bingo session, and Becky distributed commemoration certificates and pins to Vietnam Veterans. Becky will write an article about the visit to submit to the next national AGSM newsletter.


Festival of Trees: This is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Hospital (CTH) Dec. 3-4, 2016; FestivalofTreesnm.com. No entry fee and free parking at the convention center garage. Saturday hours 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. The participation fee was waived, but our chapter is providing the tree and decorations. Included in the decorations are stars with a photo and name of each Fallen Hero from New Mexico from the War on Terror. Kay registered our chapter, and we were assigned Tree 31. This is an opportunity for our chapter to get more exposure for potential future donations. Becky will prepare a poster that gives information about AGSM to be displayed on an easel at the tree. Members and other volunteers to assist with the tree setup and decoration should be at the Albuquerque Convention Center at 10 am on Thursday, December 1.


GSM Monument: Becky received notice that the application she submitted was out of date, so we must submit the new form, which requires more detailed information. We need a representative at the meeting of the monument committee on Tuesday, 12/20 to discuss our proposal.


Reminder Bands: Will be distributed in December at the Wreaths Across America event at Santa Fe National Cemetery.


Veterans Day: Pat attended ceremonies at the NM Veterans Memorial Park in Albuquerque.


Veterans Hospital: Kay will take the 80 bags that we assembled today to the hospital.


Veterans Stand Down: Kay and Pat volunteered at this event in Albuquerque on 10/27.


Chapter Web Site: www.gsmnm.org. Send photos to Kay to add to the website.


New Business

Not Forgotten Outreach Appreciation Ski Week: Taos Ski Valley hosts the 4th annual event January 17-22, 2017. Invitees include Gold Star Families, veterans, active duty personnel.


WAA: December 17. Pat made motion, which Kay seconded, and passed to purchase 20 wreaths for Santa Fe National Cemetery and 20 wreaths for Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Next year we will investigate selling the wreaths as a fundraiser for our chapter.


Fundraising: Talbots, Chicos: Becky told us that the Texas mothers are fundraising through a dedicated shopping day at these stores. We will investigate the potential for this at the Albuquerque stores next year.


Election of Officers: The nominating committee will send the proposed slate to the president to send to members at a later time.


2017 Meeting Dates: Will be discussed at a later time.


2019 Convention: Becky will meet with Terri Cole of the ABQ Chamber of Commerce in early December and will start checking with hotels for potential site to conduct the convention.


Upcoming Events

November/December calendars prepared by Kay included in PDF file.


Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting: To be determined.


Meeting Adjourned at 4:50 pm.


Respectfully Submitted: 


Pat Merville

September 17, 2016


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at 12:45 pm, Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the home of Lisa and Louis Bowles. Members in attendance were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Lisa Bowles, and Becky Christmas. Associate Member attending was Louis Bowles, Glorietta, NM.


Minutes: Kay made motion to accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Lisa seconded. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have $3,512.28 in the treasury. Pat motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Lisa seconded. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Thanks received from the Veterans Hospital Ward 7 and the Volunteer Services leadership for the chapter donation.


Reports: VAVS – No meeting since last AGSM meeting, so no update.


Military Day @ State Fair: Our chapter was represented by Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Hiltrud Ridenour, and Joyce Montoya. We presented the AGSM Challenge coin to NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox, Rear Admiral Phillip Sawyer, and Col. Kenneth Nava of the NM National Guard. We discussed that the band playing while we read the names of the Fallen is too loud and distracting, and agreed that Becky will contact the NMDVS and the NM State Fair Commission to request that the band does not play during the reading of the names. Becky will submit the photos from the event and will write a news story to submit to the national AGSM newsletter.


Legislative: Gold Star Voices legislation was voted on in the U.S. House and passed. The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate, so watch for notice to contact your Senator for support of the bill.


Old Business

Festival of Trees – This is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Hospital (CTH) Dec. 2-4, 2016. Kay learned that if the chapter participates by decorating a tree with a theme of Gold Stars for the Fallen Heroes, it will require a $1,000 donation to CTH for a 6’ or 7’ tree. Kay learned that we can request a waiver of the fee as a non-profit organization or solicit another group to donate the cost. Kay is certain that she can get $500 donated towards this cost. The cost of decorating the tree would be from the chapter funds or from donations from members. This would be an opportunity for our chapter to get more exposure for potential future donations. We can display a poster that gives information about AGSM at the tree. Kay will get further information in the next few weeks and report to the membership.


NM Veterans’ Home – We will meet with the women veterans at the Home in TorC at 1 pm on Saturday, October 8. We will take Edith Matthews to lunch prior to the meeting. We are bringing a donation of a book and handmade bookmark for each of the 30 women residents, and will purchase a hand lotion for each. Later in the meeting there was discussion of the Corrales woman, Debbie Wharton, who contacted Becky about donating a quilt. JoAnn called her, but she decided to keep it until we decide how to use it. Pat suggested that we present it to one of the residents of the Veterans’ Home during our visit. Becky will contact the donor to reach agreement with this plan. For those in the Albuquerque area, we will meet at Kay’s office on Carlisle at 9:30 am to carpool with Becky to the Home.


VA Hospital items – We will assemble gift bags at the November 19 meeting. Motion made, seconded, and passed to spend $300 on items for the bags. Members who want to assist with the shopping will meet at 9:30 am, 11/19 @ the Dollar Store, 4610 Cutler Ave. NE, ABQ, to buy items. Meet at 11 am at Kay’s office, 2917 Carlisle NE to assemble gift bags and conduct AGSM meeting.


Memorial –Discussed submitting the application to the NMVMP to reserve a spot for the memorial. At the conclusion of the meeting, Becky completed the form, made a copy for our records, and will mail it this week. We agreed that the target date for dedication of the memorial will be June 2019, during the national AGSM convention, which will be in Albuquerque that year. We discussed that we could request donations or support in fundraising for the memorial from VFW, American Legion, and Amvets organizations across the state. After the meeting, Becky sent email to members requesting 2 members to volunteer as co-chairs of the committee for the Gold Star Mother Memorial.


New Business

Fundraisers: We will ask Georgia and/or Kay to contact Balloon Fiesta Park, VFW lodges, and American Legion to ask about the cost to rent their facilities. These would be locations for a Field of Honor. Becky and JoAnn will request details about arrangements required if we show the movie about the Korean War as a fundraiser, which was offered to JoAnn by Terry Schotkoski. More information at www.spiritof45.org. There is a capacity of 150 at the NMVMP. We could use the facility at no charge, but would need multiple showings to earn enough money for the effort, so need volunteers. We would target early 2017, or near a holiday to conduct this movie fundraiser. We will continue to sell the handmade greeting cards for $1 each, and will offer them for sale at the state BSM convention.


VIC Stand Down – 10/27 & 28 @ the Rock at Noonday, 2400 Second Street. Volunteers and donations needed. Motion made by Lisa, seconded by Pat, to donate $100 to the event. Motion passed. See flyer in PDF file attached to Minutes email. Contact: Wendy or Fermin 505.265.0512.


Vietnam War Commemoration Events: 9/30/16, 10 am Las Vegas Veterans Park. Vietnam Moving Wall sponsored by American Legion Riders Chapter 28 in Moriarty 10/20 – 10/24. 11/11 – 11/13 Tucumcari Chapter NMSODAR Veterans’ Day events. See flyers in PDF file attached to Minutes email.


Carol and Pat Harris are volunteering with Travis Manion Foundation. In October, a project to work on a veteran’s home will be conducted in Gallup. Contact Carol and Pat for further details.


Member New Address: LaNeel Pierce is at Hope’s Assisted Living, 251 Francis Avenue, Raton, NM 87740.

                                      De’on Miller, 941 Forest Park Road, Daleville, Alabama 36322.


AGSM Web site- The national website will have links to the department and chapter websites, but the national office will not include local information on the national website. Kay is working on reloading photos to our chapter site and updating information.


Upcoming Events

September/October calendars prepared by Kay included in PDF file.


Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting: November 19, 11 am, at Kay Coleman’s office, Carlisle Office Center. We will assemble hygiene bags for VA Hospital. Those assisting with buying items, meet at 9:30 am @ Dollar Store, 4610 Cutler Avenue NE, Albuquerque.

December 17, Wreaths Across America, Santa Fe National Cemetery


Meeting Adjourned at 3:05 pm.


Respectfully Submitted: Pat Merville

July 9, 2016


The AGSM meeting was called to order by Secretary Pat Merville at the Horses for Heroes bunkhouse at 11:45 am, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Those in attendance were Kay Coleman, Carol Harris, Joyce Montoya and Pat Merville. Becky Christmas joined by phone for part of the meeting. Associate Member attending was Pappy Harris. Joyce’s sister, Georgia Montoya, was a Guest.


Minutes: Kay made motion to accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Joyce seconded. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have $4,345.78 in the treasury. Joyce motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Carol seconded. Motion passed.


Correspondence: Thanks received from the Veterans Hospital for the cards our chapter sent to patients.


Reports: VAVS – Kay reported that for the year to date through April 2016, our chapter has credit of 19 hours of volunteer time that was donated to our chapter by a non-member, Leann Brewly.


National Convention – Pat reported on the election of national officers, including Becky Christmas as 2VP. The next newsletter will list all officers. Extensive renovations are continuing at the Gold Star Mothers Manor in Long Beach. The National Executive Board (NEB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Boy Scouts of America. Vietnam Veterans have donated new flooring for AGSM headquarters. Members are urged to monitor progress on passage of the Gold Star Families Voice Act, which would allow family members of Fallen Heroes to participate in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Members are also urged to contact their representatives concerning the amendment by Rep. Martha McSully to the HR 5293 Defense Authorization Bill that cuts funding for military bands. The Army military band performed at our closing banquet this year, and they were wonderful. If you use Amazon Smile service, please designate AGSM to receive ½% donation of your purchase amount. There is a project to reach inactive members (those who have not paid dues for the past 2 years) to encourage them to become active again. There were 1,322 inactive members as of 6/20.


Old Business

Reminderbands – Our chapter donated the bands that were included in the convention goodie bags. We have the excess bands, and those present discussed whether to sell them as a fundraiser, or give as gifts to speakers or supporters. How to use these bands remains undecided.


Horse Quilt Raffle– We exceeded the $1,000 goal for the quilt raffle, raising total $1,570. Kay and JoAnn presented the quilt to JoAnn Hudson, of the Catholic War Veterans, who was the winner drawn on Memorial Day by Frank Koehler.

Monument – Consensus of members is that the face of the proposed figure needs to be made more feminine, and that the skirt should dip between the legs for modesty. Carol and Becky will contact the artist to request changes, which will then be reviewed again by our members. The final design has not been selected. Becky was notified by Mary Cox from the NMVMP that the Board was contacted by a different group about installing a Gold Star Mother memorial. Becky asked Mary to tell the Board not to accept this because we are working on a monument. It is possible this was the Gold Star Family Foundation that is targeting installing a monument in every state, but this is not confirmed.


Memorial Day – Luis Lopez – Becky and Carol presented the handmade quilt from Jan Jacobs to Luis Lopez, a long time volunteer at the Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial and a veteran of service in Vietnam, on Memorial Day at the Angel Fire Memorial.

Festival of Trees – This is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Hospital (CTH) Dec. 2-4, 2016. Kay learned that if the chapter participates by decorating a tree with a theme of Gold Stars for the Fallen Heroes, it will require a $1,200 donation to CTH. Kay will contact CTH to ask if they will waive the fee for us as a non-profit organization. This would be an opportunity for our chapter to get more exposure for potential future donations, but we may not be allowed to accept donations during the event. Then we will discuss whether to participate based on the cost to us.


NM Veterans’ Home – Becky has not been able to make contact with the person at the Home to set the date for our visit.


VA Hospital Items – At our 11/19 meeting, we will assemble the bags for the ABQ VA Hospital.


New Business

Documentary – PBS seeking Gold Star Mothers from the Vietnam era to be interviewed for a documentary to be released in 2017. Becky talked with Carmen Lopez, who approved giving her contact information to the producers. La Neel Pierce’s daughter told Becky that the family may allow an interview with her if a family member is present to assist. Becky has not yet reached Edith Matthews to discuss the interview.


A flyer was distributed at convention on Every Star Tells A Story, a compilation of true stories written by Gold Star family members that is projected to be published Spring 2018. Stories should be 300-600 words. Get more information and submit your story to: shareyourgoldstarstory@gmail.com or phone: 949-829-0012.


AGSM Scholarship – Grace Darling Seibold Scholarship is offered to AGSM members who have been a member for 5 years or longer. It is valued up to $17,000 towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree to be earned at Columbia Southern University through an online program. Information will be in the newsletter or given to Department Presidents to disburse. Selection of scholarship awardee will be announced on Gold Star Mother Sunday in September.


Cruise – Check AGSM national website and/or the newsletter for cruise offered in Spring 2017.


Booster Campaigns – The NEB is planning future Booster Campaigns, such as the recent t-shirt sale that was offered for a limited time, which did not require upfront money from AGSM, and resulted in a donation to AGSM for each shirt sold by the vendor. Information will be sent through Department presidents and in the newsletter.


Fundraisers -Members discussed conducting a Field of Honor or Healing Field fundraiser with flags at Balloon Fiesta Park. The RGVBSM have rented space at the park in the past for Remembrance Run fundraisers. Kay will check costs to rent the facility. Kay discussed the information that she found through Colonial Flag Foundation, which sends packets, including the U.S. flags, to the sponsoring organization, but requires $15 each to be paid to them. We discussed other possible sites, such as VFW, American Legion, Amvets, etc. This project would take at least a year to plan and execute, so further discussion will be continued. We also discussed showing a veteran-produced movie at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park at a charge of $15/attendee as a fundraiser. Jo Ann has more information about the movie. No decision was made about the movie showing as a fundraiser.


Member Moving – De’on Miller has moved from Lovington to Florida, so she is likely to transfer her membership to a chapter in the new state. Members send best wishes to De’on in settling into her new home.

Pat presented an article from the Albuquerque Journal that a Vietnam Veteran, John “JT” Trujillo has built a parade float dedicated to the 398 New Mexicans who died in the Vietnam War, which he makes available to organizations that would like to host it for patriotic events. Pat suggested that our chapter could partner with the United Veterans Council to bring it to the NMVMP for Veterans Day 2016. Contact information: 575-377-3274 or gofoxtrotting@yahoo.com.


Pat presented an article from the Albuquerque Journal that discussed the variations from state to state in determining the circumstances when a governor declares that the U.S. flag should be lowered to half staff. Suggestion was made to investigate the state regulations in New Mexico, and to include this aspect in future presentations on flag etiquette.

(Articles are attached to Minutes.)


Upcoming Events

Becky was unable to prepare a list of future birthdays, angelversaries, etc. due to family obligations. Attached are the July and August calendars that Kay prepared.


Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting: September 24, at Lisa Bowles’ home

November 19, 11 am, at Kay Coleman’s office, Carlisle Office Center. We will assemble hygiene bags for VA Hospital.

December 17, Wreaths Across America, Santa Fe National Cemetery


Meeting Adjourned at 1:45 pm.


Following the close of the meeting, the members gathered at the Gold Star Plaque to present the dog tag in honor of SSgt. Matthew McClintock his mother, Joyce Montoya. Rick Iannucci told us that the permanent dog tag for SSgt. McClintock will be mounted on the Gold Star Plaque soon.


Respectfully Submitted: 


Pat Merville

May 21, 2016


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at the home of Kay Coleman at 12:40 pm, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Those in attendance were Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Lisa Bowles, and Pat Merville. Associate Member attending was Louis Bowles. No guests.


Minutes: Kay made motion to accept Minutes from the previous meeting as circulated. Lisa seconded. Motion passed.


Financial Report: Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have $4,287.02 in the treasury. Lisa motioned to accept the Treasurers 

report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.


Correspondence: None


Reports:

VAVS – Kay reported that for the period of October 2015 to April 2016, our chapter has credit of 49 hours of volunteer time that was donated to our chapter by a non-member.

Celebration of Veterans’ Integration Center – Kay reported that she bought several trays of vegetables and fruits with the donations gathered at the March meeting from individuals. The event was well attended.


NMBSM Convention – Becky & Kay each received an Honor & Remember flag in honor of their sons at the convention in April.


KAFB Anniversary Banquet – Becky & Kay attended as AGSM representatives.


Old Business

Horse Quilt Raffle– Ticket sales have exceeded the $1,000 target. Mary Koehler’s son Frank will draw the winning ticket following ceremonies on Memorial Day 2016 at the NMVMP. Kay will ask if some BSM members will sell the handmade greeting cards and raffle tickets on Memorial Day, before the drawing. If those BSM members can’t do it, then no further raffle sales after May 29. All tickets and monies must be delivered to Kay no later than May 29.


Run for the Wall- Riders from both the Central and Southern Routes will travel through Albuquerque on their way to Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day.


Pecos American Legion Post 70 – The donation that was passed at the March meeting has been sent to the Post. The manufactured building has been received, but the pad needs to be poured before it can be erected. The Post still needs more money to cover the full cost.


Festival of Trees – This is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Hospital (CTH) Dec. 2-4, 2016. If the chapter participates by decorating a tree with a theme of Gold Stars for the Fallen Heroes, it will require a $250 donation to CTH. The chapter would also have to provide the decorations. This would be an opportunity for our chapter to get more exposure for potential future donations. Kay will get more details about the deadline to register to decorate a tree. Then we will discuss whether to participate.


Boots on the Ground – Becky gathered information about an event held in Florida. The Amvets ran the event and had 5,000 boots. There was a photo of a Fallen Hero and a U.S. flag placed in each boot, but no dog tags. We discussed whether to have 2 dog tags on each boot, which would let the donor take one of the dog tags when he/she makes a donation. We discussed methods to solicit military boots, such as contacting the SOS. We concluded that we cannot get this organized to conduct the event in 2016, but may consider it for next year. Another potential fundraiser would be a Field of Honor flags. Kay received an information packet about Field of Honor or Healing Field [of U.S. flags]. After she reviews the material, she will report at an upcoming meeting.

National Convention – travel expenses - Kay made motion to pay $750, the amount in the 2016 budget for convention expenses, to reimburse the delegate’s expenses to represent the chapter at the national convention. Lisa seconded. Motion passed. Pat Merville is the chapter delegate. Becky Christmas is participating as a member of the National Board, so her expenses are handled under the national board budget.


Quilt Donation by Jan JacobsJan sewed a quilt for a veteran. Becky suggested Luis Lopez, a Vietnam Veterans from Wagon Mound who volunteers at the Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Becky picked up the quilt from Jan and will present it to Luis on Memorial Day at the Angel Fire Memorial.


Reminderbands – Kay made a motion, Lisa seconded, to spend up to $100 on plastic wrist bands to give to attendees at the AGSM national convention. Motion passed. Any excess bands will be retained by our chapter to gift to our donors or to sell as a fundraiser. Kay and Becky placed the order online following the conclusion of the meeting so the order will be delivered to Becky in time to take the bands to the convention.


New Business

Visit to Veterans Home, TorC- The May 7 visit was cancelled due to conflict with town parade and other celebrations that day. We discussed potential future dates of 8/6 or 9/17. Becky will contact the staff at the Home to set a date for our visit.


Cards for WWII Veterans – Participants at the meeting wrote Thank You cards that will be given to WWII veterans when they return from their Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C. June 3. Pat will take them to Dot Brossard on Monday, 5/23 to deliver to the Honor Flight volunteers.


Items for VA Hospital – We discussed the items requested for the patients. Pat moved, Kay seconded, to spend $200 for clothing items on the Wish List. Motion passed. Kay will buy a variety of items about mid-June.


GSM Monument for NMVMP – Discussion about potential fundraising methods, the design, and the projected cost. Attendees decided that we should vote on the design before we conduct any fundraising. Becky will discuss with Duke Sundt to get more information on his revisions to the design that he showed the group during a meeting in 2015. Becky reported that the national Gold Star Mother monument cost to reproduce is about $70,000. Other designs are also under consideration.


Angelversaries Birthdays

6/23 Joel Dahl 5/25 Pat Merville

6/5 Greg Miller

6/12 Jo Ann Zembiec

7/1 Aaron Austin


Upcoming Events

May 30 Memorial Day

June 18, 10 AM Vietnam Veterans Commemoration, Santa Fe Veterans’ Memorial

June 23 -26, AGSM National Convention


Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting: July 9, 11 am, Horses for Heroes Bunkhouse. Becky gave Rick Iannucci the information so that he can get the dog tags made for Matthew McClintock to add to the Gold Star Plaque at the bunkhouse.

September 24, at Lisa Bowles’ home

November 19, 11 am, at Kay Coleman’s office, Carlisle Office Center. We will assemble hygiene bags for VA Hospital

December 17, Wreaths Across America, Santa Fe National Cemetery

Meeting Adjourned at 2:30 pm


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

March 26, 2016


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at the home of Jo Ann Zembiec at 1:45 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2016. Those in attendance were Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Jo Ann Zembiec, and Pat Merville. Guests attending were Maria Seif, Joyce Montoya Helgesen, and Joyce’s mother Cecila Montoya.


Minutes: Minutes from the previous meeting were accepted as circulated.


Financial Report: Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have $3,636.19 in the treasury. Jo Ann motioned to accept the Treasurers report. Pat seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence: Thank You letters acknowledging our chapter donations were received from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Horses for Heroes, and Bear Paw Quilt Guild. Letter also received from Edith Matthews.


Reports: 

UVC- Jo Ann reported that the UVC is seeking members for the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park (NMVMP). The Swing Dances at the NMVMP continue monthly on the last Saturday of the month at 7 pm. Schedule is on the website for the NMVMP.


VAVS – Kay reported that the VAVS national convention will be in Albuquerque May 3 – 5, 2016. Kay will lead the Pledge of Allegiance on Friday at the convention. Non-AGSM volunteers have contributed their volunteer hours at the Albuquerque VA Hospital to the Albuquerque Chapter of AGSM so that from October 2015 to February 2016 we have a credit of 20 hours of volunteer work. VAVS volunteers are attending Isotopes Game May 17, 12:05 pm $9.50 each. Kay will attend to represent AGSM. If you would like to be a Deputy Representative to the VAVS, please notify Becky or Kay.


Rededication of PNM Veterans Memorial – Pat reported that the PNM Veterans Memorial has been moved from the Alvarado Square site to the PNM Aztec facility and will have a rededication ceremony on 3/29 at which she will talk about the origins of the Memorial in 2006 and about the perspective of an employee whose family member served in the military.


Old Business

Website- The national website has the wrong link to our chapter website. Becky will check with the Webmaster. It should be www.gsmnm.org.


Fundraising Horse Quilt –Ticket packets have been distributed and members can request more from Kay.  Tickets are $5 each. $740 in ticket sales have been turned in so far. Drawing will be Memorial Day 2016 at the NMVMP. Jo Ann will ask Ken O’Keefe if we can sell tickets on Memorial Day at the park, then conduct the drawing after the conclusion of the ceremonies.


State Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Stanton- A Town Hall meeting hosted by the NM Department of Veterans Services will be held on March 30 at Fort Stanton to discuss the status of the new cemetery.


Dues & Membership- Dues were payable no later than March 1. Kay drafted a reminder which will be sent to members who have not yet paid for 2016.


CSR & VAVS Reports-Members are reminded to track your volunteer service hours and mileage and monetary donations during the year to report in December.


Bataan Memorial Death March- Becky and Brad participated in the 14.2 mile walk, but Mary and Tip Cowan did not participate this year due to Tip’s health condition. There were about 6600 participants. Four survivors of the original Death March greeted participants at the finish line.


New Business

Potential Fundraisers- Christmas Tree Star Ornament fundraiser: Kay approached 2 people, but no progress on this yet.

Combat boot fundraiser: Becky will do research. Booster Campaign: Becky reported that the national board will be sending information for sale of t-shirts from April 1 – 30. Watch for email notice.


Pecos American Legion Post 70-Louis Bowles is a member of this Post and notified the chapter that the Post is raising funds to build a new building, which will also be used as a community center. Kay made a motion to donate $200 to the building fund. Motion seconded by Jo Ann. Motion passed.


Trip to Veterans Home, TorC- Our members are invited to join in the visit with the women veterans at the Veterans Home on Saturday May 7. There are 30 women veterans there. We will bring a yellow rose in a vase for each lady and visit with them. Becky will finalize the plans with the director, and email the time to members. After that we will visit with our member in TorC, Edith Matthews.


WW Amputee Golf/Softball Game, April 1-3, Kay distributed a flyer for the event.


Carrie Tingley Festival of Trees-We discussed the potential for our chapter to decorate an artificial tree as a method of raising awareness of our organization. The funds raised will all go to Carrie Tingley Hospital. This was tabled to the next meeting.


Veterans Integration Center is holding a celebration of their 10 years on April 10, 3 – 6 pm @ NMVMP. Kay volunteered to bring appetizers for the event. After discussion, members decided to make individual contributions rather than a chapter donation. $43 in donations were given to Kay to buy the appetizers. All are invited to attend.


National convention- Delegate elections were held during the Department of New Mexico meeting. See those minutes. The chapter will pay for the hotel room for the delegates. Travel expenses and convention registration expense will be paid by the delegates. Becky has been asked by several members of the NEB to run for Second Vice President. Our chapter will submit a nomination letter for Becky for this position to the NEB in compliance with convention rules and deadline.


Flowers for NM BSM Convention- Discussion held that our chapter will purchase a floral arrangement to give to the Blue Star Mothers for their state convention April 16 at the NMVMP. Becky will buy the flowers and take to the convention. Additionally, there will be a presentation of Honor and Remember flags to Becky Christmas and to Kay Coleman in honor of their sons, at 10:30 AM at the convention.


Horses for Heroes- Becky was notified that Rick and his group are building an indoor arena. They will hold a dedication ceremony, to which we will be invited.


Upcoming Events

Former POW Recognition Ceremony, April 6, 11 AM, Auditorium Building 39, Education @ Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr SE, Albuquerque. Contact: Trudi Valdez, 505.256.2774


National Submarine Day, April 9, 5-9 pm, Sheraton ABQ Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE. $40/person. Make reservations online www.nmnavylegue.com


KAFB 75th Anniversary Banquet- April 16, 5 pm, 150th Special Operations Wing Hangar 1043, 2251 Air Guard Rd SE, KAFB. $28/person. RSVP: 505.846.599. Civilian dress: USO 1940s attire or formal.


Unfinished Business

Becky proposed that our chapter pay for plastic wrist bands to include in Goody Bags at national convention. They will say, “American Gold Star Mothers - we support veterans”. She will check with NEB on the number needed, but likely to be between 100 and 150. Sample bands can be found at www.reminderband.com.


Paws & Stripes has a Wish List of requested items posted on their website.


Meeting Schedule

May 21, 1 pm, at Pat Merville’s home

July 9, 1:30 pm, Becky as hostess, possibly at Horses for Heroes Bunkhouse

September 24, at Lisa Bowles’ home

November 19, 11 am, at Kay Coleman’s office, Carlisle Office Center. We will assemble hygiene bags for VA Hospital

December 17, Wreaths Across America, Santa Fe National Cemetery


Angelversaries                          Birthdays

3/15 Tim Bowles                         3/1 Don Zembiec

3/23 Tamara Long Archuleta       3/8 Todd Christmas

4/1 Wayne Simmons                   3/29 Gary Koehler

4/16 Leon Pierce                         4/15 Shane Harris

4/26 Aaron Austin                       4/17 Tim Bowles

                                                    4/27 Donella Mackmiller

Meeting Adjourned at 3:30 PM.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

March 26, 2016 - Department Meeting


The meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at the home of Jo Ann Zembiec at 1:25 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2016. Those in attendance were Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Jo Ann Zembiec, Pat Merville. Guests attending were Maria Seif, Joyce Montoya Helgesen, and Joyce’s mother Cecila Montoya.


Jo Ann Zembiec made a motion to nominate Kay Coleman and Pat Merville as delegates to the national American Gold Star Mothers convention. Motion seconded by Becky Christmas. Motion passed by acclimation.


Jo Ann Zembiec made a motion to nominate Becky Christmas as Second Vice President to the national Executive Board of the American Gold Star Mothers for the 2016-2017 term. Kay Coleman seconded the motion. Motion passed by acclimation.


Department meeting closed at 1:45 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary

2015

November 14, 2015


The AGSM meeting was called to order by President Becky Christmas at the office of Kay Coleman at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14. Those in attendance were Becky Christmas, Kay Coleman, Lisa Bowles, Mary Koehler, Jo Ann Zembiec, Pat Merville, Louis Bowles, and Frank Koehler.


Minutes

Minutes from the previous meeting were accepted as circulated.


Financial Report

Treasurer, Kay Coleman, reported that we have$2,072.79 in the treasury. We still were waiting on the $1800+ that was sent to National to be refunded.  Becky had contacted the Nat. Treasurer and she was to send it.  Becky will follow up on it again.


Correspondence

Thank you was sent to BSM for the rose plaque gift on GSM Sunday. 


Old Business

Veteran’s Day – No members were able to attend at any location this year.


“My Communities” Program – Jo Ann reported that no updates are available because the United Veterans Council meeting was cancelled on November 12.


WAA – Event is December 12. For the Santa Fe National Cemetery, the program will start at 10 am. The Civil Air Patrol has contacted us to participate in the opening ceremony. Lisa Bowles will pick up prior to 12/12 the wreaths that our chapter ordered and will bring them to the cemetery that day.


Chapter Meeting December 12 - We will hold a chapter meeting following the laying of the wreaths at Weck’s , 2000 Cerrillos Road, (St. Michael’s Road & Cerrillos Road) Santa Fe. Election of officers and vote on the 2016 budget will be held during this meeting.


C&BL – copies of the current AGSM Constitution and Bylaws have been mailed to members.

Tsosie Family – Kay delivered the $100 donation from our chapter to the family of the Fallen Hero when they were in Albuquerque to meet the return of his body.


Membership packets – Kay mailed 7 packets to potential members.


Fundraising Horse Quilt –Ticket packets have been distributed. Felicia Hale had contacted Becky as she had received the raffle tickets and was excited about selling them.  She informed Becky that her daughter's DOD was wrong on our membership list.  Donella died on Dec. 1, 2003. 


New Business

VA Hospital Bags – The members present prepared approximately 80 comfort bags, which will be taken to the VA Hospital, Albuquerque.


Dues – 2016 annual membership dues are due by 12/31/2015. The cost is $30 for national and $5 for the chapter, for a total of $35. Please send your dues to Kay Coleman, or can be paid at the 12/12/15 chapter meeting in Santa Fe.


Convention- The 2016 national convention will be in Savannah, GA, Thursday, 6/23 through Saturday, 6/25. Kay has reserved 3 rooms for our chapter members. After the election of chapter delegates, unneeded rooms will be released.


Budget- Kay presented a draft of the chapter budget for 2016. Discussion resulted in some changes. The revised proposed budget based on the discussion is attached. There will be a vote to accept the budget at the 12/12 meeting.


Unfinished Business

The chapter does not currently have a working website. The previously no-charge website will now carry a charge of $75/year. The national AGSM website may also host a chapter website. Becky will check with national on the conditions of maintaining a chapter website associated with the national site. Kay offered to investigate the fee site, and will work on preparing photos and information for the site. JoAnn will contact a MOAA member who is experienced with website maintenance, and might be able to assist us.


Meeting Adjourned at 1:20 PM.


Respectfully Submitted:


Pat Merville

September 12, 2015


Duke Sundt and his wife Suzanne were guests at the lunch which preceeded the meeting. Prior to the meeting Duke showed us 3 models of a proposed design of a mother sitting and holding a folded memorial U.S. flag. He discussed potential costs and types of materials that are resistant to vandalism to use to create a life-sized statue and ideas for fundraising by selling small tabletop-sized models.


Meeting called to order at 1 pm by President Becky Christmas. Members present: Kay Coleman, Jo Ann Zembiec, Lisa Bowles, Pat Merville, Becky Christmas.


Reading of minutes from prior meeting waived because they were approved by email.


Financial Report: Account balance as of 6/28/15 is $2,381.17.


Correspondence: Becky received a letter from Edith Mathews listing the contact person for the Truth or Consequences Veterans Home. Becky is working with that lady to determine how our chapter can support their residents.


OLD BUSINESS

Veteran’s Park Monument: Discussion of whether we should proceed with project to place a Gold Star Mother memorial monument at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. Decision was made that the president would call for a motion via email to members. If the motion is made and seconded, then an email vote will be taken on whether to proceed with the project. An action plan will be developed.


GSM Pins: $38 was spent to purchase Next of Kin pins for mothers of non-KIA Fallen Heroes. One was sent to Mrs. Yazzie, and 2 pins are on hand for future distribution


AGSM Trademark: Any use of the AGSM trademark must now be approved by the national office. This includes if individual members use the logo on business cards. Kay contacted Mona to get the forms that must be submitted to get approval of the use of the trademarked logo. Kay or Becky will submit a request for the chapter to use the logo on letterhead, envelopes, flyers, etc. Approval from national is required to use the logo for each special event.


Fisher House: The Albuquerque Fisher House is to be built in 2016 and open in 2017. The Military Order of the Purple Heart has donated $14,000 towards this project. Location will be at the VA Hospital grounds, north of the portable buildings. We discussed a method for our members to raise donations for the Albuquerque Fisher House by asking our friends and relatives to make a donation in honor of our fallen children on their birthday or angelversary date, or in place of a birthday or holiday gift for us mothers.


VAVS: Kay is our representative and has been attending meetings. Several volunteers have donated their time on behalf of our chapter: Courtney Getchell, Matthew Buress, Shubham Chadha, Alexis Rippy. At the end of the year, Kay will report for the AGSM chapter Community Service Report the total hours donated by these non-AGSM volunteers.


New Business

Santa Fe National Cemetery: Communications to AGSM from the director of the cemetery about special events has been poor, and the events have not been well organized. The director does not seem to understand the proper role for Gold Star Mothers at the events. Becky and Lisa will ask for a meeting with the director to attempt to make improvements.


Military Day-September 15: Becky and Brad Christmas and Jo Ann Zembiec will represent our chapter to read the names of the Fallen Heroes at this event at the NM State Fair.


GSM Sunday: Mothers are invited to a potluck picnic on the grounds of the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, 9/27 from 1-4 pm. This is hosted by NM Survivor Outreach Services. Kay stated that this event is a NM National Guard families event, but Kori Williams, the SOS representative for NM included the Gold Star Families. Jo Ann stated that MOAA is holding their meeting inside the building at the Park starting from 2-5 pm, and she will be attending that to accept a donation check from MOAA to our chapter. Kay will also attend the MOAA event. They will try to spend some time at both gatherings.


Blue Star Mother’s Donation: Blue Star Mothers New Mexico Chapter 3, Rio Arriba County, of which our associate member, Nina Zentz, was a member, disbanded and they voted to donate the balance in their account to our AGSM chapter. They donated $888.93 to us. Becky sent the Thank You note to them.


CB&L Booklets: Kay made a motion, and Lisa seconded, for our chapter to buy 10 copies of the Constitution and Bylaws for AGSM for a donation of $3 each. Motion passed. Becky will buy these at the national office when she is there for Gold Star Mother Sunday and executive board meeting in September.


Fundraising-Quilt: Last month Kay picked up the horse-themed quilt donated by the Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt guild. After discussion on how to use the quilt, Jo Ann made a motion, and Kay seconded it, to hold a raffle for the quilt as a fundraiser for our chapter. Motion passed to sell tickets at $5 each. The drawing will be held on Memorial Day 2016. All members are asked to sell raffle tickets. Becky will write a cover letter that will explain the purpose of the raffle and include a photo of the quilt that members can show to potential ticket buyers. Kay will draft the ticket design and get them printed. Packets of 10 tickets will be distributed to members. Pat will send a thank you note to the Guild for the quilt.


NM Veteran’s Home: Becky has learned that there are 40 women residents at the home. They are asking for art supplies, and comfort supplies.


VA Hospital Bags: We will pack the bags at our November 14 meeting, which will be at Kay’s office on Carlisle, Albuquerque. Some of these bags may be sent to the NM Veteran’s Home and some to the VA Hospital. Please collect small sized toiletries, socks, etc.


Other: Pat presented the Smithsonian magazine article about the writing of the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892 by a children’s magazine writer, and the campaign to have the Pledge conducted each morning in classrooms across the nation.


Jo Ann talked about the Rio Grande Patriots Patriot Gala in July that included the display of the NM state Fallen Heroes poster and their photos were printed in the program. She will contact them to ask that they inform AGSM ahead of time so that we can attend next year. Jo Ann and Kay will attend the Military Appreciation Dinner on 10/18 at Hoffmantown Church to represent us.


Kay shared a list of veterans’ memorials and monuments in New Mexico, and information on the New Mexico state Veterans’ Cemetery Program. She was contacted by SWAT, a coalition of military and community members supporting service members and their families. She will attend their 9/17 meeting. The Veterans Service Organization commanders meeting for NM will be 10/14, and Kay and Becky will attend. The ABQ Stand Down on 10/15 & 10/16 was discussed. Kay was asked to get more information for next year’s event. Kay will prepare about 20 information packets about our chapter to send to potential members derived from the list of families who were invited to the Horses For Heroes Fallen Heroes Plaque dedication.


Kay presented several ideas for potential fundraising. One idea is a Gold Star Hero Tree Project. Becky will contact Cindy Long to discuss whether this could be added to the Long family’s annual tournament in honor of their daughter. Another fundraiser discussed was to hold a Cross-Fit Exercise Event, similar to what Jo Ann’s daughter-in-law, Pam, has conducted for several years. Jo Ann will get information from Pam and pass it on to members. A Field of Flags or Field of Boots event was discussed. Recently Fort Hood held such an event with donated Army boots. Donations are made to list a Fallen Hero on each set of boots. Becky will contact Jack Fox to discuss the potential to create such a Field of Boots memorial when each of the new state veterans’ cemeteries is dedicated.


October Meeting: Discussed whether to hold a meeting in October. Jo Ann will host the meeting on October 17 at her house at noon. The remainder of the meetings for 2015 are listed below.

Meeting Adjourned at 3:30 pm.


Angelversaries

10-4 James Pirtle

10-12 Christopher Merville

11-1 Gary Koehler


Birthdays

9-15 Joel Dahl

9-30 Charles Lopez

9-30 Cecilia Yazzie

10-20 Michelle Bowman

10-22 LaNeel Pierce


Meeting Schedule

November 14

December 12


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville


Recording Secretary

March 14, 2015  


Meeting called to order at 1:27 PM by President Becky Christmas.


Attendees: Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Carol Harris, Pat Merville, Jo Ann Zembiec. Associate members: Don Zembiec and Pat Harris.


Opening prayer led by Carol Harris.


Pledge of Allegiance led by Americanism Chair Pat Merville.


Minutes of January 2015 meeting: Carol made motion, seconded by Jo Ann to dispense with the reading of the minutes and to accept the minutes as sent to members.


Financial Report given by Kay. Balance in the account is $5,829.90.


Old Business

Women in Agriculture Conference, May 27. At this time, no AGSM members are planning to attend.


VAVS: National convention will be in Albuquerque at the convention center on April 22-23. The Parke Award Luncheon in Thursday, 4/23. A GSM from Arizona has been nominated as Volunteer of the Year, so it Becky encouraged our members to attend. Ann Davis, AGSM National VAVS representative will be attending. Members in the Albuquerque area will tentatively plan to meet with Ann the evening of 4/24.


Gold Star Mothers Monument: Jo Ann & Becky researched GSM monuments installed in other locations and presented pictures of several other installations. Jo Ann got more information about the contact if we proceed with a project to place a monument at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park. The contact is: Matthew Carter, City of Albuquerque projects Coordinator, Public Art Urban Enhancement Program, 505.768.3804, mcarter@cabq.gov. The process requires the group to submit an application and to raise the funds to cover the full cost of the monument plus an additional 10% of that cost to cover lifetime maintenance. We discussed the possibility of vandalism, so we would eliminate choices with parts that could easily be broken. Becky will check on the copyright for the Andrew Chernoff statue and will contact Duke Sundt, an artist in Las Vegas, NM who does bronze work if he could produce a copy in state to reduce shipping costs. No final decision was made on the design.


NM Veterans Memorial Park: Jo Ann reported of the change of staff at the park due to Roger Knights resignation. The new Board of Directors has been elected. The foundation is seeking to get more youth involved at the facility and the programs. Volunteers to be docents and tour guides are requested. Training session will be April 12, 7 pm at the park.

NM Fallen Heroes Poster: Lisa got a copy for the chapter from the NMDVS. Louis gave it to Becky. The consensus of the members was for Becky to get the poster framed before April 11 so that Pat can take it to display while giving her talk about AGSM at the NM Blue Star Mothers convention.


Fisher House: no update.


Warrior Memorial Race: June 20 at NM Expo grounds sponsored by AUSA (Association of United States Army). Kay will email more details to our members.


Run for the Wall: The riders are expected in Albuquerque at the NMVMP on May 14. American Legion Post 13 is coordinating the greeting and feeding of the group. Blue Star Mothers will be donating desserts, and AGSM members are asked to partner with BSM on the desserts and serving them. More details will be provided by Kay when available.


Name Badges and Membership Cards: Magnetic name badges have been distributed. Plastic membership cards are available from the national office.


Flag Day Ceremonies in Santa Fe: Saturday, June 13, 9 AM at the Veterans Memorial Stage at the Bataan Building, Santa Fe. AGSM have been invited to bring our organization flag and stand. Becky, Lisa, and Pat may be able to attend.


New Business


NM Veterans’ Home: Becky made several attempt to contact the home in T or C to determine their needs and what our chapter can do to assist them, but has not had a reply from the Recreation Director.


Mary Teater Memorial: Becky is preparing a speech about Mary that will be given during the memorial service at the national AGSM convention. Kay moved, and Jo Ann seconded, to donate $100 to the national AGSM in honor of Mary. Motion passed.


Election of delegates to AGSM National Convention: Chapter delegates elected by acclimation are: JoAnn Zembiec, Pat Merville and Kay Coleman. Becky Christmas will participate in her role as national Sergeant- At- Arms. The chapter will cover the cost of the air travel to/from convention and the hotel stay. Delegates will pay for registration and other costs.


NEB Nomination: Cindy Kruger asked Becky to run as Sergeant- At- Arms. The Department of New Mexico must submit the nomination form to the NEB. Pat will do this in her role as Department Vice President.


Healing Field of Honor: Kay was contacted about AGSM participating in an event in Farmington during 2015. When she gets more information, she will report to the chapter.


Report from NEB: Becky reported on the February meeting of the NEB. The duties of the Historian have been revised to put more focus on the veterans and less on the president’s scrapbook. Work continues on cataloging historical items, which might be stored at the GSM Home in Long Beach. The national treasury is running low and less donations have been received to defray the costs of convention. The Vietnow organization has discontinued paying for the banquet cost for delegates. The registration fee had not been increased in many years, and rather than charge separately for the meals, two meals, a reception, and several smaller expenses are all included in the registration fee. Members are encouraged to buy an ad in the convention journal, whether or not you attend the convention. This helps to cover convention costs. Kay made a motion, seconded by JoAnn for the chapter to purchase a full page ad. Motion passed. Becky and Kay will design the chapter ad.


Potential Chapter Fundraising: Our chapter funds will need to be replenished by a fundraiser this year. One idea discussed was to raffle a quilt donated by the Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt Guild. Pat will contact the guild to ask if they will allow us to raffle the horse-themed quilt that they created in 2014 for the Horses for Heroes Cowboy Christmas event because that event was not held.


Another idea was to buy small flags to sell for donations to display similar to the Healing Field of Honor. This could be done at the time of the ground breaking for the Gold Star Mothers memorial (not likely during 2015) or at one of the newly designated state veterans cemeteries. Becky will get more information about the specific cities within NM that have been designated for veterans cemeteries.


Upcoming Events: Becky sent these by email prior to the meeting. Additional event that Kay announced during the meeting: March 29, 2 PM-Santa Fe National Cemetery ceremony to honor Vietnam Veterans. More info: SFNC Director James Sanders, 505.988.6400 or james.sanders2@va.gov.


Next AGSM meetings: May 9, 11 AM at Jo Ann Zembiec home, Albuquerque. Bring your own lunch.

Meeting adjourned at 1:18 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, Secretary

2014

November 8, 2014


The AGSM members met on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Kay Coleman’s office . Those present were Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Pat Merville, and Jo Ann Zembiec.


The members organized all the donated items into categories and then proceeded to pack approximately 80 comfort bags for the veterans. (Thank you Michelle Bowman and Pat Merville for your generous donations.) The bags will be taken to the VA Hospital by Kay Coleman to be distributed to veterans in the hospital.


The meeting began at 12:55 PM with a prayer and pledge of allegiance led by Becky.


Acknowledgements: November and December acknowledgements were read by Kay.


Minutes: Becky moved that we approve the minutes as circulated via email. Pat seconded the motion.


Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer reported that there is $6,096.20 in the treasury, same as last month. The MOAA check for $1,000 has not been deposited yet. Jo Ann moved to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Becky.


Old Business:

UVC

Jo Ann reported that the Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10 AM on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the NMVM Park.


Fisher House Foundation ABQ

Jo Ann reported that there is no further information regarding when the FHF ABQ House.


GSM Monument

Jo Ann reported that the monument, depending on size and stone choice, would cost approximately $8,600. It was suggested by Becky that we meet at Worthen Memorials on Dec. 5 at noon to pick out a stone and ask about down payments and costs so we can proceed with the application to the city for monument approval.


Horses for Heroes

It was the consensus of the group that the H4H ceremony on Oct. 18 was a huge success. However, there was some disappointment as to the number of “no shows” who said they would come, but didn’t.

Kay will mail “new member packets” to those who didn’t attend the ceremony in hopes that they will become GSM members.

It was agreed that a framed GSM coin would be given to the Olive Garden as a thank you for catering (gratis)the H4H event.

It was agreed that the quilt donated by Quilt Works be given to Horses for Heroes. The gift will be presented by Becky to Rick and Nancy Iannucci on December 4 at the Cattle Growers Convention at the Pyramid Hotel.

Jo Ann moved that we donate $300 to H4H. Motion was seconded by Becky and passed.

The quilt donated to GSM by Jemez Mountain Bear Paws Quilters Guild will be held at Bear Paws until a decision can be made on what to do with it.


VAVS

Becky will check on updates for the VAVS convention here in Albuquerque.

Military Order of the Purple Hearts

It was reported that the movie Brothers at War was well attended earlier in the morning at the NMVM Park sponsored by the MOPH. It was filmed by Jake Rademacher and starred his two brothers, Joe and Isaac Rademacher and their lives in Iraq.


New Business:

Paws and Stripes

Jo Ann made a motion to donate $300 to Paws and Stripes. Motion was seconded by Becky and passed.


Community Service Hours

Please have your community service hours to Kay by January 1, 2015.


Operation Home Front Answer the Call

Kay spoke about this organization that helps veterans and their families. She will do more research on it and report back.


GSM Name Tags

Becky showed us her GSM name tag and suggested we get name tags to wear at meetings and events. Kay will get the prices for each.


GSM Sunday, September 2015

It was suggested by Kay that our chapter, in addition to an informal gathering for GSM, have a separate event to honor our donors.


Thank you card from Edith Matthews

A nice thank you card from our visit with Edith Matthews was read and circulated.


Women In Agriculture Conference

Becky reported that on May 27, 2015 during the Women in Agriculture Conference, there will be a Patriot Luncheon from 12-1 PM for the troops and their families sponsored by the Beef Battalion. The American Beef Battalion feeds military families. Kay moved, Jo Ann seconded, to donate 150 flags to their conference. Becky will order the flags.


New GSM Membership Cards

New GSM membership cards will be issued upon request. They are plastic and more durable than the paper ones we have.


Annual Dues is Due

All membership dues are due by January 1, 2015. It is $25, five dollars of which stays in our chapter. Please make your checks to AGSM. Carmen Lopez , Edith Matthews and Mary Teater’s dues will be paid by our chapter because our policy states that our chapter will pay dues for anyone over the age of 90.


Proposed Annual Budget

The treasurer presented the 2015 proposed annual budget. Jo Ann moved to accept the proposed budget, Becky seconded the motion. The budget will be attached to the minutes.


Slate of Officers for 2015

Kay presented a slate of officers for 2015. New officers are as follows:

President, Becky Christmas; Vice President, Jo Ann Zembiec; Treasurer, Kay Coleman; Recording Secretary, Pat Merville; Parliamentarian, Becky Christmas; Corresponding Secretary, Lisa Bowles; Chaplin, Jo Ann Zembiec; Sargent-at- Arms, Pat Merville; Americanism, Pat Mervile; Historian, Kay Coleman.


Department Heads are as follows:

President, Becky Christmas; Vice President, Pat Merville; Treasurer, Kay Coleman; Secretary, Jo Ann Zembiec

Pat moved that we approve the proposed slate of officers, Jo Ann seconded the motion. The motion passed.


Wreaths Across America (WAA)

Becky moved that we donate 10 wreaths for Ft. Bayard National Cemetery and 20 wreaths for Santa Fe National Cemetery this year. Jo Ann Seconded the motion and it was passed. Kay will order the wreaths today. WAA is December 13.


Meeting was adjourned at 2:55 PM


Respectfully Submitted


Jo Ann Zembiec, Secretary

June 18, 2014


Meeting called to order at 6:15 pm by President, Kay Coleman.


Attendees: Kay Coleman, Becky Christmas, Pat Merville, Michelle Bowman, Jeanette Yazzie. Guests: Mary Teater’s daughter Adrene Adams and Mary’s sister Alena, Brad Christmas and CY Yazzie.


A special presentation of the certificate of appreciation and recognition from the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration for the service in Vietnam and the ultimate sacrifice made by Army Specialist 5 Wayne Simmons was made to his family. Because Mary Teater was not able to travel to Albuquerque this year, the certificate and lapel pin was accepted by SPC Simmons’ sister, Adrene, on behalf of her mother.


Becky reported on national board activities: There is a new membership application form. A policy will be announced at the national convention concerning the use of the AGSM logo. Amendments to be voted on at the national convention are the same as were presented at the 2013 convention with the addition of an amendment that will eliminate the requirement for the president to appoint 2 positions, the parliamentarian and the corresponding secretary. The president may appoint those positions, but would not be required to do so. This will save the national board from paying travel expenses for 2 additional members. Each chapter is asked to donate a basket of items to be raffled as a fundraiser at convention. On behalf of the chapter, Becky purchased several New Mexico-themed items that will be presented in a gold-colored cowboy boot.


Motion made by Kay Coleman, and seconded by Pat Merville to reimburse Becky Christmas $119.77 to pay for items that the chapter will donate to convention gift fundraiser. Motion passed.


Horses for Heroes dedication of Fallen Heroes Dog Tags Plaque: Because several members have reported to the president that they will not be able to attend the proposed July date for the event, it will be rescheduled. Nancy has been notified. The proposed date is either Saturday, October 18 or Sunday October 19. Members are asked to notify the president of your preferred date. Nancy has told Kay that H4H will not be conducting the Cowboy Christmas fundraiser this year.


The members discussed possibly directing our fundraising efforts this year to supporting Paws & Stripes in Rio Rancho since there will not be a H4H fundraiser.


Adrene donated 25 adult bibs sewn by members of her quilt guild in Montana for the patients at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Hospital.


Upcoming AGSM meetings:

July 12 – Kay will ask Lisa Bowles if she would like to host since the May meeting was cancelled. September 13 – Mary Cowan will host the meeting at her home in Silver City.

November 8 – Kay’s office at Carlisle Office Center, Albuquerque. During this meeting we will assemble goodie bags for the veterans. Please continue to collect items to include in the bags.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Pat Merville, acting Secretary

March 8, 2014


The Albuquerque Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers met on March 8, 2014 at 11 AM, at 2917 Carlisle, NE, the office of Kay Coleman. Prior to the meeting, Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, and Brad Christmas cleaned out the storage boxes of supplies that the Chapter had stored previously at the BSM Troop building.


The meeting was opened in due form and the minutes of the previous meeting were approved as corrected. Those in attendance were: Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, and Brad Christmas. One guest, Jim Spiry, also joined us.


Our guest speaker was Jim Spiry, father of Jesse James Spiry, who died shortly after receiving his Second Lt. bars. Jesse died of a brain tumor. Jim spoke of his journey through his grief and his plan to take audio interviews from Gold Star Dads and families, one from each of the 50 states. We have his contact information and will pass it on to the rest of the membership.


March and April calendar acknowledgements were read for Angelversaries and birthdays.


The Treasurers report was given by Pat Merville and is attached. The checking account balance is $7,546.94.


Old Business

The GSM stored items were gone through and will be stored at Kay’s office, Carlisle Office Center, 2917 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM.


Becky reported on the AGSM National Convention, which will take place in June. Becky announced she will be running for Recording Secretary for the NEB. We will elect delegates at our May meeting. There will be proposed amendments to the C&BL and these will be published in the upcoming newsletter, along with the Call to Convention and registration forms.


Becky also reported that the National organization is in need of financial help from the Chapters. She gave an example of the need for a new storm door on the front of Headquarters. It was the consensus of those in attendance to ask Maria Martens, NSO, to research what a storm door would cost, as our Chapter might want to donate that to the National Headquarters.


Becky spoke of upcoming Legislation that will be listed in the newsletter. She also passed out information on the LTC Todd J. Clark Hero Flight Act and asked each member to read it and see if they would like to ask our Congressmen and women to sponsor and support it. See attached.


Becky also mentioned that the cemetery bill passed our NM Legislature and we will continue to be informed of it.

A thank you was read from the Jemez Mountains Bear paw Quilting Club for our recent donation. Kay announced that our other budgeted donations were sent in January.


New Business

An email was read concerning the 2014 Run For the Wall, which will stop May 15 at the NM Veteran’s Memorial. Requests were made for donations or sponsorships. It was moved by Becky to donate $200 to this cause. The motion was seconded and it was decided to put it to the membership for an E-Vote. We will have discussion and a deadline for the vote, as directed by the President.


The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be in Santa Fe for six days, beginning March 18. We have been asked to read the names of the NM Fallen from Vietnam, on March 22. So far Becky has given the names of Kay, Pat, Becky, Brad, Elisa and Louis Bowles. Becky will check with the Pat Harris’ and the Yazzies to see if they are able to attend. She will also find out about parking at Ft. Marcy Park, where the event will be held, and the Pre-Vigil Procession.


Becky reported on the recent NEB meeting in Washington, D.C. We have new membership cards and there is a new, updated membership form. Finances are a concern for the NEB.


Further Business

Kay is working on getting Vietnam Mothers certificates for our GSM who do not have them. We hope to have them so we can present them this summer.


It was suggested to have the July meeting in Angel Fire or possibly at the H4H Headquarters in Santa Fe. Brad suggested we have the meeting and the dedication of the GSM Wall the same day.


The Horses For Heroes mailing was discussed, as well as the proposed newsletter. Kay will contact Nancy about these issues and the possible meeting and dedication in July.


We have a new member. She is Cecelia Yazzie. She does not have email but is listed on our new membership list. Kay has sent the welcome letter to her. Becky is also writing a form letter to encourage other GSM to join AGSM.


Kay announced upcoming events. They are:

March 22- Name reading of NM Vietnam Fallen, Santa Fe

May 10- Chapter meeting, Elisa Bowles’, Glorieta

June 14- Massing of the Colors, Santa Fe

June 26-30- AGSM National Convention

July 12- Chapter Meeting


The meeting was closed in due form by the President.


Respectfully submitted,


Becky Christmas

January 11, 2014


The AGSM members met on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the home of Don and Jo Ann Zembiec at 11:30 AM in Albuquerque, NM. Those present were Kay Coleman, Pat Merville, Becky Christmas, Don and Jo Ann Zembiec.


President Kay Coleman read “A New Year” poem by Robert Longley of Sacredpoems.com. January acknowledgements were read by Kay.


The circulated minutes of the last meeting were moved to be approved by Becky Christmas, seconded by Pat Merville.


The treasurer’s report was circulated and discussed. The balance in our treasury is $8,253.64. Kay moved to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Becky. The proposed budget for 2014 was circulated. Copy on file.


2014 Officers:

Since Michelle is unable to attend Saturday meetings, President Kay Coleman appointed Becky as vice president. The officers for 2014 are Kay Coleman, President; Becky Christmas, Vice President; Treasurer, Pat Merville; Recording Secretary, Jo Ann Zembiec; Corresponding Secretary, Elisa Bowles. Department Officers remain the same.


UVC:

Jo Ann Zembiec, UVC representative, reported that the BSM will take down the Christmas decorations at the New Mexico Memorial Veterans Park (NMMVP) on February 1 at 9:30 AM. Anyone wishing to help is welcome. The first Saturday lecture series continues beginning on February 1 at 9:30 AM. It has been very well received in the community.


A free bus to the VA Day at the Roundhouse is scheduled to leave the NMMVA Park at 7:45 AM on February 17. Reservations for a seat on the bus call Mir at the NMMVA Park. The bus will not stop at Paseo del Norte this year due to construction at that intersection.


The Blue Mass will be held at St. Pius on the West Side on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. For more information call Fred Hudson, Catholic Veterans, at 856.0257.


BSM Storage of GSM Items:

Becky and Kay will meet at Kay’s office on Saturday, March 8 at 9:00 AM to work on organizing these items and boxes. Anyone wishing to help is welcome.


Wreaths Across America:

Kay reported that Mary Cowan and her group of Marines laid 1,404 wreaths at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery on December 14, 2013. It was a huge increase in the number of wreaths this year compared to last year. Awesome job Mary.


Pat Merville will contact WAA to ask about the process to inform the local leaders for WAA at each cemetery about the special relationship between WAA and AGSM. The goal is to prevent future misunderstandings about the participation of family members of the Fallen Heroes in the opening ceremony on the annual WAA Day, and to assure that our members have the opportunity to place wreaths for which we made donations to WAA. Becky to find out at the next National Board meeting if any other chapter had issues with the WAA website when placing orders, and their local representatives and events.


Kay has printed out all the names of NM Fallen Heroes from the War on Terrorism and where they are buried. The majority of those who are buried in NM are buried in Santa Fe National Ceremony. Approximately 10 each are buried at Ft. Bayard, Carlsbad, and Farmington. Many NM veterans are buried outside the state of NM.


New Member Packet:

Kay reported that the new member packets are complete. Kay will purchase folders to put these packets in.


AGSM Monument:

Jo Ann reported that she will meet with Roger Knight, UVC, and see what options Worthen Memorials may have for a GSM monument at the NMMVP. A full figure bronze would cost about $32,000. We will ask about a less expensive monument in stone.


AGSM Convention, June 26-30:

The National Convention will be held in Lancaster, PA on June 26-30, 2014. Kay has booked three double rooms for this event. Delegates to the convention will be determined at a later date.


Snowball Express

No one was able to go to send off the Snowball Express families at the airport this year.


Gov. Martinez’s Initiative for More VA Cemeteries:

Becky offered to follow up and update the chapter as to the bill number and what has transpired so far. Members are encouraged to contact their state representatives to support the bill, and if possible, to attend committee hearings in support.


Submissions for Newsletters :

Becky will be in charge of submitting photos and chapter information to our national newsletter. The form for submitting news and photos was given to those present. Copy on file.


Horses for Heroes Cowboy Christmas:

In an effort to improve the silent bid procedure for Horses for Heroes fundraiser, a list of suggestions was compiled and will be discussed with Nancy and Rick Iannucci at a potluck luncheon sometime in February (15th or 16th) at Don and JoAnn’s home. List of suggestions is on file with secretary.


Standing Rules:

  1. GSM meetings will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the odd numbered months.
  2. The ABQ Chapter will pay dues for each member 90 years old or older.
  3. Delegates to the National Convention shall be reimbursed travel, hotel, and registration costs if chapter funds are available.
  4. The chapter will purchase the Chapter President’s pin for an outgoing chapter President.
  5. When donating to a 501(c)3 that entity should provide a copy of the latest Internal Revenue Form 990.
  6. A memorial donation of $50 will be sent to AGSM National Office upon the death of a chapter member in recognition and honor of her GSM status.

Note: Financial Assistance Request Procedure is completed and will be included in the Standing Rules.


New Business:

Fallen Heroes Project information was distributed to those who would like Michael Reagan to create a portrait of their fallen hero.


Massing of the Colors will be held in Santa Fe at the Bataan Building at 9:00 AM on June 14, 2014. Our GSM banner will be carried by those attending the event.


Calendar for Upcoming GSM Events:

January 11, 2014 at 11 AM at Jo Ann Zembiec’s home

March 8, 2014 at 9 AM at Kay’s Carlisle Office Bldg. (Jim Spiri, a military combat photographer, and father of a Fallen Hero, will be invited to speak about his audio interview project with Gold Star Families.)

May 10, 2014 at Elisa Bowles, Glorieta

June 14, 2014, Massing of the Colors, Santa Fe

July 12, 2014 meeting location to be determined

September 13, 2014 Mary Cowan, Silver City

November 8, 2014, at Kay’s Carlisle Office Bldg.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM


Respectfully Submitted


Jo Ann Zembiec

2013

March 9, 2013


The AGSM members met at the conference room of Kay Coleman’s office. The meeting began at 11 AM with Kay Coleman, President, presiding. Becky Christmas read the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Those attending were Pat Merville, Mary Teeter, Adrene Adams, Brad and Becky Christmas, and Jo Ann Zembiec. Kay shared the March calendar from the website with the members.


Minutes from the previous meeting were not read as Michelle Bowman was unable to attend the meeting.


The Treasurer’s report was read by Kay Coleman. The balance in our account as of this date is $9,272.79. Becky Christmas made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Pat Merville seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.


The 2013 budget was circulated. Kay reported that she has sent our 2013 corrected Per Capita Report to National Office. Our 2013 budget was approved at the January 12, 2013 meeting and is on file with the treasurer.


Old Business

Albuquerque Fisher House Campaign

Jo Ann Zembiec reported that there is no additional news regarding the Albuquerque Fisher House project. Cathy Cabry (our contact at FHF) said that the campaign would begin sometime in April. Becky reported that in the past a GSM was not necessarily on the board, but if anyone had the time to devote to being on the board, they should make their desires known. Becky and Jo Ann were tentatively interested in being on the board. Jo Ann will follow up with another email to Cathy Cabry.


2013 NM Legislative Report (United Veteran’s Council)

Jo Ann reported that there is no new information to distribute at this time. Mary Teeter and Adrene Adams attended the Military Day at the Legislature in Santa Fe in February. Adrene reported that it was well attended and a wonderful tribute to our veterans. The governor was in Washington, DC, so the Lt. Governor, John Sanchez, spoke on her behalf.


2013 Community Service Report

Pat reported that she has forwarded our community report to Nationals. Our totals are below last year’s totals, but several members had not turned in their report in time to add their totals to the report sent to Nationals. This year we had a total of 1,231 hours, $15,713 donated, and 8,542 miles driven.


February Blue Mass

It was reported that none of our membership was able to attend the Blue Mass in appreciation of those serving in the military services, police forces, and firefighters, but according to the newspaper, it was well attended.


New Business

Website Update/Domain Name Subscription Costs

Kay reported that we are still in need of having members send in a picture of their fallen warrior to post on the chapter webpage as well as a short story about them. She needs input on Doug Zembiec and Wayne Simmons, as well as others.

Domain subscription costs were presented by Kay. Pat moved that the subscription for 5 years at $15 per year be renewed and paid for out of chapter funds. Becky seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


BSM Storage of GMS Items

It was unanimously agreed that Kay would retrieve the boxes of GSM items/memorabilia currently stored with the Blue Star Mothers and store them at Kay’s office.


Honor Walk & Bike Run March 25-30, 2013

A tally was taken as to see how many GSM would be able to attend the Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Honor Walk/Bike Run sponsored by the Upper Fruitland Vietnam Veterans. Kay is to report to Jeanette Yazzie that unfortunately, no one from the membership will be able to attend this year.


National Convention Delegates

The AGSM National Convention will be held at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, NV on June 21-23. Kay and Becky will attend. With 15 paid members, we can have 3 more delegates. Jo Ann Zembiec and Pat Merville volunteered to attend. It was decided that a vote would be taken at our May 11, 2013 meeting who the delegates would be.

It was decided that the GSM chapter would pay for each delegate’s transportation (air or vehicle) as well as their double occupancy lodging for 3 nights. Delegates will be reimbursed with receipts. The delegate would then be responsible for registration and meals. The next AGSM Newsletter will have more details and registration forms. Each delegate will be responsible for submitting her own registration form and make her own motel reservation.


Speaker Chris Timm

Chris Timm and his wife Sherry spoke about the NM Veteran’s Memorial Park. Chris is on the Board of Directors for the park. He reported that a new series of History Lectures is being added beginning April 6 at 9:30 AM at the park. These history series lectures will begin with the American Revolution, Buffalo Soldiers, and will include Marine WAC’s, WWII Veterans, Korean Veterans, and other personal stories from local veterans as they volunteer to speak. A lecture by Bill Toledo, a Marine Veteran was attended by over 100 people recently. This event will be advertised in the newspaper.

Chris said that the Run for the Wall (POW/MIA) riders who ride across the USA and arrive in Washington, DC on Memorial Day will pass through Albuquerque on May 17, 2013 to plan a third route across the U.S. that will follow I-40 cross country starting next year. A small reception will be held for them at the NM Veteran’s Memorial Park. If any GSM can attend, please do so to honor those who honor our veterans.


Up Coming Events

Becky discussed the upcoming proposed amendments to the national constitution that will be brought up for vote at the National Convention in Las Vegas in June. Delegates are encouraged to read and discuss the proposed amendments when they are published in the national newsletter and be ready to vote on these important issues.


The next meetings are tentatively scheduled for:

May 11 at Kay’s office conference room

July 13 at either Becky’s or Lisa’s (someplace north) to be decided

September at Mary Cowan’s

November 9 at Jo Ann & Don’s home


The meeting was adjourned at 1:21 PM.


Respectfully Submitted


Jo Ann Zembiec, Recording Secretary


May 18, 2013


The AGSM members met on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM in the conference room of Kay Colman’s office. Those present were, Kay Coleman, Pat Freeman, Becky Christmas, Louis and Lisa Bowles, and Jo Ann Zembiec. The meeting was opened by Becky Christmas with a prayer, short silence, and pledge of allegiance.


The April 6, 2013 and the March 9, 2013 meeting minutes were read and approved with a motion by Becky and second by Pat.


Kay reported that the treasury has been unchanged since the last meeting with a total balance of $9,252.79 in the bank. There are two outstanding dues that have not been collected, Michelle Bowman and Paula Gonzales. Pat to call Paula and Kay to call Michelle to remind them.


Old Business:

UVC

Fisher House Foundation Jo Ann reported that the Fisher House Foundation for Albuquerque may be three years away. Alan Martinez, Director State Benefits Division of the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs said he would look into finding out why this project has not gotten off the ground yet.


Flag Day Flag Day is June 14 and will be held at the VA Memorial Park with a “burning of retired flags” ceremony. Check website for time, tentative 10 AM start.


First Saturdays A personal history series is being held on first Saturdays at the VA Park beginning at 9:30 AM. It has been well attended and well received by the public. Information on these series can be found on their website and newspaper. Website is nmvetsmemorial.org, phone 505.256.2042.


BSM Storage of GSM Items Becky brought all the GSM boxes that had been stored at the BSM’s facility to Kay’s office to be stored at her office. At a later time Becky and Kay will peruse the boxes.


Run For the Wall Although no GSM were able to attend the Run for the Wall it was well received and attended by BSM and the public per the Albuquerque Journal.


National Convention Bylaws After considerable discussion it was agreed that Page 10, Article 11, Section 3 of this proposed amendment does not need to be in the constitution. Becky urged anyone wanting to voice an opinion from the floor at the appropriate time, do so. The members felt that our delegates should vote no on this amendment. (You should be a member of the chapter you want to run in, not necessarily your legal residence.)


New Business:

Horses for Heroes Dog tags to be hung in the new bunk house at Broken Arrow Ranch to honor our fallen in NM will be sent to Rick Iannuci by Kay. It was agreed by the membership that the five lines on the tags will read as follows: Line 1, first name and initial of fallen; Line 2, last name; Line 3 Rank and Branch; Line 4 death date; Line 5 place of death. For those fallen in the US, War on Terror will be inscribed on the 5th line.


Goodie Bags for the VA Toiletry/goodie bags will be made to be given to the VA for those patients who arrive and need additional supplies. Becky volunteered to chair this project. A motion to give $400 for this project was made by Becky and seconded by Lisa. Motion approved. Bags will be assembled on July 13 at Becky’s home after our meeting and brought to Albuquerque for distribution.


Tuskegee Airmen Monument It was decided that before a donation is to be made for this monument that Kay would check and see how the plans are coming along and email all members as to the status of the project. The monument is to be built at the VA Memorial Park to honor Tuskegee Airmen.


Paws & Stripes Fundraiser It was decided that a request for a IRS 990 be made for all organizations we donate to. The request will be made along with the donation check. Lisa made a motion to donate $250, seconded by Becky to donate to Paws & Stripes Fundraiser, June 29.


White Sands SOS Program Becky informed the members that a new SOS Program (Survivors Outreach Services) is now open at White Sands Missile Range. Applications for access cards and vehicle decals were given to the members by Becky. Completed applications can be faxed to Lew Lewis at Ft. Bliss, TX. The access cards will allow GSM to get on any base in the US and shop one day a month at the commissary and BX.


Jennifer Marino Ride Jennifer Marino, USMC, will be riding across America and stopping to meet with and interview families of our fallen en-route. She is planning to be in NM and may be able to meet with the Christmases. She is planning on writing a book about her travels and the families she interviews. Becky to keep us updated as to Ms. Marino’s schedule and route.


Memorial Day Events Memorial Day will be celebrated at the VA Memorial Park on Monday, May 27, 2013. Music begins at 9 AM, ceremony at 10 AM. GSM and GSW will be recognized with corsages given by the United Veteran’s Council. Kay encouraged us to make sure to stop by the BSM kiosk as they have many new items for sale.


Wreaths Across America It was decided that our shipment of Wreaths Across America be sent directly to Lisa and Louis Bowles. Distribution of wreaths made in previous years has been disorganized and unacceptable. In an effort to get the wreaths we ordered to the proper gravesites, we will distribute them ourselves.

Kay Coleman so kindly gave each of the attending mothers a beautiful t-shirt which she got from a website honoring one of our fallen in TN, Sgt. Paul Dumont, Jr. Proceeds from these shirts goes to build a playground in his memory.


Next meeting will be at Becky and Brad Christmas’s home on July 13, 2013. Everyone attending will meet at Ft. Union at 10:30 AM before the meeting for a tour of the fort.


Meeting adjourned at 4 PM.


Respectfully submitted:


Jo Ann Zembiec, Recording Secretary

2012

October 13, 2012


Present - Pat Merville, Hiltrude Ridenour, Lisa and Louis Bowles, JoAnn and Don Zembiec, Mary Koehler

Minutes of Prior Meeting were accepted as read, Motion by JoAnn and Second by Hiltrude

Treasurer Report - Accepted as read with a balance of $8,260.52


Old Business -

1. 9/15/12 Memorial Service for SSGT Jonathan Schmidt was attended by Pat, JoAnn, Hiltrude, Bob and Michele Bowman

2. JoAnn reported that she was unable to attend the United Veterans Council meeting and did not receive minutes.

3. The Christmas family donated school supplies on behalf of the AGSM to the Springer schools and received a nice Thank You note. The Christmas family also won an award for decorating their sons car for the labor day parade.

4. The Gold Star Mother Sunday Luncheon sponsored by the Rio Grande Blue Star Mothers was a success with many Gold Star Mothers attending, Thank You cards can be sent individually and Lisa will send one from the group as well.


New Business

1. VFW Ladies Auxiliary tea was 9-23-12. Gifts from the Ladies Auxiliary were presented at today’s AGSM meeting to those who could not attend the tea.

2. Discussion of Horses for Heroes Auction Project.  A lengthy discussion of the event and plans for the auction. We need volunteers to work the auction at the event. $50 discounted fee to volunteers. The dinner will be held on Nov 30, 2012 at the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, cocktails, dinner and dancing along with the silent Auction. All profits go to the charity.

3. Pat reminded us that the 2012 community Service Report is due to Pat the beginning of Jan, 2013 and our membership renewal is due Dec, 2012. Mail 2013 dues payment to Kay Coleman or bring to Wreaths Across America or to the Horses for Heroes November 30 event.

4. Regular meeting schedule was discussed with plan to meet every other month on the 2nd Sat of the month starting Jan 12,2013. JoAnn Zembiec has offered her home for the meetings with a meeting time of 11:00 am for potluck lunch.

5. The City of ABQ will give to the NM Veterans Memorial Park $5.00 for every 1 hour of volunteer service at the NMVMP up to $15,000 total for the fiscal year. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Caroline Donnell at 299-7123/980-4983.

 

Upcoming Events

1. Stand Down for Vets! will be held Oct 18th and 19th, Noon Day Ministries, 101 Broadway NE, ABQ and Oct 26th and 27th, 9am -4pm, Alumni Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe. They will provide food, clothing, medical check -ups and some vocational counseling. Help is needed at the events.

2. Veterans Day Ceremonies, NMVMP, ABQ Nov 11, 2012 at 11am, also ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery

3. November 30, 2012 Sendoff from ABQ airport for Snowball Express, Time TBD

4. Nov 30, 2012 6 pm, Horses for Heroes dinner, dance, auction at La Fonda Hotel, SF

5. Wreaths Across America, Dec 15,2012 Santa Fe National Cemetery and 7 other cemeteries in NM - Budget for 2012 allows $750 to be split for the 8 cemeteries participating in the event. AGSM will help place the wreaths and will be part of the opening ceremony. A short meeting will follow at a restaurant to be determined.

Next Meeting will be held on Jan. 12, 2013 at JoAnn Zembiecs home at 11:00 am, pot luck lunch.


August 12, 2012


The Albuquerque Chapter of the AGSM met at the home of Kay Coleman. President Pat Melville opened the meeting at 1:10 PM. Those present were Pat Merville, Kay Coleman, Elisa and Louis Bowles, and Jo Ann Zembiec. Col. Roger Michelson, MOAA was also present for a short time to present the AGSM with a donation check for $1,000.

In the absence of Secretary, Michelle Bowman, the previous minutes were accepted as circulated.

Treasurer, Kay Coleman reported that our treasury has $7,444.36, not including the $1,000 check from MOAA. A copy of the profit and loss statement for January 1 through August 12, 2012 was passed out to all present.


Old Business


AGSM Convention:

Report on the National Convention by Becky Christmas was read by Pat Merville. There were 85 delegates to this year’s convention. A list of the newly elected officers was read. The 2013 Convention will be held in Las Vegas next year, date not yet determined, but possibly the end of June.


Kay reported on some of the areas of concern and organization at this year’s convention.


United Veteran’s Council:

Jo Ann Zembiec reported on the August 9th meeting of the UVC. Veteran’s Day at the Fair this year is Thursday, September 20. VA groups will be able to have merchandise with suggested “donation” for the public. Also VA groups will be able to recruit and collect dues at this time. There will be no parking fees for anyone at the Fair this year. Veterans with a proper ID will be able to get in free again this year. Josetta is planning a meeting to discuss VA Day at the Fair on August 24, time and place to be determined.


Alan Martinez, NM Deputy Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs stated that there is a bill that will allow the word “Veteran” to be placed on a veteran’s NM driver’s license. The form to apply for this will be coming soon through the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs. You will not need your DD214 at the DMV when you apply to re-new your license as veterans will be in a national data base.


Mr. Martinez also said that veteran’s with disabled veteran’s license plates cannot park in handicapped spaces unless they have a handicap plaque or HP license plate. A letter to all disabled veterans will be going out on November 1 to this effect.


Roger Knight reported that the VA Memorial Park would like some volunteers to serve a three hour shift once a month. The City of Albuquerque will give the VA Memorial Park up to $15,000 for volunteer hours. The park will be credited with $5 per hour for each volunteer. There are two people per shift and you can work inside or outside. Call Roger at 505.321.1730 if you are interested in volunteering.


Sunday, November 11, is VA Day at the Memorial Park.

Governor Susana Martinez gave a press release for a program to be started in early 2013 that will be a free service to all veterans needing mental health counseling. This will be run by volunteers in the mental health field. Gold Star families will be able to use this counseling.


Horses for Heroes Rick Iannuci and Nancy Desantis would like our chapter to participate in their Cowboy Christmas this year as volunteers with the silent auction and to help solicit items for the silent auction. The event will be held on Friday, November 30 at the La Fonda in Santa Fe. Tickets will be $100. They would like to be able to print AGSM as a co-sponsor on the invitations. It was decided that the word “endorsed by the Albuquerque Chapter of the AGSM” be used instead of “co-sponsored.”


Jo Ann volunteered to provide a list of names and addresses of last year’s El Pinto fund raiser to use to help solicit auction items. Horses for Heroes will pick up all donated items, log them in and make the signs for the items. Jo Ann will try to solicit additional workers from Navy Federal Credit Union and Pat Merville will ask PNM to see it they have volunteers to help with running the silent auction. Jo Ann will ask Col. Michelson of MOAA if they could donate a ski package for the auction. Anyone wishing to help is greatly appreciated.


Sonja Brown, the Veteran’s Hospital Chief of Volunteers is asking that we help raise money for the new $6 million Fisher House which is scheduled to be built in ABQ on the VA grounds. It will be required that the community raise $3 million of this money. Jo Ann volunteered to set up an online donation site for Fisher House donations as was done for the Fisher House at Dover, DL. Ms. Brown wants copies of checks be given to her so she can keep track of the community donations.


Jo Ann will attend the August 13 City of Albuquerque 911 Ceremonies planning meeting at the Albuquerque Fire Academy and report back.


Jo Ann will re-contact Hello Deli fundraiser about the golf fundraiser.


Up Coming Events:

September 11 911 Commemoration by City of ABQ

September 20 State Fair Military/Veteran’s Day

September 20 MIA/POW Day

September 30 GSM Luncheon at ABQ Hyatt

November 30 Horses for Heroes Cowboy Christmas, La Fonda, Santa Fe


Next Meeting will be held on October 13 (Saturday) at Don and Jo Ann’s home 1444 Honeysuckle Dr. NE.


Meeting adjourned at 3:20 PM


Respectfully Submitted

Jo Ann Zembiec

April 28, 2012


The meeting was held April 28, 2012 in the home of Brad and Becky Christmas, at 10 AM. A potluck lunch followed the meeting. Those in attendance were: Pat Merville, Brad and Becky Christmas, LaNeel Pierce, Kay Coleman and Tip and Mary Cowan. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected.


The Treasurer gave the Financial Report with the bank balance being $9975.11.


Old Business

The 2012 Budget was presented by the Finance Committee. It is attached. The Budget was approved.

It was decided to have no fundraising at this time, as we have funds for the year.

Changes were made to the Per Capita report. The correct offices will be sent in and Sandy Spohn will be dropped from membership due to no payment of dues for two years. Mary Koehler’s dues need to be collected. Cindy Long’s email address has changed to rlongkarate@gmail.com.

It was suggested that the plaque for the Bunkhouse of Horses For Heroes should include the Branch, Name, Rank, Date of Death, and the names should be in chronological order from DOD.

Hiltrud and JoAnn attended the ceremony to rename a street at Kirtland Air Force Base for a Fallen Hero. It was named Griffin Ave.


New Business

Kay Coleman and Michelle Bowman were elected delegates to the National Convention in June. Becky Christmas will also be attending as the National Parliamentarian. Becky moved that the Chapter pay for the airplane tickets and three nights (one room) of the Convention Hotel. Mary seconded the motion and it passed.

Big Brothers Big Sisters proposed mentorship of children and siblings of the Fallen was discussed. It was suggested that Veteran’s be recruited. Chris Alexander is working on this. It would be a one year commitment with a child of 5-18 years old. We will continue to look into this program.

There has been an offer of quilts to our members from Northern NM Quilt Guild. Several members have not received quilts from this group and it was decided that they should receive the quilts. Kay, Mary Cowan and Becky will be given quilts and Pat will contact Linda Robinson from Santa Fe about this.

JoAnn attended the United Veteran’s Council meeting. They have coins to sell-$5 each.

We were reminded by Pat that AGSM has coins, also. Mary moved that the Chapter buy 10 coins at $8 each. It was seconded and passed. We will use these coins to give to people that help us in our efforts. Kay will purchase them at the National Convention.

We will find out if the FBI will be having their annual golf tournament.

The WalMart at Carlisle and Menaul is wanting to put up a Wall of Heroes. Kay had volunteered through BSM to work on this but has not been contacted. There is a Display at the Bernalillo WalMart and Brad told us that he saw a Wounded Warrior parking space at a Wal Mart in Minnesota. The Bob’s Super Market in Lovington has a Wall of Heroes. Becky will take a picture and show the Chapter. We will see about getting the wall done with at least our Fallen Heroes.

This evening there will be a ceremony at the UNM Chapel, with a Flag ceremony and a War Memorial presentation. Pat and Kay are going.

Pat announced our Community Service report with the following figures: 3,089 hours, 16,802 miles, and $15,125.

Cards from Kathy Cross and U-Haul were passed out for the Spring. These go to Veterans and those serving. Memorial Day cards will arrive soon.

Kay will mail our donation check of $400 to Jemez Mountain Quilters and Mary will take the check to the Ft. Bayard Hospital and monument.

Mary Cowan reported that there were 9 Cowans participating in the Bataan Memorial Run. They did the 15.2 Honorary March. Four of their participants were grandchildren.

Correspondence

A thank you note was read from Jemez Mountain Quilters. Carol Harris sent a note with her dues.

The next meeting will be held July 14, at 11 AM, at Kay Coleman’s home. The address is 10533 Aspen Ave., NE, ABQ, NM 87112. It will be a potluck.


Respectfully submitted,

Becky Christmas, Acting Secretary


February 25, 2012


The February 25, 2012 AGSM meeting was held in the home of AGSM family Jo Ann and Don Zembiec. The meeting was opened in due form by the president, Pat Merville. Those in attendance were: Michelle and Bob Bowman, Becky Christmas, Jo Ann Zembiec, Adrienne Adams, Mary Teater and Elena Hunt.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read. With additions


Old Business

Kay, treasurer, not present to report so will report next meeting

Delegates to this year’s AGSM convention was discussed-1 for each 5 members-Becky, Kay, Michelle and JoAnn are all interested.

A Thank You card from Horses for Heros was passed around.

Becky gave us further clarifications concerning our proposed changes to the constitution. The wording was discussed. Becky will submit to national board and these will be voted on at the June convention.

Please submit fundraiser ideas to Kay or Michelle


New Business

Blue Star Mothers packing dates were discussed.

Rich and Cindy Long sent a flyer from their fundraiser in honor of Captain Tamara Long KIA 3/23/03

Flyer for the 6th annual Sgt Clifton J. Yazzie Memorial Bike Run Saturday 4/7/12

Pictures from the El Pinto dinner were passed around.

There will be an Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial fundraiser at Sandia Resort Hotel March 10th @ 6pm. Tickets are $75

Jo Ann attended the memorial for Phillip Moreno along with many BSM.

A committee of 2, Jo Ann and Becky, was formed to work with Rick for the plaque of names of Fallen Heroes at the Horses for Heroes Ranch bunkhouse.

January 7, 2012


The January 7, 2012, Albuquerque Gold Star Mother’s meeting was held in the home of Gold Star Family, Jo Ann and Don Zembiec. The meeting was opened in due form by the President, Pat Merville. Those in attendance were: Michelle and Bob Bowman, Becky and Brad Christmas, Lisa and Louis Bowles, Don and Jo Ann Zembiec, Kay Coleman, and Pat Merville.


Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read. The Treasurer’s report was passed out and is attached. The report included a financial report for the entire year and also included a Profit and Loss Statement. The end of the year balance is $9,948.36.


Old Business

Dues are now due. Carmen’s dues will be paid by the Chapter until she is 90.


Community Service reports were collected from those present who had not sent them in.


Pat told the membership that we would need to send donations above $500 to the National office and then they will return the funds to us. Kay will contact the National Treasurer to see how long that process usually takes.


New Business

Election of Officers

The following slate of officers was elected by acclamation:


President-Pat Merville                                                      Americanism Chairman-Becky Christmas

Vice President-Jo Ann Zembiec                                       Chaplain-Jo Ann Zembiec

Recording Secretary-Michelle Bowman                           Historian-Becky Christmas

Corresponding Secretary-Lisa Bowles

Treasurer-Kay Coleman

Parliamentarian-Becky Christmas


The proposed budget was passed out by the Treasurer. There was discussion of some of the projects we supported last year and it was decided that we would look at individual expenses through the year that we want to support. We decided that we would not contribute to Ride for Semper Fi, as they will not be coming through Albuquerque. We also deleted Ft. Bayard Historical Society and Paws and Stripes as groups that we would not contribute to. Those funds will probably go to another project that we choose. Thank you to the Budget Committee of Kay and Jo Ann. We will send the $400, previously voted on, to the Bear Claw Quilters now and Jo Ann announced that people are still donating to Fisher House through New Mexico. To date we have raised $30,199.00.


A review of last year’s projects and suggestions for improvement was solicited. There was a suggestion to change the location of the fundraiser from the El Pinto. It was also suggested to hold the event earlier in the year, perhaps August. Pat appointed Kay and Michelle to a committee to present a proposal for this year’s fundraiser. Among the ideas was the idea to use a Veteran’s place of business. The Committee will present their ideas at the next meeting. Kay and Michelle did a wonderful job on the “Horses For Heroes” fundraiser in November. The Chapter is very grateful for their hard work. Thank you, everyone for your donations.


Jo Ann and Don told the membership of a project for Wounded Veterans, called “Healing Waters”. This project is totally free to the Wounded and consists of fishing trips in New Mexico. The contact can be made through the Veteran’s Administration. Charles Mosher is the contact person. His address and phone number is: 6401 Elk Horn Dr., Albuquerque, NM 87111, 505-293-9576. There was great interest in this project.


Don also announced that his friend, Ron Thompson, had sent in $1100 for “Horses For Heroes”.


Pat distributed six Blue to Gold framed pieces. These were made and given to us from Thom Towell. Becky will take one to Colleen Hildebrandt and one to LaNeel Pierce. Pat also gave two POW/MIA tabletop flags and stands away-one to Becky and one to Lisa.


Becky presented several amendments to be voted on by the Chapter and Department and then sent on to the National office. These will then be presented at the National Convention. The five proposed amendments are attached to the minutes. Each amendment was passed unanimously and Becky will send them in to the National office.


Military Day at the Legislature will be February 6, 2012.


Blue to Gold Ceremonies for the family of Spc. Pernell Herrera are pending and Pat will let us know when they will take place.


All members were asked to send ideas for the fundraiser to Michelle and Kay.


The next meeting will be at 10 AM, February 25, 2012, at the home of the Zembiecs.


The meeting was adjourned by the President, following the closing prayer.


Respectfully submitted, 


Becky Christmas, Secretary