MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, October 10, 2013

1:00 PM

FORA Meeting Room

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA

 

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Jack Stewart at 1:00 P.M.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack Stewart.

Roll call was conducted. (Michael McFadden) – Quorum was present.

Roll Call:

Members:

Ralph Villar, BOS District 1.  Ralph Sirtak, BOS District 4.  Bill Nye, BOS District 5.  Jack Stewart, Vice Chair, United Veterans Council.

Ex officio:

Steve Jorgensen (CDVA).  Sid Williams (Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission).  J.P. Nunn (Ft. Ord Retiree Council).  Edith Johnsen (Vet Families/Fund Raising).  Tom Mancini (FOR A).  Sonja Arndt (Congressman Sam Farr).  Nicole Charles (State Senator Bill Monning). Erica Parker (Assemblymember Mark Stone).   Michael McFadden, Recorder, VSO Staff.

Absent/Excused:

Rick Martin, BOS District 2.  Lionardo Ortiz, BOS District 3.  James Bogan, Chair, United Veterans Council.  Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).  Rich Garza (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).  Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).  Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside).  Wes Morrill (VSO Staff).  George Dixon (Monterey County VSO).

II. Approval of September 12, 2013 Minutes:

The minutes of September 12, 2013 were unanimously approved (Nye/Sirtak).

III. Update on Federal Legislation: 

Sonia Arndt, representing Congressman Sam Farr, thanks the State Senate and the State Assembly for their support of the Ft. Ord Veterans Cemetery, and thanks the community

for their support and collaboration.

IV. Update on State Senate Legislation:

Nicole Charles, representing State Senator Bill Monning, reported that Governor Brown signed SB 232 into law today, October 10, 2013.

V. Update on State Assembly Legislation:

Erica Parker, representing Assemblymember Mark Stone, stated that he is honored to be an ongoing part of the Cemetery project.

VI. Update on Endowment Parcel/Seaside Matters:

Tim O’Halloran absent.  Nothing additional from previous meetings to report. 

VII. Update from FORA:

Jonathan Garcia absent.  No report.

VIII. Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:

Janet Parks/Candace Ingram absent.  No report.

IX. Update: Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee:

Edith Johnsen stated that the last fundraising meeting was held on September 19, 2013, at

FORA.  She reported on the status of the sponsorships, donations, donated items, and

public relations/advertising to-date for the upcoming Heroes Open Golf Tournament, to be held on November 9, 2013. The next fundraising meeting will be October 17, 2013, at FORA.

 X.  CAC Chairman Activity Report:

Jack Stewart expressed his gratitude that all the requirements for the Ft. Ord Veterans Cemetery

to move forward have been met, up to this point.

XI. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes each):

A veteran addressed the Committee, offering to volunteer his services to the Veterans community.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:28 P.M.  The next meeting will be on November 14, 2013.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael M. McFadden

VSO Recorder, for

George Dixon

Monterey County VSO

Monterey County VSO