MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, November 14, 2013

1:00 PM

The Carpenters’ Hall

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA

 

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by James Bogan  at 1:00 P.M.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by James Bogan.

Roll call was conducted. (Wes Morrill) – Quorum was present.

Roll Call:

Members:

James Bogan, Chair, United Veterans Council.  Ralph Villar, BOS District 1.  Lionardo Ortiz, BOS District 3.  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 (FORA).  Sonja Arndt (Congressman Sam Farr).  Nicole Charles (State Senator Bill Monning). George Dixon, Monterey County VSO.  Wes Morrill, MAII, VSO Staff.  Michael McFadden, Recorder, VSO Staff.

Absent/Excused:

Rick Martin, BOS District 2.  Erica Parker (Assemblymember Mark Stone).  Tim O’Halloran, City of Seaside.  Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).  Rich Garza (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation

II. Approval of October 10, 2013 Minutes:

The minutes of October 10, 2013 were unanimously approved (Nye/Stewart).

III. CAC Chairman Activity Report: 

The Heroes Open Golf Tournament was held on November 9, 2013; The final accounting for this event is pending.  There were multiple events held on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2013.

IV. Public Comment:

None.

V. Update on Federal Legislation:

Sonia Arndt, representing Congressman Sam Farr, commented on the groundbreaking ceremony for the new VA/DOD Clinic that was held on November 11, 2013.  She stated that everything is currently on track for the Veterans’ Cemetery. 

VI. Update on Senate Legislation:

Nicole Charles, representing State Senator Bill Monning, assured the Committee that everything is on track for the Veterans’ Cemetery at the State level.  She noted the increased vision and fundraising efforts at the local level.

VII. Update on State Assembly Legislation:

Erica Parker absent.  No report.

VIII. Update on Endowment Parcel/Seaside Matters:

Tim O’Halloran absent.  No report.

IX. Update from FORA:

Jonathan Garcia absent.  Robert Norris reviewed the processes that will be required as Phase I and Phase II evolve.

X.  Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:

Janet Parks/Candace Ingram/Rich Garza absent.  James Bogan informed the Committee that

a brochure has been developed to raise money for Phase I of the Veterans’ Cemetery.

XI. Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee:

Edith Johnsen and Sid Williams reported the Heroes Open Golf Tournament was held on

November 9, 2013, and that the final accounting for the event will be available shortly.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 P.M.  The next meeting will be on December 12, 2013. 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael M. McFadden

VSO Recorder, for

George Dixon

Monterey County VSO