THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
February 10th, 2011
Members & Alternates Present:
James Bogan (Chair, District 4), Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Bill Nye (District 5), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Clark Larson (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Nicole Charles (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Julian Chacon (Alternate Representative for Congressman Sam Farr), Thomas Griffin (VSO, Monterey County)
Thomas Griffin, Secretary, Ex Officio and Jenn San, Recorder
Supervisor Jane Parker, District 4
Col. Darcy A. Brewer
Command Sgt. Major Olga B. Martinez
Dorothy Darvey, Ft. Ord Thrift Store Volunteer
Greg Nakanishi, Cemetery Foundation Financial Analyst Volunteer
Sgt. Andrew Van Cannon
The meeting was called to order at 1:05 pm by Chair, James Bogan.
II. Public Comment
Col. Brewer and Ft. Ord Thrift Shop Volunteer, Dorothy Darvey, presented a check donated in behalf of the Ft. Ord Thrift Shop, of $18,296.31 to the Cemetery Foundation. The Thrift Shop first opened in 1957. This past July the store lost its volunteer store manager of 50 years, Carolyn L. Porter, and volunteers were unable to continue the operation of the shop.
III. Adoption of January 13th, 2011 Minutes
Stewart / Nye, MSC
IV. Update on pertinent federal legislative activities – Julian Chacon
Julian had no new information to report.
V. Update on pending state legislation – Nicole Charles
Nicole reported no new information. Assemblymember Monning’s priority is the budget. Urgency focused on funding the endowment. Need to demonstrate some confidence to show it will not affect the general funding. Goal is to have 800k which is a safe bench mark, and will know more in the future.
VI. Update on status of sale of Cemetery endowment parcel – Jim Cook
Jim Cook and Greg Nakanishi met with Jack Kirwan and Stephen Jorgensen in Sacramento. The trip’s purpose was to explore creative ways to advance cemetery project. Endowment needs to be 1.2 million. Mr. Cook emphasized the need to raise substantial amount of money on a local level. Group has raised 150k so far, needs at least 650k by May.
Steve Jorgensen, CDVA, stated that he and Jack Kirwan need to have a response to communicate everything that is needed before they can build the cemetery. California needs to sign documents to open cemetery and then the grant will follow. If we do miss the deadline, we need to refocus on how we will obtain the monies.
Clark Larson reported that the Steering Committee is looking for creative ways to fundraise. The Horse Park developers are proceeding on the due diligence process. Auxiliary parcels (such as the chapel, museum, etc) can potentially serve as collateral for any loans.
VII. Update regarding FORA grant – Jonathan Garcia
Jonathan reported that FORA received a site visit from CDVA. The visitors asked many questions and still need an estimate of soft costs by tomorrow morning to create a draft budget packet by March 18th. A finalized budget packet is needed by April 1st.
VIII. Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation – Janet Parks
Janet announced a potential loan offer at a low rate; however, the Cemetery Foundation does not have anything for collateral. Foundation would have to pay loan interest. Janet suggested CAC write a letter to City of Seaside or Monterey County so they can furnish lawyers to assist and protect the Foundation with loan documents and to ensure each entity will be treated fairly. CAC agreed to have a letter written to request legal services from City of Seaside and Monterey County (Villar / Stewart, MSC). All 5 members authorized.
Janet is also going to ask AT&T to put us on the donation list since most of their volunteers are veterans.
IX. Update from Fundraising liaison subcommittee – Edith Johnsen
Subcommittee wants to do a golf tourney and 50/50 raffle this year in addition to the quilt fundraiser that is currently going on.
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm. Next meeting March 10th, 2011, at Marina Library.