MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
Thursday, March 12, 2009
1:00 – 3:00 PM
1. Chair James Bogan called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.
A roll call of members was conducted.
Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), James Bogan (District 4), Ralph “Norm” Channell (District 5), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council) Edith Johnsen, (Veterans’ Families), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Barbara Nelson (City of Seaside), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr)
Absent – Leonard Ortiz, (excused), Amy Treadwell (representing Assemblymember Bill Monning)
No replacement for Rito Guerra has been named by Senator Maldonado.
2. Public Comment – Norm Channell, outgoing 5th District representative, recapped his experience with the cemetery project and the CAC and thanked the County, FORA, Representative Farr and Assemblymember Laird for their efforts in keeping the process of making a central coast veterans’ cemetery a reality.
3. Motion (Mr. Villar) and second to approve the minutes as mailed. Mr. Nye noted that Julian Chacon was in attendance. Motion carried to approve minutes as amended..
4. Jim Cook gave an update on the status of the MOU between the County of Monterey and the City of Seaside. He reported on am meeting, attended by CAC Chair Bogan, between the County, the City of Seaside and FORA to finalize the MOU. All parties agreed to the draft and it had been returned to the jurisdictions’ respective governing for action. The draft MOU specified the “endowment fund parcel” would be moved to sale, all jurisdictions agree to donate their share of sale proceeds to the endowment and that the Army had been requested to provided the water needed for the cemetery. It is expected that a land sale would take place within a year. Mr. Mancini noted that the MOU was on the April 2, 2009 Seaside City Council Agenda.
5. Reporting for the Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation (CCVCF), Mr. Bogan reported that the Foundation Board met and is considering hiring an Executive Director to administer the business of the Foundation. He also noted that the rate of donations is slowing, but that a planned April fund raising effort was being postponed that it could be held in closer proximity to Memorial Day.
6. In reporting on the activities of the Fund Raising Liaison subcommittee Edith Johnsen noted that the subcommittee met on February 25, 2009. It was clarified that the CCVCF a 501C13 non-profit organization. It was also made clear that 6the subcommittee is not a fundraising group. The role of the subcommittee is to motivate the fundraising efforts and provide advice and ideas to the CCVCF. On behalf of the subcommittee Eddie Pedrozo discussed how a fund raising plan could be structured, utilizing a media “blitz” focused around Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. He laid out a 12 week timeline structuring a fundraising effort. Ms Johnsen announced that next subcommittee meeting would be held on March 19, at the Veterans’ Transition Center in Marina. Mr. Mancini and Mr. Bogan both pointed out the need to use broadcast media to extend the efforts to raise support and funds for the cemetery and ancillary projects beyond Monterey County. Mr. Aguillon noted that a local VFW Post had been successful in getting Armed Forces and Memorial Day activities publicized on Spanish language radio stations. There was general discussion of the difficulty of making the contributions and experiences of veterans known. Veterans are, in general, reluctant to discuss these kinds of things publically.
7. Mr. Bogan announced that Kristina Richardi, who has assisted the CAC on behalf of the RMA, has left the employ of the County. He asked for CAC consent to send her a letter stating appreciation of her work for the CAC.
8. Meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm. Next meeting: April 9, 2009, 1:00 pm, at Marina Library Community Meeting Room, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.