National Veterans Service State Meeting 8/27/12

The meeting was held at Woodbridge Lodge #2116

Opening prayer by Central District Chairman George Yusko

Flag salute led by Region II Co-Chairman Brian Hopkins

Meeting called to order by State Chairman Ted Lettie at 7:30 PM

Minutes of the previous meeting on July 23rd as e-mailed were accepted.

Present On Dais

Advisors PSPs Lou Possemato and Steve Terrible,

State Chairman Ted Lettie, Region II Co-Chairman Brian Hopkins

District Chairpersons Attending

Region I - Central District – Present

Region II - East District – Present

Region II - East Central District - Excused

Region II - North District – Excused

Region II - North Central District – Excused

Region II - Northeast District – Present

Region II - Northwest District - Present

Region I - South District – Excused

Region I - South Central District – Excused

Region I - Southeast District - Excused

Region I - Southwest District - Present

Region I - West Central District – Present

VP Bob Church of Princeton Lodge #2129, Jim & Sharon Sharpe of Bordentown Lodge #2085 also present.

A Treasurer’s Report from State Treasurer John Szczomak was not given. The most recent

report indicates a balance of $5870.71 for National Service & a balance of $7014.76 for

Homeless Vets.It covers the period of 3/25/12 to 6/24/12. Our advisors have recommended

that we request a financial report from our State Treasurer in time for each meeting.

Ted Lettie

will be in touch with our State Treasurer John Szczomak.

Ted

will stay in touch with Veterans Haven North in Glen Gardner, the site of a transitional

housing program for Homeless Veterans. The facility will not be ready to admit residents for

several months. Much preparation needs to be done.

A wish list will be sent to Ted when ready and he will pass it on to you.

There will be a Standown on September 28, 2012 at Cherry Hill

http://www.standdownofsouthjersey.com/

We will be voting on a donation at our next meeting in September

There will be a Standown on October 13, 2012 at Newark

We will be voting on a donation at our next meeting in September

Ted

investigated the Standown for homeless veterans and their families in Morristown, Aug. 18, 19.

The goals of the group are admirable, but since it was not restricted to the benefit of Homeless

Veterans and their families only, our funds would be better spent at Cherry Hill & Newark.

As per Region I/Southeast District Chairperson Don Tonachio Standown

on Saturday October 27th will be rescheduled.

Christmas Appeal

letters for this year will be mailed to the Lodges in early October.

All District Chairs, VPs and DDs will be asked for their support & encouragement in the campaign.

Region I/Southeast District Chairperson Don Tonachio

suggested the sale of wrist bands.

We agreed to purchase 2000 wrist bands at a cost of $809.99. This makes for a unit cost of

40.5 cents. We agreed on a selling price of $3.00. All Districts were expected to help sell all

of them throughout the state. This will result in a profit of $5190.00 when all are sold. As of

August 20th, Don reports that he has sent $4,666.00 to our State Treasurer. If you have sold

all of the bracelets given to you by Don, please send the proceeds to him right away,

preferably by check. His address is 11 Easy Street, Lanoka Harbor NJ 08734. Do not send

the proceeds to anyone else. If you still have unsold bracelets and or money to turn in,

please contact Don and give him an update. His phone number is 732-904-2477. His email

is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be a VAVS Meeting on September 17th at the East Orange Campus Bldg 1, 3rd

floor Auditorium at 10 AM. The VAVS Reps and Deputy Reps have been notified and should

be there. Ted Lettie will attend.

Some committees receive funds from National Foundation. According to the Grand Lodge

ENF web site, New Jersey Elks National Veterans Service has received $8520.00Advisor

PSP Lou Possemato suggested that we discuss it with NJ Elks Charities Chairperson PSP

James St. George

. Ted sent him an e-mail, but he has not yet responded. Advisor PSP Steve

Terrible

advised Ted to contact State Treasurer John Szczomak for information as to whether

those funds will be credited to the New Jersey Elks National Veterans Service Committee?

Future meeting dates for the coming year:

9/24/12, 10/22/12, 11/26/12, 1/28/13, 2/25/13, 3/25/13, 4/22/13

Please put them on your calendar. Our Committee, to be more effective statewide, needs to

raise more funds at the State level. In addition to our Hospitalized Vets, going forward, we will

be increasing our efforts in working with Homeless Vets. We need participation by all District

Chairs Statewide in order to be successful. As the Chair of your District or as a VAVS Rep.,

you are a member of the State Committee.

Fund raising projects for the coming year

:

Kelly Mazzocchi

has completed arrangements for a Comedy Night at Princeton Lodge on

October 19th. Kelly and I met with VP PER ER Bob Church of Princeton Lodge and his

facilities booker Kim Galatro on August 14th to work out the details. They have donated the

use of their hall and their kitchen. They will also have Members on hand to help us in making

the evening a success. Kelly’s message is as follows:

Comedy Show - I have the tickets for the show so if anyone needs them, I can mail them. I

will email letters to the District Chairs asking for baskets for the tricky tray raffle. I will also be

advertising the event and sending flyers out to other organizations. Please ask any districts

in the North if they are unable to attend the event if they would like to sponsor some

Veteran's from Menlo Park and other locations”.

Kelly Mazzocchi is going to run a Tricky Tray event. Region II Co-Chairman Brian Hopkins

is going to run a Super 50/50. Kelly could not be at the meeting due to a DD visit at her

Lodge. Brian is going to reach out to Kelly to discuss combining the Raffle drawing with the

Tricky Tray event. They will explore a venue and a date and have info for us soon.

Advisor PSP Lou Possemato suggested a cocktail party, similar to the one run by ENF.

That idea is also still under consideration.

The Southwest District is holding a Picnic for Military Families on September 23rd at New

Egypt Elks Lodgefrom 1 pm to 6 pm. RSVP by September 15th to 609-947--4559

MAJ. Anthony F. "Tony" DeStefano

USAR (Ret),of Operation Chillout asked to attend our

next meeting on September 24th. They will also be holding a Veterans Outreach Benefit

Concert at The Stanhope House 45 Main Street Stanhope, NJ on Saturday September

15, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT. For more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VP PER ER Bob Church of Princeton Lodge has checked out Combat Paper and is working

on a pilot project to be run by his Lodge involving Combat Paper and their local schools. He

will keep us advised.

If you wish to propose a fundraiser, research it and put together some information.

so that it can be considered by the Committee. If we can all continue to work together to boost

the amount of our available funds, we can begin to do some significant work as a STATE Elks

Committee.

State Chairman Ted Lettie requires a MONTHLY activity report by ALL District Chairs.

It can be sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Region II

at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OUR ADVISORS HAVE ALSO REQUESTED THAT THEY BE COPIED

PSP (Advisor) Lou Possemato This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PSP (Advisor) Stephen J. Terrible This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PSP (Advisor) Robert Jani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regular mail is also acceptable (but more expensive)

Addresses can be found in the State Directory.

Closing prayer by Central District Chairman George Yusko

Meeting closed at 9:30 PM.

Next meeting will be held on September 24th at Woodbridge Lodge.

All District chairs and VAVS Reps. must attend. All other Elks are welcome.

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Lettie PVP PDDGER NJ North

NJSEA National Veterans Service State Chairman

VAVS NJ Veterans Home at Paramus

Army of Hope Member At Large