was not taken.
called the meeting to order at 9:30 AM
Millard, Whiskey Battery Chaplain opened the meeting with a
Allegiance and Marine Corp Hymn:
led the group to recite the pledge of Allegiance followed by
singing the Marine Corp Hymn.
read the list of deceased Whiskey Battery member names as Russell
Hicks rang a bell toll for each.
Huslander reported that the cash balance as of December 11, 2016
expenditures consisted of $200. for flowers & memorials, $428.43
for communications (Website & Mail) and $41.66 for plaque
engravings, etc. for a total expenditure amount of $670.09.
passing the hat at the Charleston reunion was $502.00
balance as of September 14, 2018 was $1501.08
from the 2017 reunion were read by Debbie Bissonnette. Joe
Bissonnette made a motion to accept the minutes as read, seconded
by Jerry Nevils. All in favor.
put a motion on the floor that the Battery set an amount of $75.00
for flowers or a memorial donation to go to deceased Whiskey
Battery members going forward. Jerry Nevils made a motion to
approve this expense, seconded by Virgil Boyer. All in favor.
stated the Steve Samoheyl had submitted a story to her to add to
the book she is composing but he does not want it posted on the
website. She also stated that she will be contacting Charley
Biddix to follow through on a “well story” that was brought up.
Connie reiterated her request that anyone wishing to do so contact
her either by email or phone to share any stories and/or memories
that they would like to see added to the website/booklet. No story
or memory is too small—PLEASE PARTICIPATE.
welcomed Doug Lehman and Steve Samoheyl who had missed several of
the past reunions. We all were glad that they could attend this
year. Steven Samoheyl was accompanied by two of his sons Troy and
guests also included Garry’s sister Ruby Gould and Connie’s
longtime friend Penny Rozek.
Connie’s son Jacob and his girlfriend Jasmine Siglow, Russ and Joy
Hick’s son Rusty as well as their daughter Leslie Plummer and her
husband Rob. We were also glad to see long time attendee Mike
Nuzzolo’s son Jonathan aka Bubba.
Ron Cummins retell the story/history of our mascot Blizzard.
the Whiskey Battery Marine members present each stand and
introduce themselves and anyone attending with them and give a
brief statement. The floor was then opened to comments from all.
Garry also reminded all present that guests/family members are
always welcome to our reunions.
Connie purchased cards to send to members who were unable to
attend this year’s reunion. The cards were passed so anyone
wishing to could sign them. Connie will mail them out.
relayed the regret messages she received for those not able to
attend this year
Weaver sent his regrets and hope to attend next year’s reunion.
Jan Kama sent their regrets and a story about the volcano.
Vickie Burrage sent their regrets as well.
Carideo sent regrets on behalf of Dick Stroud as well as stating
that they are looking forward to seeing everyone when they host
next year’s reunion.
Johnson also sent regrets
Connie also received
an email regarding a website for Veterans that you can go to to get
free tickets to events for concerts and sporting events but she is
not sure it is legitimate. The website is called Vettix. She stated
that they ask for a copy of your DD214 as well as completing a very
detailed application form. Jacob Jines volunteered to research to
ensure this site is legit. Stay tuned.
Kaye’s Screen printing
(the company that printed up this year’s reunion shirts) donated a
long sleeved sweatshirt to the Battery. Names were placed in a hat
for a drawing. Jonathan Nuzzolo won the shirt! Congrats Bubba!
everyone to send pictures to Vickie of this year’s reunion so that
she can post them to our website.
The hat was passed
around the room for donations to the Battery. Dick Huslander stated
that we collected $583.
Garry & Connie’s son
Jacob played a Marine tribute that he put together along with music
and video from Trace Adkins’ song “Semper Fi”. Jacob also provided
the music for our Marine hymn. He put a lot of time and effort into
this work and we were all grateful for what he did for us. Kudos
Connie went over the
day’s itinerary and stated that we would be taking pictures outside
at the close of the meeting.
Mark Keefe gave the
background on the bottle originally purchased by Dick Stroud. It is
a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey for the Tontine. Mark
told how he created a box out of Mirror Finish Stainless Steel to
house the bottle in. Mark has been bringing the bottle/box to every
reunion so that it can eventually be given to the “last man
standing” in Whiskey Battery 1/12.
Garry informed those
present that Dick Stroud and his daughter Melonie have volunteered
to hold next year’s reunion in Chattanooga, TN. Virgil made a
motion to confirm, seconded by Russ. All in favor.
all present that we need to start thinking of who will host the
reunion in 2020 preferable by someone who has not hosted yet. Reggie
Zhuckkahosee and Virgil Boyer have both indicated that they would be
open to hosting again in the future.
Garry Jines made a
motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:52AM. Seconded by Bob Jones. All
Whiskey Battery 1-12
Whiskey Battery Ladies
Bob Jones, Mark Keefe, Dale
Millard, Joe Bissonnette,
John Smith and Mike Nuzzolo
lLast Man Standing