Minutes of the September 2, 2008 meeting of the Puerto Vallarta Navy League The meeting commenced at 11:05 am at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa. Fifteen members were present, in addition to guests Helen and Rocky Preston, Membership Chairman of the Hilo, Hawaii Council and Lifetime Navy League members. New member Sydney Phillips was introduced by Bill Clark. Syd has been a visitor to PV for many years and offers valuable experience from a long career in Industrial Maintenance at Lehigh University. Welcome Syd! Thanks for your help in the last ComRel with the crew from the USCGC Sherman. Treasurer’s Report Jeff Miltenberger read the Treasurer’s Report in Jim Brophy’s absence. A motion was made by Judy Sorrell and seconded by Cal Leavitt to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. The current balance in the combined Navy League account shows $255,275.44 MXN. Deposits of approximately $28,000 MXN from the Altruism Festival and $200,000 MXN from the State of Jalisco Peso por Peso program are pending. Old Business: The minutes of the June meeting were not distributed at the August meeting as Bill Semeyn, the acting secretary, misplaced the notes. Bill’s recollections are appended to the end of these minutes. It was reported that we received $28,000 MXN for Toys for Tots from the proceeds from the 6th International Altruism Festival, in spite of an increase in the number of beneficiaries this year. Discussion on discounts for visiting seamen and Navy League members was visited again and a plan to have a comprehensive list of merchants who will co- operate will be published by this fall. Details of how we can control the discount business without the hassles of the past was offered by Bill Semeyn. A plaque (framed Navy League logo and appropriate wording) would be given to the co-operating merchant with the percentage discount clearly marked on the back of the frame. We would ask for a signed letter from the merchant who would agree to instruct his staff to respect the discount when an up to date Navy League membership card was produced. The same discount would be offered to visiting military personnel producing a military ID. The subject of fundraising for the Navy League was visited again. The metal seats (for the swings "columpios") provided by our current supplier of playground equipment were discussed. Jeff Miltenberger and John Moore will investigate substituting seats constructed of flexible materials to reduce the potential for playground accidents. A request to investigate the whereabouts of the Mariners’ statue that was uprooted to build the new parking garage on the north shore of Rio Cuale was made once again with no one having any information at this time. New Business: Bill Clark thanked Norma Carrion, Jim and Mary Devaney and Marian Seeley for the great Navy League turnout at the USCGC Sherman ComRel. The activity will be featured in Seapower magazine. It was hinted that more ships were on the horizon but in keeping with protocol no dates were announced. It was noted that our warehouse in San Diego is currently empty. Please contact Warren Johnson if you are aware of humanitarian supplies available for future transport to Vallarta. Warren will meet with Navy management at the beginning of October to discuss. The River Café is very interested in running a promotion with Navy League be it a breakfast or a dinner. They offered to invite people from their own database of customers to attend (2500 apparently) which would make a great recruiting platform for us. Laura Joachín will follow up on this and report at the next meeting with a plan to hold a fundraiser. A motion to accept the offer of the River Café to mobilise their "client" list in inviting outsiders to come and learn about the Navy League at a breakfast, brunch or dinner was put forward by Bill Semeyn and seconded by Daniel Russell. Laura Joachín and Carol Smith promised to approach Michael Pohl with regard to an Ocktoberfest event, possibly in November. It was noted that the description of Navy League in the Vallarta Tribune under charitable and community organizations was not in bold print and might be improved upon to better convey who and what we are. Clemente Celis agreed to approach the owners of Mauricio’s Restaurant to procure a discount similar to or better than that offered by La Noria for ComRel luncheons. Dissatisfaction has been expressed by some members attending functions at La Noria relative to the cleanliness of the facilities. Laura Joachín, with Bill Clark and Jeff Miltenberger were successful in obtaining a 2008 grant from the Peso por Peso Desarrollo Humano Jalisco Vive program. They described some of the restrictions on how and when those funds have to be spent. All monies have to be spent by December 1st and must to be used in the state of Jalisco. These requirements highlight Navy League’s need for a local storage facility. An ad hoc committee has been appointed to identify a location. Ixtapa was suggested as a possible site for expansion of an existing playground that is in poor condition. Laura Joachín noted that Vallarta Council Navy League as an accredited AC is also eligible for accreditation with SEDASOL, which opens up many more opportunities for Navy League participating with government groups and projects. We are awaiting a Folio Number. Sector Naval Damas Promatoras de Marina are sponsoring a Cena-baille to be held at the Zona Naval the 20th of September. This will feature the popular Xiutla folkloric group and an orchestra. Guests will be served pozole. Tickets include a bottle of tequila per table of ten. Cost is $400 MXN payable by Sept. 17th to Laura Joachín 221-2493. Toys for Tots Tickets will be available at the November meeting for the Toys for Tots December 13th Golf tournament and the December 14th Gala banquet. Publicity Each ComRel has garnered a great deal of coverage in all the local English language papers as well as the Spanish language papers. The visit of the Bertholf was also highly publicised. A great deal of Navy League support was provided during the Bertholf visit. Other reports and open items: The fact that our local members made a very concerted effort to help the Coast Guard Attaché during the USCGC Bertholf visit hopefully will result in improved communications regarding liberty port calls to Vallarta. An appeal to identify more ComRel project locations and venues for new playgrounds was made. Adjournment: There being no further comments from the floor a motion made by Sally Miltenberger and seconded by Judy Sorrell to adjourn was passed. Next meeting October 7th at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa. Bill (Guillermo) Semeyn Cross 1st Vice President PVNL Acting secretary JUNE MEETING Bill Semeyn’s Recollections of June Meeting These minutes of the June meeting have not been previously distributed as Bill Semeyn, the acting secretary, misplaced the notes. Bill Semeyn’s Recollections: The June meeting was held at the Marriott on June 3, 2008 with approximately a dozen members present. The recent visit and involvement of the Navy League both in visiting the new long range US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf and the gala fiesta aboard the 80 X 50 foot flight deck were discussed. Fortunately the weather co-operated and the rain held off. Bill Semeyn submitted aerial photos (first aerial pictures of the Bertholf in a foreign port) to all of the Vallarta area English and Spanish language media. The Bertholf visit coincided with the announcement of a joint operation between the US and Mexican authorities capturing a submarine that the narcotics traffickers have been utilising to transport up to 5 tons of narcotics through international waters. These subs present a profile of only 18 inches, making long range radar useless in detection. Members of the Coast Guard, including Senior Admirals, saluted the joint effort of this successful mission, which made international news and certainly dominated the local media, reflecting well on the Puerto Vallarta Navy League. Only two members of the Bertholf crew took us up on a ‘free lunch’. Both were in the food preparation business and one is compiling a book of 365 recipes-one from each port where they experienced a worthy dish. Vallarta restaurant La Noria’s arrachera was "phenomenal", reported the would-be author who claimed he would include it in his book. The advent of holding a fund-raiser at Hacienda Aleman was suggested as this was a good revenue producer and was the best attended event yet. These were the highlights of the meeting and I humbly ask that they be accepted into the records as such.
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