OUR LUNCH MEETING IN FEBRUARY WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY.
Our February speakers will be Michael Ireland and Sgt. Ryan Borkert of the Contra Costa County Fire Dept. They will talk about their rescue and fire suppression duties as helicopter air crewmen.
With funding from a federal grant, they implemented a rescue program to compliment their patrol duties. The rescue program includes short haul rescues as well as fire suppression with a 144 gallon Bambi Bucket. Since 2014, they have completed several dozen short haul rescues as well as a similar number of missions for fire suppression. They currently fly 5 days a week; Tuesday-Saturday from 1500-0100.
The normal flight crew for day flights consists of a pilot, Tactical Flight Officer, and Flight Rescue Technician (FRT). The FRT is either a Captain Paramedic from Contra Costa Fire, are a Contra Costa Search and Rescue volunteer.
We ended up with only one participant in our Post Oratorical Contest. The winner is Aaron Shires, a junior at San Ramon Valley High School. Additionally, there were no other posts contests, so Aaron is the winner of the District 9 contest. He will now move on to compete in the Area 2 contest in February in Pacifica.
I again ask all to take another look at the note below concerning open positions. Call me if you would like to discuss one of these positions. We can and do good things for each other, other veterans, and the community; come help us do that.
Congratulations to Dick Seavey! He has been awarded the Arthur Gaskins Docent of the Year Award by the Veterans Memorial Building! See website for more.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The following are the persons elected to offices for 2018-2019:
Commander Eric Ardell
Vice Commander Alan Scharlach
2nd Vice Commander Ron Roe
Adjutant Robert Landy
Finance Officer Phil Connolly
Chaplain Dick Seavey
Historian Jerry Lindahl
Judge Advocate Ron Lowe
Sgt of Arms Randy Reid
Service Officer Leroy Vares
Executive Committee (up to 5 positions)
Michelle Lee, Gary Soto, Chuck Brydon, Ed Ott
This a list of our appointed officers. Red positions indicated open positions where we really need help. Some are not filled at all, many others are combined and filled by one person. Contact Eric for more information.
Ass't Adjutant Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)
Ass't Finance Officer Logistics/Awards Manager
Asst Sgt of Arms - Ron Lowe Salvo Editor- Eric Ardell
Membership Committee Chairman Board of Trustees Member - Ron Lowe / Eric Ardell
Programs Chairman Swearing-in Ceremony Committee
Boys State Chairman - Eric Ardell 4th of July Parade Coordinator
Girls State Chairwoman - Michelle Lee VMB Operating Committee - Bob Landy
Oratorical Program Chairman VMB Museum & Library Committee - Ron Farrell
Crab Feed Project Manager VMB Corn Beef & Cabbage Committee
Fund Raiser Manager Veterans Day Program Committee
Boy Scouts Chartered Representative - Alan Scharlach East Bay Standdown Representative - Mark Heinemann
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