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2016 Presidents Reflections

We were BACK AGAIN for our 45th USS Valley Forge reunion held by the Happy Valley Reunion Club on September 6th to the 10th. Our hotel accommodations were at the Doubletree Hilton in Greentree, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time was had by all, just an outstanding success once again.
Our “Skipper” this year was Paul Adair. Many Kudos to him and to all who help with the recovery room. The Armed Forces Reunion Inc. was again employed to help with our hotel selection and tours. The tours were at the Heinz Museum, Soldiers and Sailors Museum and the City Tour and the Cathedral of Learning at University of Pittsburgh.
The Hospitality Recovery Room was always full as our Shipmates reacquainted and told those old sea stories once again. Prior to the reunion Lori Lund, Leroy Holzwarth’s daughter contacted Dave Manchester and said that Leroy left behind materials that would interest the reunion club. Less than a week before the reunion Dave contacted Tom Anderson who drove from Milwaukee to Madison and brought the several remaining planks from the ships flight deck. Many thanks to Lori and Tom.
Friday morning was the Steering Committee and All Hands Meeting. Refer to the notes below for details.

Banquet night was time for all with plenty of food and deserts. We have to handout more Kudos for our own in house entertainers. “Sailor” Elena and her Hula dancers Tom, Wally, Bob and Sal brought the house down. (South Pacific) Hilarious a million laughs. Thanks to our Master of Ceremonies Chatterbox for jokes and raffle number calling. Don’t forget our new President Ron the Singing Barber who serenaded us with his songs.
Farewells to all see you next year in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you haven’t been to a reunion or haven’t been in a while come and join us dates are forthcoming.

2016 HVRC Minutes (pending approval)

HAPPY VALLEY REUNION CLUB Minutes of the Happy Valley Reunion Club Annual Regular Meeting Held in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, September 10th, 2016

The General Membership Meeting was called to order at 11:00 hours. Roll was called with 44 shipmates present, four first-time attendees and two plank owners.
Ed Thomas presiding.
Pledge of allegiance and prayer.
Introduction of officers:
  Pete Koshivaki Vice President, East Coast, President Pro-tem
  Ed Thomas,Secretary/Treasurer
  Webmaster/Historian,Dave Manchester
  Master at Arms,Sal Severino
The Minutes from the 2015 general meeting were read by Secretary/Treasurer Ed Thomas. A motion was made to accept the minutes as written. This was seconded and passed by 2/3 majority vote.
The financial report was presented by Ed Thomas. We have $30,506 of which $25,049 is in savings and $5,465 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Sal Severino and Michael McGuire and approved by Peter Koshivaki.
NEW BUSINESS
Elections for officers was opened. There was one candidate nominated from the floor for Central VP. This was Jim Purviance.
Results of the votes were:
  President - - Ron Andrews
  VP West - - Peter Allen
  VP Central - - Jim Purviance
  Sec/treasurer - - Ed Thomas
OLD BUSINESS
There was no old business discussed.
The next Annual Meeting is planned for either Pueblo Colorado or Colorado Springs.
ROLL CALL
A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:45 hours.

2015 HVRC Minutes (approved)

Minutes of the Happy Valley Reunion Club Annual Regular Meeting Held in San Diego, California, October 3rd, 2015
The General Membership Meeting was called to order at 11:00 hours. Roll was called with 38 shipmates present, three first-time attendees and two plank owners.

LeRoy Holzwarth presiding.

Pledge of allegiance and prayer.
Introduction of officers:

   LeRoy Holzwarth, President
   Don Hamman, Vice President, Midwest
   Pete Koshivaki, Vice President, East Coast
   Ed Thomas, Secretary/Treasurer
   Webmaster/Historian, Dave Manchester
   Master at Arms, Sal Severino
The Minutes from the 2014 general meeting were read by Secretary/Treasurer Ed Thomas. A motion was made to accept the minutes as written. This was seconded and passed by 2/3 majority vote.
The financial report was given by Ed Thomas. We have $31,158 of which $25,042 is in savings and $6,116 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Laurence Sigurdson and Michael McGuire and approved by LeRoy Holzwarth.
NEW BUSINESS:

There were no motions made.
We discussed exploring the idea to group the HVRC with other LPH reunion groups. The positives and negatives were sounded. Everyone wanted more time to consider the idea and it will be brought up as old business next year. We discussed the name change of our website. All agreed it was a good idea. Dave Manchester was recognized for his work on the website and Ron Andrews was recognized for filling in as “skipper” for this year’s very successful reunion.

OLD BUSINESS:

There was no old business discussed. The next Annual Meeting is planned for Pittsburg, Pa.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved at 11:45 hours.

2016 Steering Committee

HAPPY VALLEY REUNION CLUB

Minutes of the Happy Valley Reunion Club Steering Committee Meeting Held in Pittsburgh, Pa. September 10th, 2016
The Steering Committee Meeting was called to order at 09:00 hours, Pete Koshivaki (President Pro-tem) presiding. Members present:
  Peter Koshivaki, President
  Pete Koshivaki, Vice President, East Coast
  Ed Thomas, Secretary/Treasurer
  Webmaster/Historian, Dave Manchester
  Master at Arms, Sal Severino
  John Thomas, former Skipper
  Paul Adair, currant Skipper
  Ron Andrews, former Skipper and Ships Store
The financial report was read by Ed Thomas. We have $30,506 of which $25,049 is in savings and $5,465 is in checking. An Audit of the Books was taken prior to the meeting by Sal Severino and Michael McGuire and approved by Peter Koshivaki.
Minutes of the 2015 steering committees meeting in San Diego, Ca. were read by Ed Thomas. A motion to accept them as written was made by Sal Severino and seconded by Dave Manchester. Unanimous vote of approval.
NEW BUSINESS We discussed next year’s reunion site. Either Pueblo Co. or Colorado Springs will be next year’s reunion site. This will depend on the health of the skipper.
OLD BUSINESS The topic to combining our reunion with other LPH or carrier groups was very briefly discussed and tabled again until next year. The use of AFRI to plan and manage our reunions was reaffirmed.
GENERAL DISCUSSION There was a discussion on allowing family members to become club members as a means to extending the life of the club. This would require a change to the Articles of Association By-Laws. As a follow on we discussed Pete’s daughter taking the ships store from Ron Andrews. This was to be considered “out sourcing” and deemed appropriate. I will undertake writing a new section to Article II to allow for “associate members” for consideration at next year’s general meeting.
The following candidates were nominated by the steering committee:
President - - Ron Andrews
VP West - - Peter Allen
VP Central - - Jerry Miller
Sec/Treasurer - - Ed Thomas
A motion to adjourn was made by Sal Severino and seconded Mike McGuire and approved.