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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Flag and Memorial Committee
Regular Meeting
October 20, 2015
The Flag and Memorial Committee met in regular session on October 20, 2015, in the Round Room, City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida.
Chairwoman McGillicuddy called the meeting to order at 11:04 a.m. Members present: Member Patry, Member Patton, Member Northcutt, Member Pedersen, Member Conklin, and Member Flewwellin.  Also present was guest Debbie Petyk, as well as, Secretary/Staff Liaison Gail Gilchrist, City of Titusville.
  1. CALL TO ORDER:Meeting was called to order at 11:04 a.m. by Chairwoman McGillicuddy.
  2. DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM:A quorum was met.
At this point Chairwoman McGillicuddy opened the floor for nomination of a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of this committee for the coming year.  Member Flewwellin nominated Chairwoman McGillicuddy, seconded by Member Pedersen, it passed unanimously.  Member Northcutt nominated Member Patton as Vice Chairman, seconded by Member Flewwellin, in passed unanimously.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy asked to have Member Patton made an honorary lifetime member of this committee, it passed unanimously.
Chairwoman McGillicuddy asked guest Debbie Petyk if she would like to become a member of this committee, Guest Petyk declined stating she could not due to her being on another board.  Both parties questioned the validity of this and decided they would both check whether she could become a member.
  1. Approval of minutes for the September 15, 2015 meeting: A motion to approve minutes was made by Member Northcutt, seconded by Member Patton, it passed unanimously.
  3. < >  Chairwoman McGillicuddy asked the committee about coupling with Space Walk of Fame again this year for the Astronaut Memorial and stated she recommended this.  A motion to approve was made by Member Flewwellin, seconded by Member Patton, it passed unanimously.OLD BUSINESS:
  4. Veteran’s Appreciation Parade:  Chairwoman McGillicuddy recognized Jo Anderson and Gail Gilchrist for their efforts in having the parade.  Member Patton stated he had participated last year and had a good time.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy invited the committee to attend tonight’s parade meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 1.  She also stated that the SAC is involved again this year.  Discussion ensued about the order of the parade participants.
  5. Military Affairs Committee:  Chairwoman McGillicuddy opened discussion.  Member Conklin asked if there were by laws for the new committee, Chairwoman McGillicuddy stated there are not, they would have to vote to move forward with the committee before any by laws could be written.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy explained the new committee would cover all aspects of veteran’s organizations to include military ceremonies.  Discussion ensued about creating another committee separate from this one, including who would host the different ceremonies and well as the responsibilities of each committee.  Due to the amount of unanswered questions and uncertainties, Member Northcutt motioned to table this issued.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy tabled it and said she will invite City Manager Scott Larese to the next meeting.
    Chairwoman McGillicuddy tabled this item.
Member Conklin:  DAV just had their Stand Down on October 3rd.   He stated there were a lot more people than they thought would be there and they will probably have it again next year.  Bot JR ROTC;s helped and there were also about 300 volunteers.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy asked the status of the homeless vets and Member Patton said the numbers were down.  He guessed there were maybe 30 left.  Member Conklin stated the Forget Me Not’s are coming up in March.
Member Flewwellin:  She said Stand Down started in 1996.  Also, they got the shoes from Payless and one guy needed a size 13 so she went and got if for him.  The Auxiliary is having a Forget Me Not drive Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting October 23rd, stationed at different areas around town.  Money raised will go to disabled veterans and their families.
Member Patry:  Stated this month is not a big month for obligations, however, they did hold a Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter/EMT Appreciation Day on October 10th to raise money for the fallen.  $540.00 was raised.  Stated VFW will have a float in the parade and mentioned that Poppy season is upcoming.  He stated in WWII hundreds of U.S. soldiers were buried in a field in Belgium and that the following year, the entire field was covered in Poppies, however, no Poppies were ever planted there.  In 1922 the U.S. adopted the Poppy as the official memorial flower.  They are made in DAV hospitals by DAV’s nationwide, and then distributed.  All the profits go to help DAV’s.   The DAV will be at the Veteran’s Cemetery at Day Street on Veteran’s Day placing flags on Veteran’s graves.  They will also have their own ceremony at VFW 2228 recognizing Veteran’s.
Member Northcutt:  Stated he took a tour to the field in Belgium and stated the whole field was red with Poppies and it is still unclear as to how the Poppies got there.  He stated there is a Memorial Ceremony this coming Saturday on October 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 1 for Ferrial White, a past Commander.  Chairwoman McGillicuddy asked the committee for approval to send flowers and it was unanimous.  There will also be a twenty-one gun salute and taps for him.
Member Pedersen:  Getting ready for Fall Council.  The club is active and just ordered pecans for their fundraiser.  They have applied for a grant with the international club for $10,000.  They donate to the North Brevard Sharing Centers – Healing Home program to donate eyeglasses, school supplies, etc. to children under 12.  They will also supply bedding and other tangible items.  They plan on helping decorate Evelyn’s Essentials for Christmas.
Guest Petyk:  Today is the 1st meeting for the DAR and it will be at 1:00 p.m. They had the Mayor give a Proclamation of Constitution.
Chairwoman McGillicuddy:  will do her best to fulfill the office of Chairwoman for the Flag and Memorial Committee.  She mentioned the Let I Snow event on December 11th.
  1. < >Meeting was adjourned at 12:13 p.m.
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