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VAC Executive Meeting - March 10, 2014

Event date: 3/10/2014 8:00 PM Export event


Monday March 10th, 2014

VAC Board Room, 128 N Scott St., Joliet, IL 60432


CALL TO ORDER:  Chairman John Kestel at 6:00PM on March 10th, 2014 in the VAC board room.




OPENING PRAYER:  Chaplain Mlynek


ROLL CALL:  Secretary Picciolo


Officers Present:  Chairman Kestel, Vice Chairman Vargas, Secretary Picciolo, Chaplain Mlynek, Member Baskerville, Member Walden, Past Chairman Horne, Past Chairman Sallese, Past Chairman York, Superintendent McNichol, Office Manager Northrup, VSO Ray


Posts Represented:  A.L. 5 Harwood, A.L. 13 Plainfield, A.L 52, A.L. 367,  A.L. 392 Peotone, A.L. 935 Manhattan, A.L. 1080 Joliet, VFW 12059, VFW 2199 Stone City, VFW 5788 Lockport, Buffalo Post 241



10 February 2014:  Motion to Approve Past Chairman Sallese; Seconded by Past Chairman York – Motion Carried.




1.      Financial Report: Office Manager Northrup presented in Treasurer Arellano’s absence

Patriots Fund Balance: $4587.57                VAC Checking Acct. Balance:  $6640.87


Motion to Approve made by Vice Chairman Vargas; Seconded by Past Chairman York – Motion Carried.


2.      Superintendent Report:  Superintendent McNichol


·         Veterans Financial Assistance

§  February ended at 25% above monthly average

§  Discussion Followed

·         Veteran Benefit Applications

§  A goal of the VAC is to increase the number of Veterans applying for Veterans Benefits


Motion to Approve made by Vice Chairman Vargas; Seconded by Past Chairman York – Motion Carried.




·         VHEA Housing

§  Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans  in Joliet

·         Discussion Followed

·         New Financial Assistance Appeal Policy

§   Motion to adopt made by Past Chairman Horne, Seconded by Don Walden

·         Superintendent McNichol to a generic letter to be sent to outside agencies looking for support

§  Motion made by Past Chairman Horne; Seconded by Vice Chairman Vargas

·         Grundy County VAC Transportation Agreement

§  Grundy County VAC has been able to help Veterans with transportation that live on the south-western border of Will County.

·         Discussion followed.




·         Public Assistance Appeals Case

§  Discussion Followed

·         Pace Bus passes through VENTRA

§  30 day trial approved by Board to purchase with Pro Card - Motion made by Past Chairman Horne; Seconded by Vice Chairman Vargas




·         Superintendent McNichol Attending Dale Carnegie Institute via scholarship award

·         Vice Chair Lou Vargas attended the “Keep the Promise Rally” in Washington D.C.

§  Discussion Followed

·         300 Club tickets to be sold at a reduced rate of $8.00

§   Motion made by Past Chairman York; Seconded by Vice Chairman Vargas

·         Honors Burial – Thursday March 13, 2014


1st DRAWING 2014 300 CLUB:


 A) $100.00 - Post 935       B) $50.00 Dr. Miguel




Executive Board Meeting

6 PM on 14 April 2014

Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County

128 N. Scott St.

Joliet IL 60432


Motion to Adjourn made by Vice Chairman Vargas; Seconded by Member Walden

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