Meeting opened on November 2nd at 7:02pm

Attendance: Doug Rawlings, Peter Morgan, Lynn Ellis, Dave Larsen, Dan Ellis, Peggy Akers, Adam Toothaker, Kathy Coughlin, Dan Glover, Martha Spiess, Don Kimball, Tom Whitney, Sally Chappell, John Morris

Adam Toothaker was introduced as a new member of the chapter, Welcome Adam.

Moment of inspiration: Don read the Wabenaki land acknowledgement statement and Lynn read a letter from a mother affected by the recent mass shooting in Lewiston.

Doug reported the death of Suzanne Hedrick’s husband Charlie. Condolences may be sent to Suzanne at 68 Belvedere Road, Nobleboro 04555.

Secretary’s report: September report accepted as written.

Treasurer’s report: balance after checks to Garrett Reppenhagen for $300 and Don Kimball for $500 is $3,227.43.

Doug reported that he talked with a communications expert from MaineShare on a Zoom call and was advised that we could receive help on improving our web site from them.

Doug reported that Tarak Kauff is in the process of helping to organize a VFP Peace Walk from Maine to Washington DC beginning in Augusta next April. More info will be forthcoming.

Doug reported that VFP Chapter 110 (California) has requested our support for their efforts to repeal the AUMFs (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) of 2001 (against terrorism) and 2002 (against Iraq). Discussion was held and a motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously that we do so.

Doug reported on the VFP National call for a cease fire in Gaza. Don expressed his approval of the statement and further discussion affirmed our approval as well.

Lynn reported on gun safety matters and urged everyone to contact their state representatives and senators and ask them to support gun safety bills that come before the legislature.

Armistice Day: Portland parade begins at 10:30 on Nov.11. Be at Monument Square by 9:30, wear black, and bring flags (but no signs).

Don reported on the unhoused in Portland and that donations of winter clothing are urgently needed. Meet at the Portland Post Office Saturdays at 11am. He also would appreciate help with food distribution.

Donations approved: $100 for Golden Rule and $200 for Moms Demand Action.

Sound system: Dan welcomes any ideas as to who would be worthy recipients of our no longer needed sound system. Peter suggested the student group at Bowdoin College.

Sally recommended a book by John Bart Gerald, “Sources of Contemporary Genocide”.

Upcoming events:
Nov. 3 – WMPG Friendly Fire (Don) – interview w/ Camilla Shannon from Maine Gun Safety Coalition, noon.
Nov. 3 – demonstration for Gaza cease fire, Chellie Pingree office, Fish Pier, Portland, 3pm.
Nov. 3 – Gaza, Pierce Park, 125 Harlow St., Bangor, 5pm.
Nov. 4 – Gaza, Longfellow Square, Portland, 1pm.
Nov. 4 – Gaza, Folger Library, UMO, Orono, noon.
Nov. 11 – Armistice Day, Monument Square, Portland, 9:30am
Nov. 11 – Doug Rawlings lecture and slide show “My Journey Back to Vietnam”, Public Library, Main St., Blue Hill, 7pm
Nov. 12 – film-“What I Want You to Know”, Media Center, Congress St., Portland, 1pm.
Nov. 15 – Fitzgerald Awards, Halo at Thompson’s Point, Portland, 5:30-7:30pm.
Nov. 16 – Doug show again, Library, 128 Main St., Norway, 6:30pm.

Meeting adjourned at 8:37pm. Next meeting (Zoom) on Nov.30th.