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March 10, 2010


March 10, 2010

I found out about this organization in the local newspaper (Contra Costa Times) back in 2004. I got involved with the East Bay Stand Down in 2004 and became their bookkeeper/accountant. I was finally asked in 2006 to become a check signer for EBSD but would have to join the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley (I am an Air Force Vietnam Vet) because they held the fiduciary responsibility for Stand Down. On Memorial Day in 2007, the Executive Director of the East Bay Stand Down asked me if I would help the Vietnam Vets by taking over as the Treasurer because the current Treasurer had come down with Hodgkins Disease. I didn't hesitate. I joined their Board and was Treasurer until December 2009. I am still an active member of VNVDV and I am now the Finance Officer for the East Bay Stand Down (eastbaystanddown.org) and for the Diablo Valley Veterans Foundation (and a Founder/Director) which now has the fiscal responsibility for the East Bay Stand Down.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming an active member and by participating in their community programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the by-laws to allow more "non" Vietnam veterans become regular members.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie between the members. When I had my open heart surgery in August 2008, the Board and many members were there to help me make it through the operation and to encourage me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly self-giving in the community events.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fully fund the new Danville Veterans Memorial Building without having to rely on public donations and could create a program to assist Veterans during these hard financial times.

Ways to make it better...

I was retired and I could spend more time on Veteran related programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the continuation of the programs this organization supports once all the Vietnam Vets have died.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the members of this organization get along with all the other veterans in the local community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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