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American Indian Warriors Association meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Bayside Community Center

2202 Comstock St, San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 278-0771
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American Indian Warrior Association

February 5, 2014

This evening AIWA President William Buchanan opened the meeting at 7:15pm. There were plenty of shredded beef tacos, guacamole and hot and very hot chili sauce. Attending were: Ben Nance, Larry Strickland, William Buchanan, Jim Hornsby & Juan del Rio, Joaquin Sandoval, Heather Chalot and Roy Cook.

Guest/prospective member: Jim Hornsby, US Army Vietnam Veteran and with Recovery NA experiences, was introduced by Juan del Rio.

Discussion on Community, Pow wows, presentations, Bayside Parade and Multi-Cultural participation and topical issues regarding veterans is a constant priority: PTSD and the various levels as recognized by the Veterans Administration, values clarification on personal, financial and professional behavior toward life goals and objectives. (For more history see link below.)

Old Business:

1. Officer reports were receive from Treasurer, Joaquin S., VP Larry S., William B. AIWA President.

2. Recruitment strategies continue to be of a high priority.

3. AIWA secretary, Roy C. produced report on past issues and objectives.

4. Tabled again: Bayside requests more participation: food distribution at food bank. Blessing of the community garden

New Business:

1. The AIWA Holiday dinner is moved to TBA.

2. Veterans Aspire center in Old Town will hold grand opening Feb. 2014- 10am to noon.

3. Singing with hand drum practice opportunity was sounding fine and a group success with all participating feeling inspired and wanting more scheduled in the near future. Ben Nance brought in drums and sticks and RC offered a little encouragement for all to enjoy the experience.

All are welcome to join in the potluck luncheon at the TONKAWA seniors monthly meeting 1 pm. Sunday Jan .12, 2014. TONKAWA and AIWA share the same facility on different days of the month and this Bayside CC location will be our official address.
C/o Bayside Community Center 2202 Comstock St.
San Diego, CA 92111
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The Round Robin continues to be a healthy venue to air and share veteran concerns with comrades in arms with a tribal flavor. What are the Native American networks of Veteran or Wounded Warrior organizations by regional and Tribal definition?
HC; was happy to attend the Nov. Veterans event. She will complete USN 20 yrs in March 2014.
JdR; Introduced army Vietnam veteran Jim Hornsby to membership. His chickens are still doing good, AMIKAS housing providing service to women Veterans and abused families.
JS; wife is starting chemo soon and he will not cut off all his hair in support at his wives request.
WB; will be Head Gourd dancer at IB pow wow in June AIWA is invited to be Honor Color guard. Also his issues with work add to his PTSD.

Finally, AIWA welcomes our local and Tribal involvements and our mission to continue to be of service to the community and look forward to positive ideas for our future months’ meetings.

(For more history see link below.)

AIWA President William Buchanan closed the meeting at 8:32pm.

Respectfully submitted:
Roy Cook, AIWA Historian/secretary
“Duc, sequere, aut de via decede! Latin (Lead, follow or get out of the way!)”