Independent from Long Beach, California on January 22, 1975 · Page 18
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NCO Wives are chilled lub funds { I I By JOANNE NORRIS Staff Writer Top Army brass has become involved in a tempest (involving a tea service, among other things) swirling around a tiny women's club at Fort MacArthur. The Inspector G e n e r a l of the A r m y has promised to investigate charges made by the Noncommissioned Officers Wives Club that it is not being allowed to spend $8,800.35 it raised the way it wants to. ' Members of the 20-woman club have become so incensed over the freezing of their funds they have written to Inspector General Col. Arthur E. Sikes, to the Secretary' of Defense -- even to the Attorney General. So far only Sikes has replied, but he has promised the women he will look into a matter that has had them in a swivet for months. The funds, which are being held up in the main branch of the Bank of America in San Pedro, were earmarked by the Wives for scholarships and for bequests to the Long Beach Veterans Hospital, the Harbor Retarded Foundation, the Toberman Settlement House in San Pedro and the Faustina Home, a residence for girls in Los Angeles. THE NCO WIVES traditionally have provided scholarships for deserving children of club members and last June they had scheduled a dance to present them. Dates had been made and corsages ordered, jvhen, at -1 p.m. the day before the dance, it was suddenly cancelled on orders, they say, of post commander Col. Clarence E. Gentry. Col. G-entry declined to comment but a spokeswoman for him said the scholarships will be presented and she was told the recipients have been so notified. But to date the four recipients, Alicia Beck, Albert Wilkerson, Kenneth Garner and Daniel Mitchell, have received no money and according to two of their mothers, Mrs. Helen Beck and Mrs. Louise Garner, they haven't gotten notification that the money is on its way either. The delay is just part of a brouhaha that's almost too complex to explain. It revolves around the membership of the small club, most of which is composed of wives of retired military personnel. Only three of the current 20 members are wives of active non-commissioned officers and only these are considered regular members. The others are associate members and under a controversial constitution, which some members say was crammed down their throats, only one associate member can hold office at a time and this can't be an office of responsibility such as president or treasurer. Associate members also are denied the right to vote under the new constitution. Because there are so few regular members, the club has had difficulty filling its four offices. Although a treasurer was finally found, word got around she was leaving the area and the post command would not release the club's money. The club claimed it had a perfectly good treasurer although the women who took the post, Mrs. Sylvia Childress, did so reluctantly and resigned Monday after a replacement, Mrs. Billie Martin, was found. THE CLUB HAD PLANNED to give, besides the scholarships totaling $1,650, $2,000 donations to both the Veterans Hospital and the Harbor Retarded Foundation and $250 each to the Toberman House and the Faustina Home. Under the club's new constitution, adopted, members say, under pressure after two they had written were rejected, the club's purpose is to promote "social and welfare activities for the benefit of the members of the Department of Defense family having a relationship with Fort MaeArthur." According to Capt. Mary Lou Danahar, public information officer at Fort MacArthur, Col. Gentry ruled that gifts to the Toberman House and Faustina Home violate this provision and he deemed the allocations to the Veterans .Hospital and Retarded Foundation too large, asking that they be reduced to $300 each. The silver tea service -- plus a coffee service, a punchbowl and tray, some serving dishes and a candelabrum -- became involved when-they were taken away from the club by an assistant to Col. Gentry. The plan is that they be auctioned off to the highest of at least three bidders, as provided in the new constitution. Members are especially irate about their loss and some mutter that they won't be surprised if the silver ends up in someone's personal possession instead of on the auction block. Club members also claim they were nettled when they were asked by the commander's wife, who is honorary club president, to cancel a fundraising luau, proceeds from which were used to send 18 children of Hawaiian descent to Hawaii to become acquainted with their native culture. The luau was not cancelled. ~ THE MAIN ISSUE in all this, in addition to club control of funds, seems to be whether the $8,800 will stay in San Pedro or go into the Army Emergency Relief or Army Community Services funds as specified in the constitution. Members say if it doesn't go to their designated purposes, they fear it will be spent in another area. Most of them will stay here after the fort is closed and are exploring possibilities of continuing the club after the official shut-down June 30. The club has come under such tight military control, they explain, because they operate under post jurisdiction, using a room (complete with-mice, some claim) and utilities provided by the Army. However, they've uncovered an Army regulation which may mean they can operate privately and have sought a legal interpretation. LOOKING OVER a letter they wrote to the Inspector General of the Army to complain about a-tie-up of funds are three members of the Fort MacArthur NCO Wives Club. Mrs. Garner, club president, said the complex set of events began, late last spring when, some discrepancies were discovered in elub books. The books were taken away and an audit ordered. According to Mrs. Garner, the auditor said there were minor infractions and pointed them out. He recommended the club hold a new election of officers. Meantime, Mrs. Garner said she talked to Col/ Gentry and it was her understanding that the club ·could have a wife of a retired NCO as president since the Officers Wives Club has one, Mrs. Dolly Campbell. Later she was told the NCO group had to : have an "active" wife as its head. And therein lies another rub: Some members think they are discriminated against because their husbands are, or were, NCOs instead of officers. . : . . AS THE GROUP prepared.-for the election ordered by the auditor, it became apparent it would be hard to live up to the new constitution since the membership was so top-heavy with associate members (wives of retirees). "It was really hard to get a board together. We elected someone to every office but treasurer," Mrs.. Garner said. Mrs. Garner, whose husband is active, agreed to be treasurer but then the entire board resigned and when a new election was called, she was named From left are Helen Etzell, honorary mem- '; ber; Mary Kovich, vice president; and ·;· Billie Martin, the club's new treasurer. · ·' . . Staff photo president instead. Mrs. Mary Kovich, a retiree, was. elected vice president; Mrs. Sheila Tuiasosopo, active, secretary; and Mrs. Childress, active, treasur- ' er. , Then word got around Mrs. Childress was going · to leave and the money remained frozen in the bank. · Another problem arose in November. The club must have its minutes approved by the post command and when Mrs. Garner went to pick up the · November minutes, Col. Gentry's office wouldn't a release them. ' ' -' Capt. Danahar said Col. Gentry wants to meet with the president, secretary and treasurer to go 7 over their budget but it's been difficult to arrange a meeting. Mrs. Garner said if the colonel will name a time and place in writing the women will meet with him.- "·. . : . · . : - _ , · ' ' The situation was described by Capt. Danahar, in perhaps- an understatement, as "very complicat- . ed." :-.· . . . . "It's an .internal type of situation," she added. "But the scholarship money won't be held up indefi- ' nitely. And the other gifts are not committed." Mrs. Garner said she will fight the matter through until June if necessary. Meantime, a lawyer is checking into the situation for the Wives and they are' eagerly awaiting the inspector general's probe and replies from the Secretary' of Defense and the;Attorney General. 'Sa/e' terms often are misleading By GAY PAULEY UPI Women's Editor NEW YORK - 'What's the difference between a sale and a special, or a clearance and a closeout? Plenty, says the Better Business Bureau. "Consumers are confused and some advertisers are guilty of confusing them through misleading use of terms to describe various t y p e s of sales, said Robert W. Beghtol. manager, h o m e f u r n i s h - ings department, the BBB of Metropolitan New York "Repeated m i s u s e of certain words and phrases renders many advertising claims useless as guidelines for concerned con. sumers as w e l l as for reputable advertisers," he said. Accordingly. BBB has published a dictionary of 1 t e r m s w h i c h it s a i d applies generally around the nation. The definitions are useful anytime, particularly so now with many reductions for post-holiday and inventory selling. HERE ARE BBB definitions: Sales -- Reduction from the advertiser's previous price. Special -- Merchandise offered temporarily at a p r i c e concession .which will end when either the s u p p l y of i t e m s is exhausted or the item is to be sold at the usual price after the "special" ends. Closeout -- Manufacturer has d i s c o n t i n u e d production permanently, retailer has purchased remaining supplies at'price concession w h i c h he passes on to consumer. Warehouse sale -- Re- duced merchandise offered .only in advertiser's warehouse and not available in his retail store. Factory outlet -- To be used only when the seller is actually the manufacturer. Clearance -- A reduction in price f r o m the a d v e r t i s e r ' s p r e v i o u s price charged in the regular course of business, used to indicate that the merchandise previously offered but not sold is being offered at a price concession and will not be DAR honors former prisoner of war Rear Adm. James Bond Stockdale, USN, for seven and one half years a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, was singled out by Clara Barton Chapter, Daughters of the Anmerican Revolution, as recipient of the DAR Medal of Honor. Presentation of the award was made by Mrs. Everett E. Jones of Sherman Oaks, left, California state regent, and Ruth Kingsbury, regent of Barton Chapter, during a luncheon Sunday at Long Beach Yacht Club. The event also marked Charter Day and the first anniversary of Barton Chapter. DAR members from throughout the state heard Adm. Stockdale lauded for his courage and patriotism and "prominence ia the leadership and organization of the resistance of American prisoners in North Vietnam." Adm. Stockdale and his family reside in Corpnado where he is commander of the Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, Pacific. Staff photo by TOM SHAW sold again in the immediate future. Clearance c e n t e r -"Usually is misleading term," said BBB, since investigation has shown that the merchandise at the "clearance center" is available for the f i r s t time. Use of the term is misleading unless all the merchandise previously was offered but not sold at the advertiser's retail store. WHOLESALE or below -- Price paid by the ret a i l e r f o r h i s m e r c h a n d i s e . . . "usually misleading since the retailer could hardly stay in business if he continually sold his goods at the same price, or less, t h a n he paid for them." . Emergency -- Merchandise offered at price concession because of soine u n u s u a l , non-recurring event, such as fire, remo- delling, lost lease and the l i k e . W h e n used, ad should indicate also reason for the "emergency" and specify merchandise offered at a price concession because of the situation. L i q u i d a t i o n -" A d v e r t i s e r i n t e n d s to t e r m i n a t e business, is converting assets to cash and offers price concession. Use of term in any o t h e r circumstance is deceptive. Going out of business -Advertiser is terminating business, has obtained the usually required license. If in doubt, ask for the license number and check it out. Manufacturer's list, list, suggested r e t a i l -"Deceptive...at best...confusing, since ail these terms refer to a price that is rarely charged .so the savings claim implied is without basis." Consumer may verify by asking retailer where merchandise is being sold at original price quoted. Life/style B-8-INDEPENDENT (AM) Joyce Christensen, Editor PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) · Long Beach, Calif., Wed., Jan. 11, 157S SOCIALLY SPEAKING / , - - · · , Ebell Juniors hit 30 mark THIRTY' CANDLES on the birthday- cake at Ebell Clubhouse when Ebell Juniors blew out the candles at ari anniversary luncheon. Pots of daisies and begonias complemented pink tablecloths set for half a hundred members and guests. Special guest was Betty Zee, mother of Juniors president, Judy Daniels. Past presidents who came to offer congratulations were June Seils, Mrs. John Baker, Rosemary Scott and Jan Hall. Prpvisionals welcomed to full membership w e r e Sherry Jenkins, Sue Brown and Sue Durant. - L i n d a Dills m a d e the arrangements. Sylvia Estabrook wore two hats -- one as reservations chairgal and the, other as part of the afternoon's entertainment. Sylvia sings with a trio called the Grace Notes. The other two thirds are Joyce Obright and Betty Mazzari. Their accompanist is Marynell Wolfe. IT HAS BEEN a busy time for Fran Itkoff. But then, Fran -is used to being busy. She is the mother of two children (Michael. 11, ami Ellen, 9) and wife nf Phillip who is a victim of Multiple Sclerosis. A tireless volunteer in the Long Beach-Lakewood Volunteers In Multiple, Sclerosis (VIMS), she was selected to appear on the KABC TV show, Girl In My Life which aired last .month. Tills week she was named president of ihc local VIMS auxiliary after three years as secretary. She has also served By CAROLYN McDOWELL as secretary for the Los Angeles County VIMS Coordinating Council. A year ago she received the local chapter's VIMS of the year award. Serving with Fran will be Nancy Wyatt, Helen McCoy and Alice Neill. An interesting sidelight to "getting involved". While most of the VIMS have family members who are victims of MS, this year's board, with the exception of Fran, is composed of gals who volunteered just because they wanted to help someone. How about you? AT HOME IN Seal Beach after a honeymoon at the famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo are the new Mr and - Mrs. Bill Wixson. The bride is the former Rion Evon Bender, daughter of Henry Wilson, also of Seal Beach. Honor attendants at the morning ceremony in First. United Methodist Church of Seal Beach were Sandra Heysham and George Lord. MY EMBARRASSING moment of the week. We attended a banquet for Pacific Coast Press Club members and guests at a restaurant which shall remain nameless. . were serveu a ported chicken dish which was probably quite.good. Our table was the last to be, served and we were among the last 1 swflt that .table. The waiter brought us tfeautiful steaks. Apparently the kitcViOii wasni prepared for our number. . Did you ever try to enjoy a good steak amid baleful stares?

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