The Passing of Gordon Pickett
It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you of the passing of Gordon Pickett. Gordon was a Past Commander of the Clovis Veterans of Foreign Wars and held similar positions with many other Veterans Organizations. His leadership will be sadly missed by all who knew him. After a distinguished career in the United States Navy, Gordon continued to serve his fellow Veterans and his community with tireless energy. The notification of his passing came directly from his daughter when she reached out to Lorenzo Rios at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District where Gordon served as a Board Member and Director for many years. No other details are available at this time but as those details are communicated, we will send out updates to the membership. Please keep Gordon's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Gordon.
August C. Flach, III Past Commander
From Jim Doyle:
Gordon was the first CSC "Chairman" following The Reformation in 1986. There were six chapters then...47, 53, 201, 218, 223, and 247...time marches on.
CSC History In May 1987, VVA National President Bobby Muller attended the “LA in May Veterans Unity Conference” and Parade in Los Angeles, hosted by BRAVO, and visited with CSC Officers and Chapter representatives present at the event.
At the June 1987 meeting, hosted by Chapter 47 in Riverside, the California State Council invited Maude DeVicor as a Guest Speaker, and presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her involvement in Veteran Affairs, specifically her help with getting the VA to recognize the effects of PTSD. The CSC also began delegate training for the upcoming National Convention in Washington D.C. California had grown to 8 chapters at this time and listed over 300 At-Large members.
In August, at the 3rd National VVA Convention, Craig Taylor (VVA 218), the man responsible for getting the California State Council back into action, was elected to the National Board as Region 9 Director.
At the January 1988 meeting, it was determined that the CSC Board of Directors be restructured and increased to include 2 At-Large Directors who would represent the At- Large members within the state, and that the other Board Members represent chapters from both halves of the state. It was also at this meeting that the CSC State Newspaper "The California Zephyr" was approved, and its first Editor and father, Jim Doyle (VVA 247) was named. The DARWIN J. THOMAS Memorial Chapter 201 volunteered to host the 1st California State Convention in San Jose later this year.
In July 1988, the CSC held the 1st California State Convention in San Jose, with VVA National President Mary Stout as a special guest. There was a California State Assembly and Senate Joint Resolution, and Proclamations from both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and City of Santa Clara declaring June 27th thru July 3rd as "CALIFORNIA VIETNAM VETERANS RECOGNITION WEEK". In attendance were delegates from 10 of the state's 13 active chapters, and there were 2 delegates representing the 489 At-Large members in California. VVA Region 9 Director Craig Taylor at the Banquet installed the newly elected CSC Officers and Board Members on Saturday evening.
The CSC Board of Directors held its first Board meeting on December 3 and 4, in Fresno. CSC Officers and Board Members, as well as Honor Guards and chapter representatives from California and other states were present at the Dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento on December 10th.
1986 - 1988 CHAIRMAN - Gordon Pickett VICE-CHAIR - Zack Earp SECRETARY - Ernie Payne TREASURER - Pat Kelly BOARD MEMBERS Don Ledbetter, Bob Johnston Sr., Tim Hart (A/L 88), Welch Warren (A/L 88)