October 26, 2013 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 1:55 pm at the Concord, NH VFW by Senior Vice Commander Richard Moushegain with 20 members, 3 guest veterans and 3 ladies.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our decease comrades.
The roll call of Officers and Directors was taken, and with the exception of Commander Desmond, Jr. Vice Commander Leister and Director Sinclair who were excused, all were present.
Minutes of the August 17th meeting were read and accepted.
Informational note from the August 17th Minutes: The Sampson Korean War Groups meet monthly. The South East NH Group meets at 12 noon on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Manchester at the Airport Dinner on Brown Ave… The North East Massachusetts Group meets at 9 am on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Comet dinner in Tyngsboro, MA. They would welcome you to join them.
Financial report was presented and accepted. With only 39 paid dues for 2013 the amount on hand results from donations from some of the members.
Conrad Perreault spoke on the topic of dues. In the past the Chapter dues were voluntary but the membership voted in March that starting in 2014 they are to be mandatory. They are still only $10.00 and he is now accepting dues for 2014. Make the check out to NHKWVA and send it to: NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431. It is also important to pay the National dues for in order to be a member of the Chapter one must belong to the National. In order to maintain our Charter all members must belong to the National Organization.
Senior Vice Moushegian and Secretary Perreault reported on the hat situation. The hats have been ordered but Conrad is having a difficult time corresponding with the vendor. Conrad has left numerous e-mails and phone calls. It appears that in the future the Chapter might have to go a different route with the cost per hat being more.
It was also reported that at the request of NH Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Reddel,
there might be a special event for a “Welcome Home” to acknowledge the NH Korean War Veterans. This is to be held at the armory in Concord, possibly in June.
Sr. Vice Commander Moushegian reported on the dedication of the Veterans Memorial in Hooksett where he represented the NHKWVA and was given the privilege of calling to order the ceremony. Other members were also in attendance.
Member Ed Caron will be presented on November 8th, from Senator Ayotte, the medals from his service in Korea. Commander Bob and Conrad are planning to attend.
Bob Goldsack who taught a 5 week course on the Korean War at Rivier College in Nashua and who also gave a one hour presentation to the Nashua Historical Society spoke on these events.
Richard Zoerb spoke about a former marine who is a double leg amputee from Maine who is riding across the US to raise money for other Vets. Dick also passed around some photos.
Lionel Leblanc reported on his taking some homeless veterans from Liberty House out for a meal.
Discussion ensued on how to obtain information about awards/medals and DD214. It was suggested that filling out form SF180 or contact your US Senator or Representative would be good avenues.
Conrad indicated that we should be more active in events that take place where we can get recognition such as parades, Memorial and Veterans Day events, POW/MIA programs etc… Many present indicated they would participate in parades if there were vehicles to ride in.
The following suggestions were made:
More meetings on Saturdays
Have ID tags for the meetings
Have a few members, at meetings; introduce themselves, their branch, their units and
activities during their service.
Print out and send up-coming events
Make the Secretary aware of any member that has reported to the Last Muster.
The next meeting will be held in March, with the date, day and time to be determined.
Meeting adjourned at 3:05 pm.
Submitted: Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer