August 8, 2014 NHKWVA Membership Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester and was called to order at 2:04 pm by Commander Robert Desmond with 11 members and 5 guests present.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our departed comrades.
Commander Desmond introduced Keith Howard who is the Executive Director of Liberty House. Mr. Howard spoke on the history and goals of Liberty House which is a place for homeless veterans in Manchester. They have approximately 15 residents at a given time plus distribute clothes and food to many other homeless individuals. He also spoke on the need of volunteers and financial support to sustain the House.
Following Keith Howard’s presentation, Secretary/Treasurer Conrad Perreault introduced Gabrielle Arcand, a recent graduate of Bow High School, who recently was accepted to participate in the Korean War Veterans Youth Corps Conference held in Washington, DC. The Chapter, with Board approval, helped her with a $130 gift towards her travel expenses. This group consists of grand and great grand children of Korean War Veterans. Here they learn about the Korean War and how to interview Korean War Veterans for the Virtual Museum, a museum on the internet. She spoke of her experience at the Conference and her desire to interview some of our members. She passed out a signup sheet and some of our members signed up.
Conrad then passed out samples of the Rose of Sharon, the flower, which is white and light blue and is the national flower of South Korea which can be used as a fund raiser for the NHKWVA. It is sanctioned by the National KWVA just as the poppies are for the Legion and VFW.
It was suggested that we use this at least once a year as a fund raiser at a designated place such as Sam’s Club in Concord, Manchester or Nashua. It was moved and seconded that we set July 27th, the date of the cease fire, as the date of the distribution. Motion carried. The specifics will be looked into by the Board and reported at a future meeting.
Commander Desmond again stressed that we need to be involved in the Tell America Program where we visits schools. The program is well established and easy to follow plus a good way to teach the younger generations about the Korean War. Volunteers are needed.
Meeting adjourned at 3:10 pm.
A social time with refreshments was held before and after the meeting. A thank you goes to Joan Slater, Don Labrie, Don Buskey, Jeanne Perreault and the NHKWVA for the refreshments.
Conrad Perreault – Secretary/Treasurer