October 10, 2014 NHKWVA Membership Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester, NH and was called to order by Commander Desmond at 2 pm with 12 members and 3 guests present.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our departed comrades.
The Commander Bob Desmond informed those present that our member Ivan Eaton, who was a POW for 33 months passed away on September 23rd. The Commander and Sec. /Treas. Conrad attended the funeral on September 26th in Seabrook, NH.
The list of the 10 members of the Chapter who have died since the Chapter’s inception was read.
An article that was in the Union Leader was mentioned. This related to the fact that there is a shortfall of money for military funerals. It seems that the NH National will run out of money to cover the expenses for this by January 2015.
The Commander reported that he represented the NHKWVA at the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans that was held at the Harbor House in Nashua on Oct. 9th. This organization started in San Diego in 1988 and has expanded across the country. Food, clothing, employment information, VA information and programs, free legal information, etc… are offered to the veterans. There were approximately 200 veterans taking advantage of this program.
It was reported that NHKWVA is now a board member of the State Veterans Advisory Committee (SVAC). This committee discusses the veteran bills brought up by the State Representatives and advises if they might be pertinent.
As for membership: Sec./Treas. Conrad reported that since the last meeting we have 4 new members- Auxiliary member Jane Kirk, she served in country with the Red Cross during the war, Alan Heidenreich, Lionel Leblanc and Raymond Patchen. That gives us 75 members. He also noted that there is still need for a Director and members to take such positions as Chaplain, Judge Advocate, Sergeant-at-Arms, Color Guard, publicity and photographer.
The Commander reported that Dan Marcek from Vetflex who does interviews of veterans is seeking money from the Korean Government to support the project for Korean War Veterans. It was also mentioned that Gabrielle Arcand from the Korean War Youth Corps has done a couple of interviews. Her interviews will appear on the Digit Memorial website. This website can be located on www.nhkwva.org . Scroll down and on the left hand side, in blue letters, you will find Digital KWVA Memorial.
It was decided that because of possible weather problems and that a number of the members go south during the winter that the February meeting will be cancelled. This can be revisited at the December meeting.
At the August meeting it was decided that our annual Rose of Sharon Fund Event would take place on July 27th, the date of the signing of the cease fire. However, it was mentioned that this date is on a different day each year so it was proposed and accepted that the last Saturday in July would be better.
Bob Courtemanche, a member, gave a presentation on his hobby and craft fair objects of military creations such as pens, cribbage boards, clocks etc… with military insignias. He passed around a collection of various pens with a variety of service logos.
Al Heidenreich mentioned that there will be a blood drawing on October 25th at the Red Cross Center in Manchester in honor Bill Whitmore, a well known veteran in Manchester.
The December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13th for Friday the 12th is not available. It will be a “luncheon social meeting” beginning at 1pm at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester, NH. In order to cover the cost of food a $5 donation is being requested. Spouses, companions, family members and fellow Korean Veterans are invited.
Meeting adjourned at 3:15 pm.
Conrad Perreault – Secretary/Treasurer