April 11, 2014 NHKWVA Membership Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester and was called to order at 2:10 pm by Commander Robert Desmond. Sixteen members and 9 guests were present.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our departed comrades.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted.
The financial report was given indicating that so far for the year 2015 the expenses have exceeded the income due to the fact that only 30 of the 73 members have sent in their dues. However, the Chapter is in the black because of the total amount in the account. There are still 8 members outstanding for 2014. Nationally, we have 73 active and 4 inactive members. The Chapter has 65 active and 8 inactive members.
Robin Barnes, the daughter of Bo Gilbert, was introduced and represented her father, who was unable to attend, to explain a project that Mr. Gilbert is attempting to do. This project is to use his 300+ acres in Belmont, NH and develop a community for veterans. A question and answer session followed.
John Ekenbarger, an ex Korean War POW, was introduced and spoke of his experiences followed by a number of members doing the same.
Since the last meeting there have been two new members, Ronald Russell and Robert Lilljedahl. We have lost one of our members, George Karalas.
Commander Desmond gave a report in regards to the Honor Flight New England. Even though this year’s flights are still made up of WWII Veterans it is still a good idea for Korean War Veterans to apply for these applications will be considered in the future. Having your name in gives a better chance of acceptance. Korean veterans who have a serious illness are given preference.
The Commander also mentioned that on April 20th there will be a third “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event” and he will attend representing the NHKWVA. The request for another “Welcome Home Korean War Veterans” has been placed.
One of the National KWVA Directors has proposed a name change of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) to Korean Veterans of America Association (KVAA). Comments were expressed by some of the members present. Comments, pro or con, would be welcomed by the National Association. More information can be found in the Graybeards Magazine.
The topic of the Korean Peace Medal was brought up. It is not sure if there will be future presentations of the medal, but contact will be made to Mr. Park of the NH Korean American Society as to this award.
A year ago the NHKWVA sponsored a young lady from Bow, NH, and a granddaughter of a Korean War Veteran, to attend the Korean War veterans Youth Corps Convention in Washington, DC. She requested that we make available the information and contact persons for this year’s attendance. These are available today and if more information is needed contact Conrad at 603-352-5369. This youth corps is for grandchildren of Korean War Veterans and aids in making the public and particular the youth aware of the Korean War.
A suggestion was made in making the NHKWVA membership roll available to its members. The Secretary is hesitant due to privacy laws etc. This will be placed on hold until more input is received from the membership.
Previously it was agreed that the Chapter would distribute the Rose of Sharon, the national flower of South Korea, on or around the 27 of July, as a fund raiser similar to the poppy distribution of the American Legion and VFW. The date and location will be forthcoming. This being the first year we will concentrate on one or two locations. A number of people indicated they would participate.
The next meeting of the NHKWVA was to be June 13th but it was thought that Fathers’ Day is on the 14th, so it was changed to June 20th to be held at the Boscawen Veterans Cemetery. (NOTE: Fathers Day is really on the 21st and also close to many graduations, so the next meeting will be on Saturday, June 13.) A luncheon was discussed. Times and full schedule will be forthcoming.
According to the Bylaws the election of officers is to take place in June and in order for the Chapter to continue the positions need to be filled. So far a tentative slate of officers for 2015-2016 is:
Sr. Vice Commander: Richard Zoerb
Jr. Vice Commander: Robert Desmond
Secretary/ Treasurer: Conrad Perreault
Past Commander- Donald Buskey for past Commander Robert Desmond
Two Year Director – Richard Moushegian
Two Year Director – To be elected
One Year Director – to fill the position normally held by the Sec. or Treas.
Directors Lee Booker and Paul Harris will be in their second year of directorship.
Other nominations will be solicited at the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 3:30 pm.
Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer