June 13, 2015 Membership Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH and was called to order at 1:30 pm by Commander Robert Desmond following an excellent lunch put on by Jeanne Perreault. Fourteen 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 presented and accepted.
The Finance Report was given for the period between the last meeting in April and this meeting. With 23 dues paid, the return of an un-cashed check, payment for 7 hats, expenses for postage and 50 dozen Rose of Sharon resulting in $651.73 in the black. The report was accepted.
Commander Desmond gave a report on the funeral of Elmer Richard, the Korean War POW returned home after 65 years. The Chapter had an excellent representation there with Robert Desmond, Richard Moushegian, Conrad Perreault, George Delorey, Robert and Barbara Courtemanche, Joseph Willette, and James and Joanne Slater.
Membership: The Chapter has 74 members reported active with the national KWVA and 4 inactive. Of this membership only 54 have sent in their Chapter dues. Since our last meeting in April there have been two new members, John Ekenbager and Michael Lopez. One of our members, Richard Norcross passed away.
Conrad reported that he was interviewed May 13th about NHKWVA on a radio station in Manchester. It was an excellent way to get our message out and to obtain more recognition.
The Commander recognized Michael Horn, Director of the Veterans Cemetery, who gave a presentation on the history, development and organization of the cemetery. He explained what veterans are able to be interned there and how one can register for future interment.
Rose of Sharon: After some discussion and explanation it was decided that the Chapter’s first ever distribution of the Rose of Sharon will be on July 25th,9am to 3 pm, at the Market Basket on Amherst Street in Nashua. It is hoped that this will be successful and that in the future we will be able to expand to other locations in the state. Volunteers were requested to help with this endeavor on a sign –up sheet.
It was announced that the Korean-American Society of New Hampshire will be hosting a program at the NH Veterans Cemetery on Friday, July 24th at 4pm. A reception will start at approximately 3:30 pm with the program starting at 4 pm. Following the program there will a luncheon held at the maintenance building. Any Korean War and Korean Service Veterans along with their families or guests are invited to attend. More information should be forthcoming.
The election of officers for 2015-2016 took place with the following being elected:
Commander – Richard Moushegian
Sr. Vice Commander – Richard Zoerb
Jr. Vice Commander – Robert Desmond
Secretary/ Treasurer – Conrad Perreault
One Year Director – Donald Buskey
One Year Director – Henry Dessert
Two Year Director – Robert Courtemanche
Two Year Director –James Slater
Second Year of a Two Year Directorship – Lee Booker
Second year of a Two Year Directorship – Paul Harris
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 to the Korean War memorial
Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer
Following the meeting a short memorial ceremony was held at the Korean War Monument on the Memorial Walk. Conrad Perreault read the names of the 14 NHKWVA members who have died since the Chapter’s inception. A passage from the Reformed Jewish Prayer Book The Gates of Prayer that was brought to Conrad’s attention by one of our members, William Carr, was read. Also was read a poem taken from the March/April 2009 Graybeards titled Korea – the Forgotten War. Bill McCabe laid a wreath at the Memorial. Special recognition was paid to member Paul Harris who was responsible along with the Contoocook, NH VFW for this Memorial.