August 8, 2015 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester and was called to order at 2 pm by Commander Richard Moushegian following a light lunch and social time. Thirteen members and 5 guests were present.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed and a moment of silence in remembrance of our departed comrades.
Gabriel “Gaby” Arcand, a granddaughter of a Korean War Veteran, gave a report on her second attendance to the “Korean War Veterans Youth Group Convention”. Here they learn about the Korean War and are given training in interviewing, for history, Korean War Veterans. She has interviewed some of our members and is looking for more members and other Korean Veterans to be interviewed.
Immediate Past Commander Robert Desmond gave a report on the National Convention that was held in Washington, DC on July 22-27. The main emphasis was on membership. The membership is declining and there is need to recruit more Korean War Veterans and to encourage the Korean Service Veterans to join us.
Membership: Since the last meeting we have a new member, Carter Proctor from Antrim. However there are still 16 members who have yet to send in their 2015 dues.
It was announced that an anonymous individual has offered to give up to $200 if there are any members or Korean War Veterans who find it a hardship to belong to the NHKWVA or KWVA. It was also agreed that the Chapter could waive its dues if requested.
Rose of Sharon: On July 25th, for the first time, the “Rose of Sharon” was distributed as a fund raiser at the Market Basket in Nashua. Jeanne and Conrad Perreault, Richard Moushegian, Bill McCabe and Shirley Messier, Jim and Joanne Slater and Dick Zoerb volunteered their time for the distribution. The results surpassed our hopes. We will plan on a second distribution place for next year.
The Minutes of the previous meeting and the Financial Report were presented and accepted.
Hats and Patches: Conrad reported on the possibility of obtaining the official KWVA hats from another dealer. The cost of the hat alone would be $25 plus $12 for the lettering. With shipping and handling the maximum cost per hat would be $40. He also indicated that he has some 2 ½ inch KWVA patches with pins so that they can be attached to clothing. These are at $6. If interested, contact Conrad at 603-352-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A press Release from the Manchester VA was read. This indicated that, starting on September 1st on Monday thru Friday between 8:30 am and 2: 30 pm, the Medical Center will be supporting walk-in hearing air repairs in the Audiology Clinic.
A Stand Down will be held at the Keene American Legion on Friday, September 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. This is where a variety of organizations will be present to offer services to veterans such as counseling, job hunting, VA enrolment, etc…
The installation and oath of office was administered to the new officers, who were elected at the June meeting, for the 2015-2016 year.
Joseph Willette was appointed Chaplain.
The next meeting will be held on the second Saturday in October, the 10th.
The meeting adjourned at 3:08 pm.
Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer