Addendum to June 2017 Minutes

 

 

Secretary/ Treasurer Addendum to June 2017 Minutes

In the June Minutes it was noted that the paid-up Chapter membership is at a very low percentage, where as last year at this time we were close to 100%.  If you have forgotten, write yourself a note to send in the $10 dues. If you have decided not to continue your membership let me know.  As has been previously mentioned someone has donated money to help those who are unable to continue in the National or the Chapter.  We do not want to lose you as a member.

The Korean-American Society’s program is at 3:30 pm Friday July, 28th.  I assume that there will be a lunch following the program.

Last year one of our members was requested to move from the shade to a sunnier place to accommodate someone else.  Believing that this event was a Chapter one he decided to leave the Chapter.  I must therefore point out, as in the past, that this is totally the Korean-American Society’s program with Chapter members acting only as their guest.

The Rose of Sharon fund raiser is our largest source of money and allows us to donate to places and organizations such as the Vets Home, Vetflix, Vets Count, etc… There is a need of help at our two locations: Nashua Market Basket on Saturday July 15th and the Bedford Market Basket on Saturday July 22nd.  If you could help in Nashua call Dick Moushegian at 603-888-2280.  As for Bedford, there is a need to cover 12 noon to 1 pm, 1pm to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Call Conrad at 603-352-5369.  At each location a table will be set up and chairs will be available.

As for the Honor Flight, when an application is submitted it is placed at the bottom of the pile and works its way to the top.  The applications do not just come from NH but other New England States as well.  Exceptions are those who may have a terminal illness they are moved to the top.  Have patience.

Our membership is not growing so if you know of anyone who has served in Korea, 1950 to the present day, or served outside of Korea from 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955, encourage them to join us.

I can be contacted at: 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431. Home: 603-352-5369, Cell 603-209-1278, email: cjperreault@myfairpoint.net

Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer

 

June 4,2017 Meeting Minutes

June 4, 2017 NHKWVA Membership Meeting Minutes

 

The meeting held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester was called to order by Jr. Commander Robert Desmond at 2 pm with fourteen members and 3 guests present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our departed comrades.

All officers were present with the exception of Commander Moushegian and Director Courtemanche.

The minutes of the previous meeting were presented and accepted.

Financial Report: For the year to date, expenses are $324.39 and income of $305 with deficit of $19.39.

Membership Report:  The Chapter has 36 paid members with 33 who are still unpaid.  There are also 6 members that owe National Dues.  Look on your National Membership card or the Graybeard label for your date of National dues.  The $10 Chapter dues can be sent to NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431.  Make out the check to NHKWVA.  The National dues must be up-to-date in order to belong to the Chapter.  The Chapter does not receive any portion the money National receives from its members.  If there is a financial problem let the Chapter Sect. /Treas. know. There is an anonymous donor who has pledged $200 if there is a need.

Rose of Sharon:  The distribution of the Rose of Sharon fund raiser will take place on Saturday, July 15th at the Market Basket on Amherst Street, Nashua, NH and on Saturday’ July 22nd at the Market Basket at the intersection of route 114 and McDonald Street in Bedford, NH.  We are allowed to be at the stores from 9 am to 3 pm.  We need at least 6 members to sign up for a one or two hour shift at each of the stores. A sign up sheet is available, and Richard Moushegian, 603-888-2880, will be in charge of the Nashua Store and Conrad Perreault, 603-352-5369, for The Bedford Store.

Name change:  A motion was made and seconded to change the name of the New Hampshire Korean War Veteran Association Chapter 320 to that of Merrill – Van Den Berghe Chapter 320, who are  known as the first and last NH battlefield fatalities of the War.  The motion failed and for the present the Chapter will remain NHKWVA.

Election of Officers:  The following officers and directors were elected and installed for the 2017-2018 year.

Commander: Alan Heidenreich

Sr. Vice Commander: Robert Desmond

Jr. Vice Commander: Richard Zoerb

Secretary/Treasurer: Conrad Perreault

Directors:

                 Immediate Past Commander: Richard Moushegian

               Two Year Director: Robert Courtemanche

                Two Year Director: James Slater

                One Year Director: Henry Donovan for the Secretary’s seat

Directors Lionel Leblanc and Mike Lopez will be in their second year directorship.

Korean War Museum:

Robert Desmond who is on the Board of Directors of the Korean War Museum announced that the museum will not be relocating to New York City but will be closing its doors due to financial difficulties.  The South Korean Government would match any monies that our government would give, however our Government will not appropriate anything towards the museum.

Korean-American Society Event:

The Korean-American Society will be holding its annual thank you event on Friday, July 28th at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.  The starting time of the event is 3:30 pm.  As in the past, this is their event and we are the guest, which means that we are not involved in the planning or execution of the event.

Other:

It was moved and seconded that the Chapter donate $50 to the State Veterans Advisory Committee, of which we are a member, for its summer gathering. Motion passed.

There is to be a blood drawing at the Sweeney Post on June 27th. Veterans are encouraged to make a good showing.

There is to be an Honor Flight leaving from Manchester on Father’s Day.  We know of no one from the NHKWVA that will be on the flight. Some members of the NHKWVA have already signed up and Bob Desmond will check on their status.

Lionel Leblanc was recognized for the large number of tickets purchased for the National KWVA raffle.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester, NH with the business meeting starting at 2 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 2:53 pm
Submitted by:

Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer

 

A thank you to the following for helping the Chapter with some of the refreshments:  Heidenreichs, Slaters, Perreaults, Don Buskey and Bob Desmond.

 

 

Minutes April 8, 1017

April 8, 2017 NHKWVA Membership 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.  Twelve members and 4 guests were present.

The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our departed members William McCabe, Carter Procter and Gerald Holleran.

Bob Courtemanche talked about his attendance to the wake of William McCabe and stressed the importance that the Chapter be informed when any of our members passes so that we might pay our respects.

The minutes of the previous meeting were presented and accepted.

The financial report was given indicating that so far for the year 2017 the income has exceeded the expenses by $48. 

Membership report: According to National we have 64 active and 6 inactive members.  As for the Chapter, there are only 29 paid members for 2017 (this is less than half). Send in your $10 dues to NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431.  Also check on your National dues, your due date is on your National Membership card and on the mailing label of the Graybeards magazine.

Chapter name change: It was brought up and discussed that it would be beneficial that the Chapter undergo a name change and that the change be that of a person(s).  The suggestions were;

Donald Francis Van Den Berghe who was fatally wounded on July 23, 1953 and might just be the last causality of the war from New Hampshire.

Ralph C. Merrill who was fatally wounded on July 5, 1950 and is considered the first New Hampshire causality of the war

Merrill- Van Den Berghe a combination of the first and last battle fatalities.

It was the consensus of those present that the combination name would be a good possibility.  This will be voted on at the June 4th meeting and in as much as it requires a bylaws change the total membership needs to be notified through the minutes.

If you are unable to attend the meeting you may vote by contacting Conrad.  If we do not hear from you, it will be considered a positive vote.

Possible bylaws change: The bylaws state that the Commander and the two Vice Commanders can only serve two one year terms consecutively. This topic needs to be discussed.

Rose of Sharon: This year the Rose of Sharon distribution will take place on Saturday, July 15th or 22nd. It was recommended that we again request permission from Market Basket to set up at their stores at 375 Amherst Street in Nashua and 539 Donald Street, Bedford.  A letter will be sent to Market Basket.  Members will be needed to cover the two locations, one in Nashua and one in Bedford from 9 am to 3 pm. At least 6 members are needed at each location.

The next meeting of the NHKWVA is to be Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm at the Sweeney Legion Post in Manchester.  Election of officers for 2017-2018 will take place along with bylaws changes.

Election of officers: According to the Bylaws the election of officers is to take place in June.  In order for the Chapter to continue the positions need to be filled.  So far a tentative slate of officers for 2017-2018 is:

Commander: Alan Heidenreich

Sr. Vice Commander: Robert Desmond

Jr. Vice Commander: Richard Zoerb

Secretary/ Treasurer: Conrad Perreault

Directors:

                Immediate Past Commander- Richard Moushegian

                Two Year Director – Robert Courtemanche         

Two Year Director – James Slater

One Year Director – Open for the Secretary’s seat.

               Directors Mike Lopez and Lionel Leblanc will be in their second year of directorship.

Vetflix: Commander Moushegian brought us up to date on the Vetflix project and the attempt to apply for grants.

Membership: A discussion took place in regard on how we might increase our membership, such as articles, luncheons, Facebook and word of mouth.

We also need to upgrade our membership application to make it smaller.

The possibility of other Korean War Welcome Home event(s) will be pursued.

Helping the Chapter with refreshments were Al Heidenreich, Bob Desmond and Perreaults.  Thank you

 

Meeting adjourned at 3:15 pm.

 

Submitted by:

Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer

177 Pako Ave.

Keene, NH 03431

603-352-5369

cjperreault@myfairpoint.net

 

Note:  Next meeting, Sunday, June 4th at the Sweeney Legion, Manchester, NH