Dec.9, 2017 Meeting Minutes

 

December 9, 2017 Membership Meeting Minutes

 The December Social Meeting of the NHKWVA was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester commencing at 1 pm with 13 members and 7 guests present. With the upcoming snow storm it was an amicable attendance.

Those present enjoyed an excellent lunch of soup and chowder, sandwiches, salads, coffee and dessert.  The conversations and comradeship were abundant and enjoyable.  Jeanne Perreault organized and directed a fun bag game. 

Following the social Commander Heidenreich called the meeting to order at 1:50 pm with pledge of allegiance and a remembrance of our past comrades.

The minutes of the previous were presented and accepted.

The financial report was presented indicating that at present for 2017 the expenses are      $1 074.99 with income of $2,049 (this is mostly from the Rose of Sharon and early 2018 dues) leaving the Chapter with $974.01 to the good. The report was accepted.

Membership:  Something has to be done about membership for only 41 members paid the $10 dues for 2017 with 26 remaining unpaid. So far there are 27 members who have sent in their 2018 dues.  Dues can be sent to NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431.

It was moved, seconded and passed that the Chapter give the Sweeney Legion a $100 donation for allowing us to use their facilities.

The topic of The State Veterans Advisory Committee (SVAC), of which the Chapter is a member, was brought up. It was questioned if the Chapter should remain a member. Robert Desmond and Richard Moushegain spoke in favor of remaining. However, there is need for other member(s) to be the representative(s) on the board.

Bob and Dick also mentioned that they gave a presentation at the Plus Company.

Lionel Leblanc, while in rehab for an illness, presented an informational event about Pearl Harbor Day to some of the residents.

George Delorey mentioned that one day while grocery shopping someone, unknown to him, paid for his groceries in thanks for his service, a good sum.  He also indicated that he is tired of the VA for they keep rejecting his claim of his frozen feet from his service in Korea.

The next meeting will be the second Saturday in April, the 14th, at the Sweeney Legion Post.

The February meeting is cancelled because many of our members go to warmer climates in the winter and because of unforeseeable bad weather.

Thanks to Jeanne and Conrad Perreault and Alan Heidenreich for their efforts in preparing the event.

Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm.

Submitted by:

Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer

Secretaries Report Jan. 2018

 

 

 

Secretaries Report

One of our comrades, Rose Connor-Allard, passes away on December 27, 2017. Thanks to Robert Desmond and Robert Courtemanche who represented the NHKWVA at the wake. Robert Courtemanche also attended the funeral.

Lionel LeBlanc, I believe, is still at the Bedford Hills Center, 30 Colby Ct., Bedford, NH 03110. Am sure he would appreciate visitors and/or correspondences.

Dick Zoerb will be displaying his models and speaking to the residents of the NH Veterans Home in Tilton on Wed. Jan. 24 at 10:30 am.  The public is invited to attend.

The NH Korean-American Society has notified us that they will be presenting a program commemorating the Korean War veterans of NH at the NH Veterans Cemetery on Sat., July 28th.   They will be presenting the Peace Medal Award to those who have not already received it at one of their prior events. Let me know so I can forward the Society your name as soon as possible.  You must be present at the event to receive it.

There is no meeting in February.  The next meeting will be on Sat., April 14th.

History and Membership info on the Chapter:

The first request to the National KWVA for information on starting an NH chapter was made in October 2010. With the information from National and articles in various NH newspapers the first meeting was held in February of 2011 with 20 in attendance.  On May 1 of 2011 the name of the Chapter and the bylaws were accepted and the final papers were sent to National and our Charter was received within a week.  We were now an official chapter of the KWVA with 57 chartered members.  Over the past 5 years our membership has been changing, yes we have lost a number of members and gained a few but we are slowly declining.  In 2014 there were 73 members, 2015 – 63, 2016 – 69, 2017 – 48 and so far this year 30.  According to the latest estimate, Sept. 2017, there are 8200 living NH Korean War Veterans and many Korean Defense Veterans.  Stay a member and help to recruit others.

Those of you who do not have e-mail sometime miss out on timely information.  If you have a family member or a friend with an email, they could relate the info to you.  Give me their e-mail address.  Mine is cjperreault@myfairpoint.net.