December 13, 2015 Membership Meeting Minutes
The December Social Meeting of the NHKWVA was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester commencing at 1 pm. Commander Richard Moushegian welcomed the 10 members and 7 guests.
Those present enjoyed an excellent lunch of homemade beans and chowder
along with sandwiches, salads, coffee and a variety of desserts. The conversations and comradeship were abundant and enjoyable. Jeanne Perreault organized and directed a fun Yankee Swap.
Mary Ann Williams of Keene talked about her experience on being a DNA donor for a cousin who was killed in the Korean War and is still an MIA. This is a federal program and more information may be had by contacting her through me.
A short business meeting the followed:
Commander Moushegian reported on the possibility of having the new bridge over the Connecticut River near Lebanon be named in honor of the Korean War Veterans. This is a work in progress and updates will be coming in the future.
He also reported that a new parkway in Nashua has been built and is asking the city to name it the Korean War Veterans Parkway.
Nine members of the Chapter, Robert Desmond, Richard Moushegian, Conrad Perreault, George Delorey, Alan Heidenreich, Donald Buskey, Joseph Willette, Robert Courtemanche and James Slater, were invited by Dennis Beaulieu to attend the 8th Annual Veterans Count Breakfast held in Manchester on October 20th. This was the first time that Korean Veterans had been invited to this event.
Six members, Richard Moushegian, Robert Desmond, Conrad Perreault, Richard Zoerb, William McCabe, and Robert Courtemanche attended the 125th Anniversary Ceremony on December 3rd at the New Hampshire Veterans Home. Information and a display of the Chapter were set up.
The financial year for the Chapter runs from January 1 to December 31 meaning that the 2016 Chapter dues of $10 are now being accepted. A check can be made out to NHKWVA and sent to NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH. There are 13 members that are still outstanding for their 2015 Chapter dues and 14 so far have paid their 2016 dues. Also, check your National Membership card to determine when your National dues need to be submitted. The Chapter does not receive any part of the dues that are paid to National.
The Chapter’s financial report was presented. So far this year we have expended $1070.39 which is less than received. Our income from dues is only $720 including those who paid ahead for 2016. If it wasn’t for donations from some of our members and the Rose of Sharon distribution we would not be in such good condition.
It was moved, seconded and passed that the Chapter donate $100 to the Sweeney Post for allowing the use of their facility.
It was also moved, seconded and passed that the Chapter donate $200 to the State Veterans Home in Tilton.
The New England Honor Flight will soon be taking Korean War Vets so it is imperative that if you wish to be included in one of the flight that you apply.
Bob Desmond mentioned the up-coming Nashua Stand Down and also a book “Take Charge – what to do if your ID is stolen”.
A thank you was given to the Perreaults, especially Jeanne, for their effort in preparing the meal and the Yankee Swap. They want to thank Karen Youngman for her help with the meal.
There will not be a meeting in February 2016 with the next meeting scheduled for Saturday April 9, 2016 at the Sweeney American Legion Post, Manchester.
Meeting adjourned at 2:44 pm.