March 15, 2014 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 2 pm at the Concord VFW by Senior Vice Commander Richard Moushegian with 18 members, 1 guest, and 4 ladies. Socialization and refreshments were enjoyed before the meeting.
The pledge of allegiance was given followed by a moment of silence for our decease comrades.
A Ladies Group, Auxiliary or Support group was discussed and generally accepted with the need for a volunteer(s) to organize and set its goals and function.
The concept of more meetings per year was discussed with the concept of local or community groups meeting between quarterly meetings. In order to do this volunteers are needed to organize in their area.
The idea of a meeting every other month or each month was also presented. Such meetings possibly to be held at different locations throughout the State. Suggestions of places and liaisons are needed.
A Spring or Summer cookout was discussed but was not finalized for someone is needed to chair this event. Everett Delorey of Manchester offered to assist with the cooking.
The membership was reminded that on Saturday, June 28th there will be a “Welcome Home Event” for the NH Korean War Veterans sponsored by the governor and New Hampshire’s elected officials to be held in Concord, NH at the Air National Guard facilities. Keep this date open. More information will be coming.
On Thursday, May 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm there will be a “Veteran Appreciation Day” held at the Keene State College, Keene, NH. This is sponsored by State Red Cross and all veterans and their families are welcomed. There will be a live band and refreshments will be served.
Conrad Perreault and Richard Moushegian reported on the State Veterans Advisory Council (SVAC). This is a council, formed by the State Legislature, of different veteran organizations that meet monthly to discuss legislation that affect veterans. The results of their discussions, opinions and recommendations are reported to the State Legislature. The NHKWVA has requested membership to this council.
It was also mentioned that the NHKWVA will look into the possibility of joining the Board of Managers of the Tilton Veterans Home.
Rose of Sharon fund raiser – The Rose of Sharon is the National KWVA fund raiser flower (similar to the poppy for the American Legion and VFW). In as much as we need to raise money for the Chapter this activity should be looked into. The Secretary/ Treasurer will obtain a sample order from the company. It was noted that if this fund raiser was to take place it should not coincide with the American Legion or VFW poppy weekends.
It was also mentioned that there is still a number of members who have not sent in their Chapter dues for 2014. They are $10.00 made out to NHKWVA and sent to 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH 03431
There are a number of things we would like to and should do but help is needed. The following areas need directors. If anyone is interested or want more information before making a commitment, contact Conrad Perreault at 603-352-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell America Program – visits to schools
Program – speakers etc. There was a consensus of the members present to have a speaker or program at meetings.
Liaison between the Chapter and the Korean- American Society
Conrad reported that on March 19 he will represent the Chapter at The Warren B. Rudman Center at the University if New Hampshire Law School where Admiral Mike Mullen former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will speak on “Challenges Facing Tomorrows Military”.
The Chapter hats are still on order but there has not been any information coming from the vendor since the first part of January.
It was requested that if any of the members who have an e-mail address and do not receive the Chapter’s correspondence through it, please send it to Conrad at email@example.com. It is faster and less expensive.
The next meeting will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014. Election for 2015 officers will take place*. Time and place will be determined.
Meeting adjourned at 3 pm.
Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer
*Note: There are openings for Jr. Vice Commander, two 2 year Directors, and two 1 year Directors. If interested contact Conrad.