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
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.
Conrad Perreault, Secretary/Treasurer
177 Pako Ave.
Keene, NH 03431
Note: Next meeting, Sunday, June 4th at the Sweeney Legion, Manchester, NH