December 16, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Larry Emery. Roll call by Sgt At Arms Ron Braddom. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Hugh Washer, second by Don Lloyd and approved by all/ No discussion. The support pins that we give out was discussed and changed to a $5.00 donation or more gets a free pin or can be purchased for $5.00 each. Motion by Hugh Washer second by Don Lloyd and approved by all. Flu shots were discussed and encouraged to all. Supporting Children’s Hospital in Akron was discussed and was decided to support parents there that need help to visit to stay there. The Commander will check with Larry Moore to see what help is needed. Making Plain Township a Purple Heart Township was discussed and we agreed to do it. Also Jackson Township and North Canton was discussed. The bronze plaques for the grave markers at Holy Cross cemetery was discussed and tabled until the next meeting because of information needed. Don reported that he went to Walmart and bought four gift cards for the donation to Freedom House for the needy Vets there. There are no restrictions on the cards and the cards were delivered to the Freedom House. They were appreciative of the gifts and gave Don a tour. Zak gave a treasury report. There was $200.00 given to Freedom House and $300.00 given for Walmart gift cards for Christmas gifts at the VSC. The Gulf War burn pits was discussed because of the Veterans coming home with claims that are connected to these Burn Pits. All wastes were burned and the pollution from these pits are causing health problems for the Vets that were there. The Commander also reported
that the White House now has a staff that will man and staff a hot line for Veterans that have questions. It will be active 24 hours a day 365 days each year from the White House and the number there is 855-948-2311 direct to the White House. The Commander reported that the Veterans Commission can reduce your benefits in certain cases. Example. If you have cancer and it has been treated and in remission, then the benefit can be reduced or even eliminated or other similar examples. Ailments over 20 years “normally” cannot be reduced. New hearing aids were discussed for husbands and wives. A bill was turned into the treasurer for two plaques. One for the City of Akron and one for Plain Township. Heart disease connected to depression was discussed. The VA is studying that right now and for the last 20 years and may be compensated for in the future. Literature was passed out to members that has to do with Americanism volunteers. We discussed volunteer times to serve at the VSC over the Christmas gift giving. Volunteers were urged to get signed up asap for their shifts. Fully developed claims were discussed and how to go about it so they can be processed faster. All information (military and Personal records) MUST be filed with the claim or it will then be filed as a conventional claim. The flags at the VFW here are in bad shape and need replaced. It was discussed that maybe we should replace the American flag here in return for allowing us to continue having our meetings here. Zak made the motion to supply a flag from the chapter for the use of the room. The motion was tabled until the next meeting to find out the cost and other information about replacing the flags. Don will check the Post to see if they have extra flags to replace the damaged flag and will report back to the chapter. Hugh reported about a parasite going around that might be responsible for deaths to veterans that served in the far East and causes Liver disease. The meeting was closed with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Commander Larry Emery.
Larry Emery / Commander Chapter M.O.P.H. Chapter #699
November 18, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. Roll call by Sgt At Arms Ron Braddom. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Hugh Washer and approved by all present. Rev. Fast reported on the soldiers cross that was removed from the National Cemetery in Rittman and was replaced after action from Congressman Renacci. Zak advised the chapter that there has been no deposits made from National at this time. Forest Thorn will be working with the V.S.C. with the Christmas gift give away. It will be from Dec.19th and Dec.23rd. Everyone that volunteers there will be helping set up as well as working the room. There will also be a Christmas party for the volunteers on the 15th and set up and volunteers will bring a covered dish to share. Forest also reported on the Magadore dinner for the veteran appreciation and pinning. All went well and a great dinner. Don Lloyd also attended as an Honor guard and received a pin. Forest was also the speaker at the Kenmore American Legion Post, giving a talk on the history of the Purple Heart. Ron Braddom reported to the chapter about setting up a table with Hugh and John helping. They passed out literature about the Purple Heart, sold bracelets and a pin. They made contact with other Vets and answered questions. Hugh made a motion to reduce the buying price of the pins to $5.00 and to give a pin free if someone gives a $10.00 donation or more. This was second by Don Lloyd and approved by all present. The Commander asked everyone if they had any lists of volunteer hours to turn into Rick
2,) at this time for the Americanism report and made the forms available. Rick made a motion that we send all forms by certified mail with a return receipt requested. This was supported by Zak and everyone agreed. The Commander asked if everyone or anyone has taken advantage of the free flu shots being given by Walgreens and the Vets clinics. Everyone was encouraged to get the shots. The Commander reminded the chapter that the December meeting is changed to the 2nd Saturday, December the 9th instead of the 3rd Saturday as usual. The Commander asked about supporting the Children’s Hospital that was discussed at the last meeting. We need to help where there is a need for the families who have children in the hospital. The Commander will check with the V.S.C. and make sure they advise us of any needs where we can help. Rev. Fast will look for the restrictions that we have on our donations from the Chapter and report back to the chapter at a later date. Forest made a motion that we donate the same amount this year ($300.00) as last to the V.S.C. Christmas give away for gift cards in $25.00 denominations. They will NOT be used for tobacco products or alcohol in any form if possible. The motion was supported by Don Lloyd and approved by all. Zak will purchase the gift cards and bring to the chapter by the next meeting December 9th. Zak gave the treasurers report. There was no money received from National, and there was a $100.00 check paid for one golf hole, $100.00 check for table space, $550.00 check to Commander for travel expenses to State conference. There was a check for $145.00 and $35.00 cash deposited from the sales at the set up table. A motion to accept the report was made by Rev. Fast, supported by Ron Braddom and approved by all. Rev. Fast reported on his activities with the past war Veterans, The wreath day at the National Cemetery needing volunteers in December. He also reported that he was working with the Ohio department of child and youth welfare, working with State and National legislatures to get the opium based drug epidemic legislation and public awareness signed at the White House and he was there for the signing. He also worked with Trinity Hospice and with veterans and families the past month. Rick reported that the Chapter got a lot of exposure the last month in the Akron Beacon, The Leader papers and the Canton Repository as well as on the internet.
Rick and Forest reported on the meeting with the Akron Council members about making Akron a Purple Heart City. The meeting went very well and the Council vote was in complete agreement without dissent. Unanimous. Forest reported that at the Stand Down this year, 354 people showed up needing help and 24 were women. Shirts and hats need to be ordered for the chapter and Lloyd has blazers for anyone that needs one. We need 2x & 3x sizes. The Commander reported on the Veterans monument in Plain Township and a veterans appreciation day and talked to Scott Hawes about making Plain Township a Purple Heart Township. He was very interested in that and we planned a meeting at the township offices. Rick and myself will attend. Making Jackson Township and possibly North Canton Purple Heart Cities was discussed. The Commander talked about the dates that were changed for the coming year for our reports, conventions etc. Copies were passed out to the chapter. He also talked about a class action law suit the Army is involved in about veterans that were used for testing of chemicals from 1942 to 1975 with an injury or disease resulting from this testing, they are possibly eligible for compensation. National wants to talk to members in the area to find out what is going on in the area and local chapters. How we recruit new members, how we get members to our meetings etc. Letters were read about an Air Force radio repairman with a claim for Agent Orange cases from Thailand, diabetes, high blood pressure, and information about filing claims. There are volunteers at the V.S.C. to file claims on the first Monday of every month. A call from a Veteran about the bronze plaques that are issued to veterans families to put on grave stones. The Holy Cross cemetery will not allow this. Don Lloyd will check on this and report back to the chapter. (Charles Jacobs) Don Lloyd reported on the veterans ceremony at Canal Fulton. A good program but needed more help with the flags and medallions. He also reported about the needs for the Freedom House in Kent, Ohio. Forest made a motion to donate up to $200.00 in supplies, not cash, for the Freedom House. Second by Ron Braddom and approved by all. Don Lloyd will deliver four gift cards. Meeting closed with a salute to the flag and closing prayer.
Larry Emery /
OCTOBER 21, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. Roll call by Sgt At Arms Ron Braddom. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Ron Braddom and approved by all present. Zak gave the treasurers report and there was a check for deposit in the amount of $145.00 from Ron Braddom for bracelet sales. Zak also received a thank you note from S.A.M.S. in Massillon for the donation of $500.00, several hundred new hats and approximately 100 new shirts. They will give them out to Veterans in need. Zak also reported that there was no money deposited from National in our account even though we did get confirmation that our report was received in time. The Commander commented his displeasure about not getting the funds as we were told that we would. Forest made a motion to accept the report, second by Don Lloyd and approved by all present. Forest reported that the Christmas gift giveaway at the V.S.C. will be determined in November. He is in contact with Larry Moore about that. He will get more information for the Nov. meeting. Forest also reported about the Veteran Of The Year dinner at the V.S.C., it was very nice and all went well. John Parker reported on the Veteran appreciation dinner coming up at the Golder Coral restaurant for all Veterans on Nov. 15th. All are encouraged to attend. Forest reported the appreciation dinner and pinning at the Magadore Community center also for Veterans. We had a new guest Joe Theiss and he told about himself and is interested in possibly joining the Chapter. He learned about the chapter through
2.) The Beacon Journal. He is a retired wine salesman, told us about his family and he did two tours in Viet Nam with the U.S. Army. Don Lloyd reported that on Nov. 4th at the V.S.C. there will be a cook out and tables set up by venders to give out literature. It is from 11:00 Am until 2:00Pm. Ron Braddom made a motion that our chapter should set up a table and pass out our literature there and donate $100.00 for the table space. The motion was second by Forest and approved by all present. The Commander reported that National does not have the new calendar bookmarks. We will try again later to get more to pass out. The Commander reported going to the State Meeting and reported some of the things covered. He talked about the State officers and offered a roster to view, he talked about handouts that were available and subjects that were covered. The state chapter is encouraging everyone to attend the annual poker run in West Virginia called the “Hatfield and McCoy Poker run.” It is supposed to be a fun outing for all. Americanism forms were discussed and what we want to order from National. Forms were offered to the chapter to list the activities as they are performed and can have a better control of what they are doing for the order. Expense forms were also made available for the chapter to fill out for expenses incurred to turn in for reimbursement. Flu shots are also available at Walgreen for free to all veterans with their Veteran ID card until next March 31st 2018 if they are enrolled in the VA healthcare system. This is for the standard dose of the flu vaccine. This will be recorded electronically to your VA records. You can also use your Medicare Card for free flu shots. We need to change the December meeting held at the VFW because of a Christmas with Santa
breakfast that will be held for the children of local Veterans that Saturday. The date was changed to December the 9th instead of the 16th. . We talked about trying to help a Veteran every month and Harry offered free Browns tickets to an upcoming game and a table at the Tangers’ restaurant in Akron to anyone who can use them. He also brought up helping Veterans with children who are in the Childrens’ hospital. He would also like to set up a fund to help chapter members that are in need due to certain emergencies. Forest made a motion for The Commander and Harry to meet and set up some guidelines for a relief fund and work out the details of the kind of emergencies, the amount of funding and so on. The motion was second by Ron Braddom and approved by all present.(1:42:10 Tape) The State Chapter is requesting that we use the Purple Hat Press more for what we are doing and submitting pictures and articles to publish. The Military cemetery at Rittman Ohio had a statue removed because of a complaint that it was titled as a “Cross” and there was a “rifle” also involved and there was some objections. Don Lloyd informed the chapter that it had been returned and re-installed. Who was behind this remains unknown. The Commander will advise the State that all is well now. John Parker advised the chapter about filing a “fully developed claim” or the intent to file and will assist in filing for members. Some questions from the members were answered by John at that time about claims. We now have accredited representation in the Purple Heart to file claims for us locally in Cleveland, in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Branson, Missouri. Names and phone numbers were made available. (local is Jarel Santiago Cleve.Oh – Kevin Ott Cinn,Oh Regional – Mark Horrell Branson Mo.)
Don Lloyd talked about the Stark County Stand Down Nov.2nd that is an informational stand down with 200 tables and are asking for volunteers at the Canton Civic Center to help setting up tables etc.
Nov 5th at Canal Fulton. Shell Rossie is asking for Flags and medallions to use for the Veterans Appreciation day there. Forest suggested that we supply 10 flags for outside and inside and four or five medallions. The scouts will help set them up and take them down after the program. Don to have them there by 2:00Pm.
A motion was made to close the meeting and was second by Don Lloyd.
The meeting closed at approx. 12:10Pm with a hand salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Forest Thorn.
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 M.O.P.H.
M.O.P.H. Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all present. Rick talked briefly about getting out and setting up tables to collect donations at the local gatherings. Other groups are doing it and being very successful. Hugh is setting up at a car show in Barberton and a box of handouts will be given to him to hand out there. The Commander reported on the Gold Star Mothers reunion. The Commander asked for someone to help set up for events or form a committee to do donations and activities but there was no volunteers. A discussion continued about the various people setting up and collecting money without identification. Forest encouraged everyone to take better care of their feet and general health. Rick volunteered to collect info for the chapter about various gatherings in the area that we can attend and possibly set up a table to hand out literature and/or collect donations. Hugh volunteered to be the pivot person to get people to set up a table to do collections. Hugh will tell the commander if any handout material is needed and he will order from National. Forest made a motion to sponsor a hole for $100.00 at a local veterans outing that Rick is connected with and the motion was second by Hugh and approved by all present. The Commander asked for help getting the Chapter roster updated for deceased members so we can receive our annual grant. Zak will update the roster and mail to National SAP. Ron Braddom reported that there is one floor dedicated 2.)to treating PTSD patients at the St Thomas Hospital on the 4th floor and this is a
results of the work and donations of Harry Donovan and is working well at this time. Forest Thorn reported on the Stand down. There was an unofficial count of 375 veterans that attended the stand down. Rick reported that he was honored last month to speak to a group of WW2 and Korean Veterans. He also reported how to honor your relatives who served in WW2 right there at the memorial in their computers. You can also access and do this from your home computer without going to Washington. The Commander reported about the PURPLE HAT PRESS from National where we can submit news articles and pictures for a Monthly or by-monthly publication. We need someone to do this for the chapter but had no volunteers. We will table this until next meeting and deal with it then. Rick was asked to report on the Military Code Sheets from the last meeting. He is spreading the news around to other veterans organizations. Rick also reported about Stolen Valor people and videos. The Commander reported to the group that the Purple Heart Flag at the VFW Post is in need of being replaced and we should replace it in exchange for them allowing us to meet there for free. The motion to do this was made by Forest Thorn and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all. Forest will check the inventory and take a new flag to the VFW to use there. Rick also delivered three P/H flags to the Veterans Park in Clinton because their flags were warn, faded and in need of replacement. Zak gave the Treasurers Report and he deposited $270.00 from bracelet sales and donations and donated $500.00 dollars to S.A.M.s Center in Massillon, Ohio to help the Veterans. An email was read from the new State Commander Will Thompson about the fall State Meeting in Columbus on Oct 15th. It announced that if the Roster was not updated by or before the Oct. 2nd deadline, there would NOT be any grant check issued. The form was given to Zak to fill out and mail in ASAP. The Commander also read some FLYERS about coming activities in and around the area and the flyers were made available to everyone interested. The chapter unanimously rejected the idea of the chapter going on FACEBOOK because of a lack of computers and someone to do the input etc…. All PRESENTATIONS that are made by the anyone in the chapter, MUST wear coat and tie when presenting as to not bring discredit upon the Chapter or the National MOPH. The State Commander wants a list that UPDATES everyone’s email address so information can be sent out about issues along with forms. He is also asking for help from anyone that has experience WRITING GRANTS and that might write for the state. The meeting was closed with a hand salute and a closing prayer by Chaplain Forest Thorn…….
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 M.O.P.H.
M.O.P.H. Meeting Minutes
August 19, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Larry Emery. Roll call was taken by Sgt. At Arms Ron Braddom. The minutes of the June meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Al Hamrick and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all present. The meeting was open for discussion about the July meeting which was more of an informal meeting since the Master and several regular attendees were absent. Bracelet money was turned in. The past Community parade was discussed as well as the Parade next year. The National Cemetery was mentioned and John Parker gave information on benefits. $500.00 profit reported by Ron from bracelet sales. The Commander told about getting a truck from the National Guard for the parade in Canton. They agreed to being in the parade next year. The treasurer Zak gave the treasures report and reported the balance in checking and a check for $500.00 was sent to S.A.M.S. in Massillon. The report was approved by Ron, second by Rick and approved by all. Al reported he has a wheelchair to donate and the Commander will check if S.A.M.S. can use it. Harry reported on the Women’s valor house that he is interested in for the women veterans. He is still looking. He also reported on the Donovan’s Kids and congratulated them on their accomplishments and fell short on the ticket sales for the ballgame. They are making other plans for next year. Harry also reported furnishing counseling for veterans with Suma Medical and is going well. The Commander reported about an email from the Gold Star Mothers asking if we could present the colors or supply an honor guard for their
2.) annual event At Loudonville, Ohio. We really don’t have enough people to adequately do this at this time. The Commander will decline this year and possibly plan for next year. The Commander notified everyone about updating the Chapter Roster and deleting all deceased members and notifying National ASAP. Zak volunteered to try to find out about the deceased members if we furnish him with a roster. Zak will pick up a roster at the VSC Wednesday and will contact 25 or 30 of the oldest members. Don Lloyd asked about Walt Stein having a P/Heart medal and other articles from a veteran in California and trying to get them back to the veteran’s family. I told him that I would try to get some information for him. Zak reported that we have NOT received any grants from National yet for the year. The Commander will check on that. We talked about the upcoming Stand Down coming up on Sept. 12th and several members will be helping with that and Harry will help with the food through the VSC. The Commander reported on the activities of Rev. Fast counseling 23 veterans, funerals, serving on boards, working with Hospice, helped 4 veterans with their benefits and being very busy and getting ready to go on vacation to Tennessee. Will begin teaching again in August and will attend meetings as soon as things slow down. The Commander told about an email from National about the new criteria to diagnose PTSD and other mental disorders for their information. We talked about the Purple Heart Emblem and Medal that is copyrighted by National and that we are authorized to use them in our work because we come under the National copyright laws. Others not belonging to the order are prohibited from the use of the same. Medals of America are the only other authorized user of the medal, letterhead or logo of The Purple Heart Medal. No one is authorized to discredit or degrade the award in any way and all products sent or sold outside the United States must be approved by the National Commander. Any products sold with logos should have liability insurance to cover losses, returns, defective products complaints etc.. The emails of local activities in the area were shared and were available to everyone interested. Harry will get information about making a donation for a locked study room at Akron University and advise the chapter later how we can donate. Lloyd asked about making more cities Purple Heart Cities and we will get on that after the Stand Down. We need to get out more to be known in the community. A letter from Senator Sherrod Brown was read about veterans issues in response to Larry’s letter about buying and selling Purple Heart Medals. People in the chapter were encouraged to contact their government representatives about issues involving veterans. Another letter was read about Washington eliminating seven more illnesses that they don’t want to cover and want to reduce compensation for those collecting for those illnesses and not recognizing them in the future. They compare this to long term disability insurance in the civilian world of insurance. Un-employability was also discussed and is another thing they are trying to do away with when a veteran reaches 65 years old or attains an age where they can receive social security benefits. We also talked about getting military records, DD214s, military medical records etc. on line and decided that might NOT be such a good idea with all the security breaches going on these days. The Commander told about 3.)the new State Commander and information about the State meeting next year that will be in Lima, Ohio with a tour of the Tank Plant there among other things. The Purple Hat Press was talked about that is put out by National. It is a news and picture circular where we can submit news articles about our chapter and what we are doing and It has national coverage. We discussed the discharge codes that are on our DD214 that prohibit veterans from getting employment, education, and it goes on and on. Larry will get a copy of the list to Rick so he can study it and maybe report back. Don talked about “reaching across America” and sponsoring tours to Washington DC at a cost of $450.00 each. This gets you a tour of the white house, the monuments and most of the sites along with food and lodging. The tours are out of Cleveland and Columbus. Don also mentioned an organization that is collecting donations to supplement needs for veterans families that are in need of things that are not provided by the government.
The meeting closed at approx. 12:00 noon with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Larry Emery.
MOPH Chapter #699
M.O.P.H. Meeting Minutes
July 15th, 2017
There was a casual meeting of the chapter on July 15th 2017 because of various activities within the officers schedules at that particular time. The Commander was scheduled to be away celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary. There were other health issues, family activities, surgery and other issues scheduled for that weekend and we didn’t want to just cancel the meeting and not have anything. So we had five members there to greet others that might attend and they could enjoy a snack and beverage,make comments and/or ask questions and just enjoy the fellowship together. As I understand it, everything went very well as planned and we are planning a formal meeting on August 19th. We are all geared up for the Community Hall of Fame Parade here in Canton, Ohio on Sunday July 23rd and it should be a good time because it is scheduled to rain as usual. That has happened the last several years but we don’t let that dampen our spirits and we have great fellowship at these events. We extend an invitation to all Purple Heart recipients to come out and join this special and elite group of wounded veterans that are dedicated to helping our fellow veterans and their families. Our chapter always meets at the Airport VFW at 1649 Krumroy road Akron, Ohio on the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 Am until Noon. So come on out and join us and see what you have been missing.
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 MOPH
JUNE 17th, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Al Hamrick and approved by all present. Then a roll call was taken by Ron Braddom, Sgt. at Arms. The treasurer Zak gave the treasures report and reported the balance in checking. There were checks deposited and checks for $920.47 paid out for the advertising and supplies and another $500.00 donation to be mailed out today to S.A.M.S. (Veterans Help) in Massillon to help homeless veterans. The Commander read an email from S.A.M.S. about information concerning veterans, that they may have information on, that would help us contacting them for our chapter. Zak also said the reports that were required had been mailed in. A motion to accept the treasurers report was made by Forest and second by Hugh and approved by all present. There was a short discussion about the adds in the papers and two new potential members were present today because of the adds and another was to attend but didn’t make it. (Their applications were taken today) The two introduced themselves and were welcomed by all. A report about the bracelets was given by Ron Braddom. All are paid for and the remaining bracelets will be be all profit for the chapter. So far Ron has $180.00 profit since last month and thinks that Lloyd has approx. $130.00 to come in. As far as setting up a donation table, Hugh contacted ACME (on Manchester Rd) and there are no openings until
2)September. He will contact them again later this summer for a date to set up. Hugh reported that we are all set now on the adds. He reported that the add in the Akron Beacon didn’t reach all the Beacon papers. They have different adds in different areas of circulation for the papers, so we didn’t get the coverage we thought we would get. Harry reported that he didn’t get the add in his Beacon paper in Fairlawn either. *Forest made a motion that we run the adds again by August to possibly get more members. Rick asked for an amendment to the motion that it be run closer to Veterans day if it is to run again. The motion was tabled and will be considered at a later date. Forest rescinded his motion. *He also suggested that we make up flyers, with the add included, to pass out. *The Commander reported about his trip to the State convention in Springboro, Ohio. He reported that a new State Commander was elected and he was a younger veteran of the Gulf War and is from Lima Ohio. The convention next year will be in Lima and there will be a tour of the tank plant there. Overall I expected more speakers and/or workshops or related activities. Glad that I went and met some great guys and shared some ideas and information…*We had a discussion about how to attract new wounded veterans from the gulf wars to join our chapter. Ideas were shared but nothing was decided and we need to plan some kind of strategy. *We also talked about getting a facebook account and I will try to contact Crystal about that. *The parade in Sunbury Ohio was announced. They are trying to get as many veterans as possible to be in the parade because the parade is to honor veterans and especially wounded veterans. The parade is scheduled for July 23rd. *Harry still has tickets for the ballgame with the wounded veterans and the proceeds will benefit “Harrys Kids” camp. There was flyers passed out to display around the city and community. *The Commander announced that he and several others will not be here for the next meeting. He will be away to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. If not enough show up for a meeting, those who are here can have a social time or whatever. *An email from National was read about cutting benefits after a veteran reaches Social Security age and possibly doing away with the un-employability status of the veteran. National is against this proposal and they encourage us to vote against the bill. They will monitor the progress of this and keep us informed but there are enough signatures to get this on the ballot for a vote. *The orange post cards wanting information for an album was discussed again. This is legit and is ok’d by National. This is for a very expensive album they are putting together that anyone may purchase. *Letters from Sen. Portman and congressmen Renacci and Gibbs were mentioned and they want to know our concerns so they can work for us in Washington. *We talked about the discount cards from Lowes and Home Depot and how to get your entitled discounts. *Another email was read from National about the coinage of a Purple Heart coin to be sold and the profits used support the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. *Various flyers were made available for anyone wanting them about coming activities in the state. *Discount tickets for the Columbus Clippers games were
3)mentioned and flyers made available. *It was reported that all the reports that were due have been mailed in to National and all were on time for bonus money to be earned. *Rick reported about the parade in Cuyahoga Falls where he represented the Chapter. There was no Purple Heart float in the parade and female veterans were honored. Rick passed out coins to all present honoring women veterans. *The Commander reported that the State Chapter has two parade floats that we can use for parades if we reserve one ahead and they will try to get it to us. *Forest made a motion to purchase tickets to the veterans ball game to give out to other veterans. That was second by Hugh Washer. The motion was to spend $100.00 for tickets to the game. *Harry reported that he has 5 valor homes now and is looking for another one for just women that need a place to live. He is asking for our help in finding a house to buy for this.
*The Commander closed the meeting at 12:00 noon with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Forest Thorn Chaplain.
Larry Emery / Commander
MOPH Chapter #699
May 20, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Ed Fast and approved by all present. Ed Fast passed along a thank you from the National Cemetery for the donation that was given from the chapter. The roll call was taken by Ron Braddom, Sgt. At arms. Treasurer’s report was given by Zak..He has the financial report ready to send in and needs signed which will be taken care of at the close of todays’ meeting. Zak also talked about the fraudulent email we received wanting information about our checking account. A check was received by Commander Larry Emery from the Magodore V.F.W and was deposited into the chapter account. Ron Braddom gave a report on the bracelet sales and he has taken in $350.00. Approx $150.00 is profit and he made a motion to order another 120 bracelets to sell. Hugh Washer and Rick don’t want to order too many and get stuck with them like the pins we have. We need to order 6 packs to get a free pack. We also talked about setting up tables now that the weather is better to get known. The motion was made by Ron & second by Forest to purchase more bracelets to sell and approved by the chapter. Forest reported information on the female coins that Rick was wanting. He found an organization of women in Louisiana that might know a source. The Commander asked for members to sign up for the Community Parade in Canton on July 23. A discussion about the S.A.M.S. military organization in Massillon to give them a donation or not. After a lengthy discussion it was agreed to donate them $500.00 and a motion was made by Forest and second by Ron Braddom. This was approved by all present. The National Cemetery in Rittman donation was discussed and Zak will send them a check on Monday for $500.00 for comfort items. We discussed the ads to be put in the Akron Beacon, The south and West side Leader papers to possibly attract new members. Hugh Washer gave information on the coverage, prices, and size of the add. A motion was made by Harry to run the adds up to
2) $1000.00 total and second by Don Lloyd and approved by all present. Hugh will run the adds, charge it to his credit card and will be reimbursed by the chapter. Business cards were discussed as well as our website and how to access the website. Instructions were gone over. The Commander asked about the MOPH convention in Springsboro, Ohio on June 2,3,4 and who will go. All reports that are due must be in by that time. Forest made a motion that we send one person and an alternate from the chapter to the convention and pay his expenses. Harry Donovan expressed a desire to also attend the convention if his schedule would allow. The motion was second by Ron Braddom and approved by all present. National chapter is asking that we give priority to gaining new members. Rev. Ed Fast gave a report on Welfare office and talked about the National cemetery adding 500 new crypts for burials, he has worked with 28 veterans in need, did 2 funerals and 2 weddings. He is also going on hiatus this summer recommended by his doctor. He will take all calls when away. His major concern are the veterans that need help and have trouble going to the VA and asking for the help they need. There seems to be a lack of trust there. July 26th is the next meeting of the National cemetery board if anyone has any questions. A discussion about filing claims followed and how and who you should go to when filing for the best results. The Commander read about low cost dental care offered by the Ohio State board of dentistry. He also advised everyone about the policy with Lowes and how to get your discount into their computer system to avoid hassle at the register. The veterans parade in Sunbury Ohio wants as many Purple heart recipients as possible to attend and be recognized. He also read a letter from the State Chapter (Diana) about NOT funding or supporting the wounded warrior projects or forwarding information. A letter was read about 22 kill. An organization designed to help suicide victims committing suicide 22 times a day on average. Information was provided to the Chapter. A thank you from Harry was read and followed by applause. Harry also has tickets for the upcoming game if anyone wants them. Don Lloyds asked for support to a veterans gathering in Niles, Ohio on May 31st with the National Senior Vice Commander of the VFW attending. He will attend with the Honor Guard.
3)A motion to close the meeting was made by Rev. Fast and seconded by Rick. The meeting was closed with the salute to the flag and a closing prayer was offered by Forest Thorn. The next meeting is scheduled for July 15th and the Commander will be on Vacation and a substitute will take over the meeting.
Larry Emery / Commander
MOPH Chapter #699
.April 15th Meeting M.O.P.H.
M.O.P.H. Meeting Minutes
April 15, 2017
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. Harry Donovan was welcomed back from his wintering if Florida. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Ron Braddom and approved by all present. Then a roll call was taken by Ron Braddom, Sgt. at Arms. Ron then reported on the Bracelets that we are going to sell. Don Lloyd reported on the fishing derby he was involved in. The Commander reported that he sent an email to the parade committee in Canton affirming our participating in the Community parade there. The Commander asked for the chapter to support the ROTC inspection at Garfield High School. Forest talked about the coins that Rick was looking for and found a supplier. The treasurer Zak gave the treasures report and there was a check issued to the Commander for $100.00 for mileage to state meeting and expenses. A $150.00 was also issued to Ron for mileage from last year and another $100.00 for bracelets to sell. The Community parade again was mentioned and the chapter was again advised that we would be do it. An email was sent to the parade committee (Alexis) that we would like to attend. Rick has reserved the truck and driver for the parade. The Commander will check on the insurance. Forest gave a report on how our money was used for Christmas this past year. Zak reported that he mailed the 990 report for last year. Motion to accept the treasurers report was made by Forest and second by Don Lloyd and approved by all. The
2) Commander read a letter about donating to veterans through The MOPH Service Commission in Washington D.C… Forest thought it might be a scam so that was tabled. He also read a letter on a class on Tinnitus given by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Parma. Info made available to everyone present. The Western Reserve advisory committee submitted a letter for a donation for supplies for volunteers there and for supplies that are not covered like tissues, umbrellas and comfort supplies. Don had no comment on that but maybe can get some information. Forest made a motion to donate to the Western Reserve Cemetery for the comfort items mentioned. Harry agreed that we should donate and Hugh supported the decision. The amount of the donation was approved for $500.00 and Zak will send them a check. This was approved by all present. The Commander reported on the water situation at Camp Lejeune North Carolina and the Government is now accepting claims for the illnesses that were caused by the water for anyone stationed there for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987. Letters were read from The National MOPH about medals asking to send letters in support to government officials. Another plea went out for an adjutant for the chapter but there were no volunteers. A letter was read about the issuance of a MOPH coin to be sold by national to the public to raise funds for the organizational project. The bill 1683 would authorize this and they are looking for our support. Another letter about Ohio bill 459 was signed by The Governor declaring Ohio to be the first state in the United States to become a Purple Heart State, an honor to all veterans in Ohio. A letter encouraging attendance at the convention in Springboro, Ohio June 2,3,4, at the Hampton Inn. All chapters are encouraged to send a
3) representative or as many as possible. National also suggests making a chapter calendar showing local events, holidays etc. and publish a newsletter of events. We cover this pretty much on our website. We are also to make recruiting new members a top priority so we can keep the MOPH going. Harry made a motion to put an advertisement in the west side leader paper to recruit new members for the chapter and the motion was second by Forest. Possibly make a flyer “Did You Know” to get our name out. Harry proposed up to $1000.00 to be used for advertising. Hugh will check on how best to do this and the cost and report back to the chapter. Other recruiting techniques were discussed. The date to decorate the graves will be May 25th in Norton beginning at 10:00am until finished. Prayer requests should be given to Forest prior to the meeting so they can be included. Motion to close the meeting was made by Forest, second by Don. Meeting closed at 12:00 noon with a salute to the flag and closing prayer by Forest.
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 MOPH
M.O.P.H. Meeting Minutes
1.) The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all present. Then a roll call was taken by Ron Braddom, Sgt. at Arms. The treasurer Zak gave the treasures report and there was a check for $100.00 for supplies issued and that was the only expense that we had. The Community parade again was mentioned and the chapter was again advised that we would be do it. An email was sent to the parade committee (Alexis) that we would like to attend and requested a parade packet. Rick reserved the truck and driver for the parade. The Commander will check on the insurance. Zak reported that he sent a thank you note for the afghan’s and scarves that were donated to the chapter to give to the veterans homes. Forest reported on the veterans bracelets to sell. They sell for $3.75 each and sell for $5.00 each and the chapter would make the profit of $1.25 each. Ron Braddom reported that his wife checked the prices and they were $156.00 for 120 bracelets and the profit (selling for $5.00 each) will be $444.00. Don Lloyd made a motion to purchase the bracelets and was supported by Rick Stoltz. The chapter decided to order 125 bracelets as a trial order and see how well they sell. We can always order more and Ron Braddom will order them. Zak will issue him a check. Rick reported that we should wait until July to decide anything about 2.) the golf outing. He will get more information on it and report back at a later meeting. The Commander reported on the Armed Forces golf outing in Cincinnati which is on May 20th 2017 and the fee is $2500.00 for one hole. No action was taken on this. Don Lloyd reported on the fishing derby. Dates are April 8th starting at 8:00am and the regular derby starts at 9:00am. May 13th at 10:00am is for handicapped persons. This will be at Turtle Pond and sponsored by Goodyear Corporation. Rick reported that he has not talked to the mayor of Akron about becoming a Purple Heart City but will at a later date and report back to the chapter.
There was a discussion about the Coming Stand Down and some of the changes that were made. Everything will be donated and will then come from the Good Will as for the Stand Down this year. They will separate and size everything then donate it back. Don Lloyd suggested that we set up a booth at the MAPS Museum this month (Saturday & Sunday 10:00 until 4:00) on the 26th Saturday and Sunday. Rick reported about the Cuyahoga Falls parade again and we are waiting for someone to call us about the details if they want us to be in the parade. The Commander reported that the MOPH office in Cleveland is temporarily closed. All claims in process are being worked and none are lost or misplaced and they will be worked at another office. John Parker of the DAV was recommended to file claims for members if they need anything filed and his number was given out if needed. The Commander reported about the Honor Guard at Heatherwood Golf Course for the Viet Nam Remembrance Day and they need volunteers to do colors and doing taps. Class A uniforms. You need to report at 5:00pm on March 29th 2017 in Springsboro. 3.)Then the same event will be done in Frankland at 8:00am and 9:00am. The Commander reminded Rick about the events that the chapter has been involved in the past year that has to be reported. This needs to go on the Americanism report for the chapter. This is to go to State and then to National. If there are any questions you can get help from Diana at state. This covers from May 2016 thru April 2017. Forms are available. The Commander asked for the wish of the Chapter about the election of officers. Don made a motion to keep the slate the same as before in 2016. A short discussion followed and the motion was supported by Rick. All present agreed to keep the same office and the vote was unanimous by all present. The State meeting will be on the 19th (tomorrow) and the Commander and Don Lloyd will attend. Zak will issue a check for mileage. There was a motion by Zak, supported by Forest for the mileage and supported by all. There was a discussion about back pay for Ron for driving the last two years. There was a motion made to repay him for mileage by Zak and supported by all present. An email from Diana was read by the Commander about who was going to the state meeting in Columbus. They need the names for the security guard to get in. Another email was read from National about attending the last inspection of the ROTC at Garfield high school. This will be the last inspection there because the school will be torn down and will resume in Ellott next school year. This will be on April 27th at 1800 hours. Wear your Purple Heart shirt and hat to represent the chapter. Rick reported that the Cuyahoga Falls parade this year will be honoring the female veterans and he is having trouble
4.)finding coins etc. to honor females. If anyone knows of a source, please advise him as soon as possible. Firestone VFW post is having a 32 gun raffle in September and asking for support. Tickets are $50.00 each. The Wounded Warriors softball team will play at Canal Park in downtown Akron at the baseball park in July and tickets for that will be $10.00 each. They are asking for your support. These are amputees and they are very good.
The meeting was closed at 11:50am with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Forest Thorn.
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 M,O.P.H.
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all present. Then a roll call was taken by Ron Braddom, Sgt. at Arms. A short discussion followed about the un-employability issue raised at the last meeting and a letter about higher drug prices for Veterans that was addressed at this meeting. The Community parade in Canton was discussed and we voted to attend again this year. A thank you letter was read by the Commander from the Valor Home thanking us for the knitted scarves that was provided by Zak for the Veterans there to use this winter. Hugh Washer reported that the flags in the cemeteries that we decorate have been replaced if needed after the last meeting. He replaced them last month. Another petty cash fund started again for office supplies and stamps this year. Zak gave the Commander a check for $100.00 to use for now. Forest talked about selling veterans bracelets to raise money for Summit County Veterans Council. The cost is $5.00 for each bracelet. Forest made a motion to set up a donation table at the Veterans Park on various weekends there and give 25% of the donations to the park for them helping our chapter. The motion was tabled until the next meeting and will be discussed then. Forest then told the chapter about the gifts for Yanks. The amount is $10.00 to $25.00 to help disabled Veterans. He will get more information to present at the next meeting. Rick will get information about the upcoming golf outing at the Lions’ 2.) Den golf course and report at the next meeting. That will be in June. Don Lloyd reported on the fishing derby for the kids of Veterans at the Goodyear Turtle Park. This is for kids under 17 years old and another derby for handicapped children. He is asking for some support from the chapter at a later date. He also gave out Veterans pins to those present. Don also talked about a flood in West Virginia and a need for household items of any kind if there are any donations. Rick will check with the Mayor of Akron about becoming a Purple Heart City and report back to the chapter next month. The Commander reported on the S.A.M.S. club in Massillon that helps Veterans and are asking for help from the community. Larry will give them the name and address for them to send a request letter to the Magodore V.F.W. asking for a donation. Veterans pensions and benefits were discussed as well as health care for the retired and some of the changes to come. The Commander talked about filing for more benefits and going over the 100%. That opens the previous claims for Gov’T scrutiny. Forest told the Chapter about filing a claim at the V.S.C. and them not putting it in the system after several months. We need to follow up on things like that. The Commander reminded members of the Stand down meetings coming up, A letter from Everett Kelly about Texas coins that are available to collect, A letter from the legislative Agent (national) about selling Purple Heart Medals on the open market and we should NOT do it or be involved in it, Another letter for us to encourage support to the R.O.T.C. from Mr. Kelly (national), Don Lloyd suggested that we set up a table or a booth at the M.A.P.S. museum. Something to think about and no action taken. The National convention Center in Columbus letter was read and they are requesting things to be donated for the museum. A request was received from Sherrod Brown, that anyone that is applying 3) for assistance from a federal identity should contact their Gov’t representative to expedite it through the system.
Zak gave the treasurer report and reported that there was no change in the balance. There was no payments, dispersements or deposits. A motion was made by Forest, second by Rick and approved by all present. Our guest was introduced at this time, Tom Trueblood from South Dakota and is planning to attend our meetings and possibly joining our chapter. A question was raised about the Cuyahoga Falls parade and if we are going to be in the parade. Neither myself or Rick has heard anything about it at this time but we probably will hear soon.
The meeting was closed at 11:55 with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Forest Thorn. Next meeting Saturday March 18,2017.
Larry Emery / Commander
M.O.P.H. Chapter #699
M.O.P.H. Meeting 01/ 21 / 17
Military Order of the Purple Heart #699
The regular meeting came to order at 10:00am with the pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer given by Forest Thorn. The roll call of officers was done by Ron Braddom Sgt. Of Arms. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Commander Larry Emery. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Forest Thorn and second by Rick Stoltz and approved by all present.
There was a short discussion about reserving a cemetery plot in the National Cemeteries. They just want a count of how many plots to reserve. You cannot reserve a particular plot there. A book to show you how to protect yourself if your identity is stolen was discussed. The book is available at the V.S.C. for free to all interested. Forest was to check on Bill Maxwell, a shut-in who is not doing well at this time, and report back to the Chapter
Zak reported to the Chapter that we have a balance in the treasury. The only money paid out was $300.00 for the gift cards for Christmas gifts for the needy. Forest reported on the help that was given at the V.S.C. for Christmas and we helped 340 some children for Christmas and 200 families. We are planning to help again this year.
The Commander asked Zak about if we have to renew our non-profit status with the IRS or anyone. Zak reported that there is nothing we have to do as long as we file our return 9900 return and we are under $50,000.00. The only time we have to do anything is when we don’t file our reports every year by a certain date.
2.)Don Lloyd reported on two trout fishing outing coming up on May 1st with the Goodyear Fishing club for children. One is for normal children and one is for handicapped children. He is asking for a donation from the Chapter to help support this outing. He also reported that they are picking up all the wreathes at the National cemetery at Rittman. They had 7500 out
Forest reported on a mission trip to West Virginia to help people there and is asking for donations of food, clothing, blankets, and household goods and furniture to help the people there but not money donations. Anyone with donations can bring it in or give direct to Forest. The Commander reported on another charity in Massillon to help the Veterans in the area. It is called S.A.M.S. and they need donations as well.
He also reported on the Senior vice Commander of MOPH Chapter #3620 who is invited to Washington DC to place a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers grave. That will be on July 1st 2017. They are inviting all to attend the ceremony. That will be at 11:15 am.
A short discussion followed about the National Cemetery and the various things that are free and the costa that the Veterans are responsible for. There are forms available to reserve a plot if needed.
The Commander announced that we are invited to ride again in the Community Hall of Fame Parade. He promised NO RAIN this year! This will be on July 23rd and wanted a vote. The vote was affirmed so he will notify the parade committee and call Ken Noon about the truck.
The Commander told about cards that were received from Harry Donovan about his 90th birthday party. He also sent thanks for the shirt 3) for Christmas. Rick Stoltz and Larry Emery gave a brief history about Harry for the new people that attended.
The Commander also reported that the in January the Government will be discontinuing seven of the claimed compensation diseases etc..as well as the unemployable status. John Parker attended the meeting and he also gave advise and answered questions. All were advised to contact their government officials about this matter. Copies of the letter were made available. The Commander also wants to make more area communities “Purple Heart Cities” with a few in mind. There is still an interest in that in the Chapter. The Commander also talked about the Veterans helping agency that is started in Massillon called S.A.M.S. to help the homeless and Veterans in the area. They always need support and would we want to donate to them? Don Lloyd reported that some of the cemeteries flags needed replaced because of the weather. Hugh will check the cemeteries in Norton and report back to the Chapter the next meeting. The Commander also reported a free service at the VSC to help Veterans with their finances. This is available from Lori Mann at the VSC if interested.
Rick asked about the Memorial Day Parade in Cuyahoga Falls this year and stated that they will be contacting us to take part in that. Forest brought up a motion to allow the Commander to have a “Petty Spending Account” that he can access for stamps, office supplies and small expences like that without going to the Chapter for a vote up to $100.00. Ron Braddam advised that this was approved last year but we feel that this maybe should be reviewed every year. This motion was made by Forest, second by Ron Braddom and was approved by all present. No discussion followed.
4.) The visitors introduced themselves and shared a little about their backgrounds to the Chapter. They were welcomed and invited back to join the Chapter. John Parker advised them on some of the benefits that they should be aware of since one of the wives just passed away.
The Commander was asked to explain the “God and Country” dinner at Fishcreek VFW, which he did and invited all to attend. Tickets are $20.00 each and available at the door and they open at 4:30Pm.
Forest is in charge of selling veteran bracelets through the veterans Park in Clinton as a fund raiser for the park. He will have a supply on hand to sell and can order more if needed. This was tabled until next meeting. There is also a need to set up tables to give out literature and get better known in the area.
Rick will report back about the Veteran golf outing in July and information about sponsoring a hole in the tournament.
The meeting was closed at approx.. 11:50Am. The meeting closed with a salute to the flag and a closing prayer by Forest Thorn.
Larry Emery / Commander
Chapter #699 M.O.P.H.