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.