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Gerald A. Shonk
Chapter #70, Inc.

(Est. 1958)
our 57th year of service
for those who served

1039 North Paul Drive
Inverness, Florida 34450

This Chapter and the Auxiliary
welcome and appreciate donations.
a 501(c)(4)

The Chapter office is open on Tuesday mornings
9:00 AM to 11:30 PM for claim filing and processing.
Call 352 344-3464
or drop by - have some coffee and chat awhile

Joe Stephens

From The Commander

Pending upload
Sr. Vice Commander
Chuck Spikes

Jr. Vice Commander
Archie Gooding

Joe McClister

Carolynn Favreau

Dewey Drandy
Sgt. At Arms
Dewey Drandy

John Seaman

Ray Micheal
Officer of the Day
Ray Micheal


Joe McClister


Joe Stephens
Joe Stephens

Ken Bender


Dewey Drandy
Dewey Drandy

Ronald O'Keefe

The order in which these names are place as nothing to do with ranking,
all have the same training, the first two have just been at it longer

Will be in the Hall on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Evening from 5 PM to 7 PM
Call 352-344-3464 (machine) leave your name and number, we will get back to you
about your appointment - other times maybe arranged.

"Freedom isn´t Free"
The Price Is Still Being Paid

Meeting of 9 February 2016
Audio (81:00)

The opening ceremonies were held, there were 20 member and two guest present.

(02:03:00) The Commandere asked the Chaplin to call the roll of Officers, in the absent of the Adjutant.
Adjutant - Carolynn Favreau - sick call
All others were present and/or accounted for.

(02:51:00) Commander announced was have several guest - Al McFarland, Commander KWV, and the spouse of Charles Kanehl, Chuck is a transfer, from Clear Water, FL. (03:37:00) Since minutes of the last meeting on January 12, 2016 were passed out,
a motion was made by Archie Gooding,
seconded by Richard Floyd, to forego reading them and to accept them.
The minutes were approved by all.

(04:30:00) The Commander asked for the treasurer report
The treasurer report was by the treasurer.
A motion to approve the report was made Archie Gooding and seconded by Al Hayes, voted on and approved.
Do to the nature of these reports - Chapter members may ask the Treasurer to see them at the meeting hall.
No copies will be made.

(05:55:30) The Commander asked the Chaplain, John Seaman, to make the illness report.
Two member had passed since our last meeting:
Charles Richard Van Every - Presques, MI. - Age 91 passed on 15 January, 2016 - U.S. Army
Walter R. Rybski - Inverness, FL - Age 92 passed on 18 January, 2016 - U.S. Army
Joan Huscher, wife of Bob Hushcher, one of our members and President of the Fleet Reserve, passed 23 January 2016, services for her will be this Saturday (13 February) and the Chaplin will attend on behalf of the Chapter.
Chuck Spikes, our Sr Vice Cammander is back with us after back surgery
Carolynn Favreau, our Adjutant, is still out, with eye and knee problems, and family medical problems.
Our Commander, who was down with someting, and is back with us.
Tom Harris is still at home after surgery.
Anyone knowing of a comrade who is ill should contact the Chaplain so he may take appropriate action.Chuck Spikes is back with us.

(07:45:00) We have three members to take the obligations.
Officer of the Day brought the members forward for the swearing in ceremony.
Proper swearing in was done.
Charles B. Kanehl, from Clearnwater, FL Chapter 1 - 45 year pin
Frederick D. Long, from Baston Mass, Chapter 3 - 45 year pin
Barry Harvey, from Westerly, RI, Bradfoot Chapter 6 - 40 year pin
Welcome to the Chapter.

(14:36:00) Communications:
Raffle being held by Rolling Thunder for a M1911, cal 45 hand gun, drawing on May 7 only 300 tickets at $10.00 each - see Archie for them.

(15:50:00) Mr McFarland of the KWV addressed the group. He spoke of his service with the US Army, with the VFW, now with the KWV.

(20:27:00) Handed out the Department of Florida January Newsletter, spoke about it. Commander spoke about the time listed on the minutes is that they are recorded, why he ask for, of states names.
Commander said he received back from IA a newsletter he mailed out in August of 2015.
Commander reports that we have 611 members listed for the Chapter.
Commander ask for a motion to mail out another newsletter before the May elections.
Montion made by Archie Gooding, seconded by Ken Bender Sr, approved by all.
Richard Floyd ask why we do the mailing under first class rather than bulk permit.
Commander reports that under bulk permit we do not receive any of them back, so bad addresses, or forwards, do not come back to us, therefore we do not know of such things. First class do come back - so we may look into the whys to correct our records.

(27:11:00) Commander spoke of Andy Marshall retiring from DAV St Pete Offices later that month.
Mr. Marshall has some 44 years with the DAV.
We are seeing years of service Old Business:
(28:37:30) Committee Reports:
(28:40:00) Commemorative Pin Committee:
John Seaman, chairman, reports the theme on the Korean War and Korean Service veterans design is drafted.
John will still be looking for another supplier, and is working on it, but we have to wait till March from the ad hoc to give final approval.
Then he (John) will send out bids for the order to other suppliers, but he would like to stay with the same amount of 500 pins.

(32:44:00) Scholarship Committee:
John Seaman Chairman, reports that letters and forms have been made up and mailed out to the five county schools, and the local paper which should be in the next edition. John has already be contacted by a student showing interest in same. WTC has been informed also.
John said he received a letter and transcript from Shawn Adams, who we gave award to, he had been keeping John uptodate as to his grades, etc.
Now in pre-med, in Gainesville, he was asking if monies would be open him.
John said these are type of people we like to help and was going to use those letters and grades to have the Scholarship Committee look at as guide lines.
Commander again pointed out the two types of awards, $1,000 for students and $500 for a veteran.
The $1,000 goes to the school in the student account.
The $500 goes to the veteran to aid in tools, books, for his classes.

(37:04:00) Election Committee:
Chair Ray Michael - states there is nothing to report, should someone wish to enter their name, please do so, elections in May.

(37:57:00) Grievance Committee:
Again, we do not have one as no one has any grievances.

(38:11:00) Unfinished Business:
Commander reports that last month he look to the Chapter for approval to look into a 10/2 bus.
Since our last meeting the need for such a vehicle has come more to light. In that the Special Transport for the VA will NOT transport any one who can walk, even a very short distance. Commander reported that he has to guys in the hospital that the VA would not allow the spouces to go there to see them on a DAV TN van, so he ask the wives to go to the vets doctor, have them write a letter for the care and well being of the vet to allow the spouces to ride to the hospital to see them. That was done and the wives may now ride the van.
In another item the Commander address the factor of the ROs turning down a claim, and that ROs no longer handel appeals, they go now to another area of the VA to be handled.

Commander states that in his roll as webmaster he uses varied sources, all are checked so as not to take them from one, only to find the same at another source.

(51:00:00) New Business:
No new business

(51:09:00) We have no minutes of the Ex-Com, that the Commander has spoken to/with those on the board and what is said to them is noted in our regular meeting.
Commander mention about the free items we wish to give away. Commander was looking to obtain a dollar amount for him and Chuck Spikes to start looking at the machines to do give aways with. Rickard Floyd stated that rather we just look a dollar amount, look for want we want as a whole, being us the best choices for them to be voted on. That was approved by those in attenance. Commander and Sr Vice will be back with those choices at the next meeting.

(56:49:30) A Moment of Silence was held for our departed comrades.

(58:14:00) Good of the Order:
Ray Micheal mention the ceremonies at Bushnell National Cemetery for the Unattendened, next is at 15:00 hours in March 9, Shelter A.
We need more DAV members to go, wear something that shows you are with DAV.

(59:45:30) The 50/50 drawing was held with a $19 was won by, sorry, name not mention and could not make out the voice.
Another drawing was held, for a 'door prize' - a DAV Travel Cup.
Mac Alvarez was the lucky winner.
John Seaman was given a Coast Guard Jacket, obtain by Chuck Spikes, who son was in the Coast Guard - for his service to the Chapter.
(01:03:47) Charles "Chuck" Kanehl spoke, he is running for sheriff of county. (You should listen to this)

(01:18:50) A motion to adjourned made be Bob Kline - seconded by Al Hayes - voted on and approved.

Being no other business the Commander led the proper closing ceremony and declared the meeting of the Disabled American Veterans, DAV, Gerald A. Shonk, Chapter 70, Inc., Adjourned.

Our next meeting will be held on March 8, 2016 at 2 pm.

Joe Stephens, Webmaster on behalf of the Adjutant

(time on audio)

Newsletter for this meeting

"Freedom Isn´t Free"
the price is still being paid