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75st Anniversary - 2016


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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


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 8 March 2016
Audio (68:02)

The opening ceremonies were held, there were 19 member present.

Due to the failure of the Commander starting the recorder at the start of the meeting - we jump in here.

(00:09:00) The Commandere asked the Chaplin to call the roll of Officers, in the absent of the Adjutant.
Jr Vice - Archie Gooding - sick call
Adjutant - Carolynn Favreau - sick call
All others were present and/or accounted for.

(01:00:00) Commander announced we have no guest

(01:29:00) Since minutes of the last meeting on February 9, 2016 were passed out,
a motion was made by Max Armitage,
seconded by Ken Bender, to forgo reading them and to accept them.
The minutes were approved by all.

(03:40:00) The Commander asked for the treasurer report
The treasurer report was by the treasurer.
A motion to approve the report was made Chuck Spikes and seconded by Dewey Drandy, voted on and approved.
Do to the nature of these reports - Chapter members may ask the Treasurer to see them at the meeting hall.
Under Section 4.6 of the Chapter By-laws "...The Treasurer shall make a report on finances at each meeting and records shall be open to any member in good standing when they request that record(s) in writing through the Executive Committee."

(05:01:00) The Commander asked the Chaplain, John Seaman, to make the illness report.
Two member had passed since our last meeting:
James D. Steele - Melbourne, FL - 30 February 2016 - age 81 - U. S. Air Force
Donald L. Payne - Hernando, FL - 15 February 2016 - age 83 - U. S. Air Force
Tom Harris is still at home after surgery.
Carolynn Favreau, our Adjutant, is still out, with eye and knee problems, and family medical problems.
The Chaplain read a letter from Carolynn as to her resigntion as Adjutant.
Anyone knowing of a comrade who is ill should contact the Chaplain so he may take appropriate action.

The Commander spoke of the work Carolynn had done as the Adjutant, both for the Chapter and the community, he noted that he will miss her.

The Commander noted out five service officers, three will be on duty Wedensday, Thurday, Friday from % PM to & PM. The Commander also noted he would live to have two or three Chaplain Assistants for our Chaplain, to better serve the Chapter and the area. This by going funerals, nursing homes, and home visits, and the Bushell National Cemetery.
Dewey Drandy posed a question, if we do have those assistants will they be doing just Chapter memeber funerals, or any verteran? The Commander noted he would like to be doing all veterans, as being out in the public eye is to let the community know who we are.

(14:43:00) Communications:
Carolynn Favreau, our Adjutant, her resigntion, as read by the Chaplin.
Letter from The Inverness Elks Lodge #2522 about the free Breadkfast for Veterans on March 13, 2016.
The lodge is by the Lake Hernando, and put on to aid Suncoast Service Dogs, Korraine Clark and her dog Echo.

(15:55:00) Handed out the Department of Florida February Newsletter, spoke about it.
Commander spoke about Andy Marshall retiring from DAV St Pete Offices in January.
Mr. Marshall now maybe seeking national office with DAV, good luck with that Andy.
Commander made comments on the Newsletter as a whole - being interesting reading.

(17:52:00) Unfinished (Old) Business:
Chuck Spikes found more information about heat prssing equipment for t-shirts, cups, hats.
Chuck pointed at items ranging in price under five hundred dollars.
He had print outs, that he passed around.
After a long discussion on heat pressing and sheeting, a montion was made by Dewey Drandy, seconded by Al Hayes, that we purchase a press heat transfer machine under $400.00. Voted on, and approved by those in attenance.
(webmaster note: the reason why this was done before the Rank and File, rather than the Executive Committee, was do to the cost.)

(42:20:00) Committee Reports:
(42:22:00) 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.

(43:14:00) John Seaman mention that The Nature Coast Community Band was of great help to him in selling the pins, and like to donate to the band, he was going to bring up a montion at our Apil meeting. Ray Michael move we vote on it now and make a montion that $150.00 be given to the band, seconded by Al Hayes, voted on and approved by all.
Commander ask John Seaman to speak to the webmaster about a free banner on the website for the band. John will speak to the webmaster.

(46:42:00) Scholarship Committee:
John Seaman Chairman, reports that that we need another member of the committee. Ken Bender joined the committee. 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.

(48:26:00) Election Committee:
Chair Ray Michael - states there is nothing to report, should someone wish to enter their name, please do so, elections in May.

(50:32:00) Grievance Committee:
Again, we do not have one as no one has any grievances.

(50:33:00) New Business:
Ken Bender mention that we had the floor redone when Ken Stwart was Commander, and we have a service that is doing the 'house keeping', but the floor is not being taken care of.
Commander noted same, contacted the service (Citrus Maids), if the floor is not taken care of, we will stop doing business with them.
They reported that the girl can not move the tables and chairs, we will take up same for her to do the floor.
Richard Floyd ask why we are not using the floor machine in the shed.
Commander noted that in July we will use it to clean the floor.
After a long discussion on this matter and the yard, the issue is tabled for now.

(59:42:30) A Moment of Silence was held for our departed comrades.

(01:01:00) 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.

(01:03:33:00) The 50/50 drawing was held with a $21 was won by Berry Havery.
Another drawing was held, for a 'door prize' - a desk calendar, calculator.
McClaren Walker was the lucky winner.

(01:05:55:00) A motion to adjourned made be Bob Kline - seconded by Dewey Drandy - 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 April 12, 2016 at 2 pm.

Joe Stephens, Webmaster on behalf of the Adjutant

(time on audio)

Photos for this meeting

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