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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

Edwin Matos

Dewey Drawdy
Sgt. At Arms
Dewey Drawdy

John Seaman

Ray Micheal
Officer of the Day
Ray Micheal


Joe Stephens
Joe Stephens


Ken Bender

Dewey Drandy
Dewey Drawdy


John McGee
John McGee

Ron O'Keefe

The order in which these names are place as nothing to do with ranking,
all have the same training

Will be in the Hall on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Evening from 5 PM to 7 PM
Tuesday from 9-noon
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 November 2016
Audio (81 minutes)

14:00 hours The Commander called the meeting to order, the opening ceremonies were held, there were

18 members present and 3 guest.

(14:01:46) The Commander asked the Chaplain, in the absent of the Adjutant, to call the roll of Officers.
Adjutant - Edwin Matos was not in attentant.
Jr Vice - Archie Gooding not in attentant.
Dewey Drawdy was on assignment at the Golden Carrol for the Commander
All other were present and/or accounted for.

(14:02:31) Officer of the Day announced the three (3) visitors we had.
David Huntington - maybe a transfer but National has not called back to confirm.
Michael Mason and Tony Russo, who may transfer in from Chapter 40.

(14:04:00) The Commander read the minutes of the last meeting of September 13, 2016,
a motion was made by John McGee,
seconded by Ken Bender, to accept them.
The minutes were approved by all.

(14:10:50) The Commander asked for the treasurer report
The treasurer report was given by the treasurer.
A motion to approve the report was made John McGee and seconded by Arthur Fry, 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."

(14:12:00) The Commander asked Chaplin, to make the illness report.
We have two (2) passings.
James Bitter, Age 88, Homosassa, FL - 18 October 2016 - US Army
Henry Roy Norman, age 90, Ozello, FL - 20 October 2016 - US Navy

(14:12:44) Three members were on hand to renew the obligation.
Max Alvarez - 40 year pin, we missed Max last year, he has 41 years in.
Ken Bender - 15 year pin, again missed Ken last year, he has 16 years in.
James Yeary - 15 year pin.
All were given the obligation - Chaplain Seaman presented them with their years pins.

(14;20:00) Communications:
Two (2) from National, 1) Memorandum - Subject: Veterans Day 2016, Commander read same into the record.
2) Memorandum - Subject: Keep The Promise Campaign, Commander gave a brief outline of the item.

(14:19:19) Committee Reports:
Commemorative Pin Committee:
John Seamen reports that sales are very good this far - $1,394.50.
We still have about 130 left - older pins are being sold also.
Commander made up Purple Heart cards for the 2007 pin to be on, selling at $3.00 each.

(14:37:00) Scholarship Committee
Nothing till March, the Commander reminded those at the Hall that the scholarship fund was raided to make repairs on the building. So all scholarship funds will come from the General fund till such time that the fund is rebuild.

(14:38:03) Election Committee:
Nothing to report.
Commander is still looking for a Treasurer.
Joe's last month will be May 2017, so we have time to enlighten someone.

(14:38:20) Grievance Committee:
Again, we do not have one as no one has any grievances.

(14:38:42) Unfinished (Old) Business:
Last year the Chapter put five (5) people in the service school, held at Lady Mary along with the Mid-Winter Conferance.
Chapter reorts that John McGee, a transfer from 158, and Berry Harvey, a transfer from Rhode Island, along with Ken Bender, Ron O'Keefe, Dewey Drawdy, and the Commander, Joe Stephens, would all like to go again. That will give us six (6) Service Officers at the Hall.
The Commander would also like to pay for the three (3) County Serivce Officers to attend also.
Reason being that they are not ceritifed as DAV Service Officers, and the Commander thinks they should be, since DAV is better at it than most.
Montion make by Robert Teague, seconded by Arthur Fry that all nine (9) people go to school, paid for by the Chapter, voted on and approved by all.

(14:48:00) New Business: The Commander is filling out the grant application from the Flordia Department of Transportion for a new bus.
This again, will not be part of the DAV TN, but run by the Chapter for the veterans in the County, only DAV TN drivers will drive the bus.
The Commander is working on support for that vehicle from area businesses.
More on that later.

Commander spoke again of attempting to have five (5) drivers from the southwest part of the county to drive another van that the Commander is attempting to obtain for the western part of the county and Levy county to Gainesville.

(14:55:17) Ex-committe
Nothing to report - again what we say to each other outside of the Hall will alway return for the group as a whole.

(14:56:20) A Moment of Silence was held for our departed comrades.

(14:57:54) Good of the Order:
David Ellott, our guest speaker, who did not show up at the start of the meeting is here now and will said a few words.
David is the National Director of the Veterans Advocated Foundation. A 501 (c) that aids veterans with legal and other such items.
The VAF also looks into 'so called organizaton' that aids vets, such as collecting monies but not giving it to the vets.

(15:03:35) Commander ask for more help at the Goldern Corral - some did come forward for that.

Commander had John McGee read the list on those places that offered free food on veterans day - the Golden Corral is only on Monday, NOT Friday.

(15:08:20) Ray Michael again noted the services for the unattended in Bushnell, held on 14 December.

John McGee passed out ink pens the Commander obtain. Each pen was .25 cent, so he got 500 pens.
The calendars are not yet in.

(15:16:13) The 50/50 drawing was held the winner Joe McClister.
(15:17:30) Another drawing was held, for a 'door prize' - Richard Floyd won - "Broke" by Glenn Beck

(15:18:50) A motion to adjourned made be Ken Bender - seconded by Arthur Fry - 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 December 13, 2016 at 2 pm. - There will be not feed, we go to the Corral after the meeting.

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