President’s Corner May – June 2016

What a beautiful day in the Ozarks! As I write, the area has gently falling rain. The gardens are growing and so is our Vietnam Veterans Chapter 952! We have an amazing group that works hard to provide for the families of Veterans. I am pleased everyone is happy with the events and new community interest. With continued community involvement and extending a welcome to all, there is renewed interest in membership. Veterans and family members attend every month to take a look and see at the organization

I had meetings everyday this week and I didn’t know if I was coming or going. But once I looked in the mirror, I knew my name was Harlan. HA!

The Chapter had a great fundraiser at Wal-Mart with time to visit many who stopped by the booth. The morning was slow; but by noon we were busy with new interests and donations. Overall, a good amount was contributed toward the Chapter goals of helping Homeless Veterans and families of Veterans in need. A big thanks to all the members and friends of the Chapter who stopped by to ‘hang-out’ and help with the day.

The Chapter Garage Sale is just around the corner on June 10,11 at Battlefield and Hwy. 65 – 3428 Blackman Avenue South, Springfield MO from 7 a.m. till dusk. Call Charles at 417-693-6298 or email Charles charhoppy59@gmail.com to pick-up larger items after May 15th.

The Day of Caring with the United Way will be August 18. If you are interested in helping a Veteran on the Day of Caring, email Charles. charhoppy59@gmail.com.

The Chapter is committed to the Veterans Day Parade in Springfield. It’s nice to have Robert Crampton, coordinator of the parade, and member of Chapter 952. Interested in helping? Email Robert robertcrampton91@gmail.com.

A reminder, the Will Daley Award is coming up soon. Please take time to nominate an outstanding member at the next meeting.

Charles, John, Sam, and I (Harlan) received special recognition by our State Attorney General Honorable Richard Kinder for the Chapters commitment to the Homeless Veteran project and outreach to Veterans and families in need.

There is so much we need to talk about during the up-coming meeting; I don’t know where to start. So be sure to attend and catch up on the latest happenings with the Chapter. Come And Grow With Us! Have a Great Summer.

Your President

Harlan Bristol

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