Blind Veterans National Chapter #1
"IF I CANNOT SPEAK GOOD OF MY COMRADE,
I WILL NOT SPEAK ILL OF HIM OR HER."
OFFICERS OF THE BLIND CHAPTER
Commander James Hogan (CA)
Phone (661) 251-7870; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Vice Commander Ron Lester (AZ)
1st Junior Vice Commander Leonard Pope (NJ)
2nd Junior vice Commander Herschel Harris (GA)
3rd Junior Vice Commander Dennis O’Connell, PC (NY)
Judge Advocate Dennis
O’Connell, PC (NY)
Chaplain Rev. Tony Martino, PDC (IL)
Phone 847 736 2111; email: email@example.com
Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky (FL) (also webmaster)
Phone 904 291-0576; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE, if you know of any member who is sick or deceased inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above ASAPP.
On Friday, March 18, 2016 Carroll E. Prosser, Judge Advocate for the Department of South Carolina and Commander of Grand Strand Chapter #30 passed away. Carroll was a Past Department Commander for South Carolina and Past Chapter Commander for the Blind Veterans National Chapter #1. On October 30th, 2016 the DAV Chapter #30 in Myrtle Beach, SC renamed the Chapter to the Carroll E. Prosser Chapter #30 in his honor. During the ceremony our Blind Chapter Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky and his wife Maureen who traveled from Florida to present the newly renamed Chapter’s Commander with a framed Braille Flag dedicated to Carroll. The Braille Flag will serve to remind members of the Carroll E. Prosser Chapter #30 of Carroll’s ties to our Blind Veterans National Chapter #1. Carroll to the end was very active in Myrtle Beach and with our Blind Chapter. He will be missed.
Picture of Carroll E. Prosser Chapter 30
Commander Gossett (Left) receiving a
Framed Braille Flag from Blind Chapter
Adjutant Paul Kaminsky (Right).
MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDER
Greetings to All! As we approach the New Year 2017 my wishes for all of you are to be happy, healthy and active. As the Blind Veterans Chapter #1 of the DAV we must continue to put forth our presence and keep the lights of understanding burning in our comrades. We have all had the benefit of excellent rehab training and there is not much we cannot do, we simply do it differently. Get out there, and show them how it is done.
I am looking forward to representing all of you at our Mid-Winter Legislative conference in February in Washington D.C.
I am also looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in New Orleans for the National Convention. Don’t forget that the Blind Chapter has their first meeting on Friday July 29th. Make your plans and reserve your hotel now!
CONVENTION MESSAGE FROM THE ADJUTANT/TREASURER
Sorry for the delay on getting out the post-convention information, but when our computers wipe us out it takes time to not only get repairs done, but also the time to rebuild stored data. With that said I can now relay that the Disabled American Veterans held their National Convention in the great city of Atlanta, Georgia. Once again it was an excellent event topped off with the performance of Gary Sinise with his Lt. Dan Band. Added to this year’s entertainment was Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA”. The food was great, entertainment super, and the sharing of fellowship uplifting. As usual the business and seminar session s kept us active and involved giving a strong feeling of mission accomplishment and unity.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 the Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 annual reunion held its first business meeting at 9:00 am. At 4:00 pm the second business meeting was held.
Roll call of officers followed the opening invocation given by Ron Lester, and the Pledge led by Judge Advocate Dennis O’Connell. Officers present were Commander Jim Hogan, Sr. vice Ron Lester, 2nd Jr. vice Leonard Pope, 3rd Jr. vice Dennis O’Connell, Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky. Officers authorized absent: 1st Jr. Vice Day May, Chaplin Tony Martino. Delegates present were Dennis O’Connell, James Hogan, Ron Lester, Leonard Pope. Alternate Delegates: Herschel Harris, Paul Kaminsky.
Following the reading and approval of the previous reunions meeting minutes, the Treasurer’s Report was given. Following is the brief summary of the annual treasury report:
DAV BLIND VETERANS NATIONAL CHAPTER #1, FINANCIAL REPORT
JULY 1, 2015 TO JUNE 30, 2016
Beginning Balance: $72,132.73
• Dues per Capita: $356.50
• Interest/Dividends: $30.39.
• Donations: $7,014.00
Total Income: $7,400.89
• Convention (Stipends) (C&A Orientation) & (Mid-Winter: $8,099.82
• Postage, Office Supplies & Printing: $245.71
• Charitable Contributions: $1,000.00
• Other Expenses Includes:
Donor appreciation Award,
Total Other Expenses: $3,403.11
Total Expenses: $12,748.64
Ending Balance: $66,784.98
Checking Balance: $6,810.59
Savings Balance: $59,974.39
Ending & Total Bank Balances: $66,784.98
Several business items were also discussed during the business meetings. Noted was that for the third year in a row the Chapter had met its membership goal and received a fourth flag pendant from National Headquarters.
Commander Hogan assigned committee responsibilities to the Delegates and Alternate Delegates as were deemed necessary.
Convention Committee Assignments: Jim Hogan: Hospital and Volunteer; Dennis O’Connell: Legislation & Vet Benefits; Ron Lester: Nominations; Leonard Pope: Constitution & Bylaws; Paul Kaminsky: Credentials. All Delegates and Alternate Delegates attended all assigned committee meetings and all convention business meetings.
The newly elected officers are listed above, at the beginning of this newsletter.
All officers were installed Tuesday August 2, 2016 and the Chapter’s Installation Breakfast. Honored guest Past National Commander Wally Tyson conducted the oath of office services.
The closing event of the DAV National Convention was an evening where we attended the presentation of our new National Officers. We then had a very nice dinner followed by entertainment. Plan next year to attend 2017 National Convention, July 29 – August 1, 2017, Hilton New Orleans, Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Telephone: 1.800.Hiltons or 1.504.561.0500, Group Name: Disabled American Veterans, $130 Single/Double
In closing we wish our newly elected DAV National Commander for 2016 – 2017, National Commander David Riley a most successful and productive year
Remember to always ask for your veteran’s discount!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!