April 2016 Meeting Notice
  • On Tuesday April 19th, 2016, Chapter 189 of the Korean War Veterans Association will hold their monthly meeting at the John Mealy Memorial VFW Post in Port Orange, Florida.
  • Members arriving for lunch can arrive at 12:00 can choose their meal from the VFW Bar Menu, and socialize during the meal. The regular KWVA Business Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM. Our speaker for the April Meeting will be Gwen Redman.  Gwen is the Veteran Liaison for VITAS Healthcare.  Gwen attended Daytona State College and has a bachelors degree in Business Management having graduated from Kennesaw State University and Trevecca Nazarene University.  Gwen served in the US Navy 1977-1981 as a Hospital Corpsman, surgical room providing pre-op and post-op care as well as an emergency room technician.  She is no stranger to our chapter having used her other talent music in the past to entertain us with her sweet guitar and song. (See KWVA Postcard Notice 4-19-2016 on our Recent Event Page)
  • The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is now open and accepting in ground burial for caskets and cremated remains.  It is located at 5525 U.S. Highway 1 in Mims, Florida.  Cemetery Administration Office phone is 321-383-2638.  Burial arrangements phone 1-800-535-1117.  The Cemetery is open from dawn to dusk, burials are scheduled between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM Monday through Friday.
  • On 16 April 2016 the Department of Florida will hold its annual Convention at the Waterfront Inn in the Villages, Florida.  All National Members of the KWVA are invited.  This is a one day event and will run from 9 AM to about 4 PM. There is an open bar at 6 PM and the Convention Banquet Dinner will be held from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Lodging for convention participates and their families will be available, at the Waterford Inn, for both Friday and Saturday, at reduced rates, for those wishing to stay  overnight.  If you have any questions about the convention, the meals or arrangements please contact Chuck Husbands at 386.780.7163. 
  • As you know several years ago the Chapter 189 put together a wonderful Korean War Display for the Museum in New Smyrna. At that time we only had the museum space for a limited time. We recently received word that we can install, on a semi permanent basis, our Korean War Historical Display of memorabilia, by local veterans, in a Daytona Beach Historical Museum. At this time it appears that space will available and we can start installation of the display in the museum in the June time frame.  If you have Korean War memorabilia that you would like to place on loan for the display please contact Robert McGuire or Robert Hawes.
  • As some of you may know last year, as an outreach program, the members of Chapter 189 served coffee and doughnuts at the VA clinic on the last Friday of each months. The program was well received by the Veterans going in early for blood work.  However, we suspended the program as we did not have sufficient volunteers to manage the program each month.  Several months ago we restarted the program and hope to continue it if we can get volunteers.  We currently have three experienced members who have been volunteering for this duty. If we could get three more members to volunteer, we would have three groups of two volunteers each. Under those conditions we could provide service monthly and each volunteer would only have to work once each quarter. The task involves getting to the VA Clinic at about 7:30 AM to help serve the coffee and doughnuts until they gone, which is usually well before 10:00 AM.  If you are looking for a very satisfying volunteer position for a couple of hours, four times per year, contact Chuck Husbands and we will get you signed up.  The job entails very little effort and it fits a real need serving Veterans at the clinic.  Thanks CRH.
  • During the past several months the Chapter has been presenting the "Tell America" Program to a number of organizations. If you know an organization that might want to learn about the history of the Korean War please contact Bob McGuire at 396.323.6401,and he would be pleased to set up a presentation. We are in the process of preparing a short brochure on the history and impact of the Korean War, to go along with the presentation. We would like to spread the story of the Korean Conflict for all those who may never have heard of it, or its impact on our current global condition.
  • In recent days we have become aware that their are Veterans in our community that have recently died and have not been provided with an opportunity to receive a military ceremony in their memory.  Chapter 189 of the KWVA does not think that this is proper, and have decided to present a small final military ceremony for any Veteran that requests it. If you know of a Veteran that needs a final military ceremony please contact Bob McGuire at 386.323.6401 and we will attempt to get that request fulfilled.  If you know of someone who is sick or in the hospital and would like a visit from a member of the chapter have them contact Bob McGuire or Chuck Husbands and we will try to make a personal visit.