May 2017 Meeting Notice
  • On Tuesday May 16th, 2017, Chapter 189 of the Korean War Veterans Association will hold their monthly meeting at the John Mealy Memorial VFW Post 3282 in the banquet room, Port Orange, Florida. The lunch will be served at 12 noon and the meeting will begin promptly at 1 PM. Lunch will be Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and French Fries served with Lemonade, Tea and Cookies. Cost will be reasonable as usual. Guests are always welcome. (See the KWVA Postcard Notice in Recent Events portion of this website).
  • Our program will be a continuation of the presentation from both Tommy Mabe, finishing his experiences as a POW in North Korea and Staff Sergeant Rod Phillips, combat Wounded Veteran of Vietnam.  Rod is currently the President of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Daytona Beach Chapter, and an elected officer in our local VFW Chapter 4282. He is a tireless worker for veterans and will talk on his experiences. If you have any questions please call Joe Sicinski at 386.492.6551.
  • On Saturday 20 May 2017 our KWVA Chapter will try our hand at fund raising, at the Lowe's Store on Dunlawton in Port Orange starting at 9:00 AM. If you have any time available on that day, drop by and chat with the customers. If you have any questions please call Joe Sicinski at 386.493.6551.  The store has been kind enough to extend us an invitation to stand in front of their store to collect for our Chapter lets chip in and support this event.  CRH
  •  Dues have be reinstated for 2017. Please pay your dues of $10 either at the meeting or send them to KWVA, POB 214005, South Daytona, Florida 32121.  If you cannot afford the dues, the chapter will pay them for you (It's in the by-laws), see Bob Hawes or Joe Sincinski.
  • The Department of Florida Korean War Veterans Association had their Convention for 2017 on April 29.  The convention was held at the DAV Hall, 1150 SW California Blvd, Port St Lucie, Florida. The Council and General Membership Meeting was held from 9 AM to 4 PM. Most Chapters in the State send representatives but it is apparent that our ranks are rapidly thinning. It was announced at the meeting that four Chapters have dissolved and turned in their Charters.  We are very fortunate that our membership is stable, but the age of the Korean Veterans, and their ability to get to meetings, seems to be important factors in the reduction of membership. CRH   
  • As some of you may know last year, as an outreach program, the members of Chapter 189 have been serving coffee and doughnuts at the VA clinic on the fourth Friday of each months.  This month the service at the VA Clinic will be on Friday 26 May 2017. The program has been well received by the Veterans going in early for blood work and other appointments.  This is a wonderful outreach program for our chapter and we are always looking for volunteers. The task involves getting to the VA Clinic at about 7:30 AM to help serve coffee and doughnuts. When the coffee and donuts are gone... we are gone, which is usually well before 10:00 AM.  If you are looking for a very satisfying volunteer position for a couple of hours, contact Chuck Husbands or just show up. We can always use the help and the spirit of supporting our Veterans. We want to sincerely thank everyone who has donated their time to this effort, in the past, and know the efforts are appreciated. Thanks CRH.
  • 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. For qualifying Veterans there are no charges for burial for you and your spouse, and the National Cemetery will provide final Military Honors. This includes standard burials and cremation burials.  If anyone is interested in visiting the National Cemetery and needs a ride to look the place over or talk with the administration staff, just contact Chuck Husbands at 386.760.7163.
  • Since our last meeting Robert McGuire passed away and his funeral and memorial service was held on 2 May 2017. Bob was one of the leaders of KWVA Chapter 189 for a number of years, serving the chapter in both the capacity of President and Director. He also served the KWVA Florida Council as its President, Vice President and Secretary.  Bob will be remembered for his service to our Chapter and he leaves a lasting hole in our hearts.
  • 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 Joe  Sincinski at 386.493.6551 and he would be pleased to try 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 we will help you receive a small final military ceremony for any Veteran that requests it. If you know of a Veteran's family that needs a final military ceremony please contact Chuck Husbands at 386.760.7163 and he will attempt to get that request fulfilled.  If you know of someone who is sick at home or in the hospital and would like a visit from a member of the chapter have them contact Chuck Husbands he we will try to make a personal visit.