CHAPTER CHATTER

The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Lewis M. Ewing,  Editor
December 2016
KWVA Board Meeting and
2017 Annual Meeting

The Korean War Veterans Association held its Fall Board of Directors meeting and its 2017 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on October 10-13th _  Attending the meeting from our Chapter were Lew Ewing, National Secretary, Narce Caliva, National Director and Charles Hoak. Unfortunately, our National Chaplain, Jack Keep, was unable to attend due to the untimely death of his Grandson.

Some of the more important actions taken by the Board were:

1. Agreed to support the publication of a 2017 KWVA Membership Directory similar to the ones published in 2010 and 2014. At the appropriate time, each of you will be contacted asking you to submit your personal military his­tory to be included in the book and, of course, the books will be available for purchase.

2.    Approved  a donation  of $1,000 to the proposed U S Army Museum to be built at Fort Belvoir, VA.

  1. Announced that Art Sharp, the Editor of The Graybeards magazine submitted his resign­ation as Editor to be effective in the Spring of 2017. We are delighted to report that Art has since withdrawn his resignation and will be continuing as the Editor of our magazine.

  2. Approved a request to allow KATUSA's (members of the ROK Army who were assigned to, and who served with our US Armed forces at any time September 3, 1945 to present) who have become a citizen of the United States of America to be considered Regular members of the KWVA.

  3. Approved Norfolk, VA as the site of the

2017 Annual  Meeting and  Washington,  D. C.

(Northern Virginia) as the site of the 2018

Annual Meeting.

  1. Approved a Leadership Gift of $25,000 for the construction of the Wall of Remembra­nce at our Korean War Memorial in Washing­ton. {The Bill authorizing the Wall of Remembr­ance received final approval from Congress and was signed by the President in September.)

     Charles Hoak and Lew Ewing behaved them­ selves and refrained from being tempted by the thousands of opportunities available to us to lose all of our money in the Casino while Narce Caliva was not as disciplined. He won a little in the beginning, however, it didn't take  long for him to blow his entire allowance  of $15.00 in  the slots!

      All-in-all, the Annual Meeting was a huge success. We accomplished many good things for our KWVA.

      Charles and Lew drove to Las Vegas and back home. We took a southern route out and a northern route back - drove over 8,000 miles in 24 days through 20 states and saw many won­derful places and things that we had never seen before including, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Pikes Peak, Mt. Rushmore, and the Arch in St. Louis.  The highlight of our trip was being able to see the portrait of Bill Scott's mother Pearl Scott, that is hanging in a very prominent place in the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, OK.

      Charles and I were talking with a couple of Oklahoma State Troopers who said that they were waiting for Bill to return to Oklahoma - that they wanted to hang him also. I'm not sure just what they had in mind for Bill, but I did overhear them saying something about needing a rope!