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7 APRIL 2022


The board meeting of the Texas Lone Star Chapter – Korean War Veterans was held on Thursday, 7 April 2022 at the Tracy Gee Community Center.  Attendance was taken by Chairman Dick Halferty.  With a quorum being verified, the meeting was called to order at 11:43 a.m. including the following members:


Dick Halferty, Chairman

Roger Morris, President

Alvin Hollas, Treasurer

Rod Ramsey, Past President

Max Johnson, Director

Kittie Gugenheim, Secretary

Bob Mitchell, Director

Kimberly Ehrlund, Director


Those unable to attend were Johnney Lee and James McKenzie.


The agenda for the meeting was presented by Dick Halferty as follows:


·        Call Meeting to Order / Dick Halferty

·        Pledge of Allegiance

·        Prayer

·        Verify Quorum

·        Prior Meeting Minutes / Approval

·        Treasurer’s Report / Alvin Hollas / Approval

·        Secretary’s Report / Approval




·        Attendance / RSVPs

·        Articles for Warrior – continuance of The Warrior

·        Planning Committees

·        Board Members/Officers remain in office until replacement is selected.

·        Wayne Telling’s funeral service

·        Program for General Meeting – Election, Gerry Weber Award, General Interest Speaker

·        Thanks to Rod for finding speakers at the January and March meetings




·        Sick Call –Manny, Ben, Ruby, Ruth, Martha

·        Buffalo Soldier exhibit progress

·        Progress of member check out

·        Old business/new business

·        Closing prayer/adjourn/depart



The May board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5th, at 11:30 at the Tracy Gee Center.


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Following is a summary of what was discussed, in the order discussed:


The meeting was opened by Chairman Dick Halferty.  It was announced that our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 11:30 am at the Tracy Gee Community Center.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and Max offered the opening prayer.


The March 2022 board meeting minutes and treasurer’s report were approved.   Treasurer Alvin Hollas reported that as of March 31st, 2022, the chapter funds were in good standing and the account balance was $15,939.31.  Alvin announced that Catholic Charities had made a $300 donation towards chapter contributions for 2022 Wreaths Across America – Houston.


We discussed the chapter representation at Wayne Telling’s service.  12 chapter members attended, and Kittie arranged for a patriotic flower arrangement to be sent to the service.  It was on display in the church foyer area.  It was a very meaningful service to honor Wayne. 


Speakers at the chapter general meetings have been well received.  Thank you, Rod, for planning the terrific speakers for the January and March meetings.  Kittie is pursuing asking Anne Strong, who was a child in Germany during Holocaust times, and her daughter, Theresa Strong, to speak to us at one of our meetings.  More to follow.   There was discussion on trying to get someone from the Buffalo Museum to speak to us one month.  Max suggested getting a list of volunteers for the Buffalo Museum to get the ball rolling. 


We discussed the July 27th dedication of the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D. C.  Dick is going to represent the US Navy and as a Gold Star Family, and his nephew is going to represent Dick’s brother, Van, who was killed in the Korean War.  They will be sitting in the area with President Biden and other top officials.  Frances Velasco is planning to go, as well as Sandy Sortillo and Kittie Gugenheim.


It was discussed about Bank of Hope donating funds to the chapter for Tell America (school pamphlets, programs, etc.) to help us continue educating students on the history of the Korean War and its importance.   Funds donated would go to the chapter General Education fund.


Bob M. has done a terrific job with the online version of our newsletter, The Warrior.  Thank you, Bob!  He is trying to get articles for upcoming Warriors and is working through the challenges that come with learning a new software system.   We appreciate his tackling of this project. 


Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruby, Kimberly, and their family as Ruby continues to recover.  Ruth is undergoing physical therapy to try to regain strength and our thoughts and prayers are with her, Max, and their family as well.  Dick said that he had gotten a call from Ben Schroeder, who is dealing with significant short term memory loss.  Kittie is going to try to find out how Manny is doing and will report back.  Prayers go out to members and their families having health issues.  Roger received a letter from Robert Arrias’ wife in San Antonio, letting the chapter know that Robert had passed away.


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RSVPs for the general meetings are holding generally at the same rate as in the past.  Kittie is continuing to order 7-8 extra lunches to accommodate those who do not RSVP.  $5/lunch still being collected.


The Gerry Weber recipient name was discussed.  More to come regarding that.


Kittie brought the chapter wreath and stand to the board meeting to give to Alvin so that he can take it to the storage room we now have at the VFW Post 8790 on Foley Street.  Thank you, Alvin, for taking care of arranging the storage unit.


With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 1:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Kittie Gugenheim, Secretary, on May 2, 2022.

Hello chapter and board members, Thanks for the all the news reports that we are receiving about every thing that going own. we are praying everyday we will get to a meeting soon.
Keep up the good work.
Hope to see you all soon is my pray. John B. Jackson
Posted by John B. Jackson at 5/4/2022 2:14:34 PM

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