TEXAS LONE STAR
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
The agenda for the meeting was presented by Dick Halferty
Call Meeting to Order / Dick Halferty
Pledge of Allegiance
Prior Meeting Minutes / Approval
Treasurer’s Report / Alvin Hollas / Approval
Secretary’s Report / Approval
Attendance / RSVPs
Articles for Warrior – continuance of The
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
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
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
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
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.