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  President’s Column: June 2017


The month of May was very busy- JROTC presentations at area high schools, ROTC awards, ROTC Commissioning, and of course, the WW-II/Korea Conflict evening at MAPS Museum on the 18th! We had 7 WW-II and 3 Korea Conflict veterans. All enjoyed the evening and seeing each other for the first time is many, many months and interacting with the WW-II Re-enactors. The museum folks did a wonderful job of allowing the group the freedom to explore, catch-up and, in a few cases, tell their story for maybe the first time!
Several chapter members also had a role in Memorial Day activities, and for me, the time I spent with the Northfield, OH VFW chapter and the community was truly an honor.

June is also a great month with several activities. The Cleveland Chapter sends an invitation to join them on Flag Day – June 14th- with other veterans’ groups in a ceremony. On the 17th and 18th, the Mahoning-Shenango Valley Chapter will participate in the Thunder in the Valley air show at YARS (Youngstown Air Reserve Station). The USAF Thunderbird precision flight team and several military airframes will participate and awe the public.
On June 24th, is the OWRC-MOAA Annual Picnic at Andy and Ann Emanuale’s in Tallmadge. Time: 12Noon- 5PM. Fried Chicken, beverages of all types, and table service will be provided. Just bring a side dish to share and maybe a lawn chair! Good times and Andy says the pool should be open. Please RSVP to Dave Riegler (330.666.2257) or Ron Smetana (330.524.1134) by the 19thth. Just $7 per adult.
June 30th is Military Appreciation Night at the Rubber Ducks. $5/seat. Game and Fireworks (weather permitting). See page 7 in the newsletter.
Speaking of baseball, the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be at Canal Park in Akron (home of the Rubber Ducks) on July 15th. This will be our social event for July. Grab a ticket for $8/seat and enjoy two (2) games! WWAST vs Celebrities at 5PM and WWAST vs Team RWB (Red, White & Blue)- all veterans at 7pm! This event is in support of the Summit County Stand-Down and Donovan’s Kids Camps (for children with limb amputations). Let’s get out and support projectsummit.org and WWAST!! (See page 8)
PAO Affairs: We are in need of someone to spearhead Personal Affairs. Please step forward! For now, we have a few items of note:
Transitions: LCDR Randy Meador, USCG(active) as PCS’d from Cleveland to NC in May, and, LTC Bob Pollack and wife, Charlotte have sold their home and are re-locating to San Antonio prior to the picnic. We wish both members and families the very best.
Anyone relocating is asked to notify MOAA National of your address change.
Health and Welfare: We lost LTC Geo Manos on May 20th. Keep Jeannette and the family in your thoughts. MAJ David Sears reports all great news in his health battle! He has completed his therapy and his physician reports he has no evidence of disease so he trains for running- including an Akron 1 mile and 8K on June 24th! He should be attending our picnic in the afternoon! Meanwhile, LTC Larry Ashbaugh has developed a health concern and we ask you to keep Larry and Jackie in your thoughts and prayers!

 

Sincerely,

Ron

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