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Event chairman Paul Roberson of the Elk’s Club (far left) presents a first place award to the winning members of the VVA Chapter #890 “Thundering Wallbangers” at the first Elks Patriotic Scramble Charity Golf event. They strode as collosi admidst je Event chairman Paul Roberson of the Elk’s Club (far left) presents a first place award to the winning members of the VVA Chapter #890 “Thundering Wallbangers” at the first Elks Patriotic Scramble Charity Golf event. They strode as collosi admidst je

Where the money goes for the DAV

Comrade Citizens! In a big surprise at the Elk’s Club last month, a team composed of members of V.V.A. Chapter #890 took first place in the first Patriotic Charity Golf Challenge. The event chairman, Paul Roberson, is expected to present a check for the proceeds to the V.V.A. at their October meeting (October 14 at 6 pm, second Tuesday of every month) at VFW Hall in Sandpoint. The gala event drew 18 4-man teams and plans are afoot to make this an annual shindig. For the record, the Watson Raiders won low gross (whatever that is) and the V.V.A. team won low net. Congratulations to all of the helpers and organizers, and to the winning Vietnam Vets team of Will “Veejay” Ditman, Terrence “the shark” Smith, Jim “Golden Bear” Willis, and Mike “Tiger” Harmelin.

 In other veterans’ news, a new series of weekly PTSD classes for Gulf War veterans and their spouses has just started. Facilitated by the Spokane VA’s Mike Stevenson, for more information you can call Don Carr, the Bonner County Services Officer at 208-255-5291.

 I mentioned last month I’d like to tell you about “where the money goes” at some of the local veterans’ organizations and this time I’d like to start with the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15. Its Commander is Ross Jackman (phone: 265-2738) and they hold meetings the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at VFW Hall in Sandpoint, corner of Pine and Division. Their books are always available for inspection.

This year the DAV Chapter’s main income was $926 from the annual forget-me-not drive held on Memorial Day at the Wal-Mart parking lot; $336 from member’s dues (there are 120 members throughout Bonner County); and $400 from aluminum cans donated by the public. (You can help by donating your aluminum at Pacific Iron and Metal on Triangle Drive in Ponderay.) The Chapter was also the recipient of nearly $2,000 in corporate and other grants from Wal-Mart, the Community Assistance League, and the Selkirk Association of Realtors. Famous “smart guy” Ben Stein also sent in a $500 check out of the blue.

Almost $1,200 of that was given away during the year as outright cash gifts and grants to needy veterans and their families. For instance, two $100 gifts were given to local cancer patients, $50 on supplies for Iraqi troops, $200 to get an ill vet and his wife to the Seattle VA Hospital for treatment, $250 towards a veteran’s funeral expenses, and $50 for an ill Iraqi soldier. The DAV Chapter also spent nearly $400 to send a member to the Idaho state DAV convention in Boise to represent them and they also gave small grants to the local V.V.A. to help put on this July’s first ever Stand Down in Bonner County. Some $240 went towards the DAV’s rent at VFW Hall and $200 was spent on their annual Christmas Dinner. A further $500 was put into the DAV Van Fund (to replace the current van as it ages). If you’d like to help with the Van Fund simply stop by Sandpoint’s Wells Fargo Bank and tell them you’d like to donate to the “DAV Van Fund.”

Time and space forbids my further detailing the DAV’s finances but if you have any questions they’d be happy to answer them. Simply come to any meeting—they’re open to the public—and once again, it’s the third Wednesday of every month at VFW Hall.

On a personal note, our great DAV volunteers put in a couple of hundred hours monthly driving veterans to and from their Spokane VA hospital appointments and do not get paid. The Commander and Adjutant, Ross J and Russ F, likewise put in scores of hours unpaid to pick up tons of food for the Stand Down. Steve Charchan, besides putting in long hours as our Treasurer, also spends scores of hours co-ordinating not only the recent yard and rummage sale but other events as well. And no one gets a penny!

‘til next time, smoke ‘em if ya’ got ‘em and All Homage to Xena!

 

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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