November 18, 2018
* The New River Chapter members gathered at the Ashe County Arts Council on November 18th to decorate our tree for this years festival. Due to our holiday party on the 17th, Arts Council Director, Jane Lonon gave us special access to come and decorate our entry (pictured upper right).
* Pictured (lower right) are Chapter members (L to R): Morris and Kathy Griffin, Doug Ehrhardt, Barbara Sears, Jim Need and Cathy Ehrhardt.
* Special thanks to Robin Mikulan for the beautiful bow (thumbnail picture, right) that is atop our patriotic entry...
NC Legislature's Long Session, 2019
* Please help to encourage the North Carolina legislature to make Bailey Patton state law and provide for fair taxation of ALL government retirees in NC, including military retirees...
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The NC 4th Branch is lobbying hard to get the legislative bill entitled “Equal Tax Treatment of Government Retirees” passed this upcoming session. We are approaching a make-or-break point on this critical tax exemption issue that benefits newly retired and soon to be retired military personnel, as well as retired government employees at all levels. A key factor that the General Assembly legislators have often pointed out is that they are not hearing about this issue from their constituents throughout the state. The 4th Branch lobbying team sends our legislative alerts at appropriate times and asks subscribers to send out pre-staged email messages to their respective state legislators. Please know that we have established a new platform to enhance the quality of website operations. Today, most organizations that advocate for causes, use a similar technology as one method of outreach to legislators. Our website is easy to navigate and use to get important messages to the smart phones and computers of staff and legislators. Our chapters of 4th Branch member organizations have tried a variety of outreach methods to solicit support for registering on the 4th Branch website and system with minimal results. Our grassroots efforts have such potential for making a difference, but they require some commitment and effort. Remember that you do not need to be a retiree to register for the 4th Branch website. Please consider encouraging your spouse, other adult family members, friends, colleagues to register for the 4th Branch website at www.4thbranchnc.org.
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July 16, 2018
- The 220th anniversary of the birth of the U.S. Public Health Service on 16 July 1798, the day that President John Adams signed into law an Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen. A year later Congress extended the provisions of this act to sailors and officers in the U.S. Navy. Marine Hospitals were established all over the country as a result of these laws, and from this modest beginning grew today’s Commissioned Corps of nearly 6500 uniformed officers.
- U.S. Public Health Service officers have always been on the front lines of the fight against disease. You were there when merchant seamen and American sailors needed your services, and you were there when cholera and yellow fever struck our port cities. You helped millions of immigrants as they fled Europe and Asia and Africa and entered our country, making it the multi-cultural wonder it is today. You served with your brothers and sisters in our country’s military services, and many of your forbears gave their lives while on duty with the USPHS.
- The United States is the envy of the world for having a uniformed corps of officers who can be dispatched to fight disease anywhere. You deploy with a few hours’ notice and go to places others stay away from. You mostly operate without public recognition, displaying ultimate professionalism and dedication in the silent war against disease.
Col. James T. Currie, USA (Ret.), Ph.D.
Executive Director, Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS
May 19, 2018
* The third annual Marathon Jam was held on May 19, noon to midnight in the Ashe County Arts Council building.
* While pickin’ and grinnin,’ both awareness and funds were raised for military families by supporting the Fisher Houses at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg.
* Each of the musicians who participated for all 12 hours of the jam - noon to midnight - were rewarded with the designation "Iron Picker." They include (pictured L to R, below right) Jonathan Phipps, Henry Doss, Catalina Burns, Henry Burns, Vance Archer, Chris Binkowski and Earl Inge.
* Several times during the day-long event, time was taken to honor the service of veterans and present them with a quilt made by the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Look at the thumbnails to the right to see many of the beautiful quilts that were used to wrap the veterans in it's warming support for their service and sacrifice.
Link: Click here to view pictures of the many veterans honored at the event:
May 19, 2018
* Shown in the photograph (right) as well as the thumbnails are several of the many veterans that were recognized on May 19th at the Marathon Jam and wrapped in the healing warmth of a quilt made by the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
* The New River Chapter and the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild were especially honored to make a presentation of one of the quilts to Tina Palmer (shown below right), mother of Ashe County veteran Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, who was killed in Afghanistan and whose memorial service was attended by hundreds of Ashe Countians when held in 2017.