October 15, 2019
The New River Chapter held a regular membership meeting on October 15th at the new Ashe County Chamber of Commerce meeting site in West Jefferson, The Venue. The Chapter also welcomed MOAA's Senior Director, Council and Chapters, COL Terri Coles as guest speaker. Shown in the photograph is Chapter Chair for Personal Affairs and Surviving Spouse Liaison, Barbara Sears (left) and Chapter President, LCDR Steve Tucker, USN (Ret.) (right) enjoying some warmth with COL Coles near a fire pit on the patio area at the Hotel Tavern where the Chapter went after the meeting for dinner and drinks.
Picture courtesy of Chapter Membership Chair, CDR Mik Mikulan, USPHS (Ret.)
Another Veteran Quilt Recognition
Mr. William Lee Eller, “Lee”, served in the U. S. Army from 1944-1946 in the Infantry as a Rifleman. He had wanted to join the Navy, but was drafted into the Army. Enroute to Belgium on a troop ship he decided that he was certainly glad that he hadn’t joined the Navy! His company was 100 miles from Berlin when it was ordered to Czechoslovakia. The troops were not prepared for the weather they faced in Czechoslovakia- zero degree temperatures, snow and icy ground. They had no boots nor cold weather gear until General Patton ordered it for them. I asked him if there was a big celebration when he returned to the U. S. and he recalled that upon returning to Ft. Bragg in 1946 the local Coca-Cola bottling company gave each soldier a bottle of cold Coca-Cola to take on the train as they traveled home!
May 18, 2019
* The New River Chapter hosted the 2019 Marathon Jam at the Ashe Arts Council Building in West Jefferson, NC on May 18, 2019.
* This years Jam, which raises money to support the Fisher Houses at Fort Bragg, NC and Camp LeJeune, NC, was a great success with several of the musicians earning the coveted title of "Iron Picker" having played for the duration of the event.
* MOAA and the Piecemakers Quilt Guild honored 11 vets representing WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the conflicts of the Middle East and the cold war. One brave enlisted Gunnery Sergeant in the USMC did 4 tours in Vietnam as a K-9 Point man on patrols into the jungles. He is highly decorated and has FOUR Purple Hearts. Two WWII vets were honored one of whom was on Iwo Jima. One Army retired Master Sergeant lady was with NORAD and played a very important role in America’s defense. Another honoree was a retired Lt. Colonel from Army and National Guard who led his local unit to national recognition as one of the most squared away National Guard units in the USA. Others honored were from the Navy and Air Force. Two other very dedicated ladies who were honored run local and national programs to help those veterans with chronic PTSD.
* Pictured (right) are photographs taken during the day of musicians and audience attendees. Be sure and scroll over the thumbnail photographs to the right to see more pictures from the day-long event.
* The below, downloadable file is the article published in the May 29, 2019 Ashe Post & Times on the event.
* Thanks to all who participated, and donated, to our Chapter's Jam to support the Fisher Houses.
* NOTE: When viewing thumbnails, use your mouse to left click on the (F)ast, (M)edium or (S)low controller found in the upper right corner of any image displayed...doing so will run a slide show of all the images at the rate of speed selected. Enjoy!
May 18, 2019
* Open the pictures displayed (right), as well in the thumbnail photographs, to see the many veterans who were recognized and received thanks for their service by being "wrapped" in healing quilts made by members of the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
May 18, 2019
Here are even more pictures of the total eleven veterans recognized during the New River Chapter's 2019 Marathon Jam and recipients of a "healing" quilt from the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
May 18, 2019
A final view of even more veterans having received a "healing" quilt from the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
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...