KWVA Chapter 329’s Election of Officers and Directors/Meeting

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By: John Diaz KWVA 329 Director of Public Relations
Officers:
Charles Johnson elected Commander
Henry Grimes elected First Vice-Commander
Lee Mowery elected Second Vice-Commander
Henry Sawicki elected Secretary
Fidel Diaz elected Treasurer
Lawrence Kohlieber elected Adjutant
Timothy Smith elected Judge Advocated
Directors:
John Diaz appointed Director of Public Relations
Wi Jo Kang appointed Korean Ambassador & Chaplain
Lawrence Bacon appointed Honorary Post Officer
Basilio Macalino appointed Sargent at Arms
Stanley Croonquist appointed Editor of The Scuttlebutt
Judith Ariola appointed President Ladies Auxiliary
David Heine appointed Veterans Affairs Service Officer
After a successful first and second year, Korean War Veterans Chapter 329 (KWVA 329) is moving to expand its public presence and involvement as we approach our third year. The Las Vegas based chapter is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, nationally charted fraternal organization with members from Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas. The chapter also has supporting members from California and Arizona, too. Our current meeting location today, is at the American Legion, Post 8, 733 N. Veterans Memorial Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89101. We meet the last Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. with an optional buffet after the meeting.
The chapter is proud of its many accomplishments including the strong partnership that has evolved with the Southern Nevada and Las Vegas Korean community and the Las Vegas Korean Veterans Association. Commander Johnson said he is most proud of the dedication of the first Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. “I made a promise to myself when this cemetery was built that the 9,125 Korean War Veterans and 37 Nevada Military Service Members resting at the cemetery would be publicly recognized for their individual service and would be welcome homed from the Korean War.” The chapter will hold a joint ceremony with the Korean community at the memorial this June 25th, in observance of the 69th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.
As part of its new goal of increasing its public presence and involvement, the Boards of Directors held their first board meeting to discuss how to sustain the organization in the future. The average age of most chapter members ranges from mid-80’s to 90’s. It was agreed that the chapter would establish a lifetime membership and continue with its outreach to Korea defense and DMZ veterans, who tend to be younger.
More recently, the board held a team building day. Commander Johnson working with his Director of Public Relations set up a day where the board could spend time together without decision making and paperwork, just enjoying time together and meeting members of the public. The day began with a stop at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Members of the public had many questions about the Class A uniforms, the organization and individual’s branch of service. We shook many hands, took a few selfies and we were off to our next stop.
The board took a walking tour of the arena and facility and posed for pictures in front of the “Vegas Born” mural. Two short videos were also made, one in which the board proudly bellowed, “We are Vegas Born,” and a second where they roared, “We are Vegas Strong.”