Events and Minutes of American Cold War Veterans 2014 Convention
!5 June, 2014
The morning of 6 June, 2014, members of the American Cold War Veterans walked the hall of Congress. Members meet with Senators and Congressmen and their staff.
The afternoon event was a memorial ceremony at the Victims of Communism memorial in Washington DC. A wreath was placed near the statue and comments were addressed by Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of Victim of Communism, Fr Charles Nalls, Chaplin of the ACWV’s and National Board member, and Frank Tims, PhD. ACWV Historian and National Board member ACWV.
On 7 June, 2014, a general membership meeting was held in Washington, DC
Five members of the Board of Directors and 19 other members were present.
The agenda was as follows:
0800 – 0810: Opening invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
0810 – 0830: Introductions and approval of agenda
0830 – 0845: Secretary and treasurer report read and approved
0845 – 0915: National Chairman’s report
0915 – 0945: Legislation report on the Cold War Service Medal, HR 4807 Sponsored by Represented Israel with six current cosponsors.
0945 – 1015: Steve Hein, LCDR, USCG retired National Association of Uniformed Veterans
1015 – 1030 Break
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1030 – 1045: Looking at the future of the Cold War Education Initiatives
1045 – 1100: Social media Al Lepine
1130– 1200: Motions on the floor
Several motions were presented and all were seconded and approved:
1. A motion was made to add legacy and associate members to our organization. The membership of the ACWV’s is aging. We look to spouses (Associate members) and lineal decedents of members (legacy members) to keep our memory alive. Approved2. A motion to grant Regional, State and local Chapters was made. In order to serve our members and their communities, local chapter will be established. The motion carried with this stipulation: Rules, regulations and By-laws will have to be completed and published before starting any local groups. A committee will be formed to accomplish this. Approved
3 A motion to allow for three different size patches. A service cap patch 2”, shoulder patch 2 ½” and a 3” vest patch. Approved to order.
4. A motion to research Cold War sales of pins, challenge coins etc. was presented. Approved
5. A motion to approve Albert J Lepine to serve as the National Adjutant. Approved
6. A motion to research benefits for ACWV members was addressed. A benefits committee will be established. Approved
7. A motion to create a Cold War pamphlet that could be distributed to educate people about the history and military service of Cold War Veterans. Approved
Meeting was adjourned, Benediction and break for lunch
1200 – 1330: Lunch with speaker Marion Smith, Executive Director Victims of Communism Memorial foundation.
1330 – 1430: Travel to Arlington Cemetery
1420 – 1630: Annual Memorial Ceremony at Arlington. Speakers were: Chaplain Nalls, ACWV Chaplain and Board member, Frank Tims, Historian and Board member, Jerry Terwilliger, Chairman of the Board and Ernie Gallo, survivor of the USS Liberty and ACWV Board member.
16:30 – 1800 Social hour at the hotel
8 June 2014
0900 – 1000: Religious Chapel service, Father Thomas W. Vece. FSJ.
1000 – 1220: Travel to the Navy Memorial
1200 to 1400: USS Liberty Memorial Service. Speakers were: Frank Tims PhD. ACWV Historian and ACWV Board member, Ernie Gallo, USS Liberty Survivor and ACWV Board member
End of Convention
Albert J Lepine
American Cold War Veterans