PRESIDENTS PAGE: January 2019
Chapter 970 continues to grow, with more than 100 members. The members as a whole stay active in our communities. Assisting where we can with local projects, Memorial Day Ceremony, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Our Local Veterans Day Parade, assisting in putting up Flags and Markers around Dawsonville and Dahlonega to recognize those who have gone before us.
We enjoy our weekly gathering that we call “The Bunker” at our official home in Dawsonville, Billie’s Restaurant on Hwy 9 North each Friday from 8AM - 9:30AM. All Veterans are welcome, we share information, but mostly come together to learn more about each other, our families, and sometimes talk of what we experienced in Viet Nam. The camaraderie is great, and food isn’t bad either.
Our members are involved in local non-profits like CASA, NOA, Rainbow Home for Girls, North East Georgia Hospice Veteran to Veteran Program, and Local Veterans Affairs Committees. Our membership includes local elected officials in City and County Governments.
The Crown Jewel of our Chapter is our Scholarship Program. We award two (2) $1000.00 Scholarships each year to community active seniors from Dawson and Lumpkin County High Schools. These are not just the kids with the best grades, but are active in their respective communities as well. This year we have added an additional Scholarship with Lanier Technical Institute in Honor of one of our Brothers, “Gunny” Moore. The Scholarship will assist any qualified student in the field of Law Enforcement.
Every month, the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs makes a visit to Dawsonville to assist Veterans. When they are here they are located on the first floor of Dawsonville City Hall from 10AM-2PM. You can also contact them at their Gainesville Offices Monday-Friday by calling 770-531-6060. All veterans are welcome to come to any of our monthly meetings. We meet the second Monday of each month at the Dawson County School Administration Center; 28 Main St. Dawsonville, Ga. Meetings start at 7:00 PM. We ask our members to bring the wife to the meeting, they help us to remember what is said, and you can treat her to a night out.
We keep our families close to our hearts, that’s what it is all about. We, as a group, are a family. We may have shared some good and bad times together but know this, no one understands us better than us! You have nothing to lose by attending one of our Monthly Meetings or a Friday morning breakfast with your Brothers. You never know, you just may know one of them.
The community where we all live is where it counts. Chapter 970 Vietnam Veterans of America is making a difference in our local communities.
“Fears Fade, Wounds Heal, Heroes Never Die”
Support our Troops!
Bill Martin, President
In Memory of: T.G.” Gunny” Moore, Allen” AC” Wade, Sherman “Tank” Heaton, Jim Russell