OFFICERS:  President – Fred Fanning 785-201-7824; Secretary - Bill Vinyard 785-787-0655; Treasurer: - Roger Thull 785-827-7981; Chaplain – Moses Stewart 785-827-5956.

DATE/LOCATION: MAY 14, 2021, at the Salina Senior Center Board Room, 1:00 PM.  

MEAL: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Buttered Sweet Corn, Texas Sheet Cake, Dinner Roll with Butter, Cheesy and Ham Chowder.         

     HAPPY MOTHER DAY AND HAVE A BLESSED MEMORIAL DAY! 

PRESIDENT REMARKS: "Hello, members of TREA Chapter 16. I hope more of you will have lunch with us at Bayard’s on Fridays. I also hope you come to our May meeting. For that meeting, the Boardroom has a limit of 10 people due to social distancing and lack of appropriate ventilation. If we get more people, Senior Center staff said they would move us to a bigger room. Also, while we are meeting you must wear a mask. We already have a potential member for us to work on. I hope and pray for nine more."

Regards,

Fred Fanning

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS:  William Vinyard,  William Quinley, and Fredrick Ramírez.

GET WELL WISHES:    Nelson Newell and  Dorothy Armster.

 

VISITOR:  Dennis Naecker, Army Veteran of Salina, served in Vietnam.  Kudos to Bill Quinley for informing Dennis about our chapter.

 

COVID-19 VARIANTS IN KANSAS:  As of May 4, 2021, some of the counties that reported COVID-19 variants are: Saline 3 (UK variant),  Clay 1 (UK variant), Cloud 1 (UK variant), Sedgwick 195 (UK 131, South Africa 1, CA 1, Japan & Brazil 56 variants),  Johnson 29 (UK variant), Riley 2 (CA variant),  McPherson 2 (UK variant), Lincoln 4 (CA), Geary 1 (UK variant), Shawnee 79 (UK 72, South Africa 1, CA 6),  Johnson 29 (UK 20, CA 4, Japan & Brazil 5 variants). In Kansas, a total of 438.

 

LONG-TERM EFFECTS AFTER HAVING COVID-19: Unfortunately for some people who had COVID-19 end up with COVID-19 that can sometimes persist for months.  The virus can damage the lungs, heart, and brain, which increases the risk of long-term health problems.  But most people who have COVID-19 recover fully within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. Older people and people with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms.

TIDBITS OF APRIL MEETING:  It had been a year since the last membership meeting (March 2020). President F. Fanning was glad to see all attendees and thanked them for coming.  Also, he thanked the members who had made Free Will Donations in 2020 to the chapter fund. F. Fanning talked about the decline in membership and recruitment plans of new members.  The 2021-chapter budget was finalized and approved. Suggestion to have a catered dining out to recruit new members and raise funds. The members approved the March  2020 meeting minutes. B. Vinyard passed out the monthly treasurer reports for March and April 2021.  He advised that copies of the monthly treasurer reports from April 2020 to April 2021 were available for review upon request.  B. Vinyard gave the treasurer report a checking account balance of  $898.11.

 

KANSAS VETERANS AFFAIRS SALINA FIELD OFFICE: The office is at 1502 E. Iron Ave., Suite B. The two KS Service Representatives are David Daire 785-559-0066 or david.daire@ks.gov and Judy Thompson 785-823-2862 or judy.thompson@ks.gov. They are available to serve veterans and their eligible dependents and assist with VA claims, etc.  Also, they support six other counties in Kansas.

MEMORIAL UNDERWAY FOR DESERT STORM, DESERT SHIELD: The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial is a new national monument to be built at the National Mall here. The goal is to break ground this year, the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.  The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act authorizes the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor those who, as members of the Armed Forces, served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.

 

MOTHER'S DAY QUOTE: "Mothers are like glue. Even when you cannot see them, they're still holding the family together.—Susan Gale

 

HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE: To those in uniform serving today and who have done so in the past, we honor you today and every day.

                                                          UNITED WE STAND

 
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