November 2016 Newsletter

Michael O'Day
By Michael O'Day November 2, 2016 16:05

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VVA Chapter 885


Next Meeting: November 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.                                                           Issue: November 2016

Published Monthly – Distributed to all members of VVA and AVVA

Chapter 885*

801 Princess Street

Wilmington, North Carolina

Tel: 910-762-4288

Editor: Mike O’Day (email:

“Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

President: Don Betz

1st Vice president:  Larry Farmer

2nd Vice President:  K. C. Jones

Treasurer: Bob Doleman

Secretary: Michael O’Day

Sergeant at Arms: Thurmond Bethea

Service Officer: Tony Musolino

Chaplain: Abdul Shareef

AVVA Chapter Representative: Mary Skov

               *Chapter 885 is a member of the New Hanover County Veterans Council.



No formal message from Don this month. However, Don gets a bit of a pass as he has been occupied with his day job which is Executive Director, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWSA).  The LCFWSA has been dealing with a major break in a 48 inch water supply pipe which has drastically affected the water availability in the tri-county region.

Don would like you to remember to observe Veterans Day on the 11th and he wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


If you know of a death or illness of a chapter member or their family, please notify our Chaplain, Abdul Shareef, and/or the office so that we may provide support to the family and get the information to Chapter members in a timely manner.


 No comments this month. VSO Tony Musolino is recovering from recent surgery on his hand.  He gets a pass this month but we expect to have comments from him next month.



November 6th                                   Marathon at the Battleship*

November 12th                                 Sam’s Club

November 19th and 20th                 Riverfest

*This is an AVVA fund raising event. As such we hope to see a number of the AVVA at the battleship helping to serve the coffee and the donuts.

Other Events

November 11, 2016                        Veterans Day at the Cemetery on Market St.

December 9th, Christmas party


 Nothing to report.


The value of an Officer vs an NCO

A 2LT was walking home from work one day, when he noticed a little boy sitting on the sidewalk. The little boy was playing with a pile of poop.  Curious, the 2LT walked over to the little boy and asked him “Why are you playing with a pile of poop?”  The little boy replied “I’m building an NCO.”  The 2LT, amused by this, ran back to the company to get his Captain.  Upon returning to the little boy, who was still playing with the pile of poop, the Captain asked “Son, what are you doing?” The little boy looked up at him and said “I’m building an NCO.”  The captain being equally amused insisted that they return and get the 1SG.  When the three returned the little boy, still playing with his pile of poop, was asked by the 1SG “Son, what are you doing?”  The little boy again replied “I’m building an NCO.” “Why are you building an NCO?” asked the 1SG.  The little boy paused and responded “Because I don’t have enough poop to build an officer.”


I am forewarning you, this may be a little long winded but there is a lot happening this month.

It is hard to believe that it is November. That means that election season will thankfully finally be over.  I think we all have had enough of the mud-slinging and controversy from all sides in virtually every election both local and national. Enough of the spin doctors, including those in the media, who are trying to influence our vote.  Now it is up to you to make up your own mind and get out and vote.  I do not care who you vote for, that is your decision and I will respect your opinion even if I don’t agree with it, which is the way the system is supposed to work, something I think that many of our politicians have forgotten.  The most important thing is vote; you fought for this country now make sure your voice is heard by voting for your choice.  If you don’t vote then you have no right later to crab about who got elected.

November also means that Veteran’s Day is on the 11th of this month.  Originally it was called Armistice Day to signal the end of WWI which was supposed to be the war to end all wars and we know how that turned out.  It was later changed to Veteran’s Day, a day to remember all veterans of all wars.  We are fortunate to live in an area that truly remembers its Veterans.  As someone who lived his first 60+ years in New York, I am amazed each time someone comes up to me and says thank you for your service when they realize I am a Veteran. I hope that you take some time to reflect on those that have served their country and those that are still serving it.

November also means Thanksgiving which this year is Thursday (as always) the 24th.  I wonder what the Pilgrims would have to say about the current world in which we live.  In any case, we have a lot to be thankful for and I want to wish all of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.


John Crandall                     16th

Frederic Muster                20th

Kenneth Knuebel               21st

Ken Lafar                            26th

Richard Killian                    27th

Edwin Gilchrist                  27th

Happy Birthday to all.

If you do not see your birthday mentioned here please get in touch with the Chapter Secretary, Mike O’Day.



One of Don Betz’ goals for the Chapter, when he took over as President, were to grow the membership to 200 members. We are happy to report that we are getting closer to that number.  As of August 31 (latest figures as National has been slow in getting us updated numbers) our membership was at 181 members of which 152 are life members.  Since August 31 we have processed: a number of new members; a couple of transfers from other states and reinstated a couple of members whose membership had lapsed and they had come off of the roster.  If we can keep it up we have a good shot of reaching 200 members by the end of this year and if not certainly by early in 2017.

Fund Raisers

We had two fund raisers in the month of October: Autumn at Topsail (a two day event) and for the first time Harris Teeter in Topsail. For a first time at the location we did very well at Harris Teeter and we did exceptionally well at Autumn at Topsail


Crisis averted. We have sold a lot of coffee the last couple of years and we were down to our last couple of cases of coffee.  Fortunately our reorder of 500 pounds of coffee arrived on Friday, October 28, just in time for November’s fund raisers and the holiday season.  A bag of coffee makes an excellent stocking stuffer on Christmas.

Crowded Spaces

For those of you who attended our last Chapter meeting on October 24, our apologies for the crowded facilities. For those of you who were not there we had a very crowded meeting as the room, on the other side of the building, where we normally hold our meetings was being renovated and was unavailable for use.  We had to hold the meeting in our conference room which typically seats 14 max.  We got creative with the seating arrangements and we did squeeze everyone in.  However, it only illustrated our need for a bigger space one in which we could safely hold a meeting if all of our members attended.  In a bit of a coincidence, County Commissioner Barfield attended our meeting and got to see first hand the crowded conditions.  If anyone has any political influence now might be a good time to use it on either the county or the city to see if they can come up with a more appropriate space for us.

Tax Planning

Many of us have either an IRA or a 401k. Please make sure to arrange to take, between now and the end of the year, the minimum distribution required.  Would hate to see any of us have to pay a tax penalty for failure to do so.

Golf Tournament

This year’s tournament was a success After all expenses, income from the tournament was $6,834, and we will do it again next year. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is again on board as a major prize sponsor for next year.  If you would like to be part of the golf committee please see Mike O’Day

Fish Fry

The Chapter’s annual Fish Fry took place on Saturday, October 22. We had about 35-40 VVA and AVVA members attend.  I think we would have had a few more but for the traffic issues surrounding the Ironman race.  Not only did it prevent some members from attending but a number of people were late due to the traffic tie-ups.

A good time was had by all and the food was delicious. Mack and Althea Mitchell are to be commended for arranging for the facility and acting as host and hostess and overall coordinators for the event.  Special thanks to the gentlemen who cooked the fish:  Lonnie Davenport, Les Heller, and Mac McDonald.  In addition to the fish we had a number of other dishes that were brought by the members, a true pot luck affair and it was all good.

For the second year in a row, Tony Mortillaro’s truck with the flags flying and the Chapter Trailer were right on the edge of the road. They served two purposes: to serve as a landmark so some of us could locate the building; and to attract visitors.  The second purpose worked very well as we had two couples stop by to see what was going on.  Membership applications were given to the two veterans one of which submitted his completed application last week.

If you missed this year’s event try and make sure you attend next year’s so you too can join in the fun.

Some of the activities were captured on camera by Bob Doleman, thank you Bob.




















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