March 2017 Newsletter

Michael O'Day
By Michael O'Day March 2, 2017 20:47

Next Meeting:  Monday, March 27,  at 7:00 P.M.                                                               Issue: March 2017

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: James Bryant

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


Here’s a salute to the membership!  200 members is golden! The Chapter has accomplished the challenge to reach 200 by 2 months (May 1st was the target date)!  Our #199 (Frank) was present at the monthly meeting on Monday and #200 Loren came in and transferred membership on Tuesday and another possible member was at Monday’s meeting!)(#201 ?)

I think we should challenge ourselves to be the largest chapter in North Carolina by this time next year!!  It is really doable with work that the Chapter does week in and week out!  I am so proud of each member working to build our presence in the Veteran community!

We have visitations scheduled to assisted care facilities in March, fund raisers and a Parade, Saturday March 11th!  Wear those green shirts for St. Patrick’s Day!! Perfect!

The Chapter will be in the Azalea Parade on April 8th and we learned about a possible Veterans Day Parade this year on Saturday November 11th at 9 a.m. downtown Wilmington!

With spring on the horizon golf is in the air! Mike and Curt are forming the golf committee as the event is planned for September 16th; let’s start now talking it up with possible sponsors.

I had the opportunity to attend the NC State VVA meeting in Durham on Feb. 17 & 18 and was proud to share our membership growth news and all the activities the Chapter has been doing in the last several months.

Thanks for a great effort and let’s keep having some fun with all that we do!



Chaplain Abdul Shareef is traveling to Manilla in the Philippines for a Global Peace Conference.  We wish Abdul a safe and successful trip.  In his absence if anyone needs assistance please contact the Chapter or any of the Officer’s or Board members for assistance.


If you are a veteran who has been approved for VA disability with a 100% P&T disability rating, or if you were wounded in the line of duty after 10/1/2001, you can have your SSDI claim expedited in effort to get faster approval for monthly SSDI benefits.  The additional monthly benefits from SSDI can significantly impact your financial situation and help you with regular living costs.  By supplementing your VA disability with SSDI, you can have a major impact on your family’s finances.

Tony Musolino and Tiney Corbett are going paperless.  They will no longer keep any copies of your claims in the office.  The paperwork is being returned to the veteran.  If you have had a claim filed by 885 please stop in and see Tony or Tiney to take back your paperwork.


Fund Raisers

March 18             Piggly Wiggly, Leland

March 25             Food Lion, Military Cutoff

April 8 ,9              Azalea Festival

April 29                Sam’s Club

June 17                Sam’s Club

July 29                 Piggly Wiggly, Leland

September 9       Sam’s Club

September 16     Golf Tournament

November 4        Sam’s Club


March 11             St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Wilmington

April 8                   Azalea Festival Parade


March 7               Nursing Home Visits (Autumn Care and Britt Haven)

Nov 11th               Veterans Day at the Cemetery, Market St. Wilmington, NC


The AVVA, in coordination with VVA members, are putting together a schedule of visitations to visit with veterans in area nursing homes.  On Tuesday, March 7, we will be visiting Autumn Care and Britt Haven, if you would like to be a part of this experience, please see either James Bryant or KC Jones.  The visitations of nursing homes will be an ongoing program.


The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don’t speak the same language.  For instance, take the simple phrase “secure the building.”

The Army will post guards around the place.  The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.  The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up headquarters.  The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.


We are living in turbulent times.  Many of us disagree politically and while this has always been the case the actions and reactions seem to be different this time around and much more violent.  Reactions run the gamut from dissolving friendships to riots, looting and shootings.

Road rage seems to be out of control and again reactions are violent ranging from someone jumping out of the car and yelling and intimidating the other driver to someone else pulling out a gun and shooting the other driver.

Simple disagreements have a way of escalating into loud arguments, possibly physical confrontations and in some cases someone pulls out a knife or a gun with tragic results.

My point in all of this is that life is short enough as it is there is no need to rush things along.  So the next time you disagree with someone, be it politically or in some other way, before blasting back take a moment and consider the other person’s opinion.  You don’t have to agree with that person but is it really worth getting upset and letting it get all blown out of proportion.  When that driver cuts you off try just thinking that the idiot is a jerk and let it go at that, is it worth getting into an altercation.

If we can all take a moment to think of our actions and/or reactions maybe we can calm things down a little and in the long run life will be a little calmer.  Maybe this is being a little naïve on my part but wouldn’t life be a little nicer.


Wanda Palmer                  1st

Curt Farrison                      7th

Daniel Matthews              7th

Johnnie Register               8th

Althea Mitchell                  10th

Mac McDonald                 12th

Mack Mitchell                   12th

Robert Cooke                    13th

Don Betz                             13th

Marvin White                    14th

Terry McGrath                   16th

Ritt Schiano                       17th

Frank Hassell                     20th

Wilson Grady                     21st

Bob Doleman                    23rd

Ralph Nixon                       25th

Joel Bell                              28th

Leroy Dukes                       28th

Billy Johnson                      28th

Richard Walker                 31st

Happy Birthday to all.

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


Chapter Elections

The Chapter will elect Officers and Board Members at the April Chapter meeting.  If you would like to run for one of the positions, please see a member of the election committee: Sam Colman, Curt Farrison or Reid Mendenhall.

Membership Totals

Our numbers continue to grow. Don Betz mentioned in his message this month we have hit the 200 mark in membership.  Number 200 walked in to the Chapter on February 28 and transferred in from another state.  It seems that he had been taking to Floyd Palmer at the VA facility and Floyd encouraged him to stop by the Chapter.  Just one example of how we reach out to the community.  Other members have done the same thing in the past year so keep up the good work everybody and congratulations on reaching the 200 mark.

Our next membership goal is to be the largest Chapter in the State.  We are only about 20 members short of that target let’s challenge ourselves to be number one.

Golf Tournament

Our second annual golf tournament will be held on September 16, 2017 at Olde Point Golf & Country Club.  Once again Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will be sponsoring prizes: a hole in one package with prizes at each par 3 with a 2017 Chevy Silverado as the top prize; two tickets to the 2018 Coca Cola 600 stock car race; and a chance to win $1,000,000 yes that’s right, $1,000,000 with a shot at a hole-in-one.

We are reaching out to various businesses to see if they will act as sponsors of the tournament.  Last year we had 31 companies and or individuals, including some Chapter members that sponsored a hole at $100 each.  This year we would like to more than double that number and you can help.  If you know of a company that we should talk to please let Mike O’Day or Curt Farrison know and if you would like to sponsor a hole yourself please do so and thank you.

If you would like to participate in the planning of the tournament as a member of the golf committee please contact either Curt or Mike.

PX Privileges

This was in last month’s Newsletter but it deserves to be repeated again this month.

According to Stars and Stripes, after two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective November 2017, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.

The entire article can be read on the Chapter’s website at

Trip to Washington DC

The Juneteenth Committee of Wilmington, NC is sponsoring a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.  The group will leave Sunday morning, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM and return Tuesday night, May 23 around 9:00PM.

Costs for the trip run from $200 to $380 per person depending upon how many people share a room.

Contact information: Evelyn Fennell at 910-233-1825 or 910-791-3529 or Marsha Graham-Ali at 910-371-1610

Food Lion fund raiser

We had our first fund raiser of the year at Food Lion in Leland on February 18.  It was our first time at any Food Lion and while we did not take in as much as we usually do it was still a good day.  Per store restrictions we were limited to only 4 volunteers at a time which curtailed our jocularity a bit but we still had a good time.

Elderhaus Pace

At Monday night’s Chapter meeting, February 27, we had a presentation from Ashley Daniels of Elderhaus Pace.  The topic of Ashley’s presentation was aging in place, a subject which we will all have to confront sooner or later be it for ourselves or a spouse or parent.  It is a very difficult subject to come to grips with.

The presentation was informative and for some of us timely.  Ashley left a number of pamphlets with the Chapter so if you have questions pick one up.

St Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Elderhaus is sponsoring a luncheon on Saturday, March 18, from 11:30 am to 1pm at Elderhaus by the Lake – 1950 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington.  Irish music and Irish cuisine and door prizes.  This is an opportunity for caregiver’s to bring their loved ones to socialize and to find out a little bit more about Elderhaus.  If you ae interested please RSVP to Holly Pilson by March 8 – 910-395-4553 ext. 204 or

Daytona 500

One of the prizes at last year’s golf tournament was two tickets to this year’s Daytona 500.  Tony Musolino won the silent auction and gave the tickets to his son.  The race was this past weekend and from what I hear, Tony’s son had a great time.

As mentioned above one of the prizes for the tournament this year is two tickets to the Coca Cola 600.  Again it will be a silent auction and the bidding is open to the golfers and volunteers.  So come on out and join us and put in a bid, the proceeds go to the Chapter.

Michael O'Day
By Michael O'Day March 2, 2017 20:47


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