Welcome Home, Utica
BY FRED ELLIOTT
At the most recent New York State Council meeting, Joe Kristek, the Central District Director, submitted his resignation
because he and his wife will be moving to North Carolina. Joe will
be missed by all of us in New York, but we know he’ll serve
veterans in North Carolina with the same dedication he
demonstrated in New York.
A brand new chapter, 944, received its charter from State Council
President John Rowan. The new chapter is located in Utica in
central New York. We congratulate them. Welcome home.
Ed Vick, a Vietnam veteran and the retired CEO of Rubicam & Young,
served as facilitator for a VVA Board planning session as an
unpaid volunteer. The conversations roamed all over the map. The VVA Board adopted a motion emphasizing that VVA officers,
directors, committee chairs, and others not campaign while they
are on VVA- funded business. The Board also adopted a proposal to
hire an outside legal firm to eliminate the backlog of claims
appeals at the national office. I also attended meetings of the
Membership Affairs Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, the
Healthcare Committee, and a second Finance meeting.
Remember that 2005 is a Convention year. It’s not too early to
begin planning and fundraising to send chapter delegates.
Things to do in Reno include visiting the National Automobile
Museum, which lets you travel through time like few other places.
Every car has a story—a little tale about who and where and why.
You can stroll down period street scenes and explore decades of
intriguing automobiles. Go to www.automuseum.org for more
You can also visit Hot August Nights, a place that gives you the
to relive those wonderful days of drive-in movies, cruising Main
Street, boppin’ at the Malt Shop, or just hanging out in your cool
car with your best guy or best gal listening to some great music
on the radio. The web site is
You can check out the city of Reno at
www.reno.com and the
Convention hotel, the Silver Legacy, at
Let’s make this Convention the biggest turnout for Region 2 yet.