|Vietnam Veterans of America|
|Membership Notes, September/October 2021|
Despite Pandemic, Staying Busy
Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, South Metro Denver Chapter 1106 continued to function, although Zoom meetings and arms-length projects have slowed us down a bit.
Despite a 15-month shutdown of our primary in-person meeting facility, we were able to present $2,000 scholarships to four local, college-bound high school seniors. We also developed a buddy-call system, manned by our board members, to contact all chapter members at least once a month to check on their well-being. We also continued our support of local veterans in need through assistance with utility bills, rent, and medical equipment with very few hitches.
While fundraising efforts were severely curtailed, “the chapter was able to function and serve area veterans,” President Lee White said, “which continues to be our primary mission and goal.”
The chapter’s first in-person meeting, in June, was “full of so much energy, that it might be hard to contain it,” said Vice President David Lyons. Chapter 1106 also grew, even during this period of uncertainty; adding six new members in 2021, including three who joined at the last meeting. Six new AVVA members came on board, as well.
Chapter 1106 supported the visit of The Wall That Heals to Brighton, Colorado, in early September. In addition, the chapter was an integral part of the annual Veterans Appreciation Football Game sponsored by the local Cherry Creek School District in September.
“We’re looking forward to great things in the coming year, adding to our successes,” said board member John Vargas. “Even with this new beginning, we can ensure that service and commitment will keep coming from VVA 1106.”
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