3rd Tuesday, Sep-Jun, 7:30 PM, Liberty Commons PAC
Contacts: Gordon Larson or Bob McQue
Let's make a difference!
The Veteran's Group welcomes all Veterans from the United States and from Allied nations to join for a lifetime membership fee of $50 which includes an A.C. Veterans Group shirt.
President: Mary Hurly
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Robert McQue
Treasurer: Rose Torgerson
The Veterans Group’s mission is to provide an opportunity for fellowship, providing information to the members and surviving spouses about veterans benefits and the presenting of programs of military, historic and patriotic content. There is an opportunity to participate in a 50/50 drawing at every meeting. In addition to the monthly programs, the group coordinates with Pastoral Ministries Remembrance Services on Memorial and Veterans Day.
The Veterans Group board of directors is proposing new By-Laws. The principal change is the creation of a new class of membership, called Associate Supporting Members, for non-veteran residents of Ann's Choice who wish to offer support for the Group. It is anticipated that the proposed By-Laws will be presented for a vote by the membership at the June meeting.
BYLAWS OF THE ANN’S CHOICE VETERANS GROUP WARMINSTER, PENNSYLVANIA (PROPOSED)
ARTICLE I NAME
The name of this organization is Ann’s Choice Veterans Group located at Ann’s Choice, Warminster, Pennsylvania, 18974. ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES
The objective of the Veterans Group is to provide a forum where all Veterans, and Associate Supporting Members of the Veterans Group, who reside at Ann’s Choice, or employees who are veterans and work at Ann’s Choice, can participate in activities of interest to veterans including: 1. Participate in meetings of the Veterans Group. 2. Participate in patriotic events conducted here at Ann’s Choice including Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, etc. ARTICLE lll MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Veterans of all Military Active or Reserve Forces, Veterans of our past and present allied nations, and veterans of the Merchant Marine, and Employees of Ann’s Choice who are veterans are eligible for membership.
Section 2. All Non-Veteran Residents of Ann’s Choice, who desire to participate in, and support the activities of the Veterans Group, may be received as Associate Supporting Members, but shall not hold any office, nor vote in any decisions of the Veterans Group. Section 3. To be received as a Member, or as an Associate Supporting Member, an applicant must receive majority approval of the members present at a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Group.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the Veterans Group shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, and Service Officer.
Section 2. All officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership present at a regular or special meeting of the Veterans Group.
Section 3. Each officer, except for the President and Vice President, shall hold office for one year, but may be elected for an additional term.
Section 4. The President and Vice President shall serve for a term of two years. At the completion of the two-year term, the Vice President shall succeed to the position of President, and a new Vice President shall be elected. If the President cannot complete his or her term of office the Vice President will accede to the position of President to complete the unfinished term, and continue to serve for his or her own term as President. A new Vice President will be elected by special election as soon as possible.
Section 5. The election of Officers and Directors shall be in June. The terms for Officers and Directors shall begin on 1 September, regardless of when they are elected.
ARTICLE V DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. President: a. To preside at all regular, special and Board meetings. b. To appoint a Nominating Committee in March. c. To be responsible for Special Programs, such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. d. To appoint a Program Chairman, Chaplain, Captain of the Color Guard, Valet Chairman, Bugle Call Editor, and leaders of other committees as may be necessary.
Section 2. Vice President: a. To assist the President as required. b. To assume and perform all the duties of the President in his, or her absence or as requested. c. To assume the position of President whenever the President cannot serve.
Section 3. Secretary: a. Keep a complete membership list. b. Keep all the minutes, names of members, and records of the Veterans Group. c. Serve all notices of meetings to the members of the Veterans Group. d. Attend to all correspondence of the Veterans Group.
Section 4. Treasurer: a. To receive all monies paid to the Veterans Group and disburse funds to satisfy all fiscal obligations of the Group. b. To promptly deposit all funds received. c. Prepare all forms necessary for a financial review report no less than once each year or whenever called for by the Board of Directors or by a majority of members at regular or special meetings.
Section 5. Sergeant at Arms: a. Provide assistance at all meetings and group functions to ensure safety of all participants. b. Arrange for equipment including the American flag, to be in place in order to conduct meetings of the membership. c. Assist in signing-up new members of the Veterans Group.
Section 6. Service Officer: a. Provide technical assistance and guidance to the eligible veterans and their families living at Ann’s Choice or staff members who work at Ann’s Choice as it pertains to questions about veteran’s benefits under law. b. Inform the membership about pending legislation that may affect the general interest and welfare of our veterans and their families.
Section 7. Immediate Past President: a. Shall, if in good standing and has successfully fulfilled his/her term of office, serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors. b. Shall perform such other duties as the President and the Board of Directors may assign.
ARTICLE VI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, Service Officer, and Immediate Past President. In addition, two (2) Directors from each community at Ann's Choice, who shall be elected to the board by a majority of the members present at a regular or special meeting of the membership, to serve for a term of one year, but may be elected for additional terms.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall manage the Veterans Group and shall determine the action to be taken in the event of an ambiguity, or omission in these Bylaws.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the President, starting in September of each year.
Section 4. A Majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
Section 5. If a member of the Board of Directors other than the President or Vice President is unable or declines to complete his or her term of office, the President may appoint a member to serve such unexpired term.
ARTICLE VII MEETINGS
Section 1. The Veterans Group shall meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center or as required by the Board. Meetings shall be conducted under the Robert’s Rules of Order. The presence of 25 members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2. All business requiring the attention of the Veterans Group will be by voice vote unless it is determined by the President that another type of vote should be held.
Section 3. The place and time of a Special meeting will be designated by the Board.
Section 4. Notices of the place and time of a special meeting shall be given to the membership at least one (1) week in advance via Email, and direct cubby notices.
ARTICLE VIII FINANCES
Section 1. The bank account shall be designated as the Ann’s Choice Veterans Group. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are authorized signers on the checks. Any two of these four officers must sign checks on this bank account. Section 2. Any monies received as donations or gifts will be deposited to the designated account and so recorded, and promptly acknowledged.
Section 3. A fiscal report by the Treasurer will be read to the membership at every meeting.
ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at any regular membership meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present.
Section 2. Any requested amendment or amendments must be submitted to the Board for action one month before a vote is to be taken.
Section 3. Amendments to be acted upon must be given to the full membership at least thirty (30) days in advance of a regular full membership meeting.
Usually presented in triangle shapes close to their hearts, the American flags on display in front of each clubhouse represent a fallen family member of a resident that has served honorably in the US Miitary. These residents have chosen to honor their loved one by allowing the Ann's Choice Veterans Club to fly the flag given to them at their loved one's funeral on Patriotic Holidays. In doing so, they honor all of us and the many Veterans from Ann's Choice.
Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.
Message presented with each flag at the Veteran's burial
"On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Military, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation, for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."
Created by Richard Shumacher, Transportation Associate
Valet Services to assist in seating residents for all community programs held in the Chapel and Performing Arts Center, the placing of American Flags on the main roadways of the campus on all National Patriotic Holidays and contributing to community appeals.
MEMORIAL FLAGS (those that have been presented to the survivors of veteran's who have been residents of Ann's Choice) are now being displayed on flag display days in front of the club house (weather permitting) for the community in which the veteran lived. Donation of these flags and donations to purchase the flag poles on which they are displayed are requested. Contact Rudy Stroh.
On all Patriotic Holidays, flags are placed by our veterans along many of the streets and walkways of our campus.
RIDES TO THE VA CLINIC are provided by members of the Veterans Club. To make a reservation, call Judy Wright.
Donations may also be made to the Memorial Fund which funds other Veterans memorial items such as the Memorial Plaque which contains the names of deceased veterans who have resided at Ann's Choice. Contact the Group Treasurer, Rose Torgerson to make donations to the Memorial Fund.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the Valet Services and to deploy and retrieve the Memorial Flags for flag display days. Non-veterans are welcome to participate in deploying and retrieving the Memorial Flags. Please contact Jerry Wright to volunteer.
Veteran Discount Cards
All Bucks County veterans and active duty personnel are invited to visit the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office on the second floor of the Bucks County Courthouse (55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901) between the hours of 7:45 am and 3:30 pm. By showing their original DD-214 discharge form (or having staff look it up if already filled in the Recorder of Deeds office), they will be able to receive a color photo identification card that will entitle them to special discounts at local businesses. Periodically, an updated list of participating businesses is distributed to registered Veterans.
There are sets of plaques in each cubhouse honoring those vets who lived here.
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