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While visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 2014, I unexpectedly received on behalf of all current and former Members of the American Armed Forces this gracious Note from Ms. Sofia of her heartfelt appreciation for those "serving our country" in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.  Thank you, Sofia, from all of us who wear or have worn our Nation's military uniforms.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 01 DEC 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

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BELOW:  Highlights from the 10 NOV 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 13 OCT 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 08 SEP 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

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BELOW:  Highlights from the 11 AUG 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

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BELOW:  Highlights from the 14 JUL 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

SENIOR VICE COMMANDER Johhny Arp helping to hold up the handmade patriotic quilt presented by Donna Brewer (at lectern) to QUARTERMASTER William C. Merritt, Jr.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 09 JUN 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

 

BELOW:  Highlights from the 31 MAY 2016 dedication of the Purple Heart Mural on Wolftever Creek Greenway under Ooltewah-Ringgold Road in Collegedale, Tennessee.

 

 

Offices represented at the dedication of the Purple Heart Mural in Collegedale on 31 MAY 2016:

 

KEVIN B. WILSON, Municipal Court Judge, City of Collegedale, Tennessee;

MICHELLE HARSTINE, Field Representative U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District;

ALEX LOZA, Representational Artist, Portraitist, Muralist & Instructor, the Purple Heart Mural’s artist;

DEBBIE BAKER, Commissioner, City of Collegedale, Tennessee;

ETHAN WHITE, Commissioner, City of Collegedale, Tennessee;

ASHLEY BROOCKMAN, Miss East Tennessee at Miss America Organization;

KATIE A. LAMB, Mayor, City of Collegedale, Tennessee;

BO WATSON, Senator, Tennessee General Assembly for State District 11;

PHIL GARVER, Commissioner, City of Collegedale, Tennessee;

ROBERT BREWER, Commander, Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 1697;

ALEX LOZA, Representational Artist, Portraitist, Muralist & Instructor, the Purple Heart Mural’s artist;

LINDA SHRIVER-BUCKNER, Vice President, Communication, Ooltewah/Collegedale Council Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce;

JOHNNY ARP, Senior Vice Commander, Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 1697.

 

BELOW:  Highlights from the 12 MAY 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

2016-17 Officers of the Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 1697: 

 

  COMMANDER: Robert Brewer                                                SENIOR VICE COMMANDER: Johnny Arp                                   JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER: Tom Imberger          QUARTERMASTER: William C. Merritt, Jr.                      CHAPLAIN: James Durichek                                                           JUDGE ADVOCATE: Charles Whidden                              SURGEON: Don Hunt

  1 YEAR TRUSTEE: Jack Blanco                                                      

  2 YEAR TRUSTEE: DaveTurner                                                     

  3 YEAR TRUSTEE: Phil Garver

  ADJUTANT: Lewis L. Szerecz                                                 SERVICE OFFICER: Jack Rollins

 

Linked at http://vfw1697.org/about-us/executive-council/

 

BELOW:  Continuing highlights from the 12 MAY 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

Veterans attending the FIFTEENTH ANNUAL INTERCLUB RALLY of the KIWANIS CLUB OF OOLTEWAH-COLLEGEDALE on May 11, 2016.

Veterans attending the FIFTEENTH ANNUAL INTERCLUB RALLY of the KIWANIS CLUB OF OOLTEWAH-COLLEGEDALE on May 11, 2016.

If you know, please email to info@vfw1697.org the names of the first and fourth Veterans (from the left) to complete the captioning of all Veterans in this photograph.  Thank you.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 14 APR 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

More on the World Record of 73-consecutive-days' CLASSROOM UNDER THE SEA        at http://www.roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea/

BELOW:  Highlights from the 10 MAR 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

Attendees at the regular monthly meeting of Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 1697 in the Fuller Memorial Community Center inside Collegedale (Tennessee) City Hall. (Photograph: Lewis L. Szerecz.)

Front row, from left: Andi Erwin, James Irwin, Jack Blanco, Margaret Merritt, Clarence Merritt.  Back row, from left: Charles Whidden, Jewel Whidden, Don Hunt, Katye Hunt, Nancy Thiel, Mitchell Thiel, Eve Arp, Johnny Arp, Bill Nutt, Mary Anne Turner, Dave Turner.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 11 FEB 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 14 JAN 2016 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 17 DEC 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

VFW Christmas Program with The Ashton - Francisco Family

BELOW:  Highlights from the 05 NOV 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

     Above photographs courtesy of Dave Turner and Phil Garver.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 08 OCT 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 10 SEP 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 13 AUG 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 09 JUL 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

 

MARTY MILLER’S MISSION

 

Marty Miller gave a slide presentation about his experience of climbing Mt. Rainier many times, with many groups, since the age of 18. He used the climbing experience as a metaphor to how we all should face life. Whether on the battle field, on a glacier covered peak, or in our day to day life, facing obstacles and challenges requires total commitment of an entire team and a good dose of God's wisdom... but the summit is worth the effort. He's leading another group up Rainier again in just a few weeks!

Marty is a 30 year veteran, but not a veteran of foreign wars. He is a veteran mountain climber and veteran teacher! After a rich and rewardingcareer as a high school science teacher and university outdoor leadership professor, Marty has embarked on a new venture, a non-profit men's ministry
organization called, Blueprint for Men. His organization seeks to help men discover and live out their God-given design and purpose in a secular world. Blueprint for Men provides leadership, training, and support for individuals and large groups through adventure, retreats, mentoring, and addiction recovery. To discover more and get connected go to the website www.blueprint4men.com.

 

 

                                                                                 Contributed Blurb

 

BELOW:  Highlights from the 18 JUN 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

Attendees at the regular meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2015, of Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 in Fuller Memorial Community Center of Collegedale (Tennessee) City Hall. Photograph courtesy of Mark Smedley.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 07 MAY 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 9 APR 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the joint effort of Ooltewah (Tennessee) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697, the City of Collegedale (Tennessee) Parks & Recreation Department, and the local Community to replace all State flags at the Collegedale Veterans Memorial Park on 01 APR 2015.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 19 MAR 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 12 FEB 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 08 JAN 2015 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 11 DEC 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

 

Greenbriar Cove Community Center on Tuckaway Lane in Collegedale, Tennessee, site of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 Christmas Program on 11 DEC 2014.

Links to participating organizations:  http://thesamaritancenter.net/                          http://www.hermanandsonnieharp.com/

BELOW:  Highlights from the 13 NOV 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 09 OCT 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 11 SEP 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 14 AUG 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 10 JUL 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

2014-15 Officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 (from left):  QUARTERMASTER William C. Merritt Jr., SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Bill Nutt, JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER Brad Hyden, SURGEON Donald W. Hunt, CHAPLAIN Jack Blanco, SENIOR CHAPLAIN James Durichek, POST COMMANDER Philip Garver, and SERVICE OFFICER Jack L. Rollins.  Not in photograph: SENIOR VICE COMMANDER Johnny M. Arp, ADJUTANT Charles E. Whidden.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 12 JUN 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 08 MAY 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

ABOVE: At the 10 APR 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697, from left, POST COMMANDER William C. Merritt Jr., guest presenter John Van Zyl, and TRUSTEE David C. Turner. (Photograph courtesy of SENIOR VICE COMMANDER Johnny M. Arp.)

BELOW:  Highlights from the 13 MAR 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.

BELOW:  Participants from the City of Collegedale and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 teamed up to replace worn State flags at the Collegedale, Tennessee, Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, February 21, 2014.

BELOW:  Highlights from the 9 JAN 2014 meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697.