WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY VETERANS WHO GAVE AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CITIZENS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN RELIEVED FROM THAT OATH. IF YOU ARE A HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERAN, PLEASE JOIN US IN CONTINUING TO UPHOLD YOUR OATH.
The NGVS meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the banquet room of the North Georgia Barbeque, 897 S. Main St., Cleveland, Ga, located in the Colonial Square Shopping Center. Our meetings usually have a speaker on topics that inform and benefit our members. See events section for more information.
The November Veterans Day (11/11/22)Dinner will take the place of our November monthly meeting. Since our December meeting is scheduled for 12/22/22, the date is too close to Christmas when members will be out of town or entertaining family and friends. We will resume regular monthly meetings on 01/26/2023.
Your yearly dues pay for speakers' dinners, website expenses, meeting venue rental, Federal & State charity corporation fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.
On 5/30/2016, the NGVS funded and dedicated the White County Veterans Memorial listing the White County citizens who were casualties of war since WWI.
On 5/19/2018, the NGVS funded and dedicated a statue memorializing White County's highest decorated soldier, Rondall Glaze.
On 11/11/2021, the NGVS funded and dedicated a memorial to all veterans in Helen Veterans Park, Helen, Ga.
On March 29 each year, the NGVS holds a Vietnam Veterans Day tribute in Freedom Park, Cleveland, Ga.
On November 11 each year the NGVS sponsors a Veterans Day dinner.
NORTHEAST GEORGIA VETERANS SOCIETY BY-LAWS
II. MISSION STATEMENT
IV DESIGNATION AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND EXPENDITURES
V. POLITICAL/COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
VII. MEETINGS AND QUORUM
VIII. ELECTED OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD)
1. President: The President of NGVS shall:
(a) Have general executive authority over the affairs of NGVS, subject to guidance
from the BOD. (b) Conduct regular monthly meetings and represent the NGVS at other venues and Public functions in which the NGVS is invited or participating.
(c) Represent the NGVS before governmental bodies and private organizations.
(d) Appoint all committees as necessary to carry out NGVS functions and programs. (e) Represent the NGVS before governmental bodies and private organizations.
(f) Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
(g) Be an authorized signatory on NGVS financial accounts and all Georgia corporation and Federal IRS Documents.
(h) In conjunction with Vice-President and members, solicit and recruit speakers for regular monthly meetings and NGVS special occasions.
(i) Be authorized to expend no more than $500 in emergency expenditures
from NGVS treasury without BOD or membership approval.
(j) Recruit new members whenever possible. (k) Present to the membership recommendations/proposals from committees
(l) Serve as a voting member of the BOD . (m) Appoint Honorary Officers who can serve as non-voting members on the BOD and
appoint honorary members who can serve on committees to further the goals and
objectives of the NGVS.
2. Vice-President: The Vice President of the NGVS shall: `
(a) In the absence or incapacity of the President, perform the duties of the President.
(b) Assist the President as required, and perform any additional duties requested by President and/or BOD.
(c) In conjunction with Officers and members, arrange for speakers and programs for monthly meetings.
(d) Recruit new members whenever possible.
(e) Serve as a voting member of the BOD
3. Secretary: The Secretary of the NGVS shall:
(a) Attend and keep the minutes of all meetings of NGVS to include BOD meetings.
(b) Provide sufficient copies of minutes for business meetings and posting to NGVS
(c) Receive and file correspondence necessary to meet any/all NGVS legal requirements as required by state/federal law.
(d) Perform all other duties incidental to the office as may be required by the President . or BOD
(e) Solicit and maintain membership information and records and ensure the President has a current membership roster.
(f) Recruit new members whenever possible.
(g) Serve as voting member of the BOD
(h) In the absence or incapacity of the President and Vice-President, assume the duties
4. Treasurer: The NGVS Treasurer shall:
. (a) Have charge of all funds generated by NGVS and with approval of President and
BOD set up bank accounts to conduct financial obligations of NGVS.
(b) Keep an accurate account of NGVS financial transactions and render a balance
sheet report when requested by the President or BOD.
(c) Prepare a written financial report on yearly income and expenditures at the June meeting each year.
(d) Ensure that expenditures for any project or NGVS endeavor over $3,000 shall have membership approval by a vote of a quorum of the membership before the
expenditure is made.
(e) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of membership dues. If a new
member joins, the Treasurer will obtain the biographical and contact information on
the new member and forward the bio and contact information to the Secretary for
maintenance of membership roles.
(f) Serve as a voting member of the BOD.
B. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The NGVS BOD will be composed of the four elected officers, and an elected At-Large
member. The At-Large candidate will be chosen from the membership by the nomination
process and/or the floor nomination process and secret ballot election.
2. The duties of the BOD will be:
(a) Approve budgets over $500 for all projects to be conducted by NGVS
(b) Approve all contracts to be entered into by NGVS
(c) Provide guidance to President and Vice-President on significant actions, goals,
objectives or projects to be undertaken on behalf of NGVS.
(d) Provide guidance and advice to all committees that are impaneled to further goals
and objectives of NGVS.
(e) Administer a program of awards to be designed by BOD.
(f) Have authority to expend up to $3,000 for emergency expenses without
(g) In the absence/unavailability of an elected officer, the BOD will nominate and the
membership will vote on an acting officer until the elected officer is available.
IX. APPOINTIVE OFFICERS
A. The President shall appoint certain officers to advance NGVS programs and ensure
effective and efficient operation of the NGVS. These officers serve at the pleasure of the
President for a term to be determined by the President.
B.Current Appointed Officers are:
1. Sergeant-at-Arms: Duties include:
(a) At monthly meetings ensure flags are properly displayed
(b) Secure doors to meeting area and ensure only NGVS members and guests are
present in the meeting area.
(c) Ensure the proper display of flags and NGVS banners at public events.
(d) Recruit members to assist in handing out information brochures/fliers at public
(e) Recruitment of new members.
2. Chaplain: Duties include
(a) Offering the invocation at regular meetings and other NGVS events.
(b) Attempt to determine the well-being of members and inform the President and
membership of illness or deaths of members.
(c) Along with the President, offer bereavement services to the family of deceased
(d) Offer and procure flowers, food, charitable donations and other needs to family of
deceased NGVS members.
(e) Recruitment of new members.
3. Historian: Duties include:
(a) Keeping and maintaining a written record of NGVS activities, accomplishments and
(b) Responsibility for collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, and such other
items as necessary in the proper recording of NGVS history.
(c) Responsible for affixing historical memorabilia in bound volumes so as to insure
(d) Recruit new members whenever possible.
X. NOMINATING PROCESS, ELECTIONS AND TERMS OF OFFICE
A. NOMINATIONS PROCESS
1. At the April meeting of an election year, the President shall appoint a Chair and
two members for the Nominations Committee.
2. The Nominations Committee will solicit candidates for each elective office and ensure
the candidate's willingness to serve the term of a certain elected office.
3. From the solicited candidates, who are willing to serve, the Nominations Committee
will select, by majority vote, a candidate for each elective office.
1. At the May meeting of an election year, the Nominations Committee Chair will
present the slate of candidates voted on by the Nominations Committee. The Chair
will present a candidate for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and BOD
2. After the Nominations Committee has reported its slate of candidates, the President
will open the nomination process to the attending membership.
3. If there are nominations from the floor and more than one candidate for a specific
office is nominated, the President will conduct a secret ballot election for the
contested office. There will be no proxy or absentee voting provisions. A majority vote
from the attending membership will determine which candidate is elected to the
4. If there are no nominations from the floor, the slate of candidates proposed by the
Nominations Committee will be presented to the attending membership for a voice –
yea and nay – vote.
C. TERMS OF OFFICE
1. All terms of office for elective offices will be for two (2) years. There are NO term
limit provisions as to consecutive terms. The term of office for the outgoing
President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will end at the June meeting and
new officers will take office at that time.
2. At the June meeting, the new President will preside over an appreciation ceremony
for the out-going officers.
XI. RESIGNATION AND IMPEACHMENT OF ELECTED OFFICERS
A. RESIGNATION OF AN ELECTED OFFICER
1. If an elected officer resigns, the remaining BOD members will select a candidate
and present the candidate as an acting-elected officer to the membership at the next
2. If the President resigns, then the acting-President will open nominations from the floor
and if there are nominations, the BOD candidate and the floor-nominated candidates
will be compete for position in a secret ballot election. A majority vote from the
attending membership will determine who will be elected to the vaacated position. 3. The newly elected officer will serve out the term of the officer who vacated the office.
B. IMPEACHMENT OF AN ELECTED OFFICER
1. Any elected officer who commits a criminal act, an act of moral turpitude, or an act
that brings public disdain or discredit upon the integrity or reputation of the
NGVS, may be impeached.
2. To initiate the impeachment process, the BOD will prepare a bill of particulars into
an indictment of the officer. If the impeachment involves the President, the BOD
will suspend the elected President and appoint an acting-President who will present
the indictment at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
3. The indictment will be presented in writing to members at the next regular meeting.
The members will debate the indictment and the President or acting-President will
call for a vote on impeachment. A majority vote of the attending members will be
required for the impeachment of an officer.
4. The impeached officer will be replaced by the Nominations and Election process
outlined in section X – sub-section A&B above. The election for the vacated
position will take place at the next scheduled meeting after the impeachment vote.
XII. MILITARY OBSERVANCE DATES AND AWARDS
A. NGVS Military Observance Dates:
1. Vietnam Veterans Day – March 29th
2. Memorial Day – May 30th
3. Veterans Day – November 11th
1. The BOD shall be responsible for the creation and administration of a program of
awards to be presented to NGVS members and non- members deemed worthy of
2. The BOD shall recommend awards to the President for deserving NGVS members
and non-members who have performed community services or service to
XIII. OFFICIAL NGVS UNIFORM
A. Uniform Occasions
1. On certain occasions such as: formal dinners, military funerals for members;
Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, the NGVS may wear a civilian uniform
clothing that distinguishes NGVS members.
2. The wearing of the civilian uniform by members at certain functions will be at the
discretion of the President.
3. The NGVS civilian uniform shall consist of the following:
(a) Navy blue blazer for both men and women
(b) Grey slacks or skirt
(c) White shirt or blouse
(d) Black shoes
(e) Official NGVS name badge on right lapel
(f) Authorized miniature medals worn on left side of blazer
(g) Campaign Tie or scarf (go to website – legion.org - look for RWB tie – Item #
4. Any member who has an OFFICIAL military uniform from the branch of the military
service in which he/she served and said uniform is in presentable fashion can
substitute his/her military uniform for the civilian uniform.
XIV. AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS
A. These NGVS By-laws may be changed by amendment at either the monthly meetings or
at a BOD meeting.
B. Notice of proposed changes must be communicated to the membership by email or at
a monthly meeting.
C. After discussion of the changes, the membership must approve the changes by a majority voice vote.
D. Changes to the By-laws shall be inscribed in the By-laws document by the current
President and signed by that President and Secretary.
Approved by the general membership. Attested to this, 26th day of May, 2022.
J. Ronnie Webb Ronald Hill
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting January 26th, 2023
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, January 26th, 2023 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
President Ron Webb called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
President Webb called on Chaplain Mac Macgregor to do the Invocation. President Webb led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Webb called on two new members to introduce themselves: LTC Charley C. Bryant II (Cliff) and SGT Ryan London gave us a brief overview of their military service.
President Webb provided a health update on NGVS member Paul Kozoroz. Paul continues to fight against his illnesses but will need additional surgery.
Treasurer Caleb Huiet provided a detailed treasury report.
President Webb spoke about recently deceased member Jack Souza. Jack passed away over the weekend and his funeral was today. NGVS, led by President Webb, provided an Honor Guard for Jack at the funeral. Jack was a valued member of NGVS, his church and community and will be greatly missed by all.
President Webb advised that the NGVS “uniform” for special events is a blue blazer, white shirt, grey slacks, black shoes and a red, white and blue rep tie. This tie may be purchased via the American Legion website: emblem.legion.org//patriotic/products/1301. NGVS members should endeavor to obtain this tie and the other required elements of the NGVS “uniform”.
NGVS member Roger Rosdahl’s foundation will provide scholarship money to each of NGVS member Jack Souza’s great grandchildren. There was no pending Old business. Under New business, President Webb solicited volunteers for the Blaze Scholarship Committee. NGVS members Tom Sieswerrda, Michael O’Donell and NGVS Vice President Bob Ingram volunteered.
Possible new projects for 2023 will be giving the law enforcement departments for Cleveland, Helen and White County an officer of the year monetary award.
President Webb introduced the guest speaker Linda Ebert Ariff. Linda has a very extensive résumé mostly in support of veterans and their families. Linda is a leader in the Military Order of the World Wars organization. Her accomplishments are very impressive
The 50/50 raffle was conducted and the winner was Michael O’Donell. Michael donated back to NGVS.
President Webb motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:40.
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes oMeeting October 27th, 2022
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, October 27th, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
President Ron Webb called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
President Webb called on Michael O’Donnell to do the Invocation. President Webb led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Webb called on two new members to introduce themselves: John Giddens and Michael Kelly. Returning previous member Gene Vogier introduced himself.
President Webb provided an update on Paul Kozoroz health. Paul continues to fight and is doing better.
Treasurer Caleb Huiet provided a detailed treasury report.
NGVS member Jack Souza made an announcement regarding the USMC birthday on November 10that 5:30pm at the Tap Room of Tantrum Brewery.
NGVS member Jack Norris is making some beaded magnetic bracelets with your military awards and honors in them. If you are interested in one please see Jack Norris.
President Webb and member Ron Hill passed some Flag Certificates. Ron Hill is the Flag Chairman of the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter, Georgia Society, of the Sons of the American Revolution. The certificates were handed out to NGVS members that display our American flag.
President Ron Webb discussed fundraising with a gun raffle. Although the idea will be tabled until next spring, President Webb will contact Representative Andrew Clyde for a price quote on a rifle to raffle.
President Webb introduced the evening’s speaker, State Senator Bo Hatchett. Senator Hatchett, a Demorest native advised the group on several bills from the past session and plans for future legislation. At the conclusion of the briefing President Webb thanked Senator Hatchett for the briefing and presented Bo with an NGVS Certificate of Appreciation and an NGVS challenge coin.
President Webb adjourned the meeting at 7:30pm.
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) BOD Minutes of Meeting September 29th, 2022
President Webb called the meeting to order at 7:45pm on September 29th, 2022. This meeting immediately followed the regular NGVS monthly meeting at North Georgia Barbecue.
President Webb led the discussion on thNGVS-sponsoreded Veteran’s Day dinner. The number of complimentary tickets for the dinner should be around 10. Last year approximately 100 tickets were sold. Captain Bill Higgins will be the USAF tribute person this year.
President Webb discussed the new for recognition of the NGVS member that has recruited the most new members. President Webb informed the BOD that NGVS member Jack Norris has recruited the most new members. President Webb directed Tony McIntire to develop a plaque to honor Mr. Norris.
President informed the BOD that the dinner will serve as our November meeting and there will be no meeting in December due to holiday activities.
President Webb went into more detail about the gun raffle fundraiser and a raffle for a leather military coat that was donated to NGVS. The gun and coat raffle will occur in November. Treasurer Caleb Huiet will check on gun prices.
NGVS member Gene Thomas provided a cornhole set to be used in a cornhole tournament. President Webb will coordinate with Tantrum Brewery for a possible tournament next spring.
President Webb adjourned the meeting at 8:00pm
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting September 29th, 2022
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, September 29th, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
President Ron Webb called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
President Webb called on Paul Watkins to do the Invocation. President Webb led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Webb called on 4 new members to introduce themselves, Terry Hunt, Bob Reams, Melanie Haney and Lee Macaulay.
Treasurer Caleb Huiet provided a comprehensive report on NGVS finances.
President Webb provided an update on the health of Paul Kozoroz.
NGVS Member briefed the group on new T-shirt and Polo shirts available for purchase.
Old business- President Webb briefed on NGVS Constitution Day festivities. President Webb stressed that when NGVS sponsors an event, NGVS members should make an extra effort to attend.
New business- NGVS sponsored Veteran’s Day dinner will be held at Bridge Church again on November 11that 6:00pm. Tickets will be $15 each and the caterer is the same as last year. Head count for the caterer must be completed one week prior to the dinner. This year will be an Air Force tribute, next year will be a Coast Guard tribute.
President Webb discussed having a gun raffle as a fundraiser. The raffle would occur at Walmart. President Webb will coordinate with Walmart and the city offices regarding any necessary permits or permissions.
The scheduled guest speaker was unable to attend due to Hurricane Ian. President Webb read the speech he gave on Constitution Day. The speech was well received by all members present.
President Webb adjourned the meeting at 7:30pm
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) BOD Minutes of Meeting August 25th, 2022
President Webb called the meeting to order at 7:40pm. By previous BOD vote, Caleb Hueit was elected as NGVS Treasurer to take the place of Roger Rosdahl who resigned as NGVS Treasurer. President Webb welcomed Caleb to the BOD and made arrangements for Caleb and President Webb to transfer signatory authority on all NGVS accounts from Roger Rosdahl to Caleb Huiet.
All BOD members were present. President Webb turned in some receipts for NGVS business to treasurer Caleb Huiet. Receipts included but were not limited to framing and matting for award presented to Mr. Elkins, additional purchased frames for upcoming awards, bond paper, new sign and business cards.
President Webb discussed the expenses associated with the Constitution Day event. Kurt Johnson musician $300 Awards for essay contest winners $600. Bill Higgins discussed with the BOD the options for printing the NGVS logo on golf shirts. The BOD voted to have Bill order 24 shirts that NGVS would sell. NGVS members will have the option of order more shirts from Bill.
Bob Ingram discussed the new Justice and Law Enforcement program at Truett-McConnell University. President Webb made a motion that NGVS present a yearly scholarship to a student enrolled in the Justice and Law Enforcement program at Truett-McConnell. Bob Ingram seconded the motion, the motion was passed on a unanimous voice vote.
President Webb adjourned the meeting at 8:00pm.
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting August 25th, 2022
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, August 25th, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm
As members arrived and retrieved their badges, new NGVS Challenge Coins were distributed. These coins were designed and donated by NGVS member Ron Hill.
President Webb called on Roger Rosdahl to give the Invocation. President Webb led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Three new members introduced themselves: Cal Riley Ron Weisman Gary Curtis
President Webb update the health status of Paul Kozoroz. Paul is doing better.
Treasurer Caleb Huiet presented a treasurer’s report.
Roger Rosdahl briefed on the Corporal Frederick Russell Killmon Scholarship for Military, First Responders and Healthcare students. Roger recently received a large donation to the Killmon Scholarship fund.
President Webb briefed on new business. President Webb had some business cards printed which will be handed out at the next meeting. Use these cards to recruit new members.
President Webb briefed on the Constitution Day event at Freedom Park on 9/17/2022 at 10:00am. President Webb will speak and awards will be presented to the winners of the essay contest. The award amounts will be $300, $200 and $100. The music will be provided by Kurt Johnson. The White County High School Honor Guard will be present. President Webb solicited for volunteers to read the essays. Volunteers were Tony McIntire, Gene Thomas, Roger Rosdahl, Mike O’Donnell, Matt Filbeck and Bob Ingram.
Bill Higgins distributed the previously ordered NGVS t-shirts.
President Webb introduced the evening’s speaker, NGVS member Matt Filbeck. Matt and his wife went to Ukraine and distributed funds and donations they had collected. Matt was able to provide some interesting insight into the current Ukraine situation. At the conclusion of the briefing President Webb thanked and presented an NGVS Certificate of Appreciation to speaker Matt Filbeck.
Bob Frederickson conducted an NGVS Scholarship 50/50 raffle. The winner was Ron Hill. Ron donated all proceeds back to NGVS.
President Webb adjourned the meeting at 7:30pm.
NGVS Meeting Minutes 7/28/22
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, July 28th, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
The meeting was called to order by President Ron Webb at 6:30pm.
President Webb called on Jerry Corley to do the Innvocation. President Webb led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Webb updated the group on the health of Paul Kozoroz and his wife. Both are doing better but keep them in your prayers.
New members Roy Garceau and Gene Thomas introduced themselves. Returning members Matt Filbeck and Rich Thibodeau introduced themselves
President Webb had already disseminated the treasury information for the month, no questions were raised on the finances.
New business: Bill Higgins briefed on the t-shirts he is ordering. Anyone interested can contact Bill. Information is forthcoming on the NGVS website.
President Webb briefed on NGVS Constitution Day activities for September 17th. Please mark your calendar.
President Webb introduced Colonel John Thompson, the evening’s speaker. Colonel Thompson planned and commanded the aircraft operations on the Seal team raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan on 8/27/2012. At the conclusion of his presentation, Colonel Thompson was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and a challenge coin by President Ron Webb. President Webb thanked Colonel Thompson for his service and the presentation.
President Webb conducted a 50/50 raffle for the NGVS general fund. Tom Sieswerda won the raffle and donated all proceeds back to NGVS.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15pm
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting June 23rd, 2022
The monthly dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held on Thursday, June 23rd 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque restaurant located at 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center. The meeting was called to order by President Ron Webb at 6:40pm. The meeting began slightly late as many members were in line to get food at 6:30pm. President Webb called on Paul Watkins to give the Invocation. President Webb led the Pledge of Allegiance. President Webb advised on the health condition of Paul Kozoroz and Paul’s wife. Both Paul and his wife are doing better. Treasurer Roger Rosdahl gave a health update on Honorary Vice-President Bob Fredrickson. Bob is home, doing better and welcomes visitors, please call first. President Webb presented new business. The NGVS BOD had discussed amending the by-laws such that NGVS would pay up to a $15 per director stipend to cover any food costs at the BOD meeting. This stipend would exclude the purchase of any alcohol. Caleb Huiet made a motion to amend the by-laws to include the $15 stipend per director to cover food costs at a BOD meeting. The motion was seconded by several members including Doug Talmadge. The motion passed on a voice vote in the affirmative. Committee reports are as follows: Treasurer Roger Rosdahl briefed on the finances, Operations account: $2419.47 Community Service account: $4908.88, Glaze Scholarship Account: $9407.67, leaving total funds available of $16,736.02. The May minutes were posted on the NGVS website, reviewed and approved without a formal vote by unanimous consent. President Webb introduced the evening’s speaker, State Representative Stan Gunter. Rep. Gunter has a distinguished career as a member of the legal community, serving as a district attorney and judge. Rep. Gunter gave an extensive briefing on bills passed in the most recent Ga. Legislative Session and answered many questions. President Webb thanked Representative Gunter most informative presentation and presented him a NGVS Challenge Coin and a NGVS Certificate of Appreciation. Roger Rosdahl conducted a ticket sale of a “50-50” raffle for the NGVS general fund. President Webb passed out NGVS business cards for members to distribute to advertise NGVS to other veterans. The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm Michael Michael Lambert, Secretary
NGVS BOD Meeting Minutes from June 9th, 2022 meeting
Attendees: President Ron Webb Vice-President Bob Ingram Honorary Vice President Bob Frederickson Treasurer Roger Rosdahl Secretary Michael Lambert Member-at-Large Tony McIntyre The meeting began at 6:30pm at the home of Bob Frederickson. President Ron Webb requested that Treasurer Rosdahl issue a $1500 check for the Glaze Memorial scholarship award to JROTC Cadet Brayden Creel. The BOD had a spirited discussion as how to acknowledge outstanding contributions to NGVS by NGVS members. President Webb made a motion to award a special plaque to NGVS members that make outstanding contributions to the organization either through volunteerism or by financial contributions. The motion was seconded by Roger Rosdahl. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote. Member-at-Large Tony McEntyre has a company, All American Specialties, that can provide the plaques. The BOD discussed the reimbursement for any food at BOD meetings. The reimbursement would exclude any alcohol. Not all BOD meetings would necessarily include food. President Webb made a motion that the NGVS would reimburse food expenses for BOD meetings, the motion was seconded by Roger Rosdahl. The motion was voted on and carried by a unanimous voice vote. President Webb initiated a discussion for NGVS initiatives for next year. President Webb emphasized initiatives should be directed at White County veterans and complement those services already available to veterans. NGVS would like to have 34 crosses representing the 34 White County soldiers killed in combat. These crosses would be displayed in and around White, county when appropriate. President Webb and Vice-President Ingram will try to work with Garrison Baker to assist NGVS in being able to display the 34 crosses either at Freedom Park or around the historic court house in the center of Cleveland. A current NGVS member has agreed to cover the cost of the 34 crosses. President Webb will advise the BOD and membership should we receive permission to display the crosses. President Webb sought input from the BOD regarding veteran outreach and how best to reach veterans in White, county that need help. Several methods were discussed including letters to the editor to the local newspaper, submit articles to the local newspaper, and trying to secure free publicity from a local radio station. Roger Rosdahl pointed out that better utilization of the current website is needed. Directing veterans in need to our website would be another great way to assist them. President Webb explained that we may be able to set up a Google phone number which would direct calls via text to the website. President Webb and Roger Rosdahl reminded us that NGVS dues must be paid each year and encouraged members to pay via check as paying via the website costs us money. An effort to recruit new members and younger members if able will help to keep NGVS going strong in the future. Remember that your membership and participation does not end with paying dues, volunteerism is an important part of the organization. The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:10pm.
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting May 26, 2022
Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 6:30 PM Pledges/ Invocation Invocation led by Paul Watkins Pledge of Allegiance led by President Ron Webb President Webb welcomed visitors, Andy Negra introduced his grandson. Committee Reports:
Ron Hill, Secretary - The April minutes were posted on NGVS web site, reviewed, and approved without a formal vote by unanimous consent. Treasures Report - Roger Rosdahl - Operations account: $2,449.47 Community Service $4,812.08 Glaze Scholarship Account: $9,407.67 Total Funds available: $16,669.22
President Webb introduced JROTC Cadet Brayden Creel and his family of Dawson County High School and presented the award of $1,500 from the NGVS Rondall Glaze Scholarship fund to Cadet Creel.
President Webb remarks about Memorial Day (5/30/22) event at Helen Veterans Park at 10:00 A.M and program flyer provided by Ron Hill. Also a need for volunteers to assist in distributing program flyers to the motels in Helen Friday morning. Music starts 9:30am by Kurt Johnston. President Webb gave an update on the health of Paul Kozoroz and his wife and Bob Frederickson. Please keep them in our prayers. President Webb congratulated Andy Negra serving as Grand Marshal for the Mountain Laurel Festival parade, Andy a WWII Vet and soon to be 98 years old.
President Webb made a motion to change a portion of the by-laws to add that the President may appoint a Honorary Vice President and Honorary Secretary and they will serve as officers of NGVS. Unanimous voice vote.
President Webb made a motion to change the by-laws to authorize expenditures of up to $500 by the President, $3,000 by the Board of Managers. Unanimous voice vote.
President Webb made a motion to change a portion of the by-laws on "Dues". The current system for new members is too complicated for our Treasurer to contend with. Unanimous Approval. The changes are: "VI. DUES A. To defray costs associated with complimentary lunches for speakers, expenses for rental of audio visual equipment, and other expenses, an annual fee/dues - amount to be determined by the BOD and approved by majority vote of a quorum of the membership - shall be assessed each year on each NGVS member. B. Dues for current members are due at the date of the June meeting or before July 1st of each year. Notification of the dues due date will be sent to the membership prior to the June meeting. C. Dues for new members will be prorated depending on when the members joins during the fiscal year. The NGVS fiscal year runs from July 1st thru June 30th. If a new member joins during the first quarter -July thru September - the member will pay the full dues payment. If the member joins during the second quarter – October thru December – the member will pay three- fourths of the dues payment. If the member joins during the third quarter – January thru March – the member will pay one-half the dues payment. If the member joins during the fourth quarter – April thru June meeting date – the member will pay one-fourth of the full membership dues". Propose that for new members we have a cut-off date of January 1st. If a new member joins before January 1st of the year, he is paid for that year. If someone joins after January 1st, then he pays for the following year. Subsection "C" above will read: Dues for new members will be assessed on whether he/she joins before or after January 1st. If a member joins before January 1st, he pays dues for the current year. If he joins after January 1st, he pays for the succeeding year - July 1st thru June 30th. Unanimous voice vote.
President Webb presented report by Ron Hill Chairman and members Doug Talmadge and Caleb Huiet of the Nominating Committee presented their nominations of officers and a "At-Large" member of the Board of Directors and Honorary Vice President members for the upcoming 2-year term. President Ron Webb; Vice President Bob Ingram; Secretary Michael Lambert; Treasurer Roger Rosdahl; Member at large Tony McIntyre and President Webb appointed Honorary Vice President Bob Frederickson; Honorary Secretary Ron Hill. Unanimous voice vote.
Ron Hill Ron Hill, Secretary
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting of the Board of Directors May 6, 2022
A Board of Directors meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held Friday May 6, 2022 at Dottie’s Kitchen , 8287 S. Main St., Helen, GA 30545
Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 9:00AM and welcomed Board of Director members Roger Rosdahl and Ron Hill.
President Webb discussed the Memorial Day ceremony to be at Helen Veterans Park, 725 Brucken Strasse, Helen on May 30 at 11AM.
President Webb stated that he contacted Terry Sims owner of parking area adjacent to the Veterans Park. Mr. Sims agreed for NGVS to rope off an area for the ceremony.
President Webb will contact Jerry Elkins, Helen city manager for assistance from the city to rope off the area.
President Webb decided to add the Missing Man Table with the White County JROTC to conduct the ceremony.
Ron Hill passed out the Memorial Day ceremony program flyer and will make available at the ceremony.
Adjourned: 9:40 AM
Ron Ronald G. Hill Secretary Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting April 28, 2022
Monthly Dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held Thursday, April 28, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque, 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center. Dinner at 6:30 PM.
Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 6:30 PM Pledges/ Invocation Invocation led by. Paul Watkins. Pledge of Allegiance led by President Ron Webb President Webb welcomed new members Kevin Kent, Bill Mobley, Bill Higgins, Howard Border, and Clarence Keith. Committee Reports:
Ron Hill Secretary - The March minutes were posted on NGVS web site, reviewed, and approved without a formal vote by unanimous consent. Treasures Report - Roger Rosdahl - May2022. Operations account: $2,303.26 Community Service $6,608.88 Glaze Scholarship Account: $9,407.67 Total Funds available: $18,319.81
NGVS Treasurer Roger Rosdahl made an emotionally moving tribute to his fellow Marine buddy who was killed by a sniper while on patrol in Vietnam. Roger held him as he died and Roger has funded a scholarship in his buddy's name. President Webb introduced Melanie Rosdahl who spoke about some of her association with Helen Arts and Heritage, American Heroes Veterans Art Program. . President Webb presented a NGVS Certificate of Appreciation to Melanie Rosdahl for all the support and work she has done for NGV.S over the past 3 years. President Webb presented new business: Impaneled a "Nominating Committee" to select officers and an "At-Large" Board of Directors member for the upcoming 2-year term. . President Webb selected the Chairman Ron Hill and Doug Talmadge and Caleb Huiet as members . President Webb made announcement that Brayden Creel, a JROTC student from Dawson County High School was the sole applicant for the NGVS Rondall Glaze Scholarship. A motion was called and seconded to award the $1500 to Mr. Creel. The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.
President Webb introduced Cleveland Chief of Police Jeff Shoemaker as the invited speaker. President Webb thanked Chief Jeff Shoemaker most informative presentation and presented him a NGVS Challenge Coin and a NGVS Certificate of Appreciation.
NGVS Vice President Bob Frederickson conducted a ticket sale of a “50-50” raffle for the NGVS general fund.
Ron Hill Ron Hill, Secretary
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society Board of Directors Meeting March 24, 2022
The Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Board of Directors met Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:30PM in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque, 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center to discuss a number of needed actions, those present were Ron Webb, President; Andy Negra, Member, Ron Hill, Secretary and Roger Rosdahl, Treasure.
Ron Webb presented a proposal to contribute $700 to the Friends of White County Library as there is a major fundraising effort to raise monies for a new White County Library the state of Georgia offers some matching grants up to $2 million dollars. After considerable discussion Ron Hill made a motion for NGVS to contribute $700 to the Friends of White County Library, seconded by Andy Negra, unanimous.
Ron Hill presented the need to fund the Lisa Cahill “Veterans Art Program of Northeast Georgia” as she conducts the program at the Bridge Church in the amount of $500. After considerable discussion it was unanimously agreed to fund both the Veterans Art Program of Northeast Georgia and the Veterans Art program at Helen Arts Center. Ron Hill made a motion for NGVS to contribute $500 to each of the Veterans Art Programs, seconded by Andy Negra, unanimous.
President Ron Webb will present the NGVS checks to each of the organizations.
Ron Hill, Secretary Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting February 24, 2022
Monthly Dinner meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held Thursday, February 24, 2022 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque, 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center. Dinner at 6:30 PM.
Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 6:30 PM Pledges/ Invocation Invocation led by Andy Negra Pledge of Allegiance led by President Ron Webb
President Webb welcomed members and visitors a total of 32 were present
President Ron Webb welcomed guest speaker Sheriff Rick Kelly who spoke about his past year of updates on several new programs including his newly implemented inmate education programs, soon will have all Deputies equipped with body cameras and will discontinue the use of dash cameras in the cars. Also briefly reported on gang activity in White and surrounding counties, and his commitment to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
Committee Reports: Ron Hill Secretary - The January minutes were posted on NGVS web site, reviewed, and approved without a formal vote by unanimous consent. Treasures Report - Roger Rosdahl - Operations account: $2,042.29 Community ServiceL $6,012.08 Glaze Scholarship Account: $9,156.67 Total Funds available: $17,211.04
President Webb gave an update on Glaze Scholarship applications notices have been sent to area schools and pending responses.
President Webb presented new business: Selected a group of 5 members to serve on he 2022 Glaze scholarship committee.
President Webb gave an update on the health of Paul Kozoroz his reports are good tumors are shrinking. Roger Rosdahl gave a health report about Vice President Bob Frederickson not doing well and his recent fall. Roger stated that Bob was deeply disappointed that he was unable to attend.
President Webb thanked Sheriff Kelly most informative presentation and presented him a NGVS Challenge Coin and a NGVS Certificate of Appreciation.
Roger Rosdahl conducted a ticket sale of a “50-50” raffle for the NGVS general fund. Winner donated his winnings back to NGVS.
Northeast Georgia Veterans Society (NGVS) Minutes of Meeting of the Board of Directors August 2, 2021
A Board of Directors meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held Monday, August 2, 2021 at Dottie’s Kitchen , 8287 S. Main St., Helen, GA 30545 Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 9:00AM and welcomed Board of Director members Andy Negra, Bob Frederickson, Roger Rosdahl and Ron Hill.
President Webb discussed the Constitution Day program to be at Freedom Park on September 17th from 6 to 7 PM and the Constitution Essay Contest for White County Middle School and High School.
President Webb proposed/stated that; The White County Republican Party will provide $250 for three winners of the Middle School Awards. First Place $125 Second Place $100 and Third Place $75. NGVS to provide $500 for three winners of the High School Awards: First Place $250 Second Place $150 and Third Place $100.
Motion by Andy Negra that NGVS provide $500 for the High School Constitution Day Essay Contest seconded by Bob Frederickson, motion passed unanimously.
President Webb will contact Colonel Keith Antonia for a Constitution Day program speaker and will make contact for some one to do the music and singing.
Ron Hill will contact Colonel Hobson for the White county JROTC Honor Guard to be present at 6PM on the 17th of September. Adjourned: 10:00AM Ronald G, Hill Ronald G. Hill Secretary
Addendum to Minutes:
On 8/10/21, President Webb was advised by Scott Justus, Asst. Superintendent, White County Schools that the Middle and High School teachers were consumed with the many duties incumbent with the start of the school year and that they could not participate in an essay contest during this time. He suggested a date later in the year. President Webb said the significance of Constitution Day is having it on the anniversary date the Constitution was signed September 17. Justus agreed to set up a planning session next year before school starts and have the essay contest ready for the students.
NORTHEAST GEORGIA VETERANS SOCIETY (NGVS) BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
A Board of Directors meeting of the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society was held September 23, 2021 in the conference room of the North Georgia Barbeque, 897 S. Main St, Cleveland, GA in the Colonial Square shopping center.
Meeting called to order by President Ron Webb at 7:35PM and welcomed Board of Director members Bob Frederickson, Roger Rosdahl and Ron Hill.
President Webb discussed the recent email from Seth Porter a former Army Captain who served with the Georgia Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer for 7 1/2 years then transferred into the Reserves where he was a Civil Affairs Team Chief for 5 years. Porter said, ".I am sure you are aware of the current situation in Afghanistan. I am writing to see if you would be willing to assist and to reach out to your contacts in assisting with the evacuation of one of our Afghan allies and his family. Myself and others have been trying to aid an operation to evacuate one of our personal friends out of Afghanistan. As our nation has abandoned our allies it has fallen to us to pick up the mantle and save those who fought alongside us. As history has shown with the fall of Saigon, we cannot leave our allies behind as the forces that take over are not kind to those they fought against. As you well know Afghanistan is firmly in the grips of the Taliban and they are actively persecuting anyone who aided coalition forces. We are calling this program our, "Ally Assistance Fund." It will be open until10/9/21. If you could donate any amount and send this to anyone you believe would be willing to help, I and everyone involved would greatly appreciate it.”
President Webb then connected by his lap top computer a ZOOM meeting with Seth Porter who provided more information about about their specific “Operation Helsingor” and the need to get their individual and his family out of Afghanistan. The individual was a Battalion Commander in the Afghan Army and worked closely with his U.S. counterparts in the fight against the Taliban. He is on a Taliban hit list and he and his wife and 2 children are currently staying in a safe house being provied by "Operation Helwsingor" participants. Bribes have to be paid to the Taliban to get him and his family out of Afghanistan.
Motion by Ron Hill that NGVS contribute $500 to “Operation Helsingor” from Community Service funds. Motion was seconded by Roger Rosdahl, and the motion carried by a 3 to 1 vote.
President Webb will continue to search for a venue for our November 11th Dinner and Program meeting.
Ron Hill will design a meal ticket and have printed for sale at our October meeting.
Ronald G, Hill Ronald G. Hill Secretary