By Mike McLean
The Fall Meeting and Luncheon was held on September 29, 2001 at Hidden Hills in Rindge, nestled in the scenic Monadnock region, in the southwest part of the state.  You could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day in New Hampshire!  Although the leaves had not reached their height of color, the drive there was very pleasant.  Hidden Hills is aptly named, as finding it proved to be quite a challenge for many of our members who attended.  However, in true military fashion, they persevered and made it there.  168 members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal and good friendship, especially during this time of uncertainty and stress.  We were privileged to have as our guest of honor and speaker, MGEN Ronald Lajoie, USA (Ret.), US Co-chairman, US-Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, who spoke to us on the work of his group.  A native of New Hampshire and a graduate of UNH, he had a chance to catch up with many of his old friends.  We were joined by fourteen first time members: John and Jay Britton of Rindge, Warren and Karen Colter of Hollis, Marie Daley of Nashua, Russ and Lynne Ober of Hudson, Harold Parker of Jaffrey, Terry and Judy Parker of Milford, Ray and Helen Pierce of Hancock, Jeffrey Rodden of Spofford and Jane Wright of Peterborough.

 The Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the New Hampshire Chapter was held once again at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford on November 10, 2001.  Everyone thoroughly enjoys the venue, with its central location in the state, and the food is always excellent.  We look forward to returning there for years to come.  While the members' business meeting was going on, the spouses and friends were treated to a slide presentation on the story of the NH coast from 1623 to the present day, by Wendy Lull, Executive Director of the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye.  We were honored to have U.S. Representative John E. Sununu as our guest of honor and speaker.   He also presided over the installation of the newly elected officers and Board of Directors of the Chapter.  A record turnout of 257 members and guests dined on a delicious choice of Grilled Salmon or Pecan Chicken.  A highlight of the luncheon was the raffling of a special TROA motif quilt, handmade by Marilyn Follansbee, wife of Herb Follansbee. It was won by Ruth Whitely, a guest of Damon and Helen Kenison.  The proceeds of the raffle raised $642.00 for the Chapter's Scholarship Loan Fund.  Another $50.00 donation was made to the Scholarship Loan Fund by Marti Gorham, who donated a portion of the profits from the sale of her book, Carpets of Clover.  We were joined by thirteen first time members:  Urban Bobseine of Rye, Roland and Mary Inez Demers of Manchester, Bud and Jane Fortier of Gilford, Karen Waiter Goodman of Londonderry, Edward Ikerd of Amherst, Paul King of Manchester, William and Mary Moran of Gilford, Mark and Debbie Wilson of Exeter and Henry Clay of Wolfeboro Falls. 

Our next Chapter meeting will be held on January 26, 2002, at the Executive Court Conference Center in Manchester, NH.  LCOL Gilbert Bernabe, USA (Ret.) will be our guest speaker and he will discuss the UN weapons inspections in Iran.  You don’t want to miss this event! 



Volunteers WantedWaving
The Chapter is looking for a few volunteers who can donate a few hours of their time each month.  Specifically, the Chapter needs a recording secretary for the Board of Directors and a Public Affairs Officer.  Other positions are available also.  If you are willing to step up to the plate, please contact Paul Bernard by e-mail at, or by phone at (603) 229-1334.  The more volunteers we have, the less work we each have to do, and the more we can accomplish!

Veteran’s License Plates
The State is now issuing the new Veteran’s license plates.  You can obtain them during the month that you normally renew your registration and there is a one-time charge of $30.00 over the normal registration fees.  There is no additional charge for renewals.  At the present time, veterans must show a copy of form DD-214 as proof of honorable service to obtain the plates.  This is required by State statute.  There are many veterans who were discharged before form DD-214 came into existence and the Department of Safety is working with the Legislature to resolve this problem.

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