“I see really two simple aspects to the association,” said Gerry Lewis, chair of the leadership committee. “One is the service aspect; what are we going to do to help our fellow vets, etcetera. And then the other side is socially; what can we do to bring more people in and have some fun ourselves.”
The meeting started with the formation of a leadership committee including Lewis, Dale Greene, Mike Kitler, Jim McCabe, Ed Nolan, Mike Roman, Stuart Streck and Dave Warvel.
One of the first specific goals identified by the group was to continue the oral history project that was started when Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston visited earlier this year. The leadership committee decided to prioritize veterans by when they served, starting with the handful of World War II veterans in the group then making their way through time to recent service.
Other priorities the group decided on were setting up a database for communications, community outreach, framing a charter to direct their vision and working through the logistics of day trips to places such as the Kennesaw Battlefield.
The association also plans to reach out to other veteran organizations in the area to help fellow vets and partner in different projects.
The club meets at Park Place in Newtown Park. The next meeting will be July 11 at which time they will solidify a schedule of meetings which are expected to take place twice a month.