Law Enforcement Recognition
Jed received a check from the NCOA Rogue Chapter #1260 to aid his foundation. The Guardian Project is supported by the White Heart Foundation.
Rogue Valley VeteRUN: Sponsored by Rogue Chapter #1260
Our annual chapter BBQ was held Saturday, August 5th at noon at Veterans Park in Medford next to the N/G Armory.
Hellsgate boat ride
A recent event took place at the Hellsgate boat ride in Grants Pass honoring the wives and children of a fallen brother. This event was called a “Snowflake” and it focused on the kids. Some participants traveled in excess of six hours to attend this event. NCOA holds this event for many reasons. Sometimes just getting out and doing something different allows mom and children a break from everyday events and hardships from their loss.
One wife was asked, “What do you remember the service doing to help you during this life changing event”. Her response was “Everything is a big blur. I remember when it was time to put him to rest, the military service had taken care of all necessary and critical events. They provided on going assistance and were open to any and all questions”.
You could see how excited the wives and children were about going on this trip by their outburst of laughter, silliness and just plain excitement. From the time they arrived to the time they departed they were addressed with pride, honor and thanks from all other participants on the ride. One child stated, “I like the people thanking me for my dad and what he did.”
We stopped on the way back for something to eat and at the end of the meal, one unrelated participant asked if he could speak to the children and parents. He lost his father, the same way they did. He mentioned that every mother stepped up for the best for their child. He advised, “You can do anything and this is your start point. I am a fighter pilot in the Air Force and got there because of my mother.” As he closed his talk with them, he had them promise to continue and always do the best they can. He then asked for a “high five” and a hug. They charged him and continued with each of these points of appreciation for some time.
It was evident that the wives and children received pride, patient and honor. Please remember this for some day we pray that many like these people will step forth and honor our families for what we have done.
Annual Fundraiser July 4th, 2017:
Left to right: Byron Cordes, Dave Haines, Dale Cannon, Terry Haines. Ron Kohl not in picture, but greatly assisted with Flag sales. We earned $984.00 from sales and donations. Central Point, Oregon.
Saturday, June 10th from noon until 2 we will gather at Veteran’s Park next to the Medford National Guard armory. The chapter will provide assorted sandwiches and you can bring chips, desert or appropriate salad. We had previously scheduled a young Afghanistan veteran to speak to us about a project to help other veterans. Unfortunately, our last social coincided to close to when his first child was due and as you can guess, his daughter decided it was time to join the family.
Please let us know if you can attend so that we know how many six foot sandwiches to order. We will be able to brief you on how successful our Snowflake event was in conjunction with Boatnik and bring you up to speed on some exciting future events. Keep your fingers crossed and we may even have some other special friends drop by.
Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example
Terry M. Haines
The NCOA Oregon State meeting will be Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Klamath Falls. The address will be Elmer’s Restaurant, 3030 S. 6th St, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. The meeting should go from 9-3.
We will have a pizza social at Angelo’s Pizza in Phoenix on Saturday, March 4th from 1300-1500. The chapter will provide the pizza.
Our Christmas social was Saturday, December 10 at 1330 at Black Bear Diner
Oregon Dignitaries grace NCOA’s Annual Christmas Event
Flo C. Blake
Approximately thirty Veterans and their family members arrived from towns in and surrounding the Rogue Valley. They ranged in age from “offspring of World War I Vets,” to “youthful descendants of currently active military personnel.”
Two familiar faces among those gracing the audience – Navy Vet/NCOA (Non-Commissioned Officer’s Association) member, Oregon St. Rep. Sal Esquivel, and wife Jan.
At 1:30 p.m. on December 10, Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines welcomed the loyal crowd at Medford’s Black Bear Diner. Haines then provided a brief recap highlighting several impressive accomplishments for 2016. “We started the year with 138 members,” he said. “Through dedicated hard work and recruitment efforts, we now have 185.”
He mentioned numerous good deeds the Association has performed in and for the Community. Among these—the summer jet boat ride, and other outings for Gold Star Families. He spoke of generous care package donations from kind readers who responded to an appeal published months ago through the Press.
“We’ve also sent money-saving coupons overseas to extremely grateful service members’ families,” he added. “Bud Cordes and I staffed a booth at the Veterans Day Parade. I also got to ride in a 2016 Navy Blue Corvette that day.”
“I had opportunity to see the largest flag in Oregon (40’ by 60’) being raised in Grants Pass,” Haines continued.
“On our website www.ncoarogue.org you can view a video of raising that flag, plus an interesting background story of “The Star Spangled Banner,” added NCOA’s Webmaster, David Haines (Chairman Terry’s brother.)
Terry Haines praised NCOA members Al Mullis, Don Skinner, Bud Cordes, and Jack Schock who worked a dozen years building the Vet’s Park in Medford.
One of many impending projects involves bringing a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial to US Cellular Park. “It’s 80% the size of the original one,” David Haines said.
Following lunch, a 50-50 fundraiser yielded $63 for the winner, Central Point resident Paula Vincent. She instantly donated half her prize money to NCOA’s treasury.
Rep. Esquivel expressed dismay over what occurred in Salem following successful passage of Measure 96 last month. “The voters approved setting aside 1.5% of Oregon Lottery revenues for Veterans’ needs. Then (a high-ranking Oregon politician) proposed cutting the State’s Veterans’ budget by a similar percent, so we don’t get any increased help at all.”
“This was reported in ‘The Oregonian,’” noted Jan Esquivel.
“Voters have rights to inform their elected officials about constituents’ thoughts (in regard to vetoing these injustices.) “Sal Esquivel then commented. “The person who suggested those Veterans’ cuts had first approved pay increases for State Administrators despite deep budget deficits.”
Toward meeting’s end, Alice Thomsen, Sr. Vice CDR, Service Officer of Jackson County Disabled Veterans #8, stated she seeks to establish a new DAV Auxiliary. “It’s to encourage Veterans’ help agencies to work together,” she said. Thomsen believes when like-minded persons join forces, with greater numbers they’ll more likely accomplish mutual goals.
SOVB_NCOA-1 members present Veterans Family $1000.00
Chapter BBQ 2016
Spring Social 2016
Spring social at Black Bear Diner on Saturday, May 7, 2016
2015 NCOA Convention
4th of July 2015
2015 Oregon State NCOA Meet
Presentation of a WW2 medallion to BM3 Vess M. Mills, USN. He served in the Pacific on SLU-22.
Chapter Picnic & BBQ
NCOA 50th Convention
Selling flags at the 4th of July parade in Central Point