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Hamilton County Veterans Corp Meeting Minutes

April 1st, 2024, 7pm Fishers American Legion Post 470, 9091 E 126th St


  • Pledge of Allegiance / Silent Prayer
  • Welcome Guests & New Members
    • Introductions of everyone –
      • New Members
      • All Hamilton County VFW & American Legion Representatives
  • Financial Report – Lynn
  • Sick Call – Ron

Old Business

  • National Guard / Army Reserve and Financial update – Mark Fiddler
  • Indiana Army National Guard – update on activities and how we can market/advertise our events, etc – Kimo Anderson & Bill will meet in May
  • Coffee with a Veteran the last Saturday of the month at School House 7 Café is gaining members! 12125 Cyntheanne Rd, Fishers from 8-9am. Update on numbers and activity – Cliff Morlan
  • Update on activities of The Military Veteran Coalition of Indiana (MVCI) and bills we need to help with. 1st Fridays 930am at VFW Post 7119 6525 Lee Rd, Indianapolis. – Ron & Lisa
  • MASH Ministries PTSI workshops, meetings have more locations and added days, morning and night sessions – Ron
  • Stronger Veterans Stronger Communities Coalition and the Governor’s Challenge to eliminate suicides in Hamilton County Y’all should become familiar with this book – Bill
    • We have had 8 meetings to work on the implementation plans financial and marketing needs for events and how we are going to reach out to our Military Veteran community, get them involved and host lethal means safety in our community.
    • We have created a Hamilton County Service Organization Flyer with basic information on our CVSO’s and every American Legion and VFW Post in Hamilton County. It is an 11×17, double sided, 3 fold pamphlet with a Post on each page and our CVSO on the front. We are asking to get at least 5000 copies of the flyer printed, Aaron Bacon from IWP got us a quote for 5000 copies for $960 or 10,000 for $1410…. This will be placed in every business in Hamilton County which we will need everyone’s help passing them out.
    • We also created a Q1 2024 Hamilton County Military Veteran Newsletter which we are trying to get into print and online at the Star, all Hamilton County Current papers, the Times, the Reporter, Channel 19, FOX 59, WISH TV, WTHR TV,,,, We have it running in the Saturday edition of the Hamilton County Reporter and are working with the Current on setting up either a weekly, monthly or quarterly Military Veteran column in all their city papers!! If anyone has media contacts who will help us publish our quarterly newsletters let me know. – Bill
    • We have met with a launch and a marketing company to work through the best ways of achieving our goals at the lowest cost and most efficient way. Waiting on their feedback and $$.
  • Joining Community Forces Indiana meetings for Marion & Donut counties – the best networking event anywhere. Buzz Smith of Easterseals Crossroads continues to keep us all updated on all things Military Veteran related. Zoom meetings are the third Thursdays at 10am & Bill
  • DON’T FORGET – Tell everyone you know to setup their Kroger shopping card online to the Hamilton County Veterans Corp as every time they shop and scan their card, the HCVC will get cash!! Any questions see our HCVC website Donation page – Bill.
  • Ron spoke with Noblesville about having a Woody Williams Gold Star Family Memorial some place in Noblesville and they are open to discussing it further. We need to push for Noblesville to have their own Armed Services Commission like Fishers and they can be the drivers of this initiative. Ron can even be a member of the Noblesville Armed Service Commission!!! – Ron
  • Ron has also talked with Noblesville about hanging Hometown Hero Banners on city light poles Honoring our Military, Veterans and First Responders. When we continue talks we need to again push Noblesville to create their own Armed Services Commission (ASC). Noblesville should reach out via their City website to ask Military Veteran families to fill out a form online and submit a picture of their Veteran to put on a Pole Banner downtown. If Noblesville wants be creative around their War Memorials, they can sell pavers on their website to line said Memorials with the engraved bricks of our local Heroes…. Said ASC could also setup lawn care and snow removal for our Military residents who are deployed. – Ron/Bill

New Business

  • Leslie Walls has a big motorized wheelchair she is giving to the HCVC. It’s a 2016 Invacare Pronto M61 Sure Step and weighs 202 lbs. It has new batteries but it needs the control stick repaired. We need someone to contact Leslie at 317-370-2533 when we have a place to take it to get it fixed. It will take a few bodies and a truck to pick it up. Leslie’s phone is 317-370-2533 – Bill – Ron and Lynn to call Leslie to setup pickup
  • Allied One Solutions  offers Free cell phones & and monthly connectivity programs for Veterans with low income. See these websites for who qualifies for each program – and  – Ron/Bill/Mark
  • Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day Event by Don Hawkins will be August 17, 2024 9am-9pm at White River State Park, 801 West Washington St, Indianapolis, In. – Ron/Bill
  • Upcoming events in 2024 that the HCVC needs to have a table at so we can tell all who we are, what we do and gain more members.
    • March 13, 2024, 12-2pm Veterans Canteen Resource Group Luncheon at Woodland Terrace of Carmel, 689 Pro-Med Lane, Hosted by Care Tenders Hospice – contact Donna Hall [email protected] CVSO Lisa Wilson will be speaker – no one came to the event so Bill is helping them with their June and Sept events – marketing, advertisement, etc
    • April 10, 2024, 11am-2pm in the Taylor Courtyard – Community Connection Resource Fair in front of Taylor Hall on IUI campus – bring table and chairs. Contact is Shelby Lyn Merida, Veteran Service Coordinator, IUI [email protected]Cliff & Lynn
    • Bill is communicating with Britton Falls community Veterans Club about helping them being more involved with Hamilton County Veterans activities. We will be helping to host afternoon seminars there with the VA, CVSO, SVSC and Jill Fewell WHVV. – Bill
    • May 10, 2024, Hero Hut & IDVA Salute to Veterans Charity Golf Outing at Brookshire Golf Course in Carmel. More info to come after David at Hero Hut finds out where we could setup for the event. – Bill
    • June 12, 2024, Care Tenders Hospice will have their luncheon which Bill will speak at for the HCVC and our July 20 resource fair – Bill
    • Bill is working with Indiana Golf on the PGA HOPE Program where the PGA is running 6 training sessions all around the state including Hamilton County. – Bill
  • The HCVC will be hosting the Hamilton County Community Resource Fair July 20, 2024 at the Noblesville Schools Community Center 1775 Field Dr from 11am to 3pm!! The resource fair will bring together all our local resources that will address most issues and needs we all have so all will know better how to resolve their own issues and those of their friends/family. – Bill & Ron & Lynn
    • On this day, the Hamilton Stronger Veterans Stronger Communities coalition will be launching the Governor’s Challenge in Hamilton County with the IDVA to prevent Veteran suicides – Bill
    • We received the $2000.00 from IU Health already!! Ron is working with the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce to see about acquiring their financial assistance again this year and we will be asking Legions and VFWs for their support– Ron
    • Ron is communicating with Riverview Hospital to see if we can get an article covering our event in their publication that does out to 60k homes – Ron
    • In our May meeting, we need to finalize all planning and marketing items to make this year better than last year. It’s already bigger, we need better! The Roudebush VA Hospital team will be assisting in notifying all their contacts–…. Bill
    • We need to continue looking into grants, sponsorships, donations and fundraisers
    • We hope to work with every Legion and VFW Post on creating fundraisers to help pay for this event – Bill
    • In May we will start searching for Food trucks/catering who will offer free lunches to our Military Veterans in attendance via a voucher we hand them – Bill
    • Website is up to date with info, flyers and vender registration forms – Bill
    • With the SVSC launching the Gov Chlng we may have Kristen or Bryan speak around noon??
    • An underlying focus of the event will be on marketing the good our Veteran Service Organizations do for our communities – our Newsletter and Flyer. ?Possibly have a commander speak to the good our Posts do, the issues we face and the need for new members from our local communities? We all need to work together to help each other survive!! – Bill
    • We will need help walking the streets of Hamilton County handing out flyers as we get closer to July. – Bill
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