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Chapter Membership
As of 10 May 2017

Members:

200

Members-At-Large:

12

Total:

212



Membership By State

CT:

 20

MA:

 69

ME:

 37

NH:

 22

RI:

 45

VT:

 7

Total:

200

 

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Chapter Membership Dues

     OAEA-NE By-Laws establish voluntary annual dues of five dollars for each member to help cover the Chapter's administrative expenses.  The fiscal year starts on October 1st with a dues drive.  Dues can be paid in person at a Chapter meeting or mailed directly to Secretary/Treasurer Marty Diller at the mailing address on the OAEA-NE web site "Officers/Contact" page.  Please make out all OAEA-NE checks to "OAEA-NE".  If you have any questions about your dues, please contact Marty Diller.

 

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New England Chapter Spring 2017 Meeting

By Marty Diller,
New England Chapter Secretary-Treasurer
 

The New England Chapter's March meeting was held at our regular spring venue, the Quonset O Club restaurant - site of the former air station's officer's club. The Chapter averages 71 attendees at our spring meetings, and member interest remains strong with 81 members and guests at this meeting. The Chapter's membership stands at 212.

Chapter Business

After an excellent buffet lunch, Chapter President Dave Hazard opened the business meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Charlie "CB" Bevilacqua led the group in the Pledge. Since it was National medal of Honor Day, Charlie dedicated the Pledge to all Medal of Honor recipients. It was on March 25, 1863, when the first Medals of Honor were presented.

Under "old business" two items were put to bed. The ongoing Chapter cookbook fundraising project headed by member Billie Hunter was terminated. No personal or Chapter funds had been expended on this project, but Billie had not received enough recipes to compile a quality cookbook. Meanwhile, the informational OAEA color brochure that has been in work by Education Committee Chair Fred Santino has finally been published. Copies of this professional-quality brochure were available for the attendees. They will also be made available to Chapter members who make presentations about Antarctica to the public, and are intended to educate the public about the OAEA.

The "new Business" portion of the meeting had a longer list of items than usual:

(1) The members voted to spend $30 on an OAEA Life Membership and 1-year Gazette subscription for 78 year old LCDR Bob Burbank, USCG (Ret.) Bob's name popped up in the local news in January when he was selected "Veteran of the Month" at the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris, Maine. His tour of duty on the Wind-class icebreaker Northwind (WAGB-282) included a cruise to Antarctica during Operation Deefreeze - IV (1958-59).

(2) The members voted to donate $1,000 to the "Ice Eagles" video documentary project in work by Chapter member Tom Henderson. Tom attended this meeting and provided attendees with an update on the status of that project. His most recent budget projection for this project shows a $6,000 deficit. However, he will not publicly solicit more contributions to the project, but also will not turn down any donations that are offered. He explained that to attract interest from PBS television for the video, its length must be less than 2 hours. He intends to produce a 2-part video consisting of two 1-hour DVDs. Tom then answered questions about the best way to attract TV's Discovery Channel, etc., and other questions. After the vote, Tom expressed his great appreciation of the Chapter's generosity, adding that he plans to sell the DVDs for $35 each and will repay our support by reducing the DVD price by $10 for all New England Chapter members who purchase it.

(3) The members voted to donate $500 to the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in neighboring Davisville. The museum maintains a display on Seabee activities in Operation Deep Freeze, and the Chapter periodically donates in support of that program.

(4) Marty Diller reported on the closing of the Quonset Air Museum. See his report on this surprising development in the 2017 JAN-MAR OAEA Explorer's Gazette newsletter.

Fundraising

The winner of the meeting's 50/50 raffle was David Farmer. David's share of the raffle donations was $170, and he immediately donated it back to the Chapter. The door prize winner, Peggy Lipka, won a free lunch at the next Chapter meeting she attends (a $23 value at the O Club).

Meeting Schedule

The next OAEA-NE Chapter meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Conrad's Casual Dining restaurant in Sudbury, MA.

 

 

 

 

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     The OAEA-NE now has a Facebook page maintained by Chapter member, Fred Santino. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/Old-Antarctic-Explorers-Assoc-New-England-Chapter-204188129646287/ to view the page. You may also email Fred at icefred6@verizon.net to post information or pictures, etc. (Please note: You will have to type in the web address because it is not linked directly to this page.)

 

 

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