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Point Man Ministries of Newburgh
“I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.” –Mark Twian
Nov 12, 2020  Point Man Board Meeting Notes 

December 7th Membership Meeting
We will have a December membership meeting! COVID-19 concerns and restrictions have forced us to hold off on in-person membership meetings. We are hoping that the situation improves soon and that we can resume our regular membership meetings. At the same time, we are moving forward and on December 7th we will be gathering in a Zoom membership meeting.  We’ll opening the meeting at 5:30 PM for an online social gathering. The formal meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. The emailed Zoom invitations will go out December 5th.
If you have not participated in a Zoom meeting yet, don’t worry. It’s an easy process. You will receive an email highlighting a link to the Zoom meeting. You click on the link, indicate whether you want to join with video or not, and you’re in. First timers will be asked to do an almost instantaneous download of a Zoom file. You will need a WiFi access to join. We’ll add a short “how-to Zoom” guide to our Point Man website this week. Please email us at with “Zoom Meeting” as the subject if you have questions.
Christmas Meal
Point Man is planning for a Christmas Meal. This will be a “Drive – thru” event. It is tentatively planned for December 14th and will take place at the Epworth United Methodist Church at the corner of Epworth and Lincoln Avenue. (More detail to follow next week).
2021 Medal of Honor Celebration
The Point Man board has marked November 6, 2021 as the date for the next Medal of Honor celebration and brunch.
Board Presentations
During the November 12th Point Man board meeting, there were two presentations by guests. The first included information about a Rodeo being planned for May 2021 at the Vanderburgh county fairgrounds. This is being put together as a Christian ministry-based activity. It is planned as a two-day event with a concert on the second night. Sponsors, venders, and ticket sales are expected to pay for the event. Point Man would have a booth at the event and would receive a portion of the profits. We would be asked to provide volunteers to assist with parking or ticket collections.
The second guest presentation was related to Camp Carson. This goal for this is to provide a respite for military families and kids. The presenter noted that they had made changes and focused more on families to adjust to the COVID-19 issues. For example, meals are delivered to the cabins and activities are more socially distanced. Point Man was asked to send more families and kids to camp.
Our Executive Director, Robin Sanabria, brought us up to date on meetings with SWIRCA. We are discovering that SWIRCA may be contacting veterans in need that we were unaware of. Robin will head a small group made up of herself, Dan Oates, and Dave Lehrschall to investigate how we might build on the SWIRCA relationship. Board Chairman, Mike Burkdoll, reviewed a SWIRCA provided list of nine older veterans, who were on their angel-tree list. The board meeting participants collected names and Christmas wishes for each veteran.
Dan Oates presented the financial report. He noted that the current Point Man of Newburgh balance through October was $99,000.  Dan also talked about the fund-raising effort to keep the P-47 Thunderbolt here in the Evansville Wartime Museum. Like the LST, this would be a centerpiece to draw the public’s attention to our military history. The board approved a donation towards the P-47 of $500.
The Budget Committee made up of Marke Parsons, Robin Sanabria, Mike Burkdoll, Steve Green, Bob Wilson, and Dan Oates presented the 2021 budget forecast. Both Income and Expenses will be affected again by COVID-19. The total income forecast is $44,800. The total expenses forecast is $64,773. The result is a planned deficit of $19,973.
Point Man Chaplain
New Point Man member, Danny Barr, was unanimously named by the board as our new chaplain. Dan served in the Marines and is currently the Senior Pastor at Epworth UMC. Dan has a tremendous level of energy and is really focused on finding ways to serve despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Next Meeting


December 7, 2020

This will be an online Zoom meeting. The meeting invitations and Zoom meeting link will be sent in a December 5th email. A "social hour" will begin at 5:30 PM and the membership meeting at 6:30 PM. Additional Zoom information will be posted on our website this week.  


(If meeting in person)

Epworth United Methodist Church
4455 Epworth Rd,
Newburgh, IN 47630

Special Notes
  • We are meeting in December!  Zoom meeting on December 7th.
  • Christmas Party will be a Drive-thru event on Dec 14th at the Epworth UMC. (Planning on Mission Barbecue).
  • Check out the video links at the bottom of this email
  •  Please send an email to with the subject "Newsletter" for your newsletter ideas and comments.
  • Point of Contact for REBOOT Combat Recover is Mike Burkdoll, 812-453-1906,

Prayer Request

For all those facing the holidays alone.
Upcoming Events
Special events will be announced

7 Dec - Zoom Membership Meeting

14 Dec - Christmas Celebration Drive-thru Meal - Epworth UMC

See our Facebook page for other events and opportunities for Veterans in and around our area.

Veterans Court Mentors
The November 12th Point Man of Newburgh board meeting included an update on our support of the Vanderburgh County Veterans Court. Barry Duncan, our Point Man Veteran Court Mentor Coordinator, reported that we desperately need Mentors. We have 7 Point Man Court Mentors and 10 veterans, who are in the program. Several of our mentors have doubled-up on their caseloads.
This is an extremely effective program. It gives veterans an opportunity to help other veterans, who are struggling. The national record for these Veteran Courts shows more than 90% of the participating veterans never end up in court again. The program does not require that Mentors have any special counseling skills. It basically requires that you attend a weekly veterans’ court session as a show of support, lend an ear to someone who may only open up to a veteran, and encourage them to use the court provided help.
Mentor qualifications are basic. A background check, your DD214 indicating combat, observation of at least two veteran court sessions, and completion of initial training will get you started as a Veteran Court Mentor. Please email us at with “Veterans Court” as the subject if you have questions or interest in this veteran support activity.
Point Man Breakfast - 21 Nov 0800
We enjoyed another great breakfast at the Newburgh American Legion. We are planning to keep the breakfast meetings going, weather permitting, on the 3rd Saturday each month.
"Vets helping Vets"

Veteran's Court Needs Volunteers!!

The Veterans Treatment Court NEEDS volunteer veteran mentors to assist our veteran brothers that are involved with complication in the Vanderburgh County Court system.



To successfully rehabilitate veterans in the court system using evidence based 

treatment to positively change behavior to lead productive, law abiding civilian lives.


Veteran mentors provide a support relationship with Court selected veterans in order to provide  a trusted friend who has “been there”.  The mentors are an adjunct to the support system provided by Court Case managers, the VA Mental Health Department and other agencies.

Mentors are assigned to maintain contact weekly to help his/her assigned veteran mentee through the sometime difficult pressures of their rehabilitation.  Mentors are not expected to be a counselor, financial supporter, or chauffeur of mentees.  Mentors are expected to be available to mentees as a friend.


If you are interested in helping you brother veterans on the path too a better life, or simply wish more information
please contact:


Barry Duncan, Court Veteran Mentor Coordinator
Cell:  270-339-6656


 Please know that a request for more information is not a  commitment to serve.



Point Man Board Meetings

Next Point Man of Newburgh
Board Meeting

12 Nov @ 1830
Crossroads Boardroom

Board meetings for 2020 will be on the second Thursday of the month.


Meet & Greet - TBD

Point Man brothers and sisters doing a "meet and greet" at Evansville's VA clinic. Giving out snacks water and bus tokens.  Thanks for honoring our Vets!! 


Evansville P-47 Foundation
Yesterday at 4:50 PM
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring home a hero! And thank you to everyone who came out to see the Tarheel Hal fly into Evansville!

The mission to bring this aircraft home is still not over! It’s here and will soon be in the Evansville Wartime Museum, but we still need to raise money to keep it here permanently! If you want to make a donation to the foundation as it works to continue raising money for the Tarheel Hal please reach out to a board member or donate on our website. More information is available at

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