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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Zoom Meeting” as the subject if you have questions.
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.
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.