Joshua Chamberlain Chapter
Chapter Projects and Community Support
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Hand-Carved Eagle Presentation
On Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, Alan Johnston, U.S. Army Veteran and Commander for the Maine Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, led the dedication of a hand-carved wood eagle to Wreaths Across America's founder Mr. Morrill Worcester, as part of the organization's annual Stem to Stone event in Downeast Maine.
The eagle was carved by 90-year old Navy Veteran George Gunning and painted by his wife of 70 years, Donna, both of Windsor, as a gift of thanks to Mr. Worcester and all those who carry out the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.
Over the last 15+ years, the Gunning's have made more than 4,000 hand-carved and painted wooden, eagle-headed canes to donate to Maine Veterans as an extension of the Eagle Cane Project started in Oklahoma. They do it as a labor of love for all those who served our country. The Gunning's were moved to create this larger Eagle sculpture after learning more about the Wreaths Across America program and the impact it has had on veterans and their families across the country. As part of the dedication, Johnston presented George and Donna with a $1,000 check from the Maine Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. A $1,000 donation was also presented by Johnston to Wreaths Across America Volunteer Location Coordinator for Togus National Cemetery, Deborah Couture, to sponsor veterans wreaths to be placed there this December as part of National <![if !vml]><![endif]>Wreaths Across America Day – scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>March 26, 2022
Alan Johnston, Commander Maine Chapter-MOWW presents an MOWW JROTC Medal at the Old Town High School Military Ball.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>2022 MOWW AWARDS
OUTREACH/OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
ON MARCH 29TH VIETNAM WELCOME HOME RECOGNITION DAY THE MAINE CHAPTER OF MOWW HELD A LUNCHEON AT THE WHITE DUCK OWNED BY TRAVIS MILLS TO RECOGNIZE THREE INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE VETERANS OF MAINE.
DALE PITRE, A RECREACTION THERAPIST AT THE VA-TOGUS MAINE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE MOWW OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD FOR HIS ABOVE AND BEYOND SERVICE TO OUR VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES. HE TRAVELS TO DAVs HOMES AND TAKES THEM OUT SHOPPING, BOWLING, AND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THEY WANT TO DO.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>RANDY JENNESS A VIETNAM DAV HIMSELF WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE OUTREACH SERVICE MEDAL FOR ALWAYS PLACING THE INTERESTS OTHER VETERANS ABOVE AND BEYOND HIS OWN. RANDY IS OUR PRIMARY GO TO WITHIN A COMBAT THERAPY GROUP AT THE VA-TOGUS MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>ON MARCH 30TH THE MOWW MAINE CHAPTER SPONSORED A TABLE FOR A GROUP OF VETERANS AND RECOGNIZED BRENT ELLIS AT THE TRAVIS MILLS BREATFAST FOR VIETNAM VETERANS.
BRENT IS A VOLUNTEER AT THE VA-TOGUS MAINE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED WITH THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD FOR HIS RELENTLESS DEDICATIONS TO ASSISTING VETERANS WITH DIRECTIONS IN CHECKING IN FOR THEIR APPOINTMENTS, TAKEN VETERANS FROM THE PRIMARY CLINIC TO THE HOSPITAL AND ANYTHING ELSE THE PRIMARY CARE STAFF ASKS OF HIM.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>November 10th, 2021
Alan Johnston, Commander Maine Chapter-MOWW presents a donation of $1,500 to Ray Michaud, Site Coordinate for Veterans’, Inc.
Veterans’ Inc. has a facility with the capability of housing twenty residents who can reside for up to two years. In addition, the facility overseas various outreach programs for homeless Veterans. and MOWW-Maine are looking forward to working with Veterans, Inc. in the near future.
The Chapter will be holding it is December meeting at the Veterans,’ Inc. complex and the guest speaker will be from Veterans,’ Inc. The members will give a tour of the facility after the meeting and have a chance to talk with Veterans.
Left- Lucas Herring- Mayor of Barre, Vermont
Center- CAPT Alan Johnston-Commander MOWW-Maine
Right-_Karen Boyce, Managing Director, The Veterans’ Place
The MG Joshua Chamberlain Chapter, Region I of Maine on November 6th, 2021 presented to The Veterans’ Place (TVP) a donation of $2,500.00 in support of their mission to support Veterans.
The following link is the local news coverage of the 7th annual 5K Run in Barre, Vermont supporting TVP.
The Veterans’ Place provides the following assistance to eligible Veterans
Structured Transitional Housing:
The Veterans’ Place (TVP) operates a 26-bed transitional housing facility for veterans in need of housing while recovering from medical, substance abuse or a place to live due to a life-altering event.
Meals and Other Services:
Residents have access to food at no cost and will be provided home-cooked dinners seven days a week (weekend dinners are prepared by the residents).
In addition, they have free access to commercial-grade laundry facilities, as well as a wide range of activities.
Navigating Medical Needs:
Compassionate, qualified team members are ready to assist veterans and create individualized plans to overcome homelessness. Plans focus on access to medical and mental health care; substance use counseling and support programs; transportation to the VA in White River Junction; help with increasing income through employment or disability benefits; and support identifying and maintaining permanent housing.
Wellness Support, Guidance, and Accountability:
A structured living environment offers clearly defined rules and expectations, with onsite staff and a robust circle of support available to you as a resident. They have access to a fully equipped onsite fitness/wellness center, and the opportunity to participate in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes.
The Chapter held Its Monthly meeting on October 23rd at The Maine Military Museum, S. Portland, Maine. The meeting went from 11:30 hours and ended at 1515 hours.
The Chapter was opened by the Commander and the following items/issues were discussed:
1. The Commander updated the members on the BSA/GSA recognitions over the past months. The Chapter has recognized 19 Eagle Scouts and 3 Gold Awards this past Quarter.
2. Members were updated on the past and current issues with our financials.
3. The Commander had made a motion to make donations to: Veterans’, Inc (Maine Office) in the amount of $1,500.00, a donation in the amount of $500.00 to The Maine Military Museum and a donation to The Veterans’ Place in the amount of 2,500.00. A letter was sent out to all Members for their input and approval of this motion. The members approved this motion.
4. The Commander updated the members on the recent data from HQ on current membership goals and actuals for new members.
5. The guest speaker was LTC Greg Curtis (The Chief of Staff for the Maine Civil Air Patrol) who presented on the Organizational aspects of the CAP, assets, and relationship with the Air Force and the leadership training of the Cadets. The members were impressed on the tasks and training requirements of the CAP Program. A discussion pertaining to the possibility of establishing a relationship between MOWW and CAP followed. The relationship would be like that of the ROTC/JROTC Programs. The YLC Program was also briefed to LTC Curtis, and he asked if the CAP Cadets would be eligible. LTC Curtis was given membership applications to pass along to CAP staff members who qualify.
6. The three streamers the Chapter received at National were presented to the membership and placed on the MOWW flag.
7. Col. Barton presented to Lee Humiston Curator of the Museum a Civil War Regimental Drum for display in the Museum. I also presented a Donation of $500.00 to the Museum for the outstanding displays within the Museum.
8. I received a thank you letter from the father of one of the Eagle Scouts I sent a letter and certificate to saying how much it was appreciated. He also enclosed a membership application and check for a MIP. He also stated that his son is now at West Point and once he graduates, he will send an application/pay for a MIP for him.
LTC Curtis, CAP and Chapter members
Lee Humiston (Curator) Bev Barton, Col. Barton
CAPT Johnston donating to the Museum
Discussing Maine Civil Air Patrol presentation of Civil War Drum to Museum
2021 MOWW National Convention - Maine Chapter Awards
First Place Veterans Affairs
First Place ROTC
Second Place – Scouting