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					Meets at 12:00 pm every Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road
                                   Arlington, VA
    Direct Membership Inquiries to David Levy: (703) 314-4567, e-mail david.levy21@verizon.net

John H. Finlator                                   Co-Editors: Jim Thomas - Richard Barr – Rachel Sparico
Editor in Memoriam                                                Editor of the Week: Jim Thomas

Volume: 80                                                     January 5, 2011       Number: 13

                                    MARK YOUR CALENDARS
January 8th – Boy Scout Troop 167’s “Family Spaghetti Dinner” – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – All “You Can
Eat!” – Adults $10.00, Kids 10 & under $7.00 (Mount Olivet United Methodist Church (Glebe Road
at North 16th Street).
January 12th – Our Monthly “Bagging Party at AFAC” will be held immediately-following our
regular meeting. Contact Edd Nolen to volunteer.
January 19th – Renovations should be completed and our regular, “downstairs abode at The
Knights” should be ready for our enjoyment.
January 22nd – This will be our first 2011 opportunity to provide volunteer Ushers for the Virginia
Grand Military Band. Contact Edd Nolen to volunteer.

President Chuck Vasaly called the meeting to order and Pres.-Elect Julia Wright delivered the
invocation (and she later provided the benediction.) Joe Mann lead the singing of the “National
Anthem” and, after leading group members in making their “Pledge[s] of Allegiance to the Flag,”
Pres. Vasaly welcomed Ms. Christiana Oduro (who was accompanying the Bankhead Davies duo)
and yielded to Tom Grantham who introduced his guests Eleni Bala and Dawn Wilson.

Dave Carlson had received no reports about problems involving members and he yielded to
Edd Nolen to report about a recent visit that Edd and Sherfy Jones made to Vinnie
Kirchner: Edd said that while they all enjoyed themselves, he and Sherfy were unsure
about whether Vinnie actually recognized them. Dale Kane relayed news from Betty Jane
Myers that her husband Renny was hospitalized during the holidays because of multiple
cardio-vascular problems, but the latest report is that Renny is “doing OK.” Jim Thomas
led the welcome for PP Mary Anthony [a k a “Our Lady of Kilimanjaro],” upon her return
from a “Back-packing Adventure Down Under” (in New Zealand). Though “Really Beat”
today (from severe time zone changes and many hours of flying), Mary loved the trip.

Secretary Richard Barr identified three club members whose birthdays occur in January,
but none of them were present.

Julie Martin- Mangis announced that when she receives the $450 worth of “Accounts
Receivable” (books and funds) from our club members, our club’s share from the sales of
Entertainment Books would be about $3,700. Please turn-in your money (or the unsold
books) so that this very successful fund raising effort can be wrapped-up.

PLG Larry Demarest provided InterClub Sign-up Sheets and suggested that we make
notations in our planning calendars about this Saturday’s Division Council Meeting, at
8:30 am; the January 15th “Northern Virginia Region Mid-Winter Conference” in
Manassas; and, the Annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration hosted by the
Kiwanis Club of Far East Washington, DC will be on Monday, January 17, 2009 at 9:00
am, and the event will be at St. Luke's Capitol Church 4925 East Capitol Street, SE,
Washington, DC.

                                         WEEKLY PROGRAM
Pres.-Elect Wright introduced Kramer “Skip” Chaples, President of “Guitars Not Guns of
the National Capital Area (GnG - NCA).” P-E Wright kicked things off by presenting Skip
a $500.00 check to GnG – NCA as a Grant from our club. Skip has a Masters degree in
Electrical Engineering from the U. of New Hampshire and has completed several post-
graduate courses in finance and management. He spent his professional career working as
a Defense contractor, starting as an engineer with RCA, moving on to TCI in 1985 as the
VP for Washington Operations. He later formed his own engineering consultant company
that he operated for 15 years. With a hobby of woodworking (not music), he’s worked part-
time in Springfield for “Woodcraft.” He moved to Northern Virginia in 1975 and has been
active in the Boy Scouts (31 years), his civic association, and several County initiatives in
Springfield, culminating in leading the effort to open “GnG” in Virginia in 2006. GnG is a
charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started in San Jose, California, in
1992 (and is now operating in 17 states) after Ray and Louise Nelson became foster
parents. Through experiences with their foster kids Ray decided to help by providing
guitars and lessons to foster kids. He began asking friends to donate their unused guitars to
foster kids and other deserving children. The mission of GnG - NCA is to provide guitars
and lessons to foster children, youth at risk, and other deserving children, regardless of
their ability to pay. Students are loaned a guitar and are provided a music book and other
accessories at the start of the program. Those students who successfully pass the Level One
program (eight weeks) are awarded their guitars to keep. The group also provides
mentoring of children by inviting professional musicians, teachers, entertainers, producers
and other music-related professionals to speak to the children in the music program to
make them aware of the opportunities a life in music can provide. GnG also works with the
area’s high schools to get musically qualified youngsters to help with teaching and
mentoring younger kids. This non-political group serves as a charity that provides a way
for at-risk youth to vent their frustration into something positive and to learn a valuable
(and fun) skill along the way. The group is NOT “anti-guns”; rather, it IS “anti-gun
violence.” This effort is especially important now, since schools have generally reduced
their arts and music budgets and thousands of kids in our region need after-school
programs in their neighborhoods (which is where GnG - NCA groups go) to engage their
minds. In addition to Virginia’s operations (hosted, for example, by HACAN and the
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing), GnG - NCA is providing music programs
for the Boys and Girls Club and other groups in Metropolitan Washington, and for other
groups in Maryland. At this year’s “H Street Festival” in the District GnG – NCA
established a “Petting Zoo for Guitars” and about a thousand youngsters took the
opportunity to touch, feel, and strum the instruments. National-level support is being
provided by major guitar manufacturers and sales organizations and there are currently
about 30 GnG – NCA classes in operation at a time, resulting in “graduating” about 300
youngsters annually. GnG is 100% volunteer operated and, while monetary donations are
necessary, the program’s ultimate success is dependent on the willingness of people to give
their time to make it happen (many skills in addition to musical are needed). If you can
help please contact them; if you know anyone that may be willing to “throw their hat into
the ring,” let them know about this worthwhile organization. For GnG - NCA’s contact
information, see: www.gngnca.org

No one found the Red Dot and our “50/50 Drawing’s” little pot continued its growth.

Clarksboro, NJ 08020-1619 –- Cell Phones: Jim = 703-237-2715; Shirley = 703-677-6969.

CLUB Officers
President                  Chuck Vasaly       703-538-3606
President-Elect            Julia Wright       703-527-3010
Vice President             Rachel Sparico     703-229-9221
 Secretary                 Richard Barr       703-524-6520
Assistant Secretary        Cynthia Engquist   703-229-9221
Treasurer                  Bankhead Davies    703-273-0319
Assistant Treasurer        Ben Chatfield      703-538-7044
Immediate Past President   Will Wilson        703-338-9302

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