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National Association of Atomic Veterans
2016 Convention
Four Point Sheraton, Las Vegas, Nevada
September 14, 2016, Wednesday

The 2016 National Association of Atomic Veterans Convention Board Meeting was called to order by National Commander, Fredrick Schafer, at 7:00 p.m.  Meeting was open to all attending members.

Fred Schafer appointed a nominating committee consisting of current and present state commanders: Pete Besas, Washington, Jim Hamond, Minnesota, Carl Waddell, Arizona, and  Paul Sparacino, Louisiana,  These state commanders were directed to nominate  four new candidates to the  national board.

Discussion of Thursday’s, September 15, 2016, field trip to Nevada Test Site ensued.Meeting was adjourned until Friday, September 16, 9:00 a.m.

September 16, 2016  Fred Schafer, National Commander, opened the general convention meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Old Business:

Nominating Committee presented nominees for the four board positions.  The committee nominated Gille Jenkins, Virginia, L.F. Grahlfs, Michigan, Robert Ruyle, Nebraska and Keith Kiefer, Minnesota.  It was moved and seconded that the slate of officers be accepted as presented.

At 11:30, all established and newly elected board members were seated:   National Commander, Fred Schafer, Vice Commander, Keith Kiefer,  Haskell Watts, Historian, Board member at-large, Robert Pfiefer, F. Lincoln Grahlfs, board member at-large.   Treasurer, Frank Farmer, Director of State Commanders, Gillie Jenkins, and newsletter editor and publisher, Robert Ruyle were absent.

Discussed filing with R.E.C.A.( Department of Justice), how to get help for veterans filing claiming health care claims due to radiation exposure through Veterans Administration, American Legion and V.F.W., D.A.V. and other service officers.

Members recounted stories of personal experiences and health care claims.

New Business

F. Lincoln Grahlfs reported on possible 2017 Convention site, Madison Wisconsin.  Due to time of year, that city not recommended as convention site 2017. 

It was recommended that wives and other family members of atomic veterans be encouraged to help setting up convention activities along with possible wives and family activities in preparation for Convention 2017.  It was further recommended that because wives and families have vested interest in the veteran who has endured radiation exposure, they be permitted and encouraged to become N.A.A.V. members in order to have full partnership in the efforts on behalf of atomic veterans.

Five cities were recommended as potential 2017 Convention sites:

Branson Missouri
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dayton, Ohio
Minneapolis-St.Paul Minnesota
Chicago, Illinois 

Members may email their 2017 convention site preference to the National Commander who will tally responses and report on preferred site in January newsletter.  The email address to state preferred site is

It was moved and seconded to donate $100 to the Marshall Island Canoe project to help with travel expenses to the Albany, Oregon Veterans Day Parade which will be held November 11, 2016.  The motion passed.

In addition, several convention attendees individually added funds totaling another $325.00 for expenses related to Marshall Island Canoe travel to Veterans Day Parade.

Guest Speakers:

Ernie Williams, N.A.A.V. member, and National Nuclear Security Administration spoke about Nevada and other test site operations.

Kianna Angelo, of Marshallese descent, spoke about the Marshall Islands, the impact of atomic testing upon the islands and about the Marshall Island Canoe project (above).  Her husband, Jasper, spoke about C.O.F.A., Alliance National Network for the Marshall Islands.  He stated that the organization is seeking alliance with N.A.A.V. to establish a support system to help support Marshall Island issues.

Convention closed Friday evening, September 16, 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Schafer, Secretary

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