Keystone PVA wheelchair athletes earn 56 medals at annual Games

Keystone PVA’s 13 wheelchair athletes brought back a total of 56 medals from the 37th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Cincinnati, Ohio from 17 through 22 July.  Of the total, 35 medals were gold.  Above: Our guys and gals pose right before the opening ceremonies at the Cincinnati Convention Center; photo by Agnes Strang.  Last year at the Games in Salt Lake City, our 14 participating athletes earned 55 medals.

Election results for FY2018 announced

The Keystone Paralyzed Veterans who ran for re-election to the chapter’s Board of Directors were all elected by the members.  The results were announced at the chapter’s Membership Meeting on 12 August.

Re-elected were (in the photos left to right) Ben Williams, Bill Lightner, and George “Murph” Neelan.  Write-ins were permitted.  Their terms will begin on 01 October 2017 and end 30 September 2020.

 

 

Interested in running for the Board next year?
Subject to changes that might be implemented beforehand, the following is what members need to know if they plan to vote and/or if they are considering candidacy next year:

Board positions up for election
Three directors, each for three years until 30 September 2021.

Eligibility
Any “voting member” is eligible to vote and/or run for a seat on the Board as a director or officer.  A “voting member” is a person who has been accepted for membership by virtue of being a United States military veteran and a citizen of the United States with a physician-verified spinal cord dysfunction.  No others are eligible.

Responsibility
Though the chapter and PVA use the term “member,” neither are clubs but are corporations organized not for profit.  Board members have legal obligations known as “fiduciary responsibilities” to oversee the affairs of the chapter according to all federal, state and local laws.  There are no “owners” of the chapter.  The Board members are trustees, administering the chapter for the benefit of all members.

Duties
Attendance at Board meetings are the start of the duties.  Keystone PVA’s Board maintains a very impressive attendance record of close to 90 percent, year to year.  These meetings are only for transacting the business of the whole organization.  They are not committee meetings or social events, and they take approximately two hours to complete each month.  Most business items are prepared in advance through committees or by consultation with the Board president or executive director.  One week before the Board meeting, the officers and executive director meet to review items submitted for the Board’s agenda, but they never make any decisions (except those which may need to be ratified by the full Board at its next meeting) nor do they prevent an item of business from appearing on the agenda.  They simply insure that they understand each item.
Most of the chapter’s programs (e.g., advocacy, membership, recreation, and service) are conducted directly by Board members.  All activity by the chapter is authorized by the Board, though the Board delegates that activity to individual Board members and to staff.  Historically, Board members who do nothing more than attend Board meetings do not last.

Election process
The membership officer shall oversee the election process.  The membership officer is Tom Strang.

A member who wishes to serve on the Board must submit a candidacy statement no later than the Friday at the end of the first full business week of June that will be sent out to all voting members with the ballot and will be published in the July-August issue of The Parascope.  The statement should contain your reasons for why you should be elected.  It often includes some biography and some things you would like the chapter to do or continue doing.  You should also submit a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself, or go to the office to have a photo taken.

Your candidacy statement may not be any longer than 400 words.  It will not be used if it is longer; 250 words is a better, more readable length; readers will not be impressed by a lot of words.  Candidates may ask for assistance in writing a statement by the executive director, but the candidate has the final decision on content within the 400 word limit.

The candidacy statement and photo must be finalized and delivered to the chapter office by 07 June 2013, no exceptions.   In the absence of a statement, the name of the candidate and a photo of the candidate, if available, will be used.  The Board will review the slate of candidates to insure that all are members in good standing.

The ballot will be mailed to all voting members by first class mail during the first full business week in July.  Enclosed with the ballot will be all candidacy statements and a return envelope.  For a ballot to be valid:
–It must be marked according to the instructions enclosed.
— It must by returned in the return envelope provided.
–It must be returned to the Keystone PVA office through the
United States Postal Service.
–It must be postmarked no later than 31 July.

All ballots will be tabulated at the chapter office on the Friday before the August Membership Meeting.

The results of the tabulation will be announced on the chapter’s web site, www.kpva.org, and in the September-October edition of The Parascope.

Those who receive the highest numbers of votes for director will be notified by the Keystone PVA president during the week following the tabulation.  All terms will take effect on 01 October and will end on 30 September three years later.

All newly elected or re-elected officers and directors shall attend the September Board of Directors meeting to complete required forms.  All newly elected or re-elected officers and directors shall attend the Annual Awards Banquet in early October to take the oath of office.  (Note: Though the oath is ceremonial and all terms of office will take effect at midnight on 01 October with or without it, it is a custom of long standing and value and participation is expected.)

The next Membership Meeting: Saturday, 14 October 2017

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Tom Strang says to Bull Baylor, “Membership Meetings are great for finding out what’s up with our veterans’ benefits.”

The next Membership Meeting will be on Saturday, 14 October 2017. The primary meeting site will be the Heinz Campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Heinz Campus (a.k.a. the “Aspinwall VA”), 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215.  Joining by conference phone will be the Erie VA Medical Center, 135 E. 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504, and the Lebanon VAMC, 1700 Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon PA 17042. ALWAYS CALL THE OFFICE to say if you will attend! If you don’t and find yourself at a place without a meeting, that will be your problem! If we run out of food, the same.  Lunch will be served at all locations at 12 noon and the meeting will start at 12:45 p.m.

Are you interested in joining the meeting from another site in Pennsylvania such as Wilkes-Barre or Coatesville? We can discuss the possibilities! Call the chapter office (800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474) and ask for Joe Dornbrock.

KEYSTONE PVA EVENTS AND MEETINGS CALENDAR
We’ve updated the chapter calendar through 2017. To see it and/or print it in portable document file format, click here.

Next big events for members and guests

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 22, 23 and 24 September 2017
Contact chapter for registration forms, 800-775-9323.  Trap: $175 includes 300 shotgun shells, 300 targets, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Pistol Shoot: $75 includes 50 rounds.  And prizes for both!
PVA circuit Trap and Pistol Shoot Clairton Sportsmen’s Club, 412 Coal Valley Road, Clairton, PA 15025
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.Members and one guest per member, no charge.General public: $30 per person.  Full plated dinner, door prizes, awards presentation, entertainment.  Call the office (800-775-9323) to make reservations.
Annual Awards Banquet Hampton Banquet Hall, 5416 William Flinn Highway (Pa. Route 8, 10 miles north of Pittsburgh), Gibsonia PA 15044
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 12:45 p.m.
Membership Meeting Sites to be announced.
Saturday, 11 November 2017, steps off at 10:30 a.m. Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade Other Veterans Day events will be held on 11 November and over the weekend in many communities.
Saturday, 09 December 2017
Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 12:45 p.m.
Membership Meeting Primary site: Heinz Campus, VA Pgh Healthcare System, 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215

Next Board and Executive Committee meetings

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11 a.m. Executive Committee meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 12 October 2017, 11 a.m. Executive Committee meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.
Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11 a.m. Board of Directors meeting Keystone PVA offices, Sharpsburg, Pa.

 

National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2018

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Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America  

will send its athletes to the

2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, Florida

29 July through 04 August

In July 2017, 13 paralyzed veterans from the Keystone chapter earned 56 medals at the Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We thank the people who generously support the work of Paralyzed Veterans and who make it possible to send the athletes to the Games. The Games move from city to city each year, but Pennsylvania’s paralyzed veterans will still need your support. You can help by sponsoring a wheelchair athlete.

This project will cost over $35,000–a huge chunk of our chapter’s modest budget.

Contact
Keystone PVA Executive Director Joe Dornbrock,
412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323, keystonepva@comcast.net
Send an athlete with your sponsorship!

If you find an error or omission, we would appreciate a call. Phone the Keystone PVA office at 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323.

 

News

Get your annual Social Security statement online

Your annual Social Security statement can be obtained online by going to www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement. It requires setting up an account, but you can get your most recent copy and it saves trees and postage.

Keystone PVA thanks our friend Regis Bodnar at the Pittsburgh office of the Internal Revenue Service for this helpful information.

RESULTS National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Pittsburgh will be the site of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 01-06 August 2011

Shelly Unser, Cody Unser, and Scott Taylor note the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act before Cody is lowered into the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, Colorado during a scuba dive that was held during the 2010 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in July.

RESULTS

From the 2010 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Denver

  • Air Guns
    Tom Strang, 1st in Class SH1, Masters Division., score of 515
  • Archery with compound bow
    Chris Fidler, 2nd, Class Para, Masters, score of 648
  • Bowling, ramp (hand controls)
    James Riemer, 1st in Class IA, Masters, score of 551
  • Bowling, ramp (head/mouth controls)
    Jim Balfe, 2nd in Class IA, Masters, score of 442
  • Field: Discus
    Jerry Baylor, 1st in Class IB, Masters, distance of 7.46 meters
  • Field: Javelin
    Jerry Baylor, 1st in Class IB, Masters, distance of 7.75 meters
  • Field: Shot Put
    Jerry Baylor, 2nd in Class IB, Masters, distance of 3.76 meters
    Chris Fidler, 3rd in Class II, Masters, distance of 4.90 meters
  • Motorized Rally
    Jim Balfe, 2nd in Class IA, Master, Masters, score of 15
  • Motorized Slalom–hand controls
    Joe Allshouse, 3rd in Class IB, Masters, time of 4:13.19
    Jim Riemer, 2nd in Class IA, Masters, time of 2:48.42
  • Nine Ball
    Gary Orlando, 1st in Class IB, Masters
  • Power Soccer
    Bruce Shaffer, 2nd
  • Quad Rubgy
    Raymond “Joe” Gilkinson, 1st
  • Slalom
    Rory Cooper, 1st in Class III, Masters, time of 3:32.40
    Joe Gilkinson, 1st in Class IB, Novice
  • Swimming, Backstroke, 50 yards
    Rory Cooper, 1st in Class III, Masters, time of 1:06.35
  • Swimming, Breaststroke, 50 yards
    Rory Cooper, 1st in Class III, Masters, time of 1:39.68
  • Swimming, Freestyle, 50 yards
    Rory Cooper, 1st in Class III, Masters, time of 1:07.13
  • Swimming, Individual Medley, 100 yards
    Rory Cooper, 1st in Class III, Masters, time of 2:09.14
  • Track: Power Chair 200 (hand controls)
    Bruce Shaffer, 3rd in Class IV, Masters, time of 2:09.33
  • Track: Power Chair 200 (head-mouth controls)
    Jim Balfe, 1st in Class IA, Masters, time of 1:32.00
  • Track: 100 meters
    Jerry Baylor, 1st in Class IB, Masters, time of 0:43.33
    Joe Gilkinson, 1st in Class IB, Novice, time of 0:36.94
    William Lightner, 1st in Class II, Masters, time of 0:37.90
    Tom Strang, 2nd in Class III, Masters, time of 0:49.20
  • Track: 200 meters
    William Lightner, 1st in Class II, Masters, time of 1:27.37
  • Weightlifting, Quad
    Jerry Baylor, 2nd in Class IB, Master’s Division, 185 lbs.

The medal counts for Keystone PVA athletes in this and the past five years:

2010–18 GOLD, 8 Silver, and 2 bronze
2009–20 GOLD, 7 Silver, and 5 bronze
2008–16 GOLD, 7 Silver, and 5 bronze
2007–14 GOLD, 7 Silver, and 5 bronze
2006–15 GOLD, 8 Silver, and 4 bronze
2005–10 GOLD, 10 Silver, and 5 bronze

Athletes complete within three divisions–Masters (over age 40), Novice (first-time competitors in the Games), and Open (all others, or those who choose to compete in this category). They also compete within classes according to the level of their physical ability, with three quadriplegic-level classes and four paraplegic-level or amputee classes. These divisions and classes are not shown here but can be viewed on the results pages for the Games at the Department of Veterans Affairs web site, http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/wcg-events.asp. They are also in the July-August edition of The Parascope. Click here (soon) to see it on line and print it yourself.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games, August 2011

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hosted the

National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 01-06 August 2011

 

Click here for the RESULTS for Keystone PVA and all other Pennsylvania athletes

The September-October edition of The Parascope, the chapter’s bi-monthly newsletter, will have color photos and more of the story of the 2011 Games. It will be mailed later in September.

If you find an error or omission, we would appreciate a call. Phone the Keystone PVA office at 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323. We are aware that four scores/distances have been omitted on this list; we have put in an inquiry to find out why they were not supplied.

The Games have moved on, but Pennsylvania’s paralyzed veterans have not. Do you want them to continue competing at the 2012 Games, just down the road in Richmond, Virginia?
You can help by sponsoring a wheelchair athlete!
Contact
Keystone PVA Executive Director Joe Dornbrock,
412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323, keystonepva@comcast.net
Send an athlete with your sponsorship!