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History of Kentucky Veterans Sams Chapter
Kentucky Veterans Sams is a Chapter of the International Good
Sam Club and the Kentucky Good Sam Organization. We were chartered 29
September 2012 at the Fall Samboree in Richmond, Kentucky. We are a statewide chapter consisting
of honorably discharged veterans who will assume responsibility for posting
the colors at each KY State Samboree. We will meet at each scheduled
Samboree, and perhaps have other meetings outside this schedule. The chapter
members represent a proud tradition of military service to our great nation.
The Kentucky Veterans Samís were chartered
with 19 original members. They represent a proud tradition of military
service to our great nation.
The chapterís first campout was April 26 &
27, 2013 at Elkhorn Campground outside of Frankfort, KY. Saturday afternoon
the chapter caravanned to the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial to see the
names of the 1103 Kentucky veterans who gave their all for our proud nation.
This was a truly reverent and emotional time for all. From there the chapter
traveled to the Kentucky Veterans Museum in Frankfort. The evening
culminated with a campfire after sharing a potluck with another camping
group in the campgrounds shelter. This was an outstanding start to our proud
chapter. The first new member joined the chapter in May 2013.
Our second campout was held at the Kentucky Spring Samboree located at Meade
County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg, KY May 30 Ė June 2, 2013. At the opening
of the Samboree the Vets chapter members conducted the flag ceremony as well
as retiring the flags during the closing ceremonies. They also raised funds
for KY Vets through a bake sale and raffling off American and Kentucky flags
that were donated after they were flown over the Kentucky State Capital in
honor of the Kentucky Veterans Samís. The chapter also held a Flag
Retirement Ceremony. The chapter gained three new members during the Spring
Samboree. The chapter patch and vests were finalized and ordered. There were
14 members present.
Our third campout of 2013 was held in conjunction with the Kentucky Fall
Samboree located at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond, KY October 3
Ė 6. Once again the Kentucky Veterans Samís held the opening and closing
flag ceremonies. The Vets again held a raffle to raise funds for Kentucky
Veterans. The raffle was a Radio Red Flyer Wagon with a $50.00 bill and RV
items donated by the members. The chapter has grown to 28 members as they
gained four new members. There were 19 members present.
During the Chapterís charter year there have been many positive things going
on. Raising funds to help Kentucky Veterans is the Chapterís primary charity
effort. With a growth to 28 members, the Kentucky Veterans Samís have grown
by 43% during their charter years.
Our membership breakdown by branch of service is as follows:
5 Navy, 18 Army, 2 Air Force, and 3 Marines with over 375 cumulative years
of U.S. Military service between them.
If you are an honorably discharged veteran and would like more information
about joining, please feel free to contact the chapter president. Click the
email link above for more details.