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ronsmetana  President’s Column: July 2017

The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be at Canal Park in Akron (home of the Rubber Ducks) on July 15th.  This will be our social event for July.  Grab a ticket for $8/seat and enjoy two (2) games!  WWAST vs Celebrities at 5PM and WWAST vs Team RWB (Red, White & Blue)- all veterans at 7pm! This event is in support of the Summit County Stand-Down( September 12, 2017)  and Donovan’s Kids Camps (for children with limb amputations). Let’s get out and support and WWAST!! Please go to the website: and order your tickets or call the Canal Park Box Office.  We will NOT be ordering tickets as a group for this event.

We had approximately 26 attendees, including OJ Schneider (a WW-II vet) at the Annual Picnic in June at the Emanuele residence in Tallmadge. Ann and Andy are very gracious in extending the invitation for the past two years and for next year also. Side dishes to share were enjoyed by all and a special Thank You to Willie Menza for the chicken!!   David and Lisa Sears stopped by AFTER running in the 8K Akron Series race in the morning.  Bring your bathing suit and enjoy their great pool!

Our Steak and Corn Roast will be August 12th at the Tuscarawas Pavilion at Firestone Metro Park (Harrington Road just north of Warner Road) 2PM-5 PM. Great Delmonico steaks (from Duma Meats!), grilled corn on the cob, coleslaw, another picnic item or two(?), dessert and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Cost is $25 per person. Please make plans to join us for this annual event!

Also, you will see in this edition, registration forms and information for the Biennial Convention for the State to be held at Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) on Saturday September 23.  This will be our September meeting and we are honored to have LtGen Dana Adkins, USAF(ret), President of MOAA as the Dinner Speaker.  Please make

Please familiarize yourselves with the various items coming for a vote this November.  The Ohio Council of Chapters of MOAA is support other Veterans groups in OPPOSITION to the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.  This is a poorly-framed attempt to control drug prices, on a state-by-state basis and will adversely impact many receiving pharmaceuticals funded by the State of Ohio.  Please be an informed voter on this issue and, of course, vote your conscience.   You will also see an item of Federal legislation for drug price increase control in Will Handrich’s Legislative Update column on page 2.

PAO Affairs: We need someone to spearhead Personal Affairs. Please step forward.

Thank you




2017 OWRC Annual Steak and Corn Roast

  August Steak and Corn Roast

Tuscarawas Pavilion @ Firestone Metro Park

2620 Harrington Rd, Akron 44319,  North of Warner Rd

 Saturday August 12th  

Social Time- 1:30PM 

Opening and Remarks by Rep. Jim Renacci (R, OH-16)

         (Mr. Renacci will join us from 2-3PM only)

Meal- 2:30PM     Membership-3:30PM      Close - 4PM

                                                          Join us for this great annual event- just a new location and enjoy a wonderful wood-grilled Duma Meats Delmonico steak and                                                               grilled corn-on-the cob, salads, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages!  $25 per person.

RSVP  bREGISTERy August 7th

Via website or call Ron Smetana 330.524.1134 or Dave Riegler 330.592.2816


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