NYS - Orange County - VVA Chapter #140


Welcome to the Orange County New York VVA Chapter #140 website!

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And please check out our upcoming events. We can use as many members as we can get to help out at chapter events. Thank you in advance for your support.

From the President

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Chapter Christmas party on December 17th at the American Legion Post #151. A count of the number of people planning to attend should be submitted no later than December 7th for an accurate head count. All leftovers will be donated to the food pantry. We will need help at the Valley View Christmas Party on December 14th at 6pm and we will need help at the Castle Point Christmas Party on December 21st at 1pm. We continue to need as many chapter members as possible to help at all of our events.

- Ron M.

Around the Chapter

Crock Pot Potato Soup

• 1 (30 oz.) bag of frozen diced hash browns
• 1 (32 oz.) box of chicken broth
• 1 (10 oz.) can of cream of chicken soup
• 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
• 3 oz. of bacon bits
• 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
• Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Put potatoes in the crock pot. Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of bacon bits. Then add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender. At the 7th hour cut cream cheese into small cubes. Place in pot and mix a few times throughout the last hour before serving. Mix in cheddar cheese and make sure it is melted before serving.

Tips: I usually substitute the frozen hash browns with real potatoes. I dice the potatoes into chunks and pre-cook them before putting them in the crockpot. I also add the cream cheese in the beginning because it takes a long time to melt and I use a low sodium chicken broth because it can become too salty.

A Note from the Editor

Thank you for allowing me to bring the newsletter to you for these past 5 years and for all of your support during that time. My work has taken up more of my time than before so I have less free time to devote to my family and other things. So, with a heavy heart I will have to give up being editor of the Chapter’s newsletter. I will continue to be supportive to the chapter as an associate member it will just have to be in other ways.

-Debbie Alindogan

Note that coming up over the next few months will be the application for scholarships and for the nominations of officers prior to the elections in the Spring.
The Chapter needs your support in order to continue to flourish. Please take the time and volunteer.

Happy Birthday to the Following Members:


November 1st Jim Sweikata
November 9th James Masi
November 12th Ken Philips
November 15th Eric Johnson


December 10th Charlie Schwarz
December 18th Howard Young
December 20th Joe Lawler
December 20th Wilbur Wesselius
December 27th Vincent Gallipoli
December 27th Keith Davis
December 30th Burt Irwin


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Chapter Address and Meeting Location

Chapter Mailing Address:
VVA of Orange County Chapter #140
PO Box 171
New Hampton, NY 10958

Chapter Phone Number:
(845) 342-2160

Chapter Meeting Location:
American Legion
185 Waywayanda Avenue
Middletown,NY 10940
Last Tuesday of the Month at 7 PM

Chapter Officers

President :Ron Mercurio
1st Vice Pres :Mike Aiello
2nd Vice Pres :Tom Jablonski
Secretary :Daniel P. Daly
Treasurer :Vincent Gallipoli

Chaplain :Lou Ferrara
Sgt. at Arms :Artie Steinkamp
3-Year Director :Charles Czochanski
2-Year Director :Harry Nolte
1-Year Director :Edward Lee Zamot
1-Year Director :Leo Ortiz
1-Year Director :Bob Dall

2017-2018 Committees

Bob Dall

Fund Raising:
Leo Ortiz
John Reuter

Supply Officer:
Al Wilenken


Ed Pavlich

Vince Gallipoli

Parades/Color Guard:
Cory Kilvert

Nominating Committee:
John Thompson
Charlie Clark

Pancake Breakfast:
Ed Pavlich
Sonny Hanewich

Leo Ortiz
Jose Cortez

Veterans Benefits:
John Thompson
Edward Lee Zamot

Coin Toss:
Leo Ortiz
Bob Dall

Mike Aiello

Chapter Events

• November 20th - E-Board Meeting

• November 28th - Chapter Meeting

• December 14th - Christmas Party at Valley View Nursing Home 6pm. Help is needed.

• December 17th – Chapter Christmas Party – American Legion Post #151

• December 18th - E-Board Meeting

• December 21st - Castle Point Christmas Party 1pm. Help is needed

• January 22nd – E-Board Meeting

• January 30th - Chapter Meeting 7pm

• February 19th - E-Board Meeting

• February 27th - Chapter Meeting 7pm