Our effort to chronicle the state of affairs in the Council, State, and Nation, has resulted in the CCVC President launching the tradition of the monthly newsletter. It is a way to share the thoughts of the President, his temperament, and viewpoint on matters. It is an ancient tradition to share open letters from a leader to his "family". It articulates our cultural traits and missions.
January 2017 Newsletter from President Chief Petty Officer William Carl
To All our Members of the Collier County Veterans Council, This is the first of many newsletters that I will publish on our website. I would like to wish you and your family a prosperous, healthy, and happy new year. “Thank You”, to every volunteer who helped make this year such a success. Your work is deeply appreciated. I am proud to be in such a respected position with a Board of highly honored people I call family and friends. 2017 has a lot to offer our veteran community. This Board will keep you posted in areas of health, family events, and discounts offered to veterans as soon as we are notified. This is one more way we support our community. We invite you to scroll through our website. Both Frank and Ted are updating and improving it for your convenience. Click through the tabs and buttons to see how Frank and Ted have proudly spent hours adding and enhancing content throughout. I have received more than a few calls about not having a meeting in December and I did listen to points that were conveyed to me about our members who are seasonal and spend Dec – April here in sunny Naples that want to attend our meetings before they return to their residence in another state. My reason for this break was to give our members and volunteers time to spend with family and friends to regroup with new ideas and plans for the New Year. A few of our members have asked me, “Do the Board members get paid?” and “If so, why then would you take a break for a month?” To clarify for those who do not know, this is an all volunteer organization. The Board members have stepped up to the plate to keep the CCVC running. They do so for the benefit of the greater veteran community. None of the position are paid. The Secretary receives a small stipend for recording and transcribing our meeting minutes. The Council survives on the few donations we receive from outside clubs and individuals as well as member dues. These funds are used for supplies and equipment for our events and ceremonies. Without the generosity of the Veteran's Services Office, Moose Lodges, or the Daughter of the American Revolution, we would have very few resources. I want to thank each of our supporters for all they do to keep the Council working. Another question I’ve been asked is “Why doesn’t the website have a donation button” in order to expedite contributions. It is followed by “Is the Council a 501(c)(3) which makes my donation a tax deduction?” We are working on these problems presently. We hope to have some answers in the next few weeks. I am excited to announce that the Mayor of Naples, Bill Barnett, will attend our January 18th meeting. He would like to share in honoring our friend, Joan Colosimo, with a commission of the Kentucky Colonel. The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. It is recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state and nation. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a voluntary philanthropic organization. I hope many of you will attend. Together, we can make 2017 a great year! With warm regards, William Carl, CCVC President
CCVC Board of Directors
Chief William Carl (President)
Cpt Torrey V. Searles
Cpt James Albert (2nd Vice President/Chaplain)
SSgt Erica Florio
(Public Relations Officer)
LCDR John E. Hogan
Cpl Jessica Lee Dang (Secretary)
CSM James Reginald Burch (Sergeant at Arms)
A1C Jordan Tompkins
Please complete the online application form.
Collier County Veterans Council
527 107th Ave N
Naples, FL 34108
Mail the dues there. Applications may also be handed to the Treasurer before the monthly meeting.
You will be contacted once your application has been registered. If you would like to publicly introduce yourself to the members of the Council, please contact us to have your name placed on the upcoming meeting agenda. If you have immediate business for our attention, we will add your issue to the agenda as well.
Veteran Suicide Prevention
If you, or a veteran you know, may be thinking of contemplating suicide please call The Veterans Crisis Hotline at:
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
or go to their website at:
Helpful Suicide education is also provided here.
“Suicide doesn’t stop the pain. It just transfers it to someone else!”