chapter news - april 2021

DAV/DAVA 8 Make the Front Page!

April 7, 2021

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Mother and daughter Kay Dingman and Demaris Cook grace the cover of the April 2021 edition of Bingo Bugle as they enjoy an afternoon at Chapter 8 BINGO!

Chapter 8 BINGO happens in Mesa each Wednesday. Doors open at 10:30 and play starts at noon.


The BINGO Hall is located at 1119 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203 and BINGO is open to the public ages 18 and up!

Bob Jones Receives Quilt of Valor

April 8, 2021

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. With a son deployed in Iraq – a gunner sitting atop a Humvee – she felt ten seconds away from panic 24-hours a day, every day. It was during that time her son was deployed that she had the idea of comforting Veterans with quilts.

Since then, more than 140,000 quilts have been awarded here in the United States, and in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. With each quilt, the mission to honor Servicemembers and Veterans is fulfilled — one human being reaching out and touching another, without judgement, reaching out with acceptance and with an acknowledgment of service to our nation in very trying circumstances.

Quilts of Valor Foundation recognizes and acknowledges the “war demons” that plague soldiers from all wars. Thousands of quilters all over the US work daily to create quilts to cover warriors from all conflicts, including WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bob Jones is a retired Army Special Forces Veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He continues to serve as a volunteer receptionist at DAV Chapter 8!

Chapter 8 Elects Officers for 2021-2022

April 8, 2021

Tonight Chapter 8 elected its officers for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The elected officers are:

   * Commander Michael Crowe

   * Senior Vice Commander George Colbert

   * Junior Vice Commander Bill Berry

   * Chaplain Paul Soderquist

   * Judge Advocate Barbara Jeter

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson Jerry Buza

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson George Cornett

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson Bob Jones

   * Department Executive Committeeperson Carol Ellis

   * Alternate Department Executive Committeeperson Howard Doll

Congratulations to our newly elected officers!


Installation will be at the next dinner & General Meeting, May 13 at 1730 (5:30pm) at our meeting hall, 1119 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203. Families and friends of the elected officers and the Chapter are invited to attend!

Chapter 8 Supports Drop Zone 2021

April 10, 2021

Today DAV Chapter 8 Commander Michael Crowe and Adjutant Carl Forkner supported the 2021 Drop Zone Veteran Standdown sponsored by Congressman Andy Biggs. Numerous organizations were present to provide no-cost services to Veterans and their families.


DAV answered questions about VA benefits to numerous people today, completed four disability compensation claims, and gained three new Chapter members!

Chapter 8 Hosts Mesa Art League Program

April 22 2021

Chapter 8 is hosting the Mesa Art League "Art Therapy for Veterans" program at the Chapter's Meeting Hall. The program provides a safe and enriching environment for Veterans to come together and explore art while having a relaxing and social experience.

DAV National Membership System being Upgraded

April 30 2021

The DAV National Membership System is getting an upgrade over the next month. As a result, the system will not be available to chapter officers or DAV members to update membership records, including:

  • Entering new memberships

  • Transfers

  • Address changes

  • Notice of Death

The new system is scheduled to be online starting May 25th.

Any membership-related changes or information may be emailed to or dropped by the Chapter House at 655 N. Gilbert Rd. in Mesa.