North Georgia Veterans

Please join us 

If you served in the armed forces of the United States, we would like to invite you to join with us for lunch and fellowship on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Mountains Grill at the Big Canoe Clubhouse.   Our meetings start at 11:30am and usually end by 1:30pm.  Cost is $17 per person and includes a great buffet lunch.  Dress is informal for our monthly meetings.

Membership is open to all who served and received an honorable discharge.  There is no cost to becoming a member of North Georgia Veterans, so please complete an online application today.

The October meeting will be held on October 16, instead of the customary second Wednesday of the month. 
16 Octobe
Pam Epstein
My 9/11 Story
Operation Yellow Ribbon
Raised in Atlanta, Pam Epstein graduated from Georgia State University with a BS degree in Education.  She taught 4th grade in the Atlanta Public Schools before going to work for Delta Airlines on July 6, 1970 as a flight attendant. Pam was a Delta flight attendant working a flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta which was diverted to Hallifax, Nova Scotia on 9/11/01.  They were locked out of their country and could not come home for three days. Operation Yellow Ribbon went into effect in Canada to protect, feed, house all the diverted people and aircraft.  Hallifax had 47 airplanes and 7200 people who descended on them.  In her presentation, Pam will discuss her experiences.

Pam retired from Delta after 31 years on December 1, 2001.  Pam and her husband David have lived at Big Canoe for 12 years.

North Georgia Veterans
Offering Two Off Site Events

1-2 October visit to the National Infantry Museum and Ft Benning, GA

Arrangement have been made for a visit to Ft Benning.  The cost is $25 to cover each box lunch [1 Oct] and the National Infantry Museum admission price.

Please register as a N. GA Member, a Soleil Vet Club Member or a Guest [please - no spouses this event / trip] if you plan to attend. 

Please refer to the agenda and instructions conveyed in the E-Blast announcing this trip for any specifics.

Deadline for registration is 1700Hrs 12 Sept 2014.

Thank you, Communication Director

Tour Kings Bay Submarine Base
8 - 9 October 2014

Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants with preference given to veterans not attending the Ft Benning event. Additional capacity may be an option if circumstances warrant.

Arrangements are in progress for this tour.  Our visit is contingent on the availability of a submarine to tour.  If the necessary coordination can not be fulfilled your registration fee will be refunded. We expect to firm up this availability issue by 09/24. 

The per person price [$35] includes / presumes a room with double occupancy.  So you will need to find a roommate.  The cost also includes the price to rent two 15 passenger vans for base access.  Private vehicles are not authorized on Kings Bay. All food, beverage, and miscellaneous expenses will be your sole responsibility. 

This trip is limited to veterans only and their spouse.  No other guests are permitted. Please remember to select a transportation option during registration [Drive or Ride].

Oct 8 will be s travel day.  The tour will be conducted on the 9th, should be completed by lunch time, and you are encouraged to visit the Mighty 8th Air Force museum in Pooler, GA on your way back home.

The October luncheon meeting originally scheduled for 8 October will be rescheduled to perhaps 16 October pending determination of the Board.

Please wear your NGV shirt and/or hat.

Deadline for registration is 1800Hrs 25 Sept 2014.

Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 Oct 2014 8:00 AM • Brunswick, GA
16 Oct 2014 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2014 Lunch Menu -

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening meal) – TBD
December – (Army/Navy game) –deli sandwhich, meat balls, pasta salad and chips

 Important links to remember -

Website for Vets Help Vets, Inc. -

To order a replacement DD-214 -

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia Nationa Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form.doc

Order NGV imprinted merchandise -
To order imprinted merchandise contact.doc

Memorial template for your funeral -North Georgia Veterans Memorial Service template.doc

Benefits for Aging Veterans -

Drew Early Veterans Benefit Presentation -
N. GA Veterans Benefits 4.10.13.ppt

To order campaign tie and/or miniature medals - Click on uniform components tab above for appropriate order links.

2014 New Members

Robert Keesecker - Army
Gregory Mikkelsen - Army
Randolph C. Adams - Navy
J.T. Leachman - Army
Tom Knarr - Army
Gerald Thompson - Army
John Butler - Army & Marine Corps
Donald McCann - Navy
Timothy Gates - Army

Larry Blackwell - Navy
William Pouncey - Navy
David Keller - Navy
Jim Baumgartner - Navy
Lee Schalon - Navy
Baumgartner- Navy
William Shaw - Air Force
John (Jack) Updegraff - Air Force
Danny Palmer - Army
Knox Glass - Army
Denver Baxter - Army
Warren Safter - Air Force
Chris Kemp - Army
John Mauldin - Army

Marget Weatherby - Army
Ron Young - Army
Thomas Persing - Air Force


Save The Date

7 October 2014

The Soleil Veterans Club, located in the Laurel Canyon Active Adult Community in Canton, invites you and your spouse to join them for an evening program entitled “The Civil War In Our Backyard: Sherman’s March Down I-75.”

The program will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct, 7, in the Soleil Clubhouse Auditorium. Featured speaker will be Dr. Ken Wheeler, a history professor at Reinhardt University. Included as part of the program will be an exhibit of civil war relics. The talk will cover the period 150 years ago when the Federals moved from Tennessee roughly down the I-75 corridor through towns, such as Dalton and Resaca, and fought battlers along the way at New Hope Church, Pickett’s Mill and Kennesaw Mountain. Some of the battles probably could have been heard from our porches, if we were around. Prof. Wheeler will give anecdotes from the letters of area residents, some of the military maneuvering of both sides and key confrontations along the path to the burning of Atlanta…a pivotal event in the Civil War.  It invigorated the North, spelled doom for the South, and lead to the re-election of President Lincoln.

No charge, but donations will be accepted for our military families’ fund.  Reservations are required.  Please call or email Buz Buzogany, 678-880-0770 or


There are two ways to get to our development. It takes about 40 minutes.

At the light on 515, go straight across the expressway and follow Hwy. 108 about 5 miles to Upper Burris Road (left turn only just past a small convenient store on the rt.).  Take Upper Burris through one stop sign until it dead ends onto Hwy. 140 and turn left. (you also could go on 108 to Waleska and take a left at the light onto 140).  Soleil at Laurel Canyon is a few miles past Callahan's Golf course on the right.  There is a Publix on the corner. Take a right into Laurel Canyon and go 2 miles to the guard gate (past Stratus Café sign). The guard can direct you straight down the hill to the Clubhouse.


Take 515 South to Exit 20 and turn right.  Go to the third traffic light and turn right on to  Reinhardt U. Pky.  Follow that to the second stop light (dead end) at Hwy. 140 and turn right Go about 3 miles and turn left at the entrance to Laurel Canyon (just past Publix).  Go 2 miles to the guard gate to the guard gate (past Stratus Café sign).

IMPORTANT - Please let me know who is coming so that I can alert the guard with the names.


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