ABOUT CHAPTER 129

          Robert H. Cox DAV Chapter 129 was established by a chartered Act of Congress in 1966 as a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit under the IRS code.  We provide services to veterans across north Macomb and Oakland counties which include Utica, Shelby Township, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Lake Orion, Davisburg and Clarkston.

          Our historic DAV Hall is a prominent “historic landmark” built in the late 1880’s.  It sits back on the eastside of Dequindre road on approximately 4 acres.  The hall was originally used for the typical livestock, feed storage, and occasional “barn dances.”  However, shortly after the turn of the last century, ranch/farm owners discovered that the barn dances were more popular and more lucrative than using the barn for typical ranch and farm purposes.  Consequently, the “Red Barn” was then used almost exclusively for barn dances until the outbreak of WWII…attracting ranchers, farmers, cowboys and their families from miles around.  Our Flea Markets (on Sundays & Tuesdays) have been successfully operating in our Red Barn since the 1970’s.

          We hold some of our most important fundraisers here each year such as our Forget-Me-Not fund-raisers at local super markets; our very popular and exciting Annual Chili Cook-Off (three categories competing), and our annual July 4th Independence Day BBQ Picnic for chapter members and their respective families.  For a history of our Forget-Me-Not campaign, please go to:  http://davauxiliary.tumblr.com/post/95999188887/origin-of-forget-me-not-drives

          Chapter 129 also has an active and popular Auxiliary unit comprised of family members of past and present chapter members, and other dedicated and interested men and women of our community. If you’re seeking worthy “volunteer” opportunities this is a great way to become an important part of our Chapter and helping disabled men and women veterans in our community. For more information about DAV Auxiliary, please go to:  http://auxiliary.dav.org.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS MISSION STATEMENT

          Fulfilling our promises to the men and women veterans who served or are continuing to serve.  We are dedicated to a single purpose:  empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.  We accomplish this by ensuring the veterans and their respective families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

  • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their respective families to obtain benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.

 

  • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their respective families specifically.

 

  • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphaned children before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.

 

  • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their respective families live through a network of state-level departments and local chapters.

 

  • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow “comrades-in-arms” through a variety of volunteer programs.

dav mISSION sTATEMENT

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

OFFICERS

Chapter 129 Commander Randy Whitmire

Senior Vice Commander 

William (Bill) Dezur

Junior Vice Commander

Jeff Cooper

Adjutant

Cathy Perry

Treasurer

Randy Whitmire

Chaplain 

Bud Bartley

Hall Manager

Louise Dezur

Officer of the Day

Jonathan Drake

Americanism/Social Media/Publicity

Trustee

Paul Klosterman

James Crawley

Chapter 129 Auxiliary Commander

Cathy Watkins

Senior Vice Commander

Carolyn Kursinsky

Junior Vice Commander

Linda Cooper

Adjutant

Louise Dezur

Treasurer

Sandi McMasters

Chaplain

Frank Morgan

 

Street Address

Robert H. Cox Chapter 129

47326 Dequindre Rd

Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48317

Contact

Commander

(248) 977-7900

davchapter129@gmail.com

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 183581

Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48317

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Hall/Venue Rental

(248) 977-7893

dav129hallrentalscatering@gmail.com

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