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 Assistance Programs in 2003 

Motion 1-03:

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $285.00 be approved to purchase food packages for 30 students for the month of January 2003.
We are feeding 30 students per month at 6 of the 20 schools we are providing support for. The program encourages students to try harder in class and motivates them to become interested in their class work. I have received favorable comments from many teachers. The random selection of students means that all students try, not just those who receive food packets. These packets provide each child with one hot meal a day, in addition to providing condiments that can be used in the home to supplement the daily rice. Cost is approximately $10.00 per student.

Motion 2-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $285.00 per month for February, March and April be approved for the food assistanceprogram to the schools we are supporting.
I move that $500.00 be approved for February and March to purchase 64 fans to be used in 10schools within those we are supporting.
I move that $$50.00 be approved to purchasebookshelves for Sribuaban High School to shelve the books they received from the recent container shipment and to shelve dictionaries that are being purchased by another source.
I move that $100.00 be approved to purchase eyeglasses for the second set of ten students identified as needing glasses in our screening program. This money will be used during the months of February/March. The first set of 10 glasses is being provided for by me. The third set of 10 students is already being covered by a non-TLCB friend.
I move that $100.00 be approved to purchase shoes for students at Nong Bua Elementary School.

The total amount of requested funding: $2,005.00

Motion 3-03

John Oles Wrote:
The TLC/Post 10249 coordination committee submits the following proposal for funding:
The Natham Elementary School is located about 20km NE of Udon. Approximately 150 children attend the village school. When committee members visited this school, it was agreed that the school would benefit from some level of support. Proper management is in place at the school to ensure good use of donated supplies. The formal list of requested materials was quite extensive and our committee members asked the school headmaster to prioritize his list of needed items. We have taken the top priority items from his list and included them below:
  • 4 Steel wall lockers to provide storage for school books and student supplies: 8000 baht

  • 50 Student desks/chairs: 27,500

  • 1 water pump to allow the school to irrigate a small garden tended by students: 3000 baht

  • 6 soccer balls, 6 volley balls, 6 trakaw balls: 3240 baht

  • Garden hoes/spades/shovels: 1000 baht

Total: 42,740 baht. Based on an expected exchange rate (ATM) of 42, the total comes to $1018.
TLC/Post 10249 coordination committee members and other members of our community will purchase the necessary supplies to inscribe the desks/chairs/lockers with "Donated by the TLC Brotherhood" and deliver the necessary supplies to the school. Receipts and photos of the donated supplies will be provided.

Motion 4-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that the $5000.00 in special donation funds be allocated to purchase 28 used computers for 14 schools in Nakohn Phanom village schools supported by us.
This will provide at least two computers to each school supported by TLCB. Currently almost all of these schools have no computers at all, other than those teachers bring in from their homes to use. A small number of schools have one computer that is hooked to their sound lab and can't be used for anything else. The computers cost approximately $175.00 each. They include CPU, Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers and have a 1 year warranty. They will also have all basic software needed at the school site.
Further justification: After watching the schools and their principals for over two years, I understand why they are unwilling to spend school funds for computers, even though they know they are necessary. They find it hard to justify one computer, even at $175.00 when funds are needed for basics such as books, paper and pencils. The village schools are not funded anywhere near the level they need to be in order to provide students a quality education. I believe this will give us the "biggest bang for the buck" both from teaching staff and students at the schools we have targeted.

Motion 5-03

John Oles Wrote:
The Post 10249/TLC Coordination committee proposes to support the Ban Nong War Nong Pai Elementary School with 85 desks and chairs. Estimated cost for these items is $1012. The school is in a small village approximately 15km east of Udorn. Approximately 300 children from a variety of small villages attend this school. The school's staff has identified these items as the most needed item in their school. Desks and chairs will be ordered from the factory in SakhonNakorn and stenciled with Donated by the TLC Brotherhood.
[actual cost $1010.00]

Motion 6-03

John Oles Wrote:
"The members of the TLC/Post 10249 coordination committee propose supporting the Child Help Foundation in Khonkaen with the purchase of 80-85 desks and chairs. Cost for this proposal will be approximately $1000 depending on the day's exchange rate (a single desk/chair combination costs 500 baht).
"The commander of our post recently visited the Child Help Foundation office in Khonkaen to observe the services they provide. The foundation is currently supporting 390 children, many of whom are orphans, and many who are disabled. The foundation's schools are spread out in a number of locations, the largest being the one in Chumpae with 150 children."
[actual cost $945.00]

Motion 7-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $500.00 be authorized to be spent for school clothing for approximately 200 students. The students attend the 20 schools we are currently supporting.

Motion 8-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $500.00 be authorized for purchasing shoes for approximately 200 students. These students attend the 20 schools we are currently supporting. These two motions [7-03 and 8-03] are a once a year thing to help supplement government assistance and reach schools where government assistance is either missing all together or not enough.

Motion 9-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $690.00 be approved to purchase 53 fans for 7 schools. This is a continuing program to provide fans for every classroom in the schools we are supporting.

Motion 10-03

Submitted by John Oles Post 10249 coordinator
Post 10249 proposes the purchase of 7 wall lockers (steel), 1 typewriter, and 57 desks and chairs for the Nong Sawan Elementary School, located approximately 80 NE of Udorn, along the Mekong River. This school, as with most all our proposals, is in the village of one of our members who has visited the school, discussed needs with the school staff, and determined what the school's top priorities are. Follow-up visits will be easily conducted as our member lives in the immediate vicinity of this school. Estimated cost for this proposal will be approximately (but not more than) $1000.

Motion 11-03

Submitted by John Oles Post 10249 coordinator
Post 10249 proposes to support the Phundon Elementary School as follows:Phundon Elementary School is located about 35 km Southeast of Udorn. It has approximately 300 students and from our visits it appears that it receives little or no outside assistance. The roofs and floors of the classrooms have holes in them and today since it is raining the students might want to add umbrellas to this request. They have a large school yard no sports equipment; no playground equipment and 90% of the student desks require replacement. When you see this school, I am sure you will agree that this school really needs a lot more. This is a partial list of the items requested by the school headmaster. The estimated cost for this request is approximately 42,120 baht or $1,000.00
  • 20 - small plastic chairs

  • 20 - ABC worktables

  • 30 - Student desks w/chairs

  • 8 -56" ceiling fans

  • 3 - Plastic water coolers

  • 10 - soccer balls

  • 10 - volleyballs

  • 2 - volleyball nets

  • 1 - can badminton birdies

  • 1 - wall locker


Please let me know if you need further information.
John Oles

Motion 12-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $540.00 be approved to purchase fans to be distributed to 10 of the schools we serve in Nakhon Phanom village schools. Electrical wiring and labor for installation will be donated to the school by the local village.

Motion 13-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I moved that $480.00 be approved to purchase 10 cement tables and benches to be used in the lunch area of Ban NaRatchakwai School. Each table is 2 feet by 8 feet and can seat 109-12 children. Present tables used are wooden, 25-30 years old and many in dire need of repair and almost impossible to clean.

Motion 14-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $315 be approved to purchase 20 metal student desks and chairs for Ban Naratchakwai Noi Elementary School. The principal has asked for the desks and chairs and that they be constructed by villagers in the local community to give them an income. I have agreed to having a sample built by the villagers to be inspected by myself and the school principal to approve of design and quality of construction. If the test is satisfactory, the villagers will complete the rest of the desks and chairs. If not, the desks and chairs will be purchased locally in Nakhon Phanom.
I believe this is part of the goal of TLCB to encourage the people in the villages to help themselves improve themselves and feel that if successful, this may be a way we can go with other projects to get the community and the schools working even more closely together for the benefit of the children.
Thank you for your continued support...John Middlewood

Motion 15-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $304.00 be authorized for the purchase of monthly food baskets for thirty students at 7 different schools.
This supports the continuing food program of helping students help themselves and their families. We also have friends of TLCB providing assistance and feeding an additional 8 students per month so TLCB is getting credit for 38 students per month now.

Motion 16-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $346.00 be used to purchase 9 cement tables and benches to be used in the lunchroom at Na Sai Elementary Schools. Students presently sit on the floor to eat lunch. Tables will be used for eating lunch as well as having classes and meetings when things get too hot in the classrooms.

Motion 17-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $336.00 be used to purchase 20 student desks and chairs for Don Ya Nong Elementary School. Student enrollment has increased to the point they don't have enough student desks and chairs for students to sit. Desks and chairs are constructed locally by local villagers providing partial monthly income for at least two families. Thank you, John Middlewood

Motion 18-03

Vichit, Delbert N. Marohl and the Udorn Advisory Committee
have submitted a motion to assist the Lai-Sawan Pre-School located near Nong Wasaw, (31 km west of Udonthani), which is a one-room school that is utilized as a kitchen to prepare daily meals, a playroom and classroom for 60 students. This school has limited funding provided by the local villagers and needs our help and authorization is requested for the expenditure of up to $1,000.00 for this project. This motion has been seconded by proxy of Heinie Aderholdt to provide the following items provided the amount of funding does not exceed one thousand dollars:
  • 3 - metal wall lockers
  • 30 - ABC worktables
  • Student workbooks
  • Educational CD programs
  • 1 - wall clock
  • 1 - two-burner gas stove
  • 5 - dozen hand towels
  • 10 boxes of crayons
  • 10 sets of educational learning blocks
  • Shade material for the playground (100 meters)
  • 54 square meters of linoleum
  • 2 - Water coolers

Thank you; your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Delbert N. Marohl

Motion 19-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $304.00 be authorized for the purchase of food for 30 students at the seven schools we support with the monthly food project for the month of August 2003.
Note: We have had to drop 6 students because the other donor funds ran out. We are now supporting 32 students.

Motion 20-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $346.00 be approved to be spent for the month of August to purchase cement picnic-type tables to be used at school eating areas (school is Kham Non Kam Elementary School) where there are no tables for the children to sit at to eat lunch.

Motion 21-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $336.00 be approved to purchase 20 locally made student desks and chairs for Nuen Sa At Elementary School during the month of August 2003.

Motion 22-03

Vichit, Delbert N. Marohl and the Udorn Advisory Committee
have submitted a motion to assist the Ban Na Chum Saeng School located in Thung Fon District, (69 km East of Udonthani) which has 543 students. This motion has been seconded by proxy of Heinie Aderholdt to provide the following items provided the amount of funding does not exceed one thousand dollars:
  • 486 - square meters of linoleum

  • 16 - ceiling fans

  • 16 - plastic, (4 drawer) storage bins

  • 1 - metal wall locker

  • 24 - ABC worktables

  • 1 - water cooler

  • 6 - volley balls

  • 6 - soccer balls

  • 6 - takraw (wicker) balls


Thank you; your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Delbert N. Marohlr
This motion will expend the remaining budgeted funds at Udorn for the quarter Jul - Sep 2003 for $2,000.00.
Bob Wilson (TLC Member and VFW Commander) presents supplies to the school head master. Tom Smith with school staff and friends that help make the delivery.

Motion 23-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $304.00 be authorized to purchase food for 30 children at the seven schools we are supporting. This is a continuation of the program to encourage children to improve their effort and behavior in school and receive a reward. Thank you for your consideration.

Motion 24-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $200.00 be approved to purchase lunches for 150-200 students at Sribuaban High School who will be attending English Camp September 6 and September 7. Teachers and others are volunteering their time to conduct the camp. It is open for all interested students at the high school and is an effort to improve student's English and increase their interest in English.
Note: Your TLCB Representative in Nakhon Phanom will be participating in about 12 of the 16 hours of the camp.

Motion 25-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $300.00 be authorized to purchase materials to replace the roof on the dining facility and Na Moon Hin School. Current roof is leaking to the point it can no longer be repaired. Electricity cannot be used in the structure because of the danger of water in contact with electrical wires and appliances. Students and villagers have volunteered to supply the labor to replace the roof, if we supply the materials. Area to be repaired is about 200 square yards. Cost of materials will be about $1.50 per square yard. Thanks for your assistance.

Motion 26-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $324.00 be spent to purchase food packages for 31 students for the month of October 2003. Increase due to increased cost in food products from 406 baht to 416 baht, and the strengthening of the baht from 41.5 to 40.0.

Motion 27-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $100.00 be spent to purchase approximately 30 bags of cement to assist Ban Naratchakwai Elementary school in their efforts to pave the entrance way to their school.
This is a total community project, requiring about 600 bags of cement, over 100 cu meters of sand and 100 cu meters of gravel plus rebar and labor and equipment to do the job. The 30 bags of cement are a token offer only on the part of TLCB to show the community we are here to support them, especially when they put forth such an effort. The community has already generated all the manpower and equipment needed to do the job, all the sand and gravel needed, most of the rebar and they are having problems getting the cement needed. I believe 30 bags on the part of TLCB will go a long ways to further increase our image here in Nakhon Phanom and it will be a very rewarding investment. Thank you for all of your help and consideration.

Motion 28-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $336.00 be spent for the food program for the month of November 2003. That will provide food packets for 31 students. With the reorganization, we are now feeding students in 8 different schools and the program is meeting with great success. Thank you for your support.

Motion 29-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $502.00 be spent to purchase school clothes and shoes for 15 students at three different schools. These three schools are new to TLCB and this is the second time we will have provided assistance to them - the first was October in the food program. Most of the students at these schools have no shoes or school clothes. This will go a long way to helping out. Thank you.

Motion 30-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
Request $348.00 to purchase sand, gravel, cement and rebar for two schools to construct an eating area 9 meters by 8 meters under one of their school buildings. Construction will be accomplished by the school personnel, students and the villagers. In both schools, I have seen great cooperation between the school staff and the village people. This will provide students in both schools with an area to eat that is clean and easy to keep clean. It will also be used as a meeting area in the future. Thank you.

Motion 31-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
Request $234.00 to purchase pencils, paper, notebooks and other school supplies for about 200 students at our three new schools. Cost will be about $1.00 per student and will provide them with writing materials for the second semester of school. Thank you

Motion 32-03

Jeff Hudgens Wrote:
While staying at the Ban Nahom village in Laos, I toured the school and discovered that the school had no paper, pens or pencils. They shared a couple of school books and practiced writing in the mud school house floor. Their chalkboards were made of 1" x 10" planks stacked side by side and painted black - the teacher was down to his last few nubs of chalk. The government requires school uniforms for all its students but does not provide them. Finally, the entire village has no electricity and the schoolhouse is very dark inside – difficult for learning.
I decided I would return (my trip is scheduled for Jan 8th) and assist the village in three areas:
  • School

  • Medical/Dental

  • Village Improvements/li>
We will be building a concrete floor for the school, building a latrine (per John Sweets suggestion), doing some dental work (a dentist will be on my team), delivering school supplies as well as medical and village supplies.
I would formally request/move that TLCB donate a sum of $1,000 towards the purchase of the following:
    What Ea Qty Total
School Books
Notebooks
Pencils
Pens
Paper (Per Ream)
Cement
Sand
Rock
Transportation
Clear Roofing
Overage
$1.40
$0.02
$0.08
$0.07
$0.80
$3.45
$9.50
$11.90
$143.00
$2.00
$139
100
300
300
300
50
50
10
15
1
20
1
$140 (1 math, 1 reading = 1 set: 20 sets per Grade)
$6
$24
$21
$40
$173 (school floor)
$95
$179
$143 (10 Wheeled Dump Truck)
$40 (to improve lighting)
$139
btotal: $1,000

My team of 7 and I are raising an additional $8,000 plus each member is paying their own travel expenses ($3,100 ea).
The supplies will be purchased in country (Thakhek) by a member of our team. Receipts and photos will be provided to TLCB.
Sincerely, Jeff Hudgens

Motion 33-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $330 be approved for the monthly food program to feed 31 students. We currently feed students at eight different elementary schools. The three new schools, in only the second month, have favorable comments about the behavior of the students and some of the students taking a greater interest in learning. Thank You.

Motion 34-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $200.00 be approved to provide dinner and ice cream to about 450 students at 4 of the most needy schools during Christmas week. Funds will provide a special hot meal for the kids as well as ice cream and cookie treats to celebrate during Christmas week.

Motion 33-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $330 be approved for the monthly food program to feed 31 students. We currently feed students at eight different elementary schools. The three new schools, in only the second month, have favorable comments about the behavior of the students and some of the students taking a greater interest in learning. Thank You.

Motion 34-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $200.00 be approved to provide dinner and ice cream to about 450 students at 4 of the most needy schools during Christmas week. Funds will provide a special hot meal for the kids as well as ice cream and cookie treats to celebrate during Christmas week.

Motion 35-03

John Middlewood Wrote:
I move that $360.00 be approved to construct 20 sets of student desks and chairs. This continuing project provides additional support for a village family and some relatives in addition to providing needed furniture to schools to replace furniture that was new 30 or so years ago. Thank you for your assistance in these programs.

Motion 36-03

Vichit & the Udorn Advisory Committee has submitted Motion 36-03 for consideration which has been seconded by proxy of Larry Hughes. Vichit has been under the weather with a bad hip and we all hope he recovers to full health soon with our best wishes.
Delbert Marohl Wrote: Mr. Prasopsook Piewkhom, School Director for the Law Nua School (located in Huy Khae District, Chonabot approximately 200 km South of Udorn) has request our assistance to start a sound lab at his school. The following items are needed:
  • 2 rebuilt computers (w/printer approximately $400.00)
  • 1 printer
  • 3 metal wall lockers
  • 2 book cabinets
  • 4 long conference style tables
  • 36 chairs

Total estimated cost for this request was approximately $1,000.00. Actual expenditures were 36,679 baht, exchange rate 39.38/$ or $931.41 Receipts will be sent with the motion number attached.
Your assistance as always is greatly appreciated!
Delbert N. Marohl

Motion 37-03

Vichit and the Udorn Advisory Committee has submitted Motion 37-03 for consideration which has been Seconded by proxy of Larry Hughes.
Bert Marohl Wrote: I would also like to submit another motion to purchase 65 student desks, 4 fans and 1 locker for the Bankloompattana School located @125 km northeast of Udon near Phon Phi Sai, in the Nong Khai province. Cost $1,003.33.

All Motions Respectfully Submitted

John Sweet
Assistance Committee Chairman

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A Comment about the TLCB Assistance Fund

Virtually all money collected in memory of our fallen brothers goes directly to projects to help the less fortunate in Southeast Asia.  Unlike many charities, whose fund-raising campaigns often have administrative costs that absorb significant percentages of the money raised, the TLCB draws off virtually nothing from the fund for administrative costs.  We sometimes have some associated costs in purchasing the needed goods in Thailand or Laos and may pay to get the goods delivered to where they are needed. In many cases members of the Udorn VFW Memorial Post 10249 donate their time and transportation to help get the goods on target.

 So, when you donate to the TLCB Assistance Fund, you can be sure that virtually every dollar you give will produce more than your money's worth when we purchase goods on the local economies in Thailand or Laos. As a matter of honor, we do all we can to make sure the money does as much as possible in memory of those who did not return with us from the War in Southeast Asia.

The TLC Brotherhood is an IRC 501(c)3 charity and all contributions are tax deductible. Those who wish to contribute should please mail their donations to:

TLC Brotherhood
P.O. Box 2371
Seabrook, NH 03874

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