2017 Veterans Recognition Breakfast

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Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America invites you to join us for our Veterans Recognition Breakfast. This special breakfast is to honor and recognize America's finest, our veterans; those who are here with us today and those who have given their lives for our freedom and security.

Al Kircher (Marines First Sgt. Ret), Past Commander VFW Post 284 Kingston

Honorary Co-Chairmen: 
Sam Greenberg (WWII) & Jack Cleary (Vietnam)

State Representative Aaron Kaufer 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gus Genetti Hotel
77 E. Market St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(570) 829 3978

8:00- Registration
8:40 – 8:45 Flag Ceremony (Air Force ROTC Detachment 752 at Wilkes University)
8:45 – 10:00 Program 

Ticket:  $40.00

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Honoree Al Kircher


Honoree Al Kircher

Retired First Sergeant
United States Marines ~ 1961-1989
3 Combat Tours:  1 tour  Dominican Republic and 2 tours Vietnam
Service duties included: Infantry, Drill Instructor, Instructor for Drill Instructors, Unit First Sergeant

Scouting Experience:
Current:   BSA Troop 154,   Unit Representative
Former:    Scoutmaster, Paris Island

Mr. Kircher attained Life Scout.   Active in Scouting since 1954 to present day

Wife:  Diane 3 Children, Eric (Eagle Scout), Christine and Julia

State Representative Aaron Kaufer

State Representative Aaron Kaufer represents the 120th Legislative District, which includes Courtdale, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Kingston, Luzerne, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Pittston, West Wyoming and Wyoming boroughs, as well as Exeter, Jackson and Kingston townships in Luzerne County.

The 2017-18 legislative session marks Kaufer’s second term proudly serving the people of the 120th District. During this session, Kaufer was selected to be a member of the House Finance, Gaming Oversight, Health, and Human Services committees.

Kaufer is also serving a second term as a deputy policy chair of the Majority Policy Committee. As a member of this committee, he has the opportunity to work with colleagues to develop policies to address the issues that matter most of the citizens of Pennsylvania.

A Wyoming Valley native, Kaufer believes in a smaller and a more effective state government, which provides more power to the people of Pennsylvania. He is focused on eliminating the school property tax burden placed on Pennsylvania’s homeowners. His top priorities include workforce development, expanding job creation and economic development, addressing the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic, reforming the state’s bloated welfare system and making Pennsylvania more job friendly for the businesses that create them.

Before being elected to the state House, Kaufer managed his family’s businesses, and worked as a marketing representative for Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre. He also serves as a guest lecturer, focused on public policy and many related subjects.

From an early age, Kaufer has been working to serve others, and has been recognized for his community and civic work throughout the country. He has dedicated time to tutoring young students, refereeing basketball games, and volunteering at the Jewish Community Center. While in college, he devoted time serving at the Spring Garden Children’s Center, a program that works with under privileged, inner-city kids. For his work, he was named one of the region’s “Best and Brightest in Civics” by the Times Leader.

Kaufer is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and holds two degrees in Government and Law and International Affairs from Lafayette College.

He resides in Kingston, and is a member of Temple Israel.

Co-Chair Sam Greenberg

Sam Greenburg, a World War II Veteran, has provided his country and community with years of service. Just to name a few of Mr. Greenberg's accomplishments: He is past president of the Senior Men’s Bowling Association; Topper Award recipient; past JCC Camp committee member; past Boy Scout committee chairman; member of House & Ground Committee; past JCC board member; contributed flags that have flown over the Capitol for use at the JCC; created Greenberg’s Gardens at Holiday House; decorates veterans graves for Memorial Day with the help of Post #212 members;

He is responsible for collecting monies for the JCC and day camps; created and presented Menorahs to many local houses of worship, municipal buildings, senior citizens facilities and JCC’s throughout the area; past T.I. school board member; commander of the Irving R. Rutstein Post #212; past department commander of PA Jewish War Veterans, past national commander of the National Jewish War Veterans of the USA; Veterans Administration voluntary service board member of Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital and a member of its executive committee; Department of PA Man of the Year; founded the Allied Veterans Council in Luzerne County; chaplain of Four Chaplains Bronze Medal of Merit recipient; lifelong member of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and executive board member; served on selection committee for obtaining a National Veterans Cemetery in Pennsylvania;

Sam is president of council at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center of Scranton; president and founder of NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance Committee for homeless veterans; a member of the annual Veteran’s Day Parade Committee since 1948; a member of the American Legion, VFW and AmVets; founded the Allied Veterans Council in Luzerne County and started the brotherhood program, which has been in existence for more than 25 years; served eight years on council at Gino J. Merli State Veterans Home in Scranton; served as a VAVS representative for more than 30 years and continue to do so at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre; and current member of the executive board, VAVS at the vet’s center.

Co-Chair Jack Cleary

Jack Cleary, a decorated Vietnam veteran has provided our Community and Veterans with a record of service.   He and fellow Honoree, Sam Greenburg, founded the Northeastern Pennsylvania Multicare Service Center as well as the Hunt For Healing Program.   Through Jack and Sam’s efforts and leadership, hundreds of veterans have received support.

The Son of an Officer in the Combat Engineers, 1st. Lt. Jack, a Combat Engineer Officer with the 199th Infantry, was wounded while performing forward observation and then returned back to the 199th in air mobile logistics.  Post active-duty, Jack had a successful business career, leading to his forming Cleary Forest Products.

Following his Grandfather’s and Father’s military tradition of service, Jack’s Son, Michael, also served as a Combat Engineer in the 3rd. Infantry Division.  Enroute from a demolition mission, 1st. Lt. Michael Cleary, was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Iraq on December 20, 2005.  The 1st. Lt. Michael Cleary Foundation is dedicated to those killed or wounded and the family members affected

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