VVA 862



  Southwestern, Pa.

Now 81,246 members in the United States as of May 2017

Total PA VVA Veterans - 4283


VVA 862 is the "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

As of July 2017 Roster

VVA 862 - 792   LIFE - 722

"Special Announcements" (Below)


Don't Forget our
Upcoming events for August


Very Busy month for AVVA / VVA 862

"Starting Tonight"

Aug  18, - 20  -  Beaver River Regatta  - Bridgewater - Frank Petz - 724-774-1867  If you can help with the VVA / AVVA 862 Booth at the Regatta, Please let Frank know when you'll be available. Fri evening, VVA 862 Honor Guard will be Raising the Flag for the Openbing Ceremony.

                                                                             "Just Added"

Aug  23  -     AVTT Escort Ride - The AVTT Traveling Wall will be escorted by the Butler Legion Riders leaving from Victory Church on Rt 19 at 5:30 PM. I gave all the details to those that I saw at the Picnic yesterday that I know who ride. If interested and have any questions let me know. I emailed all our riders last evening.

Aug  24  -  28 - AVTT - American Veterans Traveling Tribute -"Traveling Wall" - Butler Pa. - sponsored by the Butler Legion Riders  -  Stop and say Hi to VVA 862 Life Member John Smith who lives in the Butler Area and will be helping with the Wall.



As many of you know the reunion will be held September 14th thru September 17th.

Our chapter has 30 rooms reserved for our members at the Kokomo Marriott and presently we currently

7 left. We have a special room rate of $124.00 per night. You may get a room with two beds or a king sized


          If you desire a room you must call Bill (Duck) Laughner by August 21st at 724-601-3597. After August

21st the hotel will not hold any more rooms for our Chapter. Listed below are the reservations I currently

have and the dates requested.


Please review the list and if you have already made a reservation and don’t see your name listed

call Bill (Duck) Laughner ASAP.


NAME                                                                     Dates Requested

 1. John Szatkiewcz           King                             Sept 14 - 16

 2. Tom McCormack          King                             Sept 15 - 16

 3. Mickey Fennych           Rm 100                       Sept 13 - 16

 4. Mike Banovosky          Double                        Sept 13 - 16

 5. Jim Manger                   Double                        Sept 13 - 16

 6. Michelle Wilcox           King                              Sept 14 -16

 7. Skip Haswell                Double                         Sept 13 - 16  (2nd Fl by elevator)

 8. Bill Laughner               King / Rollaway          Sept 13 - 16

 9. James Walters             King                              Sept 13 -16

10. Pete Herman / Joe   Double/Double           Sept 13 -16

11. Rick Raich                  King                               Sept 13 -16

12. Ron Gardner 1st Fl    Double/Double          Sept 13 -16

13.Tony Pallatto              King 1st Floor              Sept 13 -16

14. Scott & Bonnie Little King 3rd Floor            Sept 13 -16

15. Don Jamiola                King                              Sept 14                           

16. Lee Corfield                King                              Sept 13 -14

17. Larry Googins             King                              Sept 13 -16

18, Frank Petz                   2 Beds & Rollout        Sept 13 -16

19. Dick Silk                       King                               Sept 13 -16

20. Dick Silk                       King                               Sept 13 -16

21. Cam Adamson            King                               Sept 13 -16

22. Rich Gillin                    2 Beds & 2 Rollouts    Sept 13 -16

23. Michael Young            King                               Sept 13 -16

24. Michael Young            King                               Sept 13 -16

25. Dennis McGregor       2 Beds                           Sept 13 -16

26. Mike Butera                 2 Beds                           Sept 13 -16

27. Mike Butera                 2 Beds                           Sept 13 -16


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You may now obtain a Life Membership for $75.00!

VVA 862 has agreed to continue to pay the $25.00 discount for life membership applications for  our chapter?  Even if all remaining Chapter 862 “non-life” members take advantage of this, we will still receive more money in life membership rebates than the cost of this discount. 

When mailing items for Membership Please use our Membership Chairman's address who is:

Gary Shaffer

709 Ohio Ave.

       Midland, Pa. 15059-1415


Official Chapter 862 Mailing Address

We now have a new PO BOX address to be used for VVA 862 Mail

VVA Chapter 862

PO Box 26

Rochester, Pa. 15074


Our meetings are currently held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the:


179 Virginia Ave

Rochester, PA. 15074


We are one of very few, "Board of Directors" that meet monthly!
 The Board of Directors meets in the "Board Room"

every 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. 

VVA Chapter 862 is located in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Our membership includes all of Beaver County as well as the following surrounding counties. Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington & Westmoreland Counties. 
 We also have many members scattered out all over the United States. 


(Brief History)

When did it all start? We needed 25 to sign a charter,
 Our first meeting was organized by Lloyd "Skip" Haswell and held on Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at Boscov's Department Store in the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA.  We only had 17 attend.

We waited for 3 months, Skip put an ad in the Beaver County Times and tried again!
The next meeting was held at the Monaca American Legion on Wednesday, July 19, 2000 where we had 53 attend, therefore, we signed the charter that night and we have met every month since then. An "Election of Officers" was held that evening, and we were on our way

President - Lloyd "Skip" Haswell

Vice President - Michael Mikulich

2nd Vice President - Jon Neely (Dec)

Secretary - Frank "Lee" Corfield

Treasurer - William T. Muns

Delegate - Tracy King

This chapter was organized under the Law of 1988 and filed Articles of Incorporation with

the Pennsylvania Department of State on the 2nd day on November, 2000.