Provide support, both financial and otherwise, to local veterans and veterans organizations, in the Tri-State area.
We are an organization that is working hard towards making our very first events a success. To support our mission we will be hosting music and food festivals in the Evansville, Indiana area. The festivals will consist of local as well as nationally known talent.
We are a 501(c)(3) entity and our board consists solely of volunteers.
Where Our Proceeds Go
The board works directly with local Veteran’s Outreach Programs to prioritize funds, scholarship awards, and other charitable donations.In the coming months we will have an application system where you can apply for funding for your veteran based need.
Meet The Board
Lance Yearby- President
Lance is a 2004 graduate of Heritage Hills High School. After High School he joined the United States Army.
Lance served in Iraq from 2007-2009 with 1-163rd Field Artillery, where he served as the communications Sergeant for Alpha Company while also preforming convoy security missions.
In 2009 Lance took a job with the US Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for maintaining lock and dams on the Ohio river. Lance is also a underwater Diver for the Army Corps, performing underwater structural inspection on our nation’s infrastructure.
During his time with the Army Corps he was heavily involved in the flood of 2011 in Metropolis, IL.
In 2013 during Hurricane Sandy, Lance was the field Supervisor in New York City. He oversaw all clean up and teardown of structures and rebuilding of new boardwalks and roads.
In 2015 to 2016 Lance was a Dive Safety Officer, overseeing all dive operations at Olmsted Lock and Dam, a multi-billion dollar project being built in Olmsted, IL.
In 2017-2018 during Hurricane Marie in Puerto Rico, Lance was a field Supervisor overseeing the rebuilding of the power grid in the Rio Grande Area.
Lance is also City Councilman in Carmi, IL, where he lives with his wife Melanie and their four children.
Lance is a member of many organizations including the Carmi Lions Club, Carmi American Legion, Carmi VFW, and is the Past Commander of the Metropolis American Legion. He is also a member of the Metropolis Masonic Lodge, Ainad Shrine, Hadi Shrine, Hadi Shrine Legion of Honor, Hadi Shrine Funsters, and attends Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City, IL.
Jeff J Meeks – Vice President
Born and raised in Princeton Indiana.
Graduated from Princeton Community High School in 1982.
Immediately went to work at Southern Indiana Tire where I worked my way up to Vice President, owner / partner and wholesale manager. I worked there for 23 years where I went through extensive managerial training and learned business organization skills. I went through OSHA safety training and became a sight safety inspector.
In 2004 I started my own corporation, Gibson County Quality Assurance Inc. in Princeton. Main objective was to support Toyota Manufacturing with quality products through inspection and warehousing. I grew that successful business over the next 8 years to a high of over 800 employees. In 2012 I sold GCGA and retired to pursue my passion to help with veterans and veteran issues. My father was a Korean veteran so I have very high respect for all past present and future members of the military.
I am Vice President of Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 6 where I am very active with veteran issues and needs. I am a Liaison for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve ( ESGR ) where I am on the military and employer outreach team. I have been awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award with ESGR. ESGR is a branch of the Department of Defense. I’m a lifetime member of VFW 1114 in Evansville. I am a Military Highpower Expert shooter and an avid marksman.
My wife Christina and I currently own Meeks Guns in Fort Branch Indiana and Club Tabby in Eastland Mall in Evansville.
Christina and I live in Evansville Indiana where we spend valuable time with our 6 kids and 11 grandchildren. We enjoy motorcycle riding, Evansville Corvette Club, traveling and spending time at our Colorado ranch.
Chad Denton – Member
Chad Denton is a life long Evansville native.
He graduated from Reitz High School in 1997.
Chad attended the University of Florida and studied Electrical/Industrial Automation.
He currently is employed with Graham Packaging as an Industrial Electrician.
Chad is very active within local Masonic organizations since 2010, including the Hadi Shrine temple.
He is Past President of the Hadi Funsters, currently serving as Vice President of the Hadi Funsters for a second term as well as currently serving as the Secretary of Swords of Bunker Hill, a Masonic Organization.
Chad also serves as a mentor, advisor and Chapter “Dad” of Evansville Compton Demolay chapter, a local youth organization for young men ages 12-21. He also holds a role as a committee member for Hadi Shriner’s fest planning committee.
Chad is married to his wife, Keyair, who is a Registered Nurse in Evansville. They have two children. He attends Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, In.
Garry Hisel – Member
Garry Hisel is a native of Jasper, Indiana and is the founding member of the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade.
Inspired by his father’s service in the United States Navy, Garry was determined to find a way to remember and honor the service members of our great nation. When he realized our community and surrounding areas did not have a Veterans Parade, Garry took the initiative and founded the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade. He currently serves as the President of the Board and is a historic military vehicle collector.
Garry and his wife reside in Jasper, Indiana.
Ray Engler – Secretary
Ray Engler is the founder of Nomad Technology Group, a local Evansville area business that is also an avid supporter of local veteran charities. In December of 2019 Ray sold his shares in Nomad and started another IT company Point Man Technology. Also an avid real estate investor, Ray owns many local properties in the Tri-State.
Mr. Engler also sits on the board of many different local organizations, such as the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade, where he heads up their main yearly fundraiser, dubbed Convoy for Cash. This helps bring in funds for the yearly Parade, as well as various veterans organizations.
He is the President of the Southern Indiana Military Vehicle club and an enthusiastic student of military history. He was brought into the club by his best friend, a veteran and a fellow enthusiast that helps him understand the plights facing modern veterans. Ray is also a prolific collector of former military vehicles.
He lives with his lovely wife, Lenore. They are both Members of All Saints Catholic Parrish.
Jason Brown – Treasurer
Jason is a native of Haubstadt, IN. After graduating from Gibson Southern High School he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After a few years working in other locations in the Midwest, Jason returned to the area. He obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration and currently serves as the Plant Manager for Westech Building Products in Mt. Vernon. He has over twenty years of leadership and management experience in various manufacturing industries.
Jason is a Past Master of Fort Branch Masonic Lodge. He is also a member of Hadi Shrine and a Past President of the Hadi Funsters.
Jason currently resides in Haubstadt with his wife Bobbi and their two daughters Autumn and Raegan. They attend Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, IN.
Jason’s desire to serve on this board is rooted in patriotic pride and a desire to instill respect and honor in younger generations for those who have served and sacrificed for the United States. It is also an avenue to honor the service of his father, grandfather and other family members.