Northeast Ohio

In 2008 Jim Schnell and Ron Addington met to see if they could find a few Sampson Vets to have breakfast with.

The first NE Ohio Sampson Vets breakfast was held on Wednesday March 5, 2008 at Athens Restaurant in Canton with 9 vets in attendance. It was decided that our future meetings be held on the second Friday of every month at this location.

Four years later we have 96 vets on our roster of which 5 are Navy, 1 Army and 3 from Lackland. After a newspaper ran a half page article regarding our group, we have grown to 32 to 38 at each breakfast meeting and still growing.

Breakfast/Meetings Friday January 10 & Monday January 27, 2014

We will be meeting for breakfast on Friday January 10th at the Eagles 6979 Sunset Strip NW, North Canton at 9AM.
And at Athens Restaurant 816 Harrison SW, Canton on Monday January 27th at 9:00 AM.

The two local "Flights" of the Ohio Squadron held a combined Christmas breakfast with wives at the Eagles Club (F.O.E. 2223) North Canton on Friday, December 13, 2013.  There were 45 folks in attendance and a good time was had by all.  We had a guest speaker, James Bates, Office Manager of the Canton VA Outpatient Clinic who briefed us on various veteran's benefits.


We cordially invite all who served and those who are currently serving to join us. If you would like to bring a guest/spouse/friend they are welcome.

For information contact: Dennis (Van) Vanek - 330-834-1098 Email:

The photo on the right shows two of the committee members who made all of the arrangements with the Eagles Club, both belong to the Eagles as well as to our SAFBVA  Ohio Squadron. On the left is "Wildbill" Bill Barnard who has been leading the every second Friday event at the Eagles for some time. On Bill's left is Kay Fluke who has been acting as his assistant. When I earlier mention two "Flights" I was referring to both the group that meets every second Friday at the Eagles Club plus the original N.E. Ohio group that now meets every last Monday at Athens Restaurant in Canton. The original group, founded by Ron Addington five years ago became too large for the Athens and so the Eagles Club group formed. As would be expected, some SAFBVA members attend both breakfast meetings.

Respectfully Submitted, Dennis (Van) Vanek, Ohio Squadron Commander

The NE Ohio “Flights” are branches of the Sampson Vets Ohio Squadron, they meet for breakfast twice a month at two locations. The Eagles Flight meets on the second Friday of each month at the Eagles 6979 Sunset Strip, North Canton and the Athens Flight meets on the last Monday at Athens Restaurant 816 Harrison SW, Canton at 9 AM.