Celebrating the 41st Anniversary of the Charter Convention 3
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June 28th, is the 41st Anniversary of the formation of the United States Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®, today the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.  Ratification of the Charter and By Laws took place at Kennedy International Airport Hilton, in New York City, in 1975.

The photos below depict this historical moment for the United States Federation and the formalization of the Moo Duk Kwan presence in the United States.

The convention was presided over by Moo Duk Kwan® Founder Hwang Kee, and many members of the organizing committees who had led this initiative in 1974, during a pre-convention meeting in Burlington, New Jersey.

Many of the photos you see here were contributed by Frank Bonsignore, Sa Bom Nim (15805), and slides recently updated by Rodrigo Cruz, Sa Bom Nim (33484).

 

The founder, Charles DiPierro (the first elected Chairman of Board), presenting the charter to the founder, Tchang Chung (12641).

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The Founder accepting the charter and by laws.

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The Founder, Hwang Kee with the Charter and by laws.

 

From left; James Lee (14317), Fred Kenyon (14345), Victor Martinov (10189), and Jeff Moonitz (17650) at the 1975 Charter Convention for the US Federation.

From left; Russ Hanke (4137), Larry Seiberlich (1815), Robert Shipley (4825), James Lee (14317), and Fred Kenyon (14345) at the Charter Convention.

Benjamin Burks (4729), Jeff Haney (17934), James Ruston (4130), Robert Beaudoin (5661) and other members at the 1975 Charter Convention.

The founder at the Charter convention for the US Federation in 1975.

From left; Andy Ahpo (10187), Arthur Pryor (16505), Frank Trojanowicz (13333), and Robert Kingley (6044) at the 1975 Charter Convention.

From left; Joe Weeks (3596), Ki Yol Yu (5311), CS Kim (2457), HC Hwang (509), and Rev. Kim at the 1975 Charter Convention.

The 1975 Charter Convention for the US Federation.

The founder's clinic at the 1975 Charter Convention for the US Federation. The founder, Ben Cortese (11689), Robert Beaudoin (5661), Robert Shipley (4825), Ron Savage (15879), Victor Martinov (10189), Fred Kenyon (14345) are seen in this photo.

The founder's clinic at the 1975 Charter Convention. The founder, Russ Hanke (4137), Andy Ahpo (10187), Frank Trojanowicz (13333), Ron Savage (15879), Robert Rondelli (17416) are seen in this photo.

HC Hwang (509), Larry Seiberlich (1815), Ki Yol Yu (5311), Joe Weeks (3596), James Ruston (4130), Russ Hanke (4137), YK Hong (4142), Robert Shipley (4825) are seen in this photo.

The founder at the clinic for the 1975 Charter Convention.

The 1975 US Charter Convention clinic: Stand Rear; Robert Rondelli (17416), Psyche Smith (18143), Jame Lee (14317), Greg William (11695), Carl Jenkins (18983), Ron Savage (15879), Dennis Miller (18430), Peter Canciani (18911). Stand second row; CS Kim (2457), Paul Johnson (), Warren Adams (), Jeff Moonitz (17650), Andy Ahpo (10187), Joe Weeks (3596), Frank Bonsignore (15805), Arthur Pryor (), Benjamin Cortese (11689), Larry Seiberlich (1815), HC Hwang (509). The 3rd row seated; Robert Fernandes, Jr.,(17927), Holly Whitehouse (18943), Robert Fernandez, Sr. (14464), The founder, James Rushton (4130), Victor Martinov (10189), Fred Kenyon (14345), Young Ki Hong (9193). Bottom row seated; Joyce Keyes (19448), Russ Hanke (4137), Robert Beaudoin (5661), Ki Yul Yu (5311), Frank Trojanowiz (13333), Robert Shipley (4825).

The founder at the 1975 US Charter convention in NYC.

The 1975 US charter convention.

Mr. Lyn Stanwich who became the 2nd Chairman of Board of Director for the US Federation.

Roberto Bonefont

Roberto Bonefont

Began training in 1967 at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan on June 18, 1969.  Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued his original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on his petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn, Dan Bon 6037 and Mr. Vincent Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.
Roberto Bonefont