Rest and Relaxation (R&R) Center FT Bliss: There are 30 AD Soldiers in the group and the Chapter donates money for arts & crafts. Meetings to Monday at 1100 hrs and ends at 1600 hrs. Chapter voted to continue the $200 a month throughout 2012.
Chapter IX Shirts, Coins, Mugs & Blazers: Shirts, mugs and coins are available. Coins are $10 each. Anyone needing a blazer needs to talk to Pete to place an order. We are also selling golf balls for $2.00 each, hats for $10.00, cups for $7.00 and green Chapter 9 shirts for $30.00.
Billy Waugh’s book “Isaac Camacho, an American Hero” is still available. Website http://www.isaaccamachoamericanhero.com
Border Patrol Special Operations Group LE Equipment and Technology Expo: It will be held at the Biggs Field Centennial Club 25-26 April – SOG MWR is host. Chapter will provide manpower for the event. Committee is Pete, Brad, Greg and Steve. We are currently processing applications.
San Antonio Silver Wings Ball: We have long supported this event and hopes are to have another good showing this year. Ike announced that it is $40 per person and we have to pay by 31 January to be eligible for the raffle. Event is Blazers and Berets, Tuxedo, Dress Blues or Business Dress. Rooms are at the Lackland Marriott Courtyard.
16th Annual Ralph Dominguez/Jerry Montoya Food Drive: Chihuahita told Leo we are fantastic. Greg mentioned the Army reserve unit on Montana gave us a commander's/CSM's coin for providing a food basket to one of their Soldiers. Thank you reports are still coming in from the recipients.
7th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament: Chairman Greg Brown. Committee is being assembled. There will be a 15 minute meeting before the February SFA 9 meeting at 1245 hrs. Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, 8 September 2012 at the new Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Course, now that their remodeling is done.
Meeting Location: We have outgrown the room at the VFW. President Pete discussed moving our meetings to the 82nd and Chairman Chris will talk to his executive board about their thoughts. Rod reported that VFW 8919 has already approved SFA 9 to make their building their home. Chapter will continue the discussion in February.
Jerry Rainey Scholarship: Chairman Greg Brown. He said he wants a 5 person committee this year instead of three.
SFA 60th Anniversary: Bill reported that rooms are filled at the HQ Hotel, Courtyard Marriott. Randy Fogel has his room there. There are other options which include Holiday Inn at 910/323-1600 and Econo Lodge where Bill reserved his room at 910/433-2100. Pete, Bill, Randy, Ike, China Boy, Steve and Sam are all trying to attend. The 50th had 5000 SF in attendance and this is a major event to attend.