Monday, August 12, 2013

Chapter Meeting Notes - 20 July 2013

8th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament. Chairman Greg Brown. Tournament will be on 7 September at the FT Bliss Underwood course. All teams have signed up and we are full. We still need more hole sponsors. Prizes for winners will be the same as in the past. Meetings are held at 1200, before the general meeting.

R and R Center Fort Bliss: PTSD Soldiers still meet with Chuy every Monday from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs in Bldg. 48 at Fort Bliss. Chapter donates $200 each month for arts & crafts. If you want a dog collar made, get Chuy the dimensions.

Chapter IX Shirts, Coins, Mugs and Blazers: Shirts, mugs and coins are available. Coins are $10 each. Anyone needing a blazer needs to talk to Pete. We are also selling golf balls for $2.00 each, hats for $10.00, cups for $7.00 and green Chapter 9 shirts for $35.00. New shirt options were presented by Brian Kanof - contact Pete for prices and options on dress shirts.

Isaac Camacho Head Start School: 125 students in the school. Any school supplies that you wish to donate please bring them to the meetings. Chapter is donating up to $100 per month as needs arise. Tom Connell is making a personal donation of 150 backpacks.

Jerry Rainey Scholarship: Chairman Greg Brown. We will present 2 x $1000 and 1 x $500 scholarships at the August meeting . . . wear “Blazers and Berets” to the meeting! Pete asked for a vote on the scholarship amounts for the future. Motion that we will present 2 scheduled $1000 scholarships each year – passed.

Billy Waugh’s book “Isaac Camacho, an American Hero” is still available. Website

SFA Chapter 9 Sign on the road: SFA 9 will pay for a 4 x 8 foot sign once the VFW approves it. Numerous groups will be on the sign and share the costs.

SF Room at VFW: Negotiations continue – no decision yet. We want to build a room onto the existing structure that will be available for use by the VFW. We selected an engineer to begin plans and are getting quotes.

Soldier Mentors Program: Mentor program is in progress with the El Paso Courts system for Soldiers who have no violent offenses for 8-12 months. See Tom Brady.

82nd Benavidez-Patterson All Airborne Chapter News:
Chairman Joe “China Boy” Lopez. Chapter meets the 4th Saturday’s, lunch at 1300 and meeting at 1400. Chapter bar is open every Friday and Saturday from 1500 until whenever.

VFW Post 812 News:
812 Commander Ramon “Moose” Saiz. 1st Sunday of every month is a fish fry from 1100-1400. Bar is open every evening.

Chapter President's Message July has been busy with all the events at VFW Post 812 and working toward the golf tournament for September 7th. As mentioned in the meeting notes above, we are full on teams as it stands now and we are starting a stand-by list for those strap hangers that may show up on the day of the event. We need all the help that we can get in the form of securing hole sponsors. We average 25 people at each meeting but only 7 show up for the golf meetings. I understand our time is valuable but this “ODB” needs all hands working together to make it work. The golf tournament is our big money maker and gives us the resources to support all of the extra projects that Chapter 9 is involved in.

We are trying to build a Team Room but we can’t do it without all members leaning forward in the foxhole. We have 4 weeks left before the tournament so please get out and find us $100 hole sponsors. Contact Greg Brown or me if you need flyers or sponsor letters.

At our August general membership meeting scheduled for 17th we will be presenting two $1,000.00 scholarships to the winners of the Jerry Rainey scholarship. If you remember we started off with $250.00 awards, to $500.00 now $1,000.00. In the short time that we have been awarding scholarships, we have come a long way. Remember the event will be in Blazer and Berets or as minimum business casual attire.

Lastly Chapter 9 is invited to the Change of Responsibility for SGM Jerry Hochstedler assuming the senior enlisted position for JTF-N. Date is 13 August at JTF-N starting at 0830. Again Blazer and Berets.

De Oppresso Liber!

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