Friday, November 15, 2013

Chapter Meeting Notes - 19 October 2013

8th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament. Tournament was held on 7 September at the Fort Bliss Underwood course. Profit this year was over 25K. Chairman Greg Brown is retiring from the project and needs replaced. These will be big shoes to fill.

Rest and Recreation 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 and crafts.

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Party: Scheduled for 21 December at VFW 812. Chairman Joe “China Boy” Lopez. He will get us quotes from the caterer. Chapter approved $1000 for front money.

18th Annual Ralph Dominguez/Jerry Montoya Food Drive: Chairman Naipo Robertson, Co-Chair Tom Melgares. Pablo Sanchez has a large truck and is on the committee. Other members are: Rod, Chuy, Leo, Steve and Sam. $1500 approved for approximately 75 boxes, hams and items that we don’t get donated. We will load boxes on 17 December and distribute them on the 18th. Pete has generated a solicitation letter for donations.

Wreaths Across America – Civil Air Patrol: Debbie Torres (Rolando) Chairperson. Ceremony will begin at 09:45 on Saturday, 14 December, so arrive at the Fort Bliss Cemetery early, to get a seat. Chapter will again sponsor all SF and Spouse wreaths this year. Donations must be received by 1 December. Debbie’s goal is 600 wreaths. This event is a Blazers and Berets event.

Chapter Elections: Tom nominated the current slate of officers for another term. Final nominations and voting will be in November and Installation of Officers, for the next 2 year term, takes place at the Christmas Party. Ballots will be emailed and sent snail mail to the dinosaurs without a computer.

SFA 9 Roster: Bill is finalizing the roster, please get him any changes you have ASAP, before we print.

Task Force Dagger Foundation: Created in McKinley, TX for wounded Vets. 95% of donations go to direct support. Brad made a motion to give them $500, second, passed.

82nd News: Benavidez-Patterson All Airborne Chapter.  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:  VFW Post 812 Commander Ramon “Moose” Saiz. 1st Sunday of every month is a fish fry from 1100-1400. Bar is open every evening.

Message from the Chapter President:

We are getting ready for the food basket drive and the Chapter Christmas party. Naipo Robertson is the chairman with Tom as his second. At the November meeting, they will have solicitation letters and they will be asking each chapter member to bring a case of can food. Naipo will have a list of what we need. China boy is handling the chow for the Chapter Christmas party and Trini has the entertainment part. We have the Lara band for sure and more to come.

Vice-Prez Steve Franzoni has the point on the Team Room and he needs help. We need figure out exactly how much property VFW Post 812 owns and then what/where can we build in that footprint. If you have experience dealing with the city on either issues please work with Steve.

I’ll be out of the net for two weeks in November so contact Steve Franzoni for any chapter business. Looking forward to our Christmas party and hopefully seeing some old friends.

Pete Peral

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