Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chapter Meeting Notes 19 November 2013

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 (Chuy) and items that we don’t get donated. We will load boxes at 1730 hrs on 17 December and distribute them on the 18th. Jerry donated 80 boxes.

Christmas Party: Chairman Joe “China Boy” Lopez. 21 December at VFW 812. 1800 Social hour, 1845 short meeting, 1900 dinner. Holiday meal menu, members and spouses are at no charge, any other guests are $10 each. Chapter approved $1000 for entertainment. New incoming Chapter members can join the Chapter at the Christmas Party and the Dinner attendance for the new member and one guest are free, however you still need to RSVP China Boy Joe Lopez at .

Wreaths Across America – Civil Air Patrol: Debbie Torres (Rolando) Chairperson. Ceremony will begin at 09:45 on Saturday, 14 December, so arrive early at the FT Bliss Cemetery. Chapter will again sponsor all SF and Spouse wreaths this year. Wear your Blazers and Berets.

Chapter Elections: The same officers were elected for the next 2 years. Installation of Officers takes place at the Christmas Party.

Veterans Day Events: Chapter member Joe "China Boy" Lopez was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). See picture above.

SF Room at VFW: This is project actually is foremost oriented towards building an SF Team House. Research continues on land ownership and viable options including quotes on construction. Project Chairman = Steve Franzoni; Teamhouse Committee = Gus, Brian, Chuck, Tom, Tony and Chuy.

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 currently have a 36R and a 38R blazer on hand for purchase. We are also selling golf balls for $2.00 each, hats for $10.00, cups for $7.00 and the new Chapter 9 shirts for $25.00. Get your coins before Bill coins you.

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

Rest and Recreation Center Fort Bliss: PTSD Soldiers still meet with Chuy every Monday from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs in Bldg. 48 at FT Bliss. Chapter donates $200 each month for arts and crafts.

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.

Veterans Summit: 62 organizations are involved.

82nd News: Benavidez-Patterson All Airborne Chapter. 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.   Chairman Joe “China Boy” Lopez.  Website: 

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. Moose is selling WWII shirts for $15. Web site:

Chapter President's Message:

It’s December 2013 and I remember December 2009 when I first accepted the office of Chapter President like it was yesterday. This chapter has blossomed like a cherry jumper to a HALO sky-God and I wish I could take the credit for that but I can’t, it’s been you, the members. We all know the leader just keeps the insanity to a minimum but it’s the worker-bees that make $hit happen. From golf tournaments to scholarships to food drives, to Special Olympics prom dances, to troop parties to the SOG Expo get the idea. Like a well-tuned machine with a maniac behind the wheel (me) when I push the pedal, you all mesh, plan, execute and complete the mission in the tradition of true Special Forces trained soldier. No task too great no mountain to high SFA Chapter 9 makes it happen.

We have our food drive packing at the VFW on 17 Dec. and you can pick up your boxes then, or on the 18th after 1700 but this is the last day. If you can’t make the pick-up DTG let me know and we’ll get someone to get your boxes to you. Our Christmas party will be on December 21st and I hope to see as many members as possible. This is the time of year that we reunite with members who have not been able to join in our other events. RSVP to Bill Snider if you are attending for the head count.

Lastly I would like to thank the 2011-2013 board of Officers for accepting another term. As you know it’s not always easy and sometimes even a big pain in the back side to run the Chapter but read above and remember all that you do makes what WE do worth it. Thank you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
De Oppresso Liber!

Pete Peral

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