Jerry Rainey Scholarship: Sam Morgan, Chair. Committee Gus, Don, Chuy and Ike is alternate. Application window is closed. We selected 2 recipients from 5 applicants. We will present 2 x $1000 scholarships, after the August meeting. They attend NMSU and UTEP. Several motions and much discussion to increase scholarships – finally decided to decide any possible changes after this year’s awards. Jerry Rainey passed away in March 2007. We had the first scholarship in August that same year, so this will be the 8th year of the scholarship.
9th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament: Scheduled for Saturday 13 September 2014 at the Fort Bliss Golf Course. Ike Camacho and Gus Gonzalez Co-Chairmen. Ike says, “Sell Sponsorships” – every member is asked to sell 1 sponsorship! 65% of the work is done. We are going to have a German meal this year. Flier was updated and passed out at the July meeting, and emailed. Jerry Campos has donated a grill that we can use for this and future projects. Committee is going to meet every Wednesday at 17:30 at Post 812 until the tournament, and before the August meeting at noon. We now have online sign-up available for teams and sponsors at http://mkt.com/sfa-chapter-9 or just click on the Chapter Store icon to the left. Chapter IX Shirts, Coins, Mugs are also available at this site.
Teamhouse Committee: Chairman = Steve Franzoni; Committee = Gus, Brian, Chuck, Tom, Tony and Chuy; the committee is listing requirements for the 2800 sqft steel building (2 bath, office & kitchen). Working on permits and need to get CEMEX to give up the land (To VFW, deeded to SFA9).
SFA Blazers. Anyone needing a blazer go to this website and order a Hunter Green blazer. http://stores.uniformspro.com/-strse-MILITARY/Categories.bok from $110-$180. We have a 36R and a 38R blazer on hand for purchase.
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 & crafts. Chuy announced a new class starting soon.
Isaac Camacho Head Start School: 125 students in the school. Supplies that you wish to donate please bring them to the meetings. Chapter donates up to $100 per month, as needs arise.
Soldier Mentors Program: Mentors program is in progress with the El Paso Courts system for Soldiers who have no violent offenses for 8-12 months. See Tom Brady.
Chapter Historian: Jerry Campos Historian, Committee Bill Snider and Fidencio Gonzalez. If you have historic information, pictures or memorabilia, please get it to the committee.
Billy Waugh’s book “Isaac Camacho, an American Hero” is still available through the website. http://www.isaaccamachoamericanhero.com
SOG EXPO 2015: Ike and Al volunteered to chair the golf tournament. It was a big success this year and we will repeat it.
Christmas Party: Chapter decided to hold the party on Saturday, 20 December, at VFW 812. Joe “China Boy” Lopez will arrange the meal and Trini Peral will do the raffles and decorations.
Chapter Uniform: Many years ago the chapter voted for a uniform that consists of Green Blazer, White dress shirt, Black pants, black shoes and socks, SF tie and appropriate beret for your qualification. A summer uniform was voted on and will be the black pants, shoes, and either a short or long sleeve white dress shirt with or with-out a tie depending on the event. The SFA logo will be over the left breast, and if you want your name on the shirt that will on you. You can order a white dress shirt online or at any meeting.
19th Annual Jerry Montoya/Ralph Dominguez Food Drive: Chapter needs to assemble the Committee at the August meeting. Jerry Campos will get the boxes.
SFA National Scholarship winner: Eric Howard announced that his daughter Amanda recently received the SFA 2.5K scholarship.
Support VFW 812: Al mentioned that we should all support the VFW, even if we are not VFW members. The bar is open every night and there are numerous events that we can attend to support our HOME.
Billy Waugh is transferring his membership to SFA 9: Ike announced that Billy prefers to hang his hat in El Paso, even though he is still going to live in Florida. We gave Billy an Honorary Membership last year. Billy has attended Chapter 9 events in the past and will continue to do so, except now he will attend as a full Member.
Chapter Truck: Pablo reminded everybody that his large truck is available for all events.
AUSA golf tournament will be on 10 OCT.
$100 Gift Card for Trini: Moose made the motion to give Trini a gift card for all her hard work. Passed, 1 opposed (Pete).
New Member Chapter Coins: We have discussed giving all new members a free coin, but we have never voted on it. We should do this in August.
DROP Magazine is Online: All members can access it at http://www.specialforcesassociation.org/drop/thedrop-3q2011/index.html
We will be presenting the scholarship to one individual at the August 16 meeting. The other winner is out of town and has expressed his sincere appreciation for being honored to receive the scholarship. We will get the check to him as soon as he returns. The VFW Post 812 Ladies Auxiliary will be preparing the lunch for the awards ceremony and the Fort Bliss Garrison Commander will be presenting the award. COL Munsey recently assumed responsibility of the Fort Bliss Garrison and will be a good asset for the chapter.
Based on the dress uniform vote from July, I’m requesting that the Officers wear blazer and that members wear black pants and a white dress shirt. For those who ordered the white dress shirts at the last meeting they are in. I have them at the VFW and can make arrangement to meet you up there prior to the event to get you yours. Unfortunately, Trini and I will be on vacation heading to Dallas that weekend so I will not be present.
Last is the golf tournament. Last year we made over $10k in sponsorships and this year we are at $7k. Not bad but we can do better. For everyone who secured a sponsor last year, go back to the business and secure one for this year. For those who didn’t get a sponsor last year, get-r-done this year. We need all the help we can get. Teams are or will be filled by the end of August so if you have a desire to play, please get in your registration form and payment ASAP. Teams are first come first serve.
God bless and I’ll see you soon.
De Oppresso Liber!
Pete Peral, President SFA Chapter IX