Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chapter Meeting Notes - 20 September 2014

Jerry Rainey Scholarship: The fund has $15,595 (Donations Ted Lamb $100, Don Nance $400 and  $1000 anonymous).

SFA Membership:  Life membership is still a good deal at $430. It is $280 for members over age 65. New Member dues = $40. Billy Waugh told Ike he will be making a donation for the Scholarship before tax time.

19th Annual Jerry Montoya/Ralph Dominguez Food Drive: Chapter needs to assemble the Committee right away. Jerry Campos will get 100 boxes. Naipo Robertson has consented to be the Chair again.

9th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament: Held Saturday 13 September 2014 at the Fort Bliss Golf Course. We had 106 players and 45 Hole Sponsors. If you sold  a hole sponsorship and want a certificate of appreciation for your sponsor - contact Pete Peral. We made at least $18K profit this year. Duke Armendariz came from San Antonio to help. Everybody got breakfast burritos and a full meal at lunch. Leo ran the hotdog stand at “Apache Junction”. Brian Kanof took photos again and got a shot of each team that are available for those who want them.  Photo below is just some of the people who made this event not only possible but well run. 

Teamhouse Committee: Chairman is Steve Franzoni; on the Committee is Gus, Brian, Chuck, Tom, Tony and Chuy; the committee is listing requirements for the 2800 sq ft steel building (2 bath, office & kitchen). Working on permits and need to get CEMEX to give up the land (To VFW, deeded to SFA9).

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.

9-11 Celebration: VFW Post 812 hosted an awards ceremony on September 11th to honor the firefighter and policeman of the year chosen by their senior leadership. Numerous Chapter 9 members attended.

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.

Christmas Party: Scheduled for Saturday, 20 December, 6 pm social, dinner at 7 pm, at VFW 812. Joe “China Boy” Lopez will arrange the Holiday style meal and Trini Peral will do the raffles and decorations. Each Member and one guest will be no charge, any additional guest will cost $10 each. Tony’s Villa Band will provide the music. Sign-up sheet was circulated. Deadline to register is 15 December.

Chapter IX Shirts, Coins, Mugs and Blazers: Shirts, Polo’s, mugs and coins are available. Coins are $10 each. Check out the Chapter On-Line Store here.

Wreaths Across America: Debbie Torres from the local Civil Air Patrol and wife of Chapter member Rolando Torres,  is the Wreaths Across America Chair again. It will be held on 13 December. Chapter will again pay for all interred SF Soldiers and past Chapter Members and spouses.

Chapter Sign at the entrance to the Road: Brief discussion. Tabled until the Team House is completed.

Honorary Member Nominations: China Boy nominated Jesus Rodriguez and Bob Chisolm with the Benavidez-Patterson all Airborne Chapter. Passed unanimously. January the Chapter typically reviews Honorary Members to continue or drop them depending on their participation.

Chaplain John Szilvasy Interview:  John was interviewed by the Library of Congress. Copies of the interview are available on CD for $6 donation to FT Bliss Red Cross. 

President's Message:

Greetings all; The golf tournament is over and like Bill said we “done good son”.   Thanks to all who went out and secured sponsors and teams. We had 6 more players than last year and could have put more out if we wanted. We had to turn teams away.

Our next adventure will be the food drive. Naipo will chair and we need others to work with him. We have a few leads for bulk food items that we’ll be exploring and unless we cancel the support to the Chihuahita we will need the bulk rice, beans and potatoes too. Last year we donated $1,500.00 to the food drive so we’ll see where we go this year. There was talk of making 100 boxes this year but we need to see the need. If we have members that need that many I’m sure a vote will pass. Again, we’ll need volunteers to help Naipo get this going. Other than that, life is good. See you on the 18th.

De Oppresso Liber!

Pete Peral,
President SFA Chapter IX

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