19th Annual Jerry Montoya/Ralph Dominguez Food Drive: Naipo Robertson - Chair. Committee is Chuy, Steve, Gus, Leo & Jerry. Jerry Campos paid for 100 boxes. Chihuahita will get bulk donation as in the past. $1500 was approved for the expenses.
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.
No Elections this year – no Installation of Officers.
Wreaths Across America: Debbie Torres is the CAP Chair again. It will be held on 13 December. Chapter will again pay for all interred SF Soldiers and past Chapter Members and spouses. Bill was asked to email the list to all SFA 9 members.
Teamhouse Committee: Chairman is Steve Franzoni; Committee members are Gus, Brian, Chuck, Tom, Tony and Chuy; the committee is listing requirements for the 2800 sqft steel building (2 bath, office and kitchen). Working on permits and need to get CEMEX to give up the land (To VFW, deeded to SFA9).
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 available.
Chaplain John Szilvasy Interview: He was interviewed by the Library of Congress. Copies of the interview are available on CD for $6 donation to Fort Bliss Red Cross.
Sign at the entrance to the road: Tabled until the Team House is completed.
Ray Winn Retirement: Congrats to SGM Ray Winn on an outstanding career. A DSR ceremony was held at VFW 812 on 7 November followed by a dinner on 8 November. Photo at right.
November already, how time flies when you get old!!! A couple of things that have come up after our last meeting. The first is a request from LTC Wagner who is the OIC for the deployment/redeployment center here on Bliss. He is asking the VFW and SFA to help with a Thanksgiving meal for about 250 pax’s who recently returned from Afghanistan. Of course we’ll help and I have a lead on some free turkeys but what we’ll need is volunteers to help cook and serve. More to come but if you don’t have plans for Thanksgiving Day, please help.
As mentioned above we have the Christmas party on Dec 20th and I think that’s pretty much taken care of. The food drive packing is scheduled for Dec-17 at 1800. As it stands right now we will not get the support of Collins school but Rod Raulston is looking at other schools. Attached to the newsletter is the support request that you can take to stores asking for support. It is my intention to not pack more boxes than we need; why pack 100 boxes if we only have requests for 50 so if you know of a family that you would like to support get the names to Naipo 915-504-5077 (or me) NLT Dec 15th. Right now we have names for 58 boxes but I’m sure more will come in.
Lastly, thank you for your support and we’ll see ya on Nov 15th.
President, Chapter IX