Friday, August 14, 2015

Chapter Meeting Notes - 18 July 2015

Jerry Rainey Scholarship – 9th year: Committee Chuy, Gus, Steve; Sam Morgan, Chair. Chapter will present 3 x $1000 scholarships this weekend (Chapter's August meeting). There will be a separate post on this award. JTF-N Commanding General BG Lehr will be presenting the awards.

10th Annual CSM(R) John McLaughlin Golf Tournament: Tournament will be held Saturday, 29 August at Fort Bliss. Team sign-up forms and sponsor letters are still available. Every member is asked to try to sell at least one hole sponsorship. Kiki is getting the beer donated.

Reunion: 1st Group wants to hold their 2017 Reunion in El Paso. This will be the 3rd time we have hosted the 1st SFG Reunion. Ike is making coordination and attended the 2015 reunion in Alexandria, VA.

New business: SFA 9 Elections: Nominations will be in October. If you are interested in running for office, get someone to nominate you.

Vietnam Memorial: El Paso Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be erected at the flag pole. They are raising $50K for the memorial. Chapter voted to donate $1400 towards the monument.

82nd Fiesta 7: Was held 4th of July weekend. Several members gave reports. Past President Duke Armendariz is transferring his membership back to Chapter 9.

Christmas Party: Chair = Steve Franzoni. Assembling committee – nothing to report yet.

USASMA Class 66: VFW 812 is having a welcome party 19 SEP at 1400 after the SFA 9 meeting, meal at 1500. They have 400+ students including 56 foreign students. We will meet with the SF attendees then.

SFA Convention 2018: Discussion underway to host the 2018 SFA convention in El Paso. Exploratory Committee formed: Chair, Brian Kanof; members Bill, China Boy and Joe JR.

Project Amistad: Pete announced that they give veteran financial support for living expenses of up to $700. Chapter Member Eric Howard is a leader in the project. More information on eligibility and participation will be provided soon.

State and National Parks Pass: Pete mentioned that these passes are free to vets with 60% disability. Apply for state at McKelligon Canyon and National at Chamizal.

USASMA Reunion 2016: Al announced that El Paso is hosting the reunion 14-17 July, 2016. More to follow.

Jerry Montoya in Wyoming: On 5 June Jerry and Peggy Montoya attended a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans reunion in Casper, Wyoming. Jerry presented Governor Matt Mead with a Wyoming Flag that he and his family have flown all over the world in the past 50 years while serving in the military. The flag will be displayed in the capital. See picture at left of Jerry Montoya and Governor Mead.

Jefferson Foxes Golf Tournament: Moy’s boys are honoring Ike at the tournament to be held on 16 Oct 2015. Ike asked Chapter to sponsor a hole for $100 –passed.

Chapter President's Message:

We are holding the Jerry Rainey scholarship awards after the general membership meeting this month, and I ask everyone to dress accordingly. Please no shorts or flip-flops. This is in recognition of a great man, and his wife and family will be there, to include BG Lehr, Commanding General of JTF-N and a Special Forces soldier. Officers are asked to wear blazers and berets, and the summer uniform (White dress shirt or Chapter polo) for the general membership.

We are on short and final for the 10thAnnual John McLaughlin golf tournament and need support. Now’s the time to step up to the plate with sponsors, goodie bag items, and work-a-bees. As this is the 10thannual event, we as a chapter want to make it the best to date (Which will be hard to do). Every year we put great effort in making these event not only profitable, but also fun for the players. Especially those who have supported us for all these years. Contact Ike or Al Hobbs to see where you can help…better yet come to the meeting on August 14th at 1730 as that will be one of the last meeting before we go hot.

As mentioned above, VFW Post is hosting a “welcome to El Paso” for the students of class 66 of the USASMA and Chapter 9 is invited. We will not host a meal after the September meeting but participating in the welcome for the USASMA students. Chow will be provided to Chapter members then. Please plan accordingly for those who will not be able to stay for the festivities. We have secured the VFW Post, for 19 December, for the Chapter Christmas party but that is not locked in stone. If you have ideas please bring them to the table at the August meeting as places are going quick.

De Oppresso Liber!

Pete Peral

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