Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chapter Meeting Notes - 16 January 2016

2017 1st SFG Reunion: Ike Camacho –Chair. Selected for El Paso. Dates will be last week in May or 1st week of June 2017. This will be the 3rd time we have hosted the 1st SFG Reunion. Ike is beginning to assemble the committee now. He will meet with “Visit El Paso” soon.

2016 USASMA Reunion: Al Hobbs –Chair. El Paso is hosting the reunion 14-17 July, 2016. Not an SFA project but many of our SGM members will participate. More to follow.

2016 US Border Patrol Special Operations Group (SOG) Law Enforcement Equipment and Technology Expo: Scheduled for 20/21 April. This is our top fundraiser each year. Pete is assembling the committee now.

2018 SFA Convention: Tentatively to be held in El Paso. Chair, Brian Kanof; Committee members are Bill, China Boy and Joe Kerwin Jr. Chapter voted to approve the project and move forward. We will pay for Brian to attend the Convention in June this year to make the pitch. National is excited that we finally want to host. We will reach out to SFA 80 to assist. “Visit El Paso” is “all in” to support this project. The best date for the City seems to be 11-17 June, 2018.

Chapter Appointments: Pete appointed Brian Kanof as Sergeant at Arms, Jerry Campos as Historian and Quartermaster and Tom Melgares as Membership Chairman.

11th Annual John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament: Chair - Al Hobbs. Date selected for Underwood Golf Course 10 September 2016. Sign up with Al for early choice of committee assignments.

Veterans Service Organization: China Boy and Roy announced that they are certified Veteran Service Officers. Contact either of them if you have VA issues.

Donations: Derek Koukiessent us $100 for the Jerry Rainey Scholarship.

Chris Lewis Deployed Soldier Support: Al reported that Chris sent thanks for the 14 boxes with 100 gifts the VFW sent from several veterans groups including SFA 9.

Massing of the Colors: Will be 2 April 2016. More information to follow.

Castner Range: There is a move to make the range National Monument/Preserve. SFA 9 endorses the proposal. See Roy Aldridge for details.

Cathy Jo Lee Fundraiser: VFW 812 is holding a Spaghetti Dinner benefit for Cathy Jo on Wednesday 24 February from 1200 to 1600 hrs. $10 a plate. If you order 10 plates they will deliver them to you. Cathy Jo is a big supporter of the military and she needs financial help to combat her recent ovarian cancer diagnosis.

VFW Golf tournament: Post 812 has their golf tournament scheduled for 23 April (the weekend after the expo) at the Underwood course. $80 per player. Please consider supporting this event.

Chapter President's Message:

Our next big event is the SOG Expo scheduled for 20 and 21 April and we’ll need some major manpower for those two days. As in the last two years we will sponsor a dinner for the expo vendors on 19 April at the VFW. If you plan on providing manpower for the SOG Expo, come out and meet the vendors so you can get a jump start on who’s who. We’ll get some support from the SF recruiters but we need to be ready to work the event like last year.

After that we have the Chapter golf tournament scheduled for 10 September 2016. Al is the chair and it’s never too early to start working the streets to get sponsors. Bill should have sent you a copy of the golf flyer for both teams and sponsors. Push the issue that we have a website where they can go and pay for the team and sponsorship. For you members not here in El Paso please consider a hole sponsor for $100. Again you can go online and pay.

Please keep Andy and Fidencio in your thoughts and prayers as they face some health issues. De Oppresso Liber!

Pete Peral,
President, SFA Chapter IX

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