Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Lost Members: The Chapter lost two members in April. A-2035 Fedencio Gonzalez (A-2035) passed away on 3 April and was laid to rest on 7 April at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, and ber M-8459 (L) Reginald “Reggie” Salinas (M-8459 L) passed away 29 March and was laid to rest on 1 April at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in North Carolina.
Accountability: The Chapter retains biographical sketches of all members as well as photos for the purposes of an accurate obituary and reporting to National SFA. Please ensure your's is updated with the Chapter Secretary.
Sick Call: There are also many Chapter members and/or their spouses in the hospital or dealing with a degenerative disease. Please let the Chapter leadership know if you or your family member are in this category. In the interests of privacy, we will not post medical or treatment status on this website.
Border Patrol Special Operations Group 2016 Law Enforcement and Technology Expo: Scheduled for 19-21 April. This is our top fundraiser each year. 19 April is the dinner at VFW 812, 20 April is the demo and 21 April is the range day at Tactical Ranch. Need max participation.
SFA 2016 National Convention, Jacksonville, Florida: Dates 12-19 June, Hyatt Regency Riverfront. Registration information available from Bill Snider.
2017 1st Group Reunion, El Paso: Ike Camacho – Chair. Committee – Gus, Chuy, Duke, Steve, Leo, Jerry and Bill. Dates will be last week in May or 1st week of June 2017. This will be the 3rd time we hosted the 1st Group. Ike will meet with “Visit El Paso” soon to coordinate support.
Viet Nam Memorial, El Paso: Dedication was held at the flag pole on 26 March at 1300. China Boy is continuing to raise funds for maintenance. Hundreds attended. China Boy, Leo and Ike were all photographed and appeared in the El Paso Times write up.
2016 USASMA Reunion: Al Hobbs – Chair. El Paso is hosting the reunion at the Wyndham from 14-17 July, 2016. Not an SFA project but many of our SGM members will participate. Registration is $125.
SFA 9 Team House: We are working on the survey of the property of 812 and the future home of Chapter 9. Nothing has been decided yet.
2018 SFA National Convention – El Paso: Chair, Brian Kanof; Committee Bill, China Boy and Joe Kerwin JR. 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. SFA 80 will assist. “Visit El Paso” is “all in” to support this project. The best date for the City seems to be 11-17 June, 2018.
Jerry Rainey Scholarship: Greg Brown, Chair. Committee = Sam, Chuy & Steve. Detail will follow on the August presentation of 3 x $1000 scholarships. An articvle will appear on this site when the Committee is acepting applications.
11th Annual John McLaughlin Memorial Golf Tournament: Chair = Al Hobbs. Underwood Golf Course 10 September. Committee so far = Gus, Ike, Leo.
Bataan Death March support of Waterpoint 7: Chapter 9 supported SFA 80 again this year - see pictures below. SFA 9 Member Tony Beltran hiked the half marathon as usual and the picture at top right is Tony finishing.
3rd Annual Joshua Mills Competition – Fort Bliss: SF Recruiters have set the date for 8-9 September 2016. Details will come later.
Announcements and Good of the Order: 10th Annual Martin “Ski” Dubrosky Memorial VFW 812 Golf Tournament: 23 April 2016. Team sign up and sponsor sheets are available. Team $320, Hole Sponsor $100. Chapter voted to donate $1000 for start up money.
SFA National Raffle Tickets: Bill announced that we need to sell or buy the tickets national mailed. He ordered extra books for the Honorary Members to sell.
Chapter President's Message:
Greeting all, We are full speed ahead for the SOG Expo. As you know this is our biggest fund raiser and max participation is needed. Steve Franzoni will be taking the helm starting on the 19th for the vendor’s appreciation dinner. The 20th is the main demo day and we’ll be starting at 0600. The 21st is the range day at Tactical Ranch and we need volunteers there too.
April 23rd is the VFW golf tournament and I encourage everyone to support that endeavor. You can sponsor a hole in memory of someone or your company. You can also support by buying a case of beer or soda. Bottom line is the VFW is our home and we need to support it. See you Saturday.
De Oppresso Liber!
President SFA Chapter IX