Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chapter Meeting Notes - 18 November 2017

Wreaths Across America: The Chapter paid for 39 wreaths of fallen Special Forces buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery - those were placed on 16 December 2017.

Sick Call: Considering OPSEC, we'll only post an occasional sick call report. In this reporting period Brian Kanof cut 4 fingers of his left hand with a saw. His fingers were reportedly all mangled up and not suitable for re-attachment, so the Doctors used toes from a cadaver, named Bob, to give Brian some digits.

SFA Dues are coming up: Life membership is still a good deal at $440 (current Member) $475 (Not current). It is $320 for members age 65 and over. Annual renewal = $40, New Member dues = $50. Reinstatement = $45.

SFA 2108 National Convention: The HQ Hotel for the 2018 Convention was changed to the Airport Wyndham. The original hotel is just not going to be finished before the convention – they originally promised it would, but there are complications. Nothing else in the downtown was large enough for our needs so we go to the Wyndham which is within walking distance from the airport AND various hotels nearby will honor the $98 per night. This 2018 Committee will be meeting at 1200 hours on normal Chapter meeting days, prior to the main Chapter meeting where somebody always steals Bill Snider's sign in pen.

The 22nd Annual Jerry Montoya/Ralph Dominguez Food Drive: Tom Melgares Chaired this initiative. 104 boxes, each including 40-45 pounds of dry goods and a 6 pound ham were packed and distributed. Arrangements were made to check Bill Snider's house in case some of these boxes made their way there like last year.

SFA Annual Christmas Party: Was held on Saturday 16 December at VFW 812. We hope to have pictures to post soon.

VFW Post 812 News: Commander Gilbert Duran. Meeting is held the 1st Saturday’s 1000 hrs. 1st Sunday of every month is a fish fry from 1100-1400. Bar is open every evening. Fun Food Friday is held each Friday evening.

82nd News: Benavidez-Patterson All Airborne Chapter: Chairman Jesus Bravo. Meeting is the 4th Saturday of each month, lunch 1200 hours and meeting at 1300 hours. Bar is open every Friday and Saturday from 1700 till whenever. Saturday, 23 December – Christmas Party, 6 pm.

Chapter President's Message:

Short and sweet; need to plan for the 2018 golf tournament, expo and most importantly is the 2018 SFA National convention. Brian is the lead for the convention and we need all the help that we can get. There’s too many Chapter 9 members to thanks because all of you have stepped up to the plate BUT there are a few that deserve special recognition for 2017. Steve Franzoni for leading the pack when I was out, Gus, Ike and Al for the golf tournament, Tom Melgares for the food drive and Christmas party and Phil Sloniger for all the rest. Thanks for a great 2017 and I look forward to 2018.

De Oppresso Liber!

Pete Peral
President SFA Chapter IX

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