by Juan Chavez
The month of May is a very eventful and somewhat hectic one for our chapter. The members of our Executive Board are particularly busy putting into action a myriad of actions they have diligently planned for and worked at for months, with the tempo accelerating as we approach the first week of May.
With the end of the school year just a few weeks away our responsibilities vis-à-vis 26 high school JROTC and 5 university SROTC programs present some operational challenges. There are leadership awards to present at a number and variety of venues; scholarship applications to review and approve, and scholarships to present; ROTC commissioning ceremonies to participate in, etc. This is the time of the year when we need extra help from our membership. Please contact Marty Williams if you wish to help, he’ll be delighted to hear from you.
Last year was the second occasion that we presented all the JROTC scholarships at a scholarship awards luncheon, we shall continue that tradition this year. Our third annual JROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday the 26th of May 2017 at The Mash House Restaurant. Our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Nat Robertson, Mayor of Fayetteville.
All scholarship recipients, their parents, and their JROTC instructors are expected to attend. Being that our scholarship program is our primary philanthropic endeavor, I encourage all chapter members to attend and celebrate this event.
We’ll close out the month by remembering all our military men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country on Memorial Day the 29th of May. The Cape Fear Chapter will be participating in a wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Memorial Park in downtown Fayetteville starting at 1000 hours. Let us all honor our fallen comrades by attending this very beautiful and moving tribute.
We were hoping that the new Global War on Terrorism monument would be unveiled this Memorial Day, however, because of delays in design that will not be possible. We are now looking at Veterans Day 2017 as the next window of opportunity. I beg the patience of all who so generously contributed to funding this project.
In closing I want to remind everyone that the deadline for registering to attend the 2017 North Carolina Council of Chapters Convention is May 31, 2017. This year’s convention will take place in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on September 7–10, 2017. All members of North Carolina Chapters of MOAA, and their families are welcome to take advantage of a great opportunity. For more information and registration please download event flier below.