by Juan Chavez
The month of June was relatively quiet for the chapter, but a welcome respite following a hectic May. Even so, I have a couple of tidbits to report.
First, we received the welcome news that the chapter repeated as winner of two 2016 Colonel Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards, a 5-star award for our website (www.cfmoaa.org), and a 4-star award for our electronic newsletter (A Gram of Info). This is the 4th year in a row that we have earned this double distinction. Congratulations are in order all the way around.
Secondly, the chapter was recognized for its USO volunteer program in the July issue of Military Officer magazine (page 41). Unfortunately, despite our persistent efforts this year to increase the size of our USO volunteer force, the results have been dismal. We are still in dire need of new volunteers to augment/replace those who have served since the program started in 2011. This is an excellent opportunity to actively support our military and their families, while promoting chapter cohesion and sense of purpose. Moreover, it’s light and enjoyable work -- meaningful, self-satisfying, and healthy! Please step-up to the plate, we need you!
FORE! Our annual fundraising golf tournament for our ROTC Scholarship Program is just around the corner. This year’s tournament will be on the 16th of September. Tammy Beshlin our Tournament Director is already engaged in preparations; she'll need our help and support.
We’ll soon launch our solicitation campaign for sponsors and supporters. I have high expectations that a higher percentage of our chapter members will get personally involved in our main fundraising event of the year. There are several ways each of us can contribute, e.g., as a golf tournament committee volunteer, a player, a sponsor, a donor, etc. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming weeks.
Finally, our last summer meeting/social will be a brunch at The Mash House Restaurant on Friday the 14th of July starting at 1000 hours. This is our first attempt at a brunch, please add it to your calendar, and make your reservations NLT 11 July. The event will be a very casual and informal one with the focus on socializing, and just enjoying each other; looking forward to “brunching” with you soon.
A Happy Independence Day to all of you. Be safe!