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PRESIDENTS NOTES for November 2017 by Juan Chavez

PRESIDENTS NOTES for November 2017

by Juan Chavez

By the time you read this, the 2017 Veterans Day Parade in Fayetteville is behind us. As usual, it was a memorable event in that this year’s parade paid tribute to Vietnam War veterans and there were many, both in the parade itself, and as spectators along the parade route. Many more events are on tab around town to honor Veterans the weekend of the 11th of November and beyond; check the local newspaper and partake.

I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to recognize Powers-Swain Chevrolet for donating to our chapter the use of a courtesy car, a beautiful 2017 Camaro convertible, for use in the parade. This is the second year that the dealership has supported us thanks to the generosity and patriotism of its owner, Mr. W. C. Powers, one of our staunchest commercial sponsors. Thanks W.C. and to Larry Davis for driving!

Another noteworthy up-coming event is our annual general membership meeting on the 17th of November at the Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg. It is our last membership meeting of the year and a special one in that our chapter is hosting the North Carolina Council of Chapters quarterly meeting that weekend and approximately 50 out-of-town guests will be joining us for dinner.

The Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Special Operations Command, MG James E. Kraft, Jr. will be our guest speaker, and the 82nd Airborne Division “All American Chorus” will provide entertainment. Please join us in making this event one to remember. Take action by sending your reservations request to George Blanc NLT 15 November 2017 (see post immediately below).

Another “Take Action” imperative is to contact our elected officials regarding the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as it heads to conference committee. We need to bring their attention to several issues of great importance to our military. We cannot compromise on these critical benefits that help sustain our all-volunteer force. Send your legislators a MOAA-suggested message today.

In closing, I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving Day this year, and safe travels if planning an out-of-town trip.

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES for September 2017 by Juan Chavez

PRESIDENT'S NOTES for September 2017

by Juan Chavez

I, together with other chapter members had the privilege of attending the Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner held at the Expo Center here in Fayetteville on the 19th of August where 161 Purple Heart recipients from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq were honored.

Among the honorees were five Cape Fear Chapter members: LTC (Ret) Clark Ecklund, LTC (Ret) Art Macaltao, MAJ (Ret) Steve Sosa, MAJ (Ret) Frank Till, and CW4 (Ret) George Weininger all for wounds incurred during the Vietnam war. It was a proud moment for us when each of these gentlemen was introduced and walked through an arch of sabers, which by the way, were held by our Army JROTC cadets. Overall, it was a solemn, yet celebratory event; extremely well done and certainly well deserved.

More pleasant news, MOAA National recently announced the Levels of Excellence Award winners for 2017 and the Cape Fear Chapter was selected as a Five Star Chapter again. This is the highest accolade a chapter can receive annually, and this makes four in a row for us.

Many factors go into judging a chapter, e.g., membership, recruiting and retention, frequency of meetings and events, attendance, charitable programs, community support, ROTC support, scholarship programs, to name a few. We do well in all these categories only because of your participation and generous support in terms of time, talents and treasure. We may all be justifiably proud; this achievement would simply be impossible without a total team effort.

As a non-profit organization, everything we do is entirely dependent on revenue from member dues, newsletter ad sponsors, limited incentive awards from MOAA National that we earn, and more significantly donations from our members and chapter supporters. Our annual golf tournament generates 75% of all our annual income.

Our golf tournament this year is just around the corner, Saturday, 16 September 2017. So again, I appeal to all members to sponsor a hole and at least one soldier; this is the only fund-raising activity of the year and the only time we actively solicit your financial support.

Thanks to all who have already done their part. As of this writing only 19% of our members have responded against our goal of 50% participation. We have invited 80 active duty soldiers to play and we do not intend to turn down any of them. So, let’s get on it, please mail in your sponsorship submissions and player entries without further delay.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at Baywood Golf Course on the 16th of September. If you’re not a golfer, come out anyway and enjoy a beverage, a bite to eat, and lots of camaraderie.

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