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.