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PRESIDENT'S NOTES for November 2018 by Juan Chavez

PRESIDENT'S NOTES for November 2018

by Juan Chavez

Two of our most significant national holidays fall in November -- Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day, what a stroke of synergism. On Veterans Day we’ll pay tribute to our veterans for their selfless service to our nation in protecting our freedom. On Thanksgiving Day we’ll be giving thanks for the blessings of freedom and liberty, and for the men and women who served and sacrificed to preserve them.

The Veterans Day parade in downtown Fayetteville will take place on Saturday, the 10th of November this year. I encourage all of you to come out and enjoy a star-spangled event teeming with esprit de corps and patriotic fervor. Hundreds of spectators will turn out to express their gratitude to our active military and veterans. The Cape Fear Chapter will have a unit in the parade as we have had the past five years. Many of the university and high school ROTC units we support will have marching elements and/or color guards in the parade as well.

Another special event coming up on the 16th of November is our annual general membership meeting/dinner at the Iron Mike Conference Center. This will be our last meeting of the year and a very important one. The agenda includes presentation of a slate of candidates for election as chapter president and five other leadership positions on the executive board for the 2-year term starting in January 2019. Ballots will be distributed, and early voting will commence. If you care about the future of our chapter, please make it a point to be present.

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be NC Representative Billy Richardson, District 44; the 82nd “All American Chorus” will perform. We have a full program planned, starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 PM followed by a plate dinner. Please send in your reservations request to Art Rodriguez NLT the 13th of November using event flier at download below.

I will be attending the annual meeting of MOAA in Phoenix, Arizona on the 1st and 2nd of November to accept a 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award for our chapter. In keeping with the spirit of thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you for your contributions that made this possible. We’ll be adding this award to our chapter colors at our annual meeting on the 16th, hope to see many of you then.

In closing, please accept my best wishes for a memorable Veterans Day and a blessed Thanksgiving Day. Safe travels if you’re headed out of town to celebrate with family.

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