BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK - A SPECIAL REQUEST by Chapter President Ira Watkins
BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK - A SPECIAL REQUEST

BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK - A SPECIAL REQUEST

by Chapter President Ira Watkins

I hope each of you are enjoying a great August. I am making a special request that you join me in participating in Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK) from August 25th -31st. This is a globally recognized week that is observed annually during the last week of August to reflect on and emphasize acts of kindness to our fellowman/woman.

Simple acts of kindness matter and should be a priority in our lives daily. BK2HK was created to emphasize the importance of acts of kindness and to inspire others to be kind. This call for individual members to participate in BK2HK is an effort to collectively build upon one of the key principles of our organization, i.e., service to the community through individual acts of kindness.

Each day in BK2HK, is celebrated with a specific theme. The themes are provided below with suggestions. The themes and suggestions are intended to help stimulate and not restrict individual acts of kindness. Any act of kindness by you is likely to have an impact, create a ripple effect and inspire others to further acts of kindness:

Sacrifice-Our-Wants-for-Others’-Needs Sunday Show others you care. Offer to help someone in need. Donate to a charity that you and your family members decide upon.

Motorist-Consideration Monday Drive or travel courteously. Practice consideration and patience.

Touch-A-Heart Tuesday Spread kindness, one heart at a time. Encourage others in their dreams and goals. Spend time with someone you have not seen in a long time.

Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday Offer a helping hand. Offer to watch a neighbor’s house while they are on vacation and water their lawn and feed their pets.

Thoughtful Thursday Treat each other well. If you are shopping, allow someone with fewer items to cut in front of you at the checkout.

Forgive-Your-Foe Friday Come together. Contact the person in your life with whom you have let a disagreement divide you. The power of a sincere apology is worth more to an individual than never resolving issues.

Speak-Nice-Words Saturday Say something nice. Hold your tongue when tempted to be harsh.

Click on this line for additional suggestions on acts of kindness during BK2HK.

Share your acts of kindness experienced during BK2HK by Send e-mail to me. With your permission, the experience will be posted to our social media as an inspiration to others. If you wish to remain anonymous so indicate and your request will be honored. I also encourage you to post your experience on your individual social media platforms or share with friends as a way of encouraging and motivating others toward acts of kindness.

We are all leaders and know the importance of setting the example. This is what BK2HK is about. Being kind can improve our health and well-being and help make the world a better place. Do not forget about a fellow member who may need an act of kindness. I sincerely hope that you will join me in participating in BK2HK the week of 25 - 31 August 2020.

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IN MEMORIAM Thelma Lewis (July 22, 1929 - July 31, 2020)

IN MEMORIAM

Thelma Lewis (July 22, 1929 - July 31, 2020)

It is with deep regret that we announce that Thelma Lewis one of our surviving spouse members passed away on July 31, 2020. Thelma was an active member of our chapter since the death of her husband, Colonel (Ret) Kenneth Lewis. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Lewis family during their bereavement

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IN MEMORIAM CW2 (Ret) Fleming L. Asbury, Jr., US Army (Mar 8, 1929 – May 12, 2020)

IN MEMORIAM

CW2 (Ret) Fleming L. Asbury, Jr., US Army (Mar 8, 1929 – May 12, 2020)

It is with deep regret that we announce that CW2 Fleming L. Asbury, Jr., one of our regular members died on May 12, 2020 from COVID-19.

Fleming was a Vietnam War veteran and served over 25 years on active duty. He was a loyal and supportive member of the chapter for several years and a regular at chapter meetings. His loss will be keenly felt by all of us.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife of 47 years, Young, and the extended Asbury family during their bereavement.

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IN MEMORIAM LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, US Army (Nov 6, 1930 – May 26, 2020)

IN MEMORIAM

LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, US Army (Nov 6, 1930 – May 26, 2020)

It is with deep regret that we announce that LTC(Ret) Arlie R. Smith, a former member and president of our chapter, died from COVID-19 on May 26, 2020 at the age of 89.

Arlie was a loyal and active member of our chapter for many years, having served as Chapter President for four consecutive years (2009-2012). He instituted the USO volunteer program within the chapter and leading by example, personally served as a USO Volunteer at the Fayetteville Regional Airport USO Lounge himself. He was also an ardent patron of the chapter’s ROTC Scholarship Awards Program and donated generously to it.

In recognition of his vast contributions to the chapter Arlie was selected as the 2012 recipient of the coveted Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award, the most prestigious award the chapter bestows on one of its members.

Arlie served on active duty with the US Army for 20 years to include combat service in Vietnam. His many years of dedicated service to our country during and after his active military service will never be forgotten. Arlie will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Ingrid, his wife of 60 years, and the extended Smith family during their bereavement.

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE May 25, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE

May 25, 2020

While the traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Freedom Memorial Park was not held due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chapter's memorial wreath was displayed at the Global War on Terror Monument at the park on Memorial Day in remembrance of our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terrorists worldwide since 9/11.

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LOCAL AFJROTC UNITS SELECTED FOR TOP USAF AWARDS

LOCAL AFJROTC UNITS SELECTED FOR TOP USAF AWARDS

E.E. Smith High School and Terry Sanford High School AFJROTC units were selected as two of 79 units across the globe and two of seven in North Carolina to receive the 2019-20 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award.

This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

The Cape Fear Chapter is proud to extend its heartiest congratulations to both units, their leaders/instructors, and their entire corps of cadets for a significant achievement.

The E.E. Smith High School AFJROTC program’s leaders and Aerospace Science Instructors are: Retired USAF Lt. Col. Tom Glockzin, and Retired USAF CMSgt James Mitchell, Jr.

The Terry Sanford High School AFJROTC program is led by Aerospace Science Instructors: Retired USAF Capt. Timothy K. Peedin, and Retired USAF SMSgt Thomas Albanese.

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2019 ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCEMENT by Ira Watkins

2019 ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCEMENT

by Ira Watkins

It was my pleasure to announce at our monthly Board of Directors Meeting held by video conference on 7 April 2020 that LTC (Ret) Martin “Marty” Williams is the recipient of the 2019 Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award. The DeMeter award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.

The citation on the award certificate reads as follows: “For sustained outstanding service as 3rd Vice President for ROTC Affairs, Cape Fear Chapter from December 2015 to December 2019. His faithful and unselfish service on the Chapter’s Executive Board and his work as Chairman, ROTC Scholarship Awards Committee are without equal. Marty discharged his wide-ranging responsibilities in support of 5 university and 25 high school ROTC programs with unparallel dedication and excellence. He routinely drove hundreds of miles traversing a six-county area visiting ROTC units to administer the chapter’s ROTC scholarships and leadership awards programs. His vast contributions to include his donation of travel expenses, are worthy of the highest esteem and his selection as the 2019 recipient of this coveted award.”

Congratulations Marty, you have the eternal gratitude of all our members for your dedicated service and unselfish contributions to the chapter. You are an inspiration to all of us. Our only regret is that we could not present the award to you in person because of the COVID-19 social distancing constraints.

List of previous DeMeter award recipients is at download below.

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