PRESIDENT'S NOTES for July 2018 by Juan Chavez
PRESIDENT'S NOTES for July 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES for July 2018

by Juan Chavez

It simply amazes me how fast time flies, half of 2018 is history. The older we get; the faster time seems to whiz by. Why is that? There are several theories to that phenomena, but that’s a discussion for another day.

After a very hectic and exhausting month of May, Maria and I were able to get away for a brief vacation to meet our newly born great-grand son Caleb (age 5 weeks) in Naperville, Illinois. We found Caleb to be a bundle of joy, a wonderful, handsome little guy (see photo of Caleb in his cammies). What a gift; and, what a Father’s Day to remember. Needless to say, we are extremely proud of Caleb’s parents, our grandson Nick and his beautiful wife Summer; Caleb is their first child; our first great-grand child.

Besides fuzzing over Caleb and spoiling him with reckless abandon we were able to take time to reconnect with family, go boating, kayaking, walking, biking, and tennis (rained out on golf), and just plain relaxing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Cruising through the scenic mountains of West Virginia listening to oldies on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and reminiscing about our younger days was priceless. Forgive me for injecting a personal anecdote, but we had such a grand time that I just had to share it with you. Now to chapter business.

Our yearly fundraising golf tournament for our ROTC Scholarship Program is just over the horizon. This year’s tournament will tee off on the 15th of September. Tammy Beshlin our Tournament Director is already in full swing and she’ll be in need of our assistance and support as we get closer to tournament day.

We’ll soon launch our solicitation campaign for sponsors and supporters. This is our sole fund-raising event each year. Last year we had a record 35% participating rate by our members, I feel confident that we’ll exceed that this year and finally reach that elusive goal of 50%. There are several ways each of us can contribute, e.g., as a golf tournament committee volunteer, a player, a sponsor, a donor, or any combination thereof. More on this later.

Our last summer event this year will be a picnic at the Smith Lake Recreation Area at Fort Bragg on Saturday the 21st of July starting at 1130 hours. This is our first ever chapter picnic, please add it to your calendar, and let us know if you’re coming. This is a member’s appreciation event so there is no cost, but we need a headcount for catering purposes. The event will be an ultra-casual and informal affair with the focus on socializing and just enjoying each other; looking forward to “picnicking” with you soon. Bring you kids, grandkids and great-grand kids.

I wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform an Independence Concert in Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville at 7:30 PM on the 1st of July. Free admission; see you there!

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2017 COL MARVIN HARRIS COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS WINNERS by Juan Chavez

2017 COL MARVIN HARRIS COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS WINNERS

by Juan Chavez

Congratulations to us for repeating as MOAA communication awards winners in 2017. Our chapter was awarded a 5-Star COL Marvin Harris Communication Award for its website “www.cfmoaa.org”, and a 5-Star Award for its eNewsletter “Gram of Info” for 2017. This is the fifth consecutive year we have received this distinction for our communications platforms. All of us may be justifiably proud.

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ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2017 by Juan Chavez

ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2017

by Juan Chavez

It was my pleasure to present the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award for 2017 to COL (Ret) George Blanc at our Awards and Recognition Brunch held in the Hodge Room of the Iron Mike Conference Center on Saint Patrick’s Day the 17th of March 2018. The DeMeter award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.

The citation reads as follows: “For sustained outstanding service as 2nd Vice President, Cape Fear Chapter from August 2013 to December 2017. Besides his faithful and unselfish service on the Chapter’s Executive Board, his work as Programs Chairman is without equal. His enthusiasm and quest for excellence in making every chapter meeting and special event an enjoyable and memorable experience, has contributed immeasurably to the unprecedented success of the chapter during the past five years. His incalculable contributions are worthy of the highest esteem and clearly justify his selection as the 2017 recipient of this coveted award.”

Congratulations George, you have earned our eternal gratitude for your dedicated service and unselfish contributions to the chapter.

See list of all previous DeMeter award recipients at download below.

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2017 ROTC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FUND RAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP by Tammy Beshlin

2017 ROTC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FUND RAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP

by Tammy Beshlin

This year’s golf tournament played at Baywood Golf Club on 16 September was a smashing success. Our heartfelt thanks to all our commercial sponsors for their continued loyalty and support, to the players who made the day special, and to our chapter members for a commendable outpouring of generosity.

The following is a list of all sponsors and donors; those indicated by an asterisk (*) contributed in multiple ways.

Prime Sponsor

Mr. Steve LaHam, President & CEO

Anfinsen Plastic Molding & Assembly

Major Material Sponsors

AAFMAA (swag bags & towels) *

Corvias Military Living (food)

Healy Wholesale (beverages)*

Rogers & Breece, Inc. (beverages)

USAA (food)

Hole Sponsors

A+ Home Health Care Services*

AAFMAA Wealth Management Trust*

AmeriTrust Investment Advisors*

Anstead’s Tobacco Company

Arrow Exterminators of Fayetteville, Inc.*

CW2 (Ret) & Mrs. Fleming L. Asbury

Chap (LTC)(Ret) Timothy Atkinson

COL (Ret) & Mrs. David L. Baggett*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Eli Ballard*

Baywood Golf & Community Association

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. David Beshlin*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. George Blanc*

Bob Miarer’s Automotive Services*

MAJ (Ret) George Bond

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Tim E. Brennan*

COL (Ret) Charles Brindel*

Brown & Associates Investment Services*

Bryan Honda

Bryant’s Restaurants, Inc./Wendy’s

Buie, Norman & Company, P.A.

Lt Col (Ret) & Mrs. Steve Byrnes*

Cape Fear Cardiology Associates, P.A.

Cape Fear Discount Drugs

Cape Fear Eye Associates, P.A.*

Mrs. Beddy Carrion

Catlett Family Dentistry

Caviness & Cates Building Development*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Juan I. Chavez*

LTC (Ret) David Cheney*

Mrs. Maureen Dadek*

Danny Odom Roofing*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Tad D. Davis

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Stanley D. Dodson

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas Donnelly

COL & Mrs. John P. Dunigan*

Mrs. Mary Meinhardt Eidman*

Edward Jones Financial*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronald Elrod

First Command Financial Services*

Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronnie Foxx

LTC (Ret) Dennis Franken*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Robert T. Garman*

CW5 (Ret) & Mrs. Harrison George, Jr.*

Dr. Ben Gersh, M.D.

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. George W. Glann*

Lt Col (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas Glockzin*

COL (Ret) Jeri Graham*

Dr. Lisa Gushin, D.D.S., P.A.

LTC Steven Hayden

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. John W. Hazlett*

Hinkamp Jeweler’s

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Ralph Hinrichs*

Horne Brothers Construction, Inc.*

David & Sandi Hubbard

Hubbard Kitchen & Bath Showroom*

Hutchens Law Firm*

LTC (Ret) George Hutnan*

MAJ (Ret0 & Mrs. Robert P. Ives

Mrs. Carol Ivey*

Jernigan-Warren, Inc.*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Fred Klinck

Lafayette Ford-Lincoln*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Hank Larsen*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Tommy Macon

Mash House Brew Company

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Maxwell, Jr.*

John & Mary Beth Parker/McDonald’s*

GEN (Ret) & Mrs. Dan K. McNeill*

Carl Meinhardt*

Erika Meinhardt*

LTC (Ret) Hans Meinhardt*

Lise Meinhardt*

Metz Glass*

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Morty Pride Meats

BG (Ret) Joseph L. Nagel*

MAJ (Ret) Warren R. O’Brien*

Col (Ret) & Mrs. Chester G. Oehme, Jr.*

Paper, Pens, Etc. Inc.

Captain (Ret) Timothy Peedin

Pentagon Federal Credit Union

LTC (Ret) Charles E. Pimble*

Powers-Swain Chevrolet, Inc.

Public Storage of Fayetteville, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Deogracia Quinones*

Mrs. Barbara Raizen*

Rhudy’s, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Arturo Rodriguez*

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Sanco Construction Company, Inc.

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Arlie R. Smith*

Strickland’s Portion Pak, Inc.

Superior Bakery

CW4 (Ret) Harold Thacker

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Edward R. Thomas, II*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. James A. Volkmann*

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Vonnegut*

CPT (Ret) & Mrs. David S. Vroom*

Claudie & Tom Wallen*

Watson Family Dentistry

Mrs. Sara White*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Jim Wilde*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Horace Williams*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Martin C. Williams*

Ziegler Properties

Soldier Sponsors

Mrs. Barbara Azzarelli

Mrs. Helen Beshlin

LTC (Ret) Kenneth W. Chelf

MAJ (Ret) Gerald Croll

LTC (Ret) Daniel J. Connelly

Mrs. Maria Cory

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Clark Ecklund

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Hubert L. Gibson

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Harold G. Isaacson*

CW5 (Ret) & Mrs. Joseph Jasienowski

Lt Col (Ret) Geraldine B. McGowan

CW2 & Mrs. Carl Mitchell

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Dan Moses

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Michael Musiol

Mr. Mark Rohrig*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Jon Sheets

Simon Funeral Home

Mrs. Phyllis Streit

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Walter M. Swing*

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Robert Tiffany

The Fayetteville Observer

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Willie Wright

Cash Donors

Carolina Specialties International*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Mark Boyatt

Foust Heating & Air Conditioning

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas C. Delahunty

James & Denise Smith

COL (Ret) & Mrs. James Wanowich

Prize & Giveaways Donors

Anderson Creek Golf & Country Club

Anistead’s Cigar Bar

ASOM Gift Shop

Bayonet Golf Club

Baywood Golf Club

BJ’s

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Cakes & Kolaches

Carolina Lakes Golf Club

Carraba’s Italian Grill

Chick Filet Skibo Square

Chili’s

Cypress Lakes Golf Club

Deercroft Golf Club

Dunkin Donuts

Firestone Cross Creek Mall

Gates Four Golf & Country Club

Hooter’s

Hyland Golf & Country Club

Kings Grant Golf & Country Club

Legacy Golf Links

Logan’s Roadhouse

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

McKellar’s Lodge

MiCasita Mexican Restaurant

Mission Bar BQ

Newk’s Eatery

Old Chicago Pizza

Outback Steak House

PDQ

Red Lobster

Renaissance European Day Spa

Rusty Bradley

Ryder Golf Course

Sam’s Club

Stryker Golf Course

Whispering Woods Golf Club

316 Oyster Bar

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Chapter Gains Another Honorary Member May 26, 2017

Chapter Gains Another Honorary Member

May 26, 2017

The Cape Fear Chapter conferred Honorary Membership upon the Honorable Nat Robertson, Mayor of Fayetteville at the general membership meeting on May 26, 2017.

In the history of the chapter, honorary membership is a courtesy that has been extended to every Mayor of Fayetteville.

President Chavez presented Mayor Robertson with a framed Honorary Membership Certificate, an engraved chapter coin mounted on a coin lock, and a chapter hat as tokens of our appreciation and respect.

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NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICIALLY INSTALLED 20 January 2017

NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICIALLY INSTALLED

20 January 2017

The newly elected Cape Fear Chapter officers for the 2-year term beginning January 2017 were officially installed in a ceremony during the traditional biennial Installation Dinner held at the Fort Bragg Iron Mike Conference Center on 20 January 2017.

COL (Ret) Jeri Graham member of the MOAA Board of Directors administered the oath of office to: COL (Ret) Juan Chavez, President; COL (Ret) Stan Dodson, 1st Vice President; COL (Ret) George Blanc, 2nd Vice President; LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, 3rd Vice President; LTC (Ret) Dennis Franken, Treasurer; and, LTC (Ret) Don Gersh, Secretary.

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USO Volunteer Initiative by Juan Chavez

USO Volunteer Initiative

by Juan Chavez

As our nation observes the USO’s 75th anniversary of service to our nation’s military this year, it presents an opportunity for our Chapter to rededicate our efforts in support of USO activities here in Fayetteville and Fort Bragg.

The CFC Board of Directors has been exploring ways of getting more of our chapter members actively involved in service projects in support of our military and their families here at Fort Bragg with the goal of promoting chapter cohesion, esprit de corps, and a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment.

The only chapter members who are actively engaged in chapter activities on a regular basis are a small number who serve on the board of directors and special staff, plus a dozen or so USO volunteers. We have not had much success in encouraging the other 95% of our members to get involved other than attending an occasional meeting now and then. Other MOAA chapters have undertaken projects such as adopting a VA health facility or nursing home, a military museum, and the like, to get their members actively engaged in a chapter-sponsored endeavor.

USO volunteerism is by no means new to our chapter, since the USO center at the Fayetteville Regional Airport opened in November 2011 a small number of our chapter members (11 to 14) have volunteered their services as USO stewards at the airport lounge. The number has remained relatively constant, with only 12 currently serving. We would like to inject new energy into this program by perhaps increasing that number to 50 or more; not unrealistic when one considers that we have close to 300 members, plus approximately 250 spouses. (Approximately 50% of our current volunteers are husband-wife teams.)

The Fayetteville Airport USO Center is behind security on the second floor of the airport. The center is 100% operated by volunteers who have gone through the badging process and are dedicated to keeping the center open, available and a comfortable center for our traveling military and their families. At this time, the USO needs dependable volunteers who are willing to commit to at least 8 hours per month serving in the center. There is also a dire need for volunteers to work at the Fort Bragg USO Center located in the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg.

If you are interested, please complete the initial steps at http://www.volunteers.uso.org/ and then, email Beverly Jackson at Send email to get your application process moving forward. Please let Beverly know that you are a member of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

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