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PRESIDENT'S NOTES for July 2018 by Juan Chavez


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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