by Juan Chavez
First, I want to thank all who attended our first-ever chapter picnic at Smith Lake Recreation Area on Saturday the 21st of July 2018. Though I couldn’t attend for personal reasons, I was told that the event was enjoyed by all. Most of the folks I talked to said that the food, catered by Mission BBQ, was excellent. Also heard that the weather turned out to be ideal – it did not rain, and it was not brutally hot and humid. Kudos to George Blanc who worked so hard to make this event a memorable one.
Next on the calendar is our annual fundraising golf tournament; I cannot overstate the importance of this event. Thanks to Tammy Beshlin, our Tournament Director, plus the generosity of our chapter members and many other supporters, we have experienced significant success the past four years in raising the funds necessary to support our ROTC Scholarships and Awards Program. This year we awarded a total of $14,500 in college scholarships, bringing our total to $140,500 since the program’s inception in 1998. Moreover, this year we were able to increase the value of each scholarship by $500 each. Success, however, entails lots of hard work by many folks over a four-month period – it's an “all hands on deck” enterprise.
As I’ve mentioned before, the golf tournament is the only fundraising event of the year, and the only time that we ask our members to donate their time, talent and treasure to sustain a philanthropic endeavor we are all committed to -- the education of our best and brightest young men and women. So please open your check books and mail in your hole and/or soldier sponsorships if you haven’t done so already. If you wish to participate in other ways, as a player, a committee volunteer, or a prize donor, we welcome that as well.
Finally, solicit others (like your doctor, dentist, accountant, attorney, insurance agent, financial advisor, realtor, car dealer or just a friend) to support us by sponsoring a hole and/or soldier. Many of our regular supporters came about in this manner; don’t be shy, just ask and you’ll be surprise how many will say yes!