I would first like to update you on the status of the Board of Directors. In reality, the board has not changed much because most of us remained in the same positions, and regretfully we have been unable to persuade anyone to volunteer to serve.
For those who do not remember me, I was the 2nd Vice President for Programs, the guy who passed out the name tags as you entered an event. We are looking to fill that position plus the following: Secretary, Treasurer, Surviving Spouse Liaison, Newsletter Editor and Personal Affairs Officer. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please contact me or any board member. These positions are critical to the operation of our organization. The current members are doubling up to perform the duties of the vacant positions and we need some relief, so I urge you to step up to the plate.
On a sadder note, we lost a great friend and member. I reported to you the tragic loss of Ralph Hinrichs on February 23, 2021, the serving Treasurer of our chapter. Ralph also served as a volunteer for the Fort Bragg USO, the Highland Chapter of the Red Cross, the Cumberland County Veterans Council, the Boy Scouts of America, and his church. He truly never stopped serving. His sudden loss to COVID-19 left a huge void in our community. He will always be remembered by all who knew him and served with him, he will be dearly missed. Please remember his wife Dorothy and the family in your prayers as they mourn their loss.
The Chapter received a certificate from MOAA National marking the 60th Anniversary of the Cape Fear Chapter as an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America and celebrating their mission of service. The certificate will be on display at our next meeting on 7 May. If you would like to learn more about the founding history of our chapter there is an excellent run down in the history section of this website (click on bar below). I want to thank Juan Chavez for putting this together to commemorate our 60th anniversary. Remarkably interesting; I was amazed at those who served our chapter over the years. Well worth the read.
We plan on meeting in person at the Mash House restaurant on 7 May for our traditional annual ROTC Scholarship Awards luncheon. NC State Senator Kirk deViere kindly accepted our invitation to be our featured speaker and assist in the presentation of scholarships.
Marty Williams, our 3rd Vice President for ROTC Affairs, has been busy seeing to it that our ROTC cadets at the senior and junior levels are recognized for their efforts to achieve their goal of becoming an officer in one of our nation’s armed forces. This year we will recognize seven scholarship recipients, four senior ROTC and three junior ROTC cadets. The senior cadets are one each from Campbell University, Methodist University, Fayetteville State University and UNC-Pembroke. The junior ROTC winners are from Overhills High School, Terry Sanford High School and Clinton High School.
Because we were unable to meet in March for the annual awards and recognition event, we shall also be presenting the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award to a most deserving member. As you know, this is the most prestigious award the chapter bestows on one of its own each year. Come and congratulate our 2020 recipient.
I urge you to come out and enjoy some good food, good fellowship, and a good time getting some wonderful young people off to a good start on their quest to serve our country. We’ll also be celebrating our DeMeter Award recipient and our chapter’s 60th birthday! Lots to look forward to. Hope to see many of you on the 7th of May.
On a closing note, the Senate of the United States of America has passed Senate Resolution 110 designating April 5, 2021 as “Gold Star Wives Day.” Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. was established with the help of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1945 to assist the families left behind by the fallen members of the Armed Forces of the United States. This day is set aside to honor the contributions and dedication of the members of the Gold Wives of America.
P.S. A reminder to send in your membership renewals if you haven’t done so already.