The Alvin C York Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association met at VFW 4848 on Tuesday evening beginning at 1910 hours with nine (9) members in attendance. Following the pledge of allegiance and invocation Chairman Doug Stephenson shared concerning his attendance at the National Convention in Springfield, MO 21-23 August. Doug stated that the National Board made the difficult decision to stop sending the paper copy of the ParaGlide. The magazine will be available ONLY online. This move will save the National HQ at least $16,000 per quarter. He reported that a six (6) new national directors were selected and a new president had been selected by the twelve (12) National Directors: Allen Schoppe former national treasurer from the Houston Texas chapter. Minutes were read by secretary Andy Forrester for past three months. Treasurer's report was given by Roger Taylor. He reported that we have $1167.12 in our treasury. He will send $250 to the Andrew Smith Wounded Warrior Fund and $250 to the 82nd Airborne Chaplains Fund. Andy Forrester reported that five different chapters are sending representatives to Fort Benning, GA during the period 17-20 September. Activities include veiwing a jump into Fryar DZ; pinning on wings at graduation; brief from the 507th Airborne Battalion commander and much more. John Woodham reported on our Honor Guard. He stated we have had one practice and plan another practice on Thursday, 25 Sept at 1830 hours in the lot behind VFW 4848. Armorer Roger Taylor reported that he has seven (7) M-1's with adapters which are operational. Secretary Andy Forrester reported that rats had destroyed our ACY Chapter Flag. We voted to purchase a new flag through national for $125 ASAP. The banner will be needed at the Veteran's Day ceremony 11 November 2014 at our Chattanooga National Cemetery. Chairman Stephenson appointed Raymond Weaver as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and asked him to recruit 2 or 3 other members to come up with a slate of new officers for the new year.
Douglas Stephenson is a retired US Army Chaplain. LTC Stephenson served with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 2/504 Abn Inf and the 325 Abn Infantry. He is also a Special Forces qualified officer having served with the 5th SFG and with HQ, SF Command.