First, I personally thanked everyone for their prayers and support of me and my family during the death and funeral of my mother, Doris Ainsworth Stephenson.
I personally thanked everyone for their support of and participation in our April 9th Dinner Meeting which was highly successful.
I also thanked Raymond Weaver for representing our chapter at the Sales Creek HS JROTC awards ceremony conducted Friday evening, May 10th.
Among items for discussion was our Awards Program. John Woodham, our Vice Chairman, who serves as the Chair for our awards committee, reported that this year each JROTC department paid for their own awards presented to deserving cadets. He stated that in the future he would like for our chapter to pay for the awards given to worthy cadets. He suggested we conduct fund raisers for this specific purpose. We are open to suggestions or ideas from our various members, associates and friends.
Roger Taylor our treasurer reported that we had $210 in our bank account. He has connected with a lady who does embroidery and she is going to produce some small chapter patches for our approval. He is also working with her to develop name tags that include our name plus the 82nd logo and our regimental unit of preference, 325th, 504th etc.
In the coming months we must decide who will be our chapter's official representative at National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in August. The chapter will pay to have someone go and officially speak for us at this level. Others may go but they will have to pay their own way.
No one plans to go to the 82nd Division Review next week due to the fact that cutbacks have reduced the amount of activities which the Division is able to conduct. There will be no jump this year and the soldiers will all be on holiday for the weekend.
As chairman, I invited everyone to attend the Armed Forces Day Celebration and Veterans BBQ in Walker County this coming Saturday, May 18th, will be held at 204 Home Cagle Road. Veterans and their families will enjoy a free picnic-style lunch, which is provided by local donations. The official program begins at 11:00 hours. I will provide the invocation.
Andy Forrester and Roger Taylor will represent our chapter by posting our colors at the Memorial Day Commemoration on May 27th at the National Cemetery at 1100 hours. We are encouraging as many members as possible to attend this event.
Andy has invited all members to attend a 0900 hours plaque dedication in honor of Don Priddy's grandson Pfc. Jonathan Hall who was an Army combat medic from the 101st Airborne Division who was killed by a roadside bomb in Paktika Province in eastern Afghanistan on April 8 last year. Hall was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Campbell, Ky. The plaque is located in his grandfather's subdivision in Chattanooga. Andy will provide us the address ASAP.