(updated 09 Aug 2011)
Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
09 Aug 2011
On May17th 2011the Chapter presented several awards
to ELLA DELOHONDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (in Metairie, LA.) for their
outstanding support of our Annual Mardi Gras Parade (March 8th – see the
Summer Issue of THE DROP). The Fourth Grade Class collected several
thousand “Beads”, bundled them in batches of a dozen and donated them
for the Honorees. Five CHAPTER XXX COMMENDATION AWARDS were presented.
Firstly to principal MATHILDE WEMBERLY for the school. Then for a couple
of individual outstanding contributions by Students; JOLI LINDSAY for
her letter to “Dear Troops” (see copy on our website click the Mardi
Gras Link) and ENGLEBERT DELGADO for his cash donation – the amount was
small but for someone his age it was significant and heartfelt. Next to
the teachers who supervised the project DEBORAH REIS and PEGGY
VILLAMARETTE. (See photos). Chapter XXX members present were HENRY COOK
and BOB MOREAU.
The US ARMY’S 236TH BIRTHDAY - June 14th, 2011 was celebrated
locally on June 10th with festivities held by the US Army Recruiting
Battalion, at their headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA. There were speeches
by local and state elected officials, equipment displays and
demonstrations for the large crowd of people. Also free food and soft
drinks were served plus a BIG BIRTHDAY CAKE. The Commander, LTC JOSE
TORRES welcomed all the guest and spoke with Chp XXX members LLOYD STOUT
& BOB MOREAU with wife JUDI.
Chapter XXX held its QTRLY Meeting on Saturday July 23rd at
the DEUTSCHES HAUS in Metairie, LA. A few members that had tours in
Germany were pleased to see the decorations and items of
German heritage. This was especially true for the variety of German
Beers available along with the large collection of BEER STEINS on
display. Everyone did a lot of “catching up” with each other since
our last meeting. After the buffet luncheon a business meeting was
conducted with the usual type matters discussed. Turnout was light with
a total of twenty persons attending; Jim & Mitzi, Jack & Janet, Henry &
daughter Collette, Russ & Susan, Tom, Mike, Mykel, Tony L., Bob & Judi,
Tony R., Willie & Vita, Lloyd and David & Becky. Ernest Bryant stopped
by but couldn’t stay.
Our SF brothers and good friends in Chapter LXXXI (81) Breaux
Bridge, LA. on May 14th dedicated a MONUMENT TO SPECIAL OPERATIONS
WARRIORS and will enhance it next year. The project was spearheaded by
JOHNNY RAYMOND. Attendees included Special Operations Veterans as well
as local and state elected officials. It can be seen on FACEBOOK under
“Special Forces Monument at Breaux Bridge and check out a related
The keynote speaker was ROLAND D. GUIDRY, author of “THE GUTS TO TRY”,
the story of
“DESERT 1”. Closing remarks were by Chapter XXX member HENRY COOK.
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