CHAPTER NEWS
(updated 12 Aug 2015)


Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
12 Aug 2015

     The Chapter held its Quarterly Meeting on Saturday July 25th 2015 at Cris Mandry’s Boathouse in the Marina of New Orleans, LA (next to Lake Pontchartrain). As usual a lot of the attendees arrived around 1030 hours, including the caterer VOODOO BBQ & GRILL. At 1100 hours the meeting was called to order by President Tom Fierke who led all in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed with an invocation by Chaplain Willie Stevens. Our guest speaker SGT Bill Morange, LA State Police was introduced by Vice-President Art Zieske. The SGT is assigned to the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange of the Louisiana State Police, The center exchanges information & intelligence to maximize, streamline and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism. He related examples of how they responded to recent incidents and potential ones. Needless to say his presentation was well received and elicited several questions from the audience.
    The business part of the meeting was then held with discussion on old and new business. A treasurers report was given and accepted, a few local future activities were mentioned. We observed a moment of silence for our recent fallen brothers listed in the current issue of THE DROP magazine. Ed Gainey a long-time Chapter member from Baton Rouge, LA. Bernard Huval Jr. a member of Chapter 81 who is known by many of our chapter members. COL (RET) Herb Couvillion former US Army Advisor (1964-1967) to Co D 20th SFGA, LA NG who is well remembered and held in high esteem by many chapter members who were in that unit. Another long-time member Richard Price passed away May 01st 2015 after a long illness for the past four years.
    A VIETNAM VETERAN LAPEL PIN has been authorized by the US Congress and is being issued through the VIETNAM WAR COMMERATION Commission (through the US Department of Defense). It is authorized for “Living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive on lapel pin.” (Quote from the commission’s SITREPs). The pins will be issued by COMMERATIVE PARTNERS of the commission, one of which is Chapter XXX SFA. Initial availability will be in August with full supply set for mid-winter 2015, notification will be disseminated when our pins are received.
    Our next meeting for October 24th is being coordinated by Lloyd Stout, at the Firing Range of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office near Walker, LA. Details are forth-coming.
Members and guests present were; Jim & Mitzi Anthony, Jack & Janet Cahall, Russ Copping, Ernest Bryant, John Demelo, Ted Ellision, Tom Fierke, Mike Hatchett, Richard Kuntz, Ken Lanzalaco, Tony Levata, Geary Mason, Ron Monce, Bob & Judi Moreau, Lester Poirrier, Tony & Sandy Riddle, Lee & Ruby Roberts, Robert Smith, Willie & Vita Stevens, Lloyd Stout, Dave Thibodaux & Becky, Bill & Quetha VonWeg, Owen Wall, Art Zieske and special guests Joe & Sandy Ridolfo.

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