CHAPTER NEWS
(updated 11 Aug 2016)


Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
11 Aug 2016

     The quarterly meeting was held on Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 1130 hours in a New Location VETLAUNCH, 525 Celeste St., New Orleans LA. This organization’s mission is to help veterans transition from military life back into civilian life. See their website www.vetlaunch.org.
Also check out its partner organization THE LANDING ZONE, a co working space for vets to develop businesses in a setting with other vets doing the same. See website www.lznola.org
    We opened the meeting as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance, opening prayer, reporting on two members in ill health as well as the passing away of long time member OWEN WALL. At his memorial service were a number of members from Chapters 30 & 81. Morty Hurston organized an “Eleven Man Team Ceremony” in respect for our deceased brother which included presenting a Green Beret and a Flag to the family. Those in the team were Jim Anthony, VW Breaux, Tyronne Dubroc, Morty Hurston, Jim McCurry, Ron Monce, Bob Moreau, Pat Scanlon, Willie Stevens, Lloyd Stout and West Summers. Other SFA members present were Ernie Bryant, Earl LeBlanc, Tony Levata, Lester Poirrier, Bob Romero and Bill Waters.
    Chapter business discussed were, minutes of last meeting, treasurers report, Mardi Gras 2017, old business and new business items. Our meal was catered from VOODO BBQ. President Tom Fierke then introduced Robert Armbruster founder of THE LANDING ZONE who talked about the two organizations. Next to be introduced were Brek Pritcher and Briton Ortholano of KINETIC SOLUTIONS www.kineticsolutionsgroup.com that can manufacture 100% legal personal weapons. They also make weapons and other devices for local movie and TV shows as well as providing technical assistance.
    Last but by no means least was our primary guest speaker, chapter member Manny Acosta
(recently retired from the US Army Special Forces) who gave an unclassified discussion of the latest methods/procedures along with a power point presentation. To describe it in just one word “Excellent”, with a great big AIRBORNE !ii
    MEMBERS PRESENT. Manny & Amy Acosta, Ernie Bryant, Russ & Susan Copping, Ted Ellison ,Tom Fierke, Richard Kuntz, Hy McEnery, Jim McCurry, Bob & Judi Moreau,
Tony & Sandy Riddle, Bob Smith, Lloyd Stout, Dave Thiodeaux & Becky, Jack Vincent, and Art Zieske.
    Our next meeting will be on Saturday October 22nd 2016 at the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s
Office Firing Range in Walker, LA. NOTE: we hold Quarterly Meetings on the FOURTH Saturday in the months of January, April, July and October. Email notices for each meeting are sent out about 30 days prior and posted on our website. If anyone from other Chapters are in the area at these times feel free to come and visit with us.

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