(updated 09 May 2010)

Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
09 May 2010

    We had several events this quarter. On February 16th, 2010 was our annual HELP HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2010 Parade with the Krewe of Argus in Metairie, LA. Our HONOREES are combat veterans mostly from the current mid-east conflicts. They have the experience of a lifetime, being recognized and cheered by the parade crowd of about one million people all along the five-mile route This year were Twenty Honorees = USA RECRUITING BN; SSGs Newsome, Simoneaux & Stuckey, SGT Allen, also two spouses Jami & Staci. LOUISIANA NATIONALGUARD; MAJ Baillie, SFC Sepulvado, SPCs Pollard, Vappie, Verbano L, & Verbano S. WOUNDED WARRIORS; Alan Burghard, Margaux Vair & Matthew Williams. USN SEALS; Bryan & Jason, SOA President Clete “Babysan” Sinyard & wife Deborah. CHP XXX; Henry, Jennifer, Lloyd w/granddaughter Brianna, Willie & Vita and Bob. OUR SPECIAL HONOREE; USA SGM (RET) Jon Cavaiani CMOH who returned for another year. The Chapter solicits donations all year long (from Corporations, Small Businesses, Patriotic Organizations and individuals) to finance the cost (only) for the HONOREES Parade fees & “Throws” as well as some transportation, lodging and meals. (see photos)
    On March 4th the OUTBACK STEAK HOUSE kicked off their “THANKS FOR GIVING” to salute military veterans, continuing their twenty year support for our armed forces. The restaurant in Metairie, LA was “packed” with veterans from all branches. The food was delicious and it just “kept on coming”…it was a really great luncheon. ( see photo and names)
    A special get-together was held on April 10th for some of us to meet our newest member, Myke Hawke and his lovely wife Ruth England. Myke was in the Baton Rouge area filming a reality show for the Discovery Channel (as yet untitled) due out in June. Those present enjoyed a great dinner at Chilli’s and got to know each other… Jim & Mitzi, Henry, Jennifer, Russ & Susan, Tony & Sandy, Willie & Vita and Lloyd & Luz-stella. ( see photo)
    April 17th was member Mike Johnson’s annual TAX PARTY in Baton Rouge, a Crawfish Boil for all his accounting & tax service clients and his military buddies. To those of you who don’t
Know…Crawfish are a local delicacy – boiled with onions, corn, potatoes and special seasoning is a local way for a huge outdoor party. ( see the photo for members present) spouses present were Ginny, Angelique, Vergie, Judi, Lorraine and Geneva, (hope I didn’t miss anyone).
    Our Quarterly meeting was on April 24th at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve, LA. We had a rather small turnout but everyone present had a great time and a good lunch. There was a short business meeting followed by our guest speaker, LTC Mark Kerry of the LA NG who gave a very interesting and insightful talk about his deployment in Iraq. He published a book on his experiences there, “TIGERS OF THE TIGRIS, An American Advisors Journey Through Culture, Religion and Intrigue in Building the Iraqi Army.” Those in attendance were; Jim & Mitzi, Jack & Janet, Henry, Fred, Ed, Tony L, Jim Mc, Bob, Tony R, Lloyd and Gerald & Charlotte along with guest Deke Ratcliff. (see photo)

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