CHAPTER NEWS
(updated 07 May 2011)

Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
07 May 2011

    The Chapter’s Annual HELP HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2011 was another huge success. It was on MARDI GRAS DAY Tuesday March 18, 2011 with our specially designed float as part of the KREWE OF ARGUS PARADE in Metairie, LA. (A suburb of New Orleans, LA). We invite twenty Combat Veterans (mostly from Iraq and/or Afghanistan) to ride and solicit donations to cover their cost (parade fees, Throws, Krewe Parties, some food – lodging, etc). Donations are by patriotic; Corporations/Businesses, Veteran’s Organizations and Individuals - many who are veterans. Honorees were; Special Guest, CMOH Recipient SGM (RET) JON CAVAIANA,/ Louisiana National Guard – Five young soldiers who recently returned from Iraq¸/ SORB Ft Bragg – Five soldiers,/ local US Army Recruiting Battalion – Four soldiers./ and US Navy Seal Team – Three./ Chapter XXX members and guests that rode are; Henry Cook & sister Kaarin Brown, Steve Grimm, Bob Moreau & son Kevin and Lloyd Stout. Many pictures will soon be on our website under the link MARDI GRAS at www.sfa30.org.
    On Saturday April 23rd we held our Quarterly Meeting once again at Drusilla’s Seafood in Baton Rouge, LA. President (former) Steve Grimm had regrettably resigned due to his retirement and reloca- tion to Florida. Therefore IAW the By Laws appointments were made to fill the remainder of this term of office with Willie Stevens as President and Tony LeVata as VP. The membership was explained and shown in our By Laws how the appointments were prescribed as well as how they were determined.Our Special Guest was LTC Jose Torres, Commander of the USA Recruiting Battalion, Baton Rouge, LA., accompanied by his wife Wendy, daughter Abigail and son Johan. LTC Torres talked about his units activities which include seeking recruits who might qualify for Special Forces training. We had a total of 31 people attending; 21 Members, 6 Spouses and 4 Guests. Members present were; Gil & Gail Aguirre, Jim & Mitzi Anthony, Frank Brumley, Henry Cook, Ted Ellison, Tom Fierke, Ed Gainey, Morty Hurston, Mike Johnson, Earl & Joanne LeBlanc, Jim & Kathy McCurry, Ron Monce, Bob Moreau, Lester Poirrier, Pat Scanlon, Ben & Xiaomei Seal, Willie & Vita Stevens, Lloyd Stout, West Summers, Tom Tubesing and Owen Wall.
    A few members of Chapters 30 & 81 formed a US Army Special Forces Motorcycle Club, ODA XXX/LXXXI last year and conducted three noteworthy events. 1) 16 April 2011 was the First Motorcycle Run & Parachute Jump IMO Roy P. Benavidez in El Campo TX. 2) 18 December 2010 was a Motorcycle Run & Parachute Jump IMO Wayne Lawley, COL (R).in Breaux Bridge, LA. The local Flying Dragons Skydiving Club made some freefalls. 3) 04 December 2010 was the Annual Poker Run & Parachute Jump in Sulphur, LA. with 50 riders all in support of SOLDIER’S ANGELS raising $3.500.00. for military families in need. See their website: www.soldiersangels.org.

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