CHAPTER NEWS
(updated 14 May 2016)


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

     On The Chapter Meeting for the second quarter was held on Saturday April 23rd 2016 at Drusillaís Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge, LA. From 1030-1430 hours. Our guest speaker was SGT TERRY HICKS of the East Baton Rouge LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Enforcement Division. Their scope of operation protects wildlife habitat and apprehends any illegal hunters or fishermen. It utilizes biologists to maintain optimal levels of the various wildlife species. SGT Hicks explained their activities in an easily understandable manner, often injecting it with some humorous & actual examples. The members thoroughly enjoyed his presentation also the manner he answered the many questions that were asked.
    The business portion of the meeting included the usual items; minutes of the previous meeting, treasurerís report, status of Annual Members renewals (good) and Sick Call. It was reported that member OWEN WALL had been hospitalized a few months back but is much better now. A new member LUKE SIMON was introduced and gave a short briefing of his life and military service.
    The Chapterís property was inventoried in February by TED ELLISON (QM) and BOB MOREAU (Treasurer) revealing just a few shortages on two items. However, our supply of the three types of shirts [Tees, Sweats & Polo] is rather large (about 40 items of each type) and needs to be reduced. Sales have been slow the past couple years and a recommendation was made to reduce the prices to a couple dollarís over our cost. See Photo for details. This action was approved.
    The sale of raffle tickets for Chapter 88ís SIG M400 AR RIFLE is doing very well. Of the Thirty tickets we received only a few are left. TOM FIERKE sold Ten and is waiting for Chp 88 to mail him ten more for buyers heís lined up.
    On March 29 2016 a ceremony was held on the VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION
in American Legion Post 175, Metairie, LA. It was held by the local VETERANS ADMINISTRATION and included presenting eligible veterans a VIETNAM VETERAN LAPEL PIN. For those who many not know, the US Dept. of Defense established this program in 2013 and solicited all veteranís organizations to register as Commemorative Partners. (Chapter XXX is registered as a partner). A large number of veterans attended including a few from this chapter.
    It was mentioned in the previous DROP article about our annual hosting of combat veterans in a MARID GRAS PARADE (check our website www.sfa30.org and click on the Mardi Gras Link). A couple more pictures are shown below to give a little more perspective on the parade.
    MEMBERS PRESENT; JIM & MITZI ANTHONY, RUSS COPPING, TED ELLISON, TOM FIERKE, DONALD GRAYSON, MORTY HURSTON, KEN LANZALACO, JIM & KATHY McCURRY, BOB MOREAU, LESTER POIRRIER, BOB SMITH, WILLIE & VITA STEVENS, LLOYD STOUT, LUKE SIMON, WEST SUMMERS, ART ZIESKE, with guests SHERMAN WHTTING and HARVEY HARRISON.

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