CHAPTER NEWS

Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
10 Nov 2008

     We have a lot to report since our last article appeared in the summer issue of THE DROP. Armed Forces Day May 17th 08 at the USS Kidd Memorial in Baton Rouge, LA. We participated again this year having Chap XXX President Willie Stevens as Master of Ceremonies and the Distinguished Guest and Keynote Speaker was Mr. Lane Carson, Secretary of La Dept of Veterans Affairs. The St Alphonsus Children’s Choir performed and was well received. Members present were; VW Breaux, Fred Dent, Earl LeBlanc, Jim McCurry and Willie Stevens.
     We had a meeting on Saturday July 26th at Cris Mandry’s Boathouse in the West end Marina, New Orleans, LA. The food was catered by CPT Ron Catalano again and was excellent as usual. The guest speaker was FBI Agent Ira Jones whose power point presentation on anti terrorism showed how these methods are used to protect our country. He also spoke on terrorist bomb threats/incidents and how FBI procedures are used to handle them, detection, disarming and elimination. In attendance were 28 members and spouses, 5 guest plus our guest speaker and his wife. Jim & Mitzi, Jack & Janet, Russ & Susan, Steve & Beth, Earl, Jim & Kathy, Bob & Judi, Ron, John P. Ralph & Janet, Lester, Richard & Linda, Tony & Sandy, Willie & Vita, Lloyd & son Jimmy, Jack V., Bill VW and Owen. = Shelia Barham, Stephen & Setsuko Twining = Ira & Angela.
     On Saturday October 25th we had our meeting at a new place, FRESH BISTRO in Gonzales, LA. The special menu had three different selections; this allowed everyone to make their own choice. Chap XXX President Willie Stevens spoke on the status of our Mardi Gras project for next year – 2009. This project is to bring in several Combat Veterans from the Mid-East conflicts to ride in a Parade on Mardi Gras Day. The Chapter has done this every since 2002. Willie and Jim Anthony have submitted applications for grants from several businesses in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, also the usual fund raising efforts will begin shortly. Bob Moreau reported on the Chapter XXX Commendation Awards being given to the various organizations and individuals who donated to the 2008 Mardi Gras project. Two awards were presented to members at the meeting and the others will be presented or mailed in the near future. The Awards are very attractive, they
Were designed and printed by member Russ Copping – who deserves a big “Airborne” for his
Excellent work.
     A few “social” proposals were presented for the members to consider, a Branson, MO Trip, a Western Caribbean Cruise and a Dinner & Dance over the coming holidays. Members present were; Jim & Mitzi, VW & Connie, Fred & Elizabeth, Tyrone & Ginny, Steve & Beth, Earl LeBlanc, Alice Mayeaux, Jim & Kathy, Hy McEnery, Ralph & Janet, Lester, Willie & Vita, Lloyd, Gerald & Charlotte,

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