FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Welcome to the new Chicagoland/O’Hare Chapter website. We have achieved one of our chapter’s goals in bringing a website on line. The website is designed to keep the membership informed of our chapter’s recent events, upcoming events, the chapter’s newsletters and much more. I hope it will inspire more members to become active again. There will be more to come in the future.
For any new members to our website, please be advised that the date of the most recent updates will be found at the bottom of our home page. I do my best to make sure the regular monthly updates are completed by the first of the new month.
Please remember to notify your chapter and AFA of any changes to your personal information regarding address, phone, e-mail, etc. We don't want to lose contact with you.
Let’s be sure to keep all the men and women who serve our country in our thoughts and pray for those in combat areas for a safe return home to their families.
1st Quarter Beginning 1 January 2018
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a safe and fun New Years Eve. And here is my wish that everyone has a great and healthy 2018.
Late this fall our V.P. of Aerospace Education, Rev. Don, lined up two organizations that we are sponsoring under the StellarXplorers program: The Manteno Public Library and the Stickney Township Jr. High School. We welcome them into our organization.
On Veteran's Day weekend we sponsored a dinner for veterans and their families at St. Mary's church in Huntley, Ill. The program went very well with 350 people attending this event. The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war lapel pin and certificate was presented to all Vietnam Era veterans who attended. Our state president, Tom O'Shea, his wife and state/chapter treasurer, Kathy, and many volunteers, helped make the progcram a success. Unfortunately, I "enjoyed" the veteran's holiday in a hospital with blood pressure problems.
Also in December, Tom O'Shea conducted programs for Northwestern Hospitals, (which was also televised) where he not only spoke on behalf of the AFA, he spoke about serious issues like veteran suicides. There were 80 people who attended the event.
Our chapter also presented a local Veteran's Association in the area with a new camera, and Tom also spoke about several issues.
We have something new coming up January 12th. Illinois Wing, Group 2, will be having a joint C.A.P. banquet for their six squadrons at a banquet hall in Orland Park. Rev. Don and I will be presenting the AFA Award to the most outstanding cadet from each squadron. We are looking forward to this event and not just because the food at the Orland Chateau is delicious. It is always a pleasure to present the highest honor to these top cadets.
Plus, I must admit that this makes things easier for me, because this means I will not have to travel to each squadron individually to present a medal. Thank you Barb Buckner from Group 2.
One of the best things about our AFA is the fact that anyone who would like to support our Air Force may become a member. I have picked up a couple of civilians who had stated to me that, in retrospect, they wished they had joined one of our military branches years ago. After my explaining to them that our organization accepts anyone, they joined.
I know I keep asking all of you to try to recruit just one person to our organization, which would almost double the size of our chapter, but it's because this is so important. During the past five or six years we have lost many chapter members, whether this has been due to the deaths of our aging membership, or members have moved away to a warmer climate. We have gained a bit and now have a little over one thousand three hundred members, which includes the members who transferred in from the closed Galesburg/Peoria Chapter 172. Our chapter area has now grown to the northern half of Illinois.
Please keep recruiting in your minds. You may not be physically involved with our chapter, wanting to just be a member, read our magazine, and look at this website. However, you knew the importance of your becoming a member when you joined and nothing has changed in that respect. This is your chapter and we, as well as AFA on the whole, need your help.
At the bottom of each page is the date of the latest update(s) for your convenience.