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.
3rd Quarter Beginning 1 July 2018
We certainly are experiencing a very warm start to our summer. I believe we had a very nice spring.
Speaking of spring, the months of April and May were as busy as usual, with our many awards programs for the cadets involved in AFJROTC and Civil Air Patrol. As usual, these ceremonies were very enjoyable.
Our chapter has started a new program for young folks, and their parents, in regards to an introduction to rocketry, thanks to our new Vice President of Aerospace Education. Don had contacted many of the municipal libraries in southwest Cook, Will, and Kankakee counties, to solicit participation in this program. To date we have conducted this program with two sessions at the Bradley Public Library on June 14th and 15th, along with two sessions on June 16th at the Manteno Public Library. All of the rockets were launched successfully at a large park in Manteno on July 23rd. None of the rockets experienced any damage when they returned to earth, because the young folks would run and catch the rockets as they approached the ground. It ended up being a fun, as well as educational, experience for these students and their parents. Future programs will probably be offered in the fall, since many libraries had their summer programs already scheduled.
Please pay particular attention to Page 1 of our History section. For July I have included the History of the WWII Air corps Ferrying Command , which delivered aircraft to many places in the world for that war effort. And, of course, the following four pages of Air Force History have been updated for the new month.
I have included a couple of new photos from the awards programs under the Aerospace Education tab on this website. I am waiting to be forwarded photos from the rocketry program launch day, which I will add eventually.
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 1,022 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.