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.
4th Quarter Beginning 1 October 2018
Our E-Mail was hacked..... As of today, October 13th, we now have a new E-Mail address of: [email protected] I received notice of this through a couple of my JROTC squadron leaders and took immediate action. Unfortunately, some of our members received some junk mail, as well as porn crap, and I feel bad about this. Of course, those who know me knew that I would never send anything like that.
This is a first for me. With all the years I've used the old address I have never had a problem. However, even with the best and latest security software these "idiots" (which is not what I've been really calling them) do learn how to get around them.
I was asked why I do not use the "Cloud". All the cloud is, is your information being stored on some internet company's computer storage farm and I don't trust that. I would rather continue to store my data, etc., on my own hard drive. I also do not use Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms for the same lack of trust reasons. Besides, I do not agree with the politics of these companies.
We certainly had a nice, dry, summer this year. Fortunately, very few severe storms throughout Northern Illinois.
I hope many of you were able to get away from the area for nice vacations.
Reverend Don left for North Caroline on September 21st, with his Baptist Missionary Group, to provide help to the displaced flood victims. Other than working the soup kitchens and shower/laundry facilities, he has been swatting a lot of very large mosquitoes. He claims that things could be worse, considering the number of snakes that the folks out in the flood areas have run into. Personally, I hope he returns home soon.
(Side note: As of today's (13th) update he has returned, after helping to serve over 50,000 meals.)
Our state president, Tom O'Shea, along with his wife, state/chapter finance officer, Kathy, attended the national convention recently. I'm not going to bore you with all the details, other than to say that, like other Military Service Organizations, we are loosing members and all chapters are finding it hard to get members to step up to the plate and help their chapter.
Once again I must remind you that we still have openings on our executive board. Our former Vice-President had to retire, due to major health concerns. which means that Tom, Rev. Don, and I are running the show. We are not real busy during half of the year; however, when we are busy everything seems to pile up at one time.
I had thought of splitting up our very large chapter into sections with a V.P. of each chapter section holding monthly meetings at a local restaurant; however, just finding members to fill our open slots is like pulling teeth with tweezers. Wouldn't any of you like to spend one morning, or evening, a month conversing with members of the organization you support? If someone feels the way I do, please contact me. Or, please consider holding down one of open positions. Believe me, help is needed.
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 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.