Mar-Apr 2019

Patriot, Associate & Auxiliary Members,

Spring is sort of here and we are gearing up for the 74th Annual Department of Florida State Convention at the local Plantation on Crystal River.  As part of the Executive Committee and planning group, we have been hard at work to make it the most awesome convention yet.   If you have not made your reservations yet, please do so.  As the host chapter, we need a strong showing to let the Department know that we are the premier chapter.  Be sure to make the buffet and banquet dinners as the planned entertainment and guest speaker programs will be phenomenal!  Join in on some of the meetings and see what transpires; you may be enlightened.

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We are depending on Chapter and Auxiliary members to assist at the convention and to make out of town attendees feel right at home.  Help in the hospitality room would be appreciated so others can take a break and socialize too!  You can get to know a lot of folks from around the state who head up their local chapters and learn what others are doing.  Join us, celebrate what we do best, and help our chapter shine!  Appreciate it!!

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This year’s Purple Heart Ceremony at the County Auditorium was once again well received with over 350 attendees.  Our local dignitaries were well represented with members from all over the county, plus two commissioners from Hernando County. The Stevios did a “Phantastic” job with students from Solid Rock Church.  Past Unit 776 Auxiliary President Pat Michael was honored with a “President Emeritus” plaque for her efforts in getting the Auxiliary to where it is today.  A new member was inducted unbeknownst to him by Emcee Richard Hunt.  Your CMDR was privileged to relate some history on three of our Patriots, which brought a personalization to the program that we hadn’t done before.  Want to thank the members who helped set up on Friday afternoon; 475 chairs took a little while!  Thanks also to the Patriots and family members who attended; good to see a lot of faces in the crowd.  Now we begin next year’s planning. Any ideas you may want to contribute, please let us know.

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The most important events coming up is the convention April 10-14 with the buffet and banquet on the 12th and 13th.  Please register at your earliest opportunity.  On May 18, our annual Armed Forces Day picnic will be at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River from 11a.m.  – 2 p.m.  The Chapter provides burgers, dogs, sausage with all the fixins’ and cold drinks.  Auxiliary members provide salads, sides and desserts. Always a good time, bring your wife, girlfriend, kids, grandkids, neighbors and friends.  Just let us know how many are coming so we can provide sufficient vittles.  Unfortunately, your CMDR will be at his squadron gathering in Pensacola (happens every other year).  A little help for the setup between 10:30 -11 a.m. would be appreciated.

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As items come to the forefront, we will notify you by email.  If your email address, mailing address or phone number changes, please let the Adjutant know so that we can update our files.  Our next meeting will be March 19 at 1p.m. at the CCBA building.  We will be installing our Chapter officers, so please attend to show your support.  “Working for the benefit of all”

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CMDR “Bud”

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460-1345

Tel:  352-637-3265 or 352-382-3847               Email:   info@citruspurpleheart.org