CHAPTER PURPOSE  

CHAPTER PURPOSE  

To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

During a recent Board of Directors meeting of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF), Inc., Chief Master Sergeant John Stewart, USAF, Retired, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated advocacy of the Foundation and tireless championing of veterans.  Left: John McGee, Vice President; Vicki Phillips, Secretary; Barb Mills, Director; Curt Ebitz, President; John Stewart, Awardee; Beth Medina, Director; Mike Sellars, Director; and Tom Sellars, Treasurer. 

The 2022-2-23 newly elected officers and appointed officers were sworn in by Mike Lobo, Chapter 776 Patriot.  First row, from left; Leo Stockmaster, Trustee, 1 yr.; Bud Allen, Sgt-at-Arms; Mickey Hunt, Welfare Officer.  Back row, from left; Joe McClister, Finance Officer; Bob Gibson, Trustee, 2 yrs.; Bill Merryman, Sr. Vice Cdr; Gary Bain, Jr. Vice Cdr; Richard Hunt, Cdr; and Curt Ebitz, Adjutant and Historian.

Richard “Bud” Allen was presented the Chapter 776 Commander Emeritus plaque.

2021

Patriots Chuck Kanehl, Joe McClister and Curt Ebitz accepted the first Purple Heart motorcycle tag issued in Citrus County and the State of Florida on behalf of Chapter 776 “Snowbird” Patriot Glenn Beaulieu.  Glenn’s personal five-year crusade was singularly responsible for the passage of the law by the Florida Legislature authorizing the tag. 

The Citrus County Tax Collector Office and its top three fundraisers were recognized for their recent fundraising campaign conducted in partnership withthat raised $12,111.64 for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation (CCVF).

Chapter 776 Patriots and Associates received the Board of County Commissioners Proclamation recognizing August 7 as “Purple Heart Day” in Citrus County.    

The Citrus County Building Alliance (CCBA) presented a donation of $5,000 from its 26th Annual Family Fishing Tournament to Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart as the tournament's charitable partner. 

U.S. Representative Daniel Webster, Congressional District 11, presented Chapter 776 Associate Sandy Cross with the prestigious President of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering over 4,000 hoursof service to her community.

Chapter 776 Associate members (former Unit 776 members) met for lunch at Cavallo Farm & Market, and had the opportunity to purchase fresh picked blueberries afterward.  Masks were worn in but removed for lunch.


Everyone enjoyed a very good lunch and some had left-overs to take home.  Conversation was full and interesting, as some had not seen each other in more than a year.  From left; Joann Allen, Annie Fair, Linda Schladrauff, Nancy Laska, Pat Michael, Sandy Cross (Official instigator, who coordinated the lunch) and Mickey Hunt.  Mari-Elain Ebitz took the photo.

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