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

Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH


To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.

From the Commander

May-June 2017

Patriots & Associate Members,

We continue to be an active group!  In late March, we presented a $400 donation to the Fallen Heroes Monument Foundation to assist in repairing the Fallen Heroes Monument in Bicentennial Park, Crystal River.   In April, thanks to Patriot Andy Viola informing the chapter of a possible H&R Block donation program, I met with an H&R block representative to place our chapter on the list of organizations to receive a donation for next year. Your Commander, Sr. Vice Cdr. and Adjutant also met with a Chronicle reporter to do a profile on the MOPH and Chapter 776, which should be published shortly.

We then did a trail ride through the Withlacoochee State Forest followed by a delicious BBQ hosted by the Citrus County Jeepers on April 8.  The chapter had a terrific turnout with 20 chapter members and guests participating.  We had a blast and it was fun seeing Sr. Vice Cdr. Richard Hunt all covered in mud!  

The following week, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall came to Wallace Brooks Park in Inverness and Chapter 776 members setup the Department of Florida Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial Portrait Mural for public viewing and took it down at the conclusion of the five-day event.  Your Commander, Sergeant of Arms and Finance Officer also participated in the closing ceremony carrying our respective service flags.  Also, at the ceremony were the Ebitz’, Kanehl’s, Korber’s, Michael’s and Skrapit’s.

The weekend of April 21-23, the chapter participated in the Annual CCBA Fishing Tournament. This tournament is by far our biggest fundraiser and I am so pleased that CCBA asked us to partner with them, as it has been a partnership made in Heaven.  We had a great showing of members for the Captains’ Meeting, providing recognition and support for this tournament as a Charity Partner. Many members got to fish for two great days on the Gulf!   Heartfelt thanks are extended to chapter members and ladies for your continued support at this important fundraising and fun event.

We have a new Department of Florida Cdr., Mike Mason of the Lakeland Chapter.  He succeeds Patriot Lee Brown of the Jacksonville Chapter who was just elected as the Region IV Cdr.  Good job guys; keep up the good work!

Our next Chapter meeting is May 16 at 1 p.m. followed by our Armed Forces Day picnic at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20.  This is always a wonderful get together for members, friends and family; so please try to join us.  Remember also that our Department State Convention is in Jacksonville from June 7-11 at the Jacksonville Marriott.  Information regarding hotel and dinner options should be out shortly.  

Always moving forward,

CMDR “Bud”