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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.
Patriots & Associate Members,
Patriots, if you were not aware, I had a two month respite as your commander. Although Patriot Richard Hunt was elected as our chapter commander for 2017-18, he was also elected as the Department of Florida Commander at the state convention in June. Given his duties and schedule as Department Commander, Patriot Hunt resigned as Chapter 776 Commander. Sr. Vice Commander Mike Nemesh was also elected the Department Sr. Vice Commander and he too resigned his position as Chapter 776 Sr. Vice Commander due to Department duties.
The Chapter held a special election June 27 to elect a new commander and Jr. Vice Cdr. I was reelected to be Cdr. Jr. Vice Chuck Kanehl, under Chapter bylaws, moved to Sr. Vice Cdr. Patriot Chris Boreland was elected as Jr. Vice Cdr. Your Cdr. was also elected to be Finance Officer for the Dept. of FL and reappointed to the Chief of Staff position. Thanks for your support and understanding.
On July 25, several chapter and auxiliary members attended the Board of County Commissioners meeting to receive its proclamation designating August 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County. On August 5, the West Citrus Elks held their annual Purple Heart breakfast for Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star families and their guests. It was a terrific gathering with Gold Star families, state and county dignitaries, members of Purple Heart entities, and supporters attending.
The Elks did a tremendous job serving and feeding over 100 guests, with special thanks to fellow members Frank and Carol Hayes for their organizational efforts. We had special presentations for Romy and Gaby Camargo recognizing them as Chapter 776 Patriot and Volunteer of the Year, respectively, for their efforts in helping spinal cord injury patients. Regrettably, they were unable to attend due to prior travel plans. Linda Schlaudraff was also recognized for her selection as the Associate Member of the Year for both Chapter 776 and the Department of Florida.
The Citrus County Builders Association (CCBA) made a donation of over $3000 from a share of its fishing tournament proceeds this year to the chapter. The partnership with CCBA started about 6 years ago and has been a true financial benefit to the chapter. One of my favorite highlights of the program was our granddaughter Eve singing “Some Gave All” to the delight of all! If you missed the great breakfast and terrific program, you missed a good one---so don’t miss next year’s celebration!
On Purple Heart day, Aug. 7, chapter members attended the welcoming of two new designees in Citrus County to our growing family of Purple Heart entities. The Citrus County Tax Collector Office became the first Purple Heart Tax Collector Office in the state for its unending support of our chapter and veterans. It has raised in excess of $100,000 in support of our principal charity, the Citrus County Veterans Foundation, which supports veterans and their families in difficult financial times.
Later on August 7, we welcomed the Citrus County Chronicle as the first Purple Heart Newspaper in the state. The Chronicle has supported our chapter and veteran service organizations with free ads and news stories letting the community know of our goings on and other newsworthy endeavors. They have provided additional support by sponsoring many veterans’ activities and events. Our list of designees and firsts in the county and state is to be admired and appreciated. Thank you all and welcome aboard!
Granddaughter Eve Allen represented us again in song at the opening meeting for the Citrus County School Board. Thank you Eve!! The Crystal River city council presented a proclamation on August 14 honoring Purple Heart recipients.
Our next chapter bimonthly meeting is September 19, 1:00 p.m. at the CCBA building on C.R. 491 in Lecanto. Please make every effort to attend!
Always moving forward,