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 2018

Patriot, Associate & Auxiliary Members,

The spring/summer season is upon us and there are events to attend.  First, let me thank the Patriots who recently handled the JROTC presentations.  I think it is vital that we be present and thank the cadets for their hard work and dedication.  They are our future and we should be proud of the ones that choose JROTC and learn some basics before graduation.  Someday, they may make great recruits and even leaders!

Now to events.  We recently had the Jeepers event at Holder Campground and had a good turnout.  Sincere thanks to Nichole Gaudette for her exhausting efforts to pull it all together.  Thanks for a great job.  All members had a fun time and the wienie wagon did lunch and made some money for the treasury.  

Special thanks to our worker bees, Rick Allen, Richard Hunt, Mike Nemesh and Mike Winslow, and a bunch of the ladies!  Next came the CCBA fishing tournament and what a perfect weekend!  A tournament record was set with 181 boats registered.  Several of our members, including me, got to fish on Sunday.  A big thank you to the boat captains who donated their time, crafts and equipment to take us all out; you are very special people!   Patriot J.B. Haskins won the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 caliber gun raffle; congrats JB, a couple hundred entries and you get picked---awesome!  If you haven’t participated in one of these events, you really need to talk to some that have. They can tell you what an amazing experience it is!

OK, on to upcoming events.  Armed Forces Day picnic is May 19 from 11-2 at Bicentennial Park pavilion, Crystal River.  We always have a great turnout, but it can be even greater if some new folks join us.  We provide burgers, dogs, sausages, drinks and condiments and the ladies supply us with a variety of sides and desserts to be enjoyed.  This is free gang---just show up and bring your grandkids, your honey and yourself for some fun and comradery!  Please let us know what you might bring as a side so we may make sure most bases are covered?

On May 27 the rededication of the Fallen Heroes Monument at Bicentennial Park will be held and the Chapter will be providing burgers, dogs, chips and drinks for a donation from attendees.  I believe it starts around 6 pm.  On the 28th, starting at 10 am, the Memorial Day program at the Homosassa Veterans Memorial will be held and your CMDR is the emcee.  If you can spare a little time to honor our Patriots and veterans, please plan to join us!  The Memorial, for those who are not familiar with it, is across the street from the Homosassa Elementary School.

Just a couple of days later, the Dept. of Florida convention will be held at the Marriot in Jacksonville. You should have received your registration packet by now giving all the instructions and details.  We look forward to all Patriots who will be able to attend.  We enjoy the reputation of being the premier Chapter in the state of Florida and another strong showing at the convention will only enhance that reputation.

We are quickly running out of time for the Department’s annual raffle.  Some tickets are still available but we need to close this out by the Chapter’s May bimonthly meeting.  If you have not gotten tickets yet, please contact me ASAP so that we may complete your stubs and get you entered.  Thank you for the strong support and the probability that we will be the top Chapter in sales again.  It strengthens our general fund and provides funds to continue our support programs.

Working for the benefit of all,

CMDR “Bud”