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President's Message

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Seidel Chapter Members and Friends

We had an excellent 2018! Your hard work resulted in numerous Chapter Membership and individual awards. Of course we were honored to receive the 2018 Texas State Chapter of the Year Award! But as good as 2018 was, 2019 will be even better with you help and participation!

2019 will be a year of Engagement. We want to engage our members as we provide local and national AFA information while encouraging active participation in our Chapter initiatives and events.

We want to engage and reach out to our communities to share and promote the air power experience. Our target is to grow our membership and community partners through active engagement. We want to engage our national and state legislators by advocating for programs that will support our active duty members and Veterans. Finally, and most importantly, we want to engage our youth as we foster Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) education through increased exposure and interface with our schools, AFJROTC, AFROTC, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and Youth Leadership programs. Plan to participate in our Membership meetings and committees to support and promote these exciting programs!

We have several events right around the corner that I hope you will be able to attend. On February 9th (Saturday) we have the opportunity to attend a Surviving Spouse benefits joint meeting. The guest speaker will be Gail Joyce, National Surviving Spouse Representative from the Military Officers Association of America. This joint meeting will be held at the Gleneagles Country Club on February 9th at 1130. Please click www.moaagreaterdallas.org/onlinersvp.html to attend this excellent event as we prepare for the future. 

On February 20th we have an excellent opportunity to meet as a Chapter, renew friendships and hear a great story from Colonel Laurel “Buff” Burkel. Col Burkel recently retired from the Air Force at a ceremony at the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro. During the Membership meeting she will recount her journey surviving a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the rescue efforts, her recovery journey, and the crucial role of support she received, and continues to receive, in her healing. Her story is a powerful reminder that resiliency is not an individual sport. The meeting will be held at the Gleneagles County Club on February 20th (Wednesday) at 6 PM. We anticipate a full house for this exceptional meeting and presentation. Complimentary Valet Parking is provided with this meeting. Please click on http://www.afadallas.org/events_qtr.htm to make reservations and plan to experience a fantastic evening of friendship and excitement. .

As we continue to reach out to our community we are planning (to) hold our first Seidel Classic Community Golf Tournament on April 2nd. This will be a fun shot gun start tournament with lots of opportunity to network as well as win super prizes. We hope this will be an event that will encourage maximum AFA membership participation as well as attract community sponsors and players to this fun tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Seidel AFJROTC Scholarship program and the AF Wounded Airman Program. The tournament will be held on April 2nd at the Hills of Prestonwood Country Club with a 1 PM shotgun start, four-person scramble. We need sponsors and players. Let’s make this a hugely successful event as we support our AFJROTC students and Wounded Airmen. Please click on www.afadallas.org to register to sponsor and play in your Tournament. Registration is open – sign up today!

As I hope you can tell, we are eager to reach out and engage our community at all levels. I hope you feel this excitement and will accept the challenge to make 2019 a milestone year! We need your support as an AFA member, as a committee leader and as a cheer leader for our community outreach events. Please plan to support our upcoming initiatives. Contact me or any of our Chapter Council Members with your recommendations and questions!
Hope to see you at our upcoming events!
 
PAUL HENDRICKS
President
Seidel AFA Chapter 232
Dallas, Texas
pmh1004@sbcglobal.net
469-667-7750
 
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I will look forward to your support for your Seidel Air Force Association Chapter! Please plan to participate and help us grow and flourish! I am looking forward to hearing from you!!

PAUL HENDRICKS
President
Seidel AFA Chapter 232
pmh1004@sbcglobal.net
469-667-7750
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