Air Force Birthday Event at the California Veterans Home, Chula Vista
Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118 and the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1365 will be hosting a birthday party at the Chula Vista Veterans Home to celebrate the US Air Force’s 69th birthday on Saturday, September 17th. This is an annual event for the Chapter and one we all look forward to.
This is a great time to hear some first hand personal oral history from our older veterans, some going back to their experiences in the Second World War. They have lots of amazing stories to tell, many that you probably have never heard before. This event is always well supported by the AFROTC cadets of Detachment 075 at SDSU.
While there aren’t many Air Force veterans living at the Vets Home in Chula Vista, it gives those that are a chance to showcase their service heritage. This will be our 9th year of co-hosting the day with the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1365 and their Auxiliary.
The event begins at 11:30 am. The Veterans Home address is 700 E. Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA 91911. There is also a map available on our website at http://sandiegoafa.org.
Please contact Gene Alfaro by phone at 619.934.6617 or by email at email@example.com if you have questions.
Officer Elections Scheduled for September 29th Meeting
At our General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 29th, we will be electing Chapter Officers for 2016-2017. We will meet at Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant and Bar on Kearny Villa Road at 6:00 pm. The address is 5353 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123. There is also a map on our website.
The people running for office this year are Dick Jeffreys, President; Gene Alfaro, Vice President; Jim Trageser, Secretary; and Jack Porath, Treasurer.
All current Chapter members present are eligible to vote. Nominations will be accepted from the floor as long as the person being nominated is either present to accept his or her nomination or the nomination has previously been coordinated with Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, firstname.lastname@example.org or 858.829.3799.
Registrations are under way for the CyberPatriot IX Competition. Practice sessions will begin in October-November 2016, after the Registration period ends on October 5th. The finals will be held in the Washington, D.C. area in April 2017.
This last April, three of the twenty eight teams that went to the finals were from San Diego, and Oak Valley Middle School won the Middle School National Championship. So far this year, 52 teams from San Diego have registered.
If you have a child or grandchild in either middle school, high school, or in an equivalent program that is interested in computers and they would like to participate, please have them check to see if their school has an established team. If CyberPatriot is new to their school, please have them contact Dick Jeffreys at email@example.com for information.
Chapter 118 may be able to provide some financial help for the registration fee and coaches/mentors for the team.
Chapter 118 Teacher of the Year 2016
On 29 July 2016, the San Diego chapter of the Air Force Association held its Annual Steak Fry at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club on Mission Bay Drive.
This year we had the honor of presenting the 2016 teacher of the year award to Ms. Haley Salazar. Ms. Salazar is a chemistry teacher at Otay Ranch high school, in Chula Vista.
Ms. Salazar was instrumental in the creation of an award-winning robotics club at the school. She started the very first VEX robotics tournament ever created in the South Bay area. She has participated with her students in community events promoting the STEM program at such venues as the San Diego Festival of science and engineering, the Del Mar Fair and Chula Vista City demonstrations.
Chapter President Dick Jeffreys presented Ms Salazar with recognition from the National AFA in the form of a check for $250 .00, a certificate of excellence, AFA padfolio and a Chapter Teacher of the Year pin. He also presented her with a Teacher of the Year certificate from Chapter 118 with the check for $250 .00 from the chapter.
September Meeting Speaker
The speaker for our Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 29th will be Air Force LtCol (Ret.) Rod Dyckman.
LtCol Dyckman was the last Commander of the 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, CA when the SR-71 was transferred out of the inventory. He will be talking about the airplane and his experiences.
Important Events Remaining in 2016
September 17th (Saturday) – Joint AFA-AFSA Air Force Anniversary Celebration at Chula Vista Veterans Home (1130)
September 29th (Thursday) -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant.
October 22nd (Saturday) – 60th Annual Massing of the Colors at Balboa Park presented by MOWW (1030)
November 17th (Thursday) -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant.
December 17th (Saturday) -- Joint AFSA-AFA Christmas Brunch @ The Marina in Chula Vista.