San Diego Air Force Association Chapter 118 Third Quarter 2015 Newsletter
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Chapter Leadership

President: Dick Jeffreys
Vice President - Gene Alfaro
Secretary – Crystal Arnote
Treasurer Jack Porath.  
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Chapter Elections

At our General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, September 22, we will be electing Chapter Officers for 2015-2016. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL MEETING DAY.

We will meet at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto 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; and Jack Porath, Treasurer.  We are still in need of a nominee for Secretary for the coming year.  Please let us know if you're interested.

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 or his or her nomination or the nomination has previously been coordinated with Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, or 858.829.3799.

Air Force Birthday Party Invitation

On Saturday, September 19th, we will be celebrating the Air Force’s Birthday at the Veterans Home in Chula Vista. The address is 700 East Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA 91911. This is just down the hill from the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. There is also a map on our website.

This is usually a well-attended event and includes AFSA Chapter 1365 and their Auxiliary. The activities will begin at 11:00 am. We will have a short social period, go through the serving line, and eat with the residents. For dessert, we will share a large birthday cake.

Any questions, please call Gene Alfaro at 619.985.6618.

CyberPatriot Conference

Air Force Association (AFA) Chapter 118 San Diego and the San Diego County Office of Education invite you to our CyberPatriot Conference at the Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to learn about the CyberPatriot program and related National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. CyberPatriot is the short name for the National Youth Cyber Education Program.    

The Conference Agenda will highlight:

  • Background information on the program.
  • Several speakers, including a representative from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) “Beyond the Bell” program.  For the CyberPatriot VII competition, LAUSD entered approximately 150 teams, and 2 years ago a team from North Hollywood HS was a National Champion.  The LAUSD representative will walk us through the competition and work through some of the problems presented to the teams in the competition images.  Teams generally have coaches and mentors and there is a fee to enter.  There are also minimum computing capability requirements.  We will discuss all requirements and work to enable CyberPatriot teams by providing support, as required and able.
  • Next steps in starting a CyberPatriot program for your school or organization.
CyberPatriot was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to motivate our youth toward careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines vital to our nation’s future. The AFA in collaboration with county schools and youth serving organizations is interested in growing the program and increasing middle and high school age youth participation in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.  To find out more about the conference, please contact Larry Torres, AFA Chapter 118 VP, Programs at


Chapter 118 Announces Teachers of the Year

San Diego chapter 118 of the Air Force Association has identified three teachers of the year.  This year we were fortunate to have nominations from elementary, middle and high schools.  After review of all  the applications the Teacher of the Year Committee selected one teacher from each level of school.  
The Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Ms. Angela Truman, Calvary Christian Academy, in Chula Vista.  Ms. Truman is a fifth-grade teacher.  The committee considered Ms. Truman's approach to mathematics using  Rock Unit core samples, as well as her participation in Math Olympics.

The Middle School Teacher of the Year is Ms. Kamphet Pease, Wilson Middle School, San Diego. The committee considered among other items Ms. Pease's being a strong STEM advocate and guiding and monitoring her students in the VEX Robot Competition; leading them to a win. Also, her mentorship for the San Diego Science Alliance Youth Space Institute program.

The High School Teacher of the Year is Ms. Carrie Northrum, San Ysidro High School, San Diego. The committee considered her development of excellent STEM lesson plans, participating  in Exploring STEM Career Initiatives, obtaining NSF Grant, and  time spent as a Robotics Coach in granting this honor.  Ms. Northrum and Ms. Pease received their certificates at the May AFA General Membership meeting held at Filippi's Pizza Grotto, Kearny Villa Road on May 28, 2015.  Ms. Truman attended the AFA Social on July31, 2015 and received her certificate at that venue.

Chapter 118 Social

San Diego Chapter 118 of the Air Force Association held a social meeting at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club on 31 July 2015.  Those attending had an enjoyable evening of conversation, stories, and presentations.  The prime rib steaks were done to perfection as each member who ordered steak cooked their own.  Those who had the Philly cheese-steak sandwich really, really enjoyed the fare.

Newest Community Partner

Chapter President Dick Jeffreys presented an Air Force Association Community Partner plaque to Randy Tripp from Perk Solar.  Chapter 118 now has 15 Community Partners.  Please support them by buying the services they provide.  Links to each of them is on our website at

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