We have finished our first year in existence as a VHPA Chapter in the great state of ALASKA! By recognizing the pilots of Viet Nam and expanding our chapter to other Military and Alaskan pilots and crews we will work in conjunction with Our National VHPA. We are dedicated to the objectives of the VHPA and to the fulfillment of purpose: There is Pride in knowing WE FLEW!
An EVENING to REMEMBER was a wonderful gathering with lots of surprises! First, it was the biggest gathering yet with 36 Vets and wives. Second we had at least 6 new members there for the first time ......BUT the BIG EVENT, thanks to Linda Kau, Kathy Buirge and Kandis Kile was the presentation of the Quilts of Valor to each Veteran in attendance. The secret was well kept as no one had any idea they would be recognized and honored by the organization. Linda, opened the presentation with a story of her brother who was saved in Vietnam by a helicopter pilot and that brought special meaning to the presentation. The quilts were absolutely beautiful and represented a lot of time and hard work by the ladies of the Alaska Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. We thank you!! This event was captured by channel 2 and will be broadcast on Thursday, December 11th.
We also want to welcome our newest members ...... Welcome
Jim Harvey, John Ulsher, Rodney Priebe, JD Baxter and Tom Blake and ....we just got 3 more!
Welcome BOB Wigen also known as Blackcat 9, Associate Blackhawk pilot, Matthew Calabro and affiliate
Dan Retzinger, our fishing buddy!
Brings our membership up to 43!
Our Veterans Museum Vietnam display is very nice, we invite all to go by and check it out! They could also use some volunteer help a couple of hours each month at the museum, so think about it! Thanks to Tim, Red and Terry for their volunteer efforts.
Membership dues for 2015 will be via a donation from our members. No set amount, what ever your feel you can give to help us stay strong. We now can accept larger donations to cover two years at a time! Keeping it simple!
Spent some time in Fairbanks with Matt and Francis and caught one of our newest members there. Had a great hamburger and really enjoyed talking with them. Got to find a way to get Fairbanks folks more involved! Plan an burger stop there June 11th thru the 13th.