Greetings! FOR YOUR INFORMATION
RPOC NEWS – October/November 2021
By: Dennis Bambach, President, RPOC
Just when we thought it was getting better, we hit another bump with Covid. I hope you and your family stayed safe through the summer. Unfortunately, my family was hit with it but have all recovered. A return to normalcy seems to be taking longer than we had all hoped for but I am optimistic that we will once again be able to gather in groups big or small to enjoy getting together with old friends. To that point, please remember to start planning for next year’s reunion which will return to the Marriott Lake Mary, April 21st thru April 25th.
We have been lucky so far not to have been affected in South and Central Florida by the hurricanes and floods that have hit so much of the country but should stay aware of how fickle the weather is and be prepared. Our thoughts are with any members that were in the areas impacted by these storms. Please stay safe!
John Fraley, Vice President/Scholarship Chairman - We, as the RPOC board are proud to announce that we updated the scholarship award process to cover four years of undergraduate studies. The new award system will not be retroactive and will go into effect in January 2022.
Upon submission of an updated application that should include, grades and essay that reinforces your goals and achievements in college.
Year one will continue to be a $1000.00 scholarship.
Year two will also be a $1000.00 scholarship based on grades and their essay.
Years three and four will be $500.00 scholarships based on grades and their essay as well.
The scholarship program has been very successful, and the board is looking for dedicated students with initiative and goals. John S. Fraley
Reba Miller, Chaplain - " May the Lord grant you always. A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven hear you." ... An Irish Blessing
It is with heartfelt regret and remembrance that we honor the passing of our following members.
1. Robert C. (Redman) Duncan ... August 2021
2. Bailey C. Green...August 2021
3. Robert "Bob" James...September 2021
4. Joe Quick...October 2021
We also share special wishes and condolences for RPOC member, Patti Garrison Marriott, and her family for the loss of their best friend and sister, Maureen S. McDowell.
Get Well wishes are extended to members, Ron Sorenson(Heart Surgery), Keith DeGenova( Injuries resulting from a fall and John Striegel, (Stroke).
Special congratulations to our very long-time friend and colleague, RPOC member Donald Rhindress. He is the recipient of the AMVET OF THE YEAR SILVER HELMET AWARD 2020-2022.
We would like to give special thanks to our Armed Services Members, current and past, throughout the world who stand for our freedoms and sacrifices daily.
We send special prayers to our Jewish friends and family during this time of Rosh Hashanah," We wish you a happy L'SHANA TOVAH. May your year be filled with health, happiness, and peace. Blessings to all.
Jerry Rudoff, Sgt. At Arms/Information Officer: We are happy to report that we are currently achieving about 60% readership of our eNewsletter which is considerably above the average of groups similar to ours. We realize that we our members are spread out around the US and as we’ve mentioned before we would be pleased to receive pictures and news items that you’d like to see published in your eNews. Also, on any number of occasions, we receive information about our fellow members who are either ill or who have passed well after the fact and if you know of anyone that fits either category, we’d very much appreciate a contact so we can reach out to them and their family. To do this easily, you can either call, email us directly or go to our website at www.rocpba.org or www.rpocpba.org where you can click on the CONTACT US tab and send the information or click on JOIN EMAIL where you can update your profile information. Lastly, we continue to make adjustments to our website in order to make it as user friendly as possible. You will now notice that on our NEWSLETTER tab, we list the links to all our past eNewsletters so that you can read and catch up on any information you might have missed. You can also read the latest news by our president Dennis via these links. Relative to our Facebook page, you all are to be congratulated as we have not received any negative notices from the highly controlled Facebook organization regarding any posts that do not comply with THEIR community standards. The reason being is that we realize our members have a wide variety of political and social views and we and you primarily stick to that information that concerns US ALL rather than any one group. We thank you all very much for that as it minimized our communication directly with Facebook management. Stay well and in charge! Jerry
We would like to welcome New Member: Luis Valdes, FDLE
On behalf of myself and all the board we thank you for your support. Dennis
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