President’s Message, May 2010

I hope this paper finds you and your families in good health after the treacherous winter season that just passed. Hopefully we are prepared to participate in the many Shields activities planned for the coming months.

Unfortunately, I must start this message with some bad news. We learned just before going to press that a steadfast American Pioneer, Lt. Col. Spann Watson (USAF (Ret), passed away on April 15th. Col Watson proudly served his country, breaking the color barrier as one of the original legendary Tuskegee Airmen. We were quite honored to have Col Watson speak at three of our meetings. “THANK YOU” sir, you will be missed by many.

Be sure to check the scholarship forms in this newsletter. Read the directions carefully and get them in on time. Scholarships will be awarded at our June (Scholarship Night) membership meeting.

I hope you will be able to join us as we once again place flags on the graves of our deceased veterans, and as we perform crowd control duties at the Games for the Physically Challenged. You’ll feel better for it.

Rich Rottkamp finally finished with tax returns, is once again planning our annual moonlight sail. This year we’ll be sailing on Friday, August 6th. As in the past Rich has promised a good time for all who attend this fine event.

Sunday May 9th is Mother’s Day, be sure to remember MOM.

Be safe hopefully we’ll see you at the April 29th meeting.

Remember to pray for our troops and our Brothers and Sisters in blue.