Special Forces Association Chapter 76 --- South Florida Chapter, "The Green Berets"



During Pool Party on August 27th, a check in the amount of $1000 
was presented to "Special Operations of S. Florida" from Special Forces Ch 76 


L-R : Non-SF person, 7th Group Mbr in Black Polo is Jim DeMatteo, Al Hernandez, Cy Mermelstein, Ed Pijuan, Joe McCormack, Jim Trice, Lou Carrion, Bill Eades, Tom House, Bob Buffington

               Sunday ,June 5th, All Airborne Chapter Picnic 

At TY Park , Hollywood









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Special Forces AssociationThey are seeking new and returning members of the Special Forces Association. posted 23 Nov 2020





                         CHAPTER 76

           SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

                  South Florida Chapter 

            

           “The Green Berets”

 

 

                                                                                      

November 23, 2020

 

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

 

We received this from Kevin Harry, SFA President at National HQ.  They are seeking new and returning members of the Special Forces Association.  


If you know someone who would qualify for membership, please put them in touch with Ed Pijuan (786-298-8915) or Jim Trice (305-393-2890).

 

Happy Thanksgiving,

 

 

SF Chapter Presidents/Representatives,

 

There has been lot of discussion at USASOC, 1st SFC (A) and USAJFKSWCS on SF/SOF Soldier for Life and how the SFA can continue to provide the network to reach out to SF Soldiers, Veterans, Retirees, and their Families, worldwide.  We are fast approaching 10,500 active members but we have an additional 12,500 inactive members that are not in a current status.  We, as an Association, must continue to reach out to our SF Alumni to provide assistance where needed, an ear to listen, network within the SF community, opportunities to fellowship and participate in community services/activities.

 

SFA National is requesting each chapter participate in a 90-day membership drive focused on Annual and Expired SFA Members from December 1, 2020 through February 28,2021.  

 

On December 1, 2020, we will be sending each chapter their current number of members (baseline), their inactive member list along and the inactive lists broken down by State.  The State lists will include all At-Large members that have lived or have a Home of Record (HOR) in your AOR.  We feel that it is important to welcome the At-Large members to your chapter meetings, social events, and community programs so that they can stay connected to the SF community.  One thing that 2020 has made very clear, we must know who is in our AOR and what resources are available to help our SF Alumni/Families navigate through difficult times.

 

There will be prizes for the top three SFA Chapters that see the greatest increase (by percentage) in membership by February 28, 2021.  The prizes will include cash (TBD) and/or SFA National will facilitate a couple chapter members to attend future Special Forces Qualification Course graduation or other engagement with USASOC, 1st SFC (A) and USAJFKSWCS leaders.  More to follow on type of Fort Bragg experience and/or cash value for top recruiting chapters.

 

To be successful, each chapter must make sure their annual members remain active for 2021, recruit inactive members back to their chapter and search for At-Large members in their State and surrounding States.  Be creative, if the address and phone number on the lists are not current then Google, search social media and ask your members if they know these or other SF Soldiers, Veterans and Retirees in your AOR.

 

Please get this WARNO out to your membership and we will provide more information O/A December 1, 2020.  DOL

 

Respectfully,

 

Kevin L. Harry

 

President

 

423 895 3769

president@specialforcesassociation.org

 

Joe Pruett on behalf of

Ed Pijuan

President

 

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76.Blogspot.com/

 

Chapter Website located at http://www.sfa-southflorida-chp76.org/home.html

 

Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

 

ED PIJUAN 

PRESIDENT

 

ROGER KIDDER

VICE PRESIDENT

 

AL HERNANDEZ

SECRETARY

 

JASON PSALTIDES

SECRETARY

 

JIM TRICE 

TREASURER 

 

TOM HOUSE

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

_________________

 

DAN POIRIER 

CHAPTER 76 BLOGGER

 

ED BELLO 

CHAPTER 76 WEBMASTER

 

JOE PRUETT 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


Dues Reminder posted 23 Nov 2020


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   CHAPTER 76

             SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

                    South Florida Chapter 

            

               “The Green Berets”

 

 

                                                                                      

November 22, 2020

 

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Treasurer Jim Trice would like to remind those to whom it is applicable that annual dues will become due soon.  As you are probably aware, the chapter maintains funds for various reasons including the benefit of us who may find ourselves in need, to purchase products for resale and to donate to worthy causes.

Attached is a handy one page renewal form with all instructions included including who your check is written to and where to mail it.  Jim’s number for questions is: Cell 305-393-2890.

 

Joe Pruett on behalf of

Ed Pijuan

President

 

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76.Blogspot.com/

 

Chapter Website located at http://www.sfa-southflorida-chp76.org/home.html

 

Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

 

ED PIJUAN 

PRESIDENT

 

ROGER KIDDER 

VICE PRESIDENT

 

AL HERNANDEZ 

SECRETARY

 

JASON PSALTIDES 

SECRETARY

 

JIM TRICE 

TREASURER 

 

TOM HOUSE 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

_________________

 

DAN POIRIER 

CHAPTER 76 BLOGGER

 

ED BELLO 

CHAPTER 76 WEBMASTER

 

JOE PRUETT 

COMMUNICATIONS




Chapter 76 - Special Forces Association                                                            Renewal/Reinstatement Form (Updated January 14, 2019)

***  It is Important that you remit dues DIRECTLY TO OUR LOCAL CHAPTER  ***

Without your dues, the effectiveness of our Chapter is impaired. Paid Dues cover the period from 1 January to 31 December of each year.  Members who do not pay dues by 31 January become delinquent and are placed on inactive status and will not receive future issues of The Drop or other official correspondence from SFA National.  Remember the strength of the Association rests with its members.

Dues paid after 30 September will be applied to the next year’s dues (and become effective immediately).  (PLEASE PRINT ALL INFO BELOW)

I, (Last) ___________ (First) ____________ (MI) ___ Mbr# __________ apply for renewal of my Membership in Chapter 76 of the Special Forces Association and submit the following information:

*** Life Members pay no annual dues *** All Dues Payable by Check or Money Order ***

___Annual Dues Renewal. $40.00 for a one-year renewal of my membership. Note: Annual renewal is $40.00 if paid before 30 January of each year.

___Reinstatement (if you missed the Jan 31 deadline). $45.00, which includes a $5.00 reinstatement fee along with the $40.00 annual renewal fee.  Note: annual renewals are $45.00 after 30 January of each year.

___Life Membership. $440.00 for a lifetime membership. The $440.00 fee applies to members in good standing only.

___Reinstatement & Life Membership.  $475.00 for reinstatement and lifetime membership of which $440.00 is the life membership fee, $30.00 is for annual dues and $5.00 is for reinstatement.

___Life Membership (65 and over). Date of Birth ___________. $320.00 for a lifetime membership. The $320.00 fee applies to members in good standing only.

___Reinstatement & Life Membership (65 and over). Date of Birth __________. $345.00 for reinstatement and a lifetime membership of which $320.00 is the life membership fee, $20.00 is for annual dues and $5.00 is for reinstatement.

Check payable to: SFA Chapter 76.  Mail to: Jim Trice, 17951 SW 288th ST, Homestead, FL  33030

Please Print:   Your current mailing address including City, State & Zip Code: 

_______________________________________________________________________________________          

Home Phone: (______) _______-_____________ Work Phone :(______) _______-_____________

Email Address: ___________________________ Date of Birth: ________________ 

Retired Rank/Rank at Separation: _____________________ 


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