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









Welcome to the new Blog for
Special Forces Association Chapter 76

South Florida Chapter

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Round Canopy Parachute Team posted 4 aug2020




                           CHAPTER 76

  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

            South Florida Chapter 

           

           “The Green Berets”

 

 

                                                                                     

August 3, 2020

 

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

 

Thanks to Bill Eades from bringing this to our attention.

 

The Round Canopy Parachute Team jumps in Palatka.  Links below are for the organization and nearby Holiday Inn. 

Round Canopy - https://rcptusa.org/

Round Canopy Oct Event - https://rcptusa.org/event-3760009

Holiday Inn - https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/palatka/pflrs/hoteldetail

David Leidel

Swaine & Leidel Wealth Services

145 West Center Ave

Sebring, Florida 33870

863-385-1101 (P)

 

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

 

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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 (C Co ’80-’89)

COMMUNICATIONS

Charity Raffle 23 jul 2020

----- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jason Frost <jason.william.frost@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 16:27
Subject: SFBMC Charity Raffle
To: <sfachapter76@gmail.com>

Sir,

The Special Forces Brotherhood MC is a not for profit 501 C19 (EIN: 26-3244269) organization that provides a place for retired, current, and future Green Berets to be connected to our history, support those that are currently serving and encourage the warrior ethos for the future. In our national by-laws, one of the key instructions is that each charter hosts a fundraising event for a veteran’s organization.    

We identified the following organizations to support:

Special Forces Charitable trust: “SFCT”

The SFCT organization is run by Former and Retired Green Berets and acts primarily as a fundraising mechanism and source of distribution for the funds, & they support the entire Special Forces Operations Community. Matt Parr & I have worked with them in the past to raise funding to support the Special Forces Community. Most importantly they have very little overhead and I believe about 90% of donations actually go to helping Green Berets. The SFCT has already said they would post our raffle on their social media and support us.


Gold Star Teen Adventures:

Kent Solheim an injured Green Beret created Gold Star Teen Adventures to provide a place where youth can come together to share new experiences with others who have shared a similar journey. We are built on the pillars of healing, leadership development, and opportunity. Our organization is committed to serving and honoring the community of people who have sacrificed so much.
Kent believes that by bringing together youth in environments where they can have fun and develop relationships with other Gold Star families, we allow them the opportunity to interact with others who have had similar kinds of trauma builds a new kind of life-supporting relationship that far outlives an onetime financial donation. 

Tunnels to Towers:

This organization provides mortgage-free homes to veteran’s and first responders that are injured or to the families of those killed in the line of duty. We selected this organization because it supports more than military veterans and I felt that this gave us a wider purview, and will appeal to a more diverse group of people. By widening the appeal to First Responders we will attract participation from people that would not display interest in supporting the raffle if it only benefited Green Berets.

Special Forces Association's in the SFBMC areas are always supported by us.

We ask that all who can support this great even click on the link below and buy tickets. If you are not a hunter or fisherman you can donate or pass your winning ticket to someone who is. At the bottom of the raffle, web page are links to get more information on the SFBMC.



We ask that you please share this information with your members and help us support these amazing charities.

Thank You for your unwavering support to the Special Forces Community and Families:

If you have any questions, please contact us 

Jason Frost & Matt Parr
Members of the SFBMC
Life Member of SFA CH 28
Founders of the SFBMC Outdoor Adventures Raffle
 (708) 205-2975

The 2020 Special Forces Association International Convention has been cancelled posted 16July2020


SF                           CHAPTER 76
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
            South Florida Chapter 
           
           “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     
July 15, 2020


 The 2020 Special Forces Association International Convention has been cancelled

SFA Chapter Presidents/Representatives,
Please read the email below from SFA Chapter VII President Amil Alvarez, Director SFAIC, regarding the cancellation of this year's SFA International Convention.  It has been a difficult decision for SFA Chapter VII to make, especially after all the hard that SFA Chapter VII members have put into planning this event.  
Key take-aways are:
     - Registered individuals must contact either the Director or Treasurer (To: Line) to request refund of Registration Fees.  SFA Chapter VII has already incurred many expenses associated with this event and would greatly appreciate any/all of your registration fees to be donated to the Chapter.  When you contact them, please let them know how much you would like to donate.  After running last year's convention, every little bit helps.
     - Each person must call the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to cancel their own room reservation.  The resort will honor the convention rate if you decide to continue with your plans and travel to FL.
     - The resort will offer the use of a hospitality room for gatherings, social drinking, etc... for all those that plan to attend during the scheduled time.  SFA Chapter VII will help coordinate the use of this room but it will be attendees (sponsors?) that stock the room with food, beverage and other libations.  Currently, my plans are to travel to FL and enjoy the company of any else who shows up.
Again, this has been a difficult decision for SFA Chapter VII to make but with all the COVID-19 concerns and restrictions they had no other options.

From Director SFAIC:
Dear friends and SFA membership,
It is with great regret that I inform you of the 2020 SFA International Convention cancellation.
The decision has been due to the current COVID-19 situation. The following factors were considered in making this tough decision.
-          Current travel restrictions for military, and specifically SOF personnel
-          Eglin AFB COVID-19 related restrictions
-          Input from 7th SFG(A)
-          Multiple cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns
-          Rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation
-          International and domestic travel restrictions
-          Reluctance of sponsors to support the event in the current environment
The restrictions imposed by the military on our active duty personnel has resulted in the loss of all support and attendance from our active duty membership. And the health concerns or our membership and the current COVID situation in the state of Florida has resulted in multiple cancellations. A third-order effect of these, is the loss of support of some of our sponsors. In addition, our eagerness to make the convention a reality has created a perception in some key individuals / organizations, that we are in disregard of our active duty membership’s combat readiness and our veteran membership’s health.
All this means that at this point, is neither financially viable nor strategically wise for us to conduct the convention.    
Although all official functions of the convention have been cancelled, there is still a way to link up and see old friends for those of you that wish to do so.
We have contacted the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and they have agreed to honor the price of lodging for those that made reservations and are still willing to travel. In addition, we have coordinated with the resort in order to have and operate a Hospitality Suite for our SFA membership and their guests from 12-15 August.
Anyone who made reservations in the resort and does not want to take advantage of the aforementioned opportunity must call the resort to cancel their reservations.
Chapter VII put in a lot of efforts and hours and held for as long as they could to make the convention a reality. Unfortunately, there were too many elements out of their control. They will immediately initiate the process of refunding all convention registrations. As the coordinating chapter for the 2020 convention, Chapter VII had to incur operating expenses and still has certain financial obligations. Anyone wishing to forfeit or donate any portion of their registration cost to help mitigating those expenses can do so by notifying the 2020 convention director at Director@SFAInternationalConvention.org or the convention treasurer at Treasurer@SFAInternationalConvention.org.


Stay safe.  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/


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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 (C Co ’80-’89)
COMMUNICATIONS


Virtual Event Combat Diver posted 9 June 2020



                           CHAPTER 76
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
            South Florida Chapter 
           
           “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     
June 8, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

The Combat Diver Foundation is getting its annual fundraiser organized and the SFA national president has been invited to speak and will accept. We’re doing it in conjunction with the US Military Freefall Association.  It’s a virtual event so we ask everyone to keep their minds open.  Should be fun. 


Regards,

LINO MIANI
President
Combat Diver Foundation
+1-703-939-3054 (Mobile)
@CDFoundation1


Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

President

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


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 (C Co ’80-’89)
COMMUNICATIONS

JFK SPECIAL WARFARE MUSEUM POSTED 9 JUNE 2020


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Joe Pruett <prujoe@bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 12:20 PM
Subject: EZ Petition ~ Don't Let Special Forces History Fade
To: Joe Pruett <prujoe@bellsouth.net>


SF                           CHAPTER 76
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
            South Florida Chapter 
           
           “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     
June 8, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

From SFA-41 President Zak Kozak

Brothers: For your consideration and support.

 
 
Special Forces Association, Chapter 41
P.O. Box 2912
Cedar Park, TX 78630
 
SFA.41.ATX@gmail.com
512.970.9588


Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

President

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


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 (C Co ’80-’89)
COMMUNICATIONS







Passing of Floyd A. Bridges, SFC(r) USA posted 3jun2020

June 3, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

SFC(R) Floyd A. Bridges made his final formation last Thursday, 28 May.  His funeral is scheduled for this Monday, 8 June, with family viewing beginning at 9AM, public viewing at 10AM, and the service at 11AM, at Corey-Kerlin Funeral home in Jacksonville.  Services will be at their North Location at 1426 Rowe Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208 (Phone 904-768-2596).  COL(R) William “Bill” Brown is scheduled to speak, with internment afterward.

Ted Cooley

Go Fund Me page to Help our Membership posted 28 May 2020

          CHAPTER 76
     SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
            South Florida Chapter 
           
           “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     
May 28, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Here is hoping you are all doing well.  Text is highlighted for message bodies…

Note message from Chapter 1-18 President, Chris Wilkerson. Brothers helping Brothers. Please help them out.
Cliff Newman
Executive Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309
(910) 485-5433

-----Original Message-----
From: christopher wilkerson <sfa118wilkerson@gmail.com>
To: sfahq@aol.com
Sent: Wed, May 27, 2020 8:54 pm
Subject: Re: GoFundMe page for distro
Cliff,

Chapter 1-18 issued a check in the amount of $30,000 to Charlie Mikes / Thai Pepper.  We have now shifted focus to a restaurant on the West Coast, Ax and Arrow located in Bremerton, WA.   The restaurant is owned by two SF retirees and a fireman and just had their one year anniversary.   They hope to reopen this weekend at half capacity.  They require assistance to pay past due debts resulting from the Covid closures.  

Please share with other Chapters.  The GoFundMe site has not changed. 

Thank you,

Chris Wilkerson
President, Chapter 1-18


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 10:08 AM <sfahq@aol.com> wrote:
Note message from 1-18. Lets help out our favorite establishments.
Cliff Newman
Executive Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309
(910) 485-5433

-----Original Message-----
From: christopher wilkerson <sfa118wilkerson@gmail.com>
To: Cliff Newman-administrative Director <sfahq@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Apr 17, 2020 9:49 am
Subject: GoFundMe page for distro
Cliff,

As you know there are many Special Forces owned businesses being affected by the social distancing in relation to COVID-19.  At the request of several Chapter members, I have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for some of these businesses.  The first business we are raising money for is Charlie Mikes/Thai Pepper with a goal of $100k.  Payments of rent, utilities, insurance and wages for the staff each month are approximately $15k.  The goal of $100k will ensure that CMs can stay afloat for the next 6-7 months and reopen under normal operation once the ban is lifted.  

I am also requesting recommendations for other SF-veteran owned local businesses that require assistance.  Donations that exceed the $100k goal will be donated to these other recommended businesses.  


Can you please push this email and the GoFundMe site to all the other Chapters?  Hopefully you guys are all staying COVID free and safe.


CHRISTOPHER WILKERSON
CW3, SF
SFA Chapter 1-18 President
phone: (940) 395-1873


Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan
President

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


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 (C Co ’80-’89)
COMMUNICATIONS