PRESIDENTS
Tom & Debbie Grayson
(480) 759-9733

VICE-PRESIDENTS
Neal & Mary Ann Carpenter
(480) 838-4302

TREASURERS
Frank & Maria Scaglione
(602) 493-1782

SECRETARIES
Ramon & Liz Montes
(602) 788-1730

 

ARIZONA PARENTS CLUB NEWSLETTER

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2002

December Cookie Packing a huge success!!

Our December cookie packing was held on Saturday, December 8, 2001. We are grateful to Ruth Janzik who offered her home for this activity which was well attended by over twenty-five persons representing our cadet families. There was an abundance of cookies, candy, treats, etc. sent out to our cadets to help them study for finals.

The cookie packing was followed by a short meeting and a pot-luck lunch. After we packed the goodies for our cadets, all the remaining treats were mailed to USAFA for the benefit of the Cadets in all squadrons.

Many thanks to Ginny Schembri, who contributed wonderful, handmade cards from the students at Scottsdale Christian Academy, for our cadets. We have received a number of thank you notes from our grateful cadets who were touched by this warm display of affection from the children "back home".

Thank you to Linda O'Sullivan who has arranged for the Parent Club to have a contact person in Colorado Springs. This contact will graciously pick-up future cookie-packing shipments and deliver them to the Academy. Thanks also to Tom Grayson who will continue to arrange for the shipping of the boxes,

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Many, many thanks to all who contribute time, goodies and money to this effort. We couldn't do this without you!!

All-Academies Ball

The USAFA Parents'Arizona Club was host of the 2001 All- Academies Ball on December 29th at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. This event was sold-out! It was well attended by members of all the Service Academies, Armed Forces, families and friends.

It was a magical evening of patriotism, moving awards, fine dining and dancing. Many thanks to Candi Prangley and Mary Ann Carpenter and their committee, who worked long and hard to organize this event. Thank you also to Ginny Schembri and her video committee who produced an outstanding and touching video enjoyed by all.

There are a number of 2001 All-Academies Ball champagne/wine glasses still available for purchase. You may call Candi Prangley at 480-730-9178, if you are interested in purchasing these elegant commemorative glasses.

March Garage Sale and Board elections:

Ok, Everyone! That time of the year is coming up! Gather your unwanted "treasures" and bring them to our annual garage sale:

When: Saturday, March 2, 2002

Where: Home of Sherree and Don Newhouse

102 E. Waltann Drive,

Phoenix, AZ 85022

Tel 602-863-2771

Time: 7AM to 12 Noon- (garage sale)

12 Noon- (election meeting & potluck lunch)

Directions to the Newhouse residence:

Take Hwy. 51 (Squaw Peak) north to the Cactus Rd. exit. Travel west on Cactus to the 7th Street stoplight. Turn right and travel north on 7th Street up to Coral Gables. Turn west on Coral Gables and drive to Central Ave. Turn north on Central Ave. and drive to Waltann Lane. Turn east on Waltann to 102 Waltann Lane.

If you wish to contribute items for the yard sale, please call Sherree Newhouse (602-863-2771) during the week preceding the event to make arrangements for drop-off. We ask that you please pre-price the items that you are dropping off.

We encourage all members to attend, if possible. We look forward to having you all there and we appreciate your help on that morning! Quorum is needed to hold our election and this is your opportunity to vote for the candidates for the Board that will lead the Club in 2002-2003. Each family should bring a dish or dessert to share at the potluck lunch.

If you have not yet volunteered to be an Officer of the Board and would like to be considered as a candidate, please call any current Board member as soon as possible. We will be sending the list of candidates to all members very shortly.

Many thanks to Tom Hawn who, once again, has graciously volunteered to chair the Nominations Committee for our election, and thanks also to the various Parent Club members who called other parents on behalf of the nominating committee.

Website News

Many thanks to Eric Short who has volunteered to be the webmaster for the USAFA AZ Parents Club website www.usafaparents-arizona.org

Eric will be assuming this position when Connie Rainey (mother of C1C Eugene Kyle Rainey- Class 2002) "graduates" in May. Thank you, Connie for your dedication to the website, and welcome aboard, Eric!

Entertainment Books News:

Many thanks to Tom and Pat Heusser who chaired this fundraiser for our Club. We sold a good number of Entertainment Books and the money generated was used to help defray expenses for the All- Academies Ball.

Cadet and Graduate News:

Second Lieutenant Chris Hawn is safely back home after being deployed to Afghanistan in recent months! Welcome back, Chris! Our website has excellent photos of Chris taken during his deployment.

Second Lieutenant Daniel Cruz, originally from Glendale, AZ, is now in UPT (Undergraduate Pilot Training) at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi. His class started on September 14. He was able to come home for the Holidays and attended the All-Academies Ball.

Recognition Weekend is fast approaching. Good luck to all of our Fourth Class Cadets! This is an exhilarating and intense time for C4C's and we encourage parents to stay by the phone to hear from your tired, yet happy Cadet, that weekend!