We were very pleased to see scholarships applicants from units across the entire 108th Training Command. Due to the high quality of scholarship applicants, the Board agreed to award $7,000 in educational scholarships to 8 extremely worthy applicants. This included three $1,000 scholarships and five $800 scholarships.
In May 2018, around 20 Griffon Association members and guests gathered for the annual picnic held at Latta Plantation in Huntersville, NC. The group enjoyed a huge barbeque lunch with all the trimmings and attended a WWII reenactment around the old historic Revolutionary era Latta Plantation house. The get together was very enjoyable walk down memory lane and all had a great time.
In September, over 60 golfers joined us at Pine Island Country Club for the 8th Annual Golf Tournament which successfully raised $12,824.49. This was considered a great success as it surpassed our previous year fundraising by $2,000. Special thanks go out to Knight Publishing for their amazing support as well as our sponsors and Association Members whose efforts made the difference. For those of you who participated in 2018, we thank you and look forward to seeing you again in 2019.
Membership held steady during 2018. The Association currently has 194 members which includes 136 Life Members, 56 Annual members and 2 Honorary Members. While everyone appreciates the work we do, efforts to increase membership has been challenged due to constraints that restrict Commanders and leaders from promoting membership in non-profit organizations to their direct subordinates. We have also seen some losses as members have relocated and not updated their mailing addresses.
Membership is our life blood and is vital if we are to continue to support our Soldiers and their families into the future. We ask for your help to personally commit to reach out to at least 2 former and current members of the 108th Training Command and share the membership application that is attached. This could more than double our membership.
Annual memberships are only $10.00 and Life Memberships are only $108.00.
Soldier and Veteran Support
Targeted donations totaling $4,750 were made to support organizations that assist Soldiers and Veterans to include Purple Heart Homes, the Charlotte USO, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Statesville American Legion Post 65 and the Freedom & Hope Foundation. While we did not receive any requests in 2018 for financial hardship grants from Soldiers or Veterans injured in line of duty, we maintained adequate reserves to meet any such demand.
Looking forward to 2019
The 9th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for the 30th of September, 2019. For any golfers, who have not been able to attend in the past, we invite you to join us and encourage you to bring a team this year. We are also always in need of help from non- golfers for registration etc. More information is available on our website https://www.108thgriffonassoc.com/.
The Annual Picnic will be held in October 2019. A possible location includes Kings Mountain, NC. Information regarding the final location and date and how to sign up will be shared soon. We hope you will join us for some great food and an opportunity to connect with other Griffon Members and friends.
Breakfast on Veterans Day — join us as a guest for breakfast at the Carolinas Freedom Foundation’s Freedom Breakfast in Charlotte on November 7th, 2019. For more information, email Skip McCartney at [email protected].
Charlotte Veterans Day Parade — join the parade on November 9th, 2019 and March with other Griffon Members and COL (Retired) Tom Phlegar as he leads the parade with his leggings and tri-corner hat, while playing his drums with the Revolutionary War Color Guard. For more information, email Skip McCartney at [email protected].
In closing, I would like to personally thank you and assure you that your support makes the difference.
Charles E. McCartney, Jr. MG, USA,
“Be A Patriot –
Help A Soldier”