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Events 2022

Christmas Party
December 10, 2022, 12:00 - 15:00
Kitty's Restaurant
North Reading, MA
Chapter members enjoyed a great Italian meal with their fellow Green Berets! Socks were collected to donate to the Boston VA hospitals. Bob Delponte, Chapter Quartermaster, displayed coins and other SF items for purchase. Door prizes and a 50-50 raffle were part of the event. John Friberg provided a brief on the efforts of veterans to assist in the evacuation and resettlement of Afghans who served alongside U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. Bill Fanaras provided a brief history about the mlitary career of Chapter 54's first chapter president, LTC Donald Van Roosen. Location by Google Maps.

Veterans Day Observance
November 11, 2022, 9:45 am
LTC William Buckley Memorial
Stoneham, MA

Veterans Day Ceremony 2022 Stoneham, MA

On November 11, 2022 the Chapter conducted our traditional ceremony at the Col. William Buckley memorial in Stoneham, MA. For the first time, the chapter was invited to be part of the Town of Stoneham's Veterans's Day Services and our President delivered an address about Col. Buckley as part of those services. Later in the morning, many Stoneham residents attended the Chapter's ceremony at the Col. Buckley momument.

American Heritage Museum Tour
October 22, 2022, Saturday, 10:00 am
Hudson, Mass

Over 25 Chapter members and family attended a private tour of the museum. The facility offers one of the largest collections of WW II memorabilia in the world. The exhibits include many one-of-a-kind  WW II German, Soviet, and allied tanks, APC's, artillery pieces, uniforms, and other equipment.

Fishing Trip for Stripers
Cape Cod
October 8, 2022, Saturday, 1300
The trip lasted about five hours and the participants enjoyed fishing for Blues and Bonita. The cost was minimal as the chapter is kicking in a sizeable subsidy for a large part of the trip. The boat departed Falmouth Inner Harbor, Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA. 

Cape Cod Fishing Trip - 2022 - Chapter 54

Executive Committee Meeting
October 8, 2022, Saturday morning, 9:00 am.
Morrisette VFW Post 81-83
Liberty Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Coffee and doughnuts at the meeting; pizza and soda after the meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. On the agenda is a review of events completed this year, financial report, the American Heritage Museum tour date, Veteran's Day observance, and other matters.

Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course
September 24, 2022
Fryeburg FD, ME and Burke Bros. Gravel Pit, Center Conway, NH.
A one-day event, with classroom instruction, lunch provided, live fire with team competitions, and a catered pig roast.

Annual Chapter Cookout
August 20, 2022
Hanscom AFB, MA
The location was the AFB Family Camp and Picnic area. The traditional New England lobster boil was well attended with 55 Chapter members and family in attendence.

Annual Cookout - 2022

Denny Drewry Memorial Golf Tournament
Fishing With Warriors
June 20, 2022
Highfields Golf & Country Club
Grafton, MA

All New England SF Cookout
June 10, 2022
Chicopee, MA / Westover AFB
This event is free to all members of Chapters 54, 48, 72, and the Maine SF Annex, as well as personnel of C/1/20th, A/2/19th, and SOD-G. The event begins with the observance of an Airborne operation at DZ Dogpatch on Westover AFB. Then the cookout will take place at the Westover AFB picnic area. RSVP to Kevin Paicos by May 20th.

Fishing Trip - Cape Cod - Postponed until Fall
June 5, 2022
No fishing boats were available for booking. Kevin C. will try to arrange for a fishing event later this fall.

Memorial Day Observance
Individual members are encouraged to visit the William Buckley Memorial in Stoneham, MA. This is not an official chapter event.

Planning Meeting for Sep Weapons Event
May 21, 2022, 1000 - 1300
Brownfield, Maine

Chapter 54 Executive Committee Meeting - 19 Feb 2022, 10:00 am
The meeting will take place at the Ferncroft Room in Middleton, MA. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. Some of the activities include the treasurer's report, 2022 proposed budget, quartermaster sales, executive committee status, annual calendar, SGM Pete Smith (C/1/20th Liason), officer positions, issues from SFA national, scholarship committee, new business, old business, sick call, and raffle drawings. After the meeting pizza and soft drinks will be served.


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