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New Years, Drills and Canada

posted Jan 11, 2016, 11:51 PM by Kelsey Freitas   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 11:52 PM ]
All Hands,

Happy New Year! 
We had a great drill with the Civil Air Patrol Cadets on Saturday.  If you missed drill - you really missed out.  It was a very good way to start 2016 and it was a very good drill.  Ask your fellow shipmates and they will concur that it was a fabulous opportunity! 

1)  Let's start the year out right with reporting in for drill.  We need it for supervision and meal purposes.  Your Officers are willing to serve you so be respectful of their time and report in.  We need to know who is attending.  Some of you did it and that was perfect.  Thank you!  Keep it up as this is what makes us successful as a unit.  That is what we would like all our cadets to do. So if you did not report in please note that deficiency and correct it.

Some upcoming calendar items:

2) 23JAN16 - Drill YBI; Tickets for our new opportunity drawing fundraiser will be passed out.  Tickets will be $5.00 each.  New Cadets and those who need PT uniforms will need to sell at least 5 tickets.  All Cadets who have sold their required 5 tickets for their PT Uniform can sell as many tickets as they would like.  All the proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to offset your CANADA TRAINING Summer 2016.  Tickets will be handed out at our next drill.  Drawing will take place at our Annual Inspection in February.


3)  Our First Drill in February every Officer and Cadet going to Canada will need to make a $100.00 non-refundable Commitment Deposit.  This is so we can start the booking process for travel.  Then going forward what ever amount you are comfortable with until the total amount of $300.00 is collected from each Officer and Cadet going. Balance must be paid by the last drill in MAY.  You may make your payments according to what is comfortable for each of your budgets.  Payments are to be made only in Check or Money Order - no cash.  You can mail your checks payable to: Arkansas Division PO Box 137  Newman, CA 95360.  Calendar the following for CANADA SUMMER 2016 -  24 June through 4 July


4)  Annual Inspection is scheduled for 20FEB2016 - This is mandatory for all CADETS.  Invitations will be handed out at our next drill.

5)  Everyone will need to check out their PASSPORTS if you have one OR get one by going to the post office in your area and pick up an application - check on line too or pull out the application we gave out last year.  The process time takes at least 4-6 weeks or longer.  You will need to supply 2 passport photos, properly filled out application and parents (both) need to participate in this effort - follow all directions set forth on the US Government application and have the necessary fees.  We need all copies of Passports by MARCH.  Travel and Dates will all be confirmed by then.


6) Our Annual Fundraiser dates are being confirmed and will take place in April - (Our theme will be "Pirates on the Potomac")  Tickets will be $20.00 each with dessert and auction items like last year.  At this point half of all ticket sales which each cadet sells will go directly to the cadets personal CANADA TRAINING.  The remainder of the funds will be going directly to offset our CANADA TRAINING Summer 2016.

2016 is going to be a very memorable year for Arkansas Division!  Do bring a prospective cadet  - share your knowledge -  build our unit.  We want to make sure that each of you are aware of the upcoming events.  If you reply with your ONE WORD REPLY by 2400 - midnight TONIGHT you will receive a $5.00 credit in your CANADA TRAINING FUND.


Thank you for your service!
INST Karen Freitas