Greetings from hot, sunny San Antonio!
Now is the time for all you
Northerners to give me a "gotch ya". I seem to recall making some relatively
snide comments about Winter in the last Newsletter. Now, you all are enjoying
a pleasant summer and we are cooking. We have not had the "hundred-teen"
days but with our humidity , it seems hotter. September will cool off though
and we will all have a wonderful Conference.
In the last newsletter, we looked at the
founding of AFWOA and the original Board of Directors. This time let's
look at all the AFWOA members who have served on the Board..
Speaking of Conference, the South
Texas AFWOA Chapter is working hard to make this event memorable. In keeping
with our desire to grow AFWOA, we have tried to build a conference that
will appeal to all our membership from the oldest to the newest. I am pleased
to say that our membership is growing by the proverbial leaps and bounds.
Carol Habgood, the official number keeper, tells me we now have 991 members.
We have gained 82 new members since January 2000. We are pushing to make
that number 1,000 by Conference. One of our Goals will have been accomplished!
I must pay tribute to Dori Johnson
who is almost single-handedly responsible for our Membership growth. Dori
has guided many new, young officers to join the organization. It only takes
a minute to do so and the potential rewards for AFWOA and the individual
are boundless. Our future lies in our young members. Us "Oldies" paved
the way, provided the gathering force, and are working to sustain the organization.
To insure our validity as an organization throughout this new century,
we must insure AFWOA appeals to this new membership segment as well as
our traditional members. We will expect them to carry on in future years.
We must give them a reason to do so.
To that end, the South Texas Chapter
has built a Conference agenda that will satisfy the most curmudgeonly of
members and well the most newly hatched. I hope you have all mailed in
your registration forms. This is a singular opportunity for me to meet
you. Also, we will be discussing and deciding on many new initiatives which
will shape AFWOA in future years.
Come on down, Y'all. We're ready!
History. . . . . . . . . . by Carol Habgood
Founding Board of Directors
General Interest . . .
Women Veterans of
(WVA) is holding its 2nd Annual Convention
celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WVA. The place: Orlando, Florida; dates:
October 20 - 21, 2000. The West Palm Beach Chapter is sponsoring the convention
and invites all women veterans to attend. For more information, contact
Betty Barnett, 2080 Bon Isle Cir., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Telephone
(561) 882-8262 ext. 2351.
All Women Veterans
The Women Marines Association chapter
in Tucson, Arizona, is sponsoring an All Women Veterans Luncheon in November.
Sue Sweeney, Tucson, has volunteered to coordinate for AFWOA members in
Tucson and Green Valley. For more information, contact Sue. Her address
and phone number are in our directory.
Korean War Veterans
... are being sought by the U.S.-Korea
2000 Foundation, Inc. The 50th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War
was on June 25, and additional commemorations will continue through July
27, 2003. Korean War veterans are encouraged to register with the U.S.-Korea
2000 Foundation. The Foundation is looking for anyone who served in the
armed forces, including the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, for at least
one day during the period June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1954. Actual service
in the Korean theater of operations is not a requirement. Information and
a registration form are available on the internet at (
or you may request an information and registration packet from the Foundation
2000 Foundation, Inc.
Duke Street, Suite 416
(703) 212 - 8128
(703) 212 - 8129
Women in the Military
Kirtland AFB, NM, will be the site of
the 16th annual Tribute to Women in the Military on March 2nd, 2001. The
chairperson, AFWOA's LtCol Mary H. Parker, Albuquerque, NM, is looking
for volunteers in the Albuquerque area to be speakers at the tribute. If
you're interested, contact Mary at (505) 853-5831 (work) or (505) 831-2312
(home). Or by email at
The winner for 2000 was Mary E. Smith.
The award was presented by last year's winner, Lt Connie Cann. Mary and
Connie were former team mates on the Air Force Academy swim team.
AFWOA President Karen Rankin received
the Air Force Association's national Medal of Merit recently. Karen also
was honored as Member of Year of the Alamo Chapter of AFA at the Texas
AFA state convention in July. She is vice president of the Alamo Chapter.
Angela Biggs, Schertz, Texas, received
the Air Intelligence Agency Officer of the Year award at the Texas AFA
About Our Members
in the Mail
Our mail was returned as nondeliverable
to the following members. If anyone knows their current address, please
let us know.
Laura Boussy, Cheyenne WY
Mavis Compagno, Scott AFB IL
Katherine Daspit, Houma LA
Flora Dunham, Linden NC
Rebecca Gardner, Randolph AFB TX
Angela Jaskiewicz, Minot AFB ND
Mary Small, Kamuela HI
We regret to inform you of the deaths
Buck, May 8, 2000
Duffield, July 28, 2000
Endsley, September 28, 1998
Henson, June 9, 2000
Board of Directors