by Pam Hogan
Holiday greetings to all!
I know that all of our regional group auxiliaries have been busy planning to be of service in a number of ways, not the least of which is the bringing of holiday cheer to our blinded veterans.
For example, the Pensacola, Florida, BVA Support Group held its annual Christmas luncheon on December 1, 2015 at a local restaurant. The program included a devotional by The Reverend Edna Dixon, BVA Auxiliary National Vice President. Also scheduled was a sing-a-long of Christmas carols, remarks by Director of District 5 Paul Kaminsky, and gifts for all attendees. This was the fourth year that the group has met to celebrate the season. At least 30 blinded veterans and their guests were expected.
The Pensacola area is anticipating a wonderful new year with the installation of officers of the new Emerald Coast Regional Group. Darryl Goldsmith is the new group president.
At press time, the Southern California Regional Group and Auxiliary were once again scheduled to join forces with the VIST to provide a holiday luncheon for our blinded veterans and their families. Dinah’s restaurant provides its famous fried chicken and all the fixings, including pies for 100 veterans. Dinah’s has been donating this meal for many years. The arrangement was originally made by a marvelous blinded veteran, Bea Cohen, who recently passed away at age 103! The music was to be provided by a disabled veteran and gifts for each blinded veteran were expected. In all, the group planned plenty of fun and fellowship.
The newly formed Orange County Regional Group is now under the leadership of Charles Register. His group is hard at work to establish another auxiliary regional group and I am sure the membership once again assisted in the annual “Adopt a Family” project to go along with holiday celebrations. This has been a great project for a number of years while the group was still a chapter of the Southern California Regional Group.
On a sad note, we are deeply sorry to report the passing of Hazel Compton. Hazel was a very dedicated member of BVAA. She served as the National President during 2003-2005 and then as the Renee Feldman Scholarship Chair for many years thereafter. Hazel was always willing to do anything necessary to support BVAA National. On her own, she initiated and carried out many fundraisers for the scholarships. Hazel and her husband, Clyde, started and sponsored the national BVA Auxiliary website.
Hazel’s passing has been very hard on Clyde as he is still in the hospital himself recovering from a leg amputation. Hazel was cremated as per her wishes and a memorial service will possibly be held in the spring. Donations to a cancer charity are requested in lieu of flowers and cards with words of comfort would be greatly appreciated. Please send to Clyde Compton, P.O. Box 267, Richlands, VA 24641.
To all of our members, please continue to volunteer in the name of BVAA, tracking your hours and then reporting them to Patti Hail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Keep on the lookout for BVAA scholarship candidates. The full information about these scholarships is at www.bvaaux.org
Above all, keep safe, warm, and joyful during the holiday season and the coming New Year! We all have so much to be thankful for.