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Letter: AFCEA asks for the local community’s generosity

Dear Community Partners/Friends of AFCEA,

The Armed Forces Communication Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, established in 1946, is a 501(c)(6) non-profit  international organization  serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

With over 30,000 individual members and 1,600 corporate members on four continents, AFCEA is comprised of political, military and industry leaders. There are 135 different AFCEA chapters in over 30 countries. The Association is widely recognized for excellence, high ethical standards and the quality of its events. It is considered by top decision makers to be the pre-eminent association in its field. AFCEA serves as an ethical bridge between government requirements and industry’s capabilities, representing the top government, industry, and military professionals.

Membership and donations in AFCEA offers a great way to stay abreast of the latest trends in military communications electronics and support your local community. The ArkLaTex Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) has a proud heritage of awarding scholarships to outstanding students from high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  Each year during our annual scholarship event, the chapter awarded scholarships to anywhere from 8-16 extraordinary students, each valued at up to $3000, as well as $8,000-$10,000 in Science Teaching Tool Grants to local high school teachers, for a total of over $40,000 annually. We’ve done this for the past 8 years through the generosity of not only great corporate partners but more importantly we are dependent on the wonderful contributions of our community leaders/friends of AFCEA.  The impact on students pursuing these curricula and certainly enhancements to the classroom and the abilities of teachers to affect the teaching experience is far reaching because of this partnership/support. This coming year 2014 we will again focus our efforts at awarding scholarships/grants to the area’s most deserving students and teachers.

Overall, our goal this year is to raise $40,000.  We so desperately need your help as we desire to offer up to $30,000 is Scholarships and up to $10,000 in Teacher Grants.    We need your help through your generosity.  Details about this year’s AFCEA ArkLaTex Chapter Scholarship Banquet and our Friends of AFCEA “Swinging for Scholarship” Invitational Golf Tourney can be found below:


Thursday, 30 April, 2015; 6:00PM (corporate reception) / 7:00PM (banquet); Diamond Jack’s Legends Ballroom, 711 Diamond Jacks Blvd, Bossier City; Guest Speaker is  Major General Michael E. Fortney, Air Force Global Strike Command Vice Commander; Attire is  Suit & tie/cocktail dress (civilian) or service dress (military); Cost is $25 AFCEA Member; $35 Non-AFCEA Member


Friday, 1 May 2015; Time:  07:30 AM Registration; Shotgun start at 8:30 AM; Fox Run Golf Course, Barksdale AFB, LA; cost is $60 Military and $80 Civilian (Includes golf green fees/cart, a golf shirt, sleeve of Titleist ProV1 golf balls, unlimited range balls, two hot dogs and drink at the turn and a catered BBQ lunch from Bistro-To-Go after the round);  attire is normal golf attire.

Please know that all contributions you make will positively impact not only the AFCEA community but also the ARKLATEX area you live in.  For any questions, to RSVP for the banquet or register for the golf, please contact me at troy.soeder@us.af.mil.  I can also be reached on my direct line at 318-456-1620.

We need your help and we certainly hope you will be able to join us. Thank you!

Captain Troy M. Soeder

AFCEA ArkLaTex Chapter Secretary

SMSgt Barbara A. Schleben

Executive, Vice President

AFCEA ArkLaTex Chapter

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