The Seidel Dallas Chapter 232 of the Air Force Association is one of more than 220 chapters worldwide. The Air Force Association (AFA) (www.afa.org) is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization, promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.
The Seidel Chapter currently has approximately 700 members located in an area roughly defined by Dallas, Collin, and southeastern Denton counties. We are one of 12 chapters in the Texas AFA, which has more than 10,000 members. The chapter, its education foundation, Dallas Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF), as well as the State and National AFA organizations are all titled under IRS Code 501c(3); therefore, any donation or gift to the chapter is typically fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes (see IRS Letter, 24 September 2009).
Locally, the Seidel chapter concentrates its efforts on supporting scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, the chapter supports the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadrons in the area, providing scholarships to deserving cadets as they learn to fly powered aircraft and gliders. This support has been in existence for nearly 15 years. In addition to CAP, the chapter annually awards a scholarship to the local winner of the Earle North Parker Essay Contest. Our local winner then competes against other chapters’ candidates at the State level, with the winner there earning a $5,000 scholarship. The chapter also conducts a Teacher of the Year contest, seeking to find the elementary, middle or secondary school teacher who has “gone the extra mile” to interest his/her students in STEM subjects. The winner of our local contest receives a cash award, and is entered into competition at the State level, where a larger cash award can be earned, and the winner at that level is entered into a National Teacher of the Year contest, awarded annually at the AFA National Convention in Washington, DC. Finally, the chapter is participating in a fairly new program, known as Cyber Patriot, which involves high school students in teams to compete at the national level for awards in the field of cyber defense. More information about the Cyber Patriot program may be obtained here.
In addition to education programs, the chapter conducts quarterly membership meetings at which we typically have distinguished guest speakers from the military or civilian leadership of the Defense Department, or speakers from around the country to address topics of local interest. Membership meetings are almost always open to guests and non-members.
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