President's Message

Seidel Chapter Members and Friends

As hot as summer can be we have even HOTTER and more EXCITING NEWS! Your Seidel Chapter has been selected as the Air Force Association Outstanding Extra Large Chapter of the Year! This is an extremely prestigious award and you made it possible! Our Chapter has worked hard as an integrated Team to enhance our chapter activities with the exceptional focus on out reach and integration into our communities. Our goals were and will continue to be:

  • Grow our membership through active participation and member recruiting
  • Enhance our outreach into the community to promulgate aerospace and leadership education
  • Provide strong advocacy for Air Power and support for our Veterans through Federal and State Legislative activities
  • Provide support to our active duty units and community Veterans

With your help we are achieving our goals and making very positive impacts on our communities. I am proud of our efforts will look forward to representing you at the AFA National Convention in September. We will have photos to share and wonderful stories to tell!

In addition to our great and exciting news, your Seidel Air Force Association is continuing to be actively involved in our communities and youth programs.

We had the opportunity to participate in Sunset Celebration at the Plano Memorial Park on Memorial Day. It was an excellent ceremony coordinated by the City of Plano with participation by the Lone Star Chapter 6 Blue Star Mothers, the American Legion Harding-Blaine Post 321, the Casey Joyce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4380 and patriotic citizens. Of course, we had a display set up to spread the word on our Air Force Association and attract new members!

As you may recall, we sponsor several Civil Air Patrol Cadets for powered and glider flight training as well as other members of our community to attend Youth Leadership Conference training. I had the opportunity to travel with CAP Lt Col Fletcher Sharp to Nacogodoches to participate in the powered flight training school graduation. This was an amazing event! There were proud parents and courageous, skilled students from throughout Texas celebrating an adventure of a lifetime. The graduation ceremony was moving and rewarding as we heard about the accomplishments of our CAP. I was very proud to that our AFA Chapter was able to sponsor a portion of this great event!

The North Texas Youth Leadership Conference was held at the University of North Texas Dallas this year. Our own Bob Gehbauer was the co-leader for the week-long leadership training. I was invited to attend the graduation celebration and what a celebration is was! Great food and a great speaker. Most impressive were the students that were selected to attend this training. Again, it was an honor to represent our AFA Chapter as we witnessed extremely polished and mature students celebrating their leadership accomplishments!

Well, summer is young and we have a lot of adventures ahead! Perhaps you recall the Plano 4th of July parade from last year! We are participating in the parade again this year with the Civil Air Patrol marching unit! Yes, Joe Sommers will again drive his 1970 Yellow 4-4-2! I will get to ride in this vintage Hot Rod along with Fletcher Sharp and John Campbell. The parade will step off at 9 AM from the Plano ISD administration building. Plan to come out a wave at us as we celebrate Independence Day!

Now for the even better summer fun! We are excited to announce our third quarter Chapter Membership meeting! We will meet on July 31st at 6 PM at the Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, Texas to honor our Civil Air Patrol and Youth Leadership Conference Students. We are proud of their accomplishments and dedication to our communities. You have heard about them, now come and meet them in person and share in their summer adventures!

We will also have an outstanding guest speaker to complement our youth celebration. Mitzi Morrison, from the Donnelly AFA Chapter, will provide a splendid presentation on her CyberPatriot program. Mitzi is the director of the Robotics Academy in Graham, Texas. Her goal is to encourage students to pursue Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. This is a significant undertaking that is shaping the lives of our youth!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening, July 31st, 6 PM at the Gleneagles Country Club. Valet parking is available without charge! Come and enjoy a great evening program and an outstanding dinner! Please make your reservations by July 22nd to accommodate planning club requirements. Please reserve the following number of tickets for the July 31st AFA 3rd Quarter Meeting

Individuals @ $35 ea.
CAP Cadets/Military in Uniform @ $25 ea.
18 yrs. of age and under @ $25 ea.


Make your check payable to: Seidel Chapter – AFA 232
Mail to: Bob Gehbauer 6616 Bermuda Dunes Dr., Plano, TX 75093

FOR LAST MINUTE RESERVATIONS CALL: Bob Gehbauer at 972-897-4342 or

I look forward to seeing you and your friends at our Chapter Membership meeting on July 31st. Please make your reservations as soon as possible! Call me (469-667-7750) if I can assist you in any way with our Seidel AFA Chapter.

Seidel AFA Chapter 232

How would you like to become more involved in the leadership of our Award Winning Seidel AFA Chapter? We have ample opportunities on our Chapter Council Executive Leadership Team. You will have the opportunity to help shape our Chapter, our policies and our direction. We need help to reach out and engage our communities. We want North Texas to know the Seidel Air Force Association is strong, engaged and and exciting. We want to promote our objectives: Educate, Advocate and Support! 

If you would like to be part of the leadership team or a member of our outreach committees, please contact me: Paul Hendricks, 469-667-7750. Your contributions and support are sincerely appreciated!



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