January 2010 - This past year the Soldier and Family Support Fund of the Major Samuel Woodfill Cincinnati Chapter provided a wide variety of support for soldiers, veterans and their families. It financially helped 44 soldiers and/or their families for a total of $8,200. The fund provided $3,041 to eight organizations that directly help or support soldiers, such as Fisher House, the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and Blue Star Mothers of America. Ten outstanding soldiers and Army ROTC cadets were recognized for performance and dedication with activities and functions and, in addition, five soldiers or dependents of soldiers received college scholarships all for a total of $10,148.
Just recently Aroma Restaurant and Sushi, Cincinnati's newest upscale eating establishment, held a grand opening and invited the chapter to hold an event at its location on Sunday, 24 January. As a result, the restaurant, located in the Kenwood Town Center, contributed a generous percentage of its revenues from 4 to 8 p.m., $2200, to the chapter's Soldier and Family Support Fund. An annual chapter golf benefit generates some $16,000 each year for the fund. In 2009 a year-end special cash solicitation from donors led to the purchase of $25 Kroger gift cards given as “Operation Christmas Cheer” to 82 local soldiers and veterans who had been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and are receiving outpatient treatment at the Dayton and Cincinnati VA Medical Centers.
October 2009 - The chapter provided financial assistance for some of the soldiers and families of the Soldiers that were seriously injured on the night of September 19th in Iraq when one of the 1-137th Assault Helicopter Battalion battalion's helicopters was involved in a fatal accident. While SGT Mike Strange is not a member of the Ohio National Guard, nor do they reside in the Chapter Area. However, they are assigned to the Ohio battalion, out of Columbus, OH.
September 2009 - A request was made through a parent that a unit of soldiers in Afghanistan for a Play Station 3. They wanted it to help pass their down time. The chapter purchased one and shipped it to them. Here is some of the original request. SSG Andrew Schneider is at the Korengal Outpost and mentioned how his men are in need of something else to do in there down time. They took a vote and they are hoping for a play station 3. These guys are only about 3 or 4 month into a year tour so they will get plenty of use out of one. The price of the PS3 was $300, plus shipping.