AUSA Chapter Happenings 

6/1/2011 

Texas Capitol Area Chapter and Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter: Two AUSA chapters in Texas recently joined to "Take the Hill" by presenting copies of AUSA’s ARMY GREEN Book and resolutions to 124 state legislators or staffers during two days of visits to the state capitol in Austin, Texas.

Earlier this year, these legislators and staff members had traveled to Fort Hood for a day-long orientation on today’s Army. "We wanted to follow up, and thank them for their interest," the Fourth Region president and Central Texas chapter member, Ralph Gauer, said.

For two days, chapter members walked the halls, meeting with legislators and staff members in their offices to thank them for their interest in today’s Army, and to offer the chapters’ services as future points of contact.

Fort Hood covers 340 square miles of Central Texas, an area represented by Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock, Ralph Sheffield and Sid Miller in the state House of Representatives, and by Sens. Troy Fraser and Brian Birdwell in the state Senate.

Stan Lenox, secretary of the Texas Capitol Chapter and a member of the "Take the Hill" team, added, "Our joint goal continues to be the constant efforts to educate our state elected officials about AUSA as well as being the strong voice for America’s soldiers."

Henry Leavenworth Chapter: The chapter donated $4,000 to the Fort Leavenworth Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) fund to provide support to soldiers, their families and local retirees.

North Texas Chapter: The chapter presented a $5,500 donation to the Warrior Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas.

Fort Leonard Wood – Mid Missouri Chapter: The chapter’s corporate member, Panera Bread, sponsored a Grand Opening night to support Wounded Warriors. As a result, the chapter raised $2,400 for Wounded Warrior Fund.

Greater Atlanta Chapter: Four chapter members spent four hours at the USO at Hartsfield/Jackson Airport supporting soldiers going to and coming from Rest & Relaxation as well as training. They greeted the soldiers as well as making sandwiches and handing out goodie bags.