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    LtCol Buck Hamilton participated in a forum discussing the needs and priorities of Texas veterans. The Texas Veterans' Commission provides many services to veterans and wanted to insure they were placing the correct focus in different areas of veterans' needs.
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    November Hybrid Chapter Meeting

    Photos from our Hybrid meeting held at Applebee's and on Zoom.
  4. Please review the December Security Minute. Dec 2020 HS Minute.pdf
  5. Please review our latest newsletter. Nov-Dec 2020.pdf
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  7. Here are the minutes from the November hybrid meeting. MOWW Minutes 11-21-2020.pdf
  8. Homeland Security Minute Most of us are kind people and we rarely pass on an opportunity to help others. While it's one of them most admirable human qualities, it also exposes us to all sorts of unsavory individuals whose goal in life is to lie, cheat and steal. Let's take a look at a few things we can do to protect ourselves from handing out our hard-earned cash to scammers. Check out any charity you consider donating to at Charity Navigator (https://www.charitynavigator.org ). The organization (and a charity itself) was established to help people navigate (heh!) the sometimes murky waters of donating to various causes. It is an immense repository of information, inclusive of financial details and various other bits of data you might want to have on hand before parting with your cash. The fact that a charity is listed there is not an endorsement. Instead, the website is simply a tool to help you evaluate whether an outfit is legitimate and if it actually does what it claims to do. Be aware of situations where the possibility of falling for a scam is very high: - You receive a solicitation out of the blue or from a charity you don't recognize. We all know the big names - St. Jude's, Susan Komen, Toys for Tots etc. There are many other smaller, perfectly legitimate charities but if the name doesn't ring a bell then you need to do more research. - You receive a solicitation from St. Jude...maybe. There are scores of scammers who tarnish the good name of legitimate charities by setting up look-alike outfits and diverting donations from the original organization. No matter where it came from, how it arrived and what it claims to be - always double check that you're dealing with the real thing. - A disaster, big or small, just happened somewhere. This is where scammers really shine at being certified sociopaths. It doesn't matter how big the damage, the loss of life or the future consequences - all they see is yet another opportunity to stuff their coffers with ill-gotten gains. Whether it's a death of a person that is trumpeted all over the news, a family's appeal for aid for their sick child or yet another hurricane, scammers will use anything and everything to try to make you part with your money. Be extra vigilant in times of such events, because receiving a scammy solicitation then is a question of when, not if. Last, but certainly not the least, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a very nice page with lots of good information on charity scams, give them a click here (https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/charity-and- disaster-fraud ). Cath Hamilton Investigator Southwest Investigations Group HS Minute Nov 20.pdf
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    Public health conditions allowing, the Chapter will host it's December Christmas Luncheon at Applebee's Grill and Bar. Lunch will be ordered at 1130 and the meeting will begin at 1215 and streamed live via Zoom.
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    Monthly staff meeting to discuss future activities.
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    National Elections

    National Elections are held. Please Vote for the candidates of your choice.
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    The Chapter will hold it's November meeting at Applebee's Grill & Bar. Lunch will be ordered at 1130 and the virtual meeting will begin at 1200 and streamed live via Zoom. All companions with email addresses will receive Zoom invitations.
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    The monthly staff meeting will be held via Zoom. The staff will discuss budget items and what future activities can be conducted amid public health restrictions.
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    The Chapter will be conducting Virtual Veteran's Forums for Veteran's Day. These forums will be either prerecorded or streamed live via Zoom to selected El Paso schools.
  15. The Chapter held its first physical meeting in many months and lived streamed the meeting via Zoom. The meeting was held at Applebee's on George Dieter. Region XIII Commander Pat Stolze installed the chapter's new officers and spoke to the Companions about the challenges the Order faces in a covid19 environment. ABC News from Channel 7 KVIA covered our meeting and interviewed both Chapter Commander Jesus Beltran and Region XIII Commander Pat Stolze. The news story was broadcast several times during Sunday 18 October.
  16. Agenda for the 17 October Chapter Luncheon Meeting. Oct Mtg Agenda 2020.pdf
  17. Please review the attached newsletter.Sep - Oct 2020 WS.pdf
  18. October Homeland Security Minute - Please see the file as the graphic would not copy Oct 2020 HS Minute.pdf
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    We will hold a virtual staff meeting. Details will be emailed to the Staff.
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    The first chapter meeting in forever will be held at the Applebee's on George Dieter. The restaurant and grill has a meeting room in the back that we will be using. Companions may order lunch from the menu and drinks from the bar. Please RSVP so we can ensure sufficient servers will be available.
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    Zoom Chapter Meeting

    A chapter meeting was held via Zoom with Regional & National staff and chapter participating companions. This meeting was not widely advertised.
  22. The September Security Minute is posted below. Remember September is National Preparedness Month. Visit www.Ready.gov for tips. Sep HS Minute 2020.pdf
  23. Please review the current newsletter. Jul_-_Aug_2020_Newsletter.pdf
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    Recent Scout Activity

    The scouts and parents of Troop and Pack 37 sponsored by Greater El Paso Chapter of the MOWW conducted a school yard cleaning of the outside grounds at Bill Sybert School (SISD) on Saturday 8 August 2020. This was the first outside activity the units have done. All other meetings and trainings have been done via zoom. Companions Laura and Jesus Beltran are the adult leaders of the groups.
  25. This month's minute was information on ATM skimming obtained from the El Paso FBI's Tweeter Account. Aug HS Minute.pdf
  26. This security minute is a repeat of an article I wrote in August 2012. July 2020 HS Minute.pdf
  27. This is the last newsletter of the 2019 - 2020 program year. May - June 2020 Newsletter.pdf
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