Awards All Around!

So last night we had our squadron open house. This is an annual event we hold that is part recruiting, generating community support, and recognizing our members through awards and promotions and boy did we get some awards.

First, the squadron was awarded the Quality Cadet Unit Award from our National Headquarters for 2013. We are one of 272 units in the country and 1 of 5 in New Jersey to win this award out of over 1040 units in the organization. The criteria are based on the growth of the Cadet Program and the participation of the cadets within the program.

Secondly, our members, including yours’ truly, were recognized for our work during Hurricane Sandy almost a year ago. Out of the 149 member in New Jersey Wing, CAP that helped support disaster recovery missions during Sandy, 43 were from Schweiker Squadron. I was one of several in the unit that received a National Commander’s Commendation for my work in managing the flight and ground operations. We also had a few members receive Exceptional Service Awards for their work during Sandy.

Many of the unit staff members, again including me, received Unit Achievement Awards for our work at the squadron. Mine was for my work as Operations Officer for the unit. We also had several cadet promotions and other awards as well.

This shows you the level of participation and dedication our members have not only in their personal development but also in service to the unit and community. This is why I am dancing. The funds that I raise can help more of these members become trained to help support missions like Sandy or help our cadets progress through the program by helping them offset the cost of attending activities that they need for promotions or development.

So this is your last chance to show your support and donate using our online donation site, It will shut down at midnight tomorrow night. If you miss the opportunity to donate online or want to mail a donation, you can make the check out to “Civil Air Patrol” and mail it to 110 Avocet Lane, West Deptford, NJ 08086. Deadline for them to receive donations is September 24.

Last chance to support us!

Well folks, September 18th is coming up fast and that means that time is running out to support by making an online donation at My original offer stands that for every online donation, I will send that person an autograph picture of me. Please help me out because it will be weird if the only pictures I send out are to my family. I also want to remind you that you can still get tickets for the finale on September 26th by going to the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce site. Tickets are $50 for dinner and a show. Come on people, I have an aunt in Florida that is coming up for this so if you live in Gloucester County, you really have no excuse not to come out. Trust me, you will enjoy the show. I can’t speak for everyone, but I you will definitely like my finale routine with Christy. All I am allowed to tell you is that I hope I don’t drop her and I may be slightly embarrassed about my mom being there to see this show.

Speaking of shows, one of the other dancers, Kathy Streck, AKA ZumbaKathy, is hosting a “Viewing / Wine & Cheese Party” on September 18th at the Broadway Theater in Pitman, NJ starting at 7pm. There she will be showing all four episodes of the show. The cost is $20 and if you mention that I sent you, CAP gets $10 of the fee so it is also a fundraiser. If you want more information, please email me or post a comment.

My squadron is also hosting our annual Open House on Monday, September 16th starting at 7pm at the National Guard Armory, 200 Park Blvd, cherry Hill, NJ. I will hopefully be able to play videos of my participation and I will also have the banner there for supporters to sign. Again, email me or comment if you want more info.

Gotta go and order a new pair of dance shoes (Ghost ate my current ones in a fit of panic) so I have them for my next practice. I’ll be back next week.