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Judge Perkins to be Honored–
Austin Chapter Will Host Annual Christmas Awards Dance December 21

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas–The Austin Chapter will host its annual Christmas Awards Benefit Dance on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the Wyndham Garden Inn Hotel, 3401 N. IH-35 in Austin, Texas. Chapter Commander Armando Longoria and his committee are working diligently to assure attendees a memorable evening during the Holiday Season. This year’s annual awards event will be honoring retired Judge Bob Perkins for his many years of work for the community with a special award. Two Austin Chapter members will also receive awards for their work and dedication to Veterans and their families and our community.

Judge Bob Perkins recently undertook the task of properly renaming or changing the spelling of Manchaca Road to its proper name of Menchaca, named in honor of Tejano revolutionary José Antonio Menchaca, who fought in a decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Judge Bob Perkins, who championed the name change as far back as 2011, says he was elated to see the change finally made.

"I think it's important in Texas history that we acknowledge all of our heroes – not just the Anglo-Saxons," he said.

Others being Honored include Past State and Austin Commander Paul Herrera for his years of service to the AGIF Organization and Gloria Elizondo, a hard-working member of the Austin Women’s Chapter and a community activist will also be honored. Present Texas State Commander and Austin Chapter member Ceasar Ruiz will be the evening’s M.C.

The Celebration begins at 7:00 pm with a reception with plenty of hot hors d'oeuvres, cash bar cocktails, plenty of comradery. Dancing follows to the music of Danny Lopez y Aventura, a band recently nominated for the best new band award by the Tejano Music Awards.

The tickets are now on sale for 35.00 per person. Send a check or money order to American GI Forum of Austin to 330 Pond View Pass, Buda, Texas 78610. Cut-off date for mailing tickets is December 15, 2019. In order to have an accurate and provide good food service you may also reserve tickets and pay at the door. Cash or checks will be accepted for tickets at the door. There will be a door prize for a lucky ticket holder and tickets for raffles during the breaks.

For those wishing to spend the night or to continue the evening, 20 Rooms have been blocked and are available at $69.00 per night on first-come-first-served until Dec 1, 2019 or until they’re sold-out so please reserve your rooms now by calling the Hotel number 512 448-2444 or 512 443-4208. Be sure and mention the American GI Forum Christmas Dance Event.

If you have any questions, please contact Commander Armando Longoria at: (512) 576-7025 or Gloria Elizondo at (512) 945-5271. Please plan to attend.

Annual Christmas Awards Dance

San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Commander Appointed Army Reserve Ambassador to Texas

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.: AUSTIN, Texas – Lieutenant General, Charles D. Luckey, Chief, Army Reserve appointed Frank J. Archuleta to serve a three-year term for the State Texas, and the 63rd Readiness Division. His appointment began on November 30, 2018.

As an Army Reserve Ambassador, Archuleta will promote the goals and objectives of the Army Reserve by telling the Army Reserve story to the American people via local civic groups and organizations and to state and local elected officials. He will be responsible for providing a variety of briefings to convey the capabilities, skills and value the Army Reserve brings to communities.

Archuleta will also meet with other Army Reserve ambassadors twice yearly to review programs and progress and provide direct feedback to Chief of Army Reserve (CAR).

Archuleta, has served both the  Army and Navy, and currently serves an array of organizations, to include: Commander of the Miguel Hernandez Jr. Chapter of the American GI Forum, Life-Member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Legislator on the Texas Silver-Hair Legislature, and Windcrest City Council. As a retired Army Guard Reserve (AGR) Lieutenant Colonel, he is afforded opportunities to interact with numerous community leaders, business leaders, educators and elected officials throughout Texas.

The Army Reserve's mission is to provide trained, equipped, and ready soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in The Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team.

San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter 2018 Pancho Claus Christmas Program Continues. . . 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO,Texas – For more than  decade the the San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter of the American GI Forum of Texs,d Inc. has sponsored the Pancho Clause Christmas Program. During this past 2018 Christmas season, the Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter distributed turkeys with all the trimmings to over 110 families on Saturday, December 15, 2018. An individually gifted wrapped toy was also given to every child in these families. Distribution of the turkeys, food baskets and toys took place at the Circus Play-Mor Bingo Hall located at 919 S. Pleasanton, San Antonio, Texas.

With community support, the Pancho Claus Christmas Program has helped to bring the true spirit of Christmas to many deserving families and children who have a far from an ideal holiday season. Since the inception of the program, Pancho Claus and his friends at the American GI Forum estimates they have distributed over 4,500 food baskets to local families and distributed over individually wrapped toys to over 15,500 children in San Antonio.

The Mayor of San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the Mayor of Windcrest, Mayor Dan Reese, both signed City Proclamations proclaiming December 9-15, 2018 to be “Pancho Claus Week”.  In doing so the mayors urged “…all citizens to recognize and support the efforts of the American GI Forum and the Pancho Claus Christmas Program for their outstanding contribution in providing a joyous and memorable holiday season for so many families”.   

Below is a listing of Special Events were note newsworthy and  provided photo opportunities for the Pancho Claus character with families and children and volunteers. 

SPECIAL EVENT # 1: Pancho Claus and his helpers wrap toys for the children of deserving families. Pancho Claus invites volunteers to help wrap gifts. Also, persons interested in donating gifts may do so at this time.                                        

WHEN:     Friday, December 14, 2018
WHERE:   Gonzaba Event Center,
                933 Pleasanton Rd., Suite 110
                San Antonio, Texas 
TIME:       Between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

SPECIAL EVENT # 2: Pancho Claus and his volunteer helpers distributed food baskets to over 110 families and toys to each child in the family. Children and their families and guests will be able to take a photo with Pancho Claus free of charge.

WHEN:    Saturday, December 15, 2018
WHERE:  Circus Play-Mor Bingo Hall
               919 S. Pleasanton, San Antonio, Texas.   
TIME:      Between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Brief Background on the Pancho Clause Christmas Program

The Pancho Claus Christmas Program involves the community by selecting community-based organizations, churches, schools of governmental entities to help identify needy families. These organizations select families from within their own client or target populations service areas.   

Pancho Claus is Santa Claus’s cousin (or primo) from the South Pole.  For over the past thirty years, Pancho Claus makes his annual journey to San Antonio to help his primo distribute toys to a special group of children who have performed good deeds throughout the year. Pancho Claus will be present at all the above events. 

The goal of the program is to help the youth of San Antonio to become productive members of our society.  The message Pancho Claus conveys to children is to stay in school, say no to gangs and drugs, and show respect for others and their personal property. To this end, Pancho Claus promotes the goal of the program as he makes his appearances throughout the metropolitan area. 

Pancho Claus does not have reindeer like Santa Claus. Instead he arrives and travels around the city of San Antonio in a wooden cart pulled by his lead burro named Chuey.  Pancho Claus asks children not to leave him milk and cookies under the Christmas tree.  Instead, he asks that children leave him tamales or tacos. 

EDITORS NOTE: Join us in congratulating Commander Archuleta, past commanders and the SAMHM Chapter on the continued successful annual program.

 Pancho Claus Christmas Program