Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Rocket City Chapter Community Service

By CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts

This past Thanksgiving, the Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen in Huntsville, Alabama, allowed the poor and homeless in the Huntsville & Madison County area to celebrate the holiday with a proper Thanksgiving lunch.  This celebration had hot food, friends, and fellowship.

Members of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter supported and took part in their 8th Annual Thanksgiving lunch at the Soup Kitchen.  They prepared a full range of holiday goodies for those in need.  80 to 100 needy North Alabama individuals were able to enjoy fellowship and good food.  The Soup Kitchen served turkeys, ham, dressing, mac and cheese, green beans and dozens of assorted pies, cakes and cookies.

The Rocket City Chapter throughout the year took time to help provide food that will help serve over 2,000 meals every month at the Soup Kitchen.  Thanksgiving wouldn’t be as special without the Rose of Sharon community.  “We’re playing games.  We’re laughing.  We’re telling stories with one another.  This is what Thanksgiving is about,” said Ms. Theresa Wilson, CEO of the Rose of Sharon.  “By volunteering we are part of the solution for the homeless in the Tennessee Valley.  Being a part of something bigger than ourselves, we wanted to help bring hope and opportunity to men, women and children who are physically and spiritually broken and exhausted,” added Ms. Wilson.

The Rose of Sharon serves breakfast and lunch from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  Their website is https://roseofsharonsoupkitchen.org/.

Thanks to everyone from the Rocket City Chapter that came out to help for this year’s Thanksgiving lunch.

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AGCRA Awards Program – Some Do’s & Don’ts

If you are planning to submit someone for an AGCRA award, here are some Do’s & Don’ts to help you through the approval process:

1.  Too many AGCRA award recommendations are submitted on non-members or people who started a membership application but didn’t complete it.  Individuals submitting awards should ensure that the nominee’s Association membership is current.  You can check the nominee’s membership by e-mailing Membership@agcra.com or Awards@agcra.com.  Awards are delayed when there are membership issues that need to be resolved prior to the award presentation date.

2.  The Horatio Gates Bronze Medal requires significant contributions to AGCRA over an extended period of time.  The Gates Gold requires extraordinary contributions over an extended period of time.  When AGCRA contributions (e.g., serving as a Chapter Officer, lead / organizer for Chapter or Association events (examples – AG Ball, Breakfast, Luncheon)) is not mentioned in a Gates Medal recommendation, the award will not be approved by the National Executive Council (NEC).

3.  Award timeline submission – the earlier the award is submitted, the easier it is and less expensive it is to process.  Once received, processing the award, reviewing to ensure it meets all criteria, verifying membership, and getting it voted by the NEC takes time.  Approved awards with medals and certificates are not shipped until payment is received.

4.  When all requirements are met, the award certificate is prepared, and the medal is assembled and packaged for mailing.  First Class and Priority postage is included in the cost of the award.  If expedited postage is needed because of a late submission, the recommender submitting the award pays for the additional postage.

5.  Every March through July is our awards busy season.  Please submit early!

POC for the AGCRA Awards Program can be reached at Awards@agcra.com.

 

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AGCRA.com’s New History Web Page

We have a new web page on AGCRA.com that is dedicated to the history of the AG Corps and AGCRA.  Historical posts can now be found under the “News & Publications” button at the top of our Home Page (click History).

This portion of the Association’s web site will capture articles and historical events that walk us through our AG Corp’s history, prestige, culture and relevance to the Army and the Nation, as well as how the AGCRA was created and thrives today.

We also request that our prominent “Grey Beard” population contribute their stories when they were in uniform to provide a more personal perspective of our Corps’ distinguished past from those who walked before us.  Grey Beards can tell their story by submitting their respective article to Adjutant@agcra.com or History@agcra.com.

The historical AG Corps and AGCRA articles posted on the History web page should resonate with all Army HR professionals, both Soldiers and Civilians, whether you serve in a support role of maintaining personnel readiness and preparing units to deployed, to the execution of direct HR support across the force either in garrison or in combat.

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