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End of Year Report

As I sit here today writing our year-end report, all I can think about was how much has changed in a year.   For starters, I certainly did not expect to be the one writing this report!  

2017 welcomed to Westover Wing Commander Colonel D. Scott Durham, Vice Wing Commander Colonel Howard Clark and Maintenance Group Commander, Colonel David Post.

Galaxy Council supported the Pioneer Valley USO, Airmen & Family Readiness Center, Civil Air Patrol, Westover Young Marines, Youth Outreach Day, the Westover Marine Corps units MASS6 and MWSS472, Chicopee Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities, as well as the Westfield International Air Show.

While we did not have a Family Day this year due to the major inspection Westover was going through in September, we were able to work with Services to create an Oktoberfest event that was well-attended and well-received by the reservists.

The year ended with a flurry of GCC activity – Arranging for a tree and decorations for a Westover Tree Lighting event, taking pictures at the Airmen & Family Readiness Kids Christmas party and staffing an Arts & Crafts table at the Marine Corps Family Christmas Party.  What a wonderful time of year to see smiling faces on children and parents. 

2018 Air Show planning remained a high priority; and while we are working out some logistics & financial issues with Services, the Air Show Steering committee feels we are well ahead in terms of planning.  I encourage you to attend the upcoming General Meetings, as Air Show 2018 will be hot topic every months starting in March.   And make sure you’ve set aside July 14 & 15 – we need everyone’s help to make this year’s show a success.

We continue to advocate for the base on a city, state and federal level.  GCC arranged a legislator’s tour in November attended by 8 of our local delegates.   Many commented that it was an eye-opening and enlightening mission briefing and tour.  As GCC members we need to continue telling the community and our elected officials the importance of the base and taking care of the men and women working there.   FY2017 economic impact report showed Westover pumped $212 million into the community, an increase of $15 million over FY16.   Construction on base is one of the reasons for the growth.  The $212M does not include the economic impact of the tenant units, which includes another 1700 people spending money in our community.  

2017 was not without its challenges; but I think we are in an excellent position moving into the future.  We are financially stable to continue our usual contributions to the organizations that support the base.  We have a membership that has truly stepped up – looking for more ways to get involved – even in an Air Show year.  

I have asked Dave Carbin to step in as Acting Vice-President through 2018.  Dave has accepted the challenge and is taking us to a whole new level of efficiency – even if those of us less tech-savvy folks are not quite so sure of it.  I trust he will make it all work.  

Big Thank You to out-going board members Gail Sherman and Don Ferrell.  Thank you for all the work you’ve helped GCC accomplish in the last 3 years. 

We have 4 new board members starting their 3-year term January 1.   Rich Marion and Dave Canegallo are returning to the board, having served in the past.  Donna Charette and Chris Cignoli will also be joining the board.  I look forward to their new perspectives.

Connie Brown

The mission of the Galaxy Community Council is to:

Support the military men, women and mission of Westover ARB.
Increase public awareness about what Westover means to local communities.
Promote interaction between Westover ARB and its surrounding communities.
Co-produce the Great New England Air Show.

Westover Community Involvement

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Pan Amusings

Galaxy Council Board Member Ed Spellacy continues his short stories (Pan Amusings) from his days as a PanAm 747 Captain. Check out these very interesting stories from a fellow member.

Subject: 2018 GCC meeting & events schedule

Meetings of the GCC membership will be held on the third Wednesday of the month.  Advance notice of changes will be posted.

Meeting cancellations due to weather will be posted on WGGB 40 & Fox 6.

Unless otherwise notified, all Board of Directors meetings will be held in the Wing HQ conference room beginning at 1600hrs sharp on the same date.

Full Membership meetings are at the Westover Club.  Dinner is available between 5:00 and 6:00 PM.  The business meeting begins at 6:15 PM sharp.

 

2018 Meeting Schedule

February – no meeting

March 21

April 18

May 16

June 20

July 11  (Wednesday prior to the air show for final details and pass and shirt hand-outs.) 

August 15

September 19

October 17

November   14    (2nd   Wednesday   due   to

Thanksgiving)

December 12 (tentative Holiday dinner date)

 

Reminder: Seat belt usage is mandatory on Westover ARB. Violators will lose base access privileges for 30 days.

 

“CITIZENS SERVING THE PATRIOT WING”

The Galaxy Community Council is a 501c3 charitable corporation.

It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.

Reminder: Seat belt usage is mandatory on Westover ARB. Violators will lose base access privileges for 30 days.

 

“CITIZENS SERVING THE PATRIOT WING”

The Galaxy Community Council is a 501c3 charitable corporation.

It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.

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Calendar

March 14, 2018
March 21, 2018
  • GCC Board Meeting
    Wing HQ Conference Room
    See more details

  • GCC General Meeting
    Westover Consolidated Club, 6640 Anderson Road, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA
    See more details

March 22, 2018
  • The Original Western MA Home & Garden Show
    Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089, USA
    See more details

April 11, 2018
April 18, 2018
  • GCC Board Meeting
    Conference Center, Eagle Drive, Westover ARB
    See more details

  • GCC General Meeting
    Westover Consolidated Club, 6640 Anderson Road, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA
    See more details

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2017/2018 Galaxy Council Officers:

President: Connie Brown
Vice President: Dave Carbin
Secretary: Marie LaFlamme
Treasurer: Jack Burns