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Nominations for Officers of the Galaxy Community Council

The January, 2017 meeting of the Galaxy Community Council will include an election of officers for the January, 2017 –December, 2018 period.  Galaxy members who wish to be considered for a position should contact one of the following Galaxy Nominating Committee members:  Bill Sheehan, Chairman (413) 596-6039, Joe Tumidejewicz (413) 593-1847, Earl Bonett (413) 267-4037.   Deadline for nominations is November 30, 2016.


September President’s Message

As the fourth quarter of 2016 approaches, we can look back at another successful year of supporting the men, women and mission of Westover Air Reserve Base.   Our major effort this year was on a hot and humid August 6th Westover Family Day, when members of the Galaxy Community Council and other volunteers enabled about 3,000 Air Force reservists and family members to have a great day.  We look forward to doing it again in 2017. 

We can also look forward to 2016 year-end business and activities, the upcoming holidays and reflect on our accomplishments this year.  Our fundraiser raffle, coordinated by director Bill Hick, is this year’s contribution to our 2018 air show.  After our GCC team (Al Chwalek, Connie Foster and Bob Houldson) returns from the International Council of Air Shows convention in early December, we’ll begin planning for the air show.  The guest speakers for our September, October and November meetings have been arranged.  We’ll be asking for volunteers to help at the Air Force Children’s Party on December 10th.  Last year’s GCC crew was greatly appreciated by the Air Force families. Our GCC Christmas party will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at the Castle of the Knights in Chicopee.  It’s a great opportunity to meet Westover’s leadership and for all of us to socialize.

We have welcomed many new members, including many of our spouses who have been offered full GCC membership at reduced dues cost.  Because the GCC much more than a social club, I urge everyone to get more involved by volunteering to help our organization fulfill its mission of supporting the men, women and mission of Westover ARB.  We need and appreciate your input.  Please contact me or any GCC Officer or Board member to determine how your ideas and abilities can help and at what level you can participate.

Thanks to all of you who have volunteered your time and effort to support our military men and women at Westover ARB.



Bud Shuback, President

Galaxy Community Council


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


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: 2016 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 5:30 and 6:15 PM.  The business meeting begins at 6:30 PM sharp.


2016 Meeting Schedule

19 October
16 November
14 December – Christmas dinner meeting

2016 Events

11 November      Veterans Day Activities

Other activities including GCC fundraisers will be announced.


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



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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November 3, 2016
  • Doing Business with Westover
    La Quinta Inns & Suites, 100 Congress Street Springfield
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November 4, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 13, 2016
  • Galaxy X-Mas Dinner
    Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr, Chicopee, MA 01020, USA
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2015/2016 Galaxy Council Officers:

President: Bud Shuback
Vice President: Connie Foster
Secretary: Marie LaFlamme
Treasurer: Paul Aubuchon