James Bartha passes this on to all of us. Please attend if possible. Thanks Jim. Phelps ... PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Francisco, CaliforniaMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 10, 2007View SourceJames Bartha passes this on to all of us. Please attend if possible.Thanks Jim.Phelps
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco, California
Subject: Veterans Honor Night Dinner to be held Oct. 20, 2007
The Elks, San Francisco Lodge No. 3
The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, San Francisco Lodge No. 3, which is the oldest, continuously active Elks Lodge established in 1876, has a long history of personal commitment to the needs of our Nations veterans and their families. That commitment continues today with an even greater focus upon serving local Bay Area veterans and their families.
We are pleased to announce our first annual "Veterans Honor Night" dinner to be held October 20, 2007 at the San Francisco Elks Lodge, 450 Post Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, California. All proceeds of the dinner will be applied to the "Adopt a Local Military Unit Fund."
The new "Adopt a Local Military Unit Fund" is dedicated to providing support to the local Bay Area veterans and their families. Program funds will also be made available for material support of Bay Area veterans assistance facilities.
The San Francisco Elks Lodge Veterans Committee has established an aggressive and expansive charter to help our men and women in uniform.
The dinner shall be a memorable and enjoyable evening for all. The keynote speaker is Major General Alfred "Freddie" Valenzuela, U.S. Army (Ret.). General Valenzuela had a distinguished career, both in accomplishment and valor, serving in special operations throughout Central and South America and the Middle East. (Please see attached Bio.) General Valenzuelas remarks will be quite timely and interestingly provocative given the national debate concerning United States foreign affairs. He is an expert with over 35 years experience in special operations at army theater and army corps levels. He is also nationally known for his independent efforts in establishing Veterans Assistance programs throughout the country.
Enjoy a "home-cooked style" dinner, interesting and personalized favors for all attendees, an exceptional motivational media event and a drill and color guard performance by military personnel.
Tickets are $50.00 and on sale at the Elks Lodge. Please contact Jason at (415) 421-5231 for individual and group purchases. This is a tax-deductible donation and corporate donations are welcome.
For further information please contact Fred J. Schmidt, Chairman, Veterans Committee, San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3 at (415) 273-5771.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR VETERANS HONOR NIGHT:
MAJOR GENERAL ALFRED "FREDDIE" VALENZUELA, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED)
Major General Alfred "Freddie" Valenzuela received his commission in the United States Army from Saint Marys University, San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated as the distinguished military graduate. He holds a B.A. degree in government and a Masters Degree in Political Science. His military education is extensive and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the National Security Management School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College.
General Valenzuela has distinguished himself both in command and in valor and holds the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Services Medal, the Legion of Merritt, the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
His friends and colleagues describe Freddie Valenzuelas life as "being focused upon three important pre-occupations: God, Family and The United States Army." He believes deeply in all three, and is a true motivator, a leader and innovative thinker.
General Valenzuela has not slowed down in his military retirement years. He sits on seven community and professional boards, such as The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, USAA Federal Savings Bank, Hawthorne & York International, Armor Designs, Inc. He serves as a trustee on the Board of Trustees of St. Marys University, San Antonio, Texas, and was recently selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the most "influential leaders" in the Top 100 Influential Hispanics in America. General Valenzuela is an inductee in the Hall of Fame of the Boys and Girls Club of America. General Valenzuela is a nationally known motivational speaker and a senior consultant to the Center of Terrorism Law at St. Marys University School of Law. He is also President/CEO of three non-profit corporations focused upon international business and has established a non profit educational foundation dedicated to funding educational programs for "at risk" children. This effort presently supports 185 children in several charter schools throughout the United States. General Valenzuela has authored his first book entitled No Greater Love: The Life & Times of Hispanic Soldiers which will be released Winter, 2007.