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HCS Announcements - Sept 6th, 2021

September 6, 2021

Items in this email:

  • HCS Squadron & CAP Communication
  • Volunteering
  • Recruiting & Open House
  • Seniors & Sponsor Members
  • Announcements

 

HCS Squadron & CAP Communication

Due to so many new cadets and graduating cadets I wanted to take this opportunity to explain some things regarding squadron and other CAP emails.

  • Squadron Emails
  • Emails sent from the squadron are sent based on what’s in eServices. I DO NOT keep an ongoing email list in outlook or elsewhere. It is very important that the cadet and parent contact information remain updated in eServices.
  • NOTE: We do not have the ability to add or update your contact information.
  • If you or your cadet is a member in eServices you will receive squadron emails until your membership expires.
  • ACTION ITEM: ALL cadets should have at least 1 parents email address listed in eServices. Please verify you have a parent email address & phone number listed and that it is current.
  • More than 1 parent email address can be added to eServices if desired.  
  • The updated contact information also helps us reach the parent if needed. 
  • Squadron emails are sent via email and as an attachment in Remind. Otherwise short notifications are sent via Remind only. Important notifications will also be posted on our Squadron Webpage.
  • Cadets should be signed up for remind, parents may sign up for remind as well.
  • CAP Emails
  • Please know that CADETS are responsible for checking their email for notifications for emails outside our squadron as NOT all emails go to parents. If cadets sign up for activities those emails will just go to the Cadets.
  • Our Squadron MAY or MAY NOT receive information regarding activities that are outside our squadron so it is important to save any emails sent from outside our squadron to reference any information in the email.
  • I try to forward emails to the squadron that may have just gone to cadets to try to ensure parents receive the information as well. However, there are times that emails may go to Cadets ONLY and the squadron doesn’t receive them.

 

Volunteering

One of CAP’s 4 Core Values is Volunteer Service, "voluntarily giving of oneself, over personal desires, to provide for the welfare of others." Now that outside CAP activities are occurring again. Volunteering and participating in activities outside the squadron is now required to promote again.

  • Members are responsible for reading the weekly schedule & announcements. Volunteer opportunities will be posted in the weekly schedule & announcements that are sent out via remind.
  • Cadets should be checking with parents prior to signing up for an activity to ensure they are available.
  • Members should understand that if they sign up for an activity they have committed to that activity.
  • What ever organization we are volunteering for is counting on us, just as any other team, band, or organization would be. If 10 cadets decide they have “another commitment” at the last minute, this looks bad to our squadron and CAP as an organization if we suddenly can no longer meet the organization's needs.
  • Concur d’Elegance Car Show @ ACC on Sunday, Sept 12th.
  • COWG Cadet Competition
  • Cadet Cadre for NCOA
  • WCAC (Wing Cadet Advisory Council)

 

Recruiting & Open House

Highlander is actively recruiting new cadets. While new cadets can start at any time we will be holding an open house for prospective new cadets on Monday, Sept 27th. Below is information you or your parents may find useful in helping recruit new cadets. Remember the cadet with the most recruits by mid-November will win a prize.

  • Open House: Monday, Sept 27th, 2021
  • We want as many cadets as possible in attendance on this day.
  • What: Our meeting will be a little different on the 27th to allow potential cadets to experience more of what is done in CAP in one night.
  • Resources  to share:
  • I will be reaching out to the schools, however many of the schools prefer students asking for this information to be posted.
  • Seniors & Sponsor members
  • If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering with youth, participating in Emergency Services, would enjoy helping with Aerospace, or can help out in other ways such as sewing patches, healthcare officers, helping with logistics, or many other ways, let them know to come check us out as well.
  • Cadet Sponsor Member --  Just like any other youth organization, CAP relies on a cadet's family to support the program.   Cadet parents, grandparents, or legal guardians are eligible to join as a Cadet Sponsor.  This membership requires the same FBI background screening process and cadet protection training as the active adult membership.  First-year dues are just $30 and renewals are only $20.  As a parent sponsor, you'll be able to help chaperone the kids, ride or drive in the CAP vehicles, and otherwise help the other adult volunteer members. You will not be required to wear the Air Force-style uniform.
  • Senior Member -- If you are more interested in taking a leadership role in the Cadet Program, or want to participate in CAP's aerospace education and emergency services missions, you should join as a senior member.  Must be willing to adhere to Civil Air Patrol grooming standards when in uniform. You are authorized to wear a CAP uniform, there are several different styles. Annual membership dues for Colorado is $66.00 plus squadron dues, $35.00.

Announcements:

 

*    Concours D’Elegance Car Show Volunteer  *Sign up open*

  • What: Assist at the car show from setup to teardown, including running score cards, helping with adding scores, and directing traffic at the end.
  • Who: Cadets, Seniors, Sponsor & Families
  • Dates: Sunday, Sept 12th
  • Times: Show 9a - 3p (Assistance needed from 6:00 am - 4:00p)
  • Where: ACC - Arapahoe Community College
  • RSVP/Questions: https://forms.gle/4SnnFrnmvXtsDEaG9 Questions: 1st Lt Tami Clements       
     

*     CyberPatriots *Meeting this Monday, Sept 6th*

  • Who: All cadets
  • What: CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 
  • At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
  • When: Meeting, Monday, Sept 6th @ 5:45p before CAP.

*    COWG Cadet Competition *Volunteers Needed*

  • Who: Cadets any rank & Seniors
  • Judges and Marshalls can be Seniors or phase 4 cadets
  • What: Cadet Competition needs help from Seniors and cadets (any rank) to help at the cadet competition. This is a great opportunity to support our color guard and help volunteer at the same time.
  • Dates: Saturday, Oct 2nd and/or Sunday, Oct 3rd
  • Note: Highlander will be participating on Sunday, Oct 3rd
  • Transportation: On your own. We MAY be able to get a van to take a few more people, however our current vehicle is already full for Color Guard.
  • Sign-up: Volunteer SIGN UP Please email 1st Lt Tami Clements as well.

 

*    Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) Cadet Cadre (Not NCO signup)  *Sign up open*

  • Who: Cadet Cadre - C/CMSgt and above & Seniors
  • What: The wing is looking for cadet cadre to help  with running and staffing the NCOA for current NCO cadets.
  • The NCOA is to prepare cadets for their service as Cadet NCOs. With a heavy focus on drill, ceremony, uniforms, and public speaking, this school prepares you to be of service to your unit.
  • Dates:
  • Teams Working Sessions from 1900-2000 on12 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, & 10 October
  • Staff Final Training at 1700 on Friday, 15 October
  • Event Friday 15 October - 1200 Sunday, 17 October
  • Application Deadline:  Monday, Sept 6th
  • Need letter of recommendation from squadron CC or CDC.
  • Email your current resume
  • Complete online form.
  • Other: Email sent Aug 26th from Maj Marybeth Slocumb, it can also be found on the squadron announcements page.
  • NOTE: Student/NCO registrations will open Sept 6th. NCO’s Save the Date - Friday Oct 15th - 17th!

 

*    VFW Scholarships - High School / Voice of Democracy *New*

  • Who: High School Students
  • What: Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.
  • The 2021-2022 theme is “America: Where do we go from here?”
  • The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.
  • A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000.
  • NOTE: Maj Fort, is a member of the VFW Post 322 in Englewood, CO

*    VFW Scholarships - Middle School / Patriots Pen *New*

  • Who: Middle School Students
  • What: Patriots Pen essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
  • The 2021-2022 theme is “How can I be a good American?”
  • Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!
  • NOTE: Maj Fort, is a member of the VFW Post 322 in Englewood, CO

 

*    CAC Squadron Representative Applications (Wing Cadet Advisory Council) *Reminder*

  • Who: Cadets
  • We need a primary representative and a backup representative.
  • What: This is an opportunity for a cadet looking to be more involved, provide feedback, make suggestions, influence senior CAP leaders, improve cadet life, and increase your leadership effectiveness at the wing level as well as the squadron. This is a stepping stone to participating in the region or national CAC.
  • When: CAC Term Sept 18, 2021 - Sept 2022
  • Currently meetings are held on Sunday’s at 8:00p, this could change under the new command.
  • More Questions about CAC?: C/Lt Col Dinkins is our current CAC representative and could answer what all they do each meeting.
  • Commitment: 1 Saturday a month, additional commitments may be required based on any additional committees you may join while on the CAC board.
  • Application: Watch for email, however you can email your CAC Application to C/Lt Col Dinkins and 1st Lt Tami Clements.
  • Additional Info: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/cac

 

 

*    Recruiting Competition   *Reminder*

  • What: The cadet that recruits the most members (Cadet or Senior Member) will win a prize. The recruit must actually sign up and become a member. Ending date, mid November..
  • Prize: TBA, but will likely have an option of a couple of prizes.
  • Who:  Cadets

 

*     Upcoming Events

  • SAR Competition - Sept 17th - 19th
  • Cadet Competition - Oct 2nd or 3rd
  • Virtual Cadet Youth Development Conference - Jan 14th - 22nd, 2022

 

 

***Seniors, Cadets over 18, & Sponsor members Announcements: 

 

*    Concours D’Elegance Car Show Volunteer  *Sign up open*

  • What: Assist at the car show from setup to teardown, including running score cards, helping with adding scores, and directing traffic at the end.
  • Who: Seniors (I still need a 2nd senior member for this activity)
  • Even if two senior members split the time or something.

 

*    Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) Senior members (Not NCO signup)  *Sign up open*

  • Who: Seniors
  • What: The wing is looking for senior members to help with running and staffing the NCOA.
  • The NCOA is to prepare cadets for their service as Cadet NCOs. With a heavy focus on drill, ceremony, uniforms, and public speaking, this school prepares you to be of service to your unit.
  • Dates:
  • Teams Working Sessions from 1900-2000 on12 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, & 10 October
  • Staff Final Training at 1700 on Friday, 15 October
  • Event Friday 15 October - 1200 Sunday, 17 October
  • Application Deadline:  Monday, Sept 6th
  • Need letter of recommendation from squadron CC or CDC.
  • Email your current resume
  • Complete online form.

 

*    COWG Cadet Competition *Volunteers Needed*

  • Who: Seniors
  • Can be Judges or Marshalls as well.
  • What: Cadet Competition needs help from Seniors and cadets (any rank) to help at the cadet competition. This is a great opportunity to support our color guard and help volunteer at the same time.
  • Dates: Saturday, Oct 2nd and/or Sunday, Oct 3rd
  • Note: Highlander will be participating on Sunday, Oct 3rd
  • Transportation: On your own. We MAY be able to get a van to take a few more people, however our current vehicle is already full for Color Guard.
  • Sign-up: Volunteer SIGN UP Please email 1st Lt Tami Clements as well.

 

 

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