2024 – 76th Annual State Conference

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Update: San Marcos GI Forum to Host State Mid-Year Saturday April 6, at the San Marcos Complex


Jesse Sanchez, San Marcos Chapter will serve as meeting coordinator 

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.: AUSTIN, Texas State Commander Mario Perales has called for the Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting has been moved to Saturday April 6, 2024, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in San Marcos, Texas.  The San Marcos GI Forum is hosting the meeting to be held at the San Marcos Chapter Facilities 415 S. Mitchell Street in San Marcos. For information call Jesse Sanchez, meeting coordinator, at (512) 665-0881 or Gil Rodriguez at the State Office at: (512) 992-7066. If you plan to arrive Friday, please call Jesse or the State office for hotel information. Some Hotels are close to the site on the west side of IH 35. The state did not block rooms in any hotel for this one-day meeting.

Notice of this meeting is being posted on our website and proper notices were sent or are being sent to all Officers and Local Commanders/Chairs via E-mailed to all in our data-base.

Registration from 9:00 am and the Board meeting will start at 10:00 am Saturday. State Officers, Officers, and duly elected or appointed Region Commanders and Chairs must attend. Local Commanders and Chairs are invited. Registration for the meeting is $35.00 per person which includes continental breakfast, coffee and refreshments and a catered lunch will be served. Meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4:00 pm but may run until 5:00 pm.

The meeting will have an agenda of important items that need to be discussed prior to our State Conference Scheduled for June in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and prior to our 2024 National Conference. The agenda will be provided for all registered members and guests. Items will include Finance, Budget, Constitution amendments, State and Federal Charter IRS designations and importance of local Chapter’s IRS filings. Board travel and some proposed plans by the Board will be on the agenda. Every meeting is important. complete state and financial report by AGIF Texas Office and by the Executive Board are scheduled.

Every member present, in good standing and registered, will be permitted to participate in discussions. Only Board members may vote. Constitution Changes, Amendments and resolution, may be passed but will be referred to the State Conference in June for final approval..

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled immediately following our state conference. State Commander Perales informs us that a National Mid-Year Conference by Zoom or Teams is being scheduled. The 2024 National Conference scheduled for Washington DC will be discussed. Updates on all events will be posted on the Texas AGIF website.

Please try to attend all AGIF State Events.

AGIF State Chairwoman Sylvia Garza is Honored by Organization

Sylvia Garza of San Marcos, holds the award recently presented to her at a 75th Anniversary Luncheon sponsored by the American GI Forum, in honor of her decades of service to the American GI Forum, including serving as Texas State Chairwoman. The AGIF is a congressionally chartered Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization founded in 1948 in Texas. Its motto is “Education is Our Freedom and Freedom should be Everybody’s Business,” and it operates chapters throughout the U.S., with a focus on veterans’ issues, education, and civil rights. A mural honoring some of San Marcos’ veterans and heroes decorates the side of the AGIF building located in the area off South Mitchell Street in San Marcos.

Daily Record photo by Barbara Audet

In her quaint home on south Mitchell Street, one woman lives a life that continues to excerpt a dynamic force for good in all matters that seek to benefit veterans in this community and the state.

In her home, resplendent with water fountains and a healthy magnolia tree she and her husband, Freddie, planted years ago, Sylvia Garza, in her 80s, is not a bragging woman, and yet, she could be. Her husband is known to many in the community as the proprietor of Freddie’s Auto Repair. Both were born and raised in this community and share a love for the people and the life they have built here.

Recently, she was honored by her organization, the American GI Forum, during its 75th Anniversary Luncheon, held in Corpus Christi, with its Years of Service Award The award was presented to her in recognition of her recent contributions as state chairwoman, but also for her lifelong commitment to the organization and its work with veterans and students.

She said the AGIF was established in March 1948, in Cor pus Christi, by Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a man who sought to address issues affecting the large population of Mexican American veterans, many of whom had returned from serving in World War II and found segregation in their home state, Texas. Often denied medical services and even burials with military honors, the first veteran championed by the new AGIF was Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American U.S. Army private who was killed in the Philippines in World War II.

Three years after the war ended, his family had his remains brought home to Texas, and they were denied funeral services by a white-owned funeral home, Garza explained. Garcia requested the intercession of then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, who arranged for Longoria to be buried with full military honors at the nation’s most cherished military cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This action brought Garza’s organization into prominence across the country, and chapters would be started as a result. Longoria’s services at Arlington brought the AGIF to national attention, and chapters were opened throughout the country. Soon, a women’s and youth auxiliary were formed, and Garza said she saw this as a place where she could make a difference. Though she did not serve in the military, as a mother and now grandmother, she said her commitment to advancing civil rights was strong. ‘I’m very patriotic,” Garza said.

 

Celebrate with Us: Honoring Heroes and Community Leaders at the 8th National Annual Hispanic Heritage Bus Wrap Celebration!

We are thrilled to invite you to a truly special event that embodies the essence of unity, gratitude, and community spirit. The 8th National Annual Hispanic Heritage Bus Wrap Celebration, hosted by the American GI Forum Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter, will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at the stunning Alexia’s Event Center & Bridal Boutique located at 2429 Johanna St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78415.

Event Details:
– Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
– Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
– Location: Alexia’s Event Center & Bridal Boutique,
2429 Johanna St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78415

This year, the celebration takes on an even more profound significance as we come together to honor the unwavering dedication of our gold and blue star mothers, veterans, police officers, and firefighters who have valiantly served our country. Alongside this tribute, we will also recognize the remarkable contributions of our local community and corporate leaders who have played an integral role in shaping the foundation of the outstanding heritage.

Your presence at this event will be an invaluable source of inspiration and encouragement to all attendees. As we honor the heroes among us and highlight the exceptional endeavors of community and corporate leaders, we stand as a testament to the strength that emerges from a united community.

The celebration promises to be a captivating experience, complete with poignant speeches, heartwarming stories, and a genuine spirit of camaraderie. Together, we will create lasting memories and forge deeper connections that extend far beyond this event.

Please save the date, September 28th, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, and join us in expressing our heartfelt gratitude and admiration for those who have served our nation with pride and dedication. We would be honored by your presence.

For further details and inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us at Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes at 361-232-8296 | [email protected]

Tribute to Maria ‘Mary’ Ramirez August 18, 1942 – April 28, 2023

Maria ‘Mary’ Ramirez passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 28, 2023, at the age of 80. She was born the third of six children to Josefina and Ruben Rosales on August 18, 1942, in Raymondville, Texas.

A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many has been called to her heavenly home. She exemplified the definition of beauty, elegance, and love. This beautiful legacy lives on in our hearts forever.

Maria, was a long-time, very active member of the American GI Forum and served the organization in many capacities beginning as a Junior GI Forum member, selected as Miss Texas GI Forum, Mary never stopped. We will always be grateful for her dedication and accomplishments:

Mary began as a member of the Jr. GI Forum Group in Corpus Christi, Texas; Represented the AGIF of Texas in the Queen Competition at the American GI Forum of the United States in Omaha, Nebraska; was a Board Member for the Nueces County Community Action Board; Board Member of the of the American GI Forum National Archives; Founder of the Coastal Bend Women’s Chapter in Corpus; was State Chairwoman of the American GI Forum of Texas; National Chairwoman of the America GI Forum of the U.S.; Served on the SER Board of Directors under the umbrella of National SER; Member of the Hispanic Education Foundation of the American GI Forum of the U.S.

Our condolences, prayers, and thoughts to her husband of 63 years, Tom, her daughters Pearl Trevino and husband Rick Trevino, Dina Ramirez, Heather, and husband Zubby O’Gene, and Laura Ramirez, all her Grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and to her many friends. We and all who knew her shall miss her. May she rest in Eternal Peace in the presence of our Heavenly Father.