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 on Saturday March 16, 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.
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.
The American GI Forum lost a member and a dear friend, Guillerma (Ramirez) Morales who passed away on October 9, 2022. Guillerma was born February 8, 1944, in Fort Worth, TX. Guillerma was a past American GI Forum of Texas State Chairwoman and National Officer. She and her husband Tony dedicated a great part of her adult life helping and addressing the needs of others.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio Gil Morales, AGIF past National Commander; her son, Antonio F. Morales, and his wife, Ana Sanchez-Morales; Rachel Johnson, sister; Robert Ramirez, brother; Thomas Jeffery Johnson, nephew; Ana Maria Diaz, niece; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and Diego, her beloved Jack Russell Terrier.
Guillerma grew up in the Diamond Hill area of Fort Worth. A graduate of Tremble Tech High School, she attended the University of Texas at Arlington. She also earned dual master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University and North Texas University. Guillerma held a lifelong career as a teacher and an administrator in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She retired in 2002, but she continued to work as a substitute administer and hearing officer for the FWISD administration for years thereafter.
On behalf of the AGIF across the country we shared our condolences and those of our members with her husband, Past National Commander Tony Morales, her son Tony Jr., and to her entire family, we humbly offered our prayers and sympathies knowing that she rests in the Everlasting Peace of Christ Almighty.