BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION (BVA)
FLORIDA REGIONAL GROUP, INC.
3801 Coco Grove Avenue
Miami, Florida 33133
FRG February 2, 2008 Tampa Meeting Notice
The next meeting of the Florida Regional Group will be held on Saturday February 2, at the Enlisted Club at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. The meeting will begin with a period of socializing at 11:30 AM, followed by lunch at noon. For lunch, you may have either Marinated Breast of Chicken or Sliced Roast Beef and Salad, Potatoes, Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Iced Tea or Coffee, and Dessert. The price of the lunch will be $5 per person, including tax and tip. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be available for an additional charge. FRG President Paul Kaminsky will preside at the meeting following lunch. VA information about services and benefits of interest to BV's and their families will be presented. Future FRG activities will be discussed.
Security has been significantly tightened at the MacDill Air Force Base where we will hold the next FRG meeting. As a result, no one will be admitted to the base who has not previously been cleared. Individuals with valid Military ID cards will be admitted. Otherwise, one of the following I.D. items must be provided in advance, for each person attending, so that BV's and their guests can be admitted to the base: 1. Full name with middle initial, Social Security number and date of birth; 2. Driver's license number, full name, and state issued; 3. Non driver's Identification number with full name and state of issue. This is a tightened security requirement Below you will find the names and phone numbers of the individuals taking reservations and ID information. Please give one of the above ID information, so we can provide it to the security guards. In addition, the Enlisted Club has asked us to notify them as to the number who will be attending and the type of luncheon desired by January 30. Please make your reservations prior to that date by writing to Central West District Director Bill Geden at 622 East Foresthill Place, Hernando, FL 34442 or by calling Bill at (352) 341-6875. In addition, you may call Charles Nieberding, Tampa VAMC VIST Coordinator, at: (813) 631-7140 or Jody Teper, Bay Pines VIST Coordinator at (727) 398-6661 ex 4516. You may also call in Punta Gorda, Terry King at (941) 505-7747.
The restaurant needs the reservation information in order to prepare properly for our meeting. Please enter the MacDill AFB Main Gate at the South Dale Mabray Highway entrance. Dale Mabray Highway is a North to South main artery which may be accessed from I -275 at exit 23 B. Those coming from the St. Petersburg or Qearwater areas may take the Courtney Campbell Causeway to Eisenhower Blvd., turn South and go to Kennedy Blvd., Then turn left and proceed Eastward to Dale Mabray Higrrway. Then, turn right and proceed Southward. The Air Force Base is a good 7 to 8 miles from I 275 or Kennedy Blvd. From the North, (Ocala etc.) I-75 or from the East (Orlando, etc.) on 1-4, continue until they merge with 1275, then continue as above. You cannot miss MacDill AFB if you are going south on Dale Mabray, as that highway ends at the base. Continue through the Main Gate, bear left on North Boundary Road, follow ii by the Exchange and Commissary to the third traffic light. Turn right at the light and the Enlisted Club should be on your immediate right. Parking is available adjacent to the Club.