Amazon Smile is Ending

We received the notice below about Amazon Smile ending. Thank you for your past participation.


Dear charitable organization, ??In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. We were excited about the potential for the program and the impact it could have for many charitable organizations. We want to thank you for your partnership during all these years.??After almost a decade of running AmazonSmile, we learned that with so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.??Over the past few years, we’ve seen that Amazon can have a more significant and lasting impact if we invest in specific areas and focus our philanthropic efforts in the communities where our employees live and work. We’ve started to see the benefits of a more focused approach with our investments in programs like Amazon Future Engineer and our $2 billion investment in building affordable housing in our hometown communities through the Amazon Housing Equity Fund—and we will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change.??We are writing to let you know that we have made plans to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. Until this date, customer purchases made via AmazonSmile will continue to accrue funds for your charity as normal. To help nonprofits like you plan ahead, we will also provide you with a one-time payment equivalent to three months of payments based on what you accrued in 2022 through this program. The timing of this final payment will be approximately 60 to 90 days after February 20, 2023. We hope that this will help minimize the impact that this decision might have.

We are no longer taking RSVPs for the event on Saturday September 17th

Here is a quick timeline of events as they currently stand, please note the first item especially.

1130 – Gates Open- do not arrive before 11:30

                All RSVPs with a valid Military ID (Including Retired) may begin accessing the base.

                Vehicles will be directed to the designated parking area.

 As many of you know parking is limited please consider carpooling to the event. 

1200 – 1st Aircraft Scheduled Land

                Feel free to post up and watch the second to last flight as well!

1230 – Static display Opens

By this time the 1st Aircraft is expected to be parked and ready for you all to come walk around and see the plane up close! Please remain in the designated taxi area and away from the general flightline.

The 193rd SOW Association will be providing light refreshments during this time. There will also be a BBQ food truck located on base to purchase food.  

1300- Gates Closed

                From this point the special access will end, and Security will only be allowing members who are stationed at the base to enter. Please be sure to arrive No Later Than 1300, or you may be turned away at the gate. Be forewarned, if the designated parking area fills up early it is likely the base will cease access as well.

1400 – Fini Flight Land!

                This is what you’ve all been waiting for! The plane will taxi by the static display so we can all say goodbye and watch the crew disembark

1445 – Clear the Flightline

                At this point, the event will be ending, and we’ll be asking everyone to clear the flightline and start making their way to their vehicles.

Herb Schneider Turning 103 December 17th!!

I received the following information from Paul Weidensaul. Thought it would be great if a bunch of us sent him a card

I just get a note from 148th Fighter Squadron Association. They want to honor Herb Schneider, who is the oldest member of the Unit. He will be 103 on December 17th. Herb served in WWII and then the 148th. I served with him at Dover AFB 1951-1952. He served in England as an Armament Officer.
He drove to all the Association meetings, until this year. He has the same name as my wife (SCHNEIDER), before, I married her.

The Military Association would like to send him BIRTHDAY CARDS, and Honoring him for his service. Here is his address:

HERB SCHNEIDER
Manor on the square
803 Penn Street
Reading, PA 19601

Until things get better, he is locked down in his room.

Thanking you for any help you might give.

Paul