Severe storms that blew through during the evening of May 30 did not deter 17 deserving student recipients from their scholarship awards at Fairfax-Lee Chapter's 2019 Scholarship Awards banquet and Army Birthday celebration. Approximately 50 chapter members, family and friends celebrated student excellence with the distribution of $10,000 in scholarships. 

The guest speaker for the event was Dr. William Forrest Crain, director for the Center for Army Analysis, who commented on the importance of education in attaining your dreams and that you create your own "luck" by being prepared when future opportunities arise. 

Using the banquet as a membership meeting, Dr. Gordon Sumner presided over the election of Nancy Jean-Louise as chapter president, taking the place of outgoing president, retired Lt. Col. Ken Britt. Kathy Callahan was re-elected to a second term as first vice president. They will both serve two-year terms. 

Following the awarding of scholarships, the chapter celebrated the Army’s 244th Birthday, with words from retired Brig. Gen. Guy Sands-Pingot, who spoke on the founding of our Army in 1775 and how George Washington came to be the first commander of the Continental Army. This was followed by a cake-cutting ceremony to close out the evening.