Event Round-Up February

March 23rd, 2019

Blue and Gold Ceremony-Baltimore 2/10/19

We arrived at the church the ceremony was being held at 2pm. They offered us a pretty big room for us to kit up and safety secure our bins. Guests to the ceremony started arriving 15 minutes before the ceremony started and we positioned ourselves by the entrance to greet arriving guests. Right before their flag ceremony we marched into the main hall. We stayed up front for the remainder of the ceremony. They had a SW themed back drop and we did a lot of photo oops with the guest and the cub scouts. Around 5pm we returned to the changing area and changed back into our street clothes. We were provided with a Certificate of Appreciation from the cub scouts and informed they donated $150 to DIPG in our honor. It was a great troop and had great conversations with the POC’s.

Troopers:

Ryan Dassing – TI
Rob Heck – TD
Tom Wyatt – TD
Pat Vertone – BH
Robert Harlan – TK
Charlie Mann – ID
Sebastian Danese – TI
Jesse Pollock – DZ
Brett Canfield – SL
Jeremy Bender – TD

Squires:
Bryan White

GA:
Oliver
Bobby
Gabby
Jake
Alexander

Trooping Time 2 hours
Money Raised :. $150 toward DIPG
pictures sent to Garrison Flickr account

 

Highlandtown Elementary Space Unit – Baltimore 2/19/19

We arrived around 1200, got checked into the school. We had a nice sized staging area where we got suited up. Unfortunately Matthew had a Chewbacca malfunction with his foot and had to take his kit off and decided to squire us and take care of the Q and A. We met with the students around 1230, where they were presented with several awards for their achievements, came and up and talked to us, did the meet and greet, handshakes and high fives. They discussed space and asked us plenty of questions. Once all the questions were answered we took group photos with the kids and teachers.

At around 2pm, the troopers headed back to the staging area to de-kit and head out.

– Total Number of hours worked: 1.5
– Money Raised (if doing BAT/Auction/etc): $0

OLG Troopers:
– Kyle Harkins – TD
– Dylan Zierle – TD
– Pat Vetrone – TK

 

Children’s Inn/ NIH – Bethesda 2/27/19

Most of our transports arrived an hour or so before the event start. Imperial security at the gate was cautious, yet extremely helpful. Their job is to protect those young recruit’s inside the facility at all costs. We brought along boxes of Imperial toys and training materials for the Younglings. Security Forces quickly inspected our cargo and directed us to the secondary entrance to the facility. It appears that the main entrance had been blocked due to construction. I could only attribute this to the age of the facility, as there is no way that this installation could ever be compromised. It seems the higher ups had finally learned their lessons from the Scarif incident.

Upon entering, we were met by our contact who then directed us to our staging area. The area was just like any other Imperial facility; clean, with every bit of attention paid to the smallest of details. The smell of plasti-steel and carbon scoring filled the air as our Troopers began to prepare for the arrival of a dignitary sent by the Emperor himself. We sat and wondered with one of the other officers present; “Who could the Emperor possibly be sending to ensure the success of this mission”? Just then, we all heard something very familiar, yet terrifying to say the least. The faint sound of mechanical breathing began to get louder and louder. You could hear a pin drop at that point. Just then, every trooper snapped to attention as Lord Vader had entered the room. But then something pleasant happened that took us all by surprise. The Dark Lord of the Sith was extremely happy to see us, and even more so to be there. There will be no force chokes, and we were extremely grateful.

As we continued to prepare to meet the younglings, we were met by a Jawa from Tatooine who then tried to sell us an AstroMech droid. This particular R2 unit was quite chatty. The Jawa rambled on about some issue on Tatooine regarding her Sandcrawler and how she had barely escaped with her life and just this astromech. None of us were buying it. We’ve all heard this story before. We were just glad to have the help of this droid for this mission, as well as the Jawa to fix it should it become unruly.

At this point, our contact came to retrieve us as the Younglings were waiting upstairs. They had no idea that we were coming, which is how the Emperor prefers it. We were lead to the Imperial Lifts to take us to the level 2. At that point, I had noticed that the cargo that we brought for the Younglings was placed on a table inside of their common room. We walked in to cheers and gasps of excitement. Many of the children lined up to take pictures with us, as our troopers and a very familiar looking scoundrel handed out the cargo of Imperial toys and training materials that we brought for them. After more photos and high fives, Lord Vader had deemed our mission a success and instructed us to return to our staging area to regroup.

While removing my armor, I felt particularly good about this mission. These are times when you look back on all the rough stuff that you faced in the Imperial Academy. When you went in not knowing what to expect, yet the thought of donning that armor is what got you through all of it. You then look out amongst all of the young faces and see what you actually did it for. It wasn’t for the pride of wearing that armor. It was for them. It was always for them.

TS71507 signing off.

– Total Number of hours worked : 1.5
– Money Raised (if doing BAT/Auction/etc) $0
– Photos will be submitted.

Troopers: (List troopers in alphabetical order)

Caela Mandigo – IG
Corey DiPietro- TB
Jay Lizek – ID
Jason Pangborn – R2
Jesse Pollock – TS (Event Lead)
Kate Walsh- DZ
Rob Cross – SL
William Ralph – TK

Event Round-Up January

February 2nd, 2019

Snowball 1/26/19 – Edgewood

Each year we host a fundraiser gala called the snowball where we raise as much money as we can and typically are able to give over $10,000 in grant money to local non profits who support our Southern Harford County Rotary vision and mission:

Our vision is to assure children of Southern Harford County are secure, protected, thriving, valued, and nurtured.

Our mission is to assist the children in Southern Harford County, as a group or through their families, to reach their maximum potential.
Referred by: The receptionist at a doctor’s office I used to see was a member at some point.

 

Girl Scout Jedi Academy 1/12/19 – Ellicott City

It was a fun troop. We faced two waves of girl scouts. All with trick questions.
We were joined by the Rebel Legion and the Dark Empire.
Randy Ward did a awesome job with the girls. Although he is part of the OLG , he was there under a different banner today.
He still stuck by our side and did a great job.

The girl scouts took good care of us and we thanked them dearly for doing so. They fed us and gave us a nice break room and ample changing area.
I would recommend helping them again when they need us.

In attendance. And working 5 hrs

OLG

Thomas Wyatt. TK lead

Robert Harlan TK

Chris Hecht CT

Donna Rutledge At At

OLG Academy

Mary Ratledge At St
No squires
Not a charity event

 

MAGfest 1/3/19 – National Harbor

the convention was a success there was a core group of people that stay past their scheduled time and made sure that any holes that we had were covered. I want to also thank Albert Torres from New Jersey and Sebastien Gingras from Canada who volunteered their time to help out as well, it is always great to see other people from other Garrisons. We did have two issues that need to be pointed out though the first is if you sign up for a work shift plan on working not standing or sitting behind the tables. The second issue was access to the changing room, just cause we have the keys does not mean the changing room is available for access in the middle of the night, next year if you will need your stuff after the working hours at the table it will be recommended that you take it out of the changing room. But besides that, we had a great time raising money for Child’s Play!

– Total Number of hours worked: 31
– Money Raised (if doing BAT/Auction/etc):
Thursday: $177
Friday: $398
Saturday: $631.50
Sunday: $238
Total: $1444.50

Troopers: (List troopers in alphabetical order)

Thursday
Allen Shepherd
Alexis Luhrs
Jason Lizek
Randy Ward

Friday
Allen Shepherd
Jason Lizek
Randy Ward

Saturday
Allen Shepherd
Brian Vetter
Corey DiPietro
Eric Grubb
Jeremy Bender
Linda Ward
Randy Ward
Tynan Loughran

Sunday
Allen Shepherd
Corey DiPietro

Other Garrison/Group Troopers

Thursday
Albert Torres – Northeast Remnant Garrison
Chris Brown – GT
Drew Brasfield – GT
Nathalie Rosado – GT
Raul Rosado – GT
Scott Huls – GT

Friday
Albert Torres – Northeast Remnant Garrison
Bria LaVorgna – GT
Drew Brasfield – GT
James Beveridge – GT
Nathalie Rosado – GT
Raul Rosado – GT
Scott Huls – GT

Saturday
Albert Torres – Northeast Remnant Garrison
Anna Mitchell – GT
Bria Lavorgna – GT
Brian Robinson – GT
Chris Brown – GT
Chris Williams – GT
Drew Brasfield- GT
Eric Thompson – Garrison Excelsior
Felix Tao – GT
Joseph Hsu – GT
Raymond Watson – GT
Sarah Alsade – Garrison Excelsior
Scott Huls – GT
Sebastien Gingras – Forteresse Imperial Garrison

Sunday
Bria Lavorgna – GT
Drew Brasfield – GT
Joseph Hsu – GT
Scott Huls – GT

Galactic Academy
Jacob Bender

Squires:
Angela Saldana

 

 

 

Event Round-Up, December

January 31st, 2019

Clayville Railroad Holiday Train Display – 12/2/18  – Clayville

We all arrived early to scope out the lay out. We were shown to a basement in the house. The basement had very steep steps Both TKs tackled those steps with no issues! Most impressive….The train garden is very nice with a lot to see. They offer free s’mores and hot cocoa with a very nice fire. We created people and Santa himself. Very nice troop for any money raised was going to be donated to Kamila who is 2 and Emma who is 5. Both girls are battling Leukemia. When we were done we went back to the basement and departed.

Total hours trooped-4
Money raised-the event was still going on but was told just that night raised 100$

Photos submitted to PR email

Troopers:
Tom W-TK
Rob Harlan-TK (his first troop)
Rob H-TB

Galactic Academy:
Bobby Heck-Kylo

Squires:
Gabby Heck

 

Ocean City ComicCon  12/8/18 Ocean City MD

We arrived on the scene early Friday and was graciously given plenty of space to set up BAT and our PR table. We was then shown where we could change and store our bins, which again was more room then we needed. The troop began promptly at 10am on Saturday we had all sorts of fans stopping by to chat with us, take pictures and to test their marksmanship skills and shoot a trooper. This con flowed very nicely and I’m happy to report we had zero incidents. We started to pack up around 4:45pm and was out of the convention hall by 5:15

Total hours trooped-7
Money raised-BAT raised 542$ and the con will donate 5500$ between the hero initiative and the Samaritan shelter. Plus over a truck load of can goods to Diakonia.

Photos will be submitted to our PR email

Troopers:
Jeremy Bender-TD
Ryan Dassing-TI
Bryan White-TA
Sam White-TI
Mike Perkins-TI
Rob DePartee-TI
John Aiken-TI
Brian Aiken-TK
Will Foxwell-DS
Bill Thomas-IG
Cheryl Thomas-ID
Dylan Zierle-TD
Pat Vetrone-BH
Robert Harlan-TK
Tom Wyatt-TK
Jason Pangborn-IC/R2
Jesse Pollock-TS
Nick Dinko-TK
Rob Heck-TB

Visiting Garrison members:
Bria LaVorgna (GT) DZ

Galactic Academy
Jake Bender
Ollie Dassing
Connor Vetrone
Gabby Heck
Bobby Heck

 

Star Wars Night at the Book Fair 12/11/18 Elkton

What a turn out! Thank you to everyone who gave up a Tuesday night for my school. We had a wonderful variety of characters, much to the delight of my students and their parents. People started rolling in a little after 5, and everyone was suited up by 6:30. We had light but regular traffic during the first half an hour to forty-five minutes. Once the chorus concert started, things died down and everyone had a chance to grab a a breather and some water. When the concert let out a bit before 8, the crowd really rolled in. We took a lot of pictures and played a few games with kids as the school slowly emptied out for the night. Zoe even taught a few kids (and troopers!) how to play Sabacc! The book fair did about $600 in sales in that short time, which is about two days worth of regular sales.

– Total Number of hours worked: 2
– Money Raised: N/A

Troopers:

OLG:
Chris – ID
John – TI
Pat – BH
Devin – TB
Brian – ID

Visiting Garrisons:
Mike – TK (Carida)
Chris – SL (Carida)
Donna – TI (First State)

Rebel Legion:
Marty – Chewie

Galactic Academy:
Katie – ID
Connor – DZ
Mary – AT AT
Zoe – Rebel Scum/Sabine

Squires:
Jeanne
Dan

 

2nd Annual Winter Wonderful 12/1/18 Edgewater

Talk about off the beaten path! The event venue was tucked back in the woods, along the edge of White Marsh Creek. The road in was a bumpy gravel affair, but the view was quite lovely. The event itself was small, with perhaps 2 dozen vendors arranged in a single building. There were several games and crafts for kids, along with pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Ryan and I arrived around 9:30 and were suited up for the 10 am start time. Things were a little slow at first, but picked up quickly. There were a lot of kids around, especially in the pre-school/elementary range. Nick arrived (complete with Santa hat and belighted blaster), and we became the defacto second stop after Santa pictures were taken. It’s worth noting, I think, that Santa made WAY more kids cry than we did. :wink:A few kids even kept circling around to vist us, and one little boy (maybe 3 years old?) sat on the floor and played catch with Ryan for a good ten minutes. The Jawa and I left a little before noon, and Nick held down the fort for another hour or so. It was a thoroughly plesant event.

– Total Number of hours worked: 3
– Money Raised: N/A

Troopers:

Chris – TR
Ryan – GA DZ
Nick – TK