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South East Region

  frankTFrank Thornburg

Athens, Georgia

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Greetings from the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN), Southeast Region!

Welcome to the SE Region’s “public” web page. Currently, the SE region has 315 members who reside in: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
When you join SAFN, there are plenty of opportunities to renew old friendships and make new ones. The SAFN National Convention is held biennially in the odd years and the Regional Meetings are held in the opposite even years (We plan to meet in Savannah, GA in 2018!).
If you are not a SAFN member yet, please join! As a member you will receive:
• Welcome Letter
• Copy of the latest Rendezvous (SAFN newsletter)
• Instructions for accessing the Members Only portion of the website (where you can access the color version of the Rendezvous)
• A SAFN lapel pin
• SAFN Directory which lists contact information for our 1,460 members
If you do decide to join SAFN, dues are $25.00 annually, payable by January 31st of each year. Once a member, you will have access to the “members only” web page that contains more detailed information about our region.

SE 2018


Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Lunch and meeting on

3 March 2018, 11:30 am

Longhorn Steakhouse

609 N. Berkeley Blvd, Goldsboro


Looking forward to seeing you –

Please call or email Ann Burns if you can join us!


Florida Space Coast Chapter

Lunch and Meeting  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  12:00

Beef O’Bradys

724 S. Patrick Dr. Satellite Beach, FL

RSVP to Eileen Goretski 


Tampa/St Pete Chapter 

Lunch and Meeting  

Saturday, October 6, 2018  12:00

Lee Roy Selmon’s Bar & Grill 

4302 W. Boy Scout Blvd. Tampa, FL  

RSVP to Marsha Jordan  NLT Oct 3rd.


On December 16, 2017 Eileen Goretski and Gene Whitfield, Major USAF Ret. (Eileen’s Partner) attended the annual Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.  Hundreds of people from around Brevard County were present.  Cape Canaveral National Cemetery began interments in January 2016 on 318 acres on U.S. 1.  The land is expected to meet the burial needs of more than 163,000 veterans for the next century.  The nurses from the Space Coast Chapter donated 12 wreaths for the occasion.  Unbeknown to Eileen Goretski, Betty Jo Green, the Wreaths Across American Location Coordinator, asked her to present the wreath for the Air Force.  A wreath was placed on the gravesite of 1st Lt Patricia Drew.

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 South Carolina Chapter Meeting Nov 18th, 2017 

SC lunch



Georgia Chapter

The Veterans Day luncheon in Macon that was attended by the Georgia chapter members.  The local DAR had a ceremony where they presented the Vietnam era military members with certificates.

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  Tampa/St Pete Chapter 

The Tampa/St Pete Chapter hosted a luncheon on November 12th to celebrate Veterans Day and SAFN’s 30th anniversary.  On December 17th they participated in the Wreaths Across America wreath laying at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL and laid wreaths for our Air Force nurses, relatives and friends buried there.   tampa cake       cake




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Please contact me with any events planned in your area and I will get them posted:

Pictures from the Southeast Regional Meeting

November 3-6, 2016 in Blue Ridge, GA 



Pictures from Eastern NC Chapter – SAFN – Spring/Summer 2016

SER Chapter Spring 2016

The chapter met in Goldsboro for lunch and fellowship on 3 May 2016.  Seated:  Marge Frazier. Colleen Carroll, Olga Markowitsch. Standing:  Bob Frazier, Deborah Jones, Minnie Beverly, Ann Burns, Melrose Lewis (Colleen’s niece), Frances Mitchell (Colleen’s niece). 

SE Chapter mtg

We celebrated Nurse/Tech Week with members of the 4th Medical Group at Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, on 11 May 2016. They hosted a cookout on base, giving everyone a chance to relax.   Representing SAFN is Ann Burns, Chapter Coordinator;   LtCol Gacquette Jennings, Chief Nurse/SGN, represented the Med Group.

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        Georgia Chapter meeting in Macon on April 23, 2016

National Officers

Kay Fryman
Springfield, OH

Kathy Reynolds
Vice President
Sacramento, CA

Deb Munsell
Monument, CO

Terri Page
San Antonio, TX