Charity Activities

The Fighting PI

Team 1718, The Fighting Pi, is the FIRST Robotics Competition team based out of the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada, Michigan.  The team is composed of approximately 50 students from several school districts including: Richmond, Armada, New Haven and Memphis.
The team focuses on being financially acute, promoting science, engineering and technology in our community, and drawing students from surrounding school districts to receive the FIRST experience. They are able to meet these goals by being attentive to the team budget, giving sponsor presentations, and starting FIRST Lego League and Robotics teams in the local area. To ensure our business is successful, welcoming, and has a giving environment to learn-both at competitions and at the base, the Fighting Pi donates time, money, and energy to charitable causes. By doing so, they strengthen bonds among team members, parents, volunteers, mentors, and sponsors.

The Michael F. May Memorial Special Forces Association Chapter 55 is a proud sponsor.

Michigans Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Chapter LV is a supporter of Michigan’s Penrickton Center for Blind Children, 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, Michigan, 48180. The Penrickton Center, founded in 1952, is a privately funded organization established to help children who are blind and afflicted with at least one additional handicap.

Michael May Memorial Scholarship

The Michael May Scholarship Fund was established to promote Michael’s memory with the students of Vassar High School. Michael was an outstanding athlete and set records in pole vaulting. We donate monies to the Athletic Association who in turn determine which deserving student receives the scholarship. Donations made out to SFA Chapter 55 MMMF are appreciated and can be sent to:

Treasurer, SFA 55

c/o Douglas Morgan

510 East Broad St

Linden, MI.  48451

2016 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

$1,000 was awarded to Barielle Comstock

2015 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

$1,000 was awarded to Jenna Guile

2014 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

$1,000 was awarded to Maxime Marlene Groen, while Thomas Tyler Palmer and Lydia Wilder were each awarded $500.

2013 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

Left to right:  SFALV President, Dave Fetters; SFALV Scholarship chair Dewey LaGuire-Quinn; $500.00 winner Landon Zwerk; $500.00 winner Lydia Peplinski; SFALV Scholarship Member-at-Large; $1,000.00 winner Melissa Ellison; and SFALV Treasurer, Mike Reyes

2012 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

Austin James Scott Baker was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Kaitlyn Verbeek and Brandi Abbott were both awarded $500 scholarships.

2011 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

Laura Sheppard awarded $1,000 scholarship.

2010 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

17 May 2010, $1,000.00 to Troy Hecht

Photo, Left to Right Mike Reye, Dave Fetters, Richard Smith, Dewey LaGuire-Quinn, Troy Hecht, Doris Kennard and Kirk Newman

2009 MFMM Scholarship Winners at VHS

18 May 2009

$500.00 Cameron Thorp

$250.00 Brandi Rupprecht

From: Cameron
Subject: Michael F. May Memorial Scholarship 2009
Date: July 26, 2013
To: duane laguire-quinn

Hello members of the U.S Army Special Forces Association, Michael F. May Memorial – Chapter LV.

If you may remember about 4 years ago I was a senior at Vassar High School attending the picnic where they announce the recipients of scholarships and special awards. That night I was awarded the Michael F. May Scholarship. You probably have seen me at Memorial Day services in Vassar as apart of the Boy Scouts. When we last met you asked that I email you with an update of what I have been up to and what the future has in store.

I first want to say thank you again for the Michael F. May scholarship. It helped me get through that first semester at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Which can be the most difficult, being away from home, learning to be your own time management, and being tested on everything. Well, 4 years later and I have accomplished a lot. I have appeared in over 30 college productions, received 3 best actor and best supporting actor awards, received the National American College Theater Best Prop Award, joined Alpha Phi Omega (National Theater Fraternity), Traveled professionally to Florida and across Michigan to perform, and now with 24 days till I graduate from SVSU I will be going to Chicago to join the Windy City Players on their National Children’s Tour of Cinderella.

Thanks again for all you have done helping me go to college and major in something I love.

Cameron Thorp, Student Worker


46th Special forces Company

The 46th SF Company in Thailand is collecting eyeglasses for distribution to needy members of the indigenous population. POC: Dick Shevchenko