President's Notes for November 2019

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members, 
We conducted a recruiting drive at the Washington Army National Guard’s Industry Day at Camp Murry and were able to get six new members to our chapter! It is with great pleasure to welcome the following: CW3 Justin Shipman, CW4 Debra Stumpp, MAJ Daniel Wessman, LTC Matthew Nelson, and COL Jason Denney. Please take the time to introduce yourself to them when you see them at the next meeting.For those of you that have not seen this type of recruiting event, we set up a table with various MOAA brochures and basically ask officers when they stop by our table if they know about MOAA and we tell them why MOAA is important to an officer’s career and their families. I’m happy to say that the vast majority of the officers we speak with were very positive about our great organization. I want to thank Carrie and SLOTS for contributing their time on a Saturday morning to come out to Camp Murry and support such an important recruiting event. That said, we are all recruiters and ask that you continue to take the time and opportunity to share with eligible officers the great things we do as a chapter.November is also the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things and particularly thankful for serving as your chapter President. 

During this past year, we have accomplished many things, which I will brief you at our next monthly meeting. These accomplishments are the result of the many dedicated chapter members that volunteer their time and the hardworking teammates that serves you as your officers and board members. Thank you for your continued support to the best chapter in Washington! I recently had the honor to attend the funeral of Warren Robinson Jr. at the Tahoma National Cemetery. He did not have any family members attend and the public was invited. I was heartened to see so many veterans and currently serving service members attend his funeral; there must have been hundreds! It was a strong testament of what camaraderie and brotherhood of arms is all about. Finally, as a reminder, we are in the middle of our 2019 Sports Ball drive a so please consider bringing them to our next meeting. 

I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 
COL (Ret) Howard Lim, Chapter President

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From the President Desk: August 2019

 Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members, I want to welcome 12 of our newest members: 
LTC (R) Judy Bourgault, CPT (Former) Geoffrey Hulsey and his wife Flavia, COL Greg Smith, COL (R) Keith Solveson and his wife Denise, CAPT (R) Louis Nick and his wife Alyson, LTC (R) Henry Norquist and his wife Cindy, LTC (R) Rex Barfuso, COL (R) Van Smiley, LT (R) David Sharpes, LTC (R) Gary Pettit, Maj (R) Norman Winter, and Lt (R) Lorn Green. 

As you can see, the telephone-bank recruiting party that was held on 24 July at SLOTS and Ro’s house was a tremendous success! We had a bunch of lists with over 400 names and over the period of two hours, with the generous help of volunteers, we finished calling these lists. Each time we netted a new member, we rung the “gong” to let everyone know. This was so much fun that we will make it a regular recruiting event and hope you would consider joining us next time. Many thanks to our volunteers for making this so successful. 

On 2 August, we will recognize nearly 200 National Guards candidates finishing their summer camp at Joint Base Lewis McChord. A number of volunteers from the chapter, most in uniform, will present 2LT rank insignias and silver dollars (courtesy of USAA) to these well deserving candidates and SLOTS will read an excellent narrative to the audience while we were presenting. Additionally, we will also set up our chapter table at Camp Murry the following day to talk to the new second lieutenants and hopefully get some more new members! 

The board members and myself will be conducting a strategic review for 2019 and prepare the Chapter’s Strategic Plan for 2020. Our main areas of focus for the review will be recruiting, community volunteerism, fund raising, and scholarships. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me or anyone on the board know. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful summer weather and look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

COL (Ret) Howard Lim, Chapter President

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From the President's Desk, July 2019

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members, I want to welcome our newest members, CAPT Dave Minton (USN, Ret.) and his wife Kay. Dave, for those who were at last month’s dinner, gave us an outstanding talk about his time commanding the USS Guardfish (submarine) and close encounters with his Soviet counterparts (ask him about his book documenting this experience)! 

Also during last month’s dinner, we bid farewell to Chris and Angie Bartos as they embark on the next phase of their Army journey. Chris will change command on 11 July at JBLM and I encourage all of you to witness a great battalion commander relinquish his command to the new commander. Chris and Angie are a wonderful command team and have been a significant partner in our chapter; we will surely miss them! 

Our membership numbers are growing and our membership chief, Jim Richards, continues to work very hard on renewing our delinquent members and recruiting new members. We continue to try many avenues with varying degrees of success. We need all of us to help get the word out to all members who have not renewed and to solicit new members. Please help tell our story – please help to get potential members in touch with Jim, me or any of our BOD members. We need membership growth to continue as a viable organization. To this end, we are conducting a telephone bank party at SLOTS and Roe’s house on 24 July to contact prospective members residing in our area. Thank you to the volunteers that have promised their time to support this major recruiting drive. 

Summer has arrived and some of you have shared with me some wonderful plans for summer vacations. I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer but do make time to participate in our monthly MOAA dinner on 17 July. Look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

COL (Ret) Howard Lim, Chapter President

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From the President's Desk: June 2019

Greetings Olympia Area MOAA Chapter Members, I hope everyone is enjoying the great spring weather and had a peaceful Memorial Day weekend. I had the privilege to attend the special dedication and grand opening for"Project Welcome Home", a memorial at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila to honor all Vietnam Veterans. The former Secretary of Defense and retired General James Mattis was the keynote speaker and I had the opportunity to chat with my former boss. I worked for him when he was the Commander of US Central Command. I took a moment to tell him about this great chapter of ours and he seemed pleased. 

Bill Moseley and I were at the Shelton High School JROTC award ceremony on 29 May and we had the great honor of presenting awards to two terrific high school students (thanks also to Carrie Nielson,Sam and Barb Cagle for attending). Since we provide substantial financial support to this JROTC program, I want to take a moment to highlight the accomplishments of these students. 

We started the evening by awarding Cadet Ensign Emma Gordham with the Military Officers Association JROTC Medal. Emma is going into her senior year next year and has a reputation of not letting any obstacle stand in her way. She has consistently demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership and continues to go the extra mile for the cadets, the school and the community. Her instructor told me that she will be an integral part of the NJROTC program next year as the recruiting officer. 

Next, we presented the chapter’s first ever $1,000 scholarship to Cadet LCDR Benjamin Pierce. Benjamin is the former Commanding Officer of the high school JROTC unit; he has served as the face of the company at all events around the county and has shown the younger cadets how to become leaders themselves. Benjamin has elected to attend Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Both of these cadets are the finest examples of how influential these JROTC programs are in producing future leaders for our communities and our nation.There were many other awards presented by other organizations to these students and it was so fun and refreshing to see these cadets cheer each other on as each one received an award; they had so much positive energy! 

There was an amazing amount of talent in this group of kids, from academic achievement to athleticism. I have to also recognize the instructors for enabling these kids to do such an outstanding job: LCDR Darrell Hood and Sgt.Major Daniel Hernandez. Additionally, LCDR Hood said he will join our chapter! I am so glad we, as a chapter,support this tremendous program. It was a great pleasure to present the JROTC Booster Club with $500 to continue this support. These JROTC students will be future leaders in their community and our nation. 


COL (Ret) Howard Lim 

Chapter President

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From the President's Desk: May 2019

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members, Recently, Doug White, Leigh Ruff, and I manned a table at the Panorama Activity Fair Day and had at least a dozen inquiries from interested folks. We signed up three new chapter members and four to National. I would like us to welcome our newest members: Morris Buchanan, LTC (Retired), Defrance Clarke, Lt Col (Retired), David Hayes, Lt JG (Fmr). 

Chuck Peterson and I will be attending the MOAA NW Regional Leadership Training in Portland, Oregon this month. I look forward to representing our great chapter and meeting some of the other chapter leadership in our region to share best practices. Additionally, our chapter will be presented the MOAA communications 5-Star award for our newsletter and web site. 

This month we will be presenting a JROTC leadership award and our first chapter scholarship award at Shelton High School. Chuck Peterson and I will attend but would like to invite you as well to help celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding students. 

We need some folks to help for a couple of hours in our annual recruiting effort; many hands make light work…or phone calls in this case. I will provide a list of names and a call script and all you have to do is chat with potential chapter members. Please consider supporting this as it is one of our key strategy to continue the awesome growth of our dynamic chapter.Also, please be free to offer any suggestions on how we can improve. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

 COL (Ret) Howard LimChapter President

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From the President's Desk: Apr 2019

Greetings Olympia Area MOAA Chapter Members, 

I would like us to welcome our newest members: 1LT Laudy Choum, CPT James Kelly, CPT Jeremy Catob andhis wife Erin, CPT (Ch) Monty Webb, CPT Dave Grun, and CPT Santiago Real and his wife Maria. Let’s be sureto welcome this awesome group of young officers and their wives when you see them. 

On March 21, Bill, Sam, Slots, and I were at Camp Murray during the Washington Army National Guard IndustryDay to man our MOAA booth. It was a successful recruiting day! We signed up 15 members to National MOAAand signed 6 new members to our local chapter as mentioned in the beginning of my letter. We had such a funtime talking to the young officers and we are so proud of their commitment and professionalism. I want to thankBill, Sam and Slots for their outstanding support.

I would like you to pay attention to this month’s issue of the MOAA magazine (April edition). It features cards tomail our senators and representatives asking them to oppose proposals to make retirees pay more for their healthcare benefits. As you and I know, we already paid for that coverage with our personal and family sacrifices madeduring our careers. Every cost increase is a direct erosion of the retirement benefits we earned. So, mail in thosecards!

I was outside mowing my lawn yesterday and enjoying the fresh smell of Spring and the amazing sunshine. Itreminded me of how each year, a fresh start in life begins and I, as your chapter president, see 2019 as a banneryear for us to bring in new members to our great organization and make our local community better. I hope youshare in my enthusiasm and help us take advantage of all opportunities to recruit new members so we can growour awesome chapter. 

We will be planning recruiting events in the near future and will let you know how you canassist and be a part of one of our most important task as a chapter. Also, please be free to offer any suggestions onhow we can improve.I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

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From the President Desk, March 2019

Hello Olympia Chapter members and friends:  Wow, what a month! This month’s snowstorm really had an impact on so many of us; we even had to cancel the February’s chapter board meeting because it was too dangerous to drive! I hope you and your family are finally thawing out from this winter storm and I know we are all so looking forward to Spring! 

I want to welcome our newest members:Devin Robinson, 2nd LT, and his wife Erin; Keith Kimdugan, CPT, and his wife Agnes; Matthew Granahan, CPT, and his wife Darci; Lawrence Gooch, COL, Ret, and his wife Penny; and Cameron Clark, 2nd LT, and his wife Melissa.  It is so exciting to have so many new members to our chapter!  
Last month, Brigadier-General Michel-Henri St-Louis (Canada), Deputy Commanding General for Operations of First Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, provided an outstanding brief to the Olympia MOAA Chapter. BG St-Louis gave us an overview of Canadian support both at I Corps and in the Pacific region and really opened our eyes on the importance of our partnership with the Canadian armed forces. 

Our effort to secure a community grant of $5,000 from National MOAA is in progress. I submitted a packet and if we are selected, our project will provide children from military families that are experiencing financial difficulties (veterans or active duty) with a new backpack full of every grade-specific school supply they need in time for their first day of school. This way, they start the year looking and feeling more like their classmates and less like a child in need. I learned in the process of developing this proposal, we have over 700 homeless children in the North Thurston School District and by some account, 10% of these are children have some connection to the military. I was shocked but hopeful that we can help in some way to make life better for these kids. 

As we begin new projects for our chapter, I hope you consider joining us in doing great things for our community. I hope you come out to our next meeting and look forward to seeing all of you. 

Respectfully, Howard Lim, Chapter President 

“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll

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I Corps DCG-O visits Olympia chapter

Brigadier-General Michel-Henri St-Louis (Canada), Deputy Commanding General for Operations of First Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, provided an outstanding brief to the Olympia MOAA Chapter. BG St-Louis gave us an overview of Canadian support both at I Corps and in the Pacific region and really opened our eyes on the importance of our partnership with the Canadian armed forces.

                                                                                  Chapter President COL (Ret) Howard Lim and BG ST-Louis.

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From the President's Desk---February 2019

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,

I would like us to welcome our newest members: CAPT (Ret) Wayne Olsen, his wife Betsy, and CPT Daniel Frederick to our Olympia Chapter. Please take the time to welcome them at our next meeting.  

We have an exciting opportunity this year to serve our community in a significant way. Our chapter is currently coordinating with the Lacey Veterans Hub to submit a proposal to the MOAA Foundation to receive as much as five thousand dollars to support our local community. The MOAA Foundation offers grants to MOAA chapters to provide services to local military and veteran families—either directly or through partnerships with other community organizations. I will keep you informed of the progress of this grant request and hopefully it will be awarded to our chapter.

Your officers and board continue to work hard in support of our chapter and all of its members. Please consider joining us at a board meeting, volunteer event, recruiting event, luncheon, or all of the above.  We’d love to have you! 

Remember, we are strong together and our voice grows commensurate with our membership. Please bring a friend or two to one of our events and help us grow our awesome chapter. Finally, I want to ask for some help in our future recruiting efforts.  We will need help in contacting prospective members in the near future and if you would like to participate, let me or any of the officers know. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

COL (Ret) Howard Lim, Chapter President

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From the President's Desk

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,Several board members and I recently manned a booth at Camp Murray for the Washington NationalGuard Alumni Day. We received an update on the state of the Washington National Guard from MG Daughertyand had fun talking to the young soldiers there.We recently conducted our chapter’s annual strategic planning session and reviewed our chapter’scurrent and future initiatives. I think we are making great progress in increasing our membership and believe wewill have a great plan for 2019. We will continue to grow our amazing chapter and its involvement in the localcommunity and I will provide you the details in our annual general membership update meeting.As you know, the strength of any chapter is its membership. Soon we will need some help in callingprospective members and I’m looking for some volunteers. We will provide a script and instructions and willmake it easy! Please consider doing your part in growing our chapter and volunteer to call a few prospectivemembers.I look forward to seeing you at our next chapter meeting on Wednesday, Oct 17, 5:30 PM, at theSeventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro, Panorama. And, as always, I welcome any comments or suggestions to makeour chapter better. 

Respectfully,COL (Ret) Howard LimChapter President 

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