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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From the President's Desk

 Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,Hello and greetings to all. Let me begin by thanking each of you who contributed to our many chapteractivities and events that earned us a MOAA Five-star Chapter of Excellence Award for 2017. Hooah!At our August meeting, we had over 30 members turn out to hear Jennifer Crook talk about her researchinto Thurston County during WWI. During her presentation, she provided interesting insights into how small townAmerica reacted to the changes brought about by America’s participation in the World War.We’re getting ready now for the November general election; it is time to build a slate of officers and boardmembers for 2019. 

Our nominating committee is Ro Marcus and Barbara Cagle. We’re looking for new boardmembers and those interested in serving as our officers. If you are interested, or know someone who is, pleaseget their names to myself, Ro, Barbara or any board member. One of our chapter’s strengths has been oursuccession planning; let’s keep it strong. 

We received an invite to participate in the WNG’s first ever Alumni Day. The event will be held at CampMurray on Saturday, Sep 8. We plan to have a recruiting table set up from around 8:00 AM until after lunch. Ifyou are available to help staff our booth, please contact Jim Richards or myself. More details to follow.Another event to start thinking about is our support for Santa’s Castle and the possibility of another “BallDrop.” I have reached out to our civilian counterparts to see their level of interest in doing it again; just waiting tohear back from their organizer. 

On a sad note, past President Bud Kerr, Col, USAF (ret) has had a stroke and is convalescing at theSharon Care Nursing Center, 1509 Harrison Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531. Back around 2007/2008 when thechapter was struggling to survive, Bud stepped-up, took charge and was instrumental in setting the foundation forour chapter’s transition from near collapse to Five-Star Level of Excellence recognition. Please join me in wishingBud and Pauline our very best for a speedy recovery.To help with meeting attendance, we are sending out email reminders of the meeting time, speaker andmeal choices. When you either receive the Bugle or one of the reminders, please contact Marilyn Willcox withyour reservations. If you have any suggestions for other ways we can ensure all of our members get the wordregarding our monthly meetings, please let us know. 

Finally, check out our Facebook page and website. If youhave materials of interest, please forward to myself, Gregg Smith or Carrie Nielson and we will get them posted.Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Sep 11 in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama. OurSeptember general meeting will be a dinner meeting held on the third Wednesday, the 19th, in the seventeen 51bistro at Panorama with a social at 5:30 PM and the meeting being called to order at 6:00 PM. Our guest speakeris UW Senior Fellow Christopher DeCou. Christopher is a researcher who studies suicides among veterans andmilitary personnel and he will be providing insights from the latest research. On a lighter note, our October 17speaker will be Steve Jones, a local story-teller, who will tell tales of President Truman’s vacation in Olympia.And… remember each of us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting. 

Respectfully,David Slotwinski (Slots)

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Chapter President Notes for May 2018 

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,I would like us to welcome three new chapter members: CPT Daniel Roy and his wife Stephanie, CPT Kristopher McNally and his wife Courtney, and 1LT Kyle Brenay and his wife Nicole. These fine officers and their wives are part of the 3d EOD Battalion. Please take the time to welcome them at the next meeting and please continue to spread the word about our awesome chapter. Also thank Jim Richards for doing such a great job in bringing on new members…Hooah Jim!Memorial Day is on the 28th of May. 

I want to take a moment to remember my friend Larry Bauguess. Larry and I served together when I was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I vividly remember him during one of our deployments to Iraq. MAJ Bauguess was a “battle major” who helped manage the often chaotic scenes inside the HQ joint operations center. Even in the heat of the moment, Larry was always calm and collected, a sure sign of combat experience that I always admired. Larry always had an infectious positive attitude even in the most trying of times and it seemed to always lift the spirit of those around him. During our many conversations, Larry always beamed when he talked about his beautiful daughters Ryann and Ellie and his bride Wesley. Larry’s life was tragically cut short by a sniper’s bullet during his Afghanistan deployment with the 82d Airborne in 2007. Larry is remembered by those who had the great fortune of knowing him as a wonderful father and husband, and a tremendous leader. Rest in peace my friend. More information about Larry can be found here.

Our speaker for our May 18 dinner meeting will be Dave Casteel, Washington State Council of Chapters President. He will talk about his recent “Storming the Hill” experience and provide us useful insights on the key legislative issues that affect us all. I strongly encourage you to attend as it will be a very timely and relevant topic of discussion. 

We have recently implemented an online chapter planning calendar. Please take a look and use it to see all of our scheduled meetings and events. Here’s the link: 

I am also looking for some volunteers to assist in maintaining our chapter’s Facebook page and Web site. If you are interested or have an interest in learning some new web skills, please give me a ring. No experience required and I will provide all the training needed. 

I look forward to seeing you at our next chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 PM, at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro, Panorama. And, as always, I welcome any comments or suggestions to make our chapter better. 

Respectfully,COL (Ret) Howard Lim 

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March Comments: 

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,I would like us to welcome Mark & Jenni Wiseman and Jack & Ingrid Crumley as newest members to our chapter. Mark is an active duty Captain assigned to the 3d EOD Battalion and Jack is a former chapter member. Please take the time to welcome them at the next meeting. It is so nice to have new and returning members join us so please continue to spread the word about our awesome chapter. 

You know it is spring time in the great Northwest when the weather changes about twenty times in 24 hours! As I watch new foliage begin to emerge, I am also reminded of the importance of regeneration in organizations. Most of you already have seen how this works when you take command of organizations; you take a top to bottom review of processes and try to make things better during your short tenure. The board members and I have been busy looking for ways to evolve and grow our chapter. One of our key initiative to expand our chapter and its service to the community is to continue to foster our relationship with the 3d EOD Battalion, commanded by chapter member LTC Chris Bartos. We are currently planning to host a summer BBQ for the soldiers and family members of the 3d EOD Battalion. I know this will be a fun event for all of us and would be a great way to continue our support to this outstanding unit. 

Our speaker for our April 18 dinner meeting will be Dr. Thomas Rainey. Tom is Emeritus Professor of History and European Studies at the Evergreen State College and will present a talk on “Putin’s Russia”. I strongly encourage you to attend as it will be a very timely and relevant topic of discussion in light of current world events. 

I also want to give special thanks to our chapter member CAPT (Ret) Carrie Nielson for taking over the production of our paper newsletter. This is a very important mission for our chapter and having Carrie at the helm will ensure that we keep all of our members informed of what is happening with our chapter. 

See you at the next meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 PM, at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro, Panorama. And, as always, I welcome any comments or suggestions. 

Respectfully,COL (Ret) Howard LimChapter President

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