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
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.
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
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.
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
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