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  Congressman Denny Heck visits Olympia Area Chapter

 Hello and greetings to all. Over 40 members attended our August dinnerwhere our guest speaker was Congressman Denny Heck, 10th CongressionalDistrict Representative. Congressman Heck, his spouse Paula and his legislative assistant Roel Van Der Lugt joined us for the social and dinner, then provided an excellent update followed by alively discussion. Less directly taking on the issue of sequestration,he was direct and supportive of MOAA’s legislative agenda and spoketo the importance of JBLM to our nation’s security and the region, aswell as the potential threat from North Korea. He also discussed the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center sponsored VeteransHistory Project. This oral history program collects and preserves thefirsthand interviews of American wartime veterans. The program relieson volunteers to conduct the interviews and document the historicalstories. It is a program that we can all participate. For additional information,contact Congressman Heck at www.dennyheck.house.gov/vetshistory. Overall, I thought he provided an excellent update andopportunity for our members to interface with our representative. 
 Last month I mentioned that we would be meeting with the newrestaurant management to discuss our growing concerns over the quality of meals and service received over past months.On Aug 15, Slots and I met with new restaurant manager Tavis Crayk to discuss our concerns. Mr. Crayk is engaged,attentive and assured us of his commitment to provide us the quality of meals and service we have come to expect. At ourchapter meeting the next day, he made good as the table settings, service and quality of meals were excellent and a significantimprovement over the previous two months. Based on this experience, I am confident that the quality of meals andservice will remain high and we will continue our mutually beneficial, healthy working relationship with the “bistro.” 
 I also mentioned last month that your Board of Directors will be conducting a retreat to reassess our programs andby-laws to ensure our chapter remains vibrant. The retreat will be held on September 15, 9:00 AM- 4 PM at the LaceyVeterans Service Hub. The main focus will be in the areas following areas: recruiting and retention, meeting schedules,communications, budget planning and the by-laws. If you have any ideas you want us to consider, please let one of theboard members know.I am happy to report that I have received notification that we are once again recognized as a 5-Star Chapter of Excellencewinner. Hooah, and many thanks to each of you who have contributed to helping us earned this recognition. Don’tyet know when, where, or how we will receive the streamer but will keep you posted. 
Finally as a reminder- checkout our Facebook page and website. If you have materials of interest, please contact HowardLim to help with the posting. And…to help with meal reservations, we are sending out email reminders of the meetingtime, speaker and meal choices. When you receive the Bugle or one of the reminders, please contact Marilyn Willcoxwith your meal reservations. We think these reminders are helping our attendance and we in addition, we are open to anysuggestions for other ways we can ensure all of our members get the word regarding our monthly meetings.Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Sep 12; Quinault Auditorium and our upcoming Sep 20 meetingwill be a dinner meeting held in the seventeen 51 bistro at Panorama City with a social at 5:30 PM and the meeting beingcalled to order at 6:00 PM. Our guest speaker for September is Keith Looker, Director, Lacey Veterans Service Hub. Ihope to see you on the 20th and remember each of us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting.From the President’s DeskRo MarcusPresident