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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