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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