Greetings. Over 30 members attended our May dinner where our guest speaker was Dave Rader. Dave is a former Air Force Officer and adjunct instructor at numerous colleges and universities. He is an expert on Teddy Roosevelt, and gave a very interesting presentation on our former president. Dave barely touched the surfaceof the history of this fascinating president, that we may need to have him back for the next installment Teddy Roosevelt’s life and accomplishments.
The chapter continues to work on our challenges in regards to communications with our members. In addition to an electronic Bugle, mailing the Bugle to those without an email address and having a Facebook and Web presence, we are looking for suggestions on other communication strategies to keep members informed of chapter events and connected with the chapter monthly meetings. We know not everyone has adjusted and remain concerned that not all with email addresses are looking for the electronic Bugles or that the emails get lost in the myriad of emails we all receive. We ask that you let us know, by any communications methods, of those we need to reach out to and what other means to use to reach our members. All chapter members are important and I don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks because of a failure in communication. So please let me know how I can better reach our membership. We work hard on bringing in interesting speakers and don’t want you to miss out of a great monthly dinner meeting due to lack of knowledge. In the future, you will be able to RSVP through our Facebook page or website, but we’re not there yet- be patient, it is coming. So RSVP any way that is convenient to you – call, email, send in the reservation form or just write your preference on a piece of paper. We just need an accurate count so we have sufficient space and meals at our meetings.
On May 26, Slots and I attended the Washington State Council of Chapters (WSCOC) dinner with MOAA President LtG Atkins. We had an opportunity to hear about what is happening at MOAA National and remind him of the importance of local chapters. We also spent most of the next day at the WSCOC spring meeting. Almost all Washington MOAA chapters were present. We heard from local and state leaders and then held a round table to talk about our successes and issues facing the chapters. We were able to share ideas on events, communication strategies and recruitment efforts.
Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, June13; Quinault Auditorium and our upcoming June 21 meeting will be a dinner meeting held in the seventeen 51 bistro at Panorama with a social at 5:30 PM and the meeting being called to order at 6:00 PM. Our guest speaker is our own chapter board member COL (Ret) Howard Lim, who will present his experiences in North Korea leading a joint recovery team for missing service members. I hope to see you there and remember each of us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting. As a reminder, if you have not paid your dues for 2017, please do so as soon as possible.