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From the President's Desk

 Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,Hello and greetings to all. Let me begin by thanking each of you who contributed to our many chapteractivities and events that earned us a MOAA Five-star Chapter of Excellence Award for 2017. Hooah!At our August meeting, we had over 30 members turn out to hear Jennifer Crook talk about her researchinto Thurston County during WWI. During her presentation, she provided interesting insights into how small townAmerica reacted to the changes brought about by America’s participation in the World War.We’re getting ready now for the November general election; it is time to build a slate of officers and boardmembers for 2019. 

Our nominating committee is Ro Marcus and Barbara Cagle. We’re looking for new boardmembers and those interested in serving as our officers. If you are interested, or know someone who is, pleaseget their names to myself, Ro, Barbara or any board member. One of our chapter’s strengths has been oursuccession planning; let’s keep it strong. 

We received an invite to participate in the WNG’s first ever Alumni Day. The event will be held at CampMurray on Saturday, Sep 8. We plan to have a recruiting table set up from around 8:00 AM until after lunch. Ifyou are available to help staff our booth, please contact Jim Richards or myself. More details to follow.Another event to start thinking about is our support for Santa’s Castle and the possibility of another “BallDrop.” I have reached out to our civilian counterparts to see their level of interest in doing it again; just waiting tohear back from their organizer. 

On a sad note, past President Bud Kerr, Col, USAF (ret) has had a stroke and is convalescing at theSharon Care Nursing Center, 1509 Harrison Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531. Back around 2007/2008 when thechapter was struggling to survive, Bud stepped-up, took charge and was instrumental in setting the foundation forour chapter’s transition from near collapse to Five-Star Level of Excellence recognition. Please join me in wishingBud and Pauline our very best for a speedy recovery.To help with meeting attendance, we are sending out email reminders of the meeting time, speaker andmeal choices. When you either receive the Bugle or one of the reminders, please contact Marilyn Willcox withyour reservations. If you have any suggestions for other ways we can ensure all of our members get the wordregarding our monthly meetings, please let us know. 

Finally, check out our Facebook page and website. If youhave materials of interest, please forward to myself, Gregg Smith or Carrie Nielson and we will get them posted.Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Sep 11 in the Quinault Auditorium at Panorama. OurSeptember general meeting will be a dinner meeting held on the third Wednesday, the 19th, in the seventeen 51bistro at Panorama with a social at 5:30 PM and the meeting being called to order at 6:00 PM. Our guest speakeris UW Senior Fellow Christopher DeCou. Christopher is a researcher who studies suicides among veterans andmilitary personnel and he will be providing insights from the latest research. On a lighter note, our October 17speaker will be Steve Jones, a local story-teller, who will tell tales of President Truman’s vacation in Olympia.And… remember each of us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting. 

Respectfully,David Slotwinski (Slots)