From the President's Desk:
Hello and greetings to all. Over 30 members attended our April dinner where our guest speaker was Alfie Alvardo-Ramos, Director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Director Alvarado- Ramos spoke to us about initiatives that DVA is a part of to help our veterans. She also gave a great update on state legislation that benefits military members, veterans and their families. She asked for our help in reaching out to veterans and connecting them with the DVA so that they can get the services they need and earned. Visit the DVA website at dva.wa.gov for more information on the agency and its activities.
As I wrote last month, we continue to recognize the challenges members face as we adjust to an electronic Bugle and having a Facebook and Web presence. We know not everyone has adjusted and remain concerned that not all with email addresses are looking for the electronic Bugle that is perhaps archived in a spam folder. If you know someone who, or hear of someone who claims to not be receiving the Bugle, please ask them to check their spam folder. If it isn’t there, contact a chapter officer immediately so we get it fixed. Very importantly, to ensure we get the email reservations correct, we need you to respond to Marilynn Willcox at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those without email accounts, we will continue to mail you the Bugle by 1st class. 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.
Finally, we want your input, suggestions, ideas for improving each, as well as for filling our Facebook page and Website for chapter appropriate content. On Apr 19 we participated in the WANG Industry Day and had some success. We recruited 10 new MOAA national members and possibly 5 new chapter members. As we reach out to those currently serving, and either recently separated or retired, we will begin to relook our model and communications to ensure we include events of interest to our new, younger members. One thought is to hold special events/meeting at a local sports bar focused on topics of interest to our younger members. Not sure what the answer will be, but I do know we need to reach out to them, and communicate in an appropriate manner that causes them to stay engaged. At the JBLM Retiree Appreciation Day on Apr 21- not so good; we didn’t get any new members even though Slots went and canvassed every doctor in uniform. Next year we might pass on this event except to send a rep with special packets focused on the currently serving doctors. Finally on Wed, Apr 26 we will participate in the Panorama Activity Day. Many thanks to our chapter and board members who have turned out to support these events.
Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, May 9; Quinault Auditorium and our upcoming May 17 meeting will be a dinner meeting held in the seventeen 51 bistro at Panorama City with a social at 5:30 PM and the meeting being called to order at 6:00 PM. Our guest speaker is David Rader and the subject of his presentation is Teddy Roosevelt. 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.