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January 2018 Comments 

Greetings,We are starting the New Year strong with two new members. I would like to welcome LCDR (Ret) PaulMeyers and COL (Ret) Tristan Atkins to our Olympia Chapter. Please take the time to welcome thesegentlemen and their wives when you see them at our next meeting. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to manage our monthly newsletter. Despite the web page andFacebook presence, it is vital that we publish a monthly newsletter because not everyone is interested inusing the Internet. And there is just something about holding a piece of paper in your hand that thecomputer cannot provide.We are also planning to give a $1000 scholarship to a student for his/her post-high schooleducation. This is our opportunity as a chapter to help a worthy student succeed and we would appreciatefolks stepping up to help in establishing a scholarship fund and award process.If you’re interested in helping with one of these current requirements, contact me or one of the officers/board members. 

I am excited to announce our scheduled speaker for the February 21 Luncheon meeting. LTC ChrisBartos, a recent member and commander of the 3d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, will give us abriefing on his unit’s mission. As you know, we sponsored some of his soldiers with redeployment basketsand Chris relayed to us that the soldiers were very grateful for our support. His battalion is currently verybusy in preparation for deployment to the Middle East, but he is gracious enough to take the time to give usthis briefing. Please come out to support him and his troops before they deploy and learn about the criticalmission they will engage in. 

We are working to improve communication to our members with the use of the Internet andFacebook. We recently established an online calendar to post our monthly events. You can find the link tothe chapter calendar at our web page, in the “events” link. 

I’m also pleased to announce some changes this year to our menu at the Panorama. Our lunches will feature avariety of sandwiches with a new lower price of $15. The price of dinners will go up by $1 but for bothlunches and dinners, we will receive drink specials for featured wine, beer, and mixed drinks for only $3...that’s a savings of $2 per drink. 

Finally, thanks again for being a member of our Chapter. I believe we will continue to make a significantdifference in supporting our community and taking care of our service members. Help us get the word outand tell your fellow officers about our great Olympia MOAA Chapter! See you at the next membershipmeeting. 

Howard Lim, Chapter President

I represented our chapter at the recent 3d EOD Military Ball.  Here I am cutting the ceremonial cake because I was the "old man" in the group.