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March Comments: 

Greetings Olympia MOAA Chapter Members,I would like us to welcome Mark & Jenni Wiseman and Jack & Ingrid Crumley as newest members to our chapter. Mark is an active duty Captain assigned to the 3d EOD Battalion and Jack is a former chapter member. Please take the time to welcome them at the next meeting. It is so nice to have new and returning members join us so please continue to spread the word about our awesome chapter. 

You know it is spring time in the great Northwest when the weather changes about twenty times in 24 hours! As I watch new foliage begin to emerge, I am also reminded of the importance of regeneration in organizations. Most of you already have seen how this works when you take command of organizations; you take a top to bottom review of processes and try to make things better during your short tenure. The board members and I have been busy looking for ways to evolve and grow our chapter. One of our key initiative to expand our chapter and its service to the community is to continue to foster our relationship with the 3d EOD Battalion, commanded by chapter member LTC Chris Bartos. We are currently planning to host a summer BBQ for the soldiers and family members of the 3d EOD Battalion. I know this will be a fun event for all of us and would be a great way to continue our support to this outstanding unit. 

Our speaker for our April 18 dinner meeting will be Dr. Thomas Rainey. Tom is Emeritus Professor of History and European Studies at the Evergreen State College and will present a talk on “Putin’s Russia”. I strongly encourage you to attend as it will be a very timely and relevant topic of discussion in light of current world events. 

I also want to give special thanks to our chapter member CAPT (Ret) Carrie Nielson for taking over the production of our paper newsletter. This is a very important mission for our chapter and having Carrie at the helm will ensure that we keep all of our members informed of what is happening with our chapter. 

See you at the next meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 PM, at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro, Panorama. And, as always, I welcome any comments or suggestions. 

Respectfully,COL (Ret) Howard LimChapter President