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MOAA Olympia Area Chapter President, Ro Marcus, addressing the January luncheon and new board members.

From the President's Desk:

Hello and greetings to all. Let me begin by expressing my appreciation for the confidence you have shown in my leadership abilities by selectingme as your 2017 Chapter President. We have a fantastic chapterwith a history of success supporting MOAA and our local community asillustrated by the many Chapter of Excellence streamers attached to our Chapter colors. I hope to continue this proud tradition. We started the year right with an excellent program by Amy Lukenga,President of Santa’s Castle. Accompanied by Janine Hoskins,Inventory Coordinator, she outlined the scope of the program and its 2016 success supporting 999 JBLM families and 2210 children. She also extended her many thanks to each of you for not only your 2016 generosity but also your generosity over the many years the chapter has supported the “Castle.”  I echo these comments- thank you. 


As I stated above, we have been a very successful chapter and it is my belief that we can become even more successful, especially attracting those currently serving and recently separated if we move into the electronic age. What do I mean? It starts with our movement to an electronic Bugle. This initiative gets you the Bugle faster and has less cost to the Chapter. Next look for us to establish a Facebook page and a website; both will give us broader reach in the community, especially among younger membership prospects, and allow for the dissemination of Chapter news to members faster. 


As much as we dislike change, change is often necessary and I look forward to working with each of you and hearing your ideas about programs and the use of social media to enhance our chapter’s community presence. As for the Washington, D.C. and Olympia political scenes- I repeat Dave’s comments from last month who knows what will happen. We have a new President, a new administration, and new ideas. Be prepared to connect with our elected officials on topics important to us such as the future of military benefits, retirement, healthcare, pay and force structure. 


Finally, thank you. Thanks to Slots, our outgoing President, as well as my fellow officers and board members for your assistance, support, and confidence as we move forward in 2017. And thanks to our new officers and board members for your willingness to serve. Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Quinault Auditorium and our upcoming Feb.15, 2017 meeting will be a luncheon meeting held in the Seventeen51 & Bistro at Panorama with a social at 11:30 AM and the meeting being called to order at 12:00 PM. Our guest speaker is the CDR Trish Cronau, Commander of the Seattle Military Entrance Processing Station who will speak to the quality of recruits and the status of recruiting in Washington.  I hope to see you there and remember eachof us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting. 


Ro Marcus, President