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From the President's Desk 

 Happy holidays and season’s greetings to all. Approximately 35 members attended our November luncheon and Annual meeting. After being called to order, Chaplain White and Chuck Peterson, CAPT, USN (ret) conducted our Two-Bell Memorial Service honoring past chapter members for 2017. Again, thank you, Chaplain and Chuck for executing this solemn ceremony. Before we moved into our annual meeting, 1LT Shun Hsu (787th Ordnance Company, EOD) shared with us a list of items requested to help in the sponsorship of approximately 10 returning single soldiers from the 3rd Ordnance Battalion, commanded by chapter member LTC Chris Bartos These soldiers are scheduled to return around Christmas and we are working with 1LT Hsu and the unit family readiness support group to finalize the items as it is our intent that each have a welcome home/ happy holiday packet upon their return to the barracks. We next moved on to our annual meeting. Following updates by our treasurer, program chair and chapter concerns, Barbara Cagle reviewed our volunteer eff orts in support of Santa’s Castle. Next was an update of the results from our board strategic planning conference, held in October. Howard Lim led the discussion which focused on the key issues from the board conference. If you have not viewed Howard’s presentation, I encourage you to do so; it is on our website and Facebook page. What is important to understand is that for the chapter to be attractive to potential currently serving or recently separated new members, we must demonstrate our relevance in the community and to do so, we are considering additional venues beyond our monthly meetings and charity support. Watch for these future events to be listed in the Bugle, on Facebook, and on our web site. Next, Treasurer Bill Moseley presented our first ever budget. Although a work in progress, it is an important step to ensure our long-term solvency. Following this discussion, the revised by-laws, budget, and 2018 Officer Slate were presented for acceptance; each passed unanimously. Congratulations to our 2018 officers and board members! President- Howard Lim, 1st VP- Dave Slotwinski, 2ndVP- Jim Richards, Treasurer- Bill Moseley, Secretary- Roselyn Marcus, and board members- John McConnel, Barbara Cagle, Marilyn Wilcox and Brian Burgess. Newly elected officers and board members will be installed at our December holiday luncheon. Again, please join me in congratulating each and wish them well as they execute their duties. I would next like to highlight the first ever Santa’s Castle Ball drop that took place on Nov 11. Upon hearing about Santa’s Castle, Rachael Jamison, one of Slots’s MBA students, organized a sports-ball collection effort that took on a life of its own culminating with a drop off, ball pumping and delivery of 516 sports balls to Santa’s Castle. At the drop site, we provided holiday refreshments for donors, assisted with inflating balls and then, with the help of a couple of JBLM MPs, delivered them to Santa’s Castle. Overall an outstanding event and if you want to see what 516 sports balls looks like, check out the links on our Facebook and web site as well MOAA national’s web site. Many thanks to all who volunteered and especially Howard for driving the moving truck to JBLM and creating the video. . Our next board meeting will be at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Dec 12, Quinault Auditorium. The Dec 20 luncheon/ meeting is our holiday celebration and installation of officers. The luncheon is being held in the seventeen 51 bistro at Panorama City with a social at 11:30 AM, lunch served at 12:00 and holiday entertainment provided by the Silver Bells. I hope to see you at our holiday luncheon and remember each of us is a recruiter- bring a new face to the meeting. And… as a reminder- keep sending those cards and letters to Congress.

From the President’s Desk 
Ro Marcus President