View from the Bridge Wing – At the last Board meeting I appointed a blue-ribbon committee, consisting of elected officers and past presidents and led by Col Pete Wilkinson, to conduct a comprehensive, end-to-end, bottoms-up review of our operations including Membership, Programs, Socialization and Communications. Programs plays a big role in our accomplishment of the mission. and a major part of this review involves defining our more than 20 current programs and taking a close look at each. The review will help us to see whether any one program is fulfilling our mission and giving us a return on investment. It will help us decide whether we need to add or eliminate some programs. It will help us better understand what focus each program should have so that it is in synch with our mission and our goals as a chapter. It will help us plan and allocate our resources more strategically, whether in terms of money or people. This is functionally similar to the end-to-end review conducted by MOAA national that Lt Gen Dana Atkins initiated after he took over as MOAA CEO and Chairman of the Board within the last year.
One of the steps the Board has already taken in the spirit of this re-focus is to discontinue our chapter’s ROTC/JROTC medals and gold bars program. This program is not a MOAA requirement. It takes a lot of man-hours to coordinate especially during winter and spring. While CPT John W. McCoy did a terrific job running this program for years, as the owner of a growing business he is no longer able to continue in that role. Since MOAA national has decided to no longer provide for free the medal & ribbon sets, gold bar sets, embossed certificates and linen folders, the Board decided that the Central Ohio Chapter would discontinue these awards programs. In a similar decision made several months ago, the Board voted to discontinue our chapter’s JROTC scholarship program after three years. These are both return-on-investment decisions. We intend to maintain relationships with the 6 ROTC programs and 12 JROTC programs that are in our area.
February Luncheon – We had a great turnout, the largest in years, with nearly 40 members and guests attending. Our speaker was Rep. Rick Perales, Ohio 73rd District (Western Greene County including WPAFB). He is the recently appointed chair of the House Finance Higher Education Subcommittee. He is retired USAF officer and is also a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and the MOAA Dayton Chapter. Rep. Perales gave an energetic presentation on Ohio’s budgetary process and its challenges, particularly in the areas that affect veterans and what he is doing to address them.
Speaker Lineup – The speaker lineup currently scheduled for our monthly luncheons is:
- March 10: Judge Ted Barrows, since 2015 certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to conduct the Military and Veteran Service specialized docket in the Franklin County Municipal Court
- April 14: Dan Willis, Chair of the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down Committee (one of our biggest programs)
- May 19: Chapter participation in the MilVets Armed Forces Day Luncheon at the Villa Milano in Westerville (no MOAA COC luncheon that month)
- June 9: Central Ohio Chapter member Rear Admiral John Bossler (Ret), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- July 14: Ashley Lester, senior project manager for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation & Capitol South (CDDC) team who has updated renderings and concepts on the National Veterans Memorial & Museum’s exhibits, building and grounds
Council of Chapters Conference – The biennial Ohio Council of Chapters Convention will be held September 22–24, 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Center, a small military base about 10 miles north of downtown Youngstown. Speakers are in the process of being invited and confirmed. All chapters are encouraged to have our members attend this convention. It’s a bit of a drive and involves overnight accommodations, so we should consider carpooling when the time nears.
What’s on Your Mind – Please let me know what’s on your mind. If you have any concerns about our Chapter or suggestions to improve what we do, get in touch and I’ll make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problem. Call me at cell phone 614-783-2315 or email me at email@example.com.