A NEW BEGINNING On January 10 the Chapter members elected me (William Radcliffe, or Bill) to be your president for 2020-2021. I appreciate putting your faith in me to lead the Chapter for the next two years.
THANK YOU TO TOM We all owe Tom, now our Past President, many thanks for his leadership the past two years and well into the future. He will be assisting me in my transition for a period, as well as taking on responsibilities with the Foundation.
MERGING PAST RESULTS WITH FUTURE ENDEAVORS. At the top of our letterhead you find our mission: Taking Care of the Troops Through Legislation and Support. Tom listed, in his first President’s letter, three challenges for the Chapter towards carrying out our mission: (1) Increasing membership; (2) Maintaining a sound financial position; and (3) finding ways to be more efficient and effective. He led the Chapter in such a way that our activities support meeting the challenges. As he stated in his final President’s Corner, while we accomplished much there is still much yet to be done. In brief, in 2019 we added 27 new members; our Chapter is in a sound financial situation; and the Chapter has (and still is) taking steps to be more efficient and effective.
THE WORD IS ‘LEVERAGE’ I have chosen the word leverage to best describe how I view where we are today and what we can do to effectively meet our challenges in the next two years. Our Chapter is positioned to take the assets built up the past two years as a springboard (leverage) into the next two years. (1) We are getting new members simply by word – of – mouth. However, our total membership is declining because of members aging and, yes, passing, and moving out of the area. Many of you are acutely aware of this, I gather from numerous discussions outside the boardroom. So we have a good start in attracting more members. The challenge is finding ways to get younger officers (especially ones who will serve the Chapter in some way) to join. Many of you have told me about the challenges we face in attracting younger officers with two careers and young families. (2) We are in sound financial condition. The Foundation is now operational and fund raising has begun. The challenge is in reaching out to businesses and individuals who are looking for ways to give back to the community. And many of them are prioritizing veterans’ programs. We need to share the message of why we are worthy recipients. (3) The Chapter has developed or modernized ways of accomplishing our goals and our mission. 2019 saw the opening of the Foundation, perhaps the largest entity the Chapter now has. Your board has worked and are continuing to work on making the Foundation both efficient and effective. Tom, as the new Past President, has volunteered to be a manager within the Foundation. This is a big plus for the fund-raising activities.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! This is my call to members not currently on the board to help with activities in support of our programs. And we need people with all types of skills and physical abilities. (For example, I know a shut-in who makes phone calls for her church; not only does this help her church but also keeps her from feeling isolated.) There are so many ways to volunteer, I am asking for a volunteer to develop a list of different ways people can help!
Speaking of volunteering, we need volunteers to form a small committee to be in charge of planning, developing, and putting on the State MOAA Convention tentatively scheduled for September 2021 in Columbus. I visualize three people (not on the board) and a chair (on or not on the board) to form this committee. 18 months seems a long time before the Convention, but planning and developing need to move ahead quickly. The Cincinnati chapter sponsored the 2019 convention and offers its experience to assist with our planning process.
END OF LETTER It is an honor to be selected by you to be your president. I shall diligently uphold my oath to serve you to the best of my abilities. Thank you for your trust and support.
Board of Directors: February 5, 2020, Bldg 11, Section 9, Room 906 at the Defense Supply Center – Columbus (DSCC).
Luncheon: February 14, 2020, Berwick Restaurant, 11:30 – 1300. The speaker for this luncheon will be LTC William Radcliffe, (USAR – Ret).
What’s On Your Mind: I would like to know what is on your mind. Please get in touch with me if you have concerns about our chapter or suggestions to improve what we do. I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problems. Call me at 614-306-7548 or email me at WilliamRadcliffeLTC@google.com.