The Central Ohio Chapter received the Col Marvin J. Harris Communications Award (5-star) for 2017. The official recognition was made at the Ohio Council of Chapters on April 28, 2018. Colonel Pete Wilkinson was recognized for his work on the Newsletter (CONNECT) and Commander Walter Rey for his work with the Web Site. Congratulations and thank you both. At that same Council meeting, we received information on MOAA’s second virtual chapter; a chapter for surviving spouses. MOAA presently has one virtual chapter (for nurses) and is starting this second chapter for surviving spouses this month. There is no cost to be part of the chapter and it is an attempt to link together MOAA members who have a common interest. Mrs. Linda Meadows, our Surviving Spouse Liaison, can provide additional information if any of our surviving spouses are interested.
Another major event happened on April 28, 2018. LCDR Nancy Rey, our VP-Membership, participated in an Honor Flight. I had not seen an Honor Flight’s return to Columbus, so with Nancy participating, I felt this would be a good opportunity to witness the event and welcome Nancy back. I was thoroughly impressed! The crowd was amazing (in the hundreds) to welcome the returning veterans. The organization was fantastic with “volunteers” everywhere, helping everyone. There was music, dancing, and singing prior to the flight arriving, and a wonderful welcome to the veterans as they departed the plane with the crowd lining both sides of the walkway for the veterans. It was truly a heart-warming experience with patriotism on display!
One additional note about that evening – I had the opportunity to talk briefly with the 2017 Miss Ohio, Miss Sarah Clapper and she provided the Chapter with a nice note on the autographed picture she gave us. All-in-all, a superb evening.
May 18, 2018 was also a great day with about twenty members attending the Armed Forces Day luncheon at Villa Milano. The MilVets sponsored the luncheon and the keynote speaker, Lt Col Michael McCarthy, Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, provided an excellent presentation honoring the Marine Corps. These are just few of the April-May highlights I wanted to mention.
Upcoming Events: Our regular board meeting will be on 6 Jun 18 at DSCC and our monthly general business meeting and luncheon will be 8 Jun 18 at the Berwick. At this point, we do not have a speaker scheduled. If we do not schedule a speaker prior to the 8th, you’ll have to listen to me – so if you know of a good speaker, time is getting short!
What’s on Your Mind – This paragraph is in all monthly Newsletters but haven’t heard from anyone. I do want to know what’s on your mind, and if you have any concerns about our Chapter or suggestions to improve what we do, please get in touch and I’ll make certain we consider your suggestions and/or try to correct any problem. Call me at cell phone 571-217-8897 or email me at SharTom123@AOL.com.