I stated in my first President’s Corner last February we have three challenges. Those challenges were: increasing chapter membership, maintaining a sound financial position while we increase support to veterans, and determining how we can be more effective and efficient in accomplishing our mission. So, how are we doing? My assessment is we are maintaining our membership (not increasing) and we are maintaining a sound financial position (which is our goal). We are not being more effective or efficient in accomplishing our mission (our status is about the same). I do believe the membership is on the right course. We welcome new members monthly and those new members offset members lost due to re-locations for work and moves due to retirements. We will continue making phone calls to those members who have not renewed their membership to either remind them they need to renew or find out why they haven’t. It’s the “be more effective and efficient” challenge that has not made progress. We’re accomplishing our mission of supporting the troops, supporting legislation, and supporting veterans, but can we do it better. This is the challenge where I will spend more time in the upcoming months.
One other area I’ll cover briefly is attendance at the monthly luncheons. The 2ndFriday of each month we have a general membership meeting and luncheon at the Berwick restaurant. We normally have a speaker and the luncheons last about ninety minutes. The food is good, the price is right, and the speakers cover a variety of subjects. I’d love to see 50-60 people at the luncheons (spouses and guests are always welcome!) Currently, we’re averaging about 25 people per luncheon. If you can possibly attend, please do so. It would be wonderful to meet everyone in the Chapter! Next luncheon is 10 Aug 18.
Special Event: This is outside our Chapter area, but I wanted to highlight this event in case you’re around Warren, Ohio on the 16th-19thof August. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, The Warren Heritage Center, and Trumbull County Veterans Services are bringing THE WALLto Warren, Ohio. The Wall is a ¾ scale replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Warren is the only Ohio stop out of 38 sites chosen for the VVMF 2018 National Tour. If you would like more info, contact me at (571) 217-8897 or SharTom123@aol.com.
Upcoming Events: Our regular board meeting will be on 1 Aug 18at DSCC and our monthly general business meeting and luncheon as noted above will be 10 Aug 18at the Berwick. Colonel Jerry Besanceney is our guest speaker and the subject is Syria, so don’t miss this speaker! By the time you read this, our State Council meeting will have concluded on 28 Jul 18 and I will have missed the deadline to provide you any updates, so I will address that meeting in the next edition.
What’s on Your Mind– I want to know what’s on your mind, and if you have concerns about our Chapter or suggestions to improve what we do. Please get in touch and I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problem. Call me at phone 571-217-8897 or email me at SharTom123@AOL.com.