This is a great MOAA month and even greater time to be living in Ohio! I’m highlighting four separate actions/events below and two of them provide great opportunities, so I hope you take advantage.
The most satisfying part of my job is to see good people recognized. This happened recently with LTC Joseph (Joe) A. Machado. Joe was recently selected for induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. CONGRATULATIONS JOE! This is a significant recognition, and it only begins after a distinguished military career. Inductees are recognized for their continued service within the community and Joe exemplifies that continued service. The 2018 Class of inductees has a total of twenty people selected from throughout Ohio, so Joe should be very proud. We’re all proud of you!
27 Oct 18, 300 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 — BE THERE! The event is the opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) and I sincerely hope you will consider coming. The dedication and opening ceremonies begin at 2 pm and the Memorial and Museum open at 3:30 pm. This is a Saturday afternoon, but is also Ohio State’s open week. I do hope you can attend/visit. The keynote speaker is General (ret) Colin Powell. For more information and to RSVP for the dedication ceremony, go to https://www.nationalvmm.org. As an aside, LTG Michael Ferriter (USA/ret), a member of MOAA, has been selected as the NVMM’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Another BE THERE opportunity; our luncheon this month on 12 Oct 18 at the Berwick. Social time is 11:30 and lunch begins at noon. Our speaker is Mr. David Simmons. He is a Councilman for the Village of Galena, OH and works part-time for the Ohio History Center. What is interesting is his subject: Covered Bridges in Ohio; however, he isn’t going to talk just covered bridges (seen one, you’ve seen them all), but how they helped shape the Ohio political landscape. I am excited to see how he ties this together! I believe this will be interesting. I would certainly encourage you to attend if you can. Follow this link to our website and make your luncheon reservations: http://www.moaa-centralohio.org/. I hope to see you on the 12th.
The last item to highlight is MOAA National’s encouraging Councils and Chapters to participate in National Voter Registration Day. Your Board voted (5 Sep 18) to participate and I totally supported this effort. Our participation was limited to one day, National Voter Registration Day, 25 Sep 18. We manned a table at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Center (James Road, Columbus, Oh) and provided information and assistance to people who were not registered to vote. I do not have any results (number registered) since this article had to go to “press” prior to the 25th. I did want to mention this, because I believe it is everyone’s right as well as duty to vote. It isn’t too late to register. If you need help in registering or just an application, let me know.
Upcoming Events: The regular board meeting will be on 3 Oct 18at DSCC and the monthly general business meeting/luncheon will be 12 Oct 18at the Berwick. Again, I think the speaker, Mr. David Simmons, will be excellent and he definitely has an interesting subject.
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. I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problems. Call me at 571-217-8897 or email