May 2020 President’s Corner
OPENING REMARKS: Your board of directors has been working diligently to respond to the Stay at Home orders while moving the Chapter mission forward. On 8 April we held the Chapter’s first board meeting by teleconferencing. It was quite successful, even though meeting in person will always be preferable. Like most, I miss the personal contacts and conversations.
As you can imagine, we are having to adjust our programs to fit the Stay at Home orders as well. This month’s President’s Corner will highlight what your board is doing in response to the Emergency Order.
OHIO NATIONAL GUARD/ROTC: LTC Collin’s report is found below. The ROTC programs have been suspended; however, LTC Collins has been able to send the ROTC staff, and in some cases the cadets, their awards and (in some cases) their scholarships which are funded by the Foundation. We continue to have contact with all the ROTC staffs throughout the shutdown period.
ADOPT-A-SOLDIER: Mrs. Dorothy Williams reports that she has been directed by the units we are supporting that we are to cease sending packages to them until further notice. The postal system does not have the capability to screen every package for possible contamination. The unit commanders confirm that this does lower morale of the deployed soldiers. We will restart the program as soon as she gets the ‘all clear’.
LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES: In last month’s President’s Corner, I reported that our Chapter is coordinating State activities though the Ohio Council of Chapters of MOAA. The Ohio chapters are developing a statewide legislative lobbying campaign. I am enclosing the MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters Legislative Update – April 2020. This Update reports the situation that the state legislature is in currently. The Council of Chapters is reacting to this environment as well as to the changes that will take place once the legislature is back in session.
The MOAA Federal News, written by Jen Travers at National HQS, reports the federal legislative priorities (below).
FUND RAISING: We are reacting to the shut down in two ways. One is that we are not actively seeking donations from our members until things return to normal. Most chapter members who donate regularly are likely donating to help people who are having problems feeding their families or in providing aid to the medical professionals on the front lines. However, at the bottom of the CONNECT newsletters will be a place for readers to make a donation to the Foundation if they so desire.
Secondly, with businesses and organizations shut down, we will not be soliciting donations in person. Rather, the board is at work identifying 40 to 50 businesses/organizations who potentially will make donations to us. Board members will be asked to research four or five on the list, specifically identifying the proper contact persons, where to contact them, and in what chapter activities they would most likely be interested. Finally, when businesses reopen we will be mailing solicitations to the proper people. Personal contact will happen with those businesses who indicate an interest in helping us financially.
MEMBERSHIP: Elsewhere in this newsletter is LCDR Nancy Rey’s report of current membership activities. Board members and other members are actively recruiting new members. She and I officially welcome each new member. We are always on the lookout for new members!
2021 STATE OF OHIO CONVENTION: Speaking of member involvement, your Chapter is hosting he State MOAA Convention for all the Ohio chapters, as I reported last month. It will be held in September 2021 on a weekend when OSU Football is NOT playing in Columbus. I am calling again for volunteers from members not currently on the board, and Surviving Spouses, to help plan, organize, and host the convention. It may seem a long time until September 2021, but time is slipping by and there is much to be done, and I had hoped that the working committee would be formed and operational by this June. This is an opportunity to temporarily forget your cabin fever; you will be working by phone, email, and texts, supporting the planning portion.
CAPT George Williams is the co-chair. He will be the person who will welcome volunteers, get you trained, and coordinate your assignments. We need the second co-chair, as well as a facilities coordinator, a program manager, and a public relations member. These are excellent positions for members with experience in organizing a small convention, for members with supervisory/managerial experience in the hospitality industry, and a member who has experience in public affairs. Of course, any member/spouse who has enthusiasm for this project is welcome to come forward and help.
It is important to have the committee made up of members-at-large, as your board members are quite busy with managing the fund raising and programs you’ve been reading and hearing about. To volunteer, you can contact George Williams or myself, or any board member you know. My contact information is below, as is CAPT Williams’.
Board of Directors: 6 May 2020, teleconference.
Luncheon: Luncheons are not scheduled in May. Traditionally, some members attend the Armed Forces luncheon, however, it has been cancelled.
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. This includes volunteering to serve on the 2021 Convention working committee. 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.
Convention volunteers can also contact CAPT George Williams at 614-537-1881 or email email@example.com.