President Corner For April 2020
Our Chapter affairs are being conducted in the midst of an unprecedented period of recent world history: the Coronavirus. Because of all the mandatory and voluntary closings, the board met electronically to discuss the Chapter’s April schedule. We made the decision to:
⦁ Cancel the April 10 luncheon;
⦁ Reschedule the April board meeting to Wednesday, April 8, at 1400 hours.
⦁ Revise the dates for board meetings from the first Wednesday of the month, to the first Wednesday unless it falls on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of the month, in which case the meeting will be held the 2nd Wednesday. This revision is necessary because the financial information from the bank comes in on one of those days. Since we now have the Foundation, it is important that the Board have the latest financial information.
⦁ The working committees, e.g. fund raising, membership, ROTC, will continue working throughout the months of the quarantine. The committee members will decide on their own how to conduct business.
⦁ We will decide on the May schedule after the April 8 board meeting.
OHIO NATIONAL GUARD/ROTC:
LTC Collin’s report is found below. However, he is now reporting that the April schedules have been postponed. We will continue to prepare award certificates, checks, and congratulatory letters to the selected ROTC cadets, and get them to the individuals per their requests.
Ms Dorothy Williams is the chapter representative for providing “care” packages for our service members abroad. She has been very active herself as well as with other women in her church and with her teacher friends. If you see Ms Williams, give her a big THANK YOU for the boxes she sends to the troops. Again, it’s thanks to your gifts that allows us, through Dorothy, to “take care of the troops.”
We are expanding fund raising efforts and one of these efforts is to promote small donation giving. There will be a table near the front door at luncheons that will accept donations from attendees who want to give something small in addition to the luncheon price.
At the bottom of the CONNECT newsletters will be a place for readers to make a donation to the Foundation. We need support from as many members and friends as possible: this is how your programs get funded.
Elsewhere in this newsletter is LCDR Nancy Rey’s report of current membership activities. She is leading the effort to have special activities for our members. Please give her (or any board member) your ideas for social events that would be meaningful and enjoyable. She is also challenging us all to renew our membership and to encourage other members to renew theirs. Last month I talked about how membership dues and members are both important to the success of your Chapter.
2021 STATE OF OHIO CONVENTION:
Speaking of member involvement, your Chapter is hosting he State MOAA Convention for all the Ohio chapters. It will be held in September 2021 here in Columbus, and we are the host Chapter. I am calling 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 it should start no later than June. My goal is that working committee to be formed and operational by June.
The only board member on this committee is CAPT George Williams who is the co-chair. 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.
Your tasks will be made easier because the committee members for the Cincinnati convention last September have volunteered to get our committee organized and going. In fact, several of their sponsors are already contacting them about buying advertisements in our brochure. (This is how the conventions are funded.)
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, and CAPT Williams’ is in his detailed report.
Board of Directors: April 8, 2020, teleconference.
Luncheon: April 10, 2020 scheduled is CANCELLED. We will keep you informed as soon as we can hold the next luncheon.
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@gmail.com.