November LUNCHEON. The Berlin Wall is officially recognized as coming down on November 9, 1989. Our November luncheon was November 8, 2019; almost 30 years to the date of this event. Lt Col Pryor Timmons was the speaker at our luncheon, who was present at the 1989 event. Pryor provided an excellent historical perspective of the Wall and related personal observations from thirty years ago. I’d like to thank Pryor for sharing.
December LUNCHEON. The December luncheon also promises to be great as it is our Christmas luncheon. This year it will be held at the Berwick Restaurant, so get your reservations in early ($25.00 per person). This should be a great time as we officially recognize two great supporters of the military and of Veterans as Honorary Chapter members even though there is no speaker. Mr. Warren Motts and Mr. Rick Isbell will be presented with Honorary membership Certificates of Recognition. Mr. Motts is Executive Director of the Motts Military Museum and Mr. Isbell was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame last month. Their biographies, as posted on the Hall of Fame website, are attached (shorter versions for the hard-copy mailings). I think you would all enjoy meeting and speaking with them. This is a great way to begin the Christmas Holiday season.
ELECTIONS! I mentioned elections last month, but I’ll cover it again. The slate of officers to fill next years’ elected positions is elsewhere in this newsletter and identifies the same officers who are currently serving except for your President. We have a new candidate, LTC (ret) Bill Radcliff, who has agreed to serve if elected. The election will be held on January 10, 2020 at our business meeting/luncheon. Nominations may also be taken from the floor at that time for any of these positions. It would be wonderful to see a full turnout.
CLOSEOUT. As your President, I still have the January 2020 President’s Corner to publish. That article will cover what I believe we’ve accomplished over the last two years. I will also address areas where I think we should focus in the future.
Board of Directors meeting: December 4, 2019, Bldg 11, Section 9, Room 906 at the Defense Supply Center – Columbus (DSCC).
Luncheon: December 13, 2019, Berwick Restaurant, 1130 – 1300. This is the Christmas Luncheon and we will recognize two Honorary Members.
Richard A. Isbell
Rick is a disabled veteran who used the vocational rehabilitation program to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He is trained in animation, fine art, illustration and graphics. He spent six years as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist, helping veterans look, prepare and find gainful employment. He became the Veterans Affairs Coordinator for Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Rick has the distinction of being the first full-time Veterans Affairs Coordinator for a city municipality in the State of Ohio. Under Rick’s leadership, the City of Columbus received the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of Guard and Reserves Freedom Award in Washington, D.C. Rick works as a Senior Graphic Artist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Rick continues to serve veterans, military and their families in the community. He chairs the committees for the Central Ohio Stand Down and the Fallen 15 non-profit organization, and is a MILVETS trustee. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans.
Warren E. Motts
United States Army Veteran
Warren Motts, 76, of Groveport in Franklin County, served in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard from 1959 to 1968. Warren leveraged his military training into a photography career at Battelle Memorial Institute, receiving secret and top-secret security clearances while working on government projects. He was the owner of Motts Photographic Center, Inc., for 25 years and his photography career earned him several distinguished awards including the Professional Photographers of Ohio “Lifetime Achievement Award” that now bears his name. He is past president of The Professional Photographers of Ohio, The American Society of Professional Photographers and The Professional Photographers of America, and he has many degrees and awards from these organizations. In 1987, he founded the Motts Military Museum in his home and moved it to its present location in 1999. As director of the Motts Museum, Warren created a world-class institution dedicated to educating the public on military history, especially the Vietnam War and the military men and women who served in it. He has served on more than 25 boards including the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Board, the Columbus Veterans Advisory Board and The National Center for Civil War Photography Board. Warren was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Most Excellent Grand Priest of Ohio, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, for his outstanding contributions to community, state and country.\
What’s on Your Mind: This statement is still valid and sincere. 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. I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problems. Call me at 571-217-8897 or email me at SharTom123@AOL.com