June 2020 President’s Corner
Your board of directors continues to work diligently to respond to the Stay at Home orders while moving the Chapter mission forward. On 6 May we held the Chapter’s second board meeting by teleconferencing. It was quite successful, even though meeting in person will always be preferable. I still miss the personal contacts and conversations.
Your board continues to work on as many of our programs that are on-going that we can. Those members who are involved with programs which have been put on hold continue to talk to the persons in charge. We are working to react quickly to whatever the new-normal will be as the reopening unfold.
We will be using this newsletter to communicate any changes in our operations as society re-opens.
ADOPT-A-SOLDIER : Dorothy Williams’ report is found below.
LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES: Your board gave testimony (in person and in writing) before the House committee on Veterans’ Affairs on May 13. This was in support of an amendment of a previous bill that established a veterans’ ID card. However, in its haste, the legislature omitted the Public Health Service and NOAA as being eligible for the card. MOAA has officers of both of these branches as members: they are co-equal with all the other military branches. (Public Health officer Bryan Beamer is the Legislative Affairs officer for the State of Ohio MOAA Council of Chapters, for example.)
Bryan Beamer, as the state legislative officer for MOAA, gave the board a report about our Storm the State initiative, which would involve all the Ohio chapters making a concerted drive to lobby for the veterans’ programs we support. Unfortunately, for the rest of the 2020 session, the legislature will be concentrating on Covid-19 and Stay-At-Home orders to the exclusion of most other legislation. Additionally, the chair of the House Veterans’ Committee (a good friend to veterans) has to step down because of term limits. ACCORDINGLY, Bryan suggests that this Fall we work together in developing a Storm the State plan for 2021, as well as getting acquainted with the new leadership in this Committee. Your board will be part of this initiative.
Jen Travers’ Federal News column is below. There is a plethora of legislative bills which MOAA takes an interest in.
MOAA’s Storm the Hill’s (nationally) number One priority is to pause the reduction of billets required by The Medical Health Systems Act. Among other things, the Act requires making reductions in medical billets – 18,000 positions (20% of the billets) – as well as reducing the number of military treatment facilities which families and retirees currently use.
MOAA is lobbying DOD to pause this reduction to evaluate how it is impacting our national medical capabilities, and to assess what should be done now based on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Your president has been invited to join with the MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates in participating in the virtual nurses’ chapter in lobbying for this pause. I will report on this as events unfold.
FOUNDATION: Your board is resurrecting a fundraising idea from 2014 as a template for a plan to solicit contributions from corporations and large businesses/organizations. A list of potential corporate donors is being developed; at our May board meeting it was reported that corporations usually funnel their contributions through their foundations. At our June meeting the board will hear a report about how to reach out to foundations from corporate and non-profit organizations. If you have experience working with or for a foundation, please let me/us know!
At the bottom of this newsletter is a place for readers to make donations to our Chapter Foundation. We need support from as many members and friends as possible: this is how your programs will get funded in 2021.
MEMBERSHIP: LCDR Nancy Rey’s report of current membership activities is found below.
2021 STATE OF OHIO CONVENTION: The Convention Committee is beginning to take shape. David Troutman is joining George Williams as part of the committee leadership as co-chair – thank you David! David is one of our newer (and younger) members who is detail oriented; he will be working on details necessary to organize and execute our convention. However, we are still seeking volunteers to take one of the three positions remaining: 1) Facilities/food service coordinator; 2) Publicity; and 3) Marketing. We are also seeking volunteers who will assist the coordinators in their tasks. Committee members will be working from home until a new-normal has been reached.
We now have dates for the Convention: 1-2-3 October 2021. OSU football is scheduled to play in Nebraska.
Board of Directors: June 10 2020, teleconference.
Luncheon: June’s luncheon 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@google.com.