President’s Corner March 2020
I am writing this President’s Corner the evening following our monthly luncheon. I spoke to the members and guests about my vision for the next two years. In last month’s President’s Corner, I shared with you the major points of my ideas.
Ohio National Guard/ROTC
LTC Jeff Collins is the Vice President for our ONG/ROTC program. 15 February 2020 is the ONG Association Annual Conference. LTC Collins attended the conference as a member of the ONG Association. COL Roberson and I staffed the Chapter Table; we were there to share the Chapter/MOAA story, and to recruit members. The many ROTC units will be hosting award ceremonies this spring. Members of our Chapter will be attending these ceremonies, awarding selected cadets/midshipmen with a certificate and a check as an official part of our Chapter ONG/ROTC Program. (This is one of the programs you support with your gifts.) The units will also be holding military balls and commissioning ceremonies. Please read LTC Collins’ report below sharing the details of the activities he is involved with.
STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
At the February Board meeting, your Board expressed a desire that we look to the Ohio Council of Chapters (OCC) to coordinate a state-wide MOAA campaign of the Ohio legislature. Your two Chapter representatives, COL Roberson and myself, brought up this request at the January quarterly meeting of the OCC. We met with the OCC Legislative Affairs officer just before the Council meeting, and discovered that he was proposing to do just that. This matter was taken to the whole Council where there was wide-spread support from the other chapters’ representatives. The Council representatives approved that the Council will host a special meeting with all chapter legislative officers, tentatively set for April 25 at the regular meeting of the Council. (It will be held at the National Veterans’ Military Museum here in Columbus.) This campaign would lobby for existing bills favoring veterans, as well as working with the state representative for veterans’ affairs for new proposals. (Note: The Chapter supports legislative actions for both the Federal and State levels. My report is about actions at the State level, while CDR Jen Travers’ report below is about activities directed to our congressional representatives and senators.)
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. Her report below details the many packages to troops around the world.
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.”
The Chapter is implementing an important feature of our long-term fund-raising plan. A cornerstone of the plan is to seek donations from businesses and corporations. COL Pete Wilkinson has contacted a major medical corporation in Columbus, and he is making plans to approach a second medical corporation. I emphasize that this is the beginning. Thus far he has met with one group of people who work at one of the corporations (individual military members who work there). He has contacted the corporate officers who make the decisions of how much to donate and to whom. At this writing, he has yet to receive a response.
I tell you these details to illustrate how difficult fund raising at the corporate level will be to get started. As I said last month, our goal for 2021 is to receive most of our funds for Program support from corporate donors. In the meantime, we must raise enough money to pay for our Program budget. These funds must come from donations from our members, friends, and other individuals this year.
I have given you two examples of several programs that we support. You can see from these examples that your donations will provide a lot of support for the troops.
If you are able and so inclined, and want to contribute to our efforts, you can send a donation to Central Ohio Chapter of MOAA, PO Box 361632, Columbus, OH 43236-1632. It will be much appreciated.
We are continuing our new member recruitment, and we are having some success. We are especially trying to recruit younger members who want to help with Chapter leadership and programs. Just as important, we are also concentrating on recruiting for newly-retired officers, recently retired or retiring soon. These officers will be looking for something meaningful to do with their professional abilities. Our Chapter will provide those opportunities, and (paraphrasing COL Roberson), they will be the members who step up to take our places as we age and move on. LCDR Nancy Rey is our Membership VP, and she coordinates the recruiting effort. She has an interesting Membership report, also below. The Chapter members have a contest we can get involved in!
A word about membership dues. NONE OF YOUR DUES WILL BE USED TO FUND PROGRAMS. The Chapter uses dues to pay for our administrative costs (the monthly CONNECT newsletter is relatively expensive, an example of “administrative” costs). For those members reading this whose dues are current, I thank you. For those of you who haven’t renewed yet, I join with LCDR Rey in strongly asking you to send your renewal this week!
Board of Directors: March 4, 2020, Bldg 11, Section 9, Room 906 at the Defense Supply Center – Columbus (DSCC).
Luncheon: March 13, 2020, Berwick Restaurant, 11:30 – 1300. The speaker for this luncheon will be Commander Dustin Martin (USN-Ret). His biography is below; you will see that he has had quite the naval career. I’ve talked to members who have heard his speak at other occasions, and they say he’s a great speaker.
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 ideas I asked the members at the luncheon on February 14, to send in ideas for how to recruit younger officers. This is a very difficult group of officers to recruit.
I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problems. Call
me at 614-306-7548 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (the last three letters are LTC, only in small letters)