Maj. Gen (U.S. Army retired) Deborah Ashenhurst, the Director, Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) was the guest speaker at our September luncheon. She was excellent in describing the various components of ODVS and providing insight into new venues such as “signing ceremonies” being held for new recruits in all Services. Maj. Gen. Ashenhurst is the epitome of “Never Stop Serving” after 37 years in the military and now the Director of ODVS. A special thanks to her for taking time to speak. She is one of seven Flag Officers who are Central Ohio Chapter members. We have another great Chapter member and former Chapter President as our speaker in October, CAPT William (Bill) Tate. He is a great Navy Veteran; however, his subject is “Wilderness War in the Ohio Country.” I encourage you to attend.
SUPPORT & THANK-YOU. The Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down takes place on October 15, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This event receives our largest financial contribution and once again we donated $2,000.00 to support Veterans in need. Thank you to all who donated as it couldn’t have been done without many, many individuals making contributions. There is still time to contribute as we always need volunteers. You can go to this website and sign up if you would like to volunteer: www.CentralOhioStandDown.org You can also volunteer by contacting Colonel Pete Wilkinson at 614-638-7784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to mention another worthy program, “Honor Flight Columbus.” LTC (ret) Joe Machado is our principle point of contact with Honor Flight and does a superb job. I want to talk about an upcoming special event on October 19, 2019. Two Honor Flights will leave Columbus and fly to Washington, D.C. I believe two leaving at the same time will be a specular event. One flight is Southwest Airlines and the other is American Airlines. I encourage you to go if you’ve never seen a departure or an arrival event. More information is available at the website: www.honorflightcolumbus.org.
We have other programs such as Adopt-A-Service Member, Fairfield County Stand Down, Veterans Court doing well. These will be supported totally by donations in the coming year. A program, and one that will either be at no-cost or minimal cost to the Chapter, is re-vitalization of the Junior ROTC program. There has been recent interest in having Veterans speak at high schools or take part in panels. A JROTC program increases visibility of our military and can provide a historical perspective to future leaders.
STATE CONVENTION. The Council of Chapters executed an excellent State-wide convention 20-22 September in Cincinnati. The Greater Cincinnati Chapter hosted which meant they did all the planning and hard work to make this a successful event. LTG Atkins, MOAA President and CEO was the featured speaker. I would like to say, “thank you” and I appreciate our Chapter members who attended.
Board of Directors meeting: October 2, 2019, Bldg 11, Section 9, Room 906 at the Defense Supply Center – Columbus (DSCC).
Luncheon: October 11, 2019, Berwick Restaurant, 1130 – 1300 and the speaker is CAPT Bill Tate, “Wilderness War in the Ohio Country.”
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. 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