by Juan Chavez
For those who were unable to attend our general membership meeting on 20 January and missed the “State of the Chapter” report you can view it by clicking on the “Documents” tab at left. Viewing the slides online, however, deprives the viewer of the narrative or discussion that goes with each. With that in mind, I want to elaborate on what I consider our most important goals for 2018.
It is no surprise that being an election year for chapter officers, the goal of seeking candidates tops the list. Of the five elective positions on the board of directors, most of the incumbents are on their 4th or 5th year in their respective positions, which are two-year terms. We continue in office because of the lack of candidates to replace us. We have all done more than our share and we need some relief; specifically, younger blood with new energy and new ideas to take the helm.
We will soon appoint a Nominating Committee to begin seeking candidates for leadership positions beginning in January 2019; the election is in November 2018. If you are interested in placing your name in nomination or serving on the Nominating Committee itself, please call or email me.
The goal of increasing our membership to 325 is also a top priority. This number is only a goal for 2018 and by no means a cap. I should not have to explain why membership strength is so important; for starters, it’s an existential imperative for our chapter. Secondly, it characterizes the strength of our collective voice in support of MOAA’s efforts on Capitol Hill to protect the interests of the military community.
I assessed the state of the chapter as “Excellent” because we have a chapter worthy of that label without question. In my humble opinion there are only two factors denying us the more distinguished label of “Outstanding,” and those are: leadership succession, and infusion of new blood. How can we overcome these obstacles?
We do not lack in abilities, on the contrary, we are blessed with an abundance of talent. The qualifications of our members transcend the entire spectrum of disciplines. What is lacking is the will to take on additional responsibilities! The fix is, therefore, obvious, and I trust that we have folks assertive enough to step forward and do what needs to be done.
In closing, I like to remind you that our next general membership meeting on the 17th of March (St. Patrick’s Day) is our annual awards and recognition event. The coveted Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award will be presented to a deserving chapter member for outstanding service and/or contributions to our chapter.
Additionally, several other chapter members will be recognized for service and special accomplishments. Come join us to celebrate the people who have contributed to the success of our organization.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all and looking forward to seeing you on St. Patrick’s Day.