by Juan Chavez
Our Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at McKellar’s Lodge on Saturday the 25th of March turned out to be a very pleasant and memorable event. The atmosphere at the rustic lodge was very casual and amiable; everyone seemed to be enjoying the occasion.
The front end of the program was the “State of the Chapter” report. Those in attendance, had a first-hand opportunity to hear a comprehensive report highlighting the chapter’s operations and accomplishments in 2016, an assessment of where the chapter is now, and the chapter goals for 2017.
Briefly, for those not there, the chapter’s current overall posture is excellent, however, its future is dependent on membership recruiting and retention; and, leadership succession. A copy of the entire report is posted on the “Documents” section of the chapter website, and I enjoin every member of the chapter to review it at the earliest opportunity to get a better idea of how and what the chapter is doing, and to become familiar with our goals and personal challenges for 2017.
The second half of the program was the ceremonial portion. Recognizing and rewarding members for doing great things for our chapter is always a pleasurable and uplifting experience. It was a distinct honor and privilege for me to present the following awards:
Certificates of appreciation and chapter coins to: Sara VanderClute, George Glann, Steve Mannell, Bruce Brown and Dennis Franken for their individual contributions above and beyond what is expected.
Special MOAA Leadership Awards to Art Rodriguez and Don Gersh for sustained extraordinary service while serving in multiple leadership positions over extended periods of time.
The prestigious Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award to Ralph Hinrichs for outstanding service to the chapter as our Personal Affairs Officer for the past 2 years. He also took on the additional responsibilities of Honor Guard Coordinator; Chapter Liaison to USO Fort Bragg; and, agent to the Red Cross. We are very fortunate to have an officer of Ralph’s caliber as one of our leaders; he is a hard-working and dedicated individual of impeccable character – a distinct credit to the Cape Fear Chapter.
Congratulations once again to all our award recipients for all they have done and continue to do for our chapter. All of us owe them a great debt of gratitude for their unselfish commitment and willingness to be part of something bigger than themselves. All of them personify the MOAA slogan: “Never Stop Serving!”
As we look forward to a beautiful spring, I wish all of you and your families a blessed Passover, Holy Week and a glorious Easter. God bless all of you.