My name is Mike Hester and I am the new President for the El Paso MOAA chapter. I hope that everybody had a great Christmas and I hope you are as op- timistic about 2020 as I am! I know many of you and look forward to meeting the rest of you over the following months but figured I should give you the Readers Digest version of my bio. I retired from the Army last June, I am married to the lovely Katie and have one 13 year old man-cub Gus. We fell in love with El Paso and decided to retire here. I enjoy golf, sports, and military history so I am looking forward to hearing some of your war stories. As I am just getting my feet on the ground this will be a quick note but I would be remiss if I did not take some time and thank the former President Forrest Smith and his much, much better half Elma, for all their hard work and dedication to our MOAA chapter over the years. Forrest is going to be the President of the EL Paso Association of the United States Army (AUSA)  and I know that will lead to some strong future collaboration that will benefit both our organizations.
              I would ask all of you to think about what our number one priority should be over the next year. I sincerely believe feed- back is a gift so I want to know what you think. My email is so you do not have to wait to sling me your thoughts. As for me my initial two cents that we should increase our membership with young active duty or recently retired military. My assessment is I can not believe how much work gets done by our active volunteers and our chapter can only do as much as our active volunteer members are willing to do, so the more volunteers we have the more things we can accomplish. Simple Hester math. So, with that said I look forward to getting all of your feedback over the next few months with the goal of making the El Paso MOAA the best chapter in the entire MOAA universe! Happy New Year and I will see you on the high ground!
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