President's Letter

           
          Happy spring team!  Hope everyone is doing great as we gear up for our April lunch meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone there on 9 April and sincerely hope that this little note finds everyone in good health and spirits. 

If you were not at the last lunch, I have a bit of gouge and some changes that are coming down the pike that might have some people talking, so let me set the record straight. As you know we have been trying to recruit new folks to assist in running both the foundation and the chapter. The good news is we will have some “new blood” coming in by late spring and summer. The bad news is we have had to make some executive decisions based on our lack of horsepower. Decision one is we will be going to an electronic Border Bulletin. This means that we will no longer be incurring the cost of printing and mailing but the downside is you will need a computer and email address to gain access to the Bulletin. We are doing this to cut costs as frankly  speaking we have been hemorrhaging money for a while now. The second way we are going to increase our bank role is we took a vote to include the lifetime membership in our annual dues collection. I am not one to   renege on an agreement that came before my time but we just cannot continue to have half the membership not pay annual dues. Now if anyone has a problem with the $25 dollar annual dues please come to the lunch and we can discuss the issue. Or even better if anyone has an idea (that does not take a lot of horsepower) to raise funds please bring it up at the meeting I am all ears! 

Finally, since we are short on folks we are now going to have the BOD prior to our lunches. The BOD will meet at 0930 on the days of the lunches and be done in time to set up and welcome the people that are coming to the lunch. I hope this will take a load off the friends that are currently on the BOD and perhaps incentivize anyone who wants to lend a hand. As always if you want to help a little or a lot, we have things that you can do! Just let me know! 

Additionally, we have been unable to get volunteers to help run the foundation. We all need to discuss the future of the foundation and does it make sense to abolish the foundation and continue with the Chapter? I am looking for feedback so as always do not be shy. Send any comments or recommendations to me at mikehester65@gmail.com or call anytime at 760-969-2102. 

I apologize for all the info but desperate times and all that. I think it is good to get it all out on the table and  I look forward to discussing it with you at the lunch. Speaking of the lunch, we have the hospital Commander giving our keynote at the April lunch so please come armed with some good questions or issues you are  having with the new WBAMC! It is going to be awesome! 

I hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to seeing you at the April Lunch Meeting! 

See you on the high ground! Proud to serve!

What are you doing?  So what else can you do as a member of the El Paso active duty and retiree military community?    
 
A.  Get Informed.  Understand MOAA’s Top Ten Goals for the year, and track MOAA’s progress in fighting for your compensation and benefits.
 
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(1) Communicate directly with your political representatives.  You can send elected officials your own message of support utilizing MOAA National’s website, Legislative Action Center. You can also choose a MOAA-suggested message telling your elected leaders to support veteran focused legislation, especially important now as congressional leaders begin the debate on the NDAA.  Your message will be pushed automatically to your House and Senate leaders. Communicate directly to your elected officials and be heard.  It’s easy. Go to www.moaa.organd use their simple tools.  Its is easy…and it is effective.
 
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“Never Stop Serving"


Michael Hester
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2022


2020 Communications Award