President's Letter

        I sincerely hope everyone had a good summer and I assume eve- ryone is looking forward to the great El Paso fall weather.

Unfortunately, this is a most difficult message to write. Below is a note that the Board has drafted to notify members that we are very close to closing the El Paso Chapter. Please attend the October lunch, if possible, myself and the entire Board want to get your feedback. It has been a great honor to serve as the President and I know how much blood, sweat, and tears have gone into all the work our Board members have done in support of the chapter.

The note will be posted on our website and emailed to all members. If you have feedback now, please do not hesitate to contact me at

See you at the October meeting where we all have some big decisions to make! Proud to serve!
"We are at a crisis that requires immediate attention if our chapter is to continue.  Bottom line:  The board will not be able to function IAW our By-Laws after December 2022 unless we are able to recruit replacements for several currently vacant or soon to be vacant officer and director positions.  In the past, we have avoided this when existing officers, directors and committee chairpersons volunteered for additional terms and, when necessary, rotating the president to another position for a year only for him/her to later return for another term or two.   However, this will not work in 2023 as several currently serving officers and directors have stated that they are not returning for another term.   These include the president, treasurer, and programs director.  Furthermore, the secretary, membership and public relations positions have been unfilled for almost two years and are expected to remain so.  
It is now imperative for all concerned members to assess their level of involvement and, if personal circumstances allow, consider volunteering for these current or pending vacancies.  If we don’t find replacements by the end of October, the Board will recommend at the Dec lunch that the chapter be dissolved.
I intend to briefly discuss this at our October lunch and encourage you to attend if it is at all possible for you to do so.  I also request that you share this with any members who may not have access to electronic communications."

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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B.  Get involved.  
(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.
(2) Become a MOAA Member and speak with one voice.  Your membership entitles you to access to, and use of valuable planning tools, and continuous lobbying efforts to preserve your earned military benefits.  Join now by visiting  
  “Professional Leaders belong to Professional Organizations.” Become part of the solution.  Join MOAA.  
“Never Stop Serving"

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

2020 Communications Award