President's Letter

After having served as the President of the El Paso Chapter for 8 of the past 10 years, this will be my final Border Bulletin message.  In my previous President’s message, I highlighted the significant transition that the El Paso MOAA Chapter will undergo in December 2019.  Several outstanding leaders will transition out of key billets, providing several opportunities for new leaders to step forward and take the reins of this outstanding chapter. 
The El Paso MOAA Chapter has been recognized annually at the national level, earning Five Star recognition every year for the past 15 years.  The Border Bulletin and our online website have received national recognition annually, due directly to Bill Moore’s personal leadership and efforts.  The success at the national level has largely been due to the personal efforts of the members of the board, and past members of the board, who continued to volunteer their free time, weekends and evenings, long after having served their nation with distinction on active duty.  

At the local level, BG Jack Kotter has literally transformed the Chapter’s 501c3 Outreach program enabling chapter contributions to a wide range of active duty and retiree programs.  We are all indebted to Bob Pitt, Connie Sullivan, Steve Barrett, and Martha Caldwell for ensuring we have first class luncheons and social events.  

Most chapter members will not remember when Elma Smith took over the treasurer’s duties and overhauled, and automated, all processes, establishing enduring systems, which ensured disciplined, transparent, fiscal accounting practices.  I remember it well.  Those were tough times.  I think she may well have saved the chapter at that time.  

I am also indebted to Lennie Enzel for her sage advice and sense of humor.  Lennie recently left her key position at the El Paso VA, but you can bet she will still find ways to volunteer her time and commitment to the El Paso military community.  What an honor to have served with so many great folks and special people, so completely committed to the military and our community. 
I want to thank all of the members of the board for their total commitment and support while I served as president of the chapter.  I will continue to pursue opportunities to volunteer locally, and I look forward to future opportunities to collaborate closely with the members of this great chapter.

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"

Forrest Smith
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2019

2018 Communications Award