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This months words from the Chapter President - January 2023



During our November Chapter meeting, elections were held for Chapter Board positions. Outcome of that is: President: Ron McCall will continue as President for another two-year term, Becky Hutchings will continue as 1st Vice President for another two-year term, and Bill Pickett will continue for another two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer. We have an open position as 2nd Vice President, and are always looking for individuals who desire to step up and serve. I speak for all three of us, when I say that we are happy to be continuing to serve you in this way.


As was discussed at the November meeting, our Chapter continues in a sound financial position. Our membership numbers are holding steady, though we are always eager to add new members. I would encourage everyone to continue to talk up OEMOAA, and continue to look for ways that we can serve our community, outside of our monthly meetings. This will not only help increase our exposure, which should help grow our numbers, but will also help give us a greater purpose.


Also discussed at our recent Chapter business meeting; we continue to be open to exploring other viable options for holding chapter meetings. A group of possible locations was put forward, and the Board will be investigating those in the coming weeks. With the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as the coming Christmas and New Year holidays, that may take a bit longer to move forward, but rest assured, we will be looking, and will report back.


Frank Bridges, LTC, USA, Ret, has accepted the position of Program Coordinator. He has a number of outstanding contacts, both within MSU, as well as in the local community, and I’m sure he will be arranging a number of very worthwhile speakers and topics for discussion. Thank you, Frank, for stepping up and accepting this responsibility.


Our speaker for January is Hank Molinengo, RAdm, USN, Ret. I have seen a preview of his presentation, and it is certainly worth our time and attention.


The new legislative sessions for both the Federal government, as well as the State of Missouri, are both set to begin as you read this newsletter. We need to continue to be cognizant of issues that affect our community, and be ready to Take Action.


Our newsletter is freely available on this website by following the link above, as well as via email to all members. If anyone wishes to receive this newsletter via US Mail, please make that known to a Board Member or the Newsletter Editor, and we will make that happen.


Ron McCall, President

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