Posted by: arbeam | February 24, 2014

Presidents Corner: March

Larry SalterIt has been a busy month for the Council Board of Directors. We are settling into our new roles and figuring out how best to accomplish the Navy League mission as it applies to our council. We approved our operating budget for 2014 which includes new emphasis on youth programs (e.g., how can Navy League help the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and a renewed emphasis on our youth program support to Sea Cadets and NJROTC).

A call out for membership support—we need your help in recruiting new members! We are currently a 456 member council, which qualifies us as a medium sized council. One of my goals for this year is to get us back to large council status (over 500 members)—to do that, all we need is for 10% of our membership to recruit one new member—how hard is that? 45 new members would get us to 501. Members come and go, so we need a little buffer on the number, but I think you get my message—we need support in recruiting new members!

Annual membership dues will increase to $65 (from $50) on 1 April—so now is a good time to entice new members to join before 1 April. Also, if you were thinking of extending your membership to a multi-year option, doing that before 1 April will save you some money.

Sorry I missed the February luncheon. I was attending the AFCEA West 2014 Conference in San Diego—the largest defense related electronics show on the west coast. I must admit that I also enjoyed the San Diego weather—high 70’s/low 80’s for the week that Tina and I were there—a nice break from the Bremerton winter.

See you at the March luncheon. Captain Chris LaPlatney, Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Command NW will be providing an overview of what NAVFAC NW does and highlight some of the major construction projects in the region.

Thank you for all you do to support Navy League, Larry

 

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