Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
MTC President's Message
Happy New Year to all our members. First let me thank everyone for your support and attendance at our meetings in 2019. We had an excellent year in every respect. We had excellent programs that informed us on Education, Law Enforcement, Government, Weather and remembrances from World War II as a bomber pilot over Europe. This year promises to be another very topically informative year of presentations.
In 2019 we continued our 5 Star Chapter status and had another outstanding Scholarship fund drive raising over $5300. We continued to support scholarships/grants at both Lipscomb and Belmont Universities as well as a donation to the MOAA National Scholarship Fund. Finally, we added over $2300 to the Middle Tennessee MOAA Endowment at Lipscomb University. Thanks for your outstanding support.
If you have read my last couple of letters you will know we are placing increased emphasis on both Chapter membership as well as National membership. We have been making a concerted effort to reach out to local members who are not national members. As a result, we have added 14 National members through the free Basic Membership program. To date we still have 48 members, 24% of our chapter, who are not members at the national level. One of the goals that we will carry forward into 2020 will be to reduce that percentage to as close to zero as we can. It is important at the local level in helping us retain our 5 Star recognition as well as helping MOAA National be a strong voice on the hill speaking for our services and service members during the legislative process. So, if you are not a National member log on to MOAA.org or contact our membership chair, Colonel Doug Minton for assistance in joining.
I want to thank our board members for their faithful service during the last two years of my tenure as President. It has an honor to be your President and see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make all the events, meeting and programs come together. Special thanks to our outgoing treasurer Captain Hal Sauer for his dedicated service. I would also like to welcome 1st Lieutenant Deryl Bauman to the board as our new Treasurer.
Mark your calendars for 28 January as we start the new year with our annual business meeting. It will be the opportunity for you to hear the board members give you an update on their respective areas of responsibility as they give a brief overview and answer any questions you might have.
Finally, we will install our new President Lt. Colonel Mike Patenaude. Mike has been your 1st Vice President for the past two year. Welcome Mike, I know you will do a great job.