McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base
ANG NCOAGA General Membership Meeting 2016
ANG Training and Education Center / Paul H. Lankford EPME Center
Greetings from Nebraska!
Ladies and Gentlemen we had a great General Membership Meeting 48 here in Lincoln and I wish more of you could have been here. I am sure that you would have had a wonderful time. We had 8 chapters represented and a whole group of retirees.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers from Chapter 76 who planned everything and carried it out for me. Especially, our seminar chair, my lovely wife Carol. She did an outstanding job of pulling all the different facets together and having it run smoothly! The hospitality room was hosted by Randy and Kathy Dolezal and the food and drink were both plentiful and tasted outstanding. Our van driver, Stan Krause, ensured that everyone who needed a ride out to the meeting and back was accommodated. He also drove them to Wal-Mart, the quilt museum and the baseball game to name a few places. Speaking of the baseball game thank you to Bill Wiechert for getting the two-for-one tickets for our members to have a relaxing evening on Saturday. Bill also arranged for roasted pork shoulders, which they shredded and served for lunch for Saturday. Sue Turner and Rose Wiechert did a great job on the registration table and with setting up and manning the Silent Auction room. Sue also made a quilt that was sold during the silent auction to help raise funds for the meeting. Karen Koenig, Lang Andersen and Nancy Vondrasek did all the running around picking up items for the various different facets of the event. On top of that Karen, Sue and Nancy proofed the scripts for me so I sounded very professional. Nancy also did an outstanding job putting together the banquet program for me and also arranged our guest speaker at the banquet - the 6th CMSgt of the Air Force James McCoy. In addition, thank you to Bill Beard for providing security at the JFHQ for us throughout the mornings when we were arriving. Thank you to MSgt Casey Svitak for the emcee duties for the opening ceremony and to TSgt Constance Downs for the emcee duties during the banquet. Lastly, Mary Baker made sure that everything I needed at the JFHQ was provided and accomplished in an outstanding manner. In addition, her husband John, helped set up all the state flags which made the facility look great for the meeting. As you can tell, it takes a big group of volunteers to pull this event off and make me look good! I just wished there were more current members of the ANG helping in addition to all the retirees.
And speaking of retirees, we had six past presidents in attendance at our membership meeting. To say they provided input to our meeting is an understatement! I thank them for taking time to spend the weekend with us and for their very important guidance and encouragement.
So what did we accomplish....a lot! Following are the committees that met and the outcomes.
The Association’s Outstanding Graduate of the Year was MSgt Lisa Eisenhauer from Chapter 70 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was given her medallion at the opening ceremony and instructed to wear it the entire weekend, which she diligently did. She was formally recognized at the Awards Banquet on Sunday night and presented with her statue. She gave a very heartfelt speech about how the in-residence PME has impacted her career and her life. She continues to strive to keep Chapter 70 moving forward in Sioux Falls as the President.
There weren’t any IG BROWN packages received this year. This program provides chapters the opportunity to recognize a commander from their unit that they feel has been supportive of the association’s goals and the enlisted force in the unit. The importance of having a commander recognized by our association cannot be overstated. Many of our past selectees have gone on to very influential positions at the National Guard Bureau. It is so important for the continued future of this organization that we nominate and recognize a commander each year that is supportive of our association. Please make the effort to nominate your outstanding commander for this year by the cutoff date of 15 February 2017.
In closing, ladies and gentlemen, let’s make this a year of growth for our association. Your Board of Directors has a goal of getting 3 chapters reactivated this year as well as an increase of 3 members in each active chapter. However, the Board of Directors cannot do this on its own. It has to start with you the chapters and the members. But we cannot help you if you don’t tell us what you need help with. We are here to serve and assist you.
I will do my best to lead this board of directors through this next year. So let’s work together.
Thanks for all your support,
Douglas Schulz (ret) CMSgt