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Chapter President Update — May 2018

18 May 2018 05:30 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

Fellow alumni and Hampton Roads Chapter members,

It is my honor to serve as your new chapter president for the next two years. I cannot over-emphasize the high esteem in which our chapter is held by USNAAA headquarters leadership in Annapolis (more on that later), and much of the credit for that standing goes to our immediate past president, Dick Enderly '71, and members of the previous chapter board of directors. The new board has some big shoes to fill, but I believe we're up to the challenge!

Board meetings: open to all members

The new board (you can see their names on our web site, usnahamptonroads.com, under “About Us”) was seated as a part of our 25 April board of directors meeting. I thank them all in advance for their service to our chapter, our alma mater and our community. I want to make sure that the board carries out its business as transparently as possible, so I consider all board meetings an open forum for all chapter members in good standing. All I ask is that you let me know in advance if you plan to attend so we can make sure there are enough chairs in the room.

Board meetings are the fourth Thursday, every other month, beginning at 7:00 a.m. And usually done by 8:30 or 9:00. Meetings are held in the Regional Building, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake. So for the rest of 2018, board meeting dates are 28 June, 23 August, 25 October and maybe one in December; we'll see on that one.

Outreach efforts

There are several projects that I'd like to get underway, but there are two broad objectives that will be most important going forward. First, Daren Williams '02 and Shanti Powers '03 have agreed to co-chair a focus group that will explore what sort of activities our chapter members would like to see us pursue. We do a lot now, but are our current activities of interest to a wide enough swath of alumni, particularly from the more recent graduating classes? If not, what would they like to see that would get them more engaged with the chapter?

Second, I'd like to explore a deeper partnership with organizations similar to ours. That certainly includes more joint activities with local alumni association elements from the other service academies, but it could also include organizations such as Navy League, Submarine League, Tailhook, Surface Navy Association, Marine Corps League, etc. More to follow as we explore these options, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

New governance committee

Tom Martin '66 has agreed to chair our new governance committee, which will also include Renee Reedy '81, Christy Cowan '95, Kirk Michealson '79 and Ken Levins '83. They will review our by-laws and recommend any needed changes, establish a policy to govern sponsorships and donations, and serve as the repository for “best practices” and other policy documents that govern our chapter.

I attended training in Annapolis for new chapter presidents on 10 May, and I'll share my takeaways from that very valuable day in my next update to you. In the meantime, I hope to see you at the Mariners' Museum, Gauthier Winery, happy hour at Blue Moon Taphouse, Plebe Recognition Dinner — you get the idea, we are a busy and engaged chapter!

Beat Army!

Craig Quigley '75

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