by Juan Chavez
It has been a long-standing tradition of our chapter to present the DeMeter Chapter Service Award at our March general membership meeting each year, and we shall observe that tradition on the 17th of March at our Saint Patrick’s Day brunch.
While we give the DeMeter award top-billing, as we should since it’s the most prestigious award the chapter bestows upon one of its members, we should keep in mind that we also use the occasion to recognize other chapter members who have contributed in special ways above and beyond what is expected. We’ll have several members who will be so recognized on the 17th of March.
In the spirit of our March theme, I want to take this opportunity to thank the chapter’s Executive Board of Directors and special staff, as well as the general membership at large. Our chapter officers have provided outstanding leadership and our members have responded in kind. This dynamic has resulted in our chapter being recognized by National MOAA as a 5-star chapter for the past four consecutive years.
We can all be justifiably proud of our chapter and its accomplishments since it was chartered in 1961, the first in the state of North Carolina. It has been a distinct honor for me to be its president for the past five years.
I hope to see many of you on Saint Patrick’s Day, we have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate. Come join us!