by Juan Chavez
For the fifth consecutive year, the Cape Fear Chapter was awarded a MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award for 2017. This is the highest accolade a chapter can receive annually; congratulations to all of you, only a total team effort makes this possible.
Many factors go into judging a chapter, e.g., membership, recruiting and retention, frequency of meetings and events, attendance, charitable programs, community support, ROTC support, scholarship programs, to name a few. We do well in all these categories only because of your participation and generous support.
As a non-profit organization, everything we do is entirely dependent on revenue from member dues, newsletter ad sponsors, limited incentive awards from MOAA National that we earn, and more significantly donations from our members and chapter supporters. Our annual golf tournament generates 75% of all our annual income so its importance is obvious.
Our golf tournament this year is just around the corner, Saturday, 15 September 2018. So again, I appeal to all members to sponsor a hole and at least one soldier; this is the only fund-raising activity of the year and the only time we actively solicit your financial support.
Tournament Director Tammy Beshlin has worked feverishly since the beginning of July to publicize the event and to solicit sponsors, donors, players, and volunteers. Additionally, she has applied herself diligently to ensure that the myriad of logistical and administrative details go off without a glitch.
Let’s all show Tammy we’re totally behind her by doing our part. As of this writing only 19% of our members have responded against our goal of 50% participation. We have invited 80 active duty service members to play and we do not intend to turn down any of them. So, let’s get on it, please mail in your sponsorship submissions and player entries without further delay.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at Baywood Golf Course on the 15th of September. If you’re not a golfer, come out anyway and enjoy a beverage, a bite to eat, and lots of camaraderie.