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President Report  
14 Feb 2018

Greetings, fellow Pikes Peak Chapter MOAA members!

First I would like to thank you for your service, thank you for your membership in the chapter, and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President.  It has been a while since many of you received an Eagle in the mail. Here’s a little background information. Over the past few years many members have moved, changed jobs or changed email addresses.  As a result we lost the bubble on our contact list. For every organization, effective communication is essential for success. When you are only contacting 50% of your membership, effective communication is not happening. We have undertaken a number of initiatives to try to correct this problem.

     Jim Mundt and his tireless team of Past Presidents have been going through the rolls and calling many of you in order to update your contact information. We are getting close to 90% accuracy (hopefully).  Mailing this copy of the Eagle to all members is our latest effort to confirm that our messages are getting through to you. If you receive this newsletter, we know we have your correct home address.

     Please take a few moments to email me, Carl Nasatka, at nasatka.carl@gmail.com,  and Pete Mueller, VP for Membership, at pjmueller1@mindspring.com,  so we ensure we have the correct e-mail address and phone number in our database.  If you do not use e-mail send a note via the post office to Pikes Peak Chapter/MOAA, PO Box 15319, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-5319. 

     As most of you are probably aware, people are not joining organizations like they did in years past. We are no exception. Some of you have been around long enough to remember when we had over 3000 members in the Pikes Peak Chapter. Our latest membership count is down into the 700s. We can put a stop to that slide and start growing our membership rolls.

     MOAA National is a great organization that looks out for our shared interests at the National Level.  The Pikes Peak Chapter is your voice here in the Front Range and the State of Colorado.  When you think about it, our greatest strength as an organization is our experience.  Being a Military Officer is one of the most respected professions in the nation.  We have members that have served in nearly every location around the world, in every assignment imaginable, and have transitioned into every industry in our community. This wealth of knowledge is vital to currently serving and transitioning officers and should be one of our strongest recruiting tools.  We need to continue to reach out to the Active Duty Officers and those transitioning and assist them with career transition decisions.  Keeping the best and the brightest here in our community will ensure the Pikes Peak Chapter of MOAA remains a strong and influential organization long into the future. 

     Please take a moment to review your membership status and update as necessary.  If you have a question about your current status, you can check your membership profile on our website at PPCMOAA.org/Join or Renew or contact Pete Mueller at pjmueller1@mindspring.com and he can provide any assistance you may require. For those of you that are life members I want to thank you for your commitment to the organization. The last accurate Life Member list we have is from 2012. So as part of updating your information please let us know if you are a Life Member so we can update our records accordingly.

     Bunny Blaha is doing a magnificent job of organizing our monthly luncheons. These events are a chance to get together with old friends and make new ones. We have changing venues and interesting guest speakers. Luncheons are the first Thursday of every month. Put that date on your calendar. It would be great to see more than 5% of our membership at these events.

     The MOAA Business Professionals has a new format. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month starting at 5:30 pm. I have received a lot of feedback and ideas on how to keep these events in tune with the current business world.  The new idea is to “crowd source” monthly themes and topics.

     We request your help to identify and coordinate an event in the area of business and career transition you are most interested in. You don’t have to plan the entire year, just one event.  Some possible topics are “franchising”, “starting a new business”, “how can your accountant be a force multiplier for your business”,” is getting an MBA worth it”, etc. With all the talent we have in our chapter, the range of subjects is endless.  Topics, venues, formats, are all up to you.  Let’s connect and change our little slice of the world. 

     For the month of March the topic is going to be Government Contracting. I am bringing in a few experts who will give a brief overview of the contracting landscape and then we will open it up for questions. The event will be held at Tap Traders at 3104 N. Nevada Avenue.  Ideally there will be something for everyone at these events.  Networking is essential for everyone’s success. Our target audiences are members currently in the workforce, officers transitioning from active duty, and those members looking for mentorship opportunities.

     Thank you for your service. Thank you for your time. Please check on and update your membership status. We are only as strong as our members. In the coming weeks and months I am hoping to highlight many of the activities that the members of our chapter are involved in around our community. Please send in a note or short article of any activities or organizations you support that make the Pikes Peak region a better place to live.


Carl J. Nasatka 

President, Pikes Peak Chapter

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