"Focus on Service"
From 2017-2018 Department of Alaska President Barbe Wolkoff
I cannot believe how quickly my year is passing. There are only two months remaining until Department Convention in Anchorage at Post/Unit 28.
We have just returned from Mission Training in beautiful Las Vegas. Attending the training were; myself, Colleen Newman Department Historian, Marge Blankenship Department Chaplin with her daughter and granddaughter. I was delayed leaving Kodiak due to high winds, but arrived at midnight before the training. These attendees are very dedicated to the veterans they serve, as all finance their own trip and expenses. Nicole Clapp, Martha Corriher and Beth McGinn from National did an excellent job planning and executing the training. No time was wasted and managed to cover all of ALA's many programs with adequate and positive encouragement. The idea's exchanged between all these amazing ALA ladies were inspiring and productive. This was my fourth Mission Training and absolutely the most informative and enjoyable yet. High winds and fog delayed my return to Kodiak, but pretty typical for February. Good to get home, although it was 75F in Las Vegas the entire week.
Don't forget the Poppy Project. Time is zipping by. My project is Poppy Posters. Must be at least 11" x 14" or larger and contain three poppies one which must have its tag. Make them beautiful ladies as they will be used for ALA advertising.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at TAL Commander Kirk Walhaus's Convention at Post #28. We still have time to get our there and work on membership. Remember the 3 R's; RENEW, RECRUIT, AND REINSTATE. We must never forget how important our membership numbers are to this organization. Please "FOCUS ON SERVICE" to our veterans, enlisted and their families.
God Bless you and God Bless America.