From the Commander
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER
I would like to open by thanking each of you for electing me as your State Commander, and putting your faith in my ability to help guide the team this year. To that end, I would like to provide you with some insight into what my vision is for success in leading this great state of ours during the 2016-2017 year. My focus will surround three main points that I feel if worked correctly will each aid to the other’s success.
The three main focus areas are as follows:
Mentoring leaders of the future
100% Electronic State (i.e.; reporting, communications)
Membership recruitment and retention
I believe that if done correctly, mentoring, electronic communications, and reporting will automatically strengthen membership recruitment and retention. A solid base for ensuring we can remain successful in the coming years is to ensure that there is a path for knowledge continuity from our more seasoned and trained members to our newer or less experienced members. Mentoring will provide that path. Additionally, by moving towards becoming 100% electronic, it allows for that communication and mentoring to reach a much broader audience than simply those that attend the post, district or department meetings. Both of these pieces are key to ensuring our membership base remains strong. A more knowledgeable member will understand the need to keep our great organization thriving and will give them a reason, not only to maintain their membership, but to understand why and how to bring more members in.
I look forward to being a part of the team that carries Arkansas to number 1 – after all, the Veterans of Foreign Wars are the Veterans’ Lifesavers!
Warm regards and best wishes for a successful year,