Rogue Chapter

Terry Haines

2018 – New National Chairman


From the Desk of the Chairman




From the Desk of the Chairman



From the Desk of the Chairman


I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and experienced why there is so much to be thankful for in this great country.  In a few short weeks, Christmas will be here.  The vast majority of us will have the opportunity to be with families and loved ones and to experience what Christmas is all about.  I don’t have to remind you that we have many brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers and sons and daughters who will be away from us this eighteenth Christmas season since 9/11.  Please pray that this will be the last time we have troops in harm’s way at Christmas.

I want to thank all of you who have contacted me about sending care packages to some of our troops in Afghanistan.  If you sent something special to another service member as a result of my last column, thank you.  I was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq for Christmas 2005 and I can assure you that being in a combat zone is a humbling experience.  I have a grandson serving in the United States Army right now and his wife, also a soldier, will be spending this Christmas separated from him in Eastern Europe.  Separation is a way of life in the military, so this year, I ask all of you to do what you can to ease that loneliness just a little bit.  You will feel better and I can assure you that our troops will appreciate it.  Some chapters have sent cards and others care packages.  All can pray for their safety.  You can also do something special for the families back home to show them how much we support their service man or woman.

A college professor once stated “There is no such thing as a free lunch!  Someone somewhere is paying for it.”  I have never forgotten that statement and I think that we all need to spend some time reflecting on what it means.  There are some in this country that have been so brainwashed with the entitlement mantra that they think that by being able to breath air, they are entitled to free stuff.  There is a big difference between free and free to you!

My generation and most of the ones that came before me understood that only through hard work and effort were things earned.  The benefits earned by our service in the military are earned by your years of service, but they aren’t free.  Taxpayers cover the cost and yes that means even those who serve are investing in the very benefits that we receive.  That GI-Bill education or that VA disability payment is not free.  The difference between the benefits earned by years of service in the military and many of the things being talked about by politician’s todays is a matter of investment and effort.  Each of us has invested years of our lives, holidays away from our loved ones and numerous other inconveniences because we chose to serve to protect our freedoms.  Be proud of that!

Now I know there are some of you that were drafted into service and that was not a choice that you would have made at the time, but in the end you served rather than run away and hide in Canada.  You earned those benefits because you did serve.  If you wore the uniform of any branch of the military, I salute you.  Do not diminish that service because you were drafted rather than volunteering.  You served and therefore earned every benefit those groups like NCOA and a host of other organizations fought hard to win for you.

As we approach the end of a turbulent year and look forward to a new and hopefully better year, remember this!  Life is a matter of choices.  Each of us can choose to be part of the solution or we can relegate ourselves to be a part of the problem.  NCOA will align itself to be part of the solution.  Will you help?  If you have thoughts, I want to hear them.  Contact me at and I can assure you that your leadership will take note.


Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example,

MCPO (SCW) Terry M. Haines

Chairman, International Board of Directors

From the Desk of the Chairman


November 10th is the 243rd birthday for the United States Marine Corps, so a very happy and respectful birthday wish goes out to all Marines, past and present and for those who will serve, the bar has been set high.

Many of you served in combat and can truly understand the significance of service over the holidays.  Being away from family and loved ones is hard no matter what day it is, but there is something a bit more emotional when we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home.  There are Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen serving all over the world this upcoming holiday season and when I use the word “man”, I also want to call out that there are a lot of women serving proudly right alongside.

There is a base in Afghanistan that my chapter has been supporting for some time.  There are Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen at Camp Shorab.  NCOA’s mission is to look after the quality of life for our enlisted men and women as well as their families.  This holiday season, I am going to ask a favor of all of you.  This base doesn’t have a PX and many of the outposts do not even have a chow hall.  They are asking for simple hygiene items as well as snacks and canned food to supplement their diet.  I received thank you letters from several enlisted Marines thanking NCOA for our support.  I am asking all of you to consider sending some care packages and or any service man or women Christmas cards to this base to let them know that NCOA truly does support them.  While I have one isolated base to support, you may know of others.  In either case, please support our troops on the front lines in harm’s way.  What a way to plant a seed that NCOA cares for them and will step up and take care of them.  Email me for the address if interested in this specific base or if you have any questions about what to send or how to send it and I will be happy to guide you.

After much thought and research, NCOA will be having our annual conference next year in San Antonio from July 16-18.  We need you to seriously consider attending as many significant changes in our organization will be formulated and voted on and you should all be involved in the decision process.  There is plenty of time until we meet in San Antonio to budget and come.  I hope to see all of you there.

Finally, NCOA has all of the programs that all of the other service organizations have, but we have a leadership team that truly cares about each and every one of you.  I have the privilege of working alongside Vince Patton, our National President.  Our current Board is made up of active duty and retirees from across the military spectrum.  We are working hard behind the scenes to turn NCOA from just another veteran service organization into the premier organization that focuses on “all” of our enlisted forces.  Hop onto the crest of this wave and be a part of this process.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, I want to hear from you.  Email me at  Remember, failure is not an option!

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example

Terry M. Haines

Chairman, International Board of Directors

From the Desk of the Chairman


This month I want to honor all of the five branches of our Armed Forces.  With so much in our society that seems to be tearing us down as a nation, the one thing I have personally experienced is a respect for our warriors.  October 13th will mark the 243rd birthday for the United States Navy.  For every Submariner, surface sailor, Airman, Seabee, Special Operations and a host of other specialties that make up the United States Navy, thank you for your service and Happy Birthday!  Going forward I will celebrate each branch on their birthday month.

I have had the privilege of working with a program called Honor Flight that takes our older veterans back to Washington DC to visit their Memorials.  There are Honor Flight Hubs in over 40 states so most of our membership should be near one of these hubs.  Last year while on a flight, we were approaching the Navy Memorial and there was the almost daily protest going on in Washington.  We were blocked from access but our bus stopped anyway.  When our older veterans started getting off of the bus and getting into their wheelchairs, the protest stopped.  These young men and women that were protesting gathered around our veterans and cheered for them.  They clapped, thanked them for their service and cleared the way for our group to get to the Navy Memorial.  Our veterans received a special feeling of honor that day that was spontaneous and heartfelt.  You see, even in the melting pot of protest, our veterans experienced appreciation for their service.

If you watch TV or listen to talk radio much, it is easy to assume that this country is broken and there is nothing good to feel about it any longer.  I can tell you from personal experience that getting active in your community with projects like Honor Flight or Snowball Express allow you to feel some of the good that still exists in this country.

You all served in the military. No matter what rank you held, you experienced leadership.  If what you are doing isn’t working, why not try something else?  If you are not satisfied with the results that you are getting in your life, try something else.  Mark Twain once said “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

If you are truly happy with what is going on in your community, keep up what you are doing.  If not, do something about it.  Whether you are involved with an NCOA chapter or are just a member without anyone else around, you were trained by the military to make a difference.  Maybe it is time to reflect and find out why you were born.  There is an old saying, how do you eat an elephant?  The answer is one bite at a time.  Take your first bite today and begin the process of making a difference.  Success feels good!  Just like those angry protesters in Washington, when they saw those veterans, they stopped protesting long enough to honor those vets.

NCOA is changing.  We are going to make a difference in this country one person at a time.  Join the movement for positive change.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, I want to hear from you.  Email me at  Remember, failure is not an option!

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example

Terry M. Haines

Chairman, International Board of Directors

From the Desk of the Chairman


This month I want to try something different.  NCOA in its current form has been doing things a certain way since 1960 when we were first created as a Veteran’s Service Organization.  Our mission calls for us to fight for quality of life for all enlisted personnel and their families from all five branches of the military.

We have received a number of thought provoking ideas about where we are weak as an association and I must agree that we have a lot of room for improvement, but I have said it before and I will reiterate it again, failure is not an option.   It is a foregone conclusion that we need an injection of youth into our organization in order to keep up with the times.  The flow of new recruits into all branches of the military is healthy enough that we still are an all-volunteer military.  Considering that we as a nation have been at war for almost 17 years, it is amazing that our force still maintains its status as the best fighting force in the world.  How can that be?  Many in the older generation think that the younger generation does nothing but play video games and text on their phones.  While that perception may be partially true for some of the younger generation, how can it be absolutely true with all of those who are serving today?  They can’t maintain our fighting force at such an elite level by keeping their nose buried in a cell phone or playing video games 24/7.

Maybe those who are serving have some the same stuff that we had when we joined decades ago.  They must be patriotic or why would they sign up knowing there is a good chance they will be deployed to a combat theater?  They must have some level of discipline.  They must have some sense of loyalty.

I have talked to many younger sailors and soldiers and they have some level of desire to improve their community.  I propose that this younger generation has many of the same qualities that we had, but it just manifests itself differently than we are used to seeing.

We have spent years complaining about what is wrong with everything in our lives.  There isn’t much wrong with this world and NCOA that hasn’t already been identified and analyzed.  I am asking you today to shift gears.  What do we do well?  Come at this exercise as if the glass is half full rather than half empty.  Talk to young people and listen?  Stop assuming that you know what they think or you will never hear what they are saying.  Brainstorm with the younger generation.  What do they want?  How do they want to accomplish it?  How can NCOA help?  What do they need that they can’t get from the military?

It is time we all started looking for solutions rather than dwelling on problems!  If you have any suggestions as to how we should operate as an organization, I want to hear about it.  My email is  I can assure you that your thoughts, ideas and suggestions will not be ignored.  I pass every email that I get onto the entire leadership team.  We want to turn NCOA into a leading veterans service organization that makes a difference for you and your family no matter whether you are in your 20’s or your 60’s.  I say again, “Failure is not an option!”


Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example

Terry M. Haines

Chairman, International Board of Directors

From the Desk of the Chairman


My fellow NCOA members and those nonmembers who have served this nation with pride, past and present, you are appreciated.  A life of service in uniform made most if not all of us grow up a bit and instilled many qualities that the world around us only wish they had, like discipline, leadership, integrity and many more qualities too numerous to mention.

Life in this country over the last several years has been a challenge, particularly if you no longer have the structure of being in the military as a safety blanket to fall back onto.  Every day we are challenged by circumstances seemingly out of our control that stretch that safety blanket to a point where on some level or another it begins to rip.  We are constantly being pressured to compromise our values, our standards and in some cases even our friendships.

When I became a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, I took on additional personal and professional challenges to take care of my people, no matter what, and that is a challenge that I have kept even after I retired.  I assume that there is a similar standard that all noncommissioned officers in all branches of the military take on from the time that they find themselves in charge of men and women in uniform.

During these challenging times in our nation when we as men and women find ourselves under constant attempts by society, the media, politicians, and in some cases even our own families to forget where we came from and what we learned in the military, I ask you to take a deep breath and think about your core values.  Our NCOA President, Vince Patton, said it best when he called us all to live by the 9 core values that make up our 5 branches.  Loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity, courage, commitment and excellence are not just a list of words; they are standards that all who have served should live by.

Every single organization in this country has challenges.  That is because every organization is being run by human beings that are not perfect.  I can tell you that NCOA has an exceptional human being as our national commander.  When I took over the reins of the Board of Directors, I was humbled.  I love this association and I have confidence in our leadership.  We are actively looking for programs that will provide you with the kind of benefits that will truly impact your lives and the lives of those who are or will serve.  We are also looking for benefits that no other organization has so that we can stand out as a group looking out for you!

We need your help.  Do you have a spouse or family member that is not a member of NCOA?  Do you have a co-worker or a friend who served in the military that believes like you in the core values mentioned above?  Sign them up and give us a stronger voice so that we can do even more than what we have been able to accomplish to date.  You can go to our website at and look at who we are and what we are doing.  Every day we are striving to improve because we believe in you.  If you have thoughts or concerns, contact me at and I guarantee that your views will be taken seriously.  Failure is not an option and improvement is happening daily.

From the Desk of the Chairman


My last couple of articles has brought responses from several members ranging from Thailand to the west and Michigan and points in between.  All of your thoughts have been shared with staff and the entire board of directors and actions have been taken on every single response that you send to me. We want you to continue sharing your feedback.

 July starts with the annual celebration of our freedom and the birth of our nation.  July 4th is when many of us participate in patriotic parades, family BBQ’s and fireworks displays.  I remember when I was deployed to Iraq in 2005, our base had a contest.  All units were provided a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  All units were to read it to the troops, sign a muster and turn it into the base chaplain.  What a way to help our citizens, or troops in this example, remember what the 4th of July is all about. We stand a little taller when the flag goes by in a parade and puff out our chests a bit when a military formation of jets flies over our parade.

Our nation isn’t perfect, but it is what we make of it and for all that have served, our time in uniform should have or still does make us proud.  Service whether in uniform or out brings out a sense of pride that we will hopefully pass on to our next generation.  Have you sat down and spent any time reflecting on the feelings that we had when serving alongside of our brothers and sisters in uniform.  The comradeship we formed with those we served alongside will last a lifetime.  The same goes for service outside of uniform.  Contributing to the improvement of your community is one way that you can make a difference today.

We see so much disruption in our communities and yearn for order to our lives.  My question to you is what can or will you do about it?  In the military it was simple.  Our leadership developed a plan and within the organization we executed that plan.  Now you are no longer in that unit.  You ask yourself what can I do about it?  You were a noncommissioned or petty officer in the military and by definition were the ones who most often made things happen.  Take that training and experience use it to positively impact your community.  If conditions are disruptive enough that you spend time dwelling on the situation then why not do something to make it more palatable. We don’t need to and should not resort to any kind of physical confrontation, but there are ways to make a positive impression and change hearts.

Have you worked with youth groups and taken the time to explain why you have patriotic feelings?  Have you taken the time to explain why the flag means so much to you?  Have you explained to your friends and co-workers what it means to serve your country and that when you signed up, you committed to support and defend the constitution at a potential cost of up to and including your own life?  Many who have never served don’t know and understand that.  Perhaps veterans need to educate the public and just maybe we can turn things around in this country.

NCOA is an organization that was created to take care of quality of life for our enlisted forces.  Helping to maintain that same quality after we separate is just as important.  Start by getting involved in the solution today.  Sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing is part of the problem. I want to hear from you.  My email is  Failure is not an option!

From the Desk of the Chairman


Some of you may be thinking to yourself, who is this guy that keeps writing these articles.  As the brand new Chairman of the Board, I feel it is one of my most sacred and important duties.  For years, NCOA pretty much disappeared from your view.  You may be able to find your member card and it may be filed away in a drawer or lock box.  Only about 20% of our membership is assigned to a chapter and even many of those groups are not close enough to the center of activity of the chapter that they are assigned to.

Most of our membership is a life member and no longer in an active or drilling status.  The NCOA that you joined, in some cases many decades ago, has changed just like the world around us.  I am actively involved with a chapter so I am familiar with many of the issues that chapters deal with on a daily basis.  Most of you are not actively involved at the chapter level.  You may be active in a VFW or American Legion post or a DAV chapter and that is where you invest your time.  I myself am a member of at least five organizations as are many of you.  All veteran service organizations have done some remarkable things for our troops, veterans and their communities and I hope that they continue to help their brothers and sisters that have served.

Here is why I am writing this article today.  Times are changing and if we don’t make some changes to how we do business, nothing accomplished by any organization will last beyond the memory of the last surviving member. Our Legacy will disappear when we do.  I have spoken to representatives of several organizations and many feel that there is a disconnect between what goes on in their community and the leadership of their national organization.  Most feel that leadership at the top end realizes that we all need to bring youth into our organizations but they appear to be going about it in the wrong way.  They are trying to get the youth to fit into their system rather than modifying their system to entice younger members.  That is kind of along the fit a square peg into a round hole.  It may work occasionally when the square peg is smaller than the hole, but it rarely leads to success.

NCOA is reviewing all of our By-Laws, chapter by-laws etc. to see if we can put some operational flexibility in place for our chapters as well as motivate members who want to make a difference.  Do we need to meet as often?  Do we need to come together in a building or can we take advantage of the technology available to use phone, I-pads, SKYPE and other options to conduct meetings.

The military op-tempo since 9/11 has been hard on our troops and their families.  Many of our Reserve component forces almost feel like full-time active duty because of the number of times that they have been deployed.  Today’s needs are different than they were prior to 9/11.  We must change.  This month alone we have added some new benefits that begin to address our changing environment.  ACP came on board and will offer professional mentorship programs with fortune 500 companies for our members.  We are close to finalizing an agreement with Give an Hour that will offer free confidential mental health counselling for our members.  These exciting additions to our benefits as of this writing are not offered by most of the other veteran service organizations.

Times are changing and it is always better to be on the crest of change than in the trough behind it.  I want to hear from you.  You have ideas and right now, we need to hear them.  Email me at and put NCOA input in the subject line.  Failure is not an option and we will continue to move forward.


Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example;

Terry M Haines

Chairman, NCOA Board of Directors


From the Desk of the Chairman

May 21, 2018

Fellow members and patriots, it has been over a month since our conference in Washington DC.  Your staff has been busy working on issues to improve our benefits, develop membership recruiting drives and incentives for members and chapters to assist in growing our great association and to develop programs that will enhance our position within the Veteran Service organization community.

I have spoken with local representatives of a number of organizations and I sense a disconnect with many organizations between their “on the ground” membership and the national leadership.  NCOA does not have a huge organization of personnel and facilities that must be financially supported by the membership.  We have a paid staff of 4.  The Board of Directors are all volunteers and as such, things may take a little longer to get done than if someone was sitting in an office collecting a paycheck and being paid to make things happen.  Don’t get me wrong, every other veteran service organization has dedicated volunteers that do great things every day.

When I was elevated to the position of Chairman of the Board, I fully accepted the responsibility of being a part of serving each and every one of your needs.  It is my pledge to you to listen to your concerns about areas that need improvement as well as ideas how we can make NCOA the leading voice for all enlisted members of our armed forces, past present and future.  If you are an enlisted member of our active duty, reserve component, separated or retired from any of the five branches of the military, we are your voice.  Just about every other veteran service organization in existence has some sort of eligibility filter in place that you must fit into in order to join and participate.  We don’t!  We accept all enlisted members and even have a category for officers that understand the value of enlisted personnel that defend this country.  So I suppose that you can say we really are the voice of our military.

The next thing that I want to address is that we have done a poor job of communicating with our membership ever since we quit mailing out monthly magazines.  A recent effort to communicate brought back responses like, ”oh, are you still in existence?” .  Many of our members are members at large and when I was doing a project to try and clean up our database, I contacted members all over the country and found that there were a lot out there that would be willing to contribute time and energy to help NCOA climb back to the top.  NCOA and I need your help!  The Board of Directors at our last meeting decided that we need to do something about re-connecting with many of these members at large.  Chapters are authorized to contact headquarters and request a roster of all NCOA members that reside within a reasonable distance from your chapter.  You can then request that members at large be assigned to your chapter.  If there are multiple chapters in a state, work together with those chapters to coordinate efforts. That will potentially be a good boost to your chapter’s membership.  With that membership comes a responsibility.  I realize that some members at large may not want to be affiliated with anyone, but there may be a good percentage of those members that could and would be willing to help your chapters.  It is worth the effort to try and identify those who would like to help.  If a member doesn’t want to participate with NCOA any longer, they can always go onto member planet and opt out, but that is their choice and not for you to worry about.

In order for this plan to work, chapters must communicate with their members.  Create a Facebook page or a webpage for your chapter and encourage all of your member to connect with these media.  Try to create a mail group for your members using email.  My chapter has a local group and a remote group so I don’t send information to the remote group that pertains to a local event that these remote members wouldn’t attend, but you can keep your membership informed about new programs, legislative news etc. without bothering them with information that they wouldn’t be interested in.  The bottom line is that we need to communicate better.  It will take time and effort but those investments will pay dividends for your chapter and NCOA.

I will be communicating with you all regularly because it is important for you to know what is going on and it is equally important for you to have a communication channel with your leadership so that we can continue to improve our organization and move forward.  No idea is a bad idea and even if an idea didn’t work at some point in the past, doesn’t mean it won’t work now.  Please let me help you make this NCOA the true voice of our enlisted forces!


Strength in Unity and Leadership By Example;

Terry M. Haines

Chairman, Board of Directors

Cell: 541-601-8467

“NCOA is the Vanguard of all Veterans… Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!”


From the Desk of the Chairman

April 26, 2018

NCOA members & fellow veterans:

It was one of the most significant moments in my life when I was selected to fill the position of Chairman of your International Board of Directors. I can pledge to all of you that NCOA is looking to move into the next century for you. All service organizations are struggling for membership and purpose. Many are chained to their past and reluctant if not fearful of the road ahead. The past is our legacy and cannot be forgotten, but without a future, our legacy will fade away when we do. Failure is not an option and I commit to each of you that I and your Board will work tirelessly to ensure that we have a future.

How are we going to do that? The most important thing we need to do is listen! Look at programs, benefits, ideas that help us provide support for our troops. We are not going to forget how we got to where we are but we will make a serious commitment to the needs of our Active Duty and Reserve/National Guard forces as they are facing societal changes that most of us couldn’t even imagine when we served. We all need to ask and not assume that we know what makes todays forces tick. We need to think about things that include family rather than just focus on the troops. Many of today’s force have families and with the numerous deployments that have occurred, asking our troops to go to a meeting that takes them away from their families that they have been away from is not likely to be successful. Family events like BBQ’s, picnics, pizza parties etc. can bring the whole family together.

The recent conference in Washington DC was recorded live and has been posted on NCOA’s Facebook page. Check it out and hear what the SEAC and the rest of the E-10’s had to say about our forces and the significant role NCOA can play in supporting our troops. When your chapters have a function, do a live feed on your phone and post it to Facebook. Send stories about what your chapter or group is doing and send them to NCOA to put on our website.

I am accessible and want to hear from you. I am your chairman and your Board is here for you. We need to hear your ideas and thoughts. I can assure you that they will not fall on deaf ears. Send your ideas about groups and projects that NCOA can work with to make us more in tuned with today’s military. We need to rekindle the excitement within our membership. You joined for a reason. Remember what it was and go and recruit someone else so that they can experience that same feeling. Our membership director, SGM Joe Terry is the right person at the right time to grow this association, but he needs your help. I need your help! I pledge to you that I will do everything possible to meet “your” needs. Start thinking outside the box. It can really become an exciting experience.

Chapters need to become more visible. Knights need to start leading. I can tell you that your Board of Directors is engaged. How about you? We are looking all over the country for locations to hold our 2019 annual conference. We are looking to hold costs down and have activities for families. Start looking forward to July 2019. Every single chapter should send a minimum of one member. We are not going back to Las Vegas and are looking towards the center of the country to cut down on travel.

Strength in Unity and Leadership By Example,

Terry M. Haines


Chairman, Board of Directors

Non Commissioned Officers Association

Cell 541-601-8467

“NCOA is the Vanguard of all Veterans… Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!”


March 2018 Report

I want to expand on my last column a bit.  It started off with a sharing of the significant accomplishments of Rogue Chapter members over the past year.  It then switched to explaining the rationale for why my older generation felt it was important to share with those who come after us why we do what we do.  Finally it went on to share some specific examples of what I had done to find out what types of things were important to a small sample of younger people as motivation to ignite a conversation with other younger people that could possibly lead to a resurgence of NCOA moving forward.  My final thought was to charge all that read the article to share their ideas with me so that we could make changes to what we do and why we do it.  I then asked to hear from you!

I made one fatal flaw.  I failed to properly communicate.  The article was posted to a website with the assumption that members would go to the website and read it; then respond.  My flaw was that I assumed that it would be read and acted upon.  The real flaw was that I assumed the entire chapter membership

knew what the website address was and would take the time to go there and read it.  It didn’t happen.  In the old days when we sent newsletters to all of our members, my columns would be mailed to everyone and most members read them.  By going high tech we eliminated the certainty of chapter leadership being able to receive information and make a choice as to whether to react.  Now communication requires a conscious act on the part of each member to seek out information and it also requires that each member be motivated to want to stay connected.

Communication is such a simple process but it has gotten more complicated with the advent of technology.  Most of the older generations rely on the US Post Office to receive information or perhaps a personal telephone call.  The younger generations live on their cell phones and text rather than talk.  They follow Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram or a myriad of other technological programs that exist.  Websites can have a lot of information on them but if it stays the same and isn’t constantly upgraded, it becomes useless and is quickly dismissed.

Getting people to go to a meeting is rapidly disappearing as an option to share information.  How then do we communicate with our intended targets going forward?  Perhaps as you are beginning to see, it is getting complicated.  Even if you can get people into a venue to have some type of conversation, there are still a lot of people, for whatever reason, which fail to acknowledge that a communication problem exists in today’s society.  There are so many options for people to choose from and the only option that provides a reasonable chance that your message will be received and understood is if you send the message over every single method available in today’s society.  That is realistically not possible for most volunteer organizations that don’t have a full time person that is connected with the full range of communication options.  Even sending one paragraph of this text could not be done on some of the options available today because of character limitations.

So how do we improve communication?  First off, we must admit that there is a lot of room for improving communication.  Secondly, we must admit that the answer for one will not necessarily work for all.  Lastly, it is going to take a lot of effort.

I need input from each of you on how we can reach young people.  I will post this on our website as well as put it on Facebook and email it out to everyone with an email address, but that still won’t get to everyone.  We must all talk to people within our sphere of influence.   We must then listen to what they say and not assume that we know what they will say!  Jumping to conclusions may require a  lot of effort but rarely provides accurate outcomes.  Let me hear from you!

2017 Report

Friends, Members and fellow Patriots:

The following document is a few months old but it speaks clearly to a need to find a way to connect our generation with today’s youth.  Our chapter website is and is a good example of what our chapter is doing.  Take a look at it and you will find a wide spectrum of activities that cross the full spectrum of age involvement.  It donned on me that I had not shared our chapter website with most of our membership, so here it is.

Finding a way to connect, even in a small way, is important, not just for our organization, but for all.  It is even important for families to improve communication.   Cell phones have replaced talking and now people predominantly text instead of speak to each other.  This process is placing a roadblock into simple communication.  The fact that texting may be quicker, we cannot lose sight of the value of having a conversation with our families or our younger generation.

I am hopeful that you will do more than read this email and the attached document. I am hopeful that you will think about it and share your ideas with me.  Let’s start a conversation!

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example

Terry M. Haines

Chairman, Rogue Chapter #1260





2017 was a challenging yet very rewarding year. The chapter had almost 21,000 hours of community service and raised almost $13,000 that we gave to worthy community groups and projects.

Last year we lost one of our past leaders when Herb Robb passed away but we have also had a surge in new members’ thanks in part to participation in a weekly veteran’s breakfast. Success brings growth and last year we had a successful Snowflake event bringing 4 gold star families to Boatnik for 3 days of fun. We also had several members act as guardians for an Honor Flight that took 23 WW2 & Korean vets back to Washington DC to see their memorials. We initiated a program to recognize law enforcement personnel that was adopted nationally by NCOA and we held our first annual 5K VeteRUN which brought almost 100 community citizens out to run and enabled us to have the single largest fund raiser in the history of our chapter.

As we move forward as an organization, it is important that the numerous past accomplishments of the men and women who have been members of NCOA do not fall into the oblivion created by our aging population. Our grandkids need to know what has been accomplished in the past and more importantly why these things were important enough for our generation to invest the blood, sweat & tears as well as our money and time in. In order to take a step in that direction I have been reaching out to our younger generation seeking input as to what is important to them. What are they willing to do or invest their time and finances on in order to arrive at a similar level of satisfaction that prompted us to do what we did? Times have changed and we have to be willing to adapt or everything we have done will fade into oblivion when we die.

To that end, I am seeking input and utilizing my position on NCOA’s International Board of Directors to see if there are programs or causes that will resonate with today’s young troops. So far I have gotten feedback like “why doesn’t NCOA partner with Habitat for Humanity to help build housing for our poor.” “Why doesn’t NCOA take on social problems like trying to curb veteran suicide because 22+ veterans are committing suicide every single day?”   “Why does NCOA require membership to attend brick and mortar meetings every month in order to stay in good standing?” These issues are just the tip of the iceberg but ones that we can no longer afford to sweep under the rug. We can evolve or we can die and I didn’t invest the last 30+ years of my life on something to just give up and fade away. How about you? Do you have ideas? Do you want to be part of the solution? Join me. I want to hear from you!


June 11, 2017

It has been a while since my last column but not a time of inactivity. Whoever said that retirement is a time of leisure is obviously not retired? After the turn of the year, activity has picked up. We have had a new basic membership drive where NCOA is giving free memberships in order to increase our legislative footprint. This membership has no benefits, but is one step closer to bringing eligible potential members to one day become a benefited member because we get to share out legislative newsletter with these people so that they can see value in what we do.

In March, we held a social well attended by about 30 members. We held our 2nd Snowflake event over the Memorial Day weekend where, in partnership with the Grants Pass Active Club, several gold star children came to the Boatnik weekend. Portal to portal expenses were covered for these families who lost a father and/or husband since 9/11.

We held another social at Veterans Park and had a very interesting speaker. This young disabled Afghanistan veteran decided to turn the focus of his life from his disabilities to helping other veterans suffering from PTSD or depression. He is now involved in a foundation that helps these veterans deal with their issues through outdoor activities such a white-water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, fishing etc. It is a well-known fact that Mother Nature can have a calming effect on people. Add teamwork to the calming setting of Mother Nature and we find that these vets can begin the process of effectively dealing with the stresses of war.

An issue that is becoming more evident to many organizations in this country is that organizations as we know them are dying. There are many contributing factors to this process. We are getting older and tired of the hectic pace that we have operated at for the past forty years. The answer may very well be right in front of us if we are perceptive enough to see it. We have to get younger if we hope to keep alive. The problem is that it is hard for our older generation to change how we do business. Part of the reason for that is habit, part is a changing technology and part of it is a societal change between our generation and the millennial generation.

Survival means changing gears. We must be willing to either accept the changing technology that drives today’s millennials or at least stop pretending that we don’t have to change. If we don’t change, we die. Young people communicate differently than we did. They don’t believe in brick and mortar meetings. The kind of things that they like to do and are willing to do is very similar to what we did when we were that age, but we seem to have forgotten that. They want to be active and they want to make a difference for their community, but just in a slightly different way. We don’t want our accomplishments to be forgotten or we perceive that we will then become irrelevant. A simple concept can be the answer. Instead of focusing on how hard change is for us to accept because we don’t know how to change, perhaps we use the process of a grandparent passing down things to their grandchildren. That idea is a lot more palatable. It doesn’t intimidate someone to imagine sitting down with the grandson or granddaughter to pass on life’s accomplishments but we shy away from doing it with strangers. Today’s millennials are like our grandkids (age wise) and the survival of our life’s accomplishments should provide the motivation. Change is scary, but being forgotten is even worse.