Rogue Chapter

August 2020 Update

Chairman Haines swears in our newest trustee, Army Sgt. Rachael Watters.

Several years ago I made telephone calls to several members at large in the Midwest and New England areas as part of a project to clean up our database.  At that time I was encouraged by many of you regarding your support for NCOA.  Several of you even indicated that you might be interested in getting chapters going if enough people could be located to form the core of chapter leadership.

Between 75 and 80% of our association membership is what we call members at large.  Recently with the development of new technology, anyone with internet access can connect with other members anywhere in the world.  We have been toying with the idea of bringing members together virtually to at least communicate with other members.  Some ideas have surfaced where members looking for work can come together and exchange information, develop and share leads and assist with all facets of job search.  Another option might be members that like to ride motorcycles and want to plan group rides.  The options are only limited by one’s imagination.  For those still on active duty or in the Reserves, there are members available to assist with the development of your career options and guide your advancement.

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) is here to be what you need us to be.  We are here to champion issues in Washington and be the voice that the wearing of the uniform prevents you from directly exercising.  NCOA has the potential to be whatever you need it to be.  We have a new Facebook page titled “NCOA-The Voice of the Enlisted”.  It is a great forum to find out what other members have going and to share issues or concerns that you may need help with, but it is a member-only group.  It is also a great platform to make suggestions for new programs or benefits that you would like to see.

Let’s use the extra time that we have due to restrictions from COVID-19 to engage our collective creativity and make NCOA the leading Military Service Organization out there.  We all want to be on a winning team and your leadership will work day and night to make that happen.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org 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

July 2020 Update

July is normally a month when we celebrate our Nation’s birthday with parades, fireworks, picnics, and an assortment of sporting events.  This year will be different.  Parades celebrating our history, our birthday, and patriotism are banned for fear of spreading COVID-19.  Fireworks are also banned because they might draw large crowds and God forbid we do something that could cause further passing on of that pesky COVID-19 virus.

Fellow NCOA members, those who have served as well as family members of those who served or are still serving; our service was for a purpose.  Some may have served only to qualify for a very good educational benefit that NCOA helped to obtain many years ago.  Others may have served after the attack of terrorists on 9/11 out of a sense of patriotism.  Whatever your reason for service, we sacrificed a piece of our life and in some cases a piece of ourselves to defend our freedoms for ourselves, our families, and future generations.

With all of the news coverage focusing on change and in some cases even pushing the elimination of our founding history, something that your Board has been looking into came back to the front of my mind.  We were exploring an organization called Step up America and one of their pet projects is called the Franklin Project.  Their website https://stepupamericaprogram.org lists their mission as follows:  “The mission of Step Up America: A Call to Good Citizenship is to educate our youth on the importance of becoming responsible, engaged U.S. Citizens in order to preserve the freedom and security of our great nation.”  They were scheduled to come to our conference in San Antonio to speak to us about this project and then COVID-19 changed everything.

I suggest that rather than focusing on the current disruption, we focus on a solution that has been overlooked for far too long.  Step up America teaches our youth why the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were written and the long agonizing process that our founding fathers went through to create these documents.  We can’t fix everything at once, but if some/all of you believe that the Bill of Rights and why this country was so exceptional for over 200 years, perhaps you can look into this as a chapter or an individual and help start the healing of our nation.  Your nation needs you and I humbly request that you step up one more time.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org 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

Rogue Chapter #1260 of the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) issued two $500 scholarships to deserving students within our community

Hannah Johnson, the daughter of Christy and Robert Johnson and Presley Robison, the daughter of Frankie Haynes & Charles DeSha, both received their scholarships at a ceremony at Don Jones Park in Central Point on June 2, 2020.  Both awardees attended Crater High School.

Hannah wants to pursue a career as a Neonatal Nurse by attending Brigham Young University in Idaho and Presley wants to pursue a degree in Health Sciences at Portland State University.

This is the 2nd year for the Rogue Chapter scholarship program which targets either NCOA member’s children or grandchildren or the children or grandchildren of honorably discharged veterans.

For further information about our scholarship program or for those wishing to contribute to future scholarships, please contact Rogue Chapter #1260 at PO Box 5597, Central Point, OR 97502.

About NCOA Rogue

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