TSA Newsletter v2n17 – August, 2006

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: TSA Newsletter v2n17 – August, 2006

TSA Concludes 2006 National Elections
Stephen W. Austen, # 161 — TSA National President

The polls for our 2006 elections have closed and Members of The Spaatz Association emerged the clear winner!

We saw an outstanding slate of 9 talented candidates for 5 Director seats and Mike Provencher (# 1416) and I running unopposed as National Secretary and National President, respectively.

I am grateful for the opportunity to continue as your National President! We have accomplished much but there is still much to do! I am excited by seeing TSA usher in its second decade as a premier fraternal and benevolent national association and would now like to introduce and congratulate the winners you selected.

Mike Provencher, incoming National Secretary, is a proven leader in working with volunteer organizations. He is an active Air Force Officer most recently recognized at the 91st Space Wing’s “Volunteer of the Year”. He is President of his Air Force Association chapter, Deputy CC of his local CAP unit and trainer for the Minot AFB Base Honor Guard. His energy, enthusiasm and experience will be a powerful addition to our leadership team.

This year called for the selection of 5 Directors. Also, because Mike Provencher was elected as our National Secretary his Director’s seat became vacant, as well.

By way of (re) introduction: four veteran TSA Directors, Marla Patterson (#101), Ted F. Bowlds (# 290), Edward “Ned” Lee (# 356) and Lawrence L. “Larry” Trick (# 452) were reelected to your Board. These are dedicated TSA servant-leaders and each a proven “impact player” having taken on a variety of projects on behalf of the Association over many years.

Marla most recently spearheaded our first-ever “Regional Gathering of Diamonds” in Reno, NV as we strive to regionalize our outreach to Spaatzen everywhere. Ted has played key anchor roles in the on-going successes of our Annual Dinners in addition to his professional responsibilities as Commander of the US Air Force Research Laboratory. Ned is entering his second term on our Board, served as emcee at our Annual Dinner and supported our Regional Gathering of Diamonds event. Larry, a former TSA National President, has served TSA since its inception and tirelessly searches for “lost Spaatzen” as our Membership Search Coordinator. Recently, Larry was also named Cadet Program Advisor to the CAP National Commander.

Joining our Directors is Richard Griffith (# 1228), formerly TSA National Secretary and Dr. Bruce E. Krell (#44). Richard has proved a tireless organizer of TSA projects large and small and we owe him a debt of special gratitude for piloting our first Annual Dinner, which has since become a signature TSA event. Bruce began his Cadet career in Mississippi Wing and is now a published software architect and systems consultant for the US Government and several major corporations

These leaders join our incumbent Board Members, Austyn Granville (# 579 ), Noelle Sublett (# 1241), Michael Murphy (# 115) and Robert “Bob” Mattes (# 452), all seasoned TSA veterans. The contributions made by these incumbents are legion and they exemplify the very best qualities of servant-leadership as they re-invest their blessings in the development of today’s young people.

Departing our Board is Kaycee Gilbert (# 1535). Kaycee enjoys the distinction of being the first CA Cadet to join our Board, which began during her tenure as Chair of the National Cadet Advisory Council. We thank her for her service to TSA and wish her well in every future endeavor.

I’d also add a special word of appreciation to WebMaster Matt Johnson (#901), National Treasurer Tim Cheslock (# 1173) and By-Laws Chair Tom Hurley (# 305). Matt’s technical ability and creative expertise brought our on-line voting system to maturity and he worked through the myriad challenges of bringing Pay-Pay on-line to handle member transactions with security and convenience. National Treasurer Tim Cheslock worked with Matt through the Pay-Pal project and continues as an able steward to our daily finances, scholarship administration and tax reporting. Tom Hurley was responsible for administering our overall elections process. I thank him for his dedication and exacting focus on this critical process as well as for his advice and counsel on By-Laws matters large and small.

As The Spaatz Association enters its second decade our opportunities and challenges are never greater nor more compelling.

Immediately, we have the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the United States Air Force to commemorate. As stewards of the legacy of Gen. Carl A. Spaatz we remember his pivotal role as the first Chief of Staff of the Air Force and will honor his special service to our Nation and our People. We will also seek ways to continue outreach to our members, to engage them and to challenge their energy and creativity in furthering the goals of our Association. Our “Regional Gathering of Diamonds” concept is an example of a promising venue to bring together our Spaatzen, now scattered across time and distance, together.

In sum, The Spaatz Association is still in a state of “becoming”. Our accomplishments will only be limited by our collective imagination and our energy to champion new ideas from concept to fruition.
Our journey to the future continues and I am proud to be at your side…..

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