She is a member of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) and on the Legislative Affairs Committee.
It is a great honor to be the
Society of Military Widows National President for 2016 - 2018. Thank
you to all of our SMW members for your confidence and
At the President's Meeting during
the San Antonio Convention, I discussed my proposed Agenda for the next two
1. Revise SMW ByLaws - Cathy
McGraw and Johnnie Marquez from Chapter #13 are on the ByLaws Committtee
a. Would like to give Members at
Large (MAL) the ability to run for national office.
b. Revision of Convention
Guidelines - to make it simpler.
c. Everyone on the new board
has unlimited long distance phone capability, so we will use Free Conference
Call for our quarterly teleconferences. This will save money.
2. Exploring the possibility
of making SMW national only - no chapters.
a. Several chapters have disbanded
already, but they still get together for lunch and social activities.
b. There would be no responsibility
to hold an official local office, and no requirement to write and submit
c. Two chapters disbanded this
year. There have been no new chapters formed since Southern Nevada
Chapter #34 started in January 2012.
d. Could have "Virtual
Chapter" to communicate online - need computers - plus e-mails and
e. Chapter presidents and board
members who were present wanted to retain the current active chapters for as
long as they can.
3. Annual Meeting / Convention
is important, because that is how we get together with surviving spouses from
all over the country.
a. Keeping the annual meeting /
convention run by local chapters (if they are retained) - or
b. Asking for regions to host the
4. Collaboration with other
military surviving spouse and veteran organizations.
a. Inviting other groups to attend
our conventions, to learn how they operate.
b. Working together on legislative
issues and national events.
c. Can save money on conventions by
combining with other organizations.
5. NAUS merger and decision
about future of SMW - Patricia Walker appointed to represent SMW in resolving
the issues that will affect SMW if a merger is concluded, or to find a new
arrangement that will accomplish the needs of SMW.
a. Foremost is the welfare of our
b. As national officers, we have a
fiduciary responsibility to do what is best for our membership.
6. Please contact me - day or
night - by phone or e-mail, to give me your thoughts and ideas. (702)
7. My wish for the next two
years: to be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments.
LET'S HAVE FUN.......