Greetings! I am writing to inform you that we will be having our Air Force Honor Guard Association (AFHGA) officer elections in the near future.
I am proud to have served on the AFHGA Board of Directors as President for the past 18 months. The experience has been very humbling, and I am honored to be a part of the AFHGA—the premier organization that “gives back” to the USAF Honor Guard.
I serve on the Board of Directors because I wanted to support the unit that has played such an important role in my personal and professional life. The constant pursuit of perfection that was instilled in me during the years that I served in the Honor Guard (2001-2003 and 2011-2014) along with the immense pride I felt while representing every member of the Air Force during ceremonies is something that will be with me my entire life.
I highly recommend that you consider stepping forward and volunteering to share the same rewarding experience I have had by offering to put your name in the upcoming election for a position of your choosing. The term of office will be for two years commencing with the next annual picnic to be held in July 2017.
The AFHGA by-laws define the duties of each officer position, and I have included those specific parts below. Please refer to the ‘Bylaws’ to browse through the entire bylaws.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
Section 1. President. - It shall be the duty of the President, to conduct both the tactical day-to-day activities and the long-range planning and fund raising activities of The Association.
Section 2. Vice President - The Vice President shall take the place of the President and perform their duties whenever the President shall be absent or unable to act. If the President and Vice President are unable to act, the Board of Directors shall appoint some other officer to act on an interim basis.
Section 3. Secretary. - The Secretary shall provide notice of meetings and keep the minutes of the meetings.
Section 4. Treasurer. - The treasurer shall have the responsibility for overseeing The Association funds. An account shall be established in The Associations name requiring two signatures from members of the Board of Directors for any transactions in the amount of $500.00 or more. Only one signature is required for amounts under $500.00. An annual financial statement will be prepared by a third party accounting firm, or an Audit Committee comprised of three AFHGA volunteers who are not on the AFHGA Board of Directors, with the ending period December 31 each calendar year. A copy of these statements will be made available to any member of The Association upon receipt of a written request submitted to the treasurer.
You should note that there are four scheduled meetings that are held in the Honor Guard Headquarters Building at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC each year. Several members of the Board of Directors live some distance from DC and this distance has not proven to be an obstacle in their service to the AFHGA, so please do not let your location dissuade you from offering to serve.
Please consider becoming a candidate for an officer position on the AFHGA Board of Directors. (President, Vice President, Secretary and/or Treasurer). Take a few moments and think about how you can help contribute to building and shaping our organization for the future. I promise that you will be glad that you did.
If you are interested, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a moment to include a brief resume with your qualifications for the particular position(s) you are interested in. This can be as brief or as detailed as you like.
Send your communication to me as soon as you can but no later than February 28, 2017. I will share your information with the AFHGA Board of Directors.
Voting will take place from March 1-31 via e-mail. Life members and annual members will have the opportunity to vote via e-mail. The new Board of Directors will be announced at the April 15, 2017 meeting.
Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support of the AFHGA!
Matthew E. Lewis