September 23, 2016
Open letter to the Membership of the POW*MIA Awareness Corp.
On September 20th interviews were held for positions on the Board of Directors. 4 of the 12 positions have been filled leaving 5 positions open. The following positions were filled:
• Entertainment & Rally Support Team Leader: Jennifer Nelson
• Finances/Treasurer Team Leader: Nicki Chopski
• Runs & Events Team Leader: Jeff Butler
• Sales Team Leader: Dawn Williams
The following positions are open:
• Executive Director (CO)
-Assistant Executive Director (XO)
• Administrative Functions Team Leader
• Facilities Team Leader
• Marketing and Advertising Team Leader
• Special Liaison/PR Team Leader
The time has come for the POW*MIA Awareness Association of Pocatello to evaluate the organizational structure that it currently operates under. For several years it has been difficult to maintain a full board of directors which leaves a heavy burden and increased work load on those who are in the remaining positions. The 4 incoming board members will act as interim Co-Directors effective October 1st and will work directly with the entire membership to decide how the association should be re-structured and implement necessary changes. A General Meeting will be held on Friday, October 21st at 7pm at Liberty Hall (325 West Benton Street) in Pocatello where we will start the process. ALL MEMBERS are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this meeting which will be critical to the future operations and events of our association. All questions, comments or concerns regarding the re-structure should be directed to the incoming board members:
• Jeff Butler: (208)221-5333 / firstname.lastname@example.org
• Nicki Chopski: (208)339-0420 / email@example.com
• Jennifer Nelson: (208)371-8659 / firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dawn Williams: (208)251-2913 / email@example.com
On a personal note, it has been my honor to serve as your Director for the last 2 years. For personal reasons, I cannot consider another year, but I promise not to disappear. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished despite the obstacles and roadblocks that were put in our way. We survived and we are still here! Most importantly we got the attention of United States Senator Mike Crapo who is writing a series of op-eds about the issue which is huge!! I want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors that have supported our association during my term. There are so many who stepped up and did what needed to be done to make sure our mission stayed intact and supported me on a very personal level to which I can never adequately express the gratitude I feel. I have full confidence in the 4 incoming board members and their commitment not only to the association and its future success, but also to the cause that we all support. It is my hope and prayer that we can all come together as an association as we go through this restructure process and move forward in a positive direction. We must continue to do all we can to hold our government responsible for the fullest possible accounting of all those who serve our nation and their families!
With sincere thanks,
Out-going Director, POW*MIA Awareness Corp.