Welcome to the Greater Kansas City Post!
Dear Greater Kansas City Post Members:
The Post has experienced a great year to-date and we are on track to have an outstanding 2015. The past few months and early part of the year flew by with many activities and events including the always exceptional Industry Day in early April, six monthly luncheons, the Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Panel, a new Fellows lunch, the Young Members & Fellows Social at Cellar and Loft, and the CGSC Social!
SAME National during this past quarter bestowed Distinguished Student Chapter Status on both of our Student Chapters at UMKC and KSTATE! Both of the student chapters displayed outstanding leadership and service to their universities and the community! Good on Jason Sweet and Vince Zinck for their outstanding mentorship.
Other happenings around the Post included Professional Credentialing support for students at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) with stipends of $500 towards the cost of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Nine students took advantage of the program with potential for additional participants during the new CGSC class year this fall. This program is open to all members and I hope to see additional individual and young members participate.
Many of you were present for our June monthly luncheon and the presentation by Adam Magers from Save a Warrior. Save a Warriors mission aligns with that of SAME in regards to Warrior Transition Programs and the Post intends to support their efforts in the future.
A significant step forward by the Post occurred at the June Endowment Board Meeting with a Board vote establishing a Planned Gift Fund within the Post Endowment that allows for donations by individuals and companies into named gifts. The donor will chose the type of gift (award, prize, grant, scholarship, etc) and the qualifying criteria for distribution. Additionally, the donor makes recommendations regarding its operation and distributions through a written agreement in accordance with the Merrill Watt Education and Mentoring Investment Policy criteria. To lead off the named gift effort the Post will set-up its own named gift at the next Endowment Board meeting scheduled for later this quarter. Thanks to SAME Fellows Merrill Watt and Matt Metcalf, and our Vice President Melissa Kelly for assisting with changes to the GKC Post Investment Policy authorizing the Planned Gift Fund!
Upcoming Post events for the remainder of 2015 include Warrior Transition Panels at Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth, the Vice Presidents Dinner, the Annual Sporting Clays Challenge, monthly luncheons and the Small Business Workshop. Please continue to review our weekly e-blasts (Upcoming Events) and the Post website for information on future activities, events and initiatives.
Al Osborne, Post President, Greater Kansas City Post
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