RADM Paul T Kayye, MC, USNR (Ret.), took over as ROA national president and will serve an unprecedented 18-month term as a result of the annual National Convention merging with the annual Mid-Winter Conference, starting with the Feb. 7-10, 2010, meeting in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the Air Force Section elected Col Walker M. Williams III, USAF (Ret.), as national president-elect, heading up a slate of new national officers. (To keep abreast of online postings, sign up for ROAs weekly ?-blast at www.roa.org/newsletters.) Nevertheless, the newly sworn-in national president heralded many more changes coming to the C&B. In his speech at the Inaugural Banquet, RADM Kayye tasked the Presidential Working Group-21 with a final task: a review and rewrite of the C&B to be completed by the next Convention in February, followed by a year of review and discussion.
Heroes Among Us Complete Coverage of the ROA Convention W By Eric Minton, Editor W hen the keynote speaker chases RADM Paul T. Kayye, MC, USNR (Ret.), took over as down a member of the audience ROA national president and will serve an unprecedented for leaving his lecture early, you 18-month term as a result of the annual National Convention know you’ve left the realm of “business as merging with the annual Mid-Winter Conference, starting with usual.” Sure, this was Orlando, Fla., the the Feb. 7–10, 2010, meeting in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the Air Force Section elected Col Walker M. Williams III, land of Magic Kingdoms, Seussian logic, USAF (Ret.), as national president-elect, heading up a slate of and superstar beasts. But the Reserve new national officers. Convention delegates also approved 18 Officers Association was here at the new resolutions for congressional action on national security ROA/ROAL 2009 National Convention issues (see page 38). An amendment to ROA’s Constitution and July 8–11 for the serious business of Bylaws (C&B) to curtail the Executive Committee’s (ExCom) shaping its own future, helping junior authority to test different approaches to dues collection (The officers shape their futures, and forging Officer, June 2009, page 30) was defeated. policies to help the nation secure its But two other major votes—an amendment to the C&B future. to change the Association’s election process and a proposal to 34 the Officer / SEPTEMBER 2009 WWW.ROA.ORG Spurred by a “milkshake moment,” ROA tackled 2009 ROA CONVENTION the task of setting a prosperous course for the Association while it helped nurture the careers of junior officers and gave guidance to Congress on matters of national security. of review and discussion. “In order to carry out our charter and to grow, we need to be more agile and adaptable so that we can respond to our members’ and organization’s needs quickly and as easily as possible,” he said. His entire speech is on page 3. The Milkshake Guy RADM Kayye’s remarks at the Inaugural Banquet, which closed out the Orlando conclave, capped a three-day discus- sion that focused most on the single word change, a concept kick-started at the opening session. That assembly honored two whose ROA careers were coming to an end: Col Carl T “Tom” Obenland, USAF (Ret.), as director of the ROA change the dues structure—were both postponed to the next Na- Joint Officer Leadership Development and Training Semi- tional Convention in Washington. A recently completed actuarial nar (page 49), and COL John Chapman, USA (Ret.), as study issued on membership dues prompted the delay in a vote on senior photographer for The Officer (page 50). A me- the dues structure to allow a review of the study’s conclusions. morial service with a wreath-laying—led by ROA National As for the amendment to allow ROA’s active members to vote Chaplain Maj Vincent A. Cummings, USAFR, and Past directly on the president-elect and other national officers, the three National President RADM G. Robert Merrilees, USCGR service section vice presidents who submitted the proposal—LTC (Ret.)—honored colleagues who have died in the past year. Timothy N. Hoon, USAR (Ret.); RADM James R. Fowler, USNR; A moving slide show honored “The Heroes Among Us,” vet- and Col William J. Forshey Jr., USAFR—asked for the postpone- erans and currently serving warriors both (see page 36). ment. They argued for more time to further flesh-out the mecha- It was keynote speaker Steven S. Little who set the Con- nisms for a one-member-one-vote process, and the Convention vention’s course of self-evaluation as he talked about “what delegates gra
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