In this Issue:
Headlining this week is the release of ROA's annual report. We also provide you with our new iTunes capability, podcasting DEF and other videos. ROA is saddened to announce the memorial service for the former Executive Director. We also ask you to fill out our "Value of Membership" survey, and check out free multi-admission to Disney Resorts.
ROA Releases 2008 Annual Report
In compliance with his C&BL requirements, LtGen Dennis McCarthy, Executive Director, is pleased to announce the publication of ROA's 2008 Annual Report. It will provide you a summary and a snap shot of your Association as of Dec. 31, 2008. New to this year's report is a staff directory providing you direct access to your national staff.
Click here to view the 2008 Annual Report
ROA Membership Survey Launched
You Count! Please fill out our "Value of Membership" Survey 2009. Your answers will help determine where to direct our efforts.
Click here to take the ROA Survey
MID-WINTER CONFERENCE UPDATES:
ROA Mid-Winter Conference & Expo - You Don't Want To Miss This!
Date: February 1-4, 2009
Hotel: Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2000
ROA invites you to register online for the upcoming ROA Mid-Winter Conference & Expo. Register by January 16 to take advantage of the advance registration discount. A savings of $80 off the on-site fee!
If you haven't already made your hotel reservations, please be sure to ACT NOW as the hotel cut-off date is January 19.
Click here to reserve your hotel room online
Click here to Register for the conference online
Mid-Winter Seminar Showcase Medical Seminar
February 1, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This year's theme is "Advancement in Prevention and Treatment: Increased Survivability in War Casualties." Credit for continuing medical education will be provided by the Office of the Army Surgeon General; credit for continuing health education will be provided by U.S. Army Medical Command. $15 fee to attend (no conference registration required)
Click here to register
Brooklyn Chapter Throws Down Gauntlet for Mid-Winter in Champagne Challenge!!
To spawn friendly chapter rivalry, ROA's Brooklyn Chapter dares any ROA chapter to beat their planned attendance at the Mid-Winter Conference and Reserve Component Expo. Brooklyn currently has 12 of its members registered and a few more "maybe's". Any chapter that can beat their registered attendance will receive a bottle of champagne from Col. Eileen Bonner. Hold her to the fire and make her buy the good stuff! If you think you chapter will beat their record, e-mail Col Will Holahan
Accept the challenge!
ROA Podcast Healthcare Symposium Available on iTunes
Check out ROA's Podcast of the highly successful DoD/VA Healthcare Symposium from December 15, 2008. It is now available on iTunes. As this was an all-day event, the download time for all segments of the podcast may vary depending on your internet connection.
Link to the Podcast on iTunes
MILITARY AND LEGISLATIVE POLICY UPDATES:
Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Shinseki
A confirmation hearing for Veterans Affairs Secretary Designee General Eric Shinseki, USA (Ret.), is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 14, 10 a.m., in 418 Russell Senate Office Building.
Two Key People To Extend with the Obama Administration
Secretary Thomas Hall (Assistant Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs) and Dr. Gordon Sumner (Executive Director of the National Committee on Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve) have been invited by the new administration to remain in place through the transition.
Secretary Hall Biography
Dr. Sumner Biography
ROA NEWS:Maj. Gen. J. Milnor Roberts, former Chief of Army Reserve, and Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association, passed away at 5:20 p.m. January 2, 2009. Most recently, ROA hosted a tribute dinner for General Roberts. ROA sends its deepest condolences to family and friends of General Roberts.
Former ROA Executive Director Passes
Memorial Service is scheduled on Sunday, January 11 at noon. It will run until 2 p.m., at the John Murphy Funeral Home at 4510 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va. Internment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on Thursday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel (please note, not the Old Post Chapel).
See General Roberts' Biography on D-Day Warrior Web site
New on ROA's Web Site: E-News Archive
Have you ever wanted to go back and read an ROA e-Newsletter from last month? Well, now you can with the ROA electronic e-Newsletter archive, found online through either the press room or member benefits page.
Click here to view the archive
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Benefits for ROA Members
January is the month of new beginnings and renewals. Check out the ROA Member Page and find out what members get!
Visit the Benefits Page
Great American Video of the week
ROA is a participating organization in the Great Americans video archive effort. Tune in here to watch the video of the week, or upload your own!
Watch the video of the top 5 Multi-National Force Iraq Helicopter Attacks
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Reserve Colonel appointed to Committee on Women Veterans
Some Air Force Reservists Pull Guard Duty During Holidays
Navy Trimming Ranks, Offering Early Outs
National Guard and Reserve Activated as of December 30, 2008
From Dec. 17: Click here to view the correct link to: Reservists May Qualify for Early Retired Pay
Let Liberty Mutual Help You Conduct a Household Inventory and Win a Digital Camera
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To get additional information and resources about how you can keep your family and home safe, please visit Liberty Mutual or to get a printable Personal Property log
Click here to enter the drawing
Click here for a printable personal property log
Click here to visit Liberty Mutual's Web site
Free Corporate Gray Job Fairs for ROA Members
ROA members can attend for free! Competitive Edge Services, who puts on these job fairs, is one of ROA's affinity partners providing members the online Career Center and other resources.
Visit their Web site
Disney Parks Offer Free, Multi-day Admission to Servicemembers
As Disney Parks ask “What Will You Celebrate?” and invite guests to turn their personal milestones into magical family vacations in 2009, America’s military personnel will have one more reason to celebrate: Free multi-day admission to Disney’s U.S. theme parks! Choose from Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. For information regarding “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” at the Disneyland Resort, or to make reservations, call (714) 956-6424.
Nomination Season Open for 2009 Employer Support Freedom Award
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The nomination process is open to all Guard and Reserve personnel and their families. To nominate an employer, complete an online application on the ESGR Web site before 6 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 19, 2009. Nominations must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or a family member of the employee.
ESGR Web Site
Freedom Award Nominating Form Web Site
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ROA Mid-Winter Conference and Reserve Component Expo
February 1-4, 2009
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
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Defense Education Forum
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CIOR Mid-Winter Seminar February 15-18, 2009
CIOR/CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting
February 18-21, 2009
ROA 2009 National Convention
July 8-11, 2009
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