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Jerry Gill said that his sweet, strong, and beautiful Dorothy died on Christmas day after 50_ years as a loving wife and mother. After 27 years, the breast cancer finally won. Dorothy Swann Gill, 72, of Roswell, GA passed away on Christmas Day 2012. She was born on Valentine's Day in 1940 to Adolph and Ruby Waller Swann in Roanoke, AL and grew up in Birmingham. After graduating from Auburn University in 1962, she traveled the world for 26 years as an Air Force wife then settled in Roswell. She was active in the Roswell UMC choir family for 23 years. She is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Col. Jerry Gill, 3 daughters and their families - Susan & Clay Saunders; Leigh Ann & Jim Kane and Beth & Andy Wren; 8 grandchildren - Hillary, Meredith, Olivia, Trevor, Max, Wesley, Drew, Sarah; and sister - Nancy & her husband, Tom Brechin.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org in her honor. Neal Westbrook, Mike Rawlins, Jimmy Poole, Johnny Caughman, and Sam Barazzone attended Dorothy’s services.

Our class is quite proud of Mark Anderson’s recognition by the AOG as a Distinguished Graduate. Congratulations from all of us, Mark. It was well deserved! Mark will receive his 2013 DGA at the Founders' Day Dinner scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013.  It would a wonderful tribute to Mark and his family for as many of his classmates as possible to attend.  Please watch for the appropriate AOG e-mails announcing the time and place of the presentation or simply go to www.usafa.org and register yourself and a spouse/guest for this special event.

Terry Storm’s Chairman’s Journal in this issue of Checkpoints is his last, since his term on the AOG Board of Directors is ending.  He greatly appreciates all of the support of our classmates in his efforts to enhance the effectiveness and cost-efficiencies of the AOG. We all thank you for your many efforts on behalf of our AOG and Academy, Terry.

Hector Negroni reports that the Class of 1961 DC Bunch held their November Luncheon at the Springfield Country Club, Springfield, VA.   Once again, through the courtesy of Charley Dixon, they were treated royally at his Country Club.   After a beautiful prayer by their Chaplain (Twy Williams), they had a status of the DC Bunch report by Lowell Jones and a report by Bill Foster on the activities during the most recent Air Force-Army game.   Bill was not able to give them a total description of the tanks that rolled over Air Force during the game, but he said that the Air Force cadets did not know what hit them.   During the meal, they discussed the normal litany of ailments and medical problems by our class members.  While they seem to be aging gracefully, their visits to the doctors are more frequent.   Charley Dixon gave them a scalpel-by scalpel account of his recent eye surgery.   He claims that his vision is 20/20, but his hearing has not improved.   They took turns yelling into his good ear.  For a bunch of 70-year-olds, they are doing pretty well.

Mark Anderson said that Jim Ulm, Bob Wagner, and he are starting to work on a reunion of their Reese pilot training class: 63B.  They have never held a reunion and decided if they don't get moving, it will be a small group!  Tentative plans are late spring, early summer of 2014 in San Antonio.  More info will be forthcoming to those involved.

John Boesch is 3 weeks into the "hip replacement flight."  All is well so far.  John is also currently serving as "tech advisor" to Frank Kiszley, who is soon to join that flight.  John has been sworn in as 1st VP for the local MOAA Chapter, and serves on the Board with (past President) Jerry Lefton.

Stu and Marnie Boyd are struggling with an addiction and need your help.  They are addicted to Les Miz.  Six stage performances and the movies of course—and they just got the original movie made in 1934, which runs for close to five hours and is in French (subtitles, thankfully). If one of you knows of a good program, let them know. 

Because people continue to inquire, Bob Brickey provided a very short update on their granddaughter, MiaBella Brickey.  Mia is doing beautifully in every regard.  She is enjoying school, ballet lessons, and her Soo Bahk Do martial arts in which she is not allowed to do the sparring.  She must always stay away from people who are ill, due to her immunosuppressed body, which keeps her new heart healthy. They are still ever grateful to so many who have expressed concern, prayers, and aid for Mia.

Pat and Marilyn Buckley continue to enjoy their endless summer in Satellite Beach, FL. Pat’s hip joint resurfacing is healing well, and he is approaching 3 miles at 6 mph on the elliptical strider as well as enjoying dips in the Atlantic Ocean for some swim exercise. Pat and Marilyn attended an alumni group television session to watch the Air Force/Army game. They had a good time, except the score! Being an optimist, Pat organized a Space Coast Alumni session to watch the Air Force/Rice Armed Forces Bowl game at the local Beef O’Brady’s. They and the 30 grads had a good time, except for the score, again! Otherwise, they have had relaxed time at home, except for all the doctor’s appointments. Pat and Marilyn will be going to the UK, Italy, and Spain in February and March. They will be at their Spanish home on the Costa del Sol (Velez-Malaga) from 26 Feb to mid March with two empty bedrooms (maybe) if anyone is in southern Spain and wants to visit.

Doug and Dee Cairns report that they are still in Montgomery, AL, enjoying full, uncomplicated retirement. Last year they enjoyed watching their eldest grandson, Chris, graduate, take a real job, get married, and move his bride from Wetumpka, AL, to the big city of San Francisco. That those two kids seem to enjoy living in the strange land of Congresswoman Pelosi is of concern to most of the Cairns family who are retaining their Southern roots. Cathy, Chris’s mom, is a nurse who directs a crew of cardiologists in town and maintains a watchful eye on Doug and Dee. Chris’s and Jordan’s wedding was cause for the other two grandkids to come for a month’s visit from their home in Italy. Nathan and Katye are teenagers and attend the DoD Naples American High School. This then became a grand “re-Americanizing” month for the kids since they have been over there for 8+ years, and counting. Rob seems to have become the indispensible man on the staff of CINCNAVEUR, so they may never come home.  Doug enjoys monthly golf with Steve Ho, Jimmy Poole, and Ron Jones.

Michele Cowan, AOG Customer Service Supervisor, realized that Trel and Dick Coppock had lost their complete collection of AOG Christmas ornaments in the 26 June wildfire.  She sought out a benefactor willing to purchase all she could find in her limited stock of past ornaments and sent them along to the Coppocks.  She found a generous spirit who, wishing to remain anonymous, purchased some 10 ornaments, including the Class of 1961 "jewel," and asked that they be sent to Dick and Trel with a simple Merry Christmas.  They arrived just as the Coppocks were decorating their tree in the (Saint) Nick of time.   The "usual suspects" prevail, and they are so very grateful to both Michele and their very own Santa.  The true Christmas spirit was indeed evident to Dick and Trel, and they are touched by such generosity.  They wish all classmates and their families all the blessings of the New Year.

   In June 2012 Randy Cubero was selected to run another charitable foundation called Parents Challenge, a 501C3, in Colorado Springs.  This charity provides low income families with financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants to move their children to a better performing school or to enhance their child's academic performance in their current school with supplemental materials and programs, like tutoring and purchasing a computer.  Parents Challenge is part of the National School Choice Movement, which believes strongly that parents need to be more engaged and empowered in their child's education and that they alone should make the educational choices that will give their child the best chances for success. Randy indicated that it has been a real eye-opener to understand what has happened to our K-12 public education system, especially after so many years of running the Falcon Foundation and dealing with only top tiered academically performing students trying to enter the Air Force Academy.

Dick Davis enjoyed the hospitality of Carl Granberry and his new wife, Lura, a high school chum. Carl has a well-fed herd of horses on his Winona, TX, property.  And Heather, Dick’s horse, is joining that herd as a guest. They spent the day together, and Carl showed Dick his family’s metal-bending plant where they make rings for brooms and mops. He also showed Dick the improvements he has designed into his metal-bending operation.  They are formidable accomplishments, demonstrating applications of his education in mechanical engineering and Double E. Very impressive.

Bob Dean said he is into doing a lot of exercises.  To exercise his legs, he walks back and forth from the kitchen to the computer room 30 times a day. His bending exercises include bending over 5-6 times a day picking up Golden Retriever puppy poop. To exercise his arms, at 4:30 p.m. every afternoon he lifts a heavy glass of vodka with an olive in it 30-40 times. For some reason, he can't remember what he does after 5:30 p.m.

Tom and Anne Eller spent a couple of weeks starting with Thanksgiving in the UK with son Rob Eller and family (USAFA '96), then hosted their other children and grandchildren in Colorado for Christmas. Tom and Anne plan to spend several weeks in Kauai this winter before going to Atlanta and back to the UK at the end of May to celebrate their 50th with all of their children.

Richard Fairlamb has been Flight Captain of the Order of Daedalians Flight #23/DFW since mid-year 2011.   This flight has the same number as the F-4 squadron Richard commanded at Spangdahlem AB, Germany in the late 1970s—23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron.   Flight 23 is one of the largest of the 70+ flights in the international Order of Daedalians at 209 members—holding steady over the past few years.   The flight hosted the National Convention in October 2011 and has supported two academic university-level scholarships, a CAP cadet solo program, and CFIP high school AFJROTC cadet solo program annually during recent years.   Flight 23, under Richard’s leadership, was awarded the “2012 Jimmy Doolittle Award” by Daedalian National HQ.   This is the second time Flight 23 has received the Doolittle Award, the last time being in 1997.   Just to keep out of trouble, and out of local watering holes, Richard continues to generate some revenue as a Business Continuity and Recovery consultant and teacher, and finds a little time to keep VFR and IFR current in his 1957 Cessna 182.

Paul Hinton ran a Half-Marathon at Disneyland with his oldest granddaughter. The thing started at 0500, and they had to be in place at 0430. When he got up, he thought,  "Exactly what the devil is it that made you agree to this?" Save for the hour, however, it was a delight. It was grand but what a comment on time.

Highlights from Henry and Peggy Howe are the memories they have of their five-week trip down under last fall. They spent four days aboard the Coral Princess II on the Great Barrier Reef snorkeling some of the loveliest waters they had ever seen. They explored the Daintree National Park by four-wheel tour bus and encountered the salt-water crocodiles and flightless emus. Then they went to Darwin and lived in Karnda National Park with the kangaroos, wallabies, and more crocodiles. They spent a week driving (yes - on the wrong side of the road) through the outback around Alice Springs, Ularu (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta. They topped off the Australian adventure with a week in Sydney seeing the local sights and the Blue Mountains. They visited only the North Island in New Zealand, where they spent another week climbing the trails around Mt Ruapehu and rafting on the Tarangi River, then lounging in the hot thermal pools. Their underground adventure took them into the glow-worm caves.

Sometimes Don McCarter feels his and Johnnie’s daily activities have become so routine that making a change is a real challenge. They have been blessed to have their kids living close by. They get to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with everyone in attendance with no long distance travel. It is also convenient for them to participate in grandchildren’s activities. Each summer they travel to Hendersonville, NC, for a reunion with Don’s brothers and sister and their families. The group size increases every year. Johnnie and Don love the North Carolina mountains. They especially enjoy the trails in the national parks where the trails are blazed to prevent them from getting lost. Don’t laugh. A lot of people take the wrong turn in those hills. Walking, tennis, and workouts at the YMCA help to keep the body upright and mobile. John and Kathy Dates and Jim and Judy Tulis visit Florida occasionally, and Don and Johnnie really enjoy the time with them. Don took a master gardening course at the Florida Extension service and has been certified as a Florida Master Gardener. He spends a lot of time coordinating the activities of the community garden sponsored by their church, and he volunteers about seventy hours a year at the Orange County plant clinic. Gardening in Florida is an eye opening and mind-boggling experience.

In January, Sam Barazzone, plus Gwen, and Charlie Neel and Dean Jones wowed the cold-weather skiers and brought Breckenridge slopes to their knees. Lynda Neel and Jo Jones remained grounded.

As is their custom, Hector and Joan Negroni will be spending the winter (Jan-May 2013) at their Bonita Springs, Florida, home.

Al and Becky Nunn said that their daughter, Ashley, was married last October. Her husband, Charlie King, is the father of two children, Sophie, age 10, and Henry, age 7. They were married at "The Quack Shack" in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Becky and Al rented the "shack" for a week for her wedding party and "30 of their closest fiends" to stay during the preliminaries to the festivities. While there, Al was treated to an unexpected and unplanned ride in the Rescue Squad van and admitted to the local hospital after experiencing a period of disassociation. Diagnosis was Transient Global Amnesia, a condition which shows symptoms similar to those of a stroke, but is temporary in nature, with no after-affects, and occurs to perhaps one in 300,000 persons. He was the one this time and was released the next day, following the diagnosis. Wedding went off without a hitch. Ashley lives with her husband and his children in Falls Church, VA, so that's close enough for frequent phone calls and occasional visits. Al’s recently resigned from the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross there.  Becky continues her activities with theater, having directed four plays for the local theater group, The Lancaster Players. She is currently in rehearsal as director for "How the Other Half Loves," opening March 8.

Nelson and Teri O’Rear had a wonderful Christmas season, starting with spending several days over Christmas with their daughter and her family in Michigan. Then, they enjoyed several days when their younger son’s family visited them in Granger, IN, along with their older son’s family, who also live in Granger. They also celebrated their sons and daughters-in-law anniversaries with a special evening at a very nice local restaurant. Wrapping it up, on New Year’s Eve, their oldest granddaughter and her boyfriend flew from Virginia to spend a couple of days with Nelson and Teri in Granger and Chicago.

Thanks for all who contributed. We hope to hear from you others next time.

 

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Class Advisory Senate (CAS) Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

6:`03 p.m.

Doolittle Hall

Members in Attendance: See Attachment

Others in Attendance: “T” Thompson’73, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Graduates (AOG); Gary Howe ’69, Executive Vice President of the AOG; General Steven Lorenz ’73, President & CEO for the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Endowment, Jack Mueller ’70, Director of Information Technology for the AOG, Brian Binn ’72, AOG Board Vice Chairperson. There were numerous other graduates at Doolittle Hall and on the telephone conference call..

      Call to Order:

Dick Sexton ’60, President of the CAS, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. at Doolittle Hall.

      II. Approval of Minutes:

The April 2012 minutes were not read.

      “T” Thompson ’73, Update on the AOG

The AOG hosted Joint Service Academy Executive conference in June. Among the discussion topics was exploring the possibilities of sharing the expenses in publishing, advertising, and even joint career counseling services.

The venue for in-processing was changed from Doolittle Hall to the Field House due to the threat of fire. As a result parents were not afforded the opportunity to sharing experiences and expectations. According to some reports in-processing by squadrons helped expedite the process. Some have even considered doing future in-processing in the Field House, an initiative that the AOG is opposes for any number of reasons; such as, helping parents get to know each other, the tradition of the Heritage Trail, etc.

The Falcon Center in Fairchild Hall will have eight walls displaying graduate accomplishments. Many of the displays are almost complete.

      IV. General Lorenz ’73, Update on the Endowment

General Lorenz gave a short update on how the Endowment is doing with respect to its goals.

The annual goal for the Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) is $9 million. So far $7.4 has been given or pledged. General Lorenz expects to raise over $10 million by the end of the year. The CCLD program was presented to Congress and it did not receive any adverse comments. As a result, we expect to break ground around the September-October time frame.

Participation rates among the various graduate communities are as follows: West Point-29%, Annapolis-24%, Coast Guard-50%, Royal Canadian-22.35, Merchant Marine-18% and USAFA-11%. General Lorenz believes our numbers will increase substantially as our deferred gifting increases as graduates begin pledging portions of their estates to the Academy. Checkpoints may begin publishing what percentages of each class are participating in the deferred gift program. The Endowment’s total fundraising goal for 2012 is $9 million of which $7,415,968 has already been raised.

Next week there will be a three-day Saber Society tour of the Academy starting with a social get together at the Superintendent’s house. So far, 110 have indicated that they will attend.

        Brian Binn ’72, Update on the AOG Board

Brian began his presentation by discussion the time lines for the upcoming elections at the AOG that must be held every two years. This coming election will be less complicated as there are no by-laws to be voted on, just five director positions. At this time, the five who will be leaving have not indicated if they would like to run again. The Nominating Committee will be considering all candidates received before October 1, 2012 to include those who had at least 25 endorsements from other AOG members. The Committee, among other things, will consider the skill sets needed by the AOG Board resulting from the departure of a current Board member. The list of candidates will be published in Checkpoints in January 2013. The CAS will also be used to get the word out for this election. Voting will be between February 1st and March 3rd. Results, collected and counted by an independent agency, will be posted on March 10th. On May 3rd, the first Board meeting will be held with the new slate. The new Board officers will be appointed at that meeting. In addition, the Board is always looking for specialized support on its various committees.

        Lt Col Bryan Huntley ’88, Center For Character Development, Maj Dave Houston ‘01, Deputy for CCLD, and C1C Travis Davis, Chairman of the Cadet Honor Committee, Update on the Honor System at the Academy

Lt Col Huntley began his presentation with a summary of the most recent honor incident at the Academy concerning the Calculus 142 test. A total of 96 cadets were suspected of cheating on an important calculus test that was taken in the classroom. After some preliminary interviews, it was decided that 78 probably used unauthorized assistance, specifically using the Wolfram Alpha website. This website was authorized for home work assistance, but it was made clear to the cadets that it was not to be used on this test. Four cadets denied using Wolfram Alpha. After further investigation they went before an Honor Board. One was found guilty and dismissed from the Academy. One was found not guilty. The remaining two cases were found guilty and recommended for dismissal. Their cases are pending review by the Commandant and Superintendent. Seventy-four admitted to using this website. Of those, seven were referred to an Honor Board. All were found guilty and recommended for dismissal. One cadet resigned, one was placed on probation by the Commandant and five are awaiting review by the Commandant and Superintendent. The remaining 67 were placed on probation (sanctions and remediation).

When a cadet is in probation, sanctions include loss of rank, six months restriction to base, no civilian clothes, no audio or visual equipment, no participation in intercollegiate sports or cadet clubs, and cannot represent the Academy in any function. Remediation includes mandatory sessions with a Squadron Professional Ethics Advisor and/or Colonel Huntley. They have to write papers and give presentations to their fellow cadets. The rehabilitation has been so successful in some instances, one of the past Honor Chairpersons had committed an honor violation early in his cadet career, but was deemed by his classmates to be worthy of this position.

When asked if there was a trend noted among the 74 cadets who were accused of cheating, the initial answer was that there was not. For example the 74 cadets were spread out among 37 of the 40 squadrons. There was a higher percentage of cadets who had come through the prep school, but the better correlation was that many of those who cheated were having difficulty with the course already, and passing Calculus 142 was a prerequisite to passing the course.

It might be noted, that take home tests must be first approved by the Vice Dean, although cadet are often required to produce written material outside the classroom.

The second half of the presentation dealt with the honor code: numbers, evolution, how conducted, and CCLD initiatives.

Other

38

123

114

30

No Violation

23

23

24

25

Violation

62

71

56

122

 

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

The 122 for the years 2011 - 2012 include the 78 from the Calculus 142 incident. “Other” can mean the cadet resigned prior to being disenrolled or that he or she may have committed other disenrollment offenses before the honor process could be completed.

The honor process takes about 2-2.5 months to be completed. The process typically proceeds in the following manner. After the suspected incident is reported, the cadet can be confronted for an explanation. If further review is indicated, the honor representative will investigate the incident. If he or she feels there needs to be a more in-depth investigation, two other honor representatives, who have had no or little knowledge of the accused, will investigate the incident. This investigation often takes a week. The group and wing chairpersons will review the investigation results as will the oversight officer, Lt Col Huntley. Even if the cadet admits to the honor violation, the case gets reviewed to ensure he or she actually committed an honor violation. If the cadet denies any wrong doing,an Honor Board will be convened.

The Honor Board is composed of nine members. At least two must be Honor Representative. The remaining members may be chosen from the cadet chain of command and other cadets. Six out of nine votes are required to convict. Cadets have a right to legal counsel, can call and cross examine witnesses and present evidence. (Lawyers are not allowed in the room during an honor hearing.

This process can take from 30 to 60 days. It is the result of a 1978 case that went all the way to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals – one step below the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that attendance at the Academy was a right and not a privilege. Therefore, a cadet could not be deprived of that right without “due process” of law.

There was a discussion about discretion both historically and in more recent times. “Discretion” was first introduced in 1961 and carried no sanctions or remediation. It was used almost exclusively with Doolies and Three-Degrees. Those present could only remember one incident where discretion was applied to a Two-Degree and none for a Firstie. (The present system was put into place in 1984 following a major cheating scandal.)

Lastly, the CCLD is developing lesson plans based around 11 virtues. They will be doing self-assessment tests for Doolies as they enter the Academy and as they mature through the four years. The focus will be how to live an honorable life. The Honor Code will be a minimum standard and will not change. The CCLD would like graduates to assist by sharing their accomplishments, both good and not so good, with cadets. It is hoped that the character development can be enhanced by the interaction of the cadets with graduate mentors.

Dick Sexton ’60, Final Remarks

Between now and the next meeting, Dick Sexton would like the CAS to take on two taskings. The CAS officers (president, vice president, secretary, and three Executive Officers) have terms of office expiring on December 31, 2012; therefore, Dick is actively recruiting volunteers for these six positions. The second tasking is that the CAS has never documented minimum criteria for any one of these positions, and Dick is soliciting suggestions from the graduate community that address this oversight. The CAS will advise the graduates of the next slate of prospective officers. Voting on these positions will be collected electronically—details to follow.

If the CAS elects to produce another Moving Forward document, Dick would like to see it done prior to the May 13, 2013 AOG Board meeting.

Dick received very little feedback on the Buddy Pass initiative. If any from the graduate community have suggestions or are willing to participate in this program, please send Dick a means to contact you at sextonrch@aol.com.

Dan Beatty reminded all that there is a Sky Sox baseball get together on July 22, 2012. And there is an Academy Summit next week.

The next CAS meeting falls on Veterans Day weekend; therefore, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

IX. Close/Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Minutes submitted by: Bob Muldrow, ‘67

Minutes approved by: Dick Sexton, ‘60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Original Update from Our Class Senator
 
1.  CAS Fully Formed Up:
    
We have been in transition from a "Class Advisory Senate" of only a handful of classes being represented, with "temporary" acting officers (Dick Sexton, '60, acting president), to a substantial body of class representatives. Several classes have not yet appointed their respective "Senator", but we are getting there. By 31 July 07 we will have elected three CAS officers and an Executive Committee of three. The new AOG Board of Directors (BOD) -- whose term began 01 July 07 -- will approve the operating procedures of the CAS. 
 
2.  Big Deals Facing the AOG:
 
The new AOG BOD has agreed that "...a first priority" (sic) of the AOG is fundraising. To that end, the BOD will form a "Fund Raising Advisory Council" (FRAC) to study the issue. A strawman fundraising organization and methodology has been posted on the AOG website as a PowerPoint presentation. It is 45 pages and probably more info than you thought you needed. The question is this: As an association, how do we raise funds and control what they are used for? This is as many-faceted issue, with one possible overarching solution including the formation of a "foundation" for the purpose.
 
I seek your inputs to your Senator (cbneel@msn.com), but please look at the body of available information to see what is being considered. For the PP presentation, go to www, usafa.org, then to sequential menu: About the AOG / About Fundraising / Raising Private Funds / then view the PowerPoint. Good Luck. CAS will not yet vote, one way or another, on the direction this new issue should go, but the CAS will eventually weigh in w/ the BOD.
 
If this all sounds like the AOG is all about committees, panels, strategic plans, visions, missions, goals, metrics, etc., you are right. But everyone is trying to do the right thing. The struggle to get real results is mighty, and the overall results have been highly laudable. [The Indians are still trying to capture the Chiefs.]
 
3.  AOG Strategic Plan:
 
Review this also, on www.usafa.org / Strategic Planning. Challenges for the CAS/AOG include (a.) Establish new Chapters, (b.) Recruit new members, (c.) Update AOG bylaws. Nothing really new here, except that bylaws will need to cover new approaches to fundraising. The CAS mission is to improve communication and involvement of class members and the AOG BOD. "Let The Members Decide."
 
Cheers to All, Charlie