For me the most challenging portion of our newsletter is the opening sentence. What can I write that will really grab your interest? Should I be a gambling person I would place myself below the 40% mark for a stimulating start but above 80% for the old college try – so here we go. Let’s get going with MEMBERSHIP. Betty Squires ran a membership analysis for the past 12 months and the results indicate we acquired 42 members (not too bad). That figure has to be balanced against 31 deceased and 20 stop and 4 drops. The 20 figure is what intrigues me most. Are we not performing well enough for those members – Are they perhaps surviving spouses who do not realize they may remain members. We still advocate for them thru their receiving PERS benefits. This is something you should be discussing with your better half so when the time arrives he/she is aware of this benefit. Now just a few more words on membership. Your current Board of Directors has guided the ship well and FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. Unlike the Supreme Court they did not sign up for a lifetime appointment. Unless we continue to grow and expand there is a possibility we can fold. We need new young blood participation. It is time for some new faces. Begin by coming to the monthly meetings, get a feeling of the group, see what it offers, perhaps run into prior fellow workers and enjoy the monthly speakers. That leads me into the next subject matter.