An Update from the Non Commissioned Officers Association Board of Directors
Dear NCOA Members:
We know that the news surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused some concern and anxiety with regards to our activities going forward both on a national and chapter level. This update is to provide you with some guidance and information. Your International Board of Directors met via conference call on Tuesday, March 17th to discuss the issue and its’ impact to our NCOA operations over the next few months.
Regular Chapter Meetings: As far as regular chapter meetings, our Chapter and International Auxiliary By-Laws allow for the flexibility to hold them on a quarterly basis, so if your chapter needs to postpone/or cancel meeting as a result of health concerns and restrictions placed by federal, state or local governments, do what is best for the safety of your members. You are also encouraged to take advantage of teleconferences or social media (i.e. Facebook, Google, etc.) to conduct your meetings virtually. If for whatever reasons your chapter is unable to hold their meeting, submit a statement to NCOA Chapter Services indicating that due to COVID-19 restraints, you were unable to conduct a General Membership meeting in the required time frame. As far as a chapter executive meeting, if unable to comply with meeting standards in your area as to number of attendees, follow the same reporting criteria as stated above. You are encouraged to check on your members to see if any, especially elderly members, require any assistance.
National Conference: As far as our National conference currently scheduled for 14-17 July in San Antonio, we are closely monitoring this situation, and keeping in touch with our colleagues from other military service organizations. As of now, DoD has limited travel for all military, civilian personnel and dependents until at least May 11th. We will be in contact with DoD as well as the National Headquarters of other organizations that have their conferences scheduled the summer. Your Board will gather all of the information available from these sources as well as from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and federal, state and local regulators to make a final decision as to whether we should stay with the current schedule or postpone the conference until later in the year.
The International Board of Directors will have a follow-on conference call on May 12th and will release a final go/no-go decision no later than May 15th. The health and well-being as well as the morale of our membership is of utmost importance to us all. The principal point of contact for any questions should be the Executive Director, Sir Joseph Terry, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 210-653-6161 Ext 407.
The Non Commissioned Officers Association’s 56th Annual Conference will be held July 14-17, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Airport.
The Annual Conference is designed to accomplish Association business for Membership, the International Auxiliary, the Knights’ Assembly, and set the Association’s legislative course for the upcoming year. We also recognize NCOA’s Military Vanguard Award recipients and top performers and outstanding chapters.
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The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), a Military Service Organization (MSO), was created in 1960 to address quality of life issues for enlisted members of our Active, Reserve, Retired and Veteran members of all five branches of the military, National Guard cadre as well as their families. As we have evolved, education, work force development, employment, legislative advocacy and the quality of life within our communities as well as the physical and mental health of our enlisted service men and women and their families have become our primary aim.