By COL (Ret) Steve Shappell, AGCRA Vice President, History
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association announces the winning Chapters for the Association’s Chapter Recognition Program FY 2018. The FY 2018 program covers Chapter activities from 1 October 2017 through 30 September 2018.
The FY 2018 winners represent the third year of this program.
In the Large Chapter category, the 2018 Chapter of the Year is the Gold Vault Chapter at Fort Knox. This is the first year that the Gold Vault Chapter has been recognized by this program. The Runner Up Chapter in the Large Chapter category is the Potomac Chapter in the National Capital Region area. The Potomac Chapter was the Large Chapter of the Year in FY 2017, and the Runner Up in FY 2016.
In the Small Chapter category, the 2018 Chapter of the Year, for the third year in a row, is the Rocket City Chapter at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The Runner Up Chapter in the Small Chapter category is the Thunder Mountain Chapter at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. This is Thunder Mountain’s first time to be recognized by this program.
The first place Chapters of the Year will each receive an award of $1,000 from the NEC. The runners up will each receive an award of $750 for their respective Chapter treasury.
In this third year of the program, thirteen AGCRA chapters participated in the program by submitting annual historical reports – up from only five Chapters submitting historical reports for the FY 2017 program.
The Chapter Recognition Program was established by the NEC in late 2015 to encourage and support Association Chapters to remain active and consistently engaged in AGCRA membership recruitment and professional development efforts. Historically, the strength of many AGCRA Chapters ebbed and flowed between active and inactive status due to deployments and reassignments, as well as frequent turnover of Chapter Officers. The NEC saw a need to provide recognition, incentive, and rewards for Chapters that remained active and engaged despite personnel turnover.
The NEC has modified the program slightly for the FY 2019 Chapter Recognition Program and beyond. In order to better synchronize NEC activities, the Chapters will now receive membership points based upon performance in the annual AGCRA membership drive, as opposed to points for increases in membership throughout the year. A new program Memorandum of Instruction will be released by the NEC within the next few weeks.
The FY 2019 Chapter Recognition Program will cover Chapter activities from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019.
Point of contact for the AGCRA Chapter Recognition Program is COL (Ret) Steve Shappell atHistory@agcra.com.