The President of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) is announcing the winning Chapters of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Chapter Recognition Program. The FY 2021 Program, in its sixth year, covered Chapter activities from 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2021.
In the Large Chapter category, the 2021 Chapter of the Year is the Fort Knox-based Gold Vault Chapter. This is the third time that the Gold Vault Chapter has been named Chapter of the Year. Gold Vault also won Chapter of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and runner-up in 2020. The runner-up Chapter of the Year is the Carolina Chapter. The Carolina Chapter was the Large Chapter of the Year in FY 2016, and the runner-up in FY 2017.
In the Small Chapter category, the 2021 Chapter of the Year, for the sixth year in a row, is Redstone Arsenal’s Rocket City Chapter. The runner-up Chapter of the Year is the Fort Huachuca-based Thunder Mountain Chapter. Thunder Mountain was also the runner-up Chapter in FY 2018.
The Chapters of the Year will each receive an award of $1,000 from the National Executive Council (NEC). The runners-ups will each receive an award of $750.
In this sixth year of the program, eight AGCRA Chapters participated in the program by submitting annual historical reports, which is a requirement for competing.
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 the frequent turnover of Chapter Officers. The Council 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 for FY 2022 and beyond, and will release a new memorandum of instruction in the near future. Besides streamlining the award criteria in this modification, going forward the AGCRA will formally recognize winning Chapters at the National AG Ball, sponsored by AGCRA, and held annually in the month of June in Columbia, South Carolina.
The FY 2022 Chapter Recognition Program will cover Chapter activities from 1 October 2021 through 30 September 2022.