Season’s Greetings Fellow Commodores,
Our winter meeting held on November 10th, 2017 at the Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio was a huge success! All Commodores and guests who were able to participate in a museum tour were overwhelmed. Celebrating on the Veterans Day weekend was special and memorable. For those of you who could not attend, we honored our own Commodore rank and file who served our country in the military. It was a special ceremony! Pomp and Patriotism prevailed!!
Looking forward, we are planning a meeting at the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden in May or June. Janine is coordinating dates and times with the First Lady and her staff. Over the years the Association of Ohio Commodores have supported the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden with rugs, chandeliers, kitchen appliances and garden beautification. The Residence is NOT supported by the State of Ohio. It is a separate 501C3 and depends on groups and organizations for its care and support. To that extent WE have donated funds to make it a special place for the Governor and the First Lady to entertain the many guests that are important to our State of Ohio. At our recent meeting we authorized purchase of new kitchen appliances and additional garden beautification. The appliances are actually replacements of ones we purchased years ago and the garden work refurbishes and improves work we had performed in the past. I hope you can all attend and see our funds at work and enjoy a reception with wine and a little jazz music!!
Since the 1950s when Governor C. William O’Neill first occupied the Residence with his family, the house has been the official residence of ten Ohio chief executives, men and women of both parties. It is a house that belongs to all Ohioans.
Our Summer meeting is being planned by Fleet Commodore, Sam Covelli. Sam hopes it will be in early July and will be at The Ohio State University.
Tours of the Woody Hayes Complex is expected and he plans to have both Athletic Director, Gene Smith and Head Football Coach Urban Myer as guest speakers. Do NOT miss that one!!
As time progresses, we are making our way around the State promoting the Association of Ohio Commodores. Please let us know if we can help you, your City or your County in promoting its economic development.
Lastly, I want to wish everyone a GREAT and JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON ….we as Commodores are blessed to be part of a GREAT Association in the Great State of Ohio!! Count your Blessings!!!
All the Best!!!
Our mission is to assist the State of Ohio in its advancement in all areas contributing to the economic growth and development of the State, and the greater prosperity of its citizens.
The Commodores Captains Award is presented to those who have contributed to the organization above and beyond the expected participation.
The James A. Rhodes Service award is given to individuals whose services to Ohio have “followed in the footsteps of Governor Rhodes”. James Rhodes was an American Republican politician from Ohio that served four full terms in office.
The Elite Corps are individuals who have brought honor and dignity to themselves and their home state of Ohio.
Sarah Smith, former policy and special projects manager at the Ohio Department of Aging, has assumed the leadership of the Start Talking! program at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Start Talking! is a prevention initiative instigated by Governor Kasich to encourage parents and other adults to have conversations with and send strong prevention messages to youth about alcohol and other drugs.