First off, I have to say, “Where did the summer go?” it’s hard to believe it is almost Autumn.  Kids have gone back to school already, September is almost over, and the leaves will soon be turning colors.  My oh my, how the time just flies right by.  Seems like just yesterday, we were all together at the National Conference enjoying each other’s company and reminiscing about old times.  That’s it, the National Conference!!  That is where the summer went!  Helping the first part of the summer getting everything ready and working on details for the conference.  Then the conference was here, and it was so much fun being together, and sharing stories of the past year, getting to talk with friends old and new. All that build up preparing to spend a couple days together and then it is all gone.  Don’t forget the cleanup and all the after-conference things that need to get accomplished.  But I would do it again tomorrow!

I want to say a special thank you to the Iowa team for all their hard work in making sure all the details were worked out.  We did have a couple of hiccups, but overall it was an excellent conference!  We had a good time, we made sure our mission was accomplished. We passed along outstanding information and we closed out another great conference.

It is always great coming together each year to see old friends and meet new friends.  Catching up with stories about our kids, grandkids, spouses and life in general.  It is always nice to travel to different locations each year to have our conference.  We get to see and participate in different cultures and try new types of food and hospitality.  It is also great coming together to work on a common theme.  Focusing on our Airmen and Soldiers and their families.  We come together to help bring focus on needs and benefits of our Airmen and Soldiers, along with their family members.  We always bring a lot of energy together to get everyone excited and fired up to help push our initiatives.  But let’s not let that fade away now.  Now is the time we need to take that energy that we created during conference and continue to push to everyone that needs to hear it.  Our Auxiliary members and future members need to hear and feel that energy.  Our leadership within each state needs to hear it, and most of all our politicians need to hear it, so they can go out and make our initiatives into law.  Don’t let that energy fade away.  Take it back to your states and generate new members.  Tell them our stories of what we are fighting for.  Get them excited about our fight and initiatives.  Start looking forward to the Legislative Workshop to voice those initiatives on the Hill and help make our voices heard by those that can affect change.  Tell them our/your stories, the Guard’s story!

I am already looking forward to attending the “Big Dam Conference” next year in Little Rock.  But we still have a lot of work to do between now and then.  We can not lose focus on all the work we need to do.  Our challenges and mission will not get completed without a little hard work.  It starts with each and every one of you and goes from there to the state level, and the national level to get things accomplished.  Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.  I look forward to seeing you at your State Conference, or an Area Caucus/Mid-Winter or in Little Rock next summer.  Enjoy the rest of the warm weather in your area, and please be safe. I will continue to keep each & everyone of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Proudly Standing Side by Side,

Angela Kennebeck

EANGUS Auxiliary President.