Governor Douglas appointed by President Obama to co-chair Council of Governors

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has been appointed by President Obama to co-chair the Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors who will work closely with the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as other defense and national security officials to advise on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.“It is a great honor to be asked by the President to co-chair the Council,” said Governor Douglas.  “Ensuring that the state and federal governments are coordinated in response to domestic military operations and disasters is critical to the safety and security of our Vermont residents, and citizens across the country.”The National Guard Empowerment Act of 2007 directed the President to establish a bipartisan Council of Governors – five from each party – who will work with defense and homeland security officials on issues regarding the command structure for National Guard and active duty military forces operating within states in response to domestic disasters and emergencies.“Governors appreciate the opportunity to exchange ideas and views about military operations within their states,” said the Governor.  “This Council will provide a forum for the discussion of issues that might arise and ultimately lead to more effective responses to domestic disasters and emergencies.”  On January 11, President Obama issued an executive order to formally establish the Council.  Its membership includes:Ø Governor James H. Douglas, Co-ChairØ Governor Chris Gregoire, Co-ChairØ Governor Janice K. BrewerØ Governor Luis G. FortuñoØ Governor Brad Henry, MemberØ Governor Robert F. McDonnellØ Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) NixonØ Governor Martin O’MalleyØ Governor Beverly Eaves PerdueØ Governor M. Michael RoundsØ Secretary of DefenseØ Secretary of Homeland SecurityØ Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and CounterterrorismØ Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public EngagementØ Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security AffairsØ Commander, U.S. Northern CommandØ Chief, National Guard BureauØ Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard Source: Governor Douglas’ office. 2.5.2010###last_img read more

A branding pandemic for credit unions

first_imgJust as TV viewership is going up – 46% among teens – I’ve been tempted to tune out. This short YouTube video comically explains the glut of COVID-19 message out there. Another clever video captures the uncertainty of what we can do to fight the virus.I don’t intend to bemoan the “we’re all in this together” message. We should all be united to support the pandemic’s real heroes.However, there are some bandwagon brands where there promise is nothing more than lip service. After all, if we weren’t “in this together” before COVID-19, what would make our members or prospects believe our credit union is now?We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our preparedness. There were 5,235 credit unions at the end of 2019. How many will we lose in 2020? Your credit union’s success depends on the cooperation and loyalty of your members. To do this, you must affirm what their ideals are and encourage them to go after it.During this time of uncertainty, it is easy to take a tactical approach, toss vision and branding aside, and let the unusual amount of distractions and self-doubt overwhelm you and your team. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

India wins marathon championship

first_img18 Sep 2012 India wins marathon championship Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn is the new Midlands North women’s champion – capturing the title at the end of a stop-go tournament which took over two months to complete. The 15-year-old from Woodhall Spa (pictured) began her marathon campaign at Branston Golf Club in Staffordshire, back on July 5th. The stroke play qualifying and the quarter-finals were played – but then the weather intervened and torrential rain flooded the course. It proved impossible to complete the championship and the plate event within the two-day schedule. Organiser Cherry Loomes took on the task of rescheduling the individual matches, fitting in with the players’ other competition commitments and holidays. Gradually, the games were played and the final has just taken place, with India beating Emma Newlove (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) by 4/3. Earlier, in the semi-finals, India beat Florence King (Rothley Park, Leicestershire & Rutland) while Emma defeated Lucy Evans (Wrekin). India is a past winner of the Midlands’ junior champion of champions title and of the Lincolnshire girls’ championship. She was in the England Golf girls’ squad at the recent North of England U16 championship. The Plate final, also played this month, was won by Bronwyn Davies (Trentham, Staffordshire) who beat Harriet Allsebrook (Shifnal, Shropshire) by 3/1. Harriet had been four down with four to play but won two holes with birdies before succumbing on the 17th. The Midlands North region represents the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.last_img read more

Roll Call Memorial, Remembering Fallen U.S. Service Members Resumes May 24th

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 The 2012 Readers Project:  Honoring the FallenThe Evergreen State College invites the public to its Memorial Day commemoration in honor of the U.S. military men and women of all races, faiths and nationalities who have died while serving in the Global War on Terror.   The Readers Project: Honoring the Fallen will take place on the College’s Red Square, Thursday, May 24th at Noon.  It will include recognition of each service member who perished in the past 12 months.  An exhibit of the names of all the U.S. military fatalities since the start of the war will be on display in the Library lobby from May 22 through June 15.  The college will be closed May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.The 2012 Readers Project: Honoring the Fallen resumes the roll call memorial of the military dead that took place at the College one year ago.  At that time, members of the community recited the names of all 6,058 U.S. service members who had at that point been identified by the Department of Defense as fatalities in the various campaigns of the Global War on Terror.   Reflecting on the 2011 memorial, Evergreen faculty member Sylvie McGee remarked, “I want to remember that the moment before, these young people were full of life – loving their families, grooving to their tunes, sending emails to their girlfriends/boyfriends, and I hope believing that they would be home soon.  We have to grieve, but also to celebrate the lives our fallen warriors had and lived with vigor. “******On May 24, community members will recite the names of the approximately 400 servicemen and women who have been killed since May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012. Readers will include Evergreen students, staff, and faculty, veterans, and representatives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap.********The memorial is an opportunity for the community to recognize the fallen service members and contemplate the profound sacrifices that military families and communities throughout the nation are continuing to make.The observance is being organized by The Veterans of Evergreen Transition and Success Team (VETS), an advisory group comprised of Evergreen staff, faculty and students.Musical accompaniment will include Jeff Parkhurst, snare drummer for the Artesian Rumble Arkestra and the Squaxin Island Drummers and Singers as an opening introduction.   Closing music will be performed by the Artesian Rumble Arkestra, Olympia’s own community street band, and Rona Yellowrobe Walsh, who will perform a combination of a Native American honor song and Taps on wooden flute to mark the conclusion of the reading.For more information related to veterans at The Evergreen State College, please visit: Veteran Information at Evergreenlast_img read more