The Last Word

By Mark R. Terry
On behalf of the PSCWRT Board, I want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year in 2018! It occurred to me that even though we are entering a new year, the January meeting is exactly halfway between our first meeting in September 2017 and our final meeting in May 2018. Given that fact, it is a good time to look back on what we have accomplished and look forward to the rest of the Round Table season ahead.

One of the tools the board is hoping will help bring improvements to our meetings and our organization as a whole is the PSCWRT ATTENDANCE SURVEY. On December 13, 2017, It was sent as an email to all of our members. If you have not completed the survey, we urge you to do so. One of the goals of the PSCWRT is to increase the number of members and participants at meetings. Since it is difficult to be able to talk to each individual, the questions of this survey should help shed light on how we can improve the Round Table and help to fulfill our goals. If you don’t have email, but would like to fill out the survey, please let one of us know- we should be able to get you a paper copy.

CWT Color Bearer Project. This was initiated for several reasons, the first one being to increase our giving to the Civil War Trust in order that they can purchase, preserve and interpret important battlefield tracts of land and other important sites related to the Civil War. The secondary objective is to list the Puget Sound Civil War Round Table as an organization in their literature and so perhaps draw local enthusiasts who might otherwise not know we exist. How many times have you talked with someone who said “I didn’t even know you guys were here!”? The third objective is to allow interested and motivated PSCWRT members to be able to participate in CWT activities only open to Color Bearer members. Several members made bids in November to be able to do this. The board is hopeful that this project will be successful and ongoing annually.

I am looking forward to the new year for myself and my family but also for the PSCWRT. Although we have dedicated members serving on the board, we are ALWAYS looking for members who want to help improve what we do. Think about it- if there is something you don’t like, then instead of complaining, do something positive to improve the situation. This is what happened with the sound system. Several years ago, it became obvious that the PSCWRT needed sound equipment of their own, as the acoustics of the room made hearing presenters difficult. Some members got together and made it happen with the help of the board, but it took the initiative of individuals to start the ball rolling. What can YOU do to make the rest of the 2017- 2018 season awesome?


The PSCWRT season runs from September to May. Dues should be paid in September. They are payable by PayPal online, at the meeting or by mail: $25. Also, donations are gratefully accepted. Please note that all donations are tax deductible as the PSCWRT is a 501(c)3 organization.

Mail to: Jeff Rombauer, Treasurer, 22306 255th Ave. SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038-7626. Call 425-432-1346, or email TREASURER.
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