Futures Committee Offers Plans for NGAUS

NGAUS Washington Report

(March 11, 2014)  Recommendations from the NGAUS Futures Committee on how to use funds freed up by paying off the mortgage on the association's headquarters were approved by the board Saturday. They will be brought up at the 136th General Conference and Exhibition in August.

They include greater use of communications tools, such as social media, to include a NGAUS YouTube channel, a NGAUS professional development program for junior leaders, a fellowship program that would add two company grade members to the NGAUS legislative staff for one year and a rebate of dues designed to benefit state associations.

The committee was formed last year after NGAUS completed payments on the National Guard Memorial, the headquarters in Washington, D.C. Money that was being used to pay the mortgage was suddenly available. The committee, led by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, considered several recommendations before submitting a list to the board at its meeting Saturday.

The board also approved an extension of Hargett's tenure as head of NGAUS. The one-year extension keeps him in the post until the end of 2015.

Also, the board elected Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton of Utah as the adjutant general representative for Area VI on the board. He replaces retired Maj. Gen. Raymond Rees of Oregon.