ON THE ROAD | MEETING WITH OUR MEMBERS AND OUR MILITARY COMMUNITY
The President's Update
10/19/18: Hurricane Relief for Tyndall AFB and Surrounding Communities
I have received inquiries regarding Hurricane Relief efforts for the Tyndall AFB and surrounding communities. If you choose, you can provide either financial or materials support that will directly help those currently in greater Panama City, Tyndall AFB, and surrounding communities. You have an opportunity to work directly with our Mission Partner, The Air Force Enlisted Village, and other military installations in providing support to this effort. The AFEV is serving as the focal point for the collection and daily distribution of supplies, which are being delivered to the Panama City area to help those in need of assistance.
There are a couple of different ways you can provide support for this initiative. You can go to the AFEV home page at www.afev.us and click on the HURRICANE MICHAEL EMERGENCY RELIEF button in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
Follow the instructions on this page to determine your next step. If you want to donate non-perishable items, check the AFEV Facebook page for updated on what they are collecting.
If you want to make a cash donation it will also help and be a bit quicker. There is a link for a PayPal payment if you so choose. There is also a link for making a monetary donation as well. Click on the link and it will provide instructions on how to make a monetary donation.
Please share this with your chapters so they can also participate if they wish. I know AFSA members have a big heart and besides, it is the right thing to do for our Air Force family who are in need of our help. You can also go to the ACC home page at www.ACC.af.mil to receive the latest updates.
Thank you in advance for your support, generosity, and kindness toward our family members who are hurting at the moment.
--Michael R. Carton, AFSA International President
10/17/18: AFSA Membership Application Process
Please share with your membership team and your general membership. As a Veteran Service Organization (VSO), and a Military Service Organization (MSO), a National Military Association (NMA), there is information that we required in order to complete the application process. The following provides you with more detail:
For a new member, our application process is a two-step process. There is a verification process to determine if you are already a member. If you do not have a membership record, you will be asked to click on the tab titled “We were unable to verify a record - Please click HERE.” While much of the information is self-explanatory; there are a few items that require further explanation.
War Veteran and War Period: The IRS granted AFSA a tax-exempt status as a 501©19, Veterans Service Organization. As a VSO, we are required to document our member’s status to ensure we are in compliance with the current IRS guidelines. These two pieces of information tell the IRS that our Uniformed members have worn the uniform in service to their country.
AFSA provides members with an accidental death policy at no cost to the member. Your date of birth and number of dependents are important pieces of data required by the insurance company. Your date of birth is also used to distinguish between members with the same name.
Billing information is necessary to ensure AFSA charges the correct credit card so we may receive the payment.
Finally, your email and phone number are important because that is two of the methods we utilize to stay in touch with you and to provide you with weekly updates. It is important that you list a civilian email address such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Any military email address presents AFSA a huge challenge, because AFSA cannot get past the base firewall in many instances and you miss out on important and critical information.
Your cell phone number is important because it is another method of keeping you informed.
Membership type and term tells us the membership category you qualify for and the term determines the amount you will be paying.
I hope this helps our recruiters and new members to better understand why this information is so important up front.
-- Mike Carton, International President
10/5/18: Amazing visit with AFSAHQ Team
Greetings from your International President. First, I want to thank Mr. Keith Reed and the entire AFSA Headquarters team for a most informative, productive, and enlightening week. It is a pleasure to meet and work with such great professionals who are caring for our members.
I spent this past week observing, listening, and talking with our Executive Director, the Headquarters Directors and Managers, and the entire staff. I am amazed and awe struck at the amount of work being accomplished by this dedicated group of professionals. They are a small staff charged with executing the operational aspects of our association. I say a small staff because we have downsized.
It was not that long ago that we had a much larger staff doing the same amount of work. These hard working individuals share in the accomplishments across the entire operational spectrum. So, someone from Member and Field may be assisting in the Business Center or with a Military and Government projects.
The dedication and professionalism of your AFSA staff is beyond description and they deserve our collective thanks and appreciation. They are here to help each member and to ensure their customer receives the best possible service in a timely manner. If you have the opportunity, call one of them and just say thank you for your hard work and support to our association.
-- Michael R. Carton, AFSA International President
9/28/18: Share Your AFSA Success
I look at the multitude of social media postings by AFSA chapters and individual members, each highlighting their accomplishments from around the world. I am truly amazed and proud of each of you. I ask you to continue to share your success through your own social media pages, and to take an extra minute to pass your photos and videos via email to email@example.com. Sharing your information will help us update our member, chapters and division activities on the AFSA web site and HQ Facebook and Instragram accounts.
What better way to share AFSA's accomplishments with a perspective members than by showing them AFSA in action, from around the world. There are two additional benefits for the rest of the AFSA membership. First, everyone else will get to see what other members and chapters are doing around the world. Second, your post and photos may spark an idea or project which interests another chapter. Think of the Unlimited Possibilities you can generate by sharing your successes. Thanks for all you do for our Air Force and for AFSA. -- Michael R. Carton, AFSA International President
9/19/18: Hurricane Florence Assistance
For our North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia veterans impacted by Hurricane Florence, please check with your respective states Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs to determine if there are any state veteran programs available to you during this time of uncertainty. Within North Carolina the program is called NC Serves, 1-866-249-6656. The state department may be able to assist our veterans who need some assistance. As always, "AFSA - Unlimited Possibilities. -- Michael R. Carton, AFSA International President
9/7/18: "Get After It"
CSM Troxell asked a question during his presentation at the 2018 PAC, "Who did PT today,? and then responded "Get after it!" So consider this - Who has spoken with an Airman or NCO or Family member about AFSA today? Get after it! AFSA UP --Mike Carton
8/31/18: I Look Forward to Working Together with You
AFSA Members. Good morning to each of you and your families and thank you for all you do for the greatest and most lethal Air Force in the world. I'm honored to be your president and look forward to working with you. Our dynamic PAC demonstrated to me our future is in great hands and I am excited for what the future holds. Have a great weekend and holiday. -- Mike Carton