January 15, 2018

Hello NGAI family!

I certainly hope your new year is going well and we at NGAI are excited about serving you in 2018!

We are looking forward to our Annual NGAI Conference to include some changes that will hopefully make the event more affordable and beneficial to all attendees! As always, there will be fun activities to include golf, sporting clays, hospitality events, and  lots of comradery! Our business session will be informative and include a slate of inspiring speakers. And by the way, the theme will be “Race to French Lick” and the final night will be informal, and in the spirit of our theme, we encourage everyone to wear their favorite racing attire. So expect to see a lot of checkered bandanna’s and Indy 500 gear!  The registration will hit the streets soon, so be on the lookout and we’ll give you a notice that it is available.  So we hope to see you all there!

I want to touch on a very important issue – MEMBERSHIP! NGAI is only as strong as our membership and our membership growth has been stagnant for a few years and I need your help to elevate our numbers. The benefits we enjoy now are not guaranteed, they have to be continually fought for and we can’t do that without strong membership. It’s our leverage and strength; it shows a commitment to a cause greater than ourselves, and it is vital to the future readiness of our Hoosier Soldiers and Airmen.

So I’m asking, please reveal the benefits of NGAI to another Solider or Airmen and ask them if they want to make a difference, and if so, they too can join.

I am truly humbled to serve as your NGAI president, thank you for all you do, and I hope to see ya soon!

Kip

Kip Clark, Brig Gen
President, National Guard Association of Indiana
2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
kip.clark@ngai.net
812-240-1552

Prior Post

Hello NGAI Family,

I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic summer.

Just like you and your families, your NGAI has been very busy! The NGAI team has been working hard to support legislative action that has a positive impact on you, your families and the National Guard – both Army and Air! Your pay and benefits are threatened every year during State and Federal legislative processes. Also, the fight for budget priority in regards to mission, equipment modernization and recapitalization is highly competitive and the results definitely effect our long term readiness.

LEVERAGE POINTS

There are two key leverage points the senior leaders in our State have that offer the greatest influence on success in support of the Indiana National Guard and those Soldiers and Airmen that serve and have served.

  1. Mission effectiveness: Indiana’s Soldiers and Airmen have always been extremely successful executing our mission. You have trained extensively; the unwavering support of your family has been extraordinary; and your performance in combat has been exceptional. Additionally, you are the 1st choice in domestic response to disaster and you have been there – time and time again. That’s the primary leverage point!
  1. Professional Organizations: When our State’s senior leaders battle for budgets, benefits and equipment priorities, it is vitally important they have the support of professional organizations. Your NGAI is an organization that is routinely leveraged in support of the National Guard. NGAI is the sinew that connects legislative action to mission readiness.

100% MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Our organization cannot be leveraged to the maximum extent without robust membership. Therefore, I am asking that every NGAI, NGAUS and EANGUS member set a goal to get one of their fellow Guardsmen to become a member. If we accomplish that, we will increase our membership 100% and therefore dramatically increase the leverage our senior leaders can utilize to advocate for benefits to all Soldiers, Airmen and Families to improve our overall mission readiness. It starts NOW!!!

Your humble servant,

Kip

Kip Clark, Brig Gen
President, National Guard Association of Indiana
2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
kip.clark@ngai.net
812-240-1552

Introductory Letter

Hello NGAI Family,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend and, what is most important, we took time to remember and honor those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for this wonderful country of ours – what an incredible gift they have given all of us!

Also, I wanted to send you all a quick note to let you know how eager and humbled I am to serve as your NGAI President. Sheila and I look forward to meeting all of our NGAI Family and can’t wait to get started working to make this great organization even better for you and your families.

We recently returned from the 2017 NGAI conference and we had a wonderful time with our NGAI family, friends, corporate sponsors and the Governor and First Lady Holcomb! The First Lady, Janet Holcomb, graciously spent three full days with us at French Lick – what an honor! We have already started planning for next year’s event and hope to see you all there!

Over the years, your Association has provided tireless advocacy and resulting benefit to the Soldiers, Airmen and Families in our State and you have my promise that we won’t relent. In fact, just last month, our State’s representatives were battling over the budget and, because of you and your NGAI, we now have benefits that may have been lost without your vital support and voice! Our leverage is our membership, and with that leverage there is metal in our voice and respect in the halls of the State Capitol!

Again, Sheila and I look forward serving and spending time with you and your families. Please let us know what’s on your mind and don’t hesitate to provide ideas on how your Association can better address the needs for you and your family’s readiness.

We hope to see ya soon!

Sincerely and with the utmost appreciation,

Kip

L. Kip Clark, President, Brig Gen
National Guard Association of Indiana

2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
kip.clark@ngai.net
812-240-1552