Presented at the 2015
Annual Reunion, San Antonio, TX
Several years ago at an Annual Reunion
several people asked what the plans were for eventually
dissolving the Association, given the likelihood that no more
Signal Corps OCS graduates will ever be produced by the Army.
The Board of Directors has researched the
most appropriate approach to planning the eventual dissolution
of the Association; the results are listed below. These are
general plans that will have to deal with the inevitable decline
in our membership and the future unknowns as Association
membership and financial assets decline.
The obvious truth is, we are all getting
older and someday the last guy will have to turn out the
lights. So, these plans are in response to the ongoing question
about how best to handle Association assets when the Association
can no longer function as an organization. These general plans
1. When registrations decline so that the
Annual Reunion can no longer provide enough revenue to cover
Reunion costs, that Reunion will be cancelled. At this point
our Reunion Coordinator says that the break-even point is
currently about 15 room reservations. A second consideration is
how the registered attendees would view the value of traveling
to be with such few fellow graduates, given the time and
expense. Individual members will have to answer that question.
2. When two Reunions in a row have to be
cancelled, the next Newsletter will include a survey of the
membership to determine interest in attending a reunion the next
year. If interest is sufficient we will plan one; if not, then
we will skip another year.
3. When the Association can no longer
sustain any reunions we can still provide the important
functions of our organization: The Newsletter, Awarding
Scholarships, keeping the Roster current by locating &
relocating members and keeping the Deceased Roster current while
ministering to their families. However, we project that the
income generated by annual renewals of memberships will diminish
rapidly and donations to the Scholarship Fund will taper off,
particularly as membership declines. Of the approximate 900
members, about 600 are Lifetime Members and no longer have to
4. As income declines, the Board will employ
cost-cutting measures to sustain an Association presence; such
as, reducing newsletters from 3 to 2 annually, still maintaining
the quality you have come to expect. It currently costs about
$2,400 for each edition. An additional measure at some point
would be to revert to a Black & White newsletter, saving another
1/3 of the cost per edition. When the Operating Fund can no
longer pay for the newsletter it will be stopped. (As a
reminder, NONE of the Board Members or Association Officers
receive any compensation for their service to the
Association…they are all volunteers.)
5. Obviously, when the Scholarship Fund is
depleted, no more scholarships will be awarded.
6. In preparation to finally close down
operations completely the Board will have to dispose of any
remaining funds and dispense of the property of the Association;
namely, the memorabilia we display at reunions and the left-over
supplies in the Store (hats, jackets, etc).
a. The Store supplies will be given away to
members at what can be determined to be a final reunion, if
possible, or donated to an organization such as the Salvation
Army or Goodwill.
b. The memorabilia will be donated to an
Army organization that has an ongoing future plan to maintain a
presence as a museum-type entity. The Board has identified
several such organizations but will not decide on one at present
because of the changing nature of such
organizations… relocations, combining with other organizations,
c. If Operating Funds remain they will be
transferred into the Scholarship Fund. Any remaining
Scholarship Funds will be donated to an Army organization that
has plans for a long-term future goal of awarding scholarships
to descendants of military personnel.
7. The most difficult question is, WHEN
should we put these plans into action. For that, we will have
to depend on our OCS training…be flexible and make the best
decision possible based on the circumstances at hand. So, I’ll
just say that you elected the Board to make the best decisions
possible for the Association. We are committed to doing what’s
right when the time comes.
8. Comments/Suggestions can be addressed to
the address below.
Our Association is a
not-for-profit fraternal organization. It's purpose is a) to foster
camaraderie among the graduates of Signal Corps Officer
Candidate School classes of the World War II, Korean War, and
Vietnam War eras, b) to archive for posterity the stories and
history of all of the Signal Corps OCS Officers who served this
great country, and c) to organize and offer scholarships and
other assistance for the families of Officer and Enlisted OCS
cadre in need. We are open to ALL former Army
Signal Corps OCS graduates, their families and friends, as well
as other officers, enlisted men, those interested in
military history, and the general public.
If you are interested in the life and history of those who
served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and especially those who
graduated from its OCS program, you should be a member. Please, come join
All graduates of Army Signal
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Dues are minimal, and the proceeds are
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assistance. One of our
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