SMW NEW PRESIDENT  2016 – 2018


 Janet Snyder is an Army wife and mother of three children, grandmother
 of six, and five great grandchildren. She was married to her husband Tom for 52  years, and was his full-time caregiver for five years,
 until he passed at home on hospice care in 2010.

 Janet was president of various military wives clubs and was a religious school  teacher while her children were young. She was editor of the military Jewish  chapel newsletter; participated in many ecumenical projects with the Protestant,  Catholic and Jewish chaplains; and was honored at the Jewish Welfare Board Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Janet has worked in Germany, Israel, and the USA in public relations, hotel marketing, and insurance.

From 1996 to 2006, Tom and Janet lived full-time in their motor home, traveling around

the country and taking their grandchildren on camping trips during summer vacations.
They moved to Las Vegas in early 2006.

Janet was President of the Las Vegas Valley Chapter of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.,

from 2011 - 2014; President of the Society of Military Widows of Southern Nevada Chapter #34 from 2012 - 2015; Secretary of SMW of Southern Nevada Chapter #34 for 2015 - 2018
and Newsletter Editor from 2012 - 2018; President of the National Society of Military Widows
from 2016 - 2018; Legislative Officer, Southern Nevada Chapter, Military Officers Association
of America (MOAA); served for three years (2011 - 2014) on the Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (now Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee), National Military Officers Association
of America (MOAA); member of The Silver State Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Boulder City, NV; and member of Las Vegas American Legion Auxiliary Unit #14. 
She is a member of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) and on the Legislative Affairs Committee. 
25 October 2016 

It is a great honor to be the Society of Military Widows National President for 2016 - 2018. Thank you to all of our SMW members for your confidence and encouragement.

At the President's Meeting during the San Antonio Convention, I discussed my proposed Agenda for the next two years:

1. Revise SMW ByLaws - Cathy McGraw and Johnnie Marquez from Chapter #13 are on the ByLaws Committtee

a. Would like to give Members at Large (MAL) the ability to run for national office.

b. Revision of Convention Guidelines - to make it simpler.

c. Everyone on the new board has unlimited long distance phone capability, so we will use Free Conference Call for our quarterly teleconferences. This will save money.

2. Exploring the possibility of making SMW national only - no chapters.

a. Several chapters have disbanded already, but they still get together for lunch and social activities.

b. There would be no responsibility to hold an official local office, and no requirement to write and submit reports.

c. Two chapters disbanded this year. There have been no new chapters formed since Southern Nevada Chapter #34 started in January 2012.

d. Could have "Virtual Chapter" to communicate online - need computers - plus e-mails and conference calls.

e. Chapter presidents and board members who were present wanted to retain the current active chapters for as long as they can.

3. Annual Meeting / Convention is important, because that is how we get together with surviving spouses from all over the country.

a. Keeping the annual meeting / convention run by local chapters (if they are retained) - or

b. Asking for regions to host the conventions.

4. Collaboration with other military surviving spouse and veteran organizations.

a. Inviting other groups to attend our conventions, to learn how they operate.

b. Working together on legislative issues and national events.

c. Can save money on conventions by combining with other organizations.

5. NAUS merger and decision about future of SMW - Patricia Walker appointed to represent SMW in resolving the issues that will affect SMW if a merger is concluded, or to find a new arrangement that will accomplish the needs of SMW.

a. Foremost is the welfare of our members.

b. As national officers, we have a fiduciary responsibility to do what is best for our membership.

6. Please contact me - day or night - by phone or e-mail, to give me your thoughts and ideas. (702) 227-6566

7. My wish for the next two years: to be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments.