I’m very excited about what we’ve accomplished within the past year, and where we’re going on our mission to building the community of Lone Star Veterans. We are seeing three times more members regularly attending our events in 2017 than we did in 2016. Currently, one in 12 post 9/11 veterans in Houston are LSVA members, and we’re adding 30-50 new members each month. We’ve successfully launched new regional events in Clear Lake and The Woodlands reaching members in the communities where they live and work.
We have committed to a strategic expansion focused on Affinity Groups. LSVA exists due to the shared experience of military service, but we are all more than just that. We are professionals, mothers, fathers, fans, nerds, jocks and friends. The other affinities we share, compounded with our military service, allows us to build deeper relationships, faster.
We continue to rely on our fantastic Volunteers and Community Leaders to bring these new events and programming to our members. They allow us to streamline our operations and build a scalable model that we plan to expand at the beginning of 2019. Throughout the rest of 2017 & 2018, we’ll continue to define, refine and document our processes to create the scale for statewide expansion. In 2018, we’ll be fundraising and surveying other markets for our first expansion and hire in that area to lead our programming. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our community, we hope to see you out at an upcoming event soon.