Veterans Day Parade Sponsored by the Sandhills MOAA Chapter November 9, 2013

Veterans Day Parade Sponsored by the Sandhills MOAA Chapter

November 9, 2013

* The Sandhills Chapter was instrumental in planning and execution of a parade - shown in the below video link. It was the first such parade in Southern Pines - and, as far as we know, Moore County - since 1923 when they had the last Armistice Day parade. A local businessman who helped us with online ticket sales for our concert made this video of the parade.

* Southern Pines, Aberdeen, and Pinehurst, NC, are small towns whose borders abut, forming essentially one contiguous community. In an effort to gain support for our concert from the three towns, we went to the town councils and briefed them on the project. All three agreed to provide assistance and support. The Southern Pines mayor suggested a parade which meant we had about two months to pull it together. Several organizations – VFW, VVA, DAV, American Legion, Masonic Lodge – pulled together to organize the parade. Our Chapter’s 1st VP (John Boesch - Co-chairman), 2nd VP (Tom Nesbit – Operations Director), and I (Admin Advisor) played key roles in organizing and executing the parade.

* Sandhills also arranged for the three mayors to sign a proclamation declaring 9-11 November “Veterans Weekend” which they signed at a press conference. As far as we can tell, it is the first time the mayors have signed a similar agreement for any event. We presented each mayor with a framed copy of the proclamation at the intermission during the concert.

* This was one of four events that the chapter sponsored over the weekend. The parade was on Saturday. On Sunday, 10 Nov, we held a patriotic pop concert at the local high school auditorium. It was well attended and a rousing success. We have been asked by numerous folks if we are having the band back for a concert next year and the Pinehurst mayor said “We need to have them back.”

* On Monday, 11 Nov at 1100 hours, we hosted the traditional Veterans Day Ceremony in the Pinehurst Village Hall with a full house attendance. The Chapter has hosted the ceremony for many years. The mayors of Pinehurst and Southern Pines were present as well as state representative Jamie Boles. This was the first time ever that the Southern Pines mayor has been in attendance and he has thanked me numerous times for the Chapter’s efforts toward the parade specifically and the weekend in general.

* Finally, at 1330 Monday afternoon, we hosted a Veterans Putting Challenge fund raiser for the DAV that was planned and executed by member Ed Cottrell (WWII vet), and directors Steve O’Brien and Jerry Townley. We had nine foursomes on the practice putting green at the local Mid Pines Golf Resort. Resort owner and golfing legend Peggy Kirk Bell was in attendance. Each foursome consisted of a veteran from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and a more recent conflict. The putting challenge raised about $10,000 for the Moore County DAV.

* Each event was hugely successful with good attendance and many compliments. Kudos to everyone who participated.

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Storming the Hill April 17, 2013

Storming the Hill

April 17, 2013

The North Carolina Council of Chapters President, LTC Robert Garman (shown at right with NC Senator Kay Hagan, Tammy Moore, MOAA Spouse Council Member, and COL Mike Rogers, USA, MOAA BOD member) participated in the annual MOAA Storming the Hill activities on April 17, 2013. Bob met with many of our state legislators and other representatives to carry MOAA's "One Powerful Voice" message to the decision makers in Congress, ensuring that they understood, and will support, the issues important to our military servicemembers, both retired and still serving.

Mouse over the thumbnail pictures to the right to see additional pictures from the full day of visiting the legislator's offices.

Pictured (L to R):

COL Mike Rogers, Tammy Moore, Representative David Price (NC04) and LTC Garman.

NC Representative Walter Jones' military legislative assistant, LTC Garman and COL Rogers.

Tammy Moore, Representative Price, and LTC Garman.

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New Hanover County Veterans Council Azalea Festival Parade April 13, 2013

New Hanover County Veterans Council Azalea Festival Parade

April 13, 2013

These photographs were taken by, or for, COL Jeri Graham, SENCLand Chapter President, and highlight the New Hanover County Veterans Council's participation in the Azalea Festival Parade honoring veterans on April 13, 2013.

Shown at right are COL Graham and COL Ed Baisden preparing to begin leading the parade.

Mouse over the thumbnail pictures at the right to see additional photographs from the parade.

NOTE: When viewing thumbnails, use your mouse to left click on the (F)ast, (M)edium or (S)low controller found in the upper right corner of any image displayed...doing so will run a slide show of all the images at the rate of speed selected. Enjoy!

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NCCOC - NC State Council “Convention at Sea” February 13-18, 2013

NCCOC - NC State Council “Convention at Sea”

February 13-18, 2013

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters “Convention at Sea” was held aboard the Carnival cruise liner Fantasy from February 13-18, 2013, and visited Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas.

* Click on the below link to see pictures from the memorable 5-day excursion…oh, yes, the Council did hold two business sessions during the cruise and heard, as well as participated, in a variety of interesting discussions from representatives of MOAA National who joined us on the cruise.

* The Council's appreciation is extended to MG Joseph Lynch, MOAA's General Counsel, and Col. Brian Anderson, MOAA's Deputy Director of Council and Chapters Affairs for their support during the 2013 “Convention at Sea”.

Link: Follow this link to see pictures from the cruise…

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Council Comments NCCOC Newsletter

Council Comments

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North Carolina Council of Chapter Periodic Newsletters NC Council Chapter Newsletters, Chapter by Chapter

North Carolina Council of Chapter Periodic Newsletters

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MOAA Military Family Initiative $25 in '15

MOAA Military Family Initiative

$25 in '15

* The MOAA Military Family Initiative's $25-in-‘15 campaign ends on December 31, 2015. Are you in?

* The annual $25-in-’15 campaign, hosted by the MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI), is a challenge to every MOAA member to contribute at least $25 once annually in direct support of MOAA's 14 Initiative-supported programs. These programs reflect the urgent needs of the nation’s military families in five critical areas: career transition, VA disability and survivor claims, warrior family reintegration, military spouse programs and financial education outreach. By the close of 2015, these 14 programs will have touched the lives of over 75,000 military families.

* If one-third of all MOAA members made a single $25 donation to MMFI just once each year, every program would be fully paid for.... If every MOAA member contributed $25 just once each year, the Initiative would be able to fully fund all national MOAA military family programs every year and make annual grants totaling $6 million to help vital military family initiatives at the community level throughout the nation.

* Giving Tuesday is one of the very best ways to support the $25-in-‘15 campaign during the holiday season. Now one of the biggest single philanthropic events worldwide, Giving Tuesday will happen on December 1, 2015. MOAA members, their families and friends, and the general public can help make a difference in the lives of the nation’s remarkably deserving military families just by going to www.MOAA.org/foundation and making an online donation.

* Friendly Competition to Support Military Programs

* This year, to add a bit of competitive fun to MOAA's Giving Tuesday event, MOAA will recognize in the March issue of Military Officer the state council (or group of MOAA chapters, if there is no council in the winning state) from which MOAA receives the highest number and greatest amount of online donations between Giving Tuesday and December 31, 2015. There will be two state winners: 1. Top State, Online MOAA Member Participation and 2. Top State, Total Online Contributions. Here are the rules:

- Top State, Online MOAA Member Participation - Determined by dividing the number of national MOAA member online donations from each participating state by the total number of national MOAA members in that state. This creates a level playing field for all states.

- Top State, Total Online Contributions - Determined by calculating the total amount raised online on Giving Tuesday by each participating state.

- For the purposes of the competition, only online donations made during the 24-hour period of December 1 count.

* For those 1,500 of you that have already graciously joined the $25-in-’15 campaign, thank you! Your commitment to never stop serving by supporting our nation’s military families is an example for all. For those of you who haven’t yet joined this year’s campaign, will you take the leap on Giving Tuesday?

* Please DONATE NOW

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