NCCOC 1st Quarterly Meeting Award Ceremony January 17, 2015

NCCOC 1st Quarterly Meeting Award Ceremony

January 17, 2015

* NCCOC President COL-Ret. Jeri Graham, USA presented award certificates to each of the NCCOC Officers, Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents for their outstanding support to our Council in 2014.

* Pictued (L to R): CDR Jack Overman, COL Ed Baisden, COL Jeri Graham, CAPT David Lee, COL Chris Canipe, Maj Bob Gibbard, Col. Dave Lucas, COL Joe Cansler, COL Matt Segal, CAPT John Stewart, CAPT Hank Wade, Col. Bill Colmer, COL Harley Ellinger, CAPT Marie Senzig, LT Gloria Schaberg, COL Juan Chavez, COL Vern Pike, LCDR Al DelGarbina, Col. Joe Long and COL Bob Garman.

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Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (AMAC): ‘2014 in Review’ Patricia Bergquist, Chair, and Kathy Prout, Vice Chair, AMAC

Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (AMAC): ‘2014 in Review’

Patricia Bergquist, Chair, and Kathy Prout, Vice Chair, AMAC

* Once again, the Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (AMAC) had a very busy year. We welcomed three new members — Pat Farnsworth, Virginia Peninsula Chapter; Gail Joyce, Greater Granbury (Texas) Chapter; and Marie Beima, Venice (Fla.) Area Chapter — to the committee in April.

* Also in April, the AMAC participated in national MOAA’s Storming the Hill event, advocating on issues that affect active duty and retired servicemembers, survivors, and families: 1) military pay increases; 2) TRICARE increases; 3) $1 billion reduction in the subsidy to the commissary; 4) concurrent receipt of military retired pay and VA disability compensation; and 5) the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) offset.

* The AMAC’s focus was research and preparation of The Survivor’s Guide. The guide, a supplement to the Personal Affairs Guide, lists steps a surviving spouse will need to take after the death of a loved one and contains contact numbers and space for dates of contact and notes. When the publication is available in the first quarter of 2015, we encourage everyone to obtain a copy and store it with your completed Personal Affairs Guide.

* The repeal of SBP/DIC offset remains a high priority. The AMAC continued grassroots advocacy through its council and chapter auxiliary liaisons and MOAA’s council and chapter system. We encouraged visits to local congressional offices and emails, letters, and phone calls to garner support for H.R. 32 and S. 734, current bills to repeal the SBP/DIC offset. Currently, H.R. 32 has 238 cosponsors and S. 734 has 39. If you use Facebook, we invite you to join our Facebook page, “The Surviving Spouses of MOAA,” another tool we used to advance awareness and seek support to repeal the injustice to surviving military spouses.

* We received seven outstanding nominations for the Auxiliary Liaison Level of Excellence Award. Eleanor Layman from Fort Meade (Md.) Chapter was this year’s awardee.

* Following four years of service and leadership on the AMAC, Patricia Bergquist moved to the MOAA Ambassador program, the first MOAA auxiliary member to join the program. The committee voted Kathy Prout, chair, and Sharon DeVaney and Gail Joyce, vice cochairs, for 2015.

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS MOAA Recruiting Promotion on Internet Websites

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

MOAA Recruiting Promotion on Internet Websites

* Proudly displayed on several Internet news sites (CNN, FoxNews, and others), click on the below link to a promotional MOAA advertisement/invitation to join the ranks of MOAA's 380,000 plus members and learn why "membership matters!"

* This latest effort to boost recruitment in MOAA points out that Basic Membership is not only free, but it is essential to the ongoing fight for military benefits.

* There is also a link to "Voices for America's Troops" to inform non-commissioned veterans, or for that matter anyone who wants to support the troops, how to become members.

- Chapters are encouraged to share this posting on their own websites and in newsletters.

Link: Click here:

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NC Council of Chapters New Recruiting and Retention Logo

NC Council of Chapters

New Recruiting and Retention Logo

Here is the latest version of the newly minted North Carolina Council of Chapters "Recruiting and Retention" logo that was created by President Jeri Graham and is being considered for the creation of a line of products to assist our North Carolina Chapters in our commitment to MOAA R&R.

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MOAA Levels of Excellence Award Competition 2014 Winners

MOAA Levels of Excellence Award Competition

2014 Winners

* MOAA recently announced it's 4- and 5-Star winners in the annual Levels of Excellence award competition that recognizes top notch council and chapters.

* The very best councils and chapters receive five-star awards, and above-average councils and chapters receive four-star awards.

* Follow the below link to open the list of winning councils and chapters on MOAA's website.:

Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter - 5 Stars

High Country Chapter - 5 Stars

New River Chapter - 5 Stars

Cape Fear Chapter - 4 Stars

Catawba Valley Chapter - 4 Stars

Coastal Carolina Chapter - 4 Stars

Sandhills Chapter - 4 Stars

KUDOS TO EVERYONE!

NC Chapter Presidents who will receive their LOE streamers at the MOAA's annual meeting in Arlington, VA in October are shown (pictured L to R) at the recently concluded 3rd Quarterly Council meeting in Salisbury, NC.

Marie Senzig - NC02, Coastal Carolina

Harley Ellinger - NC04, Charlotte Metrolina

Joe Cansler - NC11, Catawba Valley

George Brudzinski - NC21l, High Country

Juan Chavez, NC01, Cape Fear

Doug Ehrhardt - NC22, New River

Gary Marlar - NC06, Sandhills

President Jeri Graham - NC Council

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MOAA Health Care Survey

MOAA Health Care Survey

MOAA conducted a survey of 12,000 members to determine the level of satisfaction with their health care and to analyze if there were any problems similar to recent issues with the VA...the survey results can be reviewed by clicking the below link

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Using RSS with Chrome Essential Add-In

Using RSS with Chrome

Essential Add-In

* North Carolina Council of Chapters members who use Chrome as their default web browser may be frustrated when the RSS link on the News and Events page doesn't yield the intended results.

* Click on the below link for a "fix" which our web host, Ric Kolseth has recommended to enable you to fully utilize the RSS link.

Link: Click here:

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