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During the 2011 annual meeting in San Antonio, MOAA presented awards to leaders from the association’s best affiliates, top recruiters, and an outstanding auxiliary liaison.


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OAA’s 2011 annual meet- ing, in San Antonio Oct. 27-29, highlighted the great


work chapters are doing in com- munities nationwide. More than 200 council and chapter leaders and their spouses gathered for a series of events recognizing the efforts of chapters in supporting the association. Some 62,000 MOAA members be- long to the 412 chapters and 35 state councils that make up the associa- tion’s chapter system. For more than 50 years, this system has provided im- portant grassroots support to MOAA’s legislative agenda. Chapters also have served in their local communities in countless ways. Thousands of former, retired, and currently serving offi- cers and their spouses and surviving spouses are working together to help MOAA move forward. Council leaders were recognized for their contributions to helping their chapters and providing leader- ship on state-level issues affecting veterans. This year’s annual meeting continued the recognition of MOAA’s top chapters through the Levels of


On the road: This month, Col. Barry Wright, USA-Ret., deputy director of MOAA’s Council and Chapter Affairs Department, will visit members of the Clearwater (Fla.) Chapter. Go to MOAA Calendar, page 80, for dates.


Excellence Award program. Each year, chapters submit nominations to compete for best-chapter honors in MOAA’s system. The association’s board of directors’ Council and Chap- ter Affairs Committee forms a panel to review the packages. Chapters are judged using objective and subjec- tive criteria. This year, 116 chapters earned awards either as a four-star chapter or as a five-star chapter. Spe- cial streamers are awarded to each chapter to display on their MOAA flags. Chair of MOAA’s Board of Di- rectors Adm. Steve Abbot, USN-Ret., presented the awards to the recipi- ents during a chairman’s dinner. The record turnout at the 2011


event reflects the pride of chapter leaders in receiving recognition for their work on grassroots support of MOAA’s legislative agenda and as ambassadors in their communities across America, helping veterans and giving back, while telling the MOAA story. The top-recruiting chapter and


recruiter in the nationally spon- sored Give Me 10! program also received awards, recognizing their great support for recruiting both na- tional MOAA members and chapter members. A special award to recog- nize the significant contributions of auxiliary members to MOAA’s chap- ter system also was awarded.


In this issue’s main story, “Best of


the Best Compete,” read about MOAA members who have become chapter members and helped the association in its mission. You can, too, by contact- ing your local chapter and visiting its next meeting.


— Col. Lee Lange II, USMC-Ret. Director, Council and Chapter Affairs


Best of the


Best Compete MOAA recognizes its top chapter leaders.


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ouncil and chapter mem- bers and their spouses trav- eled to San Antonio Oct. 27-29,


to attend MOAA’s 2011 annual meet- ing. A Levels of Excellence Award dinner, where chapter leaders were recognized for their affiliate’s perfor- mance in 2010, was just one highlight of the event. The U.S. Air Force Band of the


West got the award dinner off to a rousing start, with attendees stand- ing, clapping, and singing as their service hymns played. Chair of MOAA’s Board of Directors Adm. Steve Abbot, USN-Ret., and Maj. Jim Cunningham, USA-Ret., presi- dent of the Alamo (Texas) Chapter,


*online: Visit www.moaa.org/levelsofexcellence for a full list of the 2010 Levels of Excellence Award winners. 44 MILITARY OFFICER FEBRUARY 2012


PHOTO: STEVE BARRETT


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