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held a ceremonial cake cutting to mark the Alamo Chapter’s 50th an- niversary. Earlier, Abbot presented leadership awards at a Texas Coun- cil of Chapters meeting.


The very best Prior to the Levels of Excellence Award presentation, Abbot ad- dressed council and chapter leaders and thanked them for implementing MOAA’s missions at the local level. “MOAA is making a significant im-


pact all over the country,” Abbot said, “and it’s thanks to you and your con- tributions. I think that we’re respected for serving others, for servant leader- ship, in many areas, including advo- cacy for our currently serving [troops] and veterans in our communities. So tonight, it’s about thanking you.” Abbot then presented Roslyn


Bates of the Cape Canaveral (Fla.) Chapter with the Auxiliary Member of the Year Award, which recognizes auxiliary liaisons’ contributions to their chapters. “Ros’ nickname


ship chair, received the Chapter Re- cruiter of the Year Award. Representatives from 98 MOAA chapters received Levels of Excel- lence Award streamers and posed for a photo with Abbot. Every MOAA chapter in Arizona — eight in total — received an award. Arizona is the first council to achieve this goal since the contest began in 2003.


Talking it out During the three-day event, chapter members participated in a roundta- ble discussion led by Col. Lee Lange II, USMC-Ret., director of MOAA’s Council and Chapter Affairs De- partment. Lange updated members about upcoming and ongoing ini- tiatives for the association and its chapter system. Lt. Col. Alton “Buddy” Johnson


is ‘wonder woman’ for good reason,” says Col. Susan Neugebauer, USAF- Ret., immediate past president of the Cape Canaveral Chapter. “She is an active, valued, and contributing member of the chapter and our strongest representative.” For the third consecutive year,


the Fort Rucker (Ala.) Chapter received the Top-Recruiting Chap- ter of the Year Award and a check for $1,000. Maj. Charles D. Miller, USAR-Ret., Fort Rucker member-


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make their chapters


Leaders discussed how to


relevant to younger officers.


Jr., USAF-Ret., of the South Georgia Chapter, and Lt. Col. Jim Snow, USA-Ret., president of the Rose Capital (Texas) Chapter, spoke about their chapters’ in- volvement in the Community Blue- print program, which brings together com- munities in their efforts to help local servicemembers and veterans and their families. MOAA’s


East Texas Chapter in Huntsville also is involved in the program. Lange provided an update on


Voices for America’s Troops, a 501(c) (4) subsidiary of MOAA that allows its members, who are ineligible for MOAA membership, to partner with the association and advocate for a strong national defense.


During a roundtable session, mem- bers discussed topics ranging from how to make their chapters more relevant to younger officers to a pilot program the association is launching that will provide new national MOAA members with information about local chapters and how they can join.


Supporting scholars Sister Catherine Mary Trtek, whose mother, Josephine, is a member of the Portland (Ore.) Chapter, gave a dona- tion to Abbot for MOAA’s Scholarship Fund. Trtek and her mother created the Capt. Joseph F. Trtek, USAF, Des- ignated Scholarship through MOAA to honor their loved one. Illinois Council of Chapters presi-


dent Col. Dale Yonker, USAF-Ret., along with council members Col. Robert Norman, USAF-Ret., and Col. Warren Cuplin, USA-Ret., also pre- sented a donation for MOAA’s Schol- arship Fund. Individual chapters in Illinois pool their money and use it to establish designated scholarships in the council’s name. Council mem- bers currently are raising money for a fifth designated scholarship. “The Illinois council has a long


history of helping MOAA’s Scholar- ship Fund because we think it’s a valuable way to support the children of members and invest in the next generation of America,” said Yonkers. Leaders also had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting, a chair- man’s luncheon, a career fair, an ap- preciation breakfast with members of the Texas congressional delegation, and the Community Heroes Apprecia- tion Night, where wounded warriors’ caregivers from the San Antonio area were recognized. (For more on these events, read “Meeting of the Member- ship,” page 24.)


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