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From the Field: Venice Area (Fla.) Chapter Members of the Venice Area Chap- ter raised more than $5,900 for the Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit they support at Venice High School by hosting a golf tournament. The donation will help cover the unit’s travel expenses to area competitions and meet other training needs. Chapter 1st Vice President Lt. Col.


“Rocky” McCutcheon Jr., USAF- Ret., led a team of members who re-


cruited sponsors, donors, and players; handled preparations; and worked to ensure the chapter’s first golf tourna- ment fundraiser was a success.


East Texas Chapter Members of the East Texas Chapter demonstrated support for wounded warriors’ caregivers by donating $3,600 to the Warrior Family Sup- port Center (WFSC) in San Antonio. According to former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Keen, chapter president, this is the chapter’s second donation to the WFSC. Members host an an- nual golf tournament and an Embrace the Community Dinner, which brings together county and local of- ficials and community leaders, to fund charita- ble donations. Half the


money raised went to the WFSC, and the other half went to the Help- ing Every American Remember Through Serving Veterans Museum located in Huntsville, Texas, which also received $3,600.


Ernie Brace (Ore.) Chapter MOAA President Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., traveled to Oregon to charter the Ernie Brace Chapter, which serves members in Klamath County. The chapter is named after local resident Capt. Ernest Brace, USMC-Ret., who flew more than 100 combat missions in Korea and was the longest-held civil- ian POW in Vietnam. Members plan to support Young


Marines, a local JROTC unit, Civil Air Patrol, and veterans’ associa- tions at two area colleges.


MOAA Central Ohio Chapter Central Ohio Chapter members Capt. George Williams, USN-Ret., and his wife, Dorothy; Col. Peter Wilkinson, USAF-Ret.; Lt. Col. Joe Machado, USA-Ret.; Lt. Col. Frank Forestiere, USA-Ret.; and Lt. Col. David Nilsen, USA-Ret., volunteered at the 2011 Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Columbus. More than 200 homeless veterans accessed a range of free services, including veter- ans’ and legal services, medical care, food, and assistance from local agen- cies. The chapter also donated $1,500 to cover the cost of a hot meal that was served to homeless veterans. MO


(above) East Texas Chapter leaders Maj. Sandra Ray, USA-Ret., left; former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Keen, second from left; and Lt. Cmdr. Loran Rhine, USN-Ret., right, present a check to Judith Markelz of the Warrior Family Support Center. (top) Central Ohio Chapter members volunteer their time at the 2011 Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Columbus.


— Contributors are Col. Lee Lange II, USMC-Ret., director; Col. Barry Wright, USA-Ret., deputy director, Council and Chapter Affairs; and Kris Ann Hegle. For submission information, see page 20.


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