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military spouses and sharing informa- tion with national MOAA’s Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee. Like many auxiliary members,


Canady is one of the chapter’s go-to volunteers. During her 20 years as a member, she’s done everything from working at the chapter’s booth at air shows to packing and mailing care packages to deployed servicemem- bers. In 2013, Canady received MOAA’s Aux- iliary Liaison of the Year Award, recogniz- ing her volunteer work for the chapter and the military community. Many other aux- iliary members also support the Riverside March Field Chapter. Jeane Fentress and Rosemary Murray are board members, and Johnnie Marquez is treasurer. Zee Moyer often works alongside Canady, assist- ing with special projects such as Cell Phones for Soldiers. Auxiliary mem- bers and spouses also assist at the chapter’s semiannual fundraiser, and one spouse, Charlotte Johnson, serves as the chapter’s newsletter editor. “Our spouses and auxiliary members serve in key positions and make our chapter run smoothly,” says Vice President Col. William F. Gavitt Jr., USAF (Ret). “We would be dead in the water without them.”


MOAA because I believe in what they’re doing. I feel by helping the chapter, I’m helping


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veterans as a whole.


— Janet Oglesby ”


Talented volunteers Many other chapters also ben- efit from the assistance members’ spouses provide. Janet Oglesby, wife of CWO3 Don Oglesby, USCG (Ret), has a background in graphics and is a computer whiz. As a member of


both the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys (Ohio) (www.moaa.org/ chapter/oh10) and Ohio Western Reserve (www.moaa.org/chapter/ ohiowesternreserve) chapters, Oglesby ensures any publication she touches conveys MOAA’s mission and professionalism. In 2013, she designed the Ohio


Council of Chapters 2013 convention brochure. She’s also the newsletter editor for both chapters and serves on the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter’s board of di- rectors. Oglesby’s design skills are found on other projects like chapter press releases, recruiting postcards, membership brochures and directo- ries, and new-member welcome packets. “If I can make MOAA look good by putting out


a great newsletter or news release, then I want to do that because I think it will help attract more mem- bers,” she says. Oglesby says her desire to help


MOAA and the nation’s veterans has grown, thanks to her chapter affili- ation. In fact, she attended several seminars during the 2013 Chapter Leaders’ Symposium in Hershey, Pa., to learn more about how she could support MOAA’s affiliates. “I got involved with MOAA be-


cause I believe in what they’re doing,” she says. “I feel by helping the chap- ter, I’m helping veterans as a whole.”


Double the impact Garnering support from members’ spouses allows chapters to double the impact they can make in their


communities. For three years, Sue Margolius has worked alongside her husband, Col. Benjamin Margolius, USA (Ret), and other members of MOAA’s Southern Tier (N.Y.) Chapter (www.moaa.org/chapter/southern tier) to implement a four-star Com- munity Blueprint site. The initiative, which is being implemented through the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group (STVSG), assists veterans and returning servicemembers and their families who reside in nine counties in New York and Pennsylvania. “I spend about 95 percent of my


time now working on Community Blueprint, and I deal one-on-one with veterans every day,” says Sue Margolius, STVSG secretary. Like many chapter members, she


wants to help veterans and their fami- lies. Every week, she spends count- less hours vetting applicants who turn to the STVSG-run Community Blueprint for help. Many of these re- turning veterans suffer from invisible wounds of war. “Sometimes I ask myself why I’m doing all of this work for Community Blueprint,” she says. “But there’ve been enough successes along [the way] to make me want to keep going.” In addition to being the STVSG


secretary, Margolius is missions chair and board member for the Southern Tier Chapter. Over the years, she’s embraced projects like Angels Over Afghanistan and Zig- gy’s Quick Quilters, which support the chapter’s missions. “I probably wouldn’t be doing


any of this if I wasn’t involved in MOAA and if [national MOAA Pres- ident Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN (Ret)] had not encouraged us to be involved with the Community Blueprint,” she says.


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