Military Officers Association of America turns eyes to 2024

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 4, 2024

Submitted by Jackie Kohler
As we begin the New Year for 2024, we would like to let our local community know a bit more about us — the Tarheel Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

As a chapter, our mission statement is to foster fraternal relations among retired, active and former officers of the uniformed services and their Reserve and National Guard components. We aim to actively promote the protection of the rights and interests of the uniformed services, their family members, including survivors, provide useful services for members and their families and serve the community, the active military forces (past, present and future) and our nation.

Dues are $45 per year. The Tarheel Central Chapter is nonprofit and politically nonpartisan.

Members, prospective members, spouses and guests meet monthly on the second Tuesday at Salem Glen Country Club, 1000 Glen Day Drive in Clemmons. The dress is business casual.

The cost is $25 per person including coffee and tea. A cash bar is available. The social hour begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by announcements and dinner at 7:00. We strive to always provide interesting and informative programs that follow our dinner hour and dessert.

Annually, the chapter awards two $1,500 scholarships to college bound graduating JROTC high school students in the six-county area we serve (Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties). Members are encouraged to donate $100 per year to support the JROTC Scholarship Fund.

The board of directors has determined the following worthy cases are deserving of donations.

Triad Honor Flight: To celebrate America’s veterans by inviting them to share in a day of honor at our nation’s memorials. There is no cost associated to the veteran and a $600 cost to the veterans Guardian. Vision: A nation where all of America’s veterans experience the honor, gratitude and community support they deserve. Several of our Tarheel members have been provided with this wonderful opportunity to visit our Nations Capital to see the war memorials that have been erected in their honor.

Toys for Tots: Mission: to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Goal: Through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

Marine Corps League Mud Run — A Charity Event: hosted by Marine Corps League Percy John Fulton Detachment No. 1075 in Winston-Salem. Supporting the following charities: Semper Fi & America’s Fund, Camp Lejeune; the Fisher House at Camp Lejeune; Toys for Tots / Young Marines Youth Program; State Veterans Home, Salisbury; Wreaths Across America, National Cemetery, Salisbury; City Lights Ministry, Winston-Salem; Saving Grace K-9, Lexington; The Hero’s Center, High Point; Irreverent Warriors.

Clipping Coupons for Troops: Although there are fewer troops overseas, more families are being affected by inflation and increases in food prices. The TCC sends clipped coupons to two overseas bases.

We welcome all active-duty and retired military officers and their spouses to join us for dinner and program and wonderful fellowship the second Tuesday of every month.

Please like and follow us on Facebook at Tarheel Chapter MOAA where you can contact us for additional information and be sure to check out our web page TarheelCentralChapterMOAA.org

Jackie Kohler the surviving spouse liaison along with Greg Bean, retired USMC of MOAA