* New River Chapter member, and Personal Affairs Chair, Barbara Sears' travel to South Africa was featured in an article in the local Jefferson Post.
* Click on the below link to the calendar post about Barbara's presentation at our March meeting and follow the link to read the Jefferson Post article.
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January 15, 2013
* VADM Norb Ryan, MOAA's President, didn't mince any words in his rebuttal to the Washington Post editorializing by Walter Pincus regarding military retirements.
* The only thing left to say is "Bravo Zulu, Admiral Ryan!"
Link: Open VADM Ryan's letter...
* The Military Officers Association of America has implemented a new program that is intended to support Chapters with increasing their membership numbers.
* The Give Me 10 (GMT) efforts of the past several years has been discontinued effective January 2013. Although the GMT program was successful in raising the total number of MOAA members, it still did not address the lack of growth at the chapter level...this new effort is a means to reach out to the over 300K MOAA members who do not have a chapter affiliation.
Open and read the attached documents from MOAA that deal with the planning and implementation of the new Chapter Recruitment effort.
In addition to more fully describing the programs goals and means to reward increasing chapter membership (2013 Membership Program), there is also a description of the new membership levels and benefits (2013 New Membership Model).
Link: Click here to read about the program on MOAA's website:
October 29, 2012
Pictured (right) is ADM Steve Abott, USN-Ret., Class of 2012 and MOAA's Board of Director's outgoing Chair, along with Chapter President Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., displaying the New River Chapter's 5-Star Streamer presented during the Levels of Excellence Award Dinner at the Annual Meeting that was held - in spite of Hurricane Sandy - on October 29th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Washington, DC.
Mouse over the thumbnail photographs (right) to see other pictures from the Levels of Excellence Dinner.
Pictured (left to right):
Cathy Ehrhardt, Nancy Garman (spouse of North Carolina Council President Robert Garman) and Marie Senzig, Coastal Carolina Chapter President.
North Carolina Council Award Recipients - President Arlie Smith receiving a 4-Star Streamer for the Cape Fear Chapter; President Marie Senzig receiving a 4-Star Streamer for the Coastal Carolina Chapter; President Doug Ehrhardt; and North Carolina Council President Robert Garman receiving the 5-Star Streamer for the Council. (This is the first year that MOAA Councils were eligible to receive Levels of Excellence Streamers.)
VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret., MOAA's President presiding over the presentation of 65 Levels of Excellence Award Streamers to Council and Chapters present at the October 29th awards dinner.
The Sand Hills Chapter was also the recipient of a 4-Star Streamer, but was unable to attend the dinner.
Link: Click here to view details of the Annual Meeting on MOAA's web page.
July 17, 2012
* The members of the New River Chapter were host to the Wounded Warrior Project Outreach Coordinator, Jason Pratscher from Fayetteville, NC at the July 17, 2012 regular membership meeting.
* Pratscher - pictured here with 1st Vice President Charles Knapp, President Doug Ehrhardt and Secretary Treasurer Ken Lynn - spent almost two hours describing in detail the mission and purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project using both slides and a video presentation that chronicled four areas, e.g., mind, body, economic empowerment and engagement, that are stressed in order to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the on-going needs of this group of America's heroes.
* Founded by veterans and friends moved by the stories of the first wounded service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wounded Warrior Project provides comfort items and offers a complete range of rehabilitative programs to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.
* Follow the below link to read the July 26, 2012 Jefferson Post article on Jason's visit to the New River Chapter's regular monthly membership meeting.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project and how to get involved, with time or donations, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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April 19, 2012
* Representatives from the North Carolina Council of Chapters (NC COC) were in Myrtle Beach, SC on April 19 and 20, 2012 to seek out, and add, new members to MOAA National's 370,000 - and counting - rolls that make up the Association's "ONE POWERFUL VOICE!"
* Pictured are Doug Ehrhardt, CAPT, USN-Ret. (President, New River Chapter and 3rd Vice President, NC COC) and Chris Canipe, LTC, USANG-Ret. (Senior Advisor, NC COC).
* In addition to meeting old friends and sharing the benefits that MOAA National brings to ALL service personnel - active, retired, guard and reserve - the two days of effort were rewarded with 11 new members of the NC NGA.
* WELCOME ABOARD!
MOAA National's Awards Announced
* The New River Chapter's web site (which you are currently logged on to) and the Chapter's newsletter, the New River Current each brought home an award from the 2011 Marvin J. Harris Communications Award competition which recognizes those councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.
* The web page won 1st place honors in Category V, Chapters with fewer than 120 members.
* The newsletter won 1st runner up (it took home a 1st place in 2010) in Category V.
* Kudos all around to the Chapter officers, Board of Directors and members for their support and interest in our Chapter that makes this all possible.