Each year, MOAA National holds the Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Contest to identify councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members and community. We were notified on 4 May 2022 that the Middle TN Chapter received the 5-Star award for it's web site (for the second year in a row!).
Middle Tennessee Chapter Newsletter December 2022
Editor: COL Doug Minton, USA Retired
Upcoming MOAA Middle Tennessee Chapter Meeting
24 January 2023; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MTC Monthly Luncheon Meeting
“MTC Year in Review (2022)”
Lt. Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, USAF (Retired)
Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Dr., Franklin TN 37069
MTC President's Letter
The Fall season continues to bring good things to the chapter! I just returned from Kansas City, Missouri, where I had the opportunity to pick up our ninth consecutive MOAA 5-star Levels of Excellence Award. This award recognized the chapter’s 2021 achievements in grassroots advocacy, community engagement, recruiting and retention, along with numerous other achievements. I also had the honor of seeing Mrs. Patricia Bergquist, our Chapter Surviving Spouse Liaison, receive her well-deserved honor as 2022 MOAA Surviving Spouse Liaison Excellence Award winner. Congratulations to the chapter and Patricia!
During the October luncheon, former Captain Sean Patton delivered a powerful reminder to attendees about the outstanding skills and distinct value that military personnel bring to the workforce. He drew a clear contrast between the adeptness to lead and inspire versus the capability to manage. The speaker also discussed his impressive journey to entrepreneurship and his work as a Bunker Labs Ambassador for the Nashville area. In recognition of Navy Day and the United States Navy’s 247th birthday, we had a special observance of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence and his contributions to his home state of Tennessee. Admiral Lawrence had a distinguished and highly decorated career as a naval aviator. It was during his 6 years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam era that he composed poetry and committed various poems to memory. After his release in 1973, his poem, “Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee” was published and approved by the Tennessee legislature as the official state poem. Surviving Spouse and Chapter Member, Mrs. Patricia Wildrick, brought this moving poem and Admiral Lawrence’s accomplishments to the chapter’s attention and, it was an honor to have her and her brother in attendance to hear Captain Larry Cotton, USN, Retired, recite it.
For the November 29th luncheon, we will receive a message from Chapter Member, Dr. Tom Seals, who will be discussing the mental toil that military service and frequent deployments can have on military personnel and their family members. This topic relates specifically to several legislative issues regarding mental health championed by MOAA this past year. This will be our final 2022 luncheon meeting since we do not meet during December due to all the holiday festivities. We will continue our long-standing tradition of collecting new, unwrapped toys for the United States Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program. Due to transport limitations, please refrain from donating large objects like bicycles.
Finally, the chapter has continued MOAA’s mission to “never stop serving” through our community outreach efforts. Our efforts to address food insecurity, started with the food bag packing event in September in conjunction with Operation Stand Down Tennessee and continue during the holiday season with the distribution of gift cards to military families in need. During October, we hosted a successful in-person and virtual veteran dementia symposium in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee. Thank you to all the chapter members who have supported these critical efforts! Please enjoy a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!
Lt. Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, USAF (Retired)
President, MTC MOAA
MTC supports the USMCR "Toys for Tots"
Our Chapter collected toys for the USMCR Toys for Tots program at our 29 November meeting. All of the toys collected were deposited at a collections site for the Marines of Kilo Company 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment the same day as our meeting.
Our thanks to the many members that supported this initiative!
Middle TN Chapter Awarded MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award for the year 2021.
On 5 August we were notified by MOAA National that the Middle Tennessee Chapter has received another consecutive selection as a 5-star Levels of Excellence (for the membership year 2021) award winner.
On 28 October Lt. Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, USAF (Retired) accepted the award at the MOAA National Annual Meeting.
This is testament to the fine work of LTC Mike Patenaude, USA Retired and his staff during the 2021 timeframe.
2022 MOAA Surviving Spouse Liaison Excellence Award
Mrs. Patricia Bergquist, our Middle Tennessee Chapter Surviving Spouse Liaison, now has a well-deserved new title from MOAA National. In recognition of her tireless efforts, she is now the 2022 MOAA Surviving Spouse Liaison Excellence Award winner!! She was nominated by the Tennessee Council of Chapters and the award was presented to Patricia at the MOAA National Annual Meeting on 28 October 2022.
Please join me in congratulating her on this tremendous honor!
Karon Uzzell-Baggett, Lt. Col. (ret.) USAF
President, MTC MOAA
MOAA-MTC-OSDTN - Operation Commissary
On 30 September 2022, twelve MTC members and family members met at Operation Stand Down Tennessee to support their Operation Commissary initiative and combat hunger among veterans and their families through a food bag packing even
We were able to pack approximately 160 food bags in two hours to combat veteran hunger throughout the Middle Tennessee area! This effort will benefit needy veterans and their families in 20 counties.
Participating MTC members were CDR John Flanagan,USN; CDR Ted Edwards,USN; Lt.Col. David Glass,USMC and his daughter Lauren; COL Mike Walsh,USA; COL Jim Corfman,USA; 1LT Deryl Bauman,USA; LTC Mike Patenaude,USA and his wife Katie; CAPT Larry Cotton,USN; COL Doug Minton,USA; and Lt.Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett,USAF. Our thanks to these members for their support of this MTC MOAA initiative!
The chapter will continue to combat hunger through a generous grant from the MOAA Foundation.
"Our chapter partnered with the Alzheimer's Association of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, 15 October 2022, to host a Veteran Dementia Symposium.
This day of education and empowerment was made possible by a generous grant from the MOAA Foundation. Topics of discussion included types and characteristics of dementia, how to handle difficult behaviors and the impact of caregiving duties. An insightful panel discussion on legal affairs, the VA caregiver program and the role of research concluded this in-person and virtual program.
Our chapter is committed to advocating on behalf of and educating the military community through dynamic programming. "Come Join Us as we work to achieve this goal!"
MTC Membership Updates
Welcome to the new members that have joined in the 2022 membership year: