Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
* NO Meeting in December *
Several years ago we noticed that our members had found it increasingly difficult to attend a December meeting, given all of the competing holiday activities. As a result, the Board chose to defer our December meeting, and clear up a free Tuesday on the fourth week of this month for our members.
HOWEVER, there is still an opportunity to get together and enjoy camaraderie with chapter and community members in December. The chapter will work with Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) to support a new Holiday Market concept, which is still being developed. This event will allow the chapter to present needy veteran families with gift cards purchased through our 2023 MOAA Community Outreach Grant. Veteran families, who have been vetted by OSDTN, will receive grocery gift cards that can be used for their holiday meals.
While a specific date has not been established, the event should take place during the December 15-18, 2023, timeframe.
If you are interested in participating in the holiday market event, please so indicate on the following form:
Happy Holidays to you and your family as a joyous season of celebration begins and we prepare to greet a whole new year of possibilities in 2024! This has been a great year for our chapter, and we have fulfilled our advocacy mission, engaged in multiple ways with the community and enjoyed camaraderie amongst the membership.
Over 40 chapter members came together for the November luncheon to help us close out this monthly event for the year. Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Kirsten McFarland, USA, was our luncheon guest and provided a phenomenal presentation on the current and future states of United States Army recruiting. The battalion’s mission is “to recruit with integrity the highest quality men and women to meet the needs of an expeditionary Army, while taking exceptional care of Soldiers, Civilians and Families” and their focus is on the active-duty Army and Army Reserve. She broke her presentation down to three main themes: (1) it is hard to get into the Army, (2) young people want to get into the Army and (3) she loves her job. LTC (P) McFarland, USA, discussed new Army physical and medical standards for recruits, the Soldier Referral Program, and the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program, among other topics. The presentation was insightful and inspiring on multiple levels. If you would like to learn more, please review the battalion’s website at https://recruiting.army.mil/3rdbde/5nbn/.
In addition to our speaker’s presentation, we were able to participate in a very deserving presentation to Dr. Tom Seals by Mrs. Pat McMahon of the Quilts of Valor Organization.
It was important to end the year by focusing on recruiting because current and past military leaders make fabulous recruiters of future military members! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the all-volunteer force (AVF). MOAA National has focused on this issue and states, “DoD finds itself in a war for talent: The active duty component faces an environment where personnel shortages result in increased workloads and reduced quality of life amid a recruiting crisis, while the National Guard works to rebound from the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and its largest mobilization since World War II.” Now is the time to support the AVF by championing the myriad quality of life advocacy initiatives ranging from restoring the Basic Allowance for Housing to 100% to supporting military spouse employment to protecting health care benefits for servicemembers and their families. Please do your part and show your support through advocacy and by telling your military stories!
Very Important news, the chapter has finally filled the critical vacancy of First Vice President! Captain Larry Cotton, USN, Retired, volunteered to take the position after the October luncheon. The proposal to appoint him to this vacancy was brought to the MTC MOAA Executive Board and voted on through a virtual poll. At this month’s luncheon, the appointment was briefed to the membership since a quorum was assembled. Members voted unanimously through voice vote to approve the appointment.
Captain Cotton previously served as Chapter President during the 2015 – 2017 timeframe. The chapter sincerely appreciates Captain Cotton stepping forward to fill a vacancy now and for assuming the position of Chapter President in January 2024 once again for a one-year term, which is his request. He will do a wonderful job leading this 5-star chapter!
MTC "Toys for Tots" 2023 CollectionHeadline
Toys for Tots collection at our November 2023 Meeting.
Yes, We Did It Again! Multiple Grants Received!
Our chapter has once again received multiple grants from the 2023 MOAA Community Outreach Grant program.
According to MOAA National, a record number of grant proposals were received and awarded this year; 42 chapters received over $90,000 in grants.
We were one of only four chapters that received two grants!
We will collaborate with Operation Stand Down Tennessee on a $2,000 grant to address military food insecurity and will collaborate with the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association Military Advisory Council on a $2,250 grant to host a dementia caregiver retreat for military spouses.
More details will be forthcoming as we begin to formalize event dates.
Some of the MTC Members participating in the 2023 OSDTN Heroes Breakfast Event
Unfortunately the photo does not include all of the 20+ MTC members that were present at the event.
MTC Members Participate in 22 September 2023 Food Bag Event at OSDTN
MTC Members Participate in Got Your 6 VetFest
MTC Celebrates Women Officers at June 2023 Meeting
MTC Celebrates Military Spouses and Surviving Spouses at May 2023 Meeting.
MTC Membership Updates
Welcome to the new members that have joined in the 2023 membership year: