Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Dean Wegner is a West Point Graduate who served seven years in the U. S. Army as a helicopter pilot and Army Ranger. He is a recent new member of the Middle TN Chapter.
Dean is the Founder & CEO of Authentically American®. He is leading the journey for Authentically American to become an iconic American brand that is truly American made. Authentically American is a company that celebrates patriotism and honors our American heroes. Its mission is to create American jobs by supporting “Made in USA” manufacturing.
Prior to launching Authentically American, Dean served as the President, CEO, and Owner of Omega Apparel for 5 years, a leading supplier of dress uniforms for the United States Military. While in the Army, Dean earned his MBA in Finance from Cal State and launched his business career with Big 5 firm KPMG Consulting as a Project Manager. Most of his business career was spent in the CPG industry at Procter & Gamble and Mars Inc. in business development, sales, marketing, and strategy.
Dean is a servant leader with a proven track record of breakthrough results. As a former Division I ice hockey player, he is highly competitive and possesses a tireless work ethic. His primary focus is on growth, building a highly engaged team, and creating a winning culture.
Dean is happily married to his bride Kelly of 24 years. They have 4 children, the most recent adopted from Ethiopia. Dean is also active in his church and the local community. He has served on the board for several for profit and non-profit companies and organizations.
Please join us to hear this fascinating story of American entrepreneurship .
MTC President's Message
We had a great meeting in February with 51 attendees, an outstanding speaker and excellent lunch. If you miss the meetings you miss a lot, so mark your calendars for the 4th Tuesday of every month. If you know of someone who is an active duty officer, retiree or former service member invite them to a meeting. You are our best recruiting tool for new members. Thanks to your efforts we have 11 new members in 2018. Keep up the good work and we will keep providing interesting programs.
The response to our dues letter has been strong with 63% of our members sending in their payment. If you have sent your $20.00 check in already, thank you. If you haven’t please drop it in the mail or bring it to the next meeting.
This month’s letter is primarily dedicated to the highlighting the issue related to surviving spouses financial support. Current federal law requires survivors of deceased military members to forfeit part or all their purchased Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity when they are awarded the VA’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). This loss of any portion of the SBP annuity is known as the widows tax. For approximately 67,000 military survivors, the widows tax makes SBP the only insurance that you pay into but are legally prohibited from collecting. This is an issue that many of you are familiar with already but in case you don’t know the history it is an issue that has been recognized at the Congressional level since 2007. Although it has been recognized, Congress has failed to take corrective action to fix this inequity. This year there is strong momentum to fix this inequity. There are two bills, HR 255 and S622, up for consideration with strong sponsorship backing to repeal Title 10, United States Code, and eliminate the offset required if a widow is receiving DIC. This is promising but we need strong support from the constituency to make this a hot button issue when the members vote. In the past the proposed bills have had many sponsors but when it came time to vote they failed to vote for the bill. As members of MOAA we have a strong voice on the hill, and we need to be heard. In your Military Officer magazine there are letters to send to Speaker and minority leader in the House as well as to the majority and minority leaders in the Senate. Please take a minute to write a quick note if you can and then mail them to the leaders. You can also reach out to your respective elected officials and call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-866-272-622 and voice your support for the measures. The repeal of this injustice is long overdue so let’s make sure we do all we can do the effect the repeal.
This month we welcome Dean Wegner as our guest speaker. Dean has great entrepreneurial story to tell about his professional life from West Point to CEO of Authentically American. Mark your calendar for the 26th. Look forward to seeing everyone.
2018 MOAA National Conference Awards Banquet
The 2018 MOAA National Levels of Achievement Awards Banquet was held in Phoenix, AZ on 1 November 2018. Pictured above are TN Council of Chapter's President Doug Minton accepting the 5 Star Award for the Memphis MOAA Chapter; Middle TN Chapter President Dale Lewelling accepting the 5 Star Award for the Middle TN Chapter; and Ft. Campbell Chapter President Monroe Gildersleeve accepting the 5 Star Award for the Ft. Campbell Chapter.
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2019 membership year: