Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Dear Members of the Middle TN Chapter of MOAA,
I regret to inform you that our Board has decided to cancel our 24 March 2020 meeting due to concerns over COVID-19 and recommendations by local, state and Federal health officials to avoid large gatherings. We are acting with an abundance of caution since so many of us are in the groups identified as most vulnerable to the virus.
Since the situation is continuously changing, we will keep you posted as soon as we determine we can resume our meetings. Given that no duration has been assigned to this pandemic, please check our website, or use the contact number provided to find additional information on our meeting schedule.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide our monthly newsletter to keep you abreast of chapter news. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
The good news is that MTC member Brig. Gen. (Ret) Eden Murrie, USAF who was our scheduled speaker for March has agreed to reschedule for our October meeting.
And please continue washing those hands!
LTC, USA Retired
President, MTC MOAA
MTC President's Message
Thank you to all of you who attended our meeting on February 25 where we received an excellent MOAA National update from Col. (Doctor) Don Thompson, USAF Retired. It was enlightening to hear his perspectives about MOAA National as well as his observations of the current news on diseases and public health.
Col. Thompson also reminded us that MOAA national is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors. New board members will be voted in by the national membership and installed on November 2nd. Applicants must have their packages in by 31 March to the Committee on Nominations. If you are interested in applying refer to the requirements on page 65 of your February edition of the MOAA magazine.
Another item Col. Thompson presented, is that in terms of MOAA advocacy, the 2020 focus is primarily on thanking our legislators. If you haven’t already, take the opportunity to reach out to your Tennessee representative and senators to thank them for their support of removing the “Widow’s Tax”. Mrs. Patricia Bergquist provided an excellent update for us on this achievement during our January meeting. It is far too easy to contact your representative and senator these days. Just type in www.theirlastname.house.gov or www.theirlastname.senate.gov and once you’re on their website, just select the contact tab, fill-in your info and write your message.
We are now in the ROTC and Junior ROTC award presentation season, so I want to put a plug in for support of these excellent programs. We support 3 Senior ROTC programs (college pre-commissioning) and 14 Junior ROTC programs (high school) by presenting a MOAA Medal and Ribbon to the unit’s outstanding cadet or midshipman. Most of the presentations fall into the March – April time frame each year. Lt.Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, USAF (ROTC) and CAPT Larry Cotton, USN (JROTC) continue to do an outstanding job of ensuring that we have members to present medals at these awards ceremonies. If you are interested in attending or presenting at a ceremony this year, please contact Lt.Col. Uzzell-Baggett or CAPT Cotton, using the Chapter email address, and find out how you can get involved.
During our announcements portion of the February meeting, LCDR Dave Ford, USN announced a “dog tag” fundraising campaign by OSDTN (Operation Stand Down Tennessee). He left forms on each of the tables. If you want more info, you can reach out to Dave (via the Chapter email address) or contact OSDTN directly.
Speaking of OSDTN, put the 24 March luncheon on your calendars as our presenter will be Brigadier General Eden Murrie, USAF Retired, COO of OSDTN, and MTC member. Her primary topic will be Women in the Military, but I am sure she can address your OSDTN questions as well. I look forward to seeing you there.
Our February 25 luncheon is with Dr./Col. Don Thompson, USAF Retired, a former flight surgeon and currently an elected MOAA National director. Following his retirement from active duty, he served in the DOD Office of the Inspector General, and is director of Global Health Outreach, Christian Medical & Dental Association. Thompson resides in Bristol, TN, but currently works in Murfreesboro, TN. It will be another interesting program so mark your calendars for February 25!
MTC Members participate in TVET
On 5 February hundreds of Veterans descended on the TN State Capitol in support of a number of important legislative initiatives. Many thanks to the Women Veterans of America Chapter in Clarksville for taking the lead on this event for 2020.
MOAA was very well represented at the event with five Chapters (Chattanooga Chapter, Fort Campbell Chapter, Memphis Chapter, Middle TN Chapter, and the Stones River Chapter) in attendance. MTC was represented by Lt. Col. Scott Findley, USAF; COL John Furgess, USA; LTC Doug Gilbert, USA; COL Doug Minton, USA; LTC Mike Patenaude, USA; Maj. Gen. Carl Schneider, USAF; Lt. Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, USAF; LTC Thad Vann, USA; and of course COL Sam Whitson, USA who was in session as a State Representative. (Pictured above from left to right: LTC Pete Warner, USA(Pres. Stones River Chapter);Lt.Col. Scott Findley, LTC Doug Gilbert, MajGen. Carl Schneider, COL Doug Minton, and LTC Thad Vann - all MTC members).
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2020 membership year: