If you have been vaccinated for Covid-19 there is NO mask requirement; however, if you have not been vaccinated we ask that you wear a mask in the meeting, with the exception of when you are eating. If you have been vaccinated and still feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then please do so.
Upcoming MOAA Luncheon Meeting
27 July 2021; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
"CAPT Erin Stone, JAGC, USN (Ret) "
Senior Director, MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs
Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Born and raised in Lockport, Ill., Capt. Erin E. Stone JAGC, USN (Ret), earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Operations Analysis) from the U.S. Naval Academy. A member of the Virginia Bar, she received her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and her Master of Laws in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from the George Washington University.
CAPT Stone retired from the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2017. Over the course of her Navy career, she played a central role in the development, implementation, and execution of strategic plans and policy; oversaw worldwide provision of criminal defense and legal aid services for service members and their families; and personally defended countless military members in criminal cases and administrative hearings.
CAPT Stone joined the MOAA team in January 2018 serving as Program Director first for Engagement and then for Council & Chapter Affairs. Currently, as Senior Director for Council and Chapter Affairs, she develops strategy and builds relationships to maintain a nationwide affiliate system which supports MOAA’s goal to achieve and sustain maximum influence in shaping relevant government policy.
MTC President's Message
I hope you were able to enjoy our celebration of Independence Day. It was so great to go with my family back to a public celebration with all the music, games, food, and fireworks. In addition to Independence Day, this month has several military anniversaries. On 1 July, the Women’s Army Corp & Cadet Nurses Corp was established in 1943 and the Air Force Nurses Corps was established in 1949. On 27 July, the Korean War Armistice was signed in 1953 and on 30 July the Navy Women’s Reserves (WAVES) were established in 1942.
Our June meeting was enlightening and enjoyable as our own Col Sam Whitson, USA Retired shared an update on his experiences serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He shared stories of bipartisan friendships, the intensity and pace of work, and some behind-the-scenes anecdotes. He also shared his and Pam’s goal of visiting each of the 95 county court houses in Tennessee along with photos of some of the most notable they have visited. I want to personally thank Representative Whitson for taking time to present to us.
Speaking of legislatures, I want to thank all of you for your membership in MOAA and encourage you to continue asking all former US uniformed officers to join. With so much competing for legislative priority, it is more important than ever to have a robust MOAA membership to keep support for our military visible and strong. Our military needs to effectively meet the evolving challenges of today and tomorrow. With your membership and support of MOAA, they have been able to keep issues like Toxic Exposure Reform, Tricare Parity for Young Adults, and Food Insecurity for Military Families in the forefront of the current budget process. Our elected officials cannot overlook the size and influence of MOAA, so never underestimate the good you are accomplishing with your membership. Thank you all for your service in uniform and for your continued service as members of MOAA.
I looked back to last year before composing this letter, only to be reminded that we had to cancel our meeting and that we were unsure how things were unfolding on a week-to-week basis. That was frustrating but it sure makes this summer all that more special. And as you saw at our June meeting, our meeting attendance is back up and moving forward.
We still have a few members who have yet to pay their 2021-chapter dues, so if you are unsure whether you paid, or if you would like to coordinate payment, please email to email@example.com .
I look forward to seeing you on 27 July. This month will be another special meeting because our presenter will be CAPT Erin Stone, USN Retired, the Senior Director of MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs.
MOAA 2021 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award - Website
We are pleased to announce that the Middle TN Chapter Website was awarded the Col. Marvin J Harris Communications 5-Star award for Websites in May 2021. This is the first time the Chapter has submitted for this Award. Many thanks to all that have provided content and suggestions for format over the many years.
Tennessee Veterans Website
Tennessee Veterans (TNVET) has completed work on their website and it is now ready for public consumption.
As a reminder our Chapter is associated with TNVET as the a result of our belonging to the Tennessee Council of Chapters, MOAA (TN CoC).
TNVET is currently composed of 12 state veteran organizations, who have join forces in a cooperative effort address the legislative needs of veterans, active duty military and their families. These members represent all the branches of the military service. The focus and goal is to work with legislators of the State of Tennessee to develop and support legislation that addresses the needs and issues of those who have served or are serving in our United States military forces.