Middle Tennessee Chapter Newsletter September 2020
Editor: COL Doug Minton, USA Retired
MOAA Middle Tennessee Chapter Meeting
Upcoming MOAA Luncheon Meeting
22 September 2020; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
"Tennessee Veterans Services Update"
Deputy Commissioner Tilman Goins
USMC and USA Veteran
Tennessee Department of Veterans Services
Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
As we gather for our first, in-person meeting since February 2020, we reflect on all the events that have taken place and issues that have occurred since we last met.
It is only fitting that we have an update on the state of veterans affairs and issues here in Tennessee to determine where we are now and what lies ahead.
For our September luncheon, we will be joined by Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Tilman Goins. Commissioner Goins is a former United States Army and Marine Corps servicemember. In addition, he served as Hamblen County Commissioner before being elected to serve as a State Representative from Morristown beginning in 2012 and ending in 2018.
The Tennessee Department of Veterans Services serves veterans and their family members with dignity and compassion as an entrusted advocate. It serves as a conduit to connect veterans of all eras with services and resources to improve their quality of life, access to education, business resources and high-quality jobs.
Please join us with your masks and be ready for an informative luncheon.
MTC President's Message
I am happy to announce that our 22 September monthly meeting will be in-person! Yes, you read that correctly, “in-person”! After suspending meetings since February, we will finally be in-person for our September meeting at the Old Natchez Country Club (ONCC). We met with management in August, and they assured us that they will be taking all appropriate measures in response to the latest COVID19 guidance. For those of you who feel comfortable attending, we ask everyone to wear a mask into the club and when you are not seated at your table. Tables will be properly spaced, and seating limited to 6 per table. In place of the buffet, our meals will be plated and brought to our tables. Our speaker will be Deputy Commissioner Tilman Goins of the Tennessee State Department of Veteran Services. So, mark your calendar for the 22nd of September and I hope to see you there.
By now you should have received our request for contributions to the MTC MOAA Veterans Scholarship program. To date, we have funded three endowed MOAA national scholarships for $25,000 each and are contributing to a fourth. We also contribute to Lipscomb and Belmont Universities to help fund education for disabled veterans at $1,000 dollars annually to each school. Three years ago, because of our strong relationship with Lipscomb, we inherited a dormant endowment fund and started funding it under the Middle Tennessee MOAA moniker. This endowment fund is in addition to the annual gift.
Our tradition is to ask every member to make a minimum $25.00 tax-deductible contribution to support this initiative. Historically we have had some members want to contribute directly to MOAA national. If you do so, please annotate your check for your donation to be credited to the Middle Tennessee Chapter. A self-addressed envelope was included with the mailing, or you can drop off your check at the front desk at our next meeting. Many of you already mailed in your contributions so we are off to a nice start on this scholarship drive. If you have not yet contributed, I ask you to consider doing so. A special thanks to all who already contributed and thank you in advance for those who will also support this worthy program.
If you have not read your September Military Officer magazine, Phil Ponder from Nashville is highlighted on page 104 and separately, there is a truly relevant article on page 18 talking about duty status (pay) reform for reservists. Those who have served in the reserves will recognize the issues that exist and how this is moving its way into legislation.
As an update to the OSDTN Heroes Breakfast on 12 November, we now have 7 of the minimum 10 commitments. There is still room and the donation to attend is $100. There will be an in-person and a virtual option. Let me know if you wish to join us.
In an attempt to provide ONCC with an estimate of how many attendees to prepare for on the 22nd, we ask that replying by email (email@example.com) NLT 15 September if you are planning to attend.
I really look forward to seeing you in-person on the 22nd!
Congratulations are in Order
Middle TN Chapter Member Brig. Gen. Eden Murrie, USAF (Ret.) has been selected to replace COL John Krenson, USA Retired as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Operation Stand Down TN effective 1 September 2020. General Murrie is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at OSDTN.
Post 5 of the American Legion has awarded the "Senator Douglas Henry Memorial Leadership Award" to State Representative, and Middle TN Chapter Member COL Sam Whitson, USA Retired for his exemplary work in the Tennessee State Legislature.
MTC 2020 Remembrance Service
The Middle TN Chapter Remembrance Ceremony, normally held near Memorial Day, was successfully accomplished at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on McCrory Lane on 13 July 2020. Because Davidson County remained in Phase II Reopening, the mayor’s guidelines were honored for this ceremony. We observed social distancing, asked attendees to wear masks, and seating for the ceremony was limited to twenty chairs.
We eventually had 23 in attendance, including members, guests, cemetery personnel and as happens frequently a few individuals who were visiting grave sites at the cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Naval Operational Support Center-Nashville Honors Detail.
MOAA Chapter members in attendance are pictured below.
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2020 membership year: