Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Our January meeting serves as an organizational meeting in which our President presents our Annual Report for the preceding year. This meeting is significant in that it allows the membership to participate in a review of how our funds were allocated, how our scholarship initiative is progressing, and as an opportunity to provide input on programs for the upcoming year.
We need your attendance and voice at this meeting in order to ensure that our Chapter is meeting the needs of our community.
Please make plans to attend this important meeting!
(Members please note that if Davidson County Schools experience a weather closure on our meeting date, then our meeting will be cancelled.)
MTC President's Message
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and plenty of time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends. Our chapter had a great year in 2018 and 2019 looks to be just as good. Your board has been working hard to get the lineup of speakers and programs in place for the coming year. As we have in the past years, our January meeting will be a business meeting. We will give you a review of the past year and highlights of what is to come in the new year.
Over the past several years our membership has stayed at approximately 265. We have a large majority of members who are MOAA National members, but we have room for improvement. The good news is if you are not presently a MOAA National member now is the time to join for free. MOAA National has changed the rule on Basic membership allowing Former Officers, Active Duty and Retired Officers to join with no dues and with no limitation on time. They have eliminated the three-year limitation on Basic membership. If you are not a member at the national level now is the time to join. Of course, this helps us at the local level since percentage of national membership is one factor in helping us retain our Five Star Chapter recognition. So, this year I would like to have every eligible candidate be a MOAA National member and make us a 100% National member chapter. With the new rules on Basic membership it should be an attainable goal. You will hear more about this in the meetings.
MOAA National has released their goals for 2019 as the new Congress beings. With the numbers of members of congress with uniform experience dropping to 17% it is important that we maintain a strong voice on the hill that actively addresses our military issues. This year you can count on our national organization to provide direct feedback to our Senators and Representatives on such issues as TRICARE services and fees, military pay, VA benefits and services. Additionally, they will be once again working on ending the financial penalties for military survivors regarding the Widows Tax and SBP offset by DIC. There are 10 published goals that MOAA National will be persuading. For more detail go to http://www.moaa.org/2019Goals.
I am looking forward to the coming year and seeing all of you again. We have some great programs already scheduled for 2019, so come to the meeting on the 22nd and hear about what is on the schedule.
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: