Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Old Natchez Country Club, the location of our monthly meetings, has advised that they are not yet ready to resume gatherings in their meeting rooms. They are currently testing arrangements for dining with their Club membership, and anticipate being able to resume non-club events in July 2020. We applaud their attempt to provide a safe location for our meetings, and look forward to the resumption of our monthly meetings in the near future.
MTC President's Message
I need to begin by ensuring the word gets out that both our May membership luncheon, and our annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at McCrory Lane Veterans Cemetery are cancelled due to COVID19. We are working to reschedule our Memorial Day Ceremony for June 14, Flag Day, and I will keep you posted as that situation develops. I ask you to remind any of your MOAA brothers and sisters of these cancellations to help ensure the word gets out.
Memorial Day is a solemn occasion of special remembrance and although our ceremony is postponed, the cemetery remains open to visitors. If anyone would like to visit the cemetery on Memorial Day, I have confirmed that the Tennessee State Veteran Cemeteries are open for visitors, just not ceremonies at this time.
May is Military Appreciation Month. And May is also the Month of the Military Caregiver, to pay tribute to the people who care for more than two million veterans, an important part of supporting our troops and military families. And while most military-related events are not happening this month, we can take time to pause in reflection and prayer for those we would otherwise be recognizing at these events. On behalf of your Middle Tennessee Chapter board and myself, we are looking forward to the day we can reconvene in person.
With everyone staying at home and social distancing it is pretty easy to forget that your Chapter dues were due in February, so if you have not yet paid, submission of your dues would be appreciated. I want you to know that your Middle TN Chapter board has not ceased work despite COVID19, we have held virtual board meetings during April and May. Our Secretary, COL Doug Minton spearheaded the coordination, completion and submission of our 2019 Chapter LOE Award packet, and our First Vice President Lt. Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett, has been rescheduling our presenters to keep our luncheon meetings ready to launch as soon as we are able. I am grateful to Doug, Karon and the rest of our board members for their continued efforts.
In closing, I want to recognize that for many of us and our families, this can be a trying time. Whether someone is struggling with loss of employment, health struggles for themselves and their family, or in danger of losing their business, these events can test our resilience and faith. For those of us who are fortunate enough not to be facing these challenges, it is a time of tremendous gratitude. I thank you all for your continued contributions to our chapter and I look forward to that time when we are meeting once again.
MTC Member News
Congratulations are in order….
For Chapter member CPT Dean Wegner, USA Founder & CEO of “Authentically American” who just ended Authentically American’s first public fundraising campaign in fine fashion. Many of you will remember Dean’s presentation on his company at the March 2019 meeting, and his passion for America made goods. The Fundraising was done using a NextSeed Campaign (LINK )and resulted in raising $500K in less than one month. Truly a success story that keeps on moving forward. You can learn more about Dean’s efforts and his brand at their website (https://www.authenticallyamericanbrand.us/ ). Use the code ‘FOUNDER’ for 25% off their new 4th of July Collection if you want to sample some of their Made in USA apparel and merchandise.
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2020 membership year: