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Vol. XXIV No. 8 Best Newsletter 2007& 2010; 1st Runner Up 2008 & 2012; 2nd Runner Up 2009 August 2013 JULY PROGRAM: THE AMERICANS VETERANS & THEIR FAMILIES INITIATIVE by Tom Piazze

Statistics tell us that more than 234,000 new Veterans will soon be looking for work after their discharge. There are many agencies and organizations that address Veterans’ issues: The Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Health and Human Resources (HHS), and the US Department of Labor have excellent initiatives in place to address a variety of problems facing Veterans. Unfortunately, these services are generally discreet, uncoordinated and represent a very specific niche and are currently being stretched thin with the influx of returning Veterans. Goodwill Industries was one of the first organizations to anticipate and respond to the multitude of challenges faced by returning Veterans and their families. In doing so, Goodwill Manasota has developed a comprehensive and localized employment and case management program that enables partnerships with federal, state and community resources and service providers. From the viewpoint of Goodwill Manasota, hiring Veterans is not charity; it is an investment in our community. Millions of dollars are spent to train the amazing men and women of our Armed Forces, and Goodwill Manasota feels that by not reemploying or assisting these heroes, our communities are failing them during the most critical portion of their transition to civilian life. Christopher Davis Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO, Goodwill Manasota, and Christopher Bob Rosinsky Davis, Director of Veterans Services, joined us at the July Luncheon to present information on The American Veterans and Their Families Initiative and to extend an invitation to MOAS members to volunteer their unique skill sets in support of this highly effective program. The Initiative focuses on job training, placement, and employment services for American Veterans, their spouses and families. In addition to providing Veterans with the behavioral and employment training required to transition into the civilian work force, the program

Continued on Page 10 AUGUST PROGRAM: MOAS AMERICAN FLAG ETIQUETTE INITIATIVE by Tom Piazze

During The Patterson Foundation Legacy of Valor Campaign, MOAS, in partnership with numerous other organizations and agencies from the greater Sarasota area, will introduce an American Flag Protocol Instructional Program intended to educate Sarasota schoolchildren; the general public; and the greater Sarasota/Manatee business community on the origin, history and meaning of the American Flag; the importance of patriotism and respect for the flag; and the proper protocols for the flag’s display and retirement. Over the past six months, Tom Piazze, 2nd VP, MOAS, has been working with a Sarasota County School Board curriculum development team, and representatives from The Patterson Foundation, the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, Sarasota Military Academy, Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, and Magnify Good to create and prepare for executing a multi-dimensional program that will launch in September 2013. Please plan to attend the MOAS Luncheon on August 23rd to learn the details of the program and meet representatives from each of our partner agencies.

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2 Chapter Officers, Directors and Committees Board of Directors President   First Vice President  Second Vice President Treasurer   Secretary   Director (Scholarships) Director (Programs)  Director (Publicity)  Immediate Past President

John O’Brien  George Tracy   Tom Piazze  Christa Friedlander Dee Lovell   Claire M. Power Linda Gould   Alan Forrester  Len Friedlander

        

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Linda Gould  George Tracy   Len Friedlander Charles Caudill Len Friedlander Patricia McLain Marty Hertz  Dee Lovell Gerald Crawford

      

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Claire M. Power Kay Tracy  Carol O’Brien  Mike Staley  Jean Southworth William LaFollette

    

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Elke Scott  Troy Scott  Pat McLain  June Moore  Christa Friedlander Mary LaFollette 

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John O’Brien obrienjc@aol.com 907-8891 Vacant 

Support Our Troops Program Program Co-Chairpersons Program Co-Chairpersons Program Co-Chairpersons

Jim & Joyce Hesson  926-8702 Donald and Rita Cunningham 351-8967 John & Carol O’Brien 907-8891

Newsletter Operations, Sarasota Breeze Managing Editor Editor   Photographer &  Compiler Photo Recorders

Len Friedlander lenfriedlander@verizon.net 927-0996 Patt Staley staleycp81@yahoo.com  752-4086 Max Jonah  mjonah@verrizon.net 504-8147 Pat McLain jandpmclain@earthlink.net 371-0883 Barbara Hamilton 921-9250



August 2013

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE John O’Brien Please note the August luncheon is at Michaels on East, but the date has changed to August 23rd due to renovations being made in the restaurant. We have reported to our members through our Board Minutes and Breeze articles on our partnership with The Patterson Foundation (TPF). The Foundation has donated a $10 million Patriot Plaza to the Sarasota National Cemetery, and has instituted a year long Legacy of Valor project recognizing veterans’ contributions and honoring veterans and their families. Tom Piazze has been working on our Chapter’s involvement in the Legacy of Valor project and expanding our efforts to assist veterans. At the Florida Council of Chapters Convention, hosted by our Chapter, Tom assembled a great panel to discuss Veteran’s issues, and arranged for our two July speakers Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO, Goodwill Manasota, and Christopher Davis, Director of Veterans Services, who presented information on The American Veterans and Their Families Initiative. They discussed opportunities for our membership to utilize their unique abilities to support our veterans. At next month’s luncheon on August 23rd we will hear about another effort that we are working on within the TPF’s Legacy of Valor program to develop a Flag Protocol for the Sarasota area school system. In the spirit of patriotic support for our veterans, the Herald Tribune’s Fourth of July issue announced the launching of a veteran’s “niche site” specifically showcasing our veterans. There will be three facets to their site; stories about veterans, coverage of both the TPF’s Patriot Plaza and Legacy of Valor Programs, and an online list of Veteran’s resources with organizations, and contacts, to also include those issues especially pertinent to the veteran’s family. The editors responsible for this effort are Bill Church at bill.church@heraldtribune.com or (941) 362-4991 and Earle Kimel, earle.kimel@heraldtribune.com or (941) 361-4972. Earle will be working with stories, videos, photos and “other” formats. Anyone interested in coordinating submissions from our membership, please contact me (941-907-8891), and we will try to get something going to showcase and recognize our veterans. July 27th is the 60th Anniversary of the Korean armistice, a conflict in which 1.79 million served and 36,574 gave their all for our country. Korea has been called the “Forgotten War;” and officially it was not even called a war; instead it was a “conflict” and “police action”. While some may feel it was, and is, a stalemate, comparing the countries north and south of the DMZ is one of the greatest contrasts in recorded history. The democratic country of South Korea evolved into one of the most successful, self-sustaining democracies in the world and, while this was not the original goal at the beginning of the war, it was a direct result of the "Police Action", and a result our Korean veterans can be proud of. Don’t forget, our August luncheon will be held one week later than normal, on the fourth Friday of the month – August 23rd. See you there!!

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Programs (Linda Gould):

SECRETARY’S CORNER Dee Lovell The Board meeting was called to order at 1600 hours on July 1, 2013 at the Meadows Community Center, President John O’Brien presiding. ATTENDANCE: Board Members Present: John O’Brien (Pres); George Tracy (1VP); Christa Friedlander (Treas); Alan Forester (Dir) & Len Friedlander (IPP). Board Members Absent: Tom Piazze (2VP); Dee Lovell (Sec); Linda Gould (Dir) & Claire Power (Dir). Committee Members and Visitors Present: Pat McLain. PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Due to the heavy travel plans of our Board members this time of year, it was requested each Board member forward John O’Brien their vacation schedules over the next 4 months to ensure we are coordinated.

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SECRETARY’S REPORT: The minutes from the June 3, 2013 Board Meeting were approved. TREASURER’S REPORT: Balances as of June 30, 2013. MOAS Operation Account: $ 8,993.04 Scholarship Fund Account: $21,069.23 Undesignated Scholarship Fund: $15,587.26 Support Our Troops: $ 5,481.97 OLD BUSINESS: COMMITTEE REPORTS: Scheduled Events (Elke Scott): The June luncheon was held in conjunction with the FCOC Convention at the Hyatt Hotel. August Luncheon at Michaels on East will be on the 4th Friday- August 23rd. Newsletter (Len Friedlander): The Breeze was published & mailed to 211 persons. All other copies were sent electronically. Request all articles for the August Breeze be submitted NLT July 17. Max Jonah is requesting someone replace him taking pictures at the monthly luncheons. Scholarships & Projects (Claire Power): No Report Publicity (Alan Forrester): No Report

PROGRAMS JULY ’13

Manasota Goodwill Veterans Support

AUGUST’13

U.S. Flag Initiative - Sarasota Schools

SEPT’13

Joint Luncheon - CAPT Don Freese, USN

OCT’13

Patriot Plaza--Larry Kirkland, Artist

Membership: (George Tracy) MOAS

2012

2013

REGULAR

315

281

AUXILIARY

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ALLIED

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Support Our Troops (John O’Brien): No Report FCOC Convention 2013 (Troy Scott/Linda Gould): No Report. Final Report will be submitted after all After-Action Reports are received and Finances are completed. Sarasota County Veterans’ Commission (Pat McLain): Multiple topics were brought to everyone’s attention. They included; 1) Afteraction reports on the various Memorial Day events that were conducted in the surrounding area. 2) McIntosh Middle School’s “Salute to Veterans” program in November. 3) Sarasota has been designated a Purple Heart City because of the high number of recipients who live here. There will be a program July 9th at 9:00 AM at the Anderson Building. 4) JFCS was awarded $10,000 from the Patterson Foundation Legacy of Valor program. 5) American Legion Post 159 has a program with Habitat for Humanity. 6) September 29th is Gold Star Mothers’ and Families Day. There will be a one-hour ceremony at Oldsmar Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive, East Oldsmar, Florida. 7) Neil Froman will be taking over the duties as Faithful Navigator at the Knights of Columbus in July. 8) Member spotlight for June was Jerry Derrick, Veterans Service Officer.Legacy of Valor (Tom Piazze): The August program for MOAS Luncheon will revolve around introducing the American Flag Protocol Initiative to our members by highlighting the proposed school curriculum and Flag Retirement Ceremony as well as partnering agencies. NEW BUSINESS: No New Business NEXT MEETING: The Board adjourned at 1700 hours. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for 1600 hours Monday, August 5, at the Meadows Community Center.

For MOAS Name Badges contact Gulf Coast Awards at www.GULFCOASTAWARDS.COM (941) 921-3366 steve@jordansgiftsinc.com

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Bill Would Make Tuition Rates Fair for Vets

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Len Friedlander TRICARE Pharmacy Program and Compounded Medications Recently, over 44,000 TRICARE beneficiaries received a notification letter from Express Scripts, informing them that based upon their medication history they are currently, or have recently, used a medication, which contains a bulk chemical or bulk powder. These types of ingredients are most commonly used in what is termed “compound medications” and they will no longer be covered as of the 24th of July. Pharmacy compounding is a practice in which a licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug in response to a prescription to create a medication tailored to an individual’s particular needs. These are usually not readily available nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is where the rub is. For the safety of beneficiaries, when a compound prescription has an ingredient that isn’t FDA approved, TRICARE by law cannot cover the prescription. This has always been the case, and due to the implementation of new screening software, prescriptions containing these types of ingredients can now be readily identified. If you are still using a FDA non-approved medication it is recommended that you talk with your provider to see if there is an appropriate alternative, which is covered.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Update Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. It will be used to build The Education Center at The Wall, which will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With plans to begin construction in 2015, the Center is a technologically innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America’s past to those still serving today. It will provide an opportunity for visitors from around the world to more fully understand and appreciate the extraordinary sacrifice of those who have given their lives in the nation’s defense. The 108th Congress authorized the Education Center in 2003. The original legislation mandated that the Education Center be privately funded, but included a restriction on donor recognition, severely inhibiting fundraising efforts among some of the potentially most generous donors. On 10 JUL the U.S. Senate passed H.R.588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013. When signed by President Obama, the law will correct a problem with the original legislation and will make it possible for the VVMF to acknowledge donor contributions by displaying, appropriate statements acknowledging major donations.

In January of this year, Chairman Jeff Miller (FL) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (ME) of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 357) that would require state-operated schools to give veterans “in-state tuition” rates even though they may not be residents of the states where the schools are located. The requirement would apply to state schools, having programs that are eligible for the GI Bill. HR 357 also extends the deadline for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program by three months and the VA Work-Study Allowance Program by an additional 5 years. According the House VA Committee’s press release, the legislation has been met with early support from several Veterans Service Organizations. Let your elected officials know how you feel about the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013.

National Guard Soldiers, Airmen to be Furloughed More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii - and thousands in other states - will be living with 20 percent less pay over the next three months as the DoD carries out automatic federal budget cuts. Guard members will be furloughed for one day a week starting July 8th. It's not clear precisely what effects the unprecedented cuts will have. They could, however, make it more difficult for the guard to fly helicopters to help put out wildfires or rush to the scene of natural disasters in trucks. "Our general sense is that short-term, it's going to be a terrible hardship for those soldiers, airmen and their families. But if it goes on for any length of time, that may have a negative impact on our readiness and our ability to respond," said Hawaii National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony. The military's furloughs were only supposed to involve civilians, but large numbers of National Guard members who wear Army and Air Force uniforms full-time will experience them as well. The National Guard added military technicians to the furlough list in May, after SECDEF Chuck Hagel gave official notice to begin furloughs for civilians. It's not immediately clear how many uniformed personnel will be affected nationwide. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the furloughs, which will affect nearly 1,000 guardsmen in his state, are his biggest concern for this summer's hurricane season.

SECDEF Announces Pentagon Staff Reductions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed a 20% reduction in funding for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and service headquarters as part of broader plans to reduce the US military's costs. This reduction is targeted for implementation between FY2015 and FY2019 and could save the DoD between $1.5 billion and $2 billion based on early estimates. DOD officials will determine the personnel reductions associated with these changes during the development of detailed execution plans. DOD will implement the reduction "even if Congress lifts sequester-level budget caps.”

House Approves Defense Policy Measure The House approved H.R. 1960, its version of the 2014 defense authorization bill, by a voice vote of 315-108. The legislation authorizes $527 billion in base funding and $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations funds—a $2.7 billion decrease from the Fiscal 2013 authorized OCO level. The measure places a heavy emphasis on combating sexual assaults in the military; stripping commanders' authority to overturn jury convictions in sexual assault cases and imposing a minimum sentence of dismissal for sexual assault offenders. However, an amendment that would have taken the decision to try sexual assault cases out of the hands of commanders was defeated before the final vote.

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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Charles Caudill

Power of Attorney “A written statement legally authorizing a person to act for another”

One of my friends, a retired Navy Captain, died this month after open-heart surgery. He was recovering from the operation when I asked his wife if he had given her Power of Attorney. He had not. It was a miracle that my friend’s wife was able to get his notarized signature in the hospital before complications set in and he died. The incident reminded me of my mother-in-law’s situation after my father-inlaw passed away. She did not have a Power of Attorney and it took over a year to get her estate settled through the Probate Court. As the Chaplain to MOAS, I strongly recommend that all of our members have Powers of Attorney documents signed. It will save unwarranted heartaches at the hardest of times. Thinking about this I started wondering if I am giving my children and grandchildren enough of myself so they will know my spiritual Power of Attorney. Have I given them my best self

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so they can speak for me and represent me when I am no longer here? Throughout my life I have acquired things that they will receive. But have I made sure they know my spirit. Have I given them the ability to love each other, to be patient and kind? Have I given them the tenacity to never give up on a dream? Are they willing to defend the freedoms given to us by our forefathers? Do they worship God and not money? This month when I attend our family reunion I intend to bring this up. Researching my family history I can see what has been handed down to me. My ancestors came from Scotland in the late 1600’s, migrating to the North Carolina Mountains. They passed down faith in God, a love of family, and a respect for hard work and education. My own father was the first of his family to leave home to go to college. In 1922 he went away to Trinity College, which became Duke University. He was in the first graduating class of Duke University’s School of Divinity. He worked his way through Duke by becoming their first Swimming Coach. Because my family’s “Power of Attorney” was given to me, I worked my way through Duke University’s School of Divinity and became their sixth generation minister. We all have family histories that began with ancestors sacrificing for their families. They often fought and died for a better way of life. We have been the recipients of their “Powers of Attorney” which helped us become who we are. Now is the time for introspection. Who are we, and what do we want to leave as our legacy? It is never too late to ensure our life’s documents are in order for future generations.

CWO MARTIN HERTZ Long-time MOAS member CWO Martin Hertz passed away at age 86 on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Hampton VA. He served his country through WW II, Korea, Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, retiring in 1971. There are many among our membership who knew Marty Hertz during his many years as a Sarasota resident and a member, Director and Officer of MOAS. However, there are just as many, like me, among our current membership who never had the privilege of knowing Marty, and I would like to ensure that his endeavors in Sarasota do not go unrecognized in our military community. In 1974 Marty helped establish the Sarasota Senior Friendship Center, and was instrumental in its subsequent phenomenal growth, recruiting and training over 1200 volunteers who helped provide 78 different programs at Senior Friendship sites across Sarasota County. He was a volunteer at the Bay Pines VA Hospital, and the Heart Center of Sarasota. As a member of MOAS he served on the Board of Directors for eleven years in various positions; Treasurer,

Secretary, Membership Chairman, and Special Events Chairman. He was a member of the Shrine Club of Sarasota including the Sahib Temple Charter Class of 1982; a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans; ROJ Court #189, Shriners International; Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; and Kachina Billiken Klub. There is a reason that the Lifetime Community Service Award presented by our organization is named for Marty Hertz – his endeavors, activities and achievements in the Sarasota community are a testament to its heritage. I am certain that those of us who did not know and work with Marty would have been greatly enriched by the experience. Marty is survived by his wife Hope, daughter Lori and her husband Jack T. Morgan, and grandchildren Jack and Marty Morgan. Entombment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The Hertz family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1016, Sarasota FL 34230-1016.

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July 2013 Luncheon Photos

New members Byron & Janet Sue Hill

Edward & Mary Krebs

Paul Kaufmann (R) with guests (L-R) Adreniene Moulaz, Benjamin Merot, Michel Moulaz & Camile Stagg

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(L-R) Tom Piazze MOAS 2VP, Luncheon Speaker Bob Rosinsky, Linda Gould MOAS Dir, and Luncheon Speaker Chris Davis

Hugh Bettendorf (L) with guests Debi and MG Peter Talleri

JULY BIRTHDAYS (L-R): Russ Wiltshire, Barbara Shaver, Helen Bermann, Mary Gordon, Kay Tracy, June Moore, Rose Burke, Janice Caudill, Howard Gollnick, & Charles Caudill

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Association of Sarasota for our long time commitment to our deployed soldiers by running a 50:50 raffle to raise funds for our SOT program, and donated $657 to our SOT Fund. We also got to meet Doris’s son, Pfc David Pires of the 10th Mountain Division. He is a Sarasota native and a graduate of John O’Brien Sarasota Military Academy who, Mom says, is trying to adjust to the slightly (?) different weather between Sarasota and Ft Drum, NY. He is a fine young man, and Doris has done a great job. Carol and I were fortunate enough to join the great We recently set up an SOT table in Truman’s Restaurant people in Village Walk in Palmer Ranch for a July 4th celebration at Rte. 70 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd. While setting the table up to recognize our Troops. Doris Pires, the we met two Marines who left with boxes to Village Walk Activities Director has been a fill and ship, so with that beginning we hope long time supporter of the MOAS Support to run the table through Veterans Day. Our Troops (SOT) Program. How much longer will we be in Several years ago, and with the Afghanistan? The stated policy is troop help of Len Friedlander, we delivered and levels will reduce from the present 66,000 to picked up many SOT boxes from her that 34,000 by the end of 2013 with 10,000 were filled by her residents and soldiers left to prevent Taliban re-taking accompanied with the funds to ship the some of Afghanistan, and to prevent Qaida USPS boxes. After a few years Doris took establishing safe areas in country. over ordering the USPS We Support Our Just this week the Administration has Troops boxes and used our web site for proposed a “Zero” option, which means if the deployed units’ addresses. She has a a Status of Forces agreement that protects Doris Spires and Mike Katz of Village very successful program going with the American soldiers from Afghanistan courts Walk present a $657 check for the support of her residents. cannot be negotiated, we will leave SOT Fund to John O’Brien I thought the invitation for Carol completely. While none of that involves and me to attend the dinner would be a us, we can continue to support them as long great opportunity to thank all of the residents for their continuous as they are in danger. support of our military. Well, they thanked the Military Officers ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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2013 FCOC Convention Wrap-up by Troy Scott

The 2013 Florida Council of Chapters (FCOC) Convention was held in Sarasota, FL at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 7-9 June 2013. As Sarasota is widely known as a Circus City, we selected “Under the Big Top” as a theme and tried to work in some circus atmosphere into several events by using some youth performers from Circus Sarasota in an exhibition before our President’s Reception. We stepped “Out of the Box” on a couple of issue; partnering with the Venice Area Chapter, and they assumed responsibility for the All-Hands Breakfast with an outstanding speaker from Operation Helping Hands; and instead of seminars, having a panel discussion entitled “Serving Those Who Served Our Nation,” with panelists from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional VA Hospital, Regional VA claims administrator, Florida National Guard, and a Veterans employment representative. On Sunday morning, to end the convention, we conducted a Memorial Service that was simple and very moving. In addition, we held the FCOC Annual Meeting; had an outstanding luncheon presentation by Debra Jacobs, CEO of The Patterson Foundation; conducted tours of the Sarasota Bay and the Ringling Museum; and capped off Saturday night with a Formal Military Gala with the Chairman of MOAA, General John Tilelli, Jr. as the guest speaker. We also managed to tap into a bit of fun, with a dancing exhibition by the Fred Astaire group and our favorite band, La Croix played till late. As a wrap up of comments about our convention, please let me quote the comments of BG Jim Hesson, a chapter member and former Board member: “As a former President of the Army Aviation Association of America, I am well-versed in what it takes

to organize and execute a convention. With that as background, I offer a few observations: You have set the bar extremely high for future FL MOAA conventions with your exemplary planning and executing of the 2013 Sarasota Convention. The very first day I heard reports like “you guys are really organized.” Things flowed with no indications of anything being done “on-the-fly.” It was obvious that you followed the 6-P (Proper Planning Prevents P--- Poor Performance) rule. The Hospitality Suite with free Coffee and snacks was a great idea, and while it was not mobbed, people felt good about having a place to sit down and have a cup of coffee and a snack. Joyce and I did not attend the breakfast as we were at Registration, but people walking out were positively commenting on the quality and service of the meal. Joyce and I did attend the seminar on Veterans issues and found it remarkable. The only comment I would offer was that it was so good and informative that it should have been video recorded to offer to all chapters (20-20 hindsight!). You hit a home run with this group, especially when many of them had never met each other and they provided a cohesive presentation of things we all need to know to help returning vets. This should be an annual presentation at the FL MOAA conventions. The reception with free drinks was great, albeit, a mob scene to get to the bar (but then when isn’t it when you offer old soldiers free drinks). The idea of having the young circus performers was great and fit nicely with your theme of “Under the Big Top.” We all know the PA system was insufficient for the room and crowd and the presentations

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YAHOO

Young at Heart Officers Organization

John O’Brien At the Florida Council of Chapters Convention many of you signed up for, and participated in the La Barge boat trip on Sarasota Bay, and it was a perfect day on the water. Well, we are also providing you a half-day lunch cruise in Charlotte Harbor with lunch at Burnt Store Marina. Another great Florida day will be the Sunset Beach Party on Lido Key at Jerry Hilmes’ Cabana on August 28th. September will be a little more traditional with an "Oktoberfest in September" dinner at a local German restaurant. A Bowling outing will be in October so you have time to train.

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payable to Carol O’Brien, 7606 Broomsedge Ct., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. You may call Carol or John at 941-907-8891 or email to cobrienvt@aol.com . First-come, first served for the 35-40 available seats. Since boarding begins at 09:15 AM, we ask you to be “Dock Side” by 9:00 AM. The boat departs at 09:30 AM and returns at 2:30PM. Travel time from I-75/Clark Road in Sarasota to the marina in Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda is approximately 1 hour. Directions: Take I-75 south to the Punta Gorda, Exit 164. The Interstate exit does a 180-degree loop and T’s on US 17. Take a left (west) on US 17 and proceed 3 miles to Fisherman’s Village on the right. At the “Village,” park in the parking lot on the right. Look for the YAHOO groups – always conspicuous – at the water’s edge. Don’t forget the Florida usual: camera, hats and sunscreen.

August 28th – 4:30PM Sunset Beach Party on Lido Key

 LTG Jerry Hilmes has invited the YAHOO’s to join him on August 28th at 4:30 PM for a sunset beach party at his cabana on Lido Key. In the true spirit of the YAHOO’s past sunset beach The King Fisher Fleet in Punta Gorda, FL has a half-day parties we will keep it very Harbor Cruise on Charlotte Harbor to the Burnt Store Marina for simple. Everyone brings lunch at Porto Bello’s Restaurant. This is laid-back cruising at its their own chairs, hors best, where we will see dolphins, birds, fish and other plentiful d’oeuvres or dessert to sea life, which abound in this beautiful bay. We will also get a share, and grog. John & little local history, pirate lore and other colorful stories along the Carol O’Brien will provide way. During the lunch stop, at approximately 11:00 AM, you can plastic glasses, plates, walk the docks, look at beautiful yachts and take a few photos napkins and utensils. After before cruising back to s o c i a l i z i n g a t J e r r y ’s Punta Gorda. The cabana we will migrate cruise provides sodas, down to the water for a water and munchies for 7:55 PM sunset. Please RSVP by August 21st to Carol O’Brien @907-8891 a small fee. However, or email cobrienvt@aol.com to let her know if you plan to attend and due to the unique what you will bring so we don’t have too many appetizers or too dietary requirements of many desserts. YAHOOs, we can bring small coolers on board Directions: From St. Armand’s go west toward the Gulf until you with wine/beer/snacks. reach Ben Franklin Dr. A subtle hint will be when the road ends at Coolers must be left on the Gulf of Mexico. Suggest at that time you turn left (south for our navigators). After about a mile on Ben Franklin you will see the the boat during the lunch stop. The inclusive cost is $21.55 per person (lunch NOT Lime Tree Resort on the right, then a condo, followed by your target, included), for 15 adults or more. A single-payer full payment is the Sun & Surf Colony, 1148 South Ben Franklin Drive. Take a right required, so please RSVP by August 9th and send your check, into the large parking areas. If you get to the Ritz Carlton, you’ve missed it. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ August 16th – 9:00 AM Half Day Charlotte Harbor Lunch Cruise

Thanks to Sen. Bob Johnson we can share this photo of some of our Chapter’s early leaders. (L -R) LTG Rolland (Ron) Heiser, MG Aubrey (Red) Newman, LTG Howard Crowell, COL Jack Barker, BG Roswell (Ros) Round, BG John (Jack ) McLain, and BG William Quirey

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MEMBERSHIP ACTIONS George Tracy Dear MOAS Members, Well, here we are, once again, in the so called “dog days of summer,” but now, free from the political circus of last year at this time, we can better enjoy, hopefully, the best of off-season relaxation along with, finally, enough rain to restore the beauty of our local landscape. Rain cannot, however, nourish and restore the landscape of veterans’ and their families rights, benefits and support; threatened by the erosion of congressional inaction and its sequestration. That landscape, that we veterans depend upon, needs the continuous rain, not of water, but of voices, more voices, MOAS voices, in our local community, in Tallahassee and in Washington. Our combined local (chapter), state (council) and national (MOAA), is a unique force that actively celebrates and champions the cause of military veterans with initiatives at each level that ultimately engage Washington in direct, continuous and substantive “Storming Capitol Hill” dialogue to ensure that veterans and their families get the legislative support that they deserve for their service and their sacrifice. But we do need more voices, and, we know, they are here! We have added seventeen more since January and others are coming because of you. So I use this space, once again, to thank you for your continued effort to extend our membership to any and all military officers and their spouses that you encounter, either coming into our community or already in our midst, who would enjoy MOAS hospitality, camaraderie and service. _______________________________________________________

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Since some of you are not national MOAA members, please remember that our local MOAS Chapter and National MOAA memberships, though closely affiliated, support separate organizations, activities and missions that depend on separate memberships. Many of us have joined both and encourage you to do the same!! MOAA national members receive the official monthly magazine, “Military Officer,” and have access to numerous additional benefits, featured at the website, http:// www.moaa.org/. Be aware that National MOAA has revised the national membership options to include a BASIC no-fee (free, electronic) membership. You will find related, helpful information at http://www.moaa.org/Join/. The challenge for every member continues to be “Recruit a new member!!” We encourage and appreciate your efforts to do so!! A hearty welcome to our new members! Thank You for your support of MOAS and MOAA!!

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also offers Veterans and their families comprehensive case management and referral services. Case managers from Goodwill Manasota, many of which are Veterans themselves, assist Veterans and their families address barriers to employment, disabilities and mental health issues to maximize vocational opportunities for Veterans. Opportunities exist for MOAS volunteers to help Veterans move into the civilian workforce and address several barriers to selfsufficiency. The single most requested service is through the Goodwill Manasota’s Job Connection Services. The Job Connection service matches the right employer and job opportunity with the right Veteran candidate; the one who possesses the best mix of technical and leadership skills for the position. A variety of other opportunities exist for MOAS volunteers as well. The most critical needs are legal representation, especially in the area of family legal services; financial planning, from help preparing household budgets to providing advice to individuals interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, and peer advisors for either Veterans or their spouses who are struggling with the impact of PTSD and transitional stress. For more information about how you can lend a hand, please contact either Tom Piazze at (941) 761-1278 or tepiazze@gmail.com, or Christopher Davis at christopher.davis@gimi.org or (941) 840-4503.

Taps Our Heartfelt Sympathy is Extended to the family of

Maj August W. Roth, USAFR

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MOAS Luncheon Friday, August 23, 2013 Michael’s On East

MOAS LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS For 8/23/13 at 11:30 AM Michael’s On East DRESS: Florida Casual Please reserve _______ places for the Luncheon,. A check for $ ______ is enclosed based on $25.00 for each person attending (Tax & Tip included).

MENU SERVED LUNCHEON

___________________________________________ NAME, RANK, & PHONE # of Requesting Member. ___________________________________________ Please print names of additional persons attending. (Use an extra sheet of paper if necessary) New or First Time Attending Member_________ Is this your birthday month? _________ Is this your spouse’s birthday month?________

Heirloom Tomato Soup Signature Bread Basket

Return the appropriate form with check made out to MOAS Mail to:

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ELKE SCOTT 841 Forestview Court Sarasota FL 34232-2455

Classic Chicken Picatta Napped with a Lemon White Wine Parsley Sauce, Lemon & Pistachio Rice Pilaf, Haricot Verts & Broiled Italian Tomato

SERVED DESSERT Opera Cake: Layers of Almond Joconde Biscuit, Coffee Butter Cream & Semi-Sweet Chocolate Ganache

PLEASE NOTE: Elke’s Phone # 379-3023 NOTICE: We must provide the restaurant with an exact number of reservations at least 72 hours in advance of event. No additional requests or refunds will be honored after that time. Requests for menu changes due to dietary restrictions should be provided at the time of reservation. Please do not contact Michael’s on East directly. Thank you.

Served Coffee, Decaf & Tea

Continued from Page 8 FCOC Convention took too long (that’s not a function of the planners – you two, but of the presenter not controlling his verbal word count)! The evening dinner was nicely set up and having the two dancers providing a mini-performance to start the dancing was, I thought, novel. You presented an evening that was different and, I thought, really enjoyed by everyone. Although I am writing to you, I know there were many others who were involved, but they followed the music that you two composed to make this all happen. You, and all of your committee-persons, really outdid yourselves! I think the next chapter host is sweating it out right now with Sarasota in his rear-view mirror. WELL DONE!!”

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MOAS Calendar August - September - October 2013 D AT E

EVENT

TIME

August 5, Monday

MOAS Board Meeting at Meadows Community Association

4:00 p.m.

August 16, Friday

YAHOO: Charlotte Harbor Cruise - Details Page 9

9:00 a.m.

August 23, Friday

Luncheon - Michaels on East- Flag Initiative (Note the Date)

11:30 a.m.

August 28, Wednesday

YAHOO: Sunset Beach Party - Lido Key - Details Page 9

4:30 p.m.

September 3, Tuesday

MOAS Board Meeting at Meadows Community Association

4:00 p.m.

September 20, Friday

Luncheon - Michaels on East - Joint Meeting

11:30 a.m.

October 7, Monday

MOAS Board Meeting at Meadows Community Association

4:00 p.m.

October 18, Friday

Luncheon - Michaels on East - Patriot Plaza

11:30 a.m.

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