Col Paul F. Lessard, USMC (Ret.) Deceased
We are sad to report the death of long-time chapter member Col Paul F. Lessard, USMC (Ret.) of Hampton, who died on May 30, 2017. He and his wife Dorothy (Dottie) were dedicated chapter members with Paul serving on the Board of Directors from 1995 - 2001.
"Col. Lessard was the Deputy Director for the 9th Marine Corps District (Recruiting) when I served as a Major. The recruiting mission was very challenging, however through his leadership and unwavering support, we were successful as a District. He knew very well that the mission could not be accomplished without caring for and supporting the troops that made it happen. He was a Marine’s Marine….. Semper fi Paul."
R. Bancroft McKittrick
Col, USMC (Ret.)
"Colonel Paul LESSARD was one of the most dynamic leaders that I have ever known. He was the Commanding Officer of 2d Tank Bn. when I was the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General 1974-1976. He was a legend in the Corps. Semper Fi Marine."
Hon. Gerard J. Boyle
Col, USMC (Ret.)
New Hampshire Circuit Court
Here is the link to his obituary - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seacoastonline/obituary.aspx?n=paul-lessard&pid=185668707&fhid=4699
In this section we hope to share the good news, accomplishments and other items of interest from chapter members and their families worthy of recognition! If anyone has read an article on-line that you would like to include here, please email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may share the news with our members.
Congratulations to chapter president COL H. Allen (Chad) Chadwick, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, for his efforts in executing another successful Sail Portsmouth in 2015. Read the letter to the editor in SeacoastOnline.
Congratulations to chapter member COL Roger A. Sevigny, USA (Ret.), New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner, who has been named chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, a policy group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Congratulations to US Senator Kelly Ayotte (wife of chapter member Lt Col Joe Daley, USAF (Ret.)) who received MOAA's Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of strong and consistent support of national defense and the uniformed services community, including her role in leading the successful fight to repeal unfair cuts to military retiree benefits. Read the press release.
Congratulations to chapter member LTC Walter J. D. Hewitt, USA (Ret.) who recently turned 100! Read the press release concerning his recent Birthday party.
Congratulations to chapter member CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) who has been appointed as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for the state of New Hampshire. It's good to see a Navy person helping out the Army! See photo.
New Hampshire Chapter Appoints New Auxiliary Liaison
Surviving spouse members are recognized in both the national and New Hampshire arenas as being a very important component of MOAA. They possess many skills and talents, understand the challenges of military life, and appreciate the sacrifices made by service members and their families. They are a valuable resource for our organization.
At the April MOAA-NH Board of Directors’ meeting, Gwen Devoe was appointed as our chapter’s new Auxiliary Liaison, the primary point of contact for the legislative and benefits issues concerning our surviving spouses. She relieves Beverly Kemp of Peterborough who performed this important duty faithfully for five years, and for which MOAA-NH is most grateful and appreciative. Gwen is a surviving spouse herself, having lost her husband of 26 years in 2012. When asked if she would accept the Auxiliary Liaison office she said, “I am honored. It is important that they (our surviving spouses) be remembered as well, and if I can help ease their burdens in getting them the information that they need after a loved one has died, I am more than happy to do so.”
Gwen can be reached at email@example.com, by phone at 603-501-0994, or by writing her at 319 Post Rd., Greenland, NH 03840-2318.
MOAA-NH President Pete Burdett with Auxiliary Liaison Gwendolen Devoe
New Hampshire Chapter "Storms" Capitol Hill - 2017
Chapter President CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.) participated in this year's MOAA's annual "Storming the Hill" on April 5, 2017. Over 165 MOAA members and staff took the Hill while thousands more flooded email inboxes with similar messages. This valuable time with lawmakers goes a long way toward accomplishing MOAAs legislative goals. Initial feedback from the event suggests that our issues were well received, but there is still quite a lot of work to do. The efforts of MOAA members are already paying dividends. 23 additional representatives became cosponsors of legislation to repeal the widows tax, up from 53 just one week ago. 18 members of the Senate have signed on for repeal, an increase from 17 previously. We anticipate more cosponsors to sign on following the Easter recess. Peter met with our Congressional delegation and specifically focused on three key issues during his meetings:
I was able to visit all the offices and have detailed discussions. Met with Senator Hassan and Representative Kuster and their legislative assistants in person. Senator Shaheen was in an all afternoon “closed” meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), but I briefed Patrick Day. Sue Mayer stood in for Carol Shea-Porter…who issued a letter in support of continuing Choice. All the offices also covered thoughts on needs for “Choice 2.0”. The Senate has already voted to extend the current law.You can read more about this year's "Storming the Hill" on MOAA's web site.
I also took some time to meet with Brad Bowman, who was with Kelly Ayotte’s office last year. He is now the National Security Advisor to Senator Todd Young of Indiana who I had an opportunity to also greet and make a MOAA connection.
The daylong event culminated with a dinner for MOAA Council and Chapter leaders and their spouses, featuring keynote speaker Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. The Congressman has been a longtime advocate for survivors, and is a strong advocate for MOAA's key storming priorities. Coffman praised the work MOAA is doing to take put an end to sequestration, which he said is harming servicemembers. Pilots aren't getting enough flight hours, he said, and deployed units are being overstretched. The country has a duty to take care of the men and women who've spent the past 15 years at war, he said. “When I look at the force today, I just think that we have … the most elite force this country has ever had,” he said. “It's just extraordinary.”
MOAA President Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), introduced Coffman and closed the evening by thanking the stormers who had taken to Capitol Hill earlier that day to engage their congressional representatives.
THE GRANITE STATE WARRIORS AWARD
The New Hampshire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA-NH) established the Granite State Warriors Award in 2011 to annually recognize the superb contributions of a New Hampshire based organization and/or a New Hampshire resident that have:
CHAPTER RECEIVES FOURTEENTH "BATTLE STREAMER"
CHAPTER RECEIVES COMMUNICATIONS AWARD FROM MOAA
CHAPTER SUPPORTS CHRISTMAS AT THE TILTON HOME
NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP LOAN PROGRAM
The NH Chapter Scholarship Loan program was established in 1985. Loans are made with funds donated by the chapter membership, and the program is managed by a Scholarship Committee as established in the chapter by-laws. Over 65 students have been assisted by this program since it began.
Eligibility is restricted to children and grandchildren of chapter members. Loans are interest-free, and are only granted to college level undergraduate students.
Repayment of a loan is expected to begin six months after completion of a student’s academic program at the rate of 1/50th of the loan per month. Repayment of subsequent loans to the same student will be at the same rate, commencing in sequence each year from the date that repayment of the first loan begins.
Portions of a student’s loan(s) may be forgiven, based on academic performance, at the discretion of the scholarship committee.
The scholarship committee meets in June each year to review applications. Applicants are considered based on merit, not need. The amount of a loan will be based on funds available and the number of students applying.
Application forms may be obtained by contacting: Col. Calvin Hosmer, P.O. Box 175, York, Maine 03909. Telephone: (207) 363-2396. Email: hosmerIII@aol.com.
Check out the photo of a recent scholarship recipient.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE APPROVES 9 FOR LOANS
The Scholarship Committee met on July 7, 2017 to consider nine applications for scholarship loans for the 2017-18 academic year. There were four applications from students already in the program and five from new applicants. Chick here for a list of the students approved.
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SOME INTERESTING NH CHAPTER STATISTICS
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JULY 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The Board of Directors meets once a month on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, currently at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord, NH. All chapter members are welcome to attend any Board meetings. If a chapter member has any item they wish to put before the Board, please send it to any of the chapter officers listed on the "Contacts" page of this web site.
(The Chapter hopes to keep its membership informed of important items/issues that were brought up, discussed, or voted on by the Board of Directors at their most recent meeting.) The file format is PDF. You will need Adobe Reader in order to open and read it. If you don't have Adobe Reader, click on the icon to download it.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MARCH 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
ELECTION RESULTS !!
The following are the results of the elections for Chapter officers and Board members held at the Annual Meeting of the Chapter, November 5, 2016:
Chapter Officers (One year term)
|President||CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.)|
|Vice President||CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.)|
|Secretary||CDR Michael A. McLean, USN (Ret.)|
|Treasurer||CDR James R. Day, Jr., USN (Ret.)|
Board of Directors (Three year term)
COL Anthony J. Burdo, USA (Ret.)
CDR Bruce F. Avery, USN (Ret.)
Maj Charles R. Register, USAF (Ret.)
1LT Janis Ikstrums, USA
Board of Directors (Two year term)
Col Gerard J. Boyle, USMC (Ret.)
CWO4 Robert D. Jaffin, USN (Ret.)
Col R. Bancroft McKittrick, USMC (Ret.)
MOAA-NH CHAPTER TAPS
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2012 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2013 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2014 Annual Meeting
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A list of chapter members deceased since the 2016 Annual Meeting
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