By John Graham
This has been an exciting and rewarding year for our chapter. We were recognized as 5-Star Chapter for the second straight year, the only large chapter (900 plus members) in the nation to achieve this goal. One of our members, and past chapter president, Bancroft McKittrick was elected to the National Board of Directors.
Our scholarship loan program has also had a good year. We are currently supporting 23 students with interest free loans. Our scholarship committee set a goal of raising $10,000 this year, and while we are closing in on this goal your assistance is needed. In this season of giving please consider making a gift to our future by donating to our scholarship fund.
Our Program Director, Michael McLean, continues to surpass himself in setting up and running our luncheon program. We hold these meetings around the state, and I would like to see each of you attend at least one of the luncheons in the coming year. The cost is very reasonable, the speakers are always enjoyable and the company cannot be beat.
And when you come to the meeting, why not invite an eligible friend to come with you? Membership is the backbone of any organization and your chapter is no different. I am sure we all know a retired, serving, or former officer who is not a member, and each of them is eligible for membership. Over the next 6 months I would like to have each chapter member to ask at least 3 people to join our organization. And just a reminder that if non-MOAA member joins our chapter they will receive a free year of membership in the national organization.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your president. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the chapter officers and all of our wonderful volunteers in the coming year. Together I know we can continue to make the New Hampshire one of the best in the nation. I wish each of you a very happy and safe holiday season. See you at one of the luncheons in the coming year.
John A. Graham
Looking for Help
By Russ Graves
[The following is a reprint of an e-mail received by the chapter. The author of this letter may be reached at: Russ Graves, 305 College View, Bryan, TX 77801; his Email is RUSS@gap.tamu.edu]
I'm asking for the New Hampshire Chapter of MOAA to assist me in a doctoral research project about retired military officers who retired between 1993 and 1999. I'm attempting to contact all MOAA chapters.
According to a previous researcher, 75 percent of military retirees don't fully retire when they leave the military. It could be that most retired officers don't become active in MOAA until after they completely retire. Therefore, your chapter may not have many members who retired between 1993 and 1999. However, if you do, I would greatly appreciate you making them aware of my project.
Retired from the Air Force and a member of MOAA, I'm currently working on a graduate degree at Texas A&M University. I have a web site with an online survey to which I'm trying to direct officers who retired between 1993 and 1999 so that data can be gathered. The site can be viewed (and the survey taken) at: http://retiredofficersurvey.tamu.edu . I plan to compare the life satisfaction of officers who retired "early" (an option available between 1993 and 1999) to officers who retired with 20 or more years of service within this same timeframe.
This project is dependent upon reaching a large number of retired officers, therefore, I'm hoping you might be willing to assist my efforts by either: Allowing a notice about my survey to be posted on your website or in your newsletter, forwarding this email to your membership, or allowing me to mail paper copies of my survey for distribution among your membership.
It is hoped that my research will ultimately benefit the retired military community. Any assistance you can provide will be highly appreciated.
Russ Graves, Major, USAF (ret)
By Michael McLean
The Chapter Directory, which was distributed to the membership this past spring, represents a great deal of effort and a significant expense for the Chapter. The information contained in the directory is used to generate the address labels for the luncheon flyers and newsletters. The data in the directory, however, is only as good or current as the inputs from our members. Therefore, take a few moments to review your information in the directory. If there are mistakes or changes, please submit them to Herb Follansbee, who maintains the membership database, at email@example.com or mail them to P. O. Box 712, Dover, NH 03820. Thank you
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