New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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2019


November 9
Annual Meeting, Nashua C. C., Nashua
Speaker: Shawn Buck, Director of the NH State Veterans Cemetery
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Highlights of Past Events
 

2019
 

First Meeting - Portsmouth Country Club

     It was a clear, chilly winter day when the chapter held its first meeting of the new year on January 26, 2019, at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland.  The staff was again friendly and responsive to our needs.  100 members and guests enjoyed a tasty meal choice of Sole Florentine, Medallions of Beef or Apple Cranberry Stuffed Chicken Breast.  We were there to honor the recipients of the eighth annual Granite State Warriors Awards (GSWA).  These awards are given to the New Hampshire resident or NH-based organization making the most significant contribution to the Armed Forces of the United States that year.  Prior to the presentation of the awards, we were pleased to have US Senator Maggie Hassan join us to deliver a few remarks about the current going ons in Washington, DC.  The recipients of the 2018 Awards were:

- Norman Langlois, Dover with the following citation:
    Norman Langlois is awarded the 2018 Granite State Warriors Award for his support of Veterans. Entering the US Navy at the age of 17, Langlois served on a PT Boat and Destroyer Escort during WWII. After WWII, he started his civilian career as a machinist in Newfield, NH.
    In the Spring of 1958, he started his career in the hair styling industry. Throughout the following years, his efforts expanded establishing multiple salons, hair stylist academies, and beauty supply stores throughout the Eastern United States. At one point, all of his operations supported a total of 1,000 employees and he became known as the “King of the Beauty Business”.
    Through all of Norman’s success, he never forgot his roots as a US Navy Motor Machinist Third Class. Langlois served his country with pride and made sure that all Veterans entering one of his operations were given the treatment and service they deserved.
    One policy in all his operations best exemplifies Norman’s love and respect for those who have served their country – Veterans will always be given the best service at NO charge.

- HALO Maritime Defense Systems, Newton with the following citation:
    HALO Maritime Defense Systems is awarded the 2018 Granite State Warriors Award. HALO provides technology advanced and state-of-the-art maritime security barrier systems to protect US Naval Bases, ports, oil and gas facilities, and other commercial and maritime assets to prevent incursion of unauthorized small to medium size boats as well as swimmers.
    To prevent future incidents like the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, the US Navy is highly dependent on HALO provided defensive systems. HALO systems are in use by the Navy in both stateside bases like Norfolk and numerous foreign locations.
    The HALO Barrier is a passive, durable, low maintenance, easily installed, highly customizable system capable of countering multi-vessel attacks.
    HALO security solutions are the only waterside barrier systems on the market to have been vigorously tested and operationally deployed by the US Navy. Systems are designed to provide complete security solutions filling the spans between piers, breakwaters, buoys, and platforms and provide automated access control at the push of a button.

    We were joined by five first time members:  David Hadley of Weare, Raymond Jarvis of Rye, Stephen Lotterhand of New London, Monika Parker of Lee and Thomas Wilk of Epping.
 
Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
Head Table
Head Table
Other Head Table
Other Head Table
January Luncheon
January Luncheon
Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan
GSWA - Langlois
GSWA - Langlois
GSWA - HALO
GSWA - HALO


Spring Meeting - Common Man Inn & Spa

    The day began dreary and raining.  By the afternoon most of the rain had abated but it was still dreary!  That did not deter the large group of chapter members and guests (112 in total) who braved the weather and recent floods in the area to arrive once again at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth, NH on April 27, 2019, for the chapter’s Spring Meeting.  Prior to the meal, chapter member Lt Col Wayne Balcom, USAF (Ret.) and honorary member Terry Bobseine conducted a 50/50 fund raiser to support veterans organizations within the state that garnered almost $320.  The winner, LT Bob Pelletier, USN (Ret.), donated back his winnings for the benefit of our veterans outreach program.  After the meal that was enjoyed by most, we were honored to have as our guest speaker General David G. Perkins, USA (Ret.), a New Hampshire native and now resident.  Gen Perkins last duty in the Army was as commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).  He gave a thorough and amusing presentation on a number of current topics relating to the Army.  After his talk, Chapter President CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.) called on chapter member CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) who gave a lengthy recap of his recent “Storming the Hill” with MOAA in Washington, DC, where nation-wide Councils and Chapters argue for important issues, with the various Congressional delegations, affecting the military and veterans.  Peter then went on to cover several other topics.  Warren Coulter then acknowledged chapter webmaster CDR Michael A. McLean, USN (Ret.) in recognition of the New Hampshire Chapter being a Five-Star Award winner in MOAA's annual Communications Award for the fourth year in a row.  That was followed by a presentation from Kathy Flynn of Easter Seals who updated everyone on Veterans Count, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in the state.  After several other announcements, the luncheon came to an end.  We were joined by one first time chapter member: Kevin Sullivan and his wife, Marina, from Boscawen.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


Summer Meeting - White Mountain Hotel and Resort

    It was a beautiful, sunny day when the chapter returned to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort for their summer meeting on June 22, 2019.  The drive north was not as bad as it has been in the past! 82 members and guests enjoyed the scenic view from the dining room of the hotel and feasted on a delicious choice of Marinated Beef Tips or Chicken Cordon Bleu.  We were honored to have as our guest speaker, CAPT Mark J. Winter, USN (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force, Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) and son of chapter member CDR Steven J. Winter, USN (Ret.).  He gave a very thorough briefing of the history of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba and its current use as a detention facility for enemy combatants.  Throughout his talk, he emphasized the difference between “policy” and “politics” and how they impacted on decisions regarding the treatment of those confined at “Gitmo”.  The thought provoking presentation was well received by all present.  The luncheon and his presence were written up in the local newspaper, The Conway Daily Sun.  You can read the article here. We were joined by six members for whom this was their first event:  William & Laura Birkmaier, Jr. of Lebanon, John & Kimberley Buck of Hampton and David & Beverly Dunning of Elkins.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
June Luncheon
June Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


Annual Clambake

    Each day of the week leading up to the day of the Clambake, the forecast was for a clear and sunny day; however, on the morning of August 3, 2019, the day of the Clambake, the forecasters changed their forecast to scattered thunderstorms.  And it did!!  Notwithstanding the intermittent rain and thunder, it did not damper the enthusiasm of the majority of the 211 members, families and guests who had signed up, from enjoying our traditional feast of clam chowder, lobster or steak, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, onions, rolls and watermelon. Unfortunately the attendance was down again this year as the overall chapter membership is down.  Again we welcomed the Shipyard Commander, CAPT David S. Hunt, USN and his wife Cheryl, a chapter member.  We were honored to have a US Navy color guard from the Shipyard Clinic again this year.

    Once again, our Chapter Bakemaster, COL Ken Lull, USA (Ret.), ably assisted by his second-in-command, Lt Col Joe Daley, USAF (Ret.), and Drinksmaster, CW5 Bernie Satterfield, USA (Ret.), succeeded in putting on an outstanding Clambake in spite of the weather.  We were pleased to be joined by former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, wife of Chapter member Joe Daley, who once again was put to work on the serving line to earn her dinner!  US Representative Chris Pappas stopped by and was put to work on the serving line.  BG Donald Bolduc, USA (Ret.), a brand new member of the chapter, and CAPT Hunt and wife were also manning the serving line.  We were joined again by neighboring MOAA chapters for our now famous Clambake.  Several "south of the border" Massachusetts chapters joined the best chapter of MOAA at our Clambake.  We welcomed four chapter members in attendance for their first MOAA-NH event: Kevin & Evelyn Ray of Sanbornville, Arthur Ricca of Merrimack and Robin Tyner of Exeter.  We even had five people join on the spot – Donald & Sharon Bolduc of Stratham, Dennis & Denise Howe of New Ipswich, and David Hunt, in anticipation of his retirement.  Dean & Schelly Rondeau of Wolfeboro rejoined the chapter.

    The main benefit of the Clambake, other than to enjoy a great home-cooked clambake, is to support the Chapter's Scholarship Loan Fund.  This locally run program helps children and grandchildren of the New Hampshire Chapter members with college expenses by awarding interest free loans of $2000.00 and $3000.00 per academic year.  This year NINE students will receive loans.  This year the Clambake raised $2,114.00.  Thank you to all who contributed!!

    In addition to the money raised for our Chapter's Scholarship Loan fund, Chapter Board members collected $155.00 to support veterans organizations in New Hampshire.  Finally, a special Bravo Zulu to all those who made this event as successful as it was.  It could not have been done without all the hard work of the chapter volunteers!!
 

Check In Here
Check In Here Ø
Volunteers Hard At Work
Volunteers Hard At Work Ø
The Cooking Area
The Cooking Area
The Serving Area
The Serving Area Ø
Parade the Colors
Parade the Colors Ø
Bakemaster Ken Lull
Bakemaster Ken Lull Ø
Socializing
Socializing
Kelly Ayotte on the Serving Line
Kelly Ayotte Serving Ø
Lining Up For Food
Lining Up For Food Ø
Clambake 2019
Clambake 2019 Ø
Enjoying the Meal
Enjoying the Meal Ø
BG Bolduc Greeting People
BG Bolduc Greeting People Ø
Enjoying the Meal
Enjoying the Meal Ø
Outside Under Cover
Outside Under Cover Ø
50/50 Winner
50/50 Winner Ø
The New Clambake Trailer
The New Clambake Trailer
Ø Pictures Courtesy Of Kent Whitman


Fall Meeting - Bistro Nouveau

    It was a beautiful Indian Summer day when the chapter held its fall meeting and luncheon on September 21, 2019. 75 chapter members and their guests made the trip once again to Bistro Nouveau at the Center at Eastman in Grantham, NH.  This has become a regular stop for our September luncheons.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and good company.  After the repast, they listened to the guest speaker, FR. Jeff Paveglio, Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, and a Captain in the NH National Guard, talk about his experiences serving as a Chaplain in today’s National Guard.  He covered several topics, such as suicide and the problem of honesty in the military citing the problem of NG and Reserve units not having the same time to complete training requirements as regular units.  He indicated that some commanders end up doing some of the training but report that they did it all.  After his presentation, there were a number of questions from those present.  We were joined by two first time attendees: Lee & Anne Cheshire of Belmont.
 

Socializing Before Lunch
Socilaizing Before Lunch
Boyle, Paveglio, Jaffin
Boyle, Paveglio, Jaffin
September Luncheon
September Luncheon
 Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift
Pictures Courtesy of Dino Vlahakis, Kent Whitman & Susie Burdett



 

2018
 

Annual Meeting - Nashua Country Club

    It was a sunny, cold, blustery day in November when the chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Nashua Country Club on November 10, 2018.  It was also the 243 Birthday of the US Marine Corps (more on that later).  As always, the staff of the country club was extremely helpful, led by Scott Hobden, Clubhouse Manager, and Marilyn DiFillipo who were always present to assist with every eventuality.
    While the members' business meeting was going on, the spouses and friends listened to a presentation from Collette Travel on upcoming chapter trips scheduled in 2019 and 2020.  That was followed by a briefing on the upcoming TRICARE Dental Plan change over to FEDVIP given by Martins Point.  Prior to the luncheon, chapter Board members Andrew Breuder and Wayne Balcom, joined by chapter honorary member Terry Bobseine, raised $200.00 to support veterans organizations in NH.  Chapter member Jim Spotts also donated $200.00 to the chapter Scholarship Loan Fund.  What a noble person!
    125 members and guests participated in the traditional playing of all the service marches.  Unfortunately, again this year no one was present from USPHS to stand up for their march.  Chapter president CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.) called on all the previous chapter presidents who were present to stand and be acknowledged as he announced the chapter's sixteenth consecutive year being recognized as a 5-Star Level of Excellence Chapter recipient by MOAA.  Immediate past chapter president CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) presided over the installation of this year's Officers and Board of Directors for the chapter.  The results of the annual elections can be found on the "Chapter News" page. Once again we acknowledged the passing of chapter members who had died since the last annual meeting.  A list of those members can be seen here.  TAPS was played for them.
    Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal as always excellently prepared by the staff of the club.  We were pleased to have as our guest speaker, chapter member Hon. Gerard J. Boyle, Col, USMC (Ret.), Senior Judge, New Hampshire Circuit Court, who talked about alcohol, drugs, texting & driving, DWI among young people.  After his presentation, the Marines present, in honor of the 243rd Birthday of the Marine Corps, participated in the reading of Birthday greetings from a former and present Commandants of the Marine Corps followed by the traditional cake cutting.  For a change of pace a recording of the Marine Corps Hymn accompany the ceremony was played on the bagpipes!
    We were joined by ten first time attendees: Lynne & Dennis Blankenbeker of Concord, Dana & Rande Gray of Exeter, Michael Megan of Nashua, Laurence & Patricia Miller of Merrimack, Brenda Pennels of Scarborough, ME (she joined at the luncheon) and Christopher Raymond and his fiancé, Andrea Barlick, of Troy (they had not been acknowledged at the September luncheon).
 

Business Meeting
Business Meeting
Spouses Program
Spouses Program
Check In Here
Check In Here
USMC Birthday Cake
USMC Birthday Cake
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
Swearing In
Swearing In
New Electees
New Electees
November Luncheon
November Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift
Attention To Orders
Attention To Orders
Cutting The Cake
Cutting The Cake



 

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