New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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Upcoming Events

2019


 
April 27
 

UPDATED
Common Man Inn & Spa, Plymouth
Speaker: Major General David J. Mikolaities, The Adjutant General, New Hampshire
June 22
White Mountain Hotel & Resort, North Conway
August 3
Clambake, PNSY
September 21
Bistro Nouveau at the Center at Eastman, Grantham
November 9
Annual Meeting, Nashua C. C., Nashua


 

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



 

2018
 

Spring Meeting - Common Man Restaurant

    It was a sunny day (what a change!) and windy (not unexpected) when the chapter held its second meeting and luncheon of the year on April 21, 2018.  93 members and guests made the scenic drive up to Plymouth to the Common Man Inn and Spa.  This has become a regular stop for the chapter because the staff has always been friendly and cooperative.  Once again the meal choices were delicious and received high praise.  To top it off, the Common Man gave us a substantial discount on our luncheon bill!  It should be noted that the chapter received a generous grant from USAA through MOAA to support this luncheon.  We were very pleased to have Cinda Lea D'Amante, wife of chapter board member Capt Ray D'Amante, USAF, as our guest speaker.  Cinda currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival.  The NH Highland Games have been held annually in September on Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH since 1975.  The Games have grown to become one of the largest and most diverse commemorations of Scottish art and culture in North America.  Cinda gave a very entertaining talk on the various aspects of the Games.  Her presentation was well received by an enthusiastic audience.  To lend a bit of Scottish flavor to the luncheon, several members of the chapter were decked out in full highland attire (those that could still fit into their kilts!).  After her presentation, Chapter President CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.) 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 third year in a row.  All in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon!
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Cinda Lea D'Amante
Cinda Lea D'Amante
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


Summer Meeting - Eagle Mountain House

     It was overcast and threatening rain on Saturday, June 23, 2018, when the chapter held its summer meeting and luncheon at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH.  Several members drove up the day before on Friday and a few stayed over Saturday night after the luncheon to make a weekend of it.  96 members and guests signed up for the luncheon and all but a few made the drive north to attend.  Fortunately the rain held off until everyone was inside for the luncheon but then the skies opened up and it poured.  The rain ended just as the luncheon ended, luckily!

     This was our third visit to the Eagle Mountain House.  The staff again was very cooperative and responsive to all our requests.  Everyone enjoyed their meal that consisted of three entrée choices (fish, meat and chicken) which is unusual for most venues.

     We did not have any new members in attendance but we did miss a long-time member of the chapter who passed away at the end of May — Maj Gen John H. Jacobsmeyer, Jr., USAF (Ret.).  “Jake”, as he was known to his friends, joined the chapter in 1982 and served as president in 1989.  He was also the founding Chairman of the Scholarship Loan Committee.  He and his wife, Pat, were loyal attendees at all the chapter functions.

     We were pleased to have CAPT David S. Hunt, USN and his wife, Cheryl, who is a chapter member, as our guests of honor.  CAPT Hunt, the Commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, gave a very interesting slide presentation on the current status of the Shipyard and future efforts to improve its capability.  The luncheon and his presence were written up in the local newspaper, The Conway Daily Sun.  You can read the article here.  The luncheon seemed to be enjoyed by all present.

Jackson, NH
Jackson, NH
Eagle Mountain House
Eagle Mountain House
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

    The chapter’s luck with the weather “gods” ran out this year on the day of our annual Clambake, held at Jamaica Island on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) on August 4, 2018.  The weather people had forecasted thunderstorms off and on for most of the day.  Regrettably they were right this time.  Fortunately there was no lightening or thunder seen or heard, but the reoccurring downpours definitely put a constraint on the festivities.  Notwithstanding the soggy conditions, it did not damper the enthusiasm of the majority of the 254 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.  The attendance was down this year, which may be an unfortunate result of our membership getting on in years!  We were joined again this year by Col James O'Brien, USAF (Ret.), MOAA's COO.  Again we welcomed the Shipyard Commander, CAPT David S. Hunt, USN and his wife Cheryl.  We were honored to have a US Navy color guard from the Shipyard Clinic again this year.  Unfortunately, due to the weather, their presentation of the colors was markedly diminished by having to do so under the shelter of the main pavilion.

    This was the third year for 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.), they succeeded in putting on an outstanding Clambake in spite of the weather.  We were pleased to be joined by former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, the wife of Chapter member Joe Daley, who once again was put to work on the serving line to earn her dinner!  We were joined again by neighboring MOAA chapters for our now famous Clambake.  Our western cousins from Vermont and New York along with cousins from several "south of the border" Massachusetts chapters joined the best chapter of MOAA at our Clambake.  We welcomed three chapter members in attendance for their first MOAA-NH event: Everett & Michelle Pratt of Dover and Kurtis Virkaitis of Brentwood.  We even had one person join on the spot – Robert Vose of Rye.

    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 to $3000.00 per academic year.  This year NINE students will receive loans.  This year the Clambake raised $3,345.00.  Thank you to all who contributed!!

    In addition to the money raised for our Chapter's Scholarship Loan fund, we held a 50/50 Raffle to support veterans organizations in New Hampshire.  Terry Bobseine (an Honorary Chapter member) collected $227.00, for the chapter's half, by measuring people's arms.  (You'd have to be there to understand.)

    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!!
 

Clambake 2018
Clambake 2018  @
Check In Here
Check In Here
Volunteers Hard At Work
Volunteers Hard At Work @
Hot Potatoes??
Hot Potatoes??  @
Socializing Before The Rain
Socializing Before The Rain
And The Rains Began
And The Rains Began @
Presenting The Colors
Presenting The Colors @
Serving The Lobster
Serving The Lobster @
The Hunts Helping To Serve
The Hunts Helping To Serve @
Bakemaster Lull & Assistant
Bakemaster Lull & Assistant @
The Servers United
The Servers United @
What A Mess to Clean Up
What A mess To Clean Up @
@ Pictures Courtesy Of Susie Burdett


Fall Meeting - Bistro Nouveau

    It was a wonderful last day of summer/beginning of fall when the chapter gathered at Bistro Nouveau at the Center at Eastman for our fall luncheon on September 22, 2018.  Although the leaves had not yet started turning, it was still a very scenic drive up to Grantham.  Bistro Nouveau has become a regular venue for chapter luncheons as the staff there has always been friendly and helpful.  99 members and guests joined together for tasty meal that people raved about.  We listened to a stirring presentation from the Reverend Jay MacLeod, Rector, The Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew, New London, NH, who spoke of his time in Bedford, England, concerning his endeavors to bring together the interfaith community there during the troubled times after the 2006 London subway bombings.  After the luncheon, many of the people stayed for a briefing and question period by chapter member COL Hunt Kerrigan, ARNG (Ret.) from Long Term Care (LTC) Partners on the 2019 TRICARE Dental and Optical Insurance Program.  We were joined by one new chapter member:  Christopher Raymond and his fiancé, Andrea Barlick, of Troy.
 

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


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, a 50/50 Raffle was run by chapter Board members Andrew Breuder and Wayne Balcom who were joined by chapter honorary member Terry Bobseine.  Together they raised $400.00 with $200.00 going to support veterans organizations in NH.  The winner of the raffle, chapter member Jim Spotts, turned around and donated his winnings 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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