New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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2018

June 23 
 
 
Eagle Mountain House, Jackson
Speaker: CAPT David S. Hunt, Portsmouth Shipyard Commander
(more info)
 August 4
 
(NEW)
Clambake, Jamaica Island, PNSY
(more info)
 September 22
  Bistro Nouveau, Grantham
Speaker: Rev. Jay MacLeod, Using Cricket to build understanding in Bedfordshire, UK
 November 10
  Annual Meeting, Nashua C. C., Nashua
Speaker: Rear Admiral Garry R. White, USN (Ret.), MOAA Board of Directors


 

Highlights of Past Events
 

2018
 

First Meeting - Portsmouth Country Club

    It was a clear, mild winter day when the chapter held its first meeting of the new year on January 27, 2018, once again at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland.  As in the past, the staff was friendly and responsive to our needs.  110 members and guests enjoyed a tasty meal choice of Baked Haddock or Roast Pork Loin.  We were there to honor the recipients of the seventh 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.  The recipients of the 2017 Awards were:

Sig Sauer with the following citation:
    In recognition of being awarded the US Army contract for the new Modular Handgun System (MHS), Sig Sauer is awarded the 2017 Granite State Warriors Award. Sig Sauer’s Model P320 will replace the Beretta M9 service pistol in use since the 1980’s. The MHS program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s over a ten year period. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted operationally in frame size and caliber.
    The Army currently plans to procure more than 280,000 of the basic design and an additional 7,000 compact versions of the P320. Orders from other military services participating in the MHS Program could result in an additional 212,000 systems. All Modular Handgun Systems will be produced in Sig Sauer facilities in New Hampshire.

DV Farm, Inc. with the following citation:
    DV Farm, Inc. is awarded the 2017 Granite State Warriors Award. Now in its third year of operation, DV Farm provides practical rehabilitation for homeless veterans via a combined program of housing and meals, animal assisted therapy, a structured work schedule, and the camaraderie of fellow veterans to facilitate reintegration back into civilian life.
    After serving seven years as an Army Ranger, Michael Rivers found himself completely lost as a civilian. Drinking, drugging, homelessness, and petty crimes became his life. After hitting bottom in 2007, he participated in the first of its kind veterans ,,program at Victory Farm, in Fitzwilliam, NH – an experience that turned his life around. With his wife Martha, also an Army veteran, Rivers became inspired to launch DV Farm in Gilsum, NH. The operating philosophy of the farm is simple and straight forward – by bringing family, security, regular meals, humor, tough love, hard work, and  unique veteran camaraderie to every resident, once lost veterans are finding honest purpose in the daily tasks of homesteading and a road to recovery. The basic requirement for entrance is that the veteran must have been unsuccessful in a prior veterans program. Ten veterans have been positively impacted by the DV Farm. Now, a 401(c)3 non profit organization, 90% of all donations are spend directly to benefit the veterans under its roof and no donor dollars go to administrative salaries.

Camp Resilience with the following citation:
    Camp Resilience is awarded the 2017 Granite State Warriors Award for its development and operation of a series of 3 to 5 day in residence camps for veterans. Located in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Camp Resilience is the operational arm of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI) – created in 2013 as a non-profit. The PRLI developed a curriculum offering a balance of recreational sporting activities, life skills training, networking and facilitated discussions about the myriad of issues confronting veterans, especially those injured, physically and emotionally, in combat deployments. All expenses are paid for by the PRLI.
    To date, Camp Resilience has conducted over 29 Camp Resilience sessions serving over 250 veterans from all over New England
    Camp Resilience – Helping Veterans Bounce Back in Mind, Body and Spirit

    Letters of congratulation for the Granite State Warriors Award recipients were recieved from US Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen.  The award presentation to Sig Sauer was also written up in the Portsmouth HeraldRead the article.

    Afterwards, Chapter President, CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.), called chapter honorary member, Terry Bobseine, to the podium to present her with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the chapter for all the work she has done for the chapter.  She performed above and beyond all expectations last August at our annual clambake.

    We were joined by six first time members:  Donald & Sandra Morrissey of Gilford, Denise Bevis of Newmarket, Kenneth McCann of Dover and Jere & Carol Ericson of Concord.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
More Socializing
More Socializing
Yet More Socializing
Yet More Socializing
January Luncheon
January Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Head Table-1
Head Table-1
Head Table-2
Head Table-2
GSWA - Sig Sauer
GSWA - Sig Sauer
GSWA - DV Farm
GSWA - DV Farm
GSWA - Camp Resilience
GSWA - Camp Resilience
Terry Bobseine
Terry Bobseine


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



 

2017
 

Summer Meeting - White Mountain Hotel and Resort

    On June 10, 2017 the chapter, for the fourth time, held its summer meeting and luncheon at the White Mountain Hotel and Resort near Conway, NH.  The week-end weather was unusually clear and bright which allowed those who arrived on the previous day the chance to play golf at the Hale’s Location Golf Course adjacent to the hotel.  Although the usual luncheon attendance was diminished by June graduations, weddings and vacations, the 70 members and guests who did attend the luncheon were rewarded with the spectacular view from the semi-circular dining through its large ceiling to floor windows while they enjoyed several entrees provided by the hotel staff in their usual efficient and cheerful manner.  The chapter was pleased to have Senator Maggie Hassan, the newest member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation, join us for a short address at the beginning of the luncheon.  Although her schedule did not allow her to remain for the meal, she was able to arrive early and meet some of the members.  Following dessert and coffee, the members adjourned to the nearby Echo Ballroom where they were given a presentation by our guest speaker, Mr. Charles Summers, Executive Director of  Veterans Count of ME, NH and VT.  He discussed the needs of service members and their families that arise during ongoing deployments and how Veterans Count makes available the funds that Easter Seals of New Hampshire then uses to provide the necessary services to those people.  His presentation was followed by a question and answer period after which the meeting was adjourned.
 

Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
June Luncheon
June Luncheon
Sen Hassan
Sen Hassan
Charles Summers
Guest Speaker


Annual Clambake

    The Chapter "dodged a bullet" concerning the weather on the day of our annual Clambake, held at Jamaica Island on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) on August 5, 2017.  The weather people had forecast showers in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.  There were periods of rain in the morning resulting in a few umbrellas being broken out.  However, that did not deter the 297 members, families and guests who attended to enjoy our traditional feast of clam chowder, lobster or steak, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, onions, rolls and watermelon.  The attendance was down a bit this year, which may be an unfortunate result of our membership getting on in years!  We were honored to have US Senator Maggie Hassan join us this year.  In addition, we were joined by two members from MOAA national in Alexandria, VA - RADM Garry White, USN (Ret.), a member of MOAA's Board of Directors, and Col James O'Brien, USAF (Ret.), MOAA's COO.  Once again we welcomed the Shipyard Commander, CAPT David S. Hunt, USN and his wife Cheryl, as well as several of his staff and their wives.  Again, we were honored to have a US Navy color guard from the Shipyard Clinic present the colors.  After that ceremony, Col O'Brien presented Chapter President CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.) with a medallion signifying the Chapter being recognized as a 5 Star Chapter for 2016 (FIFTEENTH year in a row!) in MOAA's annual Level of Excellence Award contest.

    This was the second year for our Chapter Bakemaster, COL Ken Lull, USA (Ret.).  Ably asisted 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.  The two "chow lines" made the serving much quicker.  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 were joined by six chapter members in attendance for their first MOAA-NH event: Andrew Corrow & Chris Briand, Carl & Diana Johnson and Chester & Tammy Parks.  We even had one person join on the spot - Michael Moffett.

    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 of $3,000.00.  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 $223.00, 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!!
 

Jamaica Island Pavillion
Jamaica Island Pavillion
Volunteers hard at work
Volunteers hard at work
Boiling the Lobsters
Boiling the Lobsters
Cooking the Steaks
Cooking the Steaks
Check in here
Check in here
Presenting the Colors
Presenting the Colors
US Senator Hassan
US Senator Hassan
CDR Burdett w/ 5 Star Banner
Burdett w/ 5 Star Banner
The Lobster Line
The Lobster Line
Sen Kelly Ayotte Serving
Sen Kelly Ayotte Serving
The Steak Line
The Steak Line


Fall Meeting - Inn on Main

    The day began overcast and gloomy, but by mid-day the sun came out and the afternoon was clear and bright when the chapter held our fall luncheon and meeting on September 16, 2017 at the Inn on Main in Wolfeboro, NH.  The members had a challenge getting through all the tourists in Wolfeboro to get to the venue.  This was the first time we have visited this location and everyone raved how attractive the setting was.  Although the service was rather slow, the 127 members and guests enjoyed a tasty meal with good conversation and fellowship.  We were pleased to have Michael Culver, Executive Director of the Wright Museum of WW II in Wolfeboro as our guest speaker.  He presented an overview of the museum and its goal to not let history be forgotten by providing lectures and presentations to school groups and others.  He emphasized an ongoing exhibit “The American Soldier, A Photographic Tribute, The Civil War to the War in Iraq.”  He did not want to say too much about the museum itself as we were going to have a free tour of the museum after the luncheon.  Those that went on the tour were very impressed with what they saw!  We were also pleased to have three members from the Wright Museum Board – Anne Blodget, Mary Collins and Carole Wright, widow of the museum’s founder.  We were joined by twelve first time attendees and three potential members:  Andy & Peggy Beaule of Bedford, Geoffrey Corson of Rochester, Thomas & Susan Dalton of Melrose, MA, Sidney & Susan Katz of Nashua, Eric Murdock of Plymouth, Ronald & Diane Nadreau of Hudson, and Robert & Carolyn Schroeder of Hooksett. The potential members were Bob & Lori Kline of Wolfeboro and Robert Viscio of Wolfeboro.  We hope they join!
 

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
Wright Museum
Wright Museum


Annual Meeting - Nashua Country Club

    It was a breezy, chilly, crisp autumn day but the golfers were out at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua where the chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on November 4, 2017.  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 by chapter member CDR Sharon Day, USN (Ret.) about the insights, organization, and resources she used in relocating her 94 year old mother cross country to New Hampshire, and the lessons learned along the way.  Those in attendance found it very informative!  Prior to the luncheon, a 50/50 Raffle was run by chapter Board member-elect Jim LeFebvre to raise money to support veterans organizations in New Hampshire.  $334.00 was raised by the raffle, $167.00 for the chapter.  The winner of the raffle turned around and donated his winnings to the chapter Scholarship Loan Fund.  What a noble person!  The MOAA-NH Virtual Store was also open for business, holding a 50% off sale on hats, challenge coins and golf balls.  The store took in $145.00 for the chapter.  Not too shabby
    105 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.  Outgoing chapter president CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) called on all the previous chapter presidents who were present to stand and be acknowledged as he pointed out the chapter's fifteenth medallion signifying being recognized as a 5-Star Level of Excellence Chapter recipient by MOAA.  We were pleased to have as our guest of honor, Major General "Buck" Marr, USAF (Ret.), former MOAA national Board Member, who 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.  Following the swearing in, Peter turned over the gavel to incoming President, CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.), and they exchanged president and past president lapel pins.  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.  Following the meal, our speaker, Maj Gen Marr, warmed up the group with several amusing stories before getting into the somewhat depressing subject of "Legislative Update" and what is happening in Congress with regard to military and veterans benefits according to MOAA.  He did not paint a very rosy picture for the future.  Notwithstanding the subject, General Marr's candor was appreciated by all present.  We were joined by six first time attendees:  Harold & Gail Mahar of Nashua, Eric Murdock of Plymouth, Laurence Sanford of Tewksbury, MA and Stephen & Melinda Tourangeau of Hollis.
 

Business Meeting
Business Meeting
Spouses Program
Spouses Program
Check In Here
Check In Here
I'll Have A Bloddy Mary
I'll Have A Bloody Mary
November Luncheon
November Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Swearing In
Swearing In
Change of Command
Change of Command
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift



 

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