New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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2017

November 4
Annual Meeting, Nashua C. C., Nashua
Speaker: Major General Buck Marr, USAF (Ret.), former MOAA Board Member
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Highlights of Past Events
 

2017
 

First Meeting - Portsmouth Country Club

    It was a crisp. clear winter day when the chapter held its first meeting of the new year on January 28, 2017 at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland.  Once again we returned to the Portsmouth C. C. where the staff was cooperative, friendly and presented attractive meals to the 102 members and guests in attendance.  We were there to honor the recipients as we presented the sixth 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 2016 Awards were:

Joe Byron, Executive Director and Founder of Honor Flight New England with the following citation:
    Joe Byron, Executive Director and Founder of Honor Flight New England is awarded the 2016 Granite State Warriors Award. Founded in the Spring of 2009 to transport America’s World War II Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices. In the Spring of 2016, Honor Flight New England began also transporting Korean War Veterans. These trips are provided at no cost to the veterans. To date, 42 flights have been launched serving 1,474 veterans.  Honor Flight New England – one more tour with honor.

Harbor Homes with the following citation:
    In recognition of the work done in direct support of New Hampshire Veterans under its Veterans FIRST Program, Harbor Homes is awarded the 2016 Granite State Warriors Award. Veterans FIRST includes Veterans FIRST Transitional Housing, Veterans FIRST Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Veterans FIRST Permanent Supportive and Affordable Housing Programs and Supporting Services for Veterans Families Program including primary medical and dental care. Through the efforts of Harbor Homes, more than 1,000 veteran households moved from homelessness to independence and more than 650 homeless veterans have obtained employment.

    After receiving his award, Joe Byron showed a short, moving video of a number of veterans' reflections on their trips to Washington, DC.  Unfortunately, no one representing Harbor Homes was present to receive their award.  Click here to read the article from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

    A letter of congratulation for the Granite State Warriors Award recipients was recieved from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  (Click here to read the letter.)  The New Hampshire Chapter wishes to acknowledge the support of $300.00 provided by USAA.

    Afterwards, chapter member, COL Cal Hosmer, III, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Scholarship Loan Committee, gave a brief history of the chapter's Scholarship Loan Program form its beginning in 1984 with $750.00 in the bank to the present with over a quarter of a million dollars in assets.  The chapter has helped over 90 students with interest-free loans over the years, without anyone defaulting on repaying their loans.  Cal is stepping down as Chairman this summer; so in recognition of his years of dedication to the program, he was presented with a plaque by his successor, COL Joe DiChiaro, USAF (Ret.) [See photo below].

    Chapter webmaster, CDR Michael McLean, USN (Ret.), was called to the podium by the chapter president, (CDR Pater Burdett, USN (Ret.), to receive a medallion signifying the chapter's website being chosen as a Five Star Wbsite for 2015 by MOAA national in their Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award competition.

    Prior to the luncheon, chapter member, CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.), held a 50/50 Raffle to support veterans organizations in New Hampshire.  He collected $136.00, for the chapter's half, by measuring people's arms.  (You'd have to be there to understand.) [See photo below]  We were joined by four first time members:  Hunt & Stephanie Kerrigan of Durham and William & Donna Luti of Hebron.  We also welcomed four potential members as guests (who in fact joined the chapter at the luncheon - they must have enjoyed themselves!):  Kennard Goldsmith, Jr. & his fiance, Nancy Grimes, and DiJon & James Fasoli of Amherst.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
50/50 Raffle
50/50 Raffle
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
January Luncheon
January Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Joe Byron
Joe Byron
Cal Hosmer
Cal Hosmer


Spring Meeting - Common Man Restaurant

    It was a beautiful spring day when the chapter held its second meeting and luncheon of the year on April 29, 2017.  102 members and guests made the scenic drive up to Plymouth to the Common Man Inn and Spa.  This was our third visit there and the staff was as friendly and cooperative as before.  Once again the meal choices were delicious and received high praise.  Chapter President CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) gave a run down of his visit to Washington, DC as part of MOAA's "Storm the Hill" to brief our Congressional delegation on items of importance to MOAA. (Click here to see a summary of the items.)  He also 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 second year in a row.  Peter placed a medallion on our chapter banner to signify that.  Two of the recipients of the Granite State Warriors Awards (GSWA), who were not able to be present at our January meeting to receive their plaques, were presented with them at the luncheon.  Barry Conway received an award on behalf of Harbor Homes (see citation above in the First Meeting write-up) and former US Senator (and chapter spouse) Kelly Ayotte received an award for all the work she had done in the US Senate on behalf of numerous programs for the military and in support of veterans and their families.  Our guest speaker, Col Bill Davis, USAF, Vice Commander 157 Air Refueling Wing, Pease ANGB, NH spoke on the past history and future of air refuling and, in particular, the new KC-46A, the next generation tanker, that will be coming to Pease in the near future.  His talk generated a number of questions from those present.  We were joined by three first time chapter members:  Raymond D'Amante of Concord, Douglas Putney of Concord and James Spotts of Litchfield.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
Kelly Ayotte Socializing
Kelly Ayotte Socializing
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Barry Conway
Barry Conway
Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


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



 

2016
 

Annual Meeting - Nashua Country Club

    It was a beautiful, crisp autumn day when the chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on November 5, 2016 at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua.  Once again, the staff of the country club was extremely helpful, especially Scott Hobden, Clubhouse Manager, and Marilyn DiFillipo who bent over backwards to accomodate our every requirement.
    While the members' business meeting was going on, the spouses and friends listened to Susie Burdett, wife of chapter president-elect Peter Burdett, who spoke on the importance of physical therapy after major joint surgery.  Her talk was well received by all in attendance!  Prior to the luncheon, a 50/50 raffle was run by chapter vice president-elect Warren Coulter to raise money to support the NH Veterans Home and other chapter charities.  $293.00 was raised by the raffle, $147.00 for the chapter!
    120 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 COL H. Allen "Chad" Chadwick, USA (Ret.) called all the previous chapter presidents who were present to the podium (see "5 Star Streamer" picture below) as he presented the Battle Streamer that he received at the MOAA Annual Meeting in recognition for the fourteenth year in a row of our chapter being selected as a 5 Star Chapter to incoming chapter president CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.).  We were pleased to have as our guest of honor, Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus and Elazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College.  Dr. Wright 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, "Chad" turned over the gavel to Peter 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 feasted on a delicious meal of either Top Sirloin Club Steak or Stuffed Sole w/ Julienne Vegetables, as always excellently prepared by the staff of the club.  Following the meal, we listened to a detailed summary by Dr. Wright of his new book containing stories and vignettes of individuals who fought in Vietnam, focusing on the human face of war.  We were joined by three chapter members for whom this was their first meeting:  Lewis Chipola of Nashua and Harold & Beverly Wilber of Dover.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
5 Star Streamer
5 Star Streamer
Swearing In
Swearing In
Outgoing & Incoming Presidents
Outgoing & Incoming Pres
November Luncheon
November Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift



 

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