In this section we hope to share the good news, accomplishments and other items of interest from chapter members and their families worthy of recognition! If anyone has read an article on-line that you would like to include here, please email the link to email@example.com so that we may share the news with our members.
Congratulations to chapter member LTC Brenda M. Pennels, USAR who has been appointed as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for the state of Maine. See photos.
Congratulations to chapter member CW5 Bernard L. Satterfield, USA (Ret.) who was chosen by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team to throw out the first pitch at a Fisher Cats home game (8/22/2018) on behalf of Eastern Propane and Oil to recognize Veterans, enlisted Military and their employers for work within the various New Hampshire communities. See photo.
Congratulations to chapter member CW5 Bernard L. Satterfield, USA (Ret.) who received a Director's Coin from Alfred J. Montoya, Director of the Manchester VAMC, in recognition of 40 years of service. See photo.
Congratulations to chapter president COL H. Allen (Chad) Chadwick, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, for his efforts in executing another successful Sail Portsmouth in 2015. Read the letter to the editor in SeacoastOnline.
Congratulations to chapter member COL Roger A. Sevigny, USA (Ret.), New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner, who has been named chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, a policy group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Congratulations to US Senator Kelly Ayotte (wife of chapter member Lt Col Joe Daley, USAF (Ret.)) who received MOAA's Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of strong and consistent support of national defense and the uniformed services community, including her role in leading the successful fight to repeal unfair cuts to military retiree benefits. Read the press release.
Congratulations to chapter member CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) who has been appointed as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for the state of New Hampshire. It's good to see a Navy person helping out the Army! See photo.
The COVID-19 pandemic usurped MOAA’s efforts to Storm the Hill in March of this year. One of the positive byproducts of the pandemic constraints was MOAA’s Virtual Storming the Hill. With an army of stormers previously primed to lead their signature event in March, MOAA was in a good position to recall those forces and revector them to an alternative method of storming. While health care was the center of their planned storm in March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a re-look at the topic to ensure it remained relevant.
MOAA was quite explicit this year about keeping a very narrow focus: medial billet reductions and MTF closures. Chapter President Bob Jaffin and Government Relations Liaison Peter Burdett conducted the virtual storming on March 27, 2020, with staff members from all four of our Congressional Delegation. Bob and Peter had already been talking to various staff members of the delegation, had forwarded a house letter of support that MOAA national has asked us to share with and ask support for, and in doing so Bob suggested that our senators draft a similar letter.
Congressman Pappas’s office took the lead and was very engaged with the meeting. His representative said that Congressman Pappas is supportive of the Medical Treatment Facility issue. The other three representatives were not as enthuiasitc or supportive. This was a fairly short (and hopefully more impactful) meeting and we focused only on the health care issues and a new commissary at Pease to free up badly needed space at the shipyard while alleviating the access, capacity, selection and security issues related to the facilities at the yard. Overall, Bob felt it was a very productive meeting.
New Hampshire Chapter Appoints New Auxiliary Liaison
Surviving spouse members are recognized in both the national and New Hampshire arenas as being a very important component of MOAA. They possess many skills and talents, understand the challenges of military life, and appreciate the sacrifices made by service members and their families. They are a valuable resource for our organization.
At the April MOAA-NH Board of Directors’ meeting, Gwen Devoe was appointed as our chapter’s new Auxiliary Liaison, the primary point of contact for the legislative and benefits issues concerning our surviving spouses. She relieves Beverly Kemp of Peterborough who performed this important duty faithfully for five years, and for which MOAA-NH is most grateful and appreciative. Gwen is a surviving spouse herself, having lost her husband of 26 years in 2012. When asked if she would accept the Auxiliary Liaison office she said, “I am honored. It is important that they (our surviving spouses) be remembered as well, and if I can help ease their burdens in getting them the information that they need after a loved one has died, I am more than happy to do so.”
Gwen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 603-501-0994, or by writing her at 319 Post Rd., Greenland, NH 03840-2318.
MOAA-NH President Pete Burdett with Auxiliary Liaison Gwendolen Devoe
CHAPTER RECEIVES EIGHTEENTH 5-STAR AWARD "MEDALLION"
CHAPTER RECEIVES COMMUNICATIONS AWARD FROM MOAA FOR 2019
CHAPTER SUPPORTS CHRISTMAS AT THE TILTON HOME
NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP LOAN PROGRAM
The NH Chapter Scholarship Loan program was established in 1985. Loans are made with funds donated by the chapter membership, and the program is managed by a Scholarship Committee as established in the chapter by-laws. Over 65 students have been assisted by this program since it began.
NOTE: Contributions to the Scholarship Loan Program are NOT tax deductible as the Program is not an IRS 501(c)(3) catrgory non-profit organization.
Eligibility is restricted to children and grandchildren of chapter members. Loans are interest-free, and are only granted to college level undergraduate students.
Repayment of a loan is expected to begin six months after completion of a student’s academic program at the rate of 1/50th of the loan per month. Repayment of subsequent loans to the same student will be at the same rate, commencing in sequence each year from the date that repayment of the first loan begins.
Portions of a student’s loan(s) may be forgiven, based on academic performance, at the discretion of the scholarship committee.
The scholarship committee meets in June each year to review applications. Applicants are considered based on merit, not need. The amount of a loan will be based on funds available and the number of students applying. Currently the loan amounts are either $2,000.00 or $3,000.00.
Application forms may be obtained by contacting: Col. Joe DiChiaro, P.O. Box 865, Londonderry, NH 03050. Telephone: (603) 363-2396. Email: email@example.com.
Check out the photo of a recent scholarship recipient.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE APPROVES 9 FOR LOANS
The Scholarship Loan Committee met on July 9, 2019 to consider applications for loans for the 2019-2020 academic year. Nine applications were approved. In accordance with the change of policy. first year student applicants receive $2000 and continuing students receive $3000.
For all of you that go south for the winter (or at any other time), we need your help. In order to keep our mailing list current, we need to know your alternate address where you go (other than in NH). Please help us out by providing your other mailing address to include street, city, state, ZIP +4 and phone number (if available) and the approximate dates that you are out of New Hampshire. This way you can continue to receive important information about your chapter. Please provide the information to MOAA-NH at PO Box 712, Dover, NH 03821-0712 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
SOME INTERESTING NH CHAPTER STATISTICS
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JULY 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The Board of Directors meets once a month on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, currently at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord, NH. All chapter members are welcome to attend any Board meetings. If a chapter member has any item they wish to put before the Board, please send it to any of the chapter officers listed on the "Contacts" page of this web site.
(The Chapter hopes to keep its membership informed of important items/issues that were brought up, discussed, or voted on by the Board of Directors at their most recent meeting.) The file format is PDF. You will need Adobe Reader in order to open and read it. If you don't have Adobe Reader, click on the icon to download it.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
ELECTION RESULTS !!
The following are the results of the elections for Chapter officers and Board members held at the Annual Meeting of the Chapter, November 9, 2019:
Chapter Officers (One year term)
|President||CWO4 Robert D. Jaffin, USN (Ret.)|
|Vice President||CPT James R. LeFebvre, USAR|
|Secretary||CDR Michael A. McLean, USN (Ret.)|
|Treasurer||CDR James R. Day, Jr., USN (Ret.)|
Board of Directors (Three year term)
CDR Bruce F. Avery, USN (Ret.)
1LT Janis Ikstrums, USA
CAPT David B. Frye, USN (Ret.)
CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.)
Board of Directors (Two year term)
CW3 David A. Hadley, USA (Ret.)
MOAA-NH CHAPTER TAPS
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2012 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2013 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2014 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2015 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2016 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2017 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members deceased since the 2018 Annual Meeting
A list of chapter members
deceased since the 2019 Annual Meeting
MOAA-NH PAST PRESIDENTS
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