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Help Wanted
Submitted by Tom Cocchiaro, Chairman of The Ranger Foundation, Inc

(At the Chapter meeting on March 23, 2002 at Yoken’s in Portsmouth, our guest speaker was Tom Cocchiaro, Chairman of the Ranger Foundations, Inc.  Tom has established the Ranger Foundation with the goal to build a replica of the ship captained by John Paul Jones – the Ranger.   In his quest for donations to support his vision, Tom also is looking for some volunteers to assist in the Foundations first fundraising event.  Although this is not a TROA sponsored event, John Paul Jones and the Ranger are part of our military history and have a strong link to New England.  The following information was provided by Tom, in the hope that some TROA members would like to become involved and/or assist in the fundraising event. – Ed.)

The Ranger Foundation is hosting its first major fundraising event, set for mid October at Yoken’s Restaurant and Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH.  The actual date will be published later.  The dinner is being made possible through the generosity of Yoken’s Restaurant.  Plans for the event include entertainment, special recognitions, a silent auction and a keynote address by author Evan Thomas. 

Evan Thomas has been assistant managing editor at Newsweek since 1991. He is the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features. He has written more than a hundred cover stories for Newsweek, on subjects ranging from war to politics to celebrity profiles.  His projects often include historical topics (the dropping of the atom bomb; JFK’s assassination; most recently the fall of Saigon).  Thomas has appeared on numerous television shows and has authored four books.  He currently is writing another book about the life of John Paul Jones which is scheduled to be published in 2003. He is excited about coming to Portsmouth to share his research with the community and to visit the places where Jones lived and worked while in Portsmouth.  Thomas is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the First Amendment. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

Fundraising Dinner Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to serve on the dinner committee in a number of capacities such as sponsor solicitation, logistics, invitation mailings, guest list generation, silent auction solicitation and management, decorations and publicity. Those interested in helping may contact the foundation via email at info@rangerfoundation.org or by phone at (603) 433- 3221.

By Paul Bernard
In the last edition of the Granite Slate, I reported that the MEDIPLUS TRICARE supplement for those retirees under age 65, which is endorsed by TROA, was not available in New Hampshire.  It is my understanding that the underwriter for the MEDIPLUS plan, Hartford Insurance Company, has resubmitted the plan to the New Hampshire Department of Insurance for approval.  I will try to keep Chapter members informed of any updates through articles in this newsletter.  Once again, if a member has the MEDIPLUS supplement, there should be no problems – the only issue is that they cannot issue new policies in New Hampshire.

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