The Granite Slate
NH Counties

March 2005
Published quarterly for the information of members of the NH Chapter of MOAA 
P.O. Box 712, Dover, NH 03820
Volume 26, No. 1

By Paul L. Bernard
Some may wonder why recruiting new members for the Chapter is considered so important.  The answer is quite simple—more members equal a louder voice.  The Chapter is involved in many different activities including legislative activities both locally and at the national level.  When the Chapter President or a Board members talks with an elected official, the weight given to the President’s or Board member’s opinion is dependent upon the size of the group represented.  In our case, the size of the Chapter. 
Over the past few years, the Chapter has been very successful in helping to influence Legislators on several issues.  Just a few years ago, then President Bancroft McKittrick recommended to a Legislative committee that the state property tax credit for war time veterans be increased from $50 to $500.  This supported an ongoing effort by many different veterans organizations and Legislators.  Today, the state law has been changed and many towns and cities have increased the tax credit to some value between $50 and $500.  This success is a direct result of the various veterans groups working together toward a common goal and using the collective voices of New Hampshire veterans to effect change. 

The bottom line here is that having more members in the Chapter translates to a louder voice when addressing elected officials to solicit their support for various pieces of legislation.  Further, more Chapter members also means

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Coming Events


May 14  Holiday Inn, Nashua
              Speaker:  RADM David P. Pekoske, USCG,
              Commander, First Coast Guard District
Jun 25    Hobo RR
Aug 6    Clambake, PNSY
Sep 17   Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett
              Speaker: Rick Wilcox,
             "Mountain Climbing in the Himalayans"
Nov 12   Manchester C. C., Bedford
               Speaker:  TBA


Jan 21    Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nashua
              Speaker: R. Bancroft McKittrick, Col USMC
              (Ret.); Non-Lethal Weapons Development
Mar 11   Highlander Inn, Manchester
              Speaker: John Clayton, Union Leader
May 6    Snowy Owl Inn, Waterville Valley
             Speaker: Joan M. Huber CAPT, NC, USN
              (Ret); “Inside the Real West Wing”
Jun 24    Mt. Washington Cruise, Lake Winnipesauke
Aug 5    Clambake, PNSY
Sep 23   Steele Hill Resorts, Sanbornton
             Karen Wadsworth, Clerk of the NH House;
             “Inside the Legislature”
Nov 4    Manchester C. C., Bedford
             Speaker: Admiral Samuel DeBow, NOAA

Chapter Officers
President LTC John A. Graham, USA (Ret) (603) 472-4637
Vice President CAPT Joan M. Huber, NC, USN (Ret.) (603) 863-5731
Secretary Col Mary E. Moran, USAF (Ret.) (603) 293-7841
Treasurer COL Richard L. Dennis, USMC (Ret) (603) 362-4981


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