New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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Upcoming Events
 

2020

June 20
CANCELLED
White Mountain Hotel and Resort, North Country
August 1
CANCELLED
Clambake, PNSY
September 19
CANCELLED
TBD
November 7
TO BE DETERMINED Nashua Country Club
Annual Meeting


 

Highlights of Past Events

2020
 

First Meeting - Portsmouth Country Club

    Rain was forecast, but fortunately it held off until evening so the day was clear and crisp when the Chapter held its first luncheon and meeting of 2020 on January 25th at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH.  97 members and guests enjoyed a tasty meal choice of Baked Lemon Crusted Haddock, Medallions of Beef or Apple Cranberry Stuffed Chicken Breast.  We were there to honor the recipients of the ninth 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.
    Prior to the GSWA presentation, CDR Bruce F. Avery, USN (Ret.) was called to the podium to present him with a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Chapter for service set forth in the attached citation.  His wife, Shirley, was presented with a bouquet in recognition of her contributions with Bruce.  Chapter President, CWO4 Bob Jaffin, USN (Ret.) then read a letter from MOAA national congratulating the New Hampshire Chapter on forty years of existence and service to the community.
    The recipient of the 2019 Granite State Warriors Award was Long Term Care (LTC) Partners, Newington, NH, cited in the attached citation.  As part of the presentation, letters of congratulations from US Senators Maggie Hassan  and Jeanne Shaheen were read by Bob Jaffin.  Finally two Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) were recognized – CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) of New Hampshire and LTC Brenda M. Pennels, USAR of Maine (both New Hampshire Chapter members).
    We were joined by two first time members:  Arthur Beauchesne of Nottingham and Barry Waddell of York Harbor, ME.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing
Socializing
January Luncheon
January Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Avery Certificate
Avery Certificate
The Avery's
The Avery's
Paul Forte & Bob Jaffin
Paul Forte & Bob Jaffin
Bruce Avery & Paul Forte
Bruce Avery & Paul Forte
Paul Forte
Paul Forte
Group Picture w/ CASAs
Group Picture w/ CASAs


2019
 

Spring Meeting - Common Man Inn & Spa

    The day began dreary and raining.  By the afternoon most of the rain had abated but it was still dreary!  That did not deter the large group of chapter members and guests (112 in total) who braved the weather and recent floods in the area to arrive once again at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth, NH on April 27, 2019, for the chapter’s Spring Meeting.  Prior to the meal, chapter member Lt Col Wayne Balcom, USAF (Ret.) and honorary member Terry Bobseine conducted a 50/50 fund raiser to support veterans organizations within the state that garnered almost $320.  The winner, LT Bob Pelletier, USN (Ret.), donated back his winnings for the benefit of our veterans outreach program.  After the meal that was enjoyed by most, we were honored to have as our guest speaker General David G. Perkins, USA (Ret.), a New Hampshire native and now resident.  Gen Perkins last duty in the Army was as commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).  He gave a thorough and amusing presentation on a number of current topics relating to the Army.  After his talk, Chapter President CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.) called on chapter member CDR Peter S. Burdett, USN (Ret.) who gave a lengthy recap of his recent “Storming the Hill” with MOAA in Washington, DC, where nation-wide Councils and Chapters argue for important issues, with the various Congressional delegations, affecting the military and veterans.  Peter then went on to cover several other topics.  Warren Coulter then 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 fourth year in a row.  That was followed by a presentation from Kathy Flynn of Easter Seals who updated everyone on Veterans Count, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in the state.  After several other announcements, the luncheon came to an end.  We were joined by one first time chapter member: Kevin Sullivan and his wife, Marina, from Boscawen.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


Summer Meeting - White Mountain Hotel and Resort

    It was a beautiful, sunny day when the chapter returned to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort for their summer meeting on June 22, 2019.  The drive north was not as bad as it has been in the past! 82 members and guests enjoyed the scenic view from the dining room of the hotel and feasted on a delicious choice of Marinated Beef Tips or Chicken Cordon Bleu.  We were honored to have as our guest speaker, CAPT Mark J. Winter, USN (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force, Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) and son of chapter member CDR Steven J. Winter, USN (Ret.).  He gave a very thorough briefing of the history of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba and its current use as a detention facility for enemy combatants.  Throughout his talk, he emphasized the difference between “policy” and “politics” and how they impacted on decisions regarding the treatment of those confined at “Gitmo”.  The thought provoking presentation was well received by all present.  The luncheon and his presence were written up in the local newspaper, The Conway Daily Sun.  You can read the article here. We were joined by six members for whom this was their first event:  William & Laura Birkmaier, Jr. of Lebanon, John & Kimberley Buck of Hampton and David & Beverly Dunning of Elkins.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing Before Lunch
Socializing Before Lunch
June Luncheon
June Luncheon
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift


Annual Clambake

    Each day of the week leading up to the day of the Clambake, the forecast was for a clear and sunny day; however, on the morning of August 3, 2019, the day of the Clambake, the forecasters changed their forecast to scattered thunderstorms.  And it did!!  Notwithstanding the intermittent rain and thunder, it did not damper the enthusiasm of the majority of the 211 members, families and guests who had signed up, from enjoying our traditional feast of clam chowder, lobster or steak, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, onions, rolls and watermelon. Unfortunately the attendance was down again this year as the overall chapter membership is down.  Again we welcomed the Shipyard Commander, CAPT David S. Hunt, USN and his wife Cheryl, a chapter member.  We were honored to have a US Navy color guard from the Shipyard Clinic again this year.

    Once again, our Chapter Bakemaster, COL Ken Lull, USA (Ret.), ably assisted by his second-in-command, Lt Col Joe Daley, USAF (Ret.), and Drinksmaster, CW5 Bernie Satterfield, USA (Ret.), succeeded in putting on an outstanding Clambake in spite of the weather.  We were pleased to be joined by former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, wife of Chapter member Joe Daley, who once again was put to work on the serving line to earn her dinner!  US Representative Chris Pappas stopped by and was put to work on the serving line.  BG Donald Bolduc, USA (Ret.), a brand new member of the chapter, and CAPT Hunt and wife were also manning the serving line.  We were joined again by neighboring MOAA chapters for our now famous Clambake.  Several "south of the border" Massachusetts chapters joined the best chapter of MOAA at our Clambake.  We welcomed four chapter members in attendance for their first MOAA-NH event: Kevin & Evelyn Ray of Sanbornville, Arthur Ricca of Merrimack and Robin Tyner of Exeter.  We even had five people join on the spot – Donald & Sharon Bolduc of Stratham, Dennis & Denise Howe of New Ipswich, and David Hunt, in anticipation of his retirement.  Dean & Schelly Rondeau of Wolfeboro rejoined the chapter.

    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 and $3000.00 per academic year.  This year NINE students will receive loans.  This year the Clambake raised $2,114.00.  Thank you to all who contributed!!

    In addition to the money raised for our Chapter's Scholarship Loan fund, Chapter Board members collected $155.00 to support veterans organizations in New Hampshire.  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!!
 

Check In Here
Check In Here Ø
Volunteers Hard At Work
Volunteers Hard At Work Ø
The Cooking Area
The Cooking Area
The Serving Area
The Serving Area Ø
Parade the Colors
Parade the Colors Ø
Bakemaster Ken Lull
Bakemaster Ken Lull Ø
Socializing
Socializing
Kelly Ayotte on the Serving Line
Kelly Ayotte Serving Ø
Lining Up For Food
Lining Up For Food Ø
Clambake 2019
Clambake 2019 Ø
Enjoying the Meal
Enjoying the Meal Ø
BG Bolduc Greeting People
BG Bolduc Greeting People Ø
Enjoying the Meal
Enjoying the Meal Ø
Outside Under Cover
Outside Under Cover Ø
50/50 Winner
50/50 Winner Ø
The New Clambake Trailer
The New Clambake Trailer
Ø Pictures Courtesy Of Kent Whitman


Fall Meeting - Bistro Nouveau

    It was a beautiful Indian Summer day when the chapter held its fall meeting and luncheon on September 21, 2019. 75 chapter members and their guests made the trip once again to Bistro Nouveau at the Center at Eastman in Grantham, NH.  This has become a regular stop for our September luncheons.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and good company.  After the repast, they listened to the guest speaker, FR. Jeff Paveglio, Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, and a Captain in the NH National Guard, talk about his experiences serving as a Chaplain in today’s National Guard.  He covered several topics, such as suicide and the problem of honesty in the military citing the problem of NG and Reserve units not having the same time to complete training requirements as regular units.  He indicated that some commanders end up doing some of the training but report that they did it all.  After his presentation, there were a number of questions from those present.  We were joined by two first time attendees: Lee & Anne Cheshire of Belmont.
 

Socializing Before Lunch
Socilaizing Before Lunch
Boyle, Paveglio, Jaffin
Boyle, Paveglio, Jaffin
September Luncheon
September Luncheon
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift
Pictures Courtesy of Dino Vlahakis, Kent Whitman & Susie Burdett


Annual Meeting - Nashua Country Club

    It was a very cold November day when the chapter once again held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Nashua Country Club on November 9, 2019.  It was also a celebration of the chapter’s fortieth anniversary!  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.  We are sad to note that Marilyn will be retiring at the end of this year.  We will miss her!
    There was no spouses and friends meeting this year in conjunction with the members' business meeting due to several factors.  Prior to the luncheon, chapter Board members Andrew Breuder and Wayne Balcom raised $131.00 to support veterans organizations in NH.  Also during the social hour, Senator Maggie Hassan stopped by to meet and greet chapter members.
    Prior to the start of the luncheon, chapter member, LTC Brenda Pennels, USAR, of Martin’s Point Health Care gave a briefing on their new health care plan for those members who are currently enrolled in TRICARE for Life (TFL).
    103 members and guests participated in the traditional playing of all the service marches.  Unfortunately, this year no one was present from NOAA or USPHS to stand up for their marches.  Chapter president CAPT F. Warren Coulter, USN (Ret.) announced the chapter's seventeenth consecutive year being recognized as a 5-Star Level of Excellence Chapter recipient by MOAA.  Outgoing chapter president CAPT Coulter 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. 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 delighted in a delicious meal as always excellently prepared by the staff of the club.  In addition, people enjoyed a piece of the anniversary cake after it was ceremonially cut by first time chapter attendees at the luncheon.  We were pleased to have as our guest speaker, LTC Shawn Buck, USA (Ret.), Director of the NH State Veterans Cemetery, who gave an interesting and informative discussion of the cemetery at Boscawen.  He also fielded a number of pertinent questions from the members.  As a speaker’s gift LTC Buck was given a one year membership in the chapter!  We were joined by four first time attendees:  Emile & Mary Ann Anderson of Nashua and Fran Tannian & Neal Brown of Lenanon.
 

Anniversary Cake
40th Anniversary Cake
Business Meeting
Business Meeting
Check In
Check In
Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan
50/50 Raffle
50/50 Raffle
Swearing In
Swearing In
Passing the Gavel
Passing the Gavel
Cutting the Cake
Cutting the Cake
Head Table
Head Table
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift



 

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