New Hampshire Chapter - Military Officers Association of America

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2022


 
 
5 November 2022
  Annual Meeting Luncheon, Nashua C. C., Nashua, NH
Speaker: CDR Billie J. Farrell, USN, CO, USS Constitution


 

Highlights of Past Events

2022
 

First Meeting -Common Man Inn & Spa

    It was a beautiful, sunny spring day when the chapter held its first luncheon and meeting of 2022 on April 23rd at the Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth, NH.  70 members and guests signed up to travel north to get out of their houses and enjoy the company of fellow chapter members.  All those present enjoyed their meals (a choice of Haddock, Turkey Meal or Vegetarian).  Following the meal, everyone listened to our guest speaker, David Mara, New Hampshire’s Drug Czar, who gave a detailed slide presentation about New Hampshire’s opioid crisis.  We were joined by one first time member - James Dunn of Waterville Valley.
 

Check In Here
Check In Here
Socializing
Socializing Before Lunch
April Luncheon
April Luncheon
Speaker
David Mara


Summer Meeting - White Mountain Hotel and Resort

    The chapter held its second (summer) luncheon on June 4, 2022 at the White Mountain Hotel and Resort in North Conway.  Despite the forecast of showers, 66 chapter members and guests signed up for the trip up north to attend the function.  Everyone present enjoyed the scenic view from the dining room of the hotel and dined on a delicious choice of Marinated Beef Tips or Chicken Cordon Bleu.  We were pleased to have chapter member, Hon. Gerard J. Boyle, Col, USMC (Ret.), Senior Judge, New Hampshire Circuit Court, who gave an entertaining anecdotal story from his early career on the subject "It is never a wrong time to do the right thing."
 

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


Annual Clambake

    The forecast was for uncomfortably hot weather with a heat index near 100°; however, with a gentle Seabreeze, the day turned out to be very comfortable!  This year the Clambake moved back to its traditional date of the first Saturday in August – this year it being on August 6, 2022.  It was also decided to change the name from “Clambake” to “Lobsterbake” as we do not offer steamed clams on the menu (although we do offer Clam Chowder).  Again this year, the event was jointly hosted by the New Hampshire Chapter and the Southern Maine Chapter of MOAA.  185 members from both chapters, family and guests enjoyed good fellowship and our traditional feast of clam chowder, lobster or steak, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, onions, rolls and watermelon.
    We were joined by a number of distinguished guests including Congressman Chris Pappas, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Commander, CAPT Michael Oberdorf, USN and his wife Tara, Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), President and CEO of MOAA, CAPT Erin Stone JAGC, USN (Ret.), Senior Director, Council and Chapter Affairs MOAA, Col Jim O'Brien, USAF (Ret), Executive Vice President and COO of MOAA (at least his fourth year attending!), MAJ Brenda Pennels, USA, President of the Southern Maine Chapter of MOAA, and members of various Chapters of MOAA stretching from Massachusetts to Florida!  New Hampshire Chapter Vice President Lt Col Larry Miller, USAFR (Ret.) welcomed everyone to the event.   We were honored to have a US Navy color guard, from the Shipyard Clinic, post the colors while chapter member (and President of the Association of the United States Army local chapter) LTC Gregory D’Arbonne, USA (Ret.), sing the National Anthem.
    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 Lobsterbake.  We welcomed Charles Frost of Dunbarton who joined our chapter on the spot.
    The main benefit of the Lobsterbake, other than to enjoy a great home-cooked bake, is to support the Chapter's Scholarship Fund.  This locally run program helps children and grandchildren of the New Hampshire Chapter members with college expenses by awarding grants of $2000.00 and $4000.00 per academic year.  This year TEN students will receive loans.  Thank you to all who contributed!!
    In addition to the money raised for our Chapter's Scholarship Fund, Chapter members donated a substantial amount of can goods helping to support the Manchester VAMC Veterans.  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!!
 

Preparing the food
Preparing the food
Volunteers at the ready
Volunteers at the ready
Check in here
Check in here
Presenting the colors
Presenting the colors
Singing the National Anthem
Singing National Anthem
Lt Gen Atkins speaking
Lt Gen Atkins speaking
C ongressman Pappas
Congressman Pappas


2021
 

m/s Mount Washington Cruise
by LCDR Peter Dawson, USNR (Ret.)

    Over 100 of our chapter members and guests took part in an afternoon brunch cruise aboard the MS. Mt. Washington (Lake Winnipesaukee) on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Our group was given a private function space on the second level of the ship, and we had a wonderful meal followed by the ship’s Captain visiting with us.
    Captain Pat Quinn is the first woman in the ship’s “official” 149-year history.   She comes from the US Coast Guard, and several prior shipboard positions.  During the trip, and after our meal, she provided a brief summary of her position and answered questions about the lake and the ship.  Our chapter president (Bob Jaffin) encouraged Captain Quinn to join our MOAA NH chapter and provided her an application.
    We were pleased to be joined by chapter member CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.) who is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for New Hampshire and chapter member and President of the Southern Maine Chapter of MOAA LTC Brenda Pennels, USAR who is CASA for Maine.  Also joining us was Justin Troiano from Senator Hassan's office.
    The Mt. Washington has been on Lake Winnipesaukee for over 80 years, and has undergone several modifications since its rail trip from Lake Champlain in 1888.  Its namesake history includes a devastating fire, hull changes, and in 1982 the Mount was cut open and extended with an additional 20- foot hull section, this to add a larger lounge and food service facilities. The greater size advanced the ship's designation to M/S or "motor ship."
    The Mount makes one or two round-trips on the lake per day during the summer season, as well as numerous dinner dance cruises in the evenings.  It’s important to note that Lake Winnipesaukee is one of New England’s largest bodies of water and covers over 71 sq. miles with over 250 natural islands (130 of which are over .25 acres).
    The lake area provided us a beautiful summer day with bright sun, and a 75-degree temperature. Our chapter had free reign of the entire ship, and the event was a wonderful taste of summer and camaraderie at a perfect location.
 

Mt Washington Arriving
Mt Washingtom Arriving
All Aboard
All Aboard
Socializing Onboard
Socializing Onboard
Dignitaries
Dignitaries
Photos courtesy of Peter Dawson


Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Trip
by LCDR Peter Dawson, USNR (Ret.)

    MOAA NH was lucky enough to have President Bob Jaffin organize and connect with the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Company (once dubbed the “HOBO” railroad) for a lakes region foliage tour on October 23, 2021.  We were joined by over 50 MOAA-NH members and guests, and provided with our own private rail car for the trip.
    The train traveled a little over an hour from the Meredith, NH station through Ashland and Bridgewater before reaching the Plymouth Railroad Station (next to the Common Man Restaurant). At the Common Man we enjoyed a delicious dinner buffet of roast turkey with all the fixings, lasagna, beverages, and dessert.  During the trip we watched colorful foliage enhanced by bright sunshine, a farm full of Christmas trees, a field with hundreds of deer, and we also journeyed along the shoreline of Lake Waukewan.  This lake provides drinking water for the entire city of Laconia, thus very few boats are allowed.
    The Common Man Restaurant was familiar to many MOAA members as we’ve attended events there several times during past years. On the return trip, we toured the Ashland Railroad Station Museum with members of the Ashland Historical Society greeting us in period attire.
    The scenic railroad has a unique history using the NH track systems, as several owners including the state of NH joined together forming the now Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad a number of years ago.  The railroad holds the passenger rights to the entire state of New Hampshire-owned track network running from Lochmere to Lincoln, a total of 54 miles.
    These rails have some of the most diverse and scenic fall foliage trains in New England, and our chapter was very fortunate to have such a wonderful day to enjoy them.
    We very much appreciate President Jaffin’s time spent in organizing this outing.
 

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
Winnipesaukee Railroad
All Aboard
All Aboard
Lunch at Common Man
Lunch at Common Man
Stop at Ashland
Stop at Ashland
Ashland Historical Society
Ashland Historical Society
Photos courtesy of Peter Dawson


Annual Meeting - Nashua Country Club

    It was a sunny but chilly day (frost on the windshield) in November when the Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Nashua Country Club on November 6, 2021.  The business meeting was attended by 25 Chapter members.  There was more socializing this year as people felt more relaxed even though the pandemic is far from over.
    78 members and guests who signed up enjoyed a delicious meal excellently prepared by the staff of the club.  As always, the staff of the country club was extremely helpful, led by Scott Hobden Clubhouse Manager who was always there to assist with every eventuality.  Prior to the luncheon, chapter members Andrew Breuder, Warren Coulter  and Wayne Balcom raised $180.00 to support veterans organizations in NH.
    Before the meal, those present participated in the traditional playing of all the service marches, including the new Space Force march.  Unfortunately, again this year no one was present from NOAA or USPHS to stand up for their marches.  Chapter president CWO4 Robert D. Jaffin, USN (Ret.) announced the chapter's nineteenthconsecutive year being recognized as a 5-Star Level of Excellence Chapter by MOAA.  Our guest of honor, Andrew P. Snowdon, 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 installation, the turnover of the office of President took place from CWO4 Robert D. Jaffin, USN (Ret.) to CPT James R. LeFebvre, USAR.  Once again we acknowledged the passing of chapter members who had died since the last annual meeting.  In particular, we recognized the passing of two members who were influencial in the chapter - CDR Raymond Helgemoe, USN (Ret.) and CDR Bruce Avery, USN (Ret.).  A list of those members can be seen here.  TAPS was played for them.
    We were honored to have as our guest speaker, Special Agent Andrew P. Snowdon, Executive Assistant Director for Atlantic Operations for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  He gave a very interesting and amusing talk about the REAL NCIS.  He was presented with a Chapter Certificate of Appreciation, a Chapter Challenge Coin and an offer of a free meal in the future.  We were joined by two first time attendees:  Thomas and Pamela Goff of Wilton.
 

Business Meeting
Business Meeting
Swearing In
Swearing In
Passing the Gavel
Passing the Gavel
Speaker's Gift
Speaker's Gift



 

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