President's Letter

           
 From the MOAA President/CEO, Lt Gen Atkins.  Lt Gen Atkins recently introduced the MOAA  Charities Annual Report, “Never Stop Serving: Giving 2017”.   MOAA will highlight the outstanding work of MOAA charities, specifically the MOAA Scholarship, and the MOAA Military Family Initiative in future MOAA Magazine articles.  The MOAA Scholarship Fund enters its 70thyear of service and benefits 1700 students each year.  Your El Paso Chapter is proud to sponsor two $25,000 interest free loans annually as part of this program.  The MOAA Family Initiative is in its fourth year and provides training and assistance to more than 50,000 military families each year.  On 3 May the MOAA Military Family Initiative announced the El Paso MOAA Chapter as a recipient of a $3,750 Grant as part of the 2018 Community Outreach grant program.  If you are interested in donating to either program you can do so at www.moaa.org/donate.
 
El Paso Chapter Activities.  
 
ROTC/JROTC Support.  Your chapter has donated the first sets of officer epaulettes to the new UTEP ROTC officers during their commissioning ceremony in May 2018.  Many thanks to those retired officers who donated to this effort as we continue to seek to inform the professional development of our officer corps during their pre-commissioning and commissioning service. LTC (RET) Dave Powell also led chapter efforts to present MOAA awards to outstanding JROTC students during JROTC ceremonies during April and May.  LTC (RET) Powell was assisted by BG (RET) Jack Kotter, COL (RET) Steve Barrett, COL (RET) Lennie Enzell, LTC (RET) Bill Moore, and Ms. Connie Sullivan n covering down on almost a dozen of the JROTC Award ceremonies locally.
 
Military Family Initiative (MFI) Grant.  On 3 May the El Paso Chapter received an MFI Grant of $3,750 to be used to support an initiative to provide computer work stations for two local Military Veteran Homeless support centers.  Another outstanding effort led by Bill Moore to continue to contribute to our military veteran community.  Over the next several months we will report on the progress of this initiative and produce short articles and photos of the effort.
 
MOAA National Five Star Chapter Award and 2017 Communications Awards.  On May 1stthe El Paso Chapter was awarded the Five Star award for the 14thstraight year.  Additionally, the Chapter was once again awarded the 2017 Communications Award.  Both efforts are largely attributable to the exemplary personal efforts of Bill Moore.  The superior personal efforts of the outstanding members of our Board, and the MOAA outreach board under the leadership of BG Jack Kotter (USA Retired), continue to earn national recognition and outstanding reputation for commitment to our active duty and retiree military community. Well done team! 
 
Honor Flight – In search of World War II Veteran.  Recently El Paso MOAA combined with AUSA to donate $1500 to the Honor Flight program.  This program flies veterans to Washington DC each October to visit the national monuments…at no cost to the veteran.  We are continuing to seek out a candidate for this October 2018 event. If you have a nomination, please advise one of us.  We would love to honor a WWII veteran for this event.
 
Future MOAA events.  Mark your calendars for these key future events for the chapter:
9 Jun 2018, MOAA Membership Luncheon, at Underwood Golf Course
22 Aug 2018, Chihuahua Baseball Game.  Twenty tickets available – first come-first served.
28/29 Sep 2018, Retiree Appreciation Dinner/weekend activities.
13 Oct 2018, MOAA Member Appreciation picnic at Biggs Park on Ft Bliss.
 
Stay connected to MOAA
EL PASO MOAA CHAPTER: www.elpasomoaa.org;
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/moaawww.facebook.com/moaaspouse
LINKEDIN; www.moaa.org/linkedin;
YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/TheMOAAChannel

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“Never Stop Serving"


Forrest Smith
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2018