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This months words from the Chapter President - May 2023




Our local MOAA chapter has been invited to coordinate with two other organizations, Southern Misslouri Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (SMoVHPA), and Employer in Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), for a joint meeting at Springfield’s AVCRAD facility, which will include a briefing about their mission as well as a tour of the facility. In order to make this happen with both other organizations and AVCRAD, it was necessary to move our June chapter meeting to the 22nd. Details of this special meeting may be found on page 6 of this newsletter. A separate email will also be sent as an extra reminder. Sign in time will be 1100-1130, with a catered BBQ lunch. This will be followed by a short ESGR presentation, then a briefing of the mission of the AVCRAD and a tour of the facility. Our time will conclude then by 1530.  I will need RSVP from all OEMOAA members and guests who plan to attend, so we can properly plan.


We continue to search for a replacement for our Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, LtCol Bill Pickett, who has diligently served in this position for the past 8 years.  Due to other needs in his own life, he has indicated the need to step aside.  To maintain proper functioning of our chapter, we need someone else who is willing to step up, learn this position, and carry on this duty. While there are important aspects to this job, it is something that can be learned relatively easily. A new individual in this position can easily tailor the basic functions of the job to their own personal liking. For the most efficient operation of our chapter, and indeed any organization, it is best for each officer to have someone else who knows that position, and is able to step in whenever the need arises. If anyone has questions about the particulars of Bill’s duties, please contact him directly, or drop an email to me, Ron McCall, and we can fill you in. Bill would like to be able to make this transition at the time of our Summer break. We can work with anyone who can volunteer, to make this transition as seamless as possible


Col John Hathcock has made us aware of Memorial Day activities, to be held at the Springfield National Cemetery, located at Glenstone and Seminole. The brochure published by the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is located on page 9 of this newsletter. This contains specifics about the event.


LTC Chris Stark reminds us of an upcoming visit of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica & Mobile Education Center to the Springfield Area. Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 922 W. Republic Rd, Springfield. Display will be free and open to the public, available 24 hrs/day, June 8-11, 2023. They are also looking for volunteers for necessary functions associated with bringing this exhibit to Springfield. The link for more information, or to sign up for volunteering is https://thewallthatheals-serenityhonors2023.com/


Our newsletter is freely available on this website by following the link above, as well as via email to all members. If anyone wishes to receive this newsletter via US Mail, please make that known to a Board Member or the Newsletter Editor, and we will make that happen.

Ron McCall, President

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