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This months words from the Chapter President - September 2020


This newsletter is a bit more lengthy, as we have much to cover.  It’s been a while since we have been together, and we’ve not sent out any communications over the Summer months.  So, buckle up, and here we go!

This has been a very challenging year for each of us, our families, friends and our MOAA Chapter.  COVID-19 has caused many changes in our habits, lifestyles and social gatherings.  Unfortunately, we have not had a dinner meeting since February, but hopefully, we are in a leveling off stage that will lead to a return to normalcy. We want to encourage all that feel comfortable in coming out, to do so.  We need to get back together, and get our chapter functioning again.  Guidelines for our scheduled September meeting may be found elsewhere in this newsletter. 
Our own Bill Pickett has stayed in close contact with Twin Oaks and they have been able to open up to outside catering with some guidelines. For the time being, they will be serving sit-down dinners and attendees must wear a mask while in the building, and not seated at your table. You may see Bill’s Newsletter input for all the information on menu, costs, reservations and precautions. Our speaker will be our own Greg McManus who will speak on his Adventures in Flying. Should be good!

Next, we are in need of nominees for the office of President, as well as 1st and 2nd Vice President for the 2021-2022 period. The future of the Chapter depends on filling these positions so that our Chapter will continue the over 50-year history of supporting MOAA and the rights and interests of all former service members. 


The Chapter has made great progress in the past few years with membership, a 5 Star Newsletter and a great new website.  In addition, we support ROTC programs at 3 area colleges and JROTC at 12 area high schools. Please consider supporting the Chapter by accepting a leadership position. It is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in serving and would like to discuss the positions and time commitment contact me at 520-820-7339 or Steve Vanderhoof, the Nominations Chair, at 660-886-0205.

Next, we want to make special mention of one of our members, Frank Bridges, who with his wife, Shirley, will be observing their 60th wedding anniversary on September 2.  This is an outstanding accomplishment, and we know that this did not come easily.  Our congratulations to Frank and Shirley!

Additionally, we continue to support our chapter’s chosen charity, Honor Flight of the Ozarks.  They opted to cancel all flights for 2020, but look forward to resuming operations in May 2021.  Stay tuned for dates, and more details!

The Board and I sincerely hope that COVID has not touched you or your family members and that all of us will remain safe and healthy. Please let us know if you know of anyone who may be in need of assistance or even a visit.


Chuck Guy, President




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