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Purpose and Membership

As specified in the organization's Constitution and By Laws.

The purpose of this organization shall be:
(a) To promote the aims of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
(b) To further the legislative and other objectives of  MOAA.
(c) To encourage and facilitate camaraderie among retired, active, and former officers of the uniformed services and their spouses.
(d) To provide useful services for, and to protect the interests of, members and their dependent survivors.

This chapter shall operate as a non-profit organization exclusively for the purposes specified above. It shall cooperate with MOAA in furtherance of the purpose and objectives of the parent organization. It shall function as an affiliate of MOAA.

Membership and Voting Rights:

The membership of this organization shall be composed of:
(a)
 Men and women who are or have been commissioned and warrant officers of the seven U.S. Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Services) and the Reserve and other components of those services.

(b) Spouses of men and women who are or who have been commissioned and warrant officers of the seven US uniformed services are eligible to be Auxiliary Members of this chapter .

 

To Join please see this link!
 

 

 Our purposes include an outreach to the local community, not only the military community, but also other aspects of need. See Below.

 

Scholarshp Presentation, 2017, Chapter presentation of check to PHSC

Philanthropy Luncheon, Nov. 15, 2016

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 2015, at Anclote and Zephyrhills High Schools

Philanthropy Award, 2015

Addition of $1,000 to PHSC Endoument FunD, 2014 Scholarship Check Presentation at PHSC

On November 19, 2014, the chapter presented an additional $1,000 to our existing scholarship endowment fund at PHCC.  Shown below for the presenttion are (L to R) Bob Wiggins, Bob Frankel, John Motley, and Jerry Miller. 

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 2014.  Information on these awards can be found on the given link.

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 2013.  Information on these awards can be found on the given link.

2012: PHCC awards scholarship from the Chapter's endowment.  See the letter from PHCC Here.

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 2012Information on these awards can be found on the given link.

Our November 2012 dinner meeting celebrated the Chapter's 30 anniversary.  See the 30th Anniversary Certificate here.

Project Gratitude, 2012 - The chapter once again participated in Project Gratitude and provided monthly funds to the project to assist in providing chaplains returning from Iraq or Afghanistan and their families a three day R&R in Tampa.  Due to the drawdown of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan,  Project Gratitude has now concluded.  With that conclusion, the Chapter's participation was recognized by the following: (1) US Representative Gus Bilirakis in a speech in the US House of Representatives, (2) Rep. Bilirakis in a certificate to the Chapter, and (3) Mayor Joe Affronti of Temple Terrace by a certificate to the Chapter.

 

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 2011Information on these awards can be found on the given link.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.  Pasco-Hernado Community Collage recently awarded another scholarship from the Chapter's endowment to PHCC.  Read the scholarship recipient's thank you letter hereAlso read PHCC's letter to the Chapter here.

 

CHAPTER ADDS TO PHCC SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT, 2011.  Also read the PHCC thank you letter for this addition.

JROTC Scholarship Awards, 2010.  Each year the Chapter presents a monetary award, a medal, and a certificate to a Junior ROTC cadet at seven high schools in the area.  The award recognizes leadership and academic achievements.  This year the Chapter is also presenting awards recognizing leadership achievements to cadets at several high schools for the Reserve Officers Association.  Awards in 2010 were in April and May.  More information is on the link above.

 

Project Gratitude, 2010 - The chapter once again participated in Project Gratitude and provided monthly funds to the project to assist in providing chaplains returning from Iraq or Afghanistan and their families a three day R&R in Tampa. 


 

JROTC Scholarship Awards, 2009.   Awards in 2009 were in April and May.  More information is on the link above.

 

CHAPTER DONATES MORE TO PHCC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

On Thursday February 26, 2009, the Suncoast Chapter, MOAA contributed an additional $2000 to the Pasco Hernando Community Collage scholarship fund. That fund now stands at $21,500. The interest is used for PHCC students.  Matching state funds were not currently available at the time of presentation because of the economic situation; however, we expect that matching state funds will be contributed retroactively when available. The picture on the left shows the Chapter presentation to PHCC:  Left to right are chapter members Jerry Miller, Bob Frankel, and Don Knutson, then comes Ms. Arla Altman, Executive Director of the Foundation at PHCC, and on the far right Chapter Member Bob Wiggins. 
 

The recipient of a Chapter Scholarship Award for 2008 was a student at Pasco-Hernando Community Collage seeking a degree in teaching.  She expressed her appreciation in a letter to the Chapter that can be seen on this link.

 

 

Your chapter has participated in Project Gratitude.  This project provided chaplains back from Iraq or Afghanistan and their families with a brief three day ďR & RĒ respite in Tampa, Florida. The program was to honor and benefit active duty Chaplains recently back from a 6 to 12 month tour in Iraq or Afghanistan, and their families.  Our Chapter provided funds for dinner coupons for those chaplains.  The April 8, 2008 meeting was significant in that it was then that our chapter was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award including a letter from President Bush.  The picture at the right shows Ms Aileen Rodriquez, Regional Director for Senator Mel Martinez, presenting to Bob Frankel from our chapter that award.  The award included the Presidentís Volunteer Service Award certificate, a letter from the Presidentís Council On Service & Civic Participation, and a letter from the White House. See those letters and the certificate on the links provided.

 

 

 

Scholarship Award in 2007   

 

The recipient of the Chapter's Scholarship award for 2007 was a nursing student at Pasco-Hernando Community Collage.  She expressed her appreciation in a letter to the Chapter that can be seen on this link.

 

 

 

Bilirakis Recognizes Suncoast Chapterís Community Involvement

 

         Mike Bilirakis, from Tarpon Springs,  served the Ninth Congressional district of Florida from 1983-2007, and was a long time honorary member of our Chapter.  He presented the chapter with a certificate which was prepared for the Chapter before he retired from office.  It represents Mikeís recognition of the Chapterís history of community service.

 

 

 

 

SUNCOAST CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

 

    The Chapter is proud to have recently received a letter from Arla Altman, Executive Director of the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation, Inc. This letter reports on the latest use of the Chapter's Scholarship Fund.  A copy of Ms. Altman's letter can be viewed on this link

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Receives Certificate of Appreciation

 

       The certificate at the left was presented to the chapter in appreciation for our donations to Operation Helping Hand.  The operation assists in caring for severely wounded service persons and their families.  The chapter has donated cell phones for use by patients and their families, and restaurant gift certificates for use by patientsí families.  See Project Uplink below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter to Donate Gift Certificates to Project Uplink

 

The chapter is further participating in Project Uplink through Chaplin Lefavor at Haley VA Hospital.  That participation will be through the purchase of 15 Chiliís gift certificates which will become part of gift baskets for the families of severely wounded patients.  Chiliís was requested by Chaplin Lafavor since is close to the hospital. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Donates to Scholarship Foundation

 On Monday October 31, 2005, President Don Church (LTC Retired), Treasurer Ed Schenk (Col Retired ), Director Bob Frankel (CPT 0-6 Retired) and Fred Gray (LTC Retired) went to Pasco/Hernando Community College and presented a check for $3000 toward our Scholarship Fund. 

It will be matched by $2000 from the State of Florida. This will be added to  $10000, which we had given before, for a total of $15,000 your chapter has given in scholarships. Doctors Katherine Johnson and Arla Altman accepted the check for the Pasco/Hernando Scholarship Foundation.  They will be at one of the Jan-Feb-Mar meetings to talk about the Scholarship Foundation.

 

Quoted below is a thank you email from Katherine Johnson of PHCC:

ďOnce again...a very big "thank you" to you and your members for your support of this scholarship program. You will never know just how much your organization is helping our students. Our new PHCC Foundation Executive Director, Arla Altman looks forward to making a presentation at one of your meetings early next year!  Take care...and once again, our deepest appreciation for your support!  Kathy JohnsonĒ 

 

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