May 18, 2019
* The New River Chapter hosted the 2019 Marathon Jam at the Ashe Arts Council Building in West Jefferson, NC on May 18, 2019.
* This years Jam, which raises money to support the Fisher Houses at Fort Bragg, NC and Camp LeJeune, NC, was a great success with several of the musicians earning the coveted title of "Iron Picker" having played for the duration of the event.
* MOAA and the Piecemakers Quilt Guild honored 11 vets representing WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the conflicts of the Middle East and the cold war. One brave enlisted Gunnery Sergeant in the USMC did 4 tours in Vietnam as a K-9 Point man on patrols into the jungles. He is highly decorated and has FOUR Purple Hearts. Two WWII vets were honored one of whom was on Iwo Jima. One Army retired Master Sergeant lady was with NORAD and played a very important role in America’s defense. Another honoree was a retired Lt. Colonel from Army and National Guard who led his local unit to national recognition as one of the most squared away National Guard units in the USA. Others honored were from the Navy and Air Force. Two other very dedicated ladies who were honored run local and national programs to help those veterans with chronic PTSD.
* Pictured (right) are photographs taken during the day of musicians and audience attendees. Be sure and scroll over the thumbnail photographs to the right to see more pictures from the day-long event.
* Thanks to all who participated, and donated, to our Chapter's Jam to support the Fisher Houses.
* NOTE: When viewing thumbnails, use your mouse to left click on the (F)ast, (M)edium or (S)low controller found in the upper right corner of any image displayed...doing so will run a slide show of all the images at the rate of speed selected. Enjoy!
May 18, 2019
* Open the pictures displayed (right), as well in the thumbnail photographs, to see the many veterans who were recognized and received thanks for their service by being "wrapped" in healing quilts made by members of the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
May 18, 2019
Here are even more pictures of the total eleven veterans recognized during the New River Chapter's 2019 Marathon Jam and recipients of a "healing" quilt from the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
May 18, 2019
A final view of even more veterans having received a "healing" quilt from the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.
November 18, 2018
* The New River Chapter members gathered at the Ashe County Arts Council on November 18th to decorate our tree for this years festival. Due to our holiday party on the 17th, Arts Council Director, Jane Lonon gave us special access to come and decorate our entry (pictured upper right).
* Pictured (lower right) are Chapter members (L to R): Morris and Kathy Griffin, Doug Ehrhardt, Barbara Sears, Jim Need and Cathy Ehrhardt.
* Special thanks to Robin Mikulan for the beautiful bow (thumbnail picture, right) that is atop our patriotic entry...
NC Legislature's Long Session, 2019
* Please help to encourage the North Carolina legislature to make Bailey Patton state law and provide for fair taxation of ALL government retirees in NC, including military retirees...
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The NC 4th Branch is lobbying hard to get the legislative bill entitled “Equal Tax Treatment of Government Retirees” passed this upcoming session. We are approaching a make-or-break point on this critical tax exemption issue that benefits newly retired and soon to be retired military personnel, as well as retired government employees at all levels. A key factor that the General Assembly legislators have often pointed out is that they are not hearing about this issue from their constituents throughout the state. The 4th Branch lobbying team sends our legislative alerts at appropriate times and asks subscribers to send out pre-staged email messages to their respective state legislators. Please know that we have established a new platform to enhance the quality of website operations. Today, most organizations that advocate for causes, use a similar technology as one method of outreach to legislators. Our website is easy to navigate and use to get important messages to the smart phones and computers of staff and legislators. Our chapters of 4th Branch member organizations have tried a variety of outreach methods to solicit support for registering on the 4th Branch website and system with minimal results. Our grassroots efforts have such potential for making a difference, but they require some commitment and effort. Remember that you do not need to be a retiree to register for the 4th Branch website. Please consider encouraging your spouse, other adult family members, friends, colleagues to register for the 4th Branch website at www.4thbranchnc.org.
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