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New River Chapter Regular Meeting

New River Chapter Regular Meeting
The pit is lit so lets party!
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A view from above

June 19, 2021

* The members of the New River Chapter gathered for an especially memorable evening at the home of Chapter At-Large Member, Charles Knapp.

* In his COVID-19 spare time, Charles constructed a beautiful, new outdoor patio (seen here) at his home at 500 Rooster Ridge Road in Lansing, NC.

* Charles and his wife Mary invited all our New River Members AND guests to his home on June 19th to enjoy seating around the outdoor fire pit. There were picnic tables and chairs set up in the patio area and everyone brought desserts, finger foods and the like to share with fellow revelers.

* The activity got underway @ 1700 and everyone stayed to enjoy their fill of scrumptious goodies and even hung around until just before darkness!!

* The Chapter was also treated to a medley of tunes from honorary Chapter member Earl Inge and Mary Knapp. Open here to view one of Earl and Mary's songs on our Facebook page.

* See the accompanying photos of the 25+ members enjoying having to no longer socially distance while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow New River Chapterites (sp?).

05/03/21 21:07/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter’s Officers and BOD

New River Chapter’s Officers and BOD
Standing tall in leading MOAAs New River Chapter

June 19, 2021

* On June 29th, the eight officers and Board of Directors attended the regular Chapter social gathering at the home of Charles and Mary Knapp.

* The members took a few minutes after dinner was served to assemble on the stairs to Charles’ new patio to post this photograph of our Chapter leadership.

* Shown (right top) are Bob Worley, Doug Ehrhardt and Charles Knapp; (middle row) Don Goodhart and Barbara Sears; and (lower row) Steve Tucker, Jim Cain and Mik Mikulan.

Kudos for all their hard work!

06/20/21 21:36/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Regular Meeting

New River Chapter Regular Meeting
Frances Goodhart and Cathy Ehrhardt start the celebrations

May 20, 2021

* The New River Chapter's Board of Directors has prepared a calendar of events for our membership in 2021 that began with a Thursday evening "Meet and Greet" held at the exciting new location for The Tavern (formerly the Sears store) in West Jefferson, NC @ 1730. This first gathering of our membership was an opportunity for members to renew acquaintances and maybe even meet new people.

* In lieu of a regular gathering with a more traditional dining experience, the Chapter reserved the use of the small dining room at the Tavern where attendees ordered their own drinks from the bar - beer, wine or cocktails - and numerous delicious hors-d'oeuvres were available on tables in the meeting space.

* The May 20th regular meeting was a wonderful opportunity for a return to "normal" activities with the New River Chapter after a L-O-N-G absence that was necessitated by COVID-19. See the photographs that are a part of this post for pictures of chapter members enjoying the time to get reacquainted and celebrate POST COVID-19!

* We look forward to having many members come out for all of our "GREAT" 2021 New River Chapter events. Remember to bring a friend or acquaintance especially if he/she is in our eligible field of participants (any veteran who is or was in one of the seven commissioned branches of the military). Open/print the attached, downloadable file that has a calendar and a description of each of the events in 2021. Pin it to your refrigerator or make notes in your own calendar and plan to attend at least one meeting this year!

05/03/21 20:16/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Leadership Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Student

New River Chapter Leadership Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Student
LTC Hollis presents the Leadership Award Certificate to Cadet
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May 19, 2021

The New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently provided a MOAA Leadership award to a deserving JROTC student in the junior year at Ashe County High School. A certificate was awarded to CDT/CPT Chloe Miller. Due to limitations with COVID-19, the Chapter was unable to make an in-person award presentation to the student, and instead the award was presented by LTC David Hollis, JROTC senior instructor via a Zoom teleconference. The accompanying photograph was provided for posting on the New River Chapter website and for publishing in a future e-newsletter

May 27, 20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Student

New River Chapter Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Student
LTC David Hollis presents the Award Certificate to Cadet Coldiron
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May 19, 2021

The New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently provided a scholarship award to a deserving ROTC student at Ashe County High School. A certificate and a $1000 Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, USN scholarship was awarded to Cadet Battalion Executive Officer Maura Coldiron. Due to limitations with COVID-19, the Chapter was unable to make an in-person award presentation to the student, instead the award was presented by LTC David Hollis, JROTC senior instructor via a Zoom teleconference. The accompanying photograph was provided for posting on the New River Chapter website and for publishing in a future e-newsletter

May 27, 20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Award Presentation to WCHS JROTC Student

New River Chapter Award Presentation to WCHS JROTC Student
Lt Col Sapp presents the leadership award to Cadet Dishman
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May 5, 2021

The New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently provided a leadership award to a deserving Junior ROTC students at Wilkes Central High School. The MOAA Leadership Award and medal was awarded to Cadet 1st Lieutenant Nathanial Dishman. Due to limitations for in-person meeting with COVID-19, the Chapter made the award presentation to the student via a Zoom teleconference. The accompanying photograph was provided by Lt. Col. Sapp for posting on the New River Chapter website and published in our e-newsletter.

May 24, 2021/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Marathon

October 3, 2020

* The New River Chapter will once again support the New River Marathon in 2020. Originally planned for June, the Marathon had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but as the need for social distancing is being slowly eliminated, the organizers of the marathon are looking ahead to the first Saturday in October.

* New River Chapter members are invited and encouraged to plan on being part of this worthwhile activity...the event sponsors always help us out with a generous donation to our Sears Scholarship program.

* We will man two watering stations along the 26.2 mile route on Railroad Grade Road and serve up water, GatorAde and hammer gel to keep the runners on pace. This is always a fun time for our members as we gather in support of the New River Marathon.

* Join us in October!

06/06/20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Gathers for a September Breakfast Social

New River Chapter Gathers for a September Breakfast Social
New River Chapter, MOAA Logo
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Hole Lotta Donuts, West Jefferson, NC

September 22, 2020

Over 20 New River Chapter members and guests gathered for an 11:00 AM breakfast social atop Mount Jefferson State Park...the gathering included a generous donation of donuts and fritters from Hole Lotta Donuts in West Jefferson, NC.

Open the downloaded file, the Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Butch Phillips, Hole Lotta Donuts.

Open the photo gallery file with BOTM pictures!
09/22/20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter's Support to Fisher Houses in NC

New River Chapter's Support to Fisher Houses in NC
Michael Pringle, Ft. Bragg Fisher House
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Camp LeJeune Fisher House

September 2020

The New River Chapter was awarded $5,000 from the MOAA's COVID-19 Emergency Relief grant to which an additional $1,200 was added from our Chapter Treasury and member donations...a total $3,100 was sent to each of the North Carolina Fisher Houses following the cancellation of our 2020 Marathon Jam but after our Chapter BOD made the decision to continue to support the Fisher House organization.

* Top photo, Ft. Bragg Operations Assistant, Michael Pringle demonstrating some of the cleaning supplies, sanitizers and PPE they are purchasing with donations such as ours. It’s all about keeping service members and their families safe at the Fisher House.

* Bottom photo, Camp LeJeune Fisher House member displaying a room that has been cleaned and prepared for a client using the COVID-19 funds that were part of the Marathon Jam program from our Chapter.

09/20/20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Social - CANCELLED!

July 14, 2020

Open the calendar and read the post concerning our cancellation of plans to host a social dining out for members at the Winner's Circle restaurant in Jefferson, NC.

7/10/20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Award Presentation to WCHS JROTC Students

New River Chapter Award Presentation to WCHS JROTC Students
Cadet Nolan Simmons
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Cadet Ivette Ibarra

May 15, 2020

The New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently provided awards to two deserving Junior ROTC students at Wilkes Central High School. A certificate and a $1000 Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, USN scholarship was awarded to Cadet Logistics Officer Nolan Simmons. The MOAA Leadership Award with medal was awarded to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Ivette Ibarra. Due to the unforeseen complications with the COVID-19 crisis, the Chapter was unable to make the award presentations to the students at the normally hosted ceremonies at the high school. The accompanying photographs were provided by Lt. Col. Sapp for posting on the New River Chapter website and to be published in our "New River Current" quarterly newsletter.

May 27, 20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Students

New River Chapter Award Presentation to ACHS JROTC Students
LTC Hollis presents Cadet Barr her award.
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LTC Hollis presents Cadet Ashley her award

May 15, 2020

The New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently provided awards to two deserving Junior ROTC students at Ashe County High School. A certificate and a $1000 Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, USN scholarship was awarded to Cadet Battalion S1 Bethany Bare. The MOAA Leadership Award with medal was awarded to Caded 2LT Jernee Ashley. Due to the unforeseen complications with the COVID-19 crisis, the Chapter was unable to make the award presentations to the students at the normally hosted ceremonies at the high school. The accompanying photographs were provided for posting on the New River Chapter website and published in our "New River Current" quarterly newsletter and show ACHS JROTC Senior Instructor LTC(R) David Hollis sharing the awards with Cadets Bare and Ashley.

May 27, 20/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

New River Chapter Hosts MOAA's COL Terri Coles, USA (Ret.)

October 15, 2019

The New River Chapter held a regular membership meeting on October 15th at the new Ashe County Chamber of Commerce meeting site in West Jefferson, The Venue. The Chapter also welcomed MOAA's Senior Director, Council and Chapters, COL Terri Coles as guest speaker. Shown in the photograph is Chapter Chair for Personal Affairs and Surviving Spouse Liaison, Barbara Sears (left) and Chapter President, LCDR Steve Tucker, USN (Ret.) (right) enjoying some warmth with COL Coles near a fire pit on the patio area at the Hotel Tavern where the Chapter went after the meeting for dinner and drinks.

Picture courtesy of Chapter Membership Chair, CDR Mik Mikulan, USPHS (Ret.)

Oct 16, 19/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ General News/

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VA Welcome Kit

* One complaint that Veterans have voiced about the VA is their uncertainty as to where to begin in order to receive services and supports.

* VA’s myriad of services, resources, and materials can be daunting. Therefore, the VA listened and released a Welcome Kit to guide Veterans to the benefits and services that they have earned.

* The VA Welcome Kit is user-friendly and addresses eligibility and benefits in six areas:

- Health Care,

- Finances,

- Housing,

- Employment,

- Education,

- Memorialization.

* Based on Veteran’s stage of life, Veterans can figure out how the VA can help in the present and future.

* Veterans can download a copy of the Welcome Kit for their convenience by clicking here.

Feb 14, 18/ Douglas Ehrhardt/ Veterans Affairs/