Ladies and gentlemen,
This coming December 7th at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland we will have our Quarterly meeting, and from this year forward, present our newly instituted Annual Leadership Award to the Maine person that has made meaningful contributions to improve the lives of veterans here in Maine. The motto of MOAA is “Never Stop Serving” and this award is the embodiment of that charge.
As a part of your Chapter’s efforts toward service, we applied to the MOAA Military Family Initiative’s (MMFI) newly launched Community Outreach Grant program for an organization that several of our Board and Members work with, Veterans No Boundaries (VNB). Through this program, MOAA chapters offering programs or services in their local communities in one of eight critical areas of military family need may apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support those initiatives. VNB is a program not only for the disabled veteran but also for the family. The focus is toward adaptive sports activities, free of charge, during the winter and summer sessions.
We were one of a only a very few chapters awarded the top award of $5,000.00, and on December 7th we will be giving the money to VNB representatives for this coming year’s activities.
Our guest speaker will be Adria Horn. Adria has a long history of leadership as a West Point Graduate, a veteran of 5 deployments during her military career, the Director of Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, and now in the private sector as Tilson Technology Management’s vice president of workforce development.
Please join us.
Richard H. Tetrev CDR, USN (Ret.)
Chapter Kicks Off Our First Annual Leadership Award
As we did last year, our next Quarterly Meeting will be held on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, at the Maine Military Museum, located at 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland. We will be presenting the first Annual Leadership Award to a very special Maine person who has definitely made significant and meaningful contributions to improve the lives of veterans living here in our state. Our guest speaker will be Adria Horn, a West Point graduate with an MBA from Northeastern University and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. She is currently the Vice President of Workforce Development for Tilson Technology Management. Prior to joining Tilson in September, she served as the director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Affairs, where she led local and national veteran outreach and legislative initiatives. Adria has 17 years of service in the Army Reserves, specializing in psychological operations. She worked for U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, in her Portland field office upon returning from her last active duty deployment for the Pacific Command.
Please join us to induct our new officer and members of the Board of Directors before our informal lunch.
Twelfth Annual “Mr. T” Memorial Golf Tournament
For the twelfth time the Southern Maine Chapter, MOAA, hosted the annual “Mr. T” Memorial Golf Tournament on August 22. Major Vaughn “Mr. T” Twaddel, was a life-long Professor of Economics and golf team coach at Westbrook College. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves for over 25 years and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors for our Chapter. As a teacher, he was strict and supportive and took great pride in helping students succeed. A “legend” at the college, he was elected Honorary Alumnus and was the graduation speaker at several graduations. An avid golfer, he shot his age at 75 and was a member of the Southern Maine Seniors Golf Association for years. Vaughn also enjoyed many years of skiing at Sugarloaf, inspiring his family to continue on with a love of the mountains and skiing. This year the tournament was held at the Nonesuch River Golf Course in Scarborough. Thanks to our loyal sponsors and intrepid players, the event raised over $4,000.00 that will be used to provide scholarship assistance to senior ROTC students at the University of Maine and the Maine Maritime Academy. Special thanks go out to all our volunteers and players. (LT(jg) Jack Fay, Fund-raising Chair)
Southern Maine Chapter ROTC Program
Another school year is just beginning for ROTC programs throughout Maine. Below you will find a listing of the Junior and Senior ROTC programs that our Chapter supports throughout the state. In total, there are 8 Junior Programs and 3 Senior Programs currently active. The programs listed below are broken down by Military Branch with a school phone number for contact purposes and projected graduation and awards dates:
Bangor High School 207-992-5570 (April 27, 2019)
Hermon High School 207-848-5436 (May 3, 2019)
Nokomis Regional High School 207-368-5239 (April 2019, date TBD)
Old Town High School 207-827-3910, ext 309 (March 30, 2019)
Sacopee Valley High School 207-625-2303 (May 22, 2019)
Brewer High School 207-989-4140 (May 2019, date TBD)
Lewiston High School 207-795-4190 ext 5246 (May 10, 2019)
Massabesic High School 207-247-5011 (May 10, 2019)
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1121 Awards Ceremony (April 2019, date TBD) Commissioning (May 3, 2019)
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1551 Commissioning (May 11, 2019)
Maine Maritime Academy, Castine (April 2019, date TBD)
We currently support these organizations by providing annual awards and a gift for deserving cadets. We provide the Senior ROTC programs with scholarship checks for a deserving cadet/midshipman in the amount of $500 each, funded through Chapter member donations each year and from our annual Military Scholarship Golf Tournament, held in August. Members can be proud of the support their generous donations provide for these excellent leadership programs. The future Officer Corps starts with the ROTC/JROTC organizations. We will be reporting more on the ROTC program in 2019. (COL Frank Toderico, ROTC Chair)
Quarterly Chapter Get Together -- Pearl Harbor Day at the Maine Military Museum
Last year the Chapter Board of Directors decided to make some changes to the Quarterly Meetings breakfast and lunch rotation at the Woodlands Club to, hopefully, attract more of the membership to our get togethers. The decision was made to hold our last Quarterly Meeting of the year at the Maine Military Museum located at 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland. The new setting proved very successful and was well received. Accordingly, we will again meet on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 at the museum.
The museum honors the men and women who have served our state and country from as far back as the Revolution up until today's wars and conflicts. The Board felt that the 7th of December has often become a forgotten day in American history, as it is Pearl Harbor Day, and a day in military history that changed the world.
We will not have a formal “sit down” lunch but rather have an informal lunch, a presentation of our newly instituted Annual Leadership Award to the Maine person who has made meaningful contributions to improve the lives of Maine veterans, and a listen to our guest speaker, Adria Horn, a veteran who is most familiar with assisting veterans in our state. There will also need to be a short business meeting to induct our new officers and directors for the coming year. Tours of the museum will also be available to those interested following the regular meeting.
Please bring a friend or two for this special event, and if you know someone who is eligible to be a member of MOAA but is not a member, bring them too.
There is a charge to cover costs of $15.00 per person and the reservation form is included in this Newsletter.
Military Health Care Update
For the first time in almost two decades, TRICARE will revert back to an open season for health plan enrollment. The season runs from 12 November through 10 December 2018. For those of us who are eligible for TRICARE, it’s important to remember is that if you are happy with the plan you now have - and your eligibility continues - you do not need to do anything. The same coverage you now have will automatically roll over into 2019. That includes Martin’s Point members. If you have TRICARE For Life, or you are a Martin’s Point member with Medicare, you also do not need to make any change. If you are new to TRICARE or would like to change your current health plan, go to tricare.mil for information on the choices available to you and the process for enrollment. After the enrollment season ends, you must remain in whatever TRICARE plan you have until next fall, unless you have a qualifying life event, like a move. Another new element concerns dental and vision coverage. Please note that if you are using the TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan, that plan will expire at the end of 2018. So, you must choose among the federal dental plans offered under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and complete an application for one of them if you want to retain dental coverage. Information about the plans available for dental and vision, including benefits, costs, and enrollment, is at tricare.benefeds.com. (Col Bill Hall, Secretary)
Induction of New Officers and Members of the Board of Directors
Our Chapter bylaws require us to install the newly elected slate of officers and members of the Board of Directors at our December Quarterly Meeting. The new officers for 2018 elected by our members at the September Quarterly Meeting include:
New Officer Slate for 2019
President: CDR Richard H. Tetrev, USN
1st Vice President: LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN
2nd Vice President: CDR David A. Patch, USN
Secretary: Col William E. Hall, USAF
Treasurer: LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN
Immediate Past President: LT Jennifer B. Tyll, USN
Board of Directors for 2019-2021
COL Frank Toderico, ARNG
Col James A. Vollkommer, USAF
CPT Robert B. Wood, USA
Please plan to join us for the December Quarterly Meeting at the Maine Military Museum, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland at 11:30 AM to welcome our newly elected officers and the newest members of the Board of Directors. The installation ceremony will only take a few minutes as part of our normal business activities. Then enjoy the informal lunch with beer and wine, coffee and soft drinks. See the Reservation Form for more information.
The final COLA for the 2018 fiscal year is in. Retired pay and Social Security benefits will be increased by 2.8 percent starting in January 2019. In other words, you will see a $28 increase for every $1000 of retired pay received. The final COLA is determined by comparing the average CPI of the final three months of the fiscal year to the same quarter of the prior year.
Our annual dues drive has ended and the Board of Directors has made an effort to connect with anyone who has not yet sent in their payment. We still have several members that have not paid in the past two years. If you fall into that category, you will be removed from our membership list and this will be the last Newsletter you receive. For all of you that did send in a payment, thank you for your continuing support. (Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chairman)
2019 Chapter Quarterly Meeting Dates
March 9, 2019
June 8, 2019
September 7, 2019
December 7, 2019
The above dates are for your planning calendars for 2019. The first three Quarterly Meetings will be held at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth where we have met for a number of years. The last meeting date will be held at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland on Pearl Harbor Day when we will present the next Annual Leadership Award.