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Chapter Accomplishments 2018 and Goals 2019

Reports from the Chapter President on issues of interest to Chapter members.

NEWSGRAM-PRESIDENT May 2019

President’s Message:  Fight for the Right and the True

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.”

President Theodore Roosevelt

Luke Chapter will be honored yet again with the Harris Communication Award for calendar 2018 with a Five Start rating by the national Military Officers Association of America.  The NewsGram, edited by LTC Scott Phillips, and our Luke Chapter website at www.lukemoaa.org , edited and managed by Lt Col Bob Nelson, were both selected for this prestigious national award.  Of approximately 400 chapters and state council affiliates of MOAA nationally, less than one in five receive the Harris Communication Five Star award for these publications.  Scott Phillips and Bob Nelsen, respectively, deserve and have earned our highest regard for the countless hours of hard work they put in to make these media so respected.  Thank you, gentlemen, for a job very well done!

Our chapter nomination for a Level of Excellence award for calendar year 2018 is in preparation and will soon be submitted.  Luke Chapter was awarded a LOE rating of Five Stars for calendar 2017.  I am confident we will repeat for 2018 given the extraordinary drive and talent of our directors and membership.  Among many highlights, we awarded a record $24,900 in scholarship grants to sixteen West Valley students last spring.  We plan to award, under CW03 Don Fordney’s leadership, a record $34,000 in scholarship grants this spring.  Our scholarship fund is by far the largest of the nine Arizona chapters.  Due to your generosity and that of local businesses, the fund continues to grow.

Our chapter was honored with a second-year grant from MOAA’s Community Foundation of $3,750, augmented by $1,250 of Luke Chapter funds, for a total grant budget of $5,000.  We distributed this fund to needy veterans, active duty members and their families in food support and emergency financial grants.  LTC Dennis DeFrain, as chair of the Grant Committee, supported by SSP Linda Wolverton, CWO3 Fordney and Rev Maj Fannalou Guggisberg, administered our highly regarded program.  We await word on our pending application for a third-year Community Foundation grant from MOAA. 

Other chapter achievements are remarkable.  We continue to support thirteen local high schools in their JROTC programs with MOAA recognition certificates under LTC Bob Nelson.  Our Chaplain, Rev Guggisberg, leads the way with great diligence in pastoral care of our members.  Col Phil Hansen connects our members with the Arizona legislature on bills vital to veterans in the state.  Pam and Col Jerry Wojtas and LTC DeFrain were awarded MOAA’s coveted Leadership Award in January by MOAA’s CEO, Lt Gen Dana Adkins.  Our Treasurer, Linda Wolverton, was awarded MOAA’s Certificate of Merit.  I could go on and on.  Across the board, we set the standard of excellence for chapter leadership.

This is my last message to you as President of Luke Chapter, Military Officers Association of America.  You, the members, honored me by entrusting this role to me for the past two years.  Our wonderful, hard-working Board of Directors and our members and their spouses raise the bar ever higher.  Thank you, one and all. 

Luke Chapter members always ‘aggressively fight for the right,’ and we will…

NEVER STOP SERVING®

Mike Kramer
mike.kramer@lukemoaa.org

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