MOAA - LAKE TAHOE CHAPTER
Never Stop Serving
The purposes of the Chapter shall be to promote the purposes and objectives of the Military Officers Association of America; foster fraternal relations among retired, active and former officers of the uniformed services and their National Guard or Reserve components; protect the rights and interests of active duty, retired, Reserve and National Guard personnel of the uniformed services and their dependents and survivors; provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors; and serve the community and the nation.
MOAA Lake Tahoe Chapter members emerged from months of sheltering in place to kick off meetings for the remainder of 2020 with a well-attended dinner meeting Sept. 30 at GarWoods restaurant in Carnelian Bay. Safe health procedures included "no touch" temperature checks, distancing and masks when appropriate.
Over 50 members and spouses enjoyed the lake view from the Riva Room, specially priced "wet woodies" and a choice of filet or salmon. Chapter leaders conducted a brief formal honoring of three flag officer members who were present with ruffles, flourishes and the playing of "the generals' march". New MOAA - LTC Member Dan Yoo, MAJ GEN, USMC (Ret) gave a presentation on Marine Corps Special Forces activities.
We had to cancel our Holiday dinner at the Chateau on December 17 th. Stay tuned for our May 20th dinner to celebrate Memorial Day.
CAPT James F. Clark (JAGC), USNR Ret, President
Left to right: RADM Jack Calvert, USN Ret, Brig Gen Joe Shaefer, USAF, Ret, Maj Gen Dan Yoo, USMC Ret,
CAPT Keith Hansen, USN Ret
MOAA - LAKE TAHOE CHAPTER
HOW WE STARTED
The Retired Officers Association, Lake Tahoe Chapter, was organized in 1981 as an affiliate of the National Retired Officers Association. In January, 2003, the National Retired Officers Association changed its name to Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) . Then in April, 2006 we changed our name to Military Officers of America, Lake Tahoe Chapter. We were unincorporated at that time, but we incorporated in the State of Nevada in December, 2017 as a nonprofit corporation . On January 10, 2018 we got our corporate charter in the name of Military Officers Association of America, Lake Tahoe Chapter.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2019
In Photo is LtCol Roger Leach, USAF Ret., Noreen Leary, CEO of Veterans Guest House, and Col. Gary Thomsen, USAF Ret.
Our chapter was the Veterans Guest House raffle grand prize winner of $ 5000, and we donated it back.
The following is the article written by President, Jim Clark for the local newspapers.
Tahoe Mil. Gp. Donates $5K lottery prize back to Reno vets’ lodging org.
A Tahoe area military officers group won the Veterans Guest House grand raffle prize of $5,000 and donated it back to the Reno based nonprofit.
Veterans Guest House provides temporary lodging and a caring environment for veterans and their family members who travel to Reno for their medical care. To raise funds the organization conducts an annual cash prize raffle. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a national organization chartered by Congress and is comprised of active and retired military officers. Its 125 member Lake Tahoe Chapter sponsors educational events and supports veterans’ needs.
As in past years the chapter bought a Guest House raffle ticket and on December 12 the MOAA group found out it won the $5,000 grand prize. “We held a virtual board meeting and each member voted to donate the prize money back to the Guest House . . . it was unanimous” said retired Navy captain James Clark, the group’s president. Veterans Guest House CEO Noreen Leary rsponded: “What a wonderful gift! This group of military officers has been so very supportive of our mission over the years and this is just another very special example of that.”
The guest house is located at 880 Locust Street near the Sierra Nevada Veterans Medical Center.
Planned events for 2021
Location for dinner and lunch events are to be announced - some will be at the Parasol and some at the Chateau - hopefully
Memorial Day dinner - Thursday, May 20th
June 17 - dinner
July 15 - dinner
August 19 - Zephyr Cove picnic to support the Civil Air Patrol
September 16 - dinner
October 21 - dinner or lunch
November 18 - dinner or lunch
December 16 - Christmas dinner at the Chateau
Chapter Recruiting 2020
Lt Col Roger Leach, USAF Ret
MOAA Life Membership
Life Membership fees are based on your nearest birthday.
50 and under $851 Age 76-80 $434
Age 51-55 $801 Age 81-85 $332
Age 56-60 $757 Age 86-90 $234
Age 61-65 $692 Age 91-95 $145
Age 66-70 $615 Age 96-99 $88
Age 71-75 $529 Age 100 and over is Free
Join now! And you’ll receive a 10% discount on LIFE membership! Current Annual Membership Fee is $48.
You may pay in 10 convenient, interest-free installments, either by check or debit/credit card.
Should you prefer to pay by debit/credit card, you can have your credit card automatically charged monthly for the remaining installment payments. Payments will be debited on or about the 23rd of the month. Members whose spouses are also members of MOAA need only pay $100 for Life Membership for the other spouse. A great saving!
How to Apply:
The application in “A Guide TO MOAA MEMBERSHIP” brochure (call me if you need one - 775-287-1121) must be used, or chapter members can call the Member Service Center at 1-800-234-6622 to apply for Life Membership. It’s imperative to identify yourself as a Lake Tahoe Chapter (NV05) member to receive the 10% discount.
BENEFITS OF LIFE MEMBERSHIP
LIFE Membership offers the greatest value to officers in any stage of life and career. Those who sign up for LIFE Membership receive all of MOAA’s Premium benefits, plus more – for life. Additional LIFE benefits include an invitation to the Army Navy Club of Washington, D.C., with no initiation fee, bonus travel rewards and discounts, and direct access to MOAA staff experts on the dedicated LIFE Member Hotline. Additionally, once MOAA members sign up for LIFE, benefits will be made available to their spouses for their lives as well.
Finally: For those of you not currently LIFE Members, I encourage each of you to consider conversion
to LIFE Membership. To ensure our chapter receives credit for conversion to Life Membership, please advise me of your action by calling me at (775) 287-1121.
Our most recent new members:
Major General Dan Yoo, USMC Ret., and wife, Grace
Major Scott Ayer, USAF Ret., and wife, Ilonka
LEGISLATIVE LIAISON - LTCOL GUY FORTIER, USAF RETIRED
I encourage all members to stay current and take action on important legislation in Congress by signing up for MOAA’s EMail Action E-list.
If you have not signed up for MOAA’s Email Action E-List, do so now.
Go to www.moaa.org and on the top bar, place your cursor on “Take Action.”
In the drop-down menu that opens, click on “Contact Congress” and click on the box “Take Action” for those issues of importance to you.
This will enable you to get immediate notification of legislation being considered by Congress that is of importance to the active duty and while on the “Contact Congress” page, go to the bottom and under “Stay informed,” click on “Action E-List,” Just follow the directions from that point. retired military community.
Guy wants to alert you all that the November 2020 issue of Military Officer has a timely and very informative article about Tricare benefits. It is titled "Tricare Guide" and starts on page 43. It answers many of the questions we have about how to use Tricare, some of the changes, other options and plans. He recommends that you read it.
Treasurer's report - Col Gary Thomsen, USAF Ret
Send dues or dinner checks to Treasurer, MOAA-LTC,
P.O.Box 3970, Incline Village, NV 89450
LAKE TAHOE CHAPTER DUES AND MOAA NATIONAL DUES
Here are some important facts that should clarify questions that arise about paying the Lake Tahoe Chapter dues of $25 per year and MOAA National dues.
Lake Tahoe Chapter dues: Your annual chapter dues of $25 are requested in November and December via the web page and the Christmas dinner/dance flyer emailed to you. If you attended the dinner, you probably paid your dues then also. If not, you either paid them separately or forgot to pay.
This year the board decided to roll over the 2020 dues to 2021. So, if you paid your 2020 dues, you do not need to pay for 2021, but if you did not, then your 2021 dues are due by Jan. 1, 2021.
We do not send an invoice or bill for the annual chapter dues of $25. If your dues are not paid by Jan. 1st, you will not receive a written notice of that. If you are not sure if you paid your 2020 dues, or if you are unsure and wonder if you “paid ahead”, please text or email the treasurer to learn your status. Gary@TahoeThomsens.com or 775-830-1409. He will reply within a week.
Those exempt from paying Lake Tahoe Chapter dues are WWII Veterans, widows, widowers, and active duty members.
MOAA National dues - These are separate from the chapter dues. And, if you are a LIFE member of MOAA National, you still need to pay your chapter dues - $25.
If you are a new member of MOAA National, you should receive a voucher as part of your “Welcome Letter” from MOAA National. It entitles you to one year of free chapter dues, but you must forward the voucher to the chapter.
MOAA-LTC OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
President CAPT James F. Clark, USNR (775) 831-1414
1st Vice President CAPT Dennis R. Haney, USA (775) 833-3037
2nd Vice President LtCol Jeff Poindexter, USAF Ret (775) 420-1676
Secretary LtCol Nancy K. Manter (775) 530-1498
Treasurer Col Gary Thomsen, USAF Ret (775) 830-1409
President Ex-Officio RADM Jack Calvert, USN Ret (775) 339-1233
Program Chair Maj Stan Wolken, USAF (650) 704-5991
Membership Chair LtCol Roger Leach, USAF Ret (775) 287-1121
Wash. D.C. Liaison LtCol Guy Fortier, USAF Ret (775) 831-3040
Personal Affairs Chair Kay Lehr (916) 203-4319
Newsletter Editor LtCol Nancy Manter, USAF Ret (775) 530-1498
Member-at-Large CAPT Loren “Biz” Obley, USN Ret (775) 831-8694
Contacts for your Senators & Representatives
The Honorable Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senate, Washington D.C. 20510,
Phone: (202) 224-6244
The Honorable Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senate, Wash. D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 2243542
The Honorable Mark Amodei, U.S. House of Representatives, Wash. D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6155
Anyone who wants to carpool, please contact any member of the board.
On the South Shore, call LtCol Jim Duke (530) 541-6179 or
For questions or submissions to the web site:
Nancy Manter -
For dues and payment for events:
Gary Thomsen, Treasurer
MOAA - LTC , P.O. Box 3970, Incline Village, NV
For membership information:
Roger Leach - 775-287-1121
President: Jim Clark - 775-831-1414