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.
Additional events are planned at the Chateau in Incline Village for November 19 (luncheon ) and December 17 (Holiday dinner - uniforms or appropriate civilian attire).
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
For all events, send your check to Treasurer, Gary Thomsen, MOAA-LTC,
P.O. Box 3970, Incline Village, NV 89450
Schedule of our 2020 events
MOAA BOARD MEETINGS:
November 4 - at St.Patrick's church library
Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 AM - MOAA-LTC luncheon at the Chateau
Luncheon - Cobb Salad and dessert, $25 per person;
Speaker: Ananth Natarajan, MD - speaking about his involvement in a company that makes prosthetics
for wounded veterans - See his bio below
Thursday, December 17th at 5 PM - MOAA-LTC Christmas dinner/dance at the Chateau
Steak & salmon dinner; $40 per person; music by Fabrizio and dancing
Bio of Ananth Natarajan, MD
Dr. Natarajan is a physician and engineer who specializes in utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems. He founded Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT) in 1997 and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the company for over ten years. Funding for the company was provided by the National Institutes of Health, which committed substantial capital to IBT for development of its high impact technologies.
The company developed neurocritical care monitors and also spun-out a software company in the endoscopy space, Ikona Medical. The spin-out developed the first mobile reader application for capsule endoscopy. IBT also launched a healthcare information technology company (Vigilant Medical) which provides medical image sharing for clients, which have included four of the “Top 10 Heart Hospitals” as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Over 40,000 patients per year are cared for using the Vigilant system.
Currently IBT is developing advanced dexterous prosthetic technology for upper limb amputees, and over 2,500 amputees in thirty-one countries are currently using one or more components of this system. Ananth has also been an active angel investor and has helped fund over a dozen early-stage technology companies, including Vaxart (NASDAQ: VXRT), whose COVID-19 vaccine candidate was chosen for US Operation Warp Speed.
Ananth has several publications, presentations, and patents to his credit. He has received the TR35 award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review and the Duke University Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. He has been featured in the Red Herring magazine in a cover story as one of “5 Technology Innovators Changing the World.” He is a member of the California Club, the Athenaeum, and the Economic Round Table (Past-President).
He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for Infinite Biomedical Technologies, BlueCode AI, Point Designs, Team Med Ventures and Vigilant Medical, and as a member of the Duke University Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board. In the past he has served on the Boards of the Caltech Associates (Past President), Duke University Alumni Association of Southern California, Expanse 3D, HIVE Lighting, Innovate Pasadena, the Pasadena Angels, and the Pasadena Symphony. He is also Past President of the Physicians’ Wine & Food Society. For over twenty years he has served as a Member or Chairman of various review panels for the National Institutes of Health. Currently, he is Chairman of the NIH Translational Neural, Brain, and Pain Relief Devices panel.
Dr. Natarajan received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University (at age 18, with Distinction). He received an MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed his residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Southern California. He has held adjunct faculty appointments at USC as well as at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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.
We are proud to support the Veterans Guest House
at 880 Locust Street, Reno, NV 89502 Phone: 775-324-6958
To see what is going on there go to
Upcoming events will be posted here also.
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.
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
President: Jim Clark - 775-831-1414