Never Stop Serving

Our Purpose

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. 

President's Message

 MOAA National's primary mission is ensuring that veterans are well taken care of by Congress.  They offer a number of collateral services including scholarships which the Lake Tahoe Chapter is working on now.  Since we became the MOAA Lake Tahoe Chapter in 2006, we have focused on supporting the Reno Veterans' Guest House which provides lodging and food for families of veterans undergoing treatment in the adjacent VA hospital.  


A second goal is support of the Northern Nevada Civil Air Patrol (CAP).  That has been scheduled as a yearly event, and proceeds are donated to the CAP.  More recently all three services, particularly the Air Force, have found they placed too much emphasis on rockets and unmanned aircraft and are encouraging support of the CAP.  The CAP is doing a great job of getting young kids interested in flying right up to the point of getting licensed.  The CAP also assists with SAR missions.  We have in Incline Village noted author, Air Force veteran and CAP enthusiast Dale Brown.  He has agreed to be active with MOAA Lake Tahoe Chapter's effort to expand support of the CAP.  We had plans to schedule a meeting at the Minden Airport during a CAP drill, but Covid 19 put a halt to that.  It's still in the offing, however, as the pandemic recedes.  


MOAA Lake Tahoe Chapter held its annual picnic dinner August 19 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Incline Village.  The event honored Neal Ward, Sr. and his son Neal “Clint” Ward, who both flew for US Air Forces.  Both are inurned in the beautiful community columbarium in St. Patrick’s. Net proceeds of the dinner went to support the Civil Air Patrol a U. S. Air Force auxiliary which trains young men and women aged 12 to 21 to learn to fly.

The senior Ward graduated from Texas A&M in 1937, joined the US Army Air Force as a B17 bomber pilot and was shot down over Germany.  He was captured and managed to escape but was recaptured and spent the balance of the war in solitary confinement.

Neal “Clint” Ward, also an A&M grad (1967), became a USAF pilot and was killed in action in 1969 during the Viet Nam war when his plane was shot down as he thwarted an enemy truck convoy on its way to destroy a village.  His remains were found in 2019 and returned to the United States to be inurned next to his father in St. Patrick’s columbarium in a ceremony joined by his A&M classmates and members of MOAA – LTC.  

Civil Air Patrol honor guard members escorted guests to the Wards’ niches in the church columbarium and briefly recounted their heroic sacrifice.  CAP volunteers were led by former USAF Captain and current CAP mission pilot Dale Brown, author of many New York Times bestsellers and a resident of Incline Village.



             We celebrate our 40th Anniversary this year
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               In Photo is LtCol Roger Leach, USAF Ret., Noreen Leary, CEO of Veterans Guest House, and Col. Gary Thomsen, USAF Ret.


In 2020 our chapter was the Veterans Guest House raffle grand prize winner of $ 5000, and we donated it back.  

This year, 2021, the Veterans Guest House is again holding the raffle.  Instructions for how to donate will be emailed to you.  Raffle tickets are $100 each, and you can buy them online at veterans  The winning tickets will be drawn at half-time of the Army/Navy game on Saturday, December 11th.   

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. 


The guest house is located at 880 Locust Street near the Sierra Nevada Veterans Medical Center. 

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Upcoming events for 2022

The next event will by Thursday, May 26, 2022
It will be a BBQ dinner to celebrate Memorial Day
at the Parasol Foundation Community Center 
in Incline Village
on Thursday May 26 at 1700 hours (social)
and 1800 hours (dinner)
Cost $25 per person

Speaker - Scott Bensing, Director and chair emeritus of Nevada Military Support Alliance
Send check to Treasurer, MOAA-LTC, 3970, Incline Village, NV 89450 

June 16 - Dinner at the Parasol with speaker - Keith Hansen

July and August - TBD

Sept 15 - Dinner at the Parasol with speaker - Brig Gen Joe Shaefer

                   Photos from MOAA-CAP Picnic 
                              August 12, 2021

Chapter Directors


     Chapter Recruiting 2021 - 2022

            Lt Col Roger Leach, USAF Ret            


                              MOAA Life Membership


Life Membership fees are based on your nearest birthday.

49 and under $894                             Age 75-79 $476

Age 50-54 $801                                   Age 80-84 $370

Age 55-59 $804                                   Age 85-89 $266

Age 60-64 $740                                   Age 90-94 $171

Age 65-69 $662                                   Age 95-99 $104

Age 70-74 $574                                   Age 100 and over is Free


Join now! And you’ll receive a 10% discount on LIFE membership! Current Annual Membership Fee is $59.

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.



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.


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 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.

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

Dollar Bills



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.  


Your dues for 2022 are due by January 1, 2022.

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 2022 dues, or if you are unsure and wonder if you “paid ahead”, please text or email the treasurer to learn your status. 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.

                                          CHAPTER OFFICERS
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 

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For questions or submissions to the web site:

Nancy Manter - 

phone: 775-530-1498


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