MOAA - LAKE TAHOE CHAPTER

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. 

 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.  

 

Covid 19 has changed the landscape for us, and we thank you for your support of our chapter .  

Thankfully,  we were able to sneak in a very successful event last September at GarWoods during a lull in Covid.  With the advent of effective vaccines, we intend to return to a full social and charitable schedule for the balance of this year and thereafter.  

 

                  MOAA - Lake Tahoe Chapter 

             will have a dinner at the Chateau in Incline Village

                                           955 Fairview Blvd  

                                         

                                              Tuesday, June 29th 

                        Social Hour: 1730        Dinner: 1830

                                                Cost: $55 per person

                                         

                                       Speaker: Brig. Gen. Joe Shaefer

                       "There Is No Such Thing as a Small War"

            "Unconventional Warfare Will Keep America Safe...Done Right"

                                               

Joe Shaefer Is a former university professor and retired Brigadier General who speaks and writes about national and global affairs.  

                                        (longer bio will be emailed to you)

                                 

 

                                                     Menu: 

Buffet Italian dinner including Garlic bread, caesar salad, Penne Pasta with a Porcini Cream Sauce, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, and Parmesan Chicken, and dessert.

                                                      no host bar

 

                          Reserve by sending a check to Treasurer, MOAA-LTC,

                                     P.O. Box 3970, Incline Village, NV 89450 

                                        Deadline for reservation is June 11

                  Call or email if questions: 775-530-1498  nkelmanski@aol.com

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

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             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.

 

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. 

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Planned events for 2021

 Next board meeting - Wed. July 7, 2021- 1000 - at St. Patrick's church library
   
             Dinner meetings for the rest of 2021 - see below

June 29 - dinner at the Chateau in Incline Village with speaker, Brig Gen Joe Shaefer
                               "There Is No Such Thing As a Small War"
                 "Unconventional Warfare Will Keep America Safe...Done Right"
Joe Shaefer is a former university professor and retired Brigadier General who speaks and writes about national and global affairs.

July 3 - Incline Village parade
July 4 - Vets club hosting pancake breakfast

August 19 - picnic to support the Civil Air Patrol - at Round Hill Pines Resort - details later

September 18 or 25 - Vets Club - Octoberfest at Diamond Peak

October 13 - Joint National Security Forum and MOAA-LTC breakfast and presentation by 
                  on the Care of Seriously Wounded Military Members - Dr. Ananth Natarajan
                  to be held at the Chateau


November 18 -  luncheon meeting at Chateau

December 16 - Christmas dinner at the Chateau

Chapter Directors

            Chapter Recruiting 2021

                     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 Lurlene Brown, USAF Ret.
          Col Bill Brown, USAF Ret.
          LtCol Jeff Church, USAF Ret.
          LtCol Howard Reinhart, USAFR Ret.

 

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

 

                                          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    

                             

                                            DIRECTORS

 

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 dukeattahoe@aol.com 

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CONTACTS

For questions or submissions to the web site:

Nancy Manter - nkelmanski@aol.com 

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

luv49er@gmail.com

President: Jim Clark - 775-831-1414