Our January meeting provides an opportunity for our Board to provide a “state of the Chapter” annual report covering the variety of activities and initiatives in which we have invested both time and funds during 2021 calendar year. This meeting is significant in that it allows the membership to participate in a review of how our funds were allocated, the amazing progress that we have made on our scholarship initiative, and as an opportunity to provide input on programs for the upcoming year.
We will also conduct a vote on increasing our dues from $20 to $25 for Regular Members on an annual basis, beginning with this membership year. Surviving Spouse dues will remain at $5 per year. This vote is required by our bylaws.
Hopefully we can also hear from you on how we can expand the reach of the chapter, from suggestions to support for organizations that we are not currently touching, to new ideas for reaching the current generation of officers that we hope to have join our ranks.
So please Mark your calendars for 25 January as we start the new year with our annual business meeting.
Please Join Us for This Meeting!
(The complete report will be posted on our website, and members who do not have access to the internet can procure a copy by contacting any of your Board members.)
MTC President's Message
Happy New Year to all our members!
First let me thank everyone for your support and attendance at our meetings in 2021. We had an excellent year as we moved beyond 2020. Great programs that kept us informed on local veteran service programs, TN legislative process, local sports, Homeland Security, health and wellness, and the new US Space Force. And we also had an “in-person” update from CAPT Erin Stone of MOAA National. And the good news is 2022 promises to be another very informative year of presentations.
In 2021 we continued our 5 Star Chapter status for our 2020 activities and had another outstanding scholarship fund drive raising over $8,000. We continued to support scholarships/grants at both Lipscomb and Belmont Universities as well as a $2,000 donation to the MOAA National Scholarship Fund. Finally, we added over $4,000 to the Middle Tennessee MOAA Endowment for disabled veterans at Lipscomb University. Thank you for your outstanding support.
I want to thank our board members for their faithful service during the last two years of my tenure as President. It has been an honor to serve and see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make all the events, meeting and programs come together. Special thanks to our outgoing treasurer 1LT Deryl Bauman for his dedicated service.
If you have attended a recent meeting, or read a recent newsletter, you will know we are actively searching for a new treasurer. Lt. Bauman will be expanding his other civic duties and traveling. However, he will consult with and sub ( when available) for the new treasurer for lunch duty if necessary. This position is responsible for collecting monthly lunch payments, reimbursing for our administrative expenditures, reporting on our financial status at monthly board meetings, writing checks to our handful of charitable donations each year, and submitting an annual IRS E-form. While it may not sound like a huge set of tasks, it is very important to the functioning of our chapter. Please consider volunteering a little of your time each month to help our chapter.
Finally, we will install our new President, Lt.Col. Karon Uzzell-Baggett. Karon has served as your 1st Vice President for the past two years. Welcome Karon, I know you will do a great job.
Middle TN Chapter Awarded MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award for the year 2020.
Pictured at left with the Middle TN Chapter 5-Star Award is (left to right) Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dana Adkins USAF, MOAA President and CEO; Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karon Uzzell-Baggett USAF, First Vice President of the Middle TN Chapter; and General Skip Sharp, USA Retired, Chairman of the MOAA Board. The Award was presented and accepted at the MOAA National Meeting in Arlington, VA on 15 October 2021.
Out of just over 400 MOAA affiliates, 162 councils and chapters nominated themselves for awards this year. Input from those who submitted a package for consideration was independently evaluated by two members of the Council and Chapter Affairs Committee of the MOAA board of directors.
Literature Distribution at MTC Meetings
As a reminder to our members, The Military Officers Association of America, and the Middle Tennessee Chapter as an affiliate, are Section 501 (c) (19) organizations. This allows contributions to be tax exempt. We are prohibited from advocating for issues that may represent one political platform over another or supporting a candidate for elected office. To this end, we limit our chapter advocacy to MOAA supported national issues and veteran and military issues at the state level that do not represent one political platform.
To protect our status, we want to ensure any literature from our chapter complies with these limitations. We provide some printed materials at our meetings and occasionally include handouts from our presenters. If an individual member wishes to provide material of interest at one of our meetings, we request an emailed copy of these materials by the last day of the preceding month, so our board has time to review.
MTC Membership Updates
Welcome to the new members that have joined in the 2022 membership year: