If you are an Anderson/Clemson SC area resident and an active duty officer, retired officer, former officer, and whether of the Regular, Reserve or National Guard, you and your family will benefit from being a member of MOAA and our Chapter. Read below to see why.
MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. OUR CHAPTER, among other efforts, helps represent your interests to our South Carolina and National Legislatures and other elected leaders. MOAA itself offers a wide range of useful financial and insurance products that are cost competitive, member oriented, and exclusive to MOAA membership. Whatever the stage of your career, your MOAA membership delivers benefits geared specifically to you - and your family.
OUR CHAPTER MISSION
We strive to keep our members informed about national and local South Carolina legislative policies that affect their daily lives AND inform them about National Security issues. We invite speakers to our meetings who contribute to that effort, and we also often have as speakers prominent members of the community, especially those who are influential in the civic life of Anderson City and Anderson County, and influential in South Carolina state issues affecting military people, especially the retired.
Our next Meeting is Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018. Our guests in September will be two ROTC students; Katie Cooke and Drew Brown, from Clemson University. We look forward to hearing their stories and their future aspirations as military officers. See the NEWS Page for details.
We meet six (6) times a year in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of those months and alternate between the Anderson and Clemson area locations. Prospective members, spouses and guests are invited and encouraged to attend.
Meetings typically include lunch or dinner along with a program or subject of interest to the membership.
The Chapter is an active member of the MOAA South Carolina Council of Chapters. The Council supports the activities of the 12 MOAA Chapters in SC. Two current members of the Chapter have served as Council President. The Piedmont Chapter supports seven (7) high school Junior ROTC units and two (2) university ROTC units within its membership area. Each year the Chapter awards the MOAA Medal and Certificate to deserving cadets during their School's annual award ceremonies. Each year it helps sponsor the annual South Carolina Upstate JROTC Drill Meet held in Anderson at the local Civic Center.
The Chapter has supported the annual Spartanburg "Military Stand Down" program which supports Veterans, by supplying transportation for homeless veterans in Anderson to attend this event. We are also a member of the Anderson County Veterans Association (ACVA) which sponsors an annual Memorial Day Program at the Anderson County Veterans' Monument, and our chapter also supports the city of Anderson Veterans' Day Parade.
Our Piedmont Chapter, along with the ACVA, was a major player in the original idea, design, and financing plans for the 10 year, $100,000 project to build the Carillon Tower/Monument. The Carillon Tower is centrally located on the grounds of the M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans' Cemetery in Anderson. The Carillon plays Westminster Chimes and bugle calls as appropriate in honor and memory of the South Carolina veterans and spouses interred there.
For more information about our activities, along with pictures to illustrate them, click the link below.
Piedmont South Carolina Chapter