MEETINGS  -  Our May 2019  dinner program was super interesting and rewarding.  For Pictures see the blue button aboveOur next meeting is July 18 at Tuckers Restaurant in Anderson and we will be privileged to hear from Mr Brennan Beck, Clemson University’s Director for Military and Veteran Engagement.  See our Newsletter or Facebook page at the blue and red buttons above for details.

Our guest speaker at the May meeting was Ms. Beth Leavitt, Air Force Association 2018 NATIONAL Teacher of the Year,  M.Ed., NBCT, NASA NEAT, Executive Director FIRST Team 283, The Generals, and three young students of hers, Chesney Birshing, Anh Doan, Mark Smith.  Ms. Leavitt teaches at Wade Hampton HS, Greenville, SC, and received the Air Force Assoc. award primarily due to her interest in STEM and robotics.  She has been instrumental in developing and implementing summer engineering camps at Greenville Tech and Seiver Middle School.  Now to further unpack some of those acroynmns and titles from Beth's resume so you understand a little known aspect of our Nation's investment in science and space:
   
    NASA NEAT is a group of 197 teachers nationwide that were finalists in the NASA Educator Astronaut application. They spent 4 years helping write curriculum, test it, and provide feedback for NASA.   FIRST FRC is a robotics program. FIRST stands For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and is a world wide group that organizes robotics competitions for K-12 grades.  FRC stands for FIRST Robotics Challenge. It is the premier and highest level of FIRST robotics.   Ms Leavitt and her team were tasked with building a 125lb robot to perform tasks and challenges and compete like Battlebots but without the blow torches and chain saws. It is the best program, done after school, to actively engage youth in problem solving through a hands on, product driven challenge. 

Our Chapter was recently recognized by MOAA National for its Retention of Membership.   We were one of 91 chapters that retained at least 80% of their total membership.   We still have a challenge to get new members, but it is a feather in the cap to not lose those already on board, especially, as we all get older.   Plus we got a $250 retention incentive award from National MOAA.  

NEWS

Navigating your military benefits can be a challenge. That’s why MOAA provides you with the information you need to help you take full advantage of all that you’ve earned. Learn more at www.moaa.org. DID YOU KNOW that if you are a LIFE MEMBER of MOAA you can get personalized, by phone, advice on your VA, or other government benefits, like TRICARE Dental, Eye care, etc? Yes you can.

MOAA EARNS RECOGNITION.  The Military Officers Association of America’s efforts on behalf of its members and the wider military community have again earned recognition from The Hill newspaper, which named MOAA one of the top lobbying associations for the 12th straight year. MOAA was the only military or veteran service organization named. Lt. Gen Atkins said “But our work is far from finished. We will remain engaged with every branch of government on behalf of our nation’s service members and veterans, and their families, to ensure their efforts are acknowledged and their earned benefits are protected.”  The HILL is a nonpartisan publication with a 24,000-copy print circulation that includes every Congressional office.   

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