PIEDMONT CHAPTER Chartered 21 November 1963
Military Officers Association of America 55 Years
September 2019 Keeping Alive a Fine Tradition _____________________________________________________________________________
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PIEDMONT CHAPTER, MOAA DINNER MEETING Thursday, 19 September 2019
We will be honored with several guests. The first two guests are Army Cadet Erin Flaherty and Air Force Cadet Captain Brent Wilken. They will be receiving the MOAA Outstanding Cadet Award. Our guest speaker will be Mr J.C. Cook, Mayor of the City of Clemson. Mayor Cook will speak to his challenges of running a small city, surrounded by a large, rapidly growing university along with a very rapidly growing community.
Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 1800 (6 PM)
Place: Occasions at Wedgefield
1551 Eighteen Mile Road (State Rd S-39-18) Central, SC 29630
Directions: From Anderson, take 76 West toward Clemson. At end of 76 (at the Ace Hardware with Clemson flags), turn right onto 123 North. Continue on 123 North approximately 4 miles. Take Road 18 Exit (between mile markers 5 and 6). Exit to the right and turn right at the end of the ramp. Go approximately 0.2 miles and Occasions will be on your left.
Menu: Chef’s Choice Buffet including salad, vegetable, several entrees, coffee and tea.
A cash bar will be available.
Cost: $17.00 per person includes tax and gratuity.
RSVP/Mail Checks: Col Tom Turner
38 Voyles Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
Call: (864) 378-7143 or 864-446-2449(m) or 864-933-4067(m)
Checks payable to: Piedmont Chapter, MOAA
RSVP Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend.
RESERVATION FOR Occasions, 19 September 2019
President’s Notes: We had a very informative presentation in July by Mr Brennan Beck and Ty Robinson regarding the Clemson University’s efforts in enhancing and promoting the student life of Clemson’s veteran students. Also, our special thanks to Mrs Carole Ann McClimon for her contribution to this Clemson program.
Your Chapter Board has approved a change to the chapter bylaws that will allow Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) to be regular dues-paying members of the chapter. This type membership will be on an invitational basis only and be approved by the Board. This change will require a vote of the membership at the September meeting.
On behalf of the membership and especially the Chapter Board, I want to thank Pam Durham for her fine work over the last several years maintaining the chapter roster and dealing with the new MOAA Committee Module introduced by MOAA headquarters. Pam’s schedule at work had gotten so demanding that she had to give this up. Thank You, Pam, for your dedication and service. We still look forward to seeing you at our dinners.
A few words regarding membership. I continuously look for new members. When the opportunity comes, and it does come, it is my responsibility to pass on an invitation to come to our next meeting. I try to get a phone number, email, etc., and promise to get back in touch. I believe we have a good program and people just need to be asked…maybe several times. I trust we are all together in this effort. If you can bring a prospective member to one of our meetings, their dinner is free.
Do you have overseas travel planned? Do you know what happens to your Tricare For Life benefit when an unexpected accident occurs overseas? In the states, Medicare acts as your primary payer and TFL as your Medicare Supplement. However, Medicare does not cover overseas expenses, so Tricare becomes your primary payer. Your Tricare supplement converts to Tricare’s Select annual deductible and cost shares. Be prepared to pay for any services you receive out of the country. Be sure to save any proof of payment that you receive from the treatment facility. You will need to submit a claim to Tricare. You are responsible for paying any amount that exceeds the Tricare-allowable charge, in addition to your deductible and cost share. Further information can be found by downloading MOAA’s TFL Handbook from the MOAA website.
A Bit of Humor: I recently called an old Current Board of Directors
engineering buddy of mine and asked what he was President LtCol Wayne Watson, USAF
working on these days. He replied that he was working VP/Programs COL Dale Ellenburg, USA
on “Agua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminum Secretary Sharon Jacobs, Auxiliary
and steel under a constrained environment.” I was Treasurer Tom Turner, Col, USAF
impressed until upon further inquiry, I learned that he Legislation Steven Ford, LTC, USA
was washing dishes with hot water under his wife’s ROTC Awards Janelle Merritt, CDR, USN
supervision! Ahh….the benefits of a good vocabulary. Membership vacant
Webmaster Jack Gregory, LtCol, USAF
Newsletter Editor and Roster:
South Carolina State Fair Howard Stammerjohn, LtCol, USAF
Coming to the Columbia Fair Grounds. Chaplain and Personal Affairs
Rev. Beryl Rosenberger, CAPT, USNR
Hospitality Col Ben/Pat Kissam, ARNG and LtCol Wayne Watson, USAF .
Piedmont South Carolina Chapter