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OFFICERS CALL ST. PETERSBURG AREA CHAPTER, Military Officers Association of America P. O Box 7054, St. Petersburg, FL 33734 VOL VII No. VII Five Star Chapter: 2000, 2002-07 July 2009 Print Media Winner 2006; Also, 2003 Won: Print & Electronic Media & Web Site!! President's Comments: Our July Speaker: First, some sad news. Colonel Al Captain Todd A. Sokalzuk, USCG Neville, USAF (Ret), flew his final flight Captain Todd A. Sokalzuk is a on 9 June 2009. Al was the former edi- 1985 graduate of the U.S. Coast tor of the Officers Call and my mentor Guard Academy and served his ini- and friend (and a friend to all of us). I tial tours on the USCGC SHERMAN shall miss him. and the USCGC MORGENTHAU as Next, CAPT Bob Eynatten, USN (Ret) a student engineer. He was selected and his lovely wife, Maggie, have de- for Naval Flight School in 1987 and cided to move nearer to family in the Phoenix area. For many earned his “wings” in 1989. years, Bob and Maggie greeted each and every attendee at the Captain Sokalzuk’s first aviation monthly luncheons and made sure that the behind-the-scenes assignment was as a duty standing items for the luncheons were completed without a hitch. pilot flying HH-3F Pelican and HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters at Air Bob and Maggie, from me and from all the members of the St Station Clearwater. He also deployed extensively for Operation Petersburg Area Chapter, a heartfelt THANK YOU! Good luck Bahamas, Turks and Caicos for counter narcotics operations. In in Arizona. We will miss you. (See pg 8 for their new address.) 1994 he was assigned as an HH-60J instructor pilot at the Aviation Training Center and was involved with bringing the HH-60J Flight On a lighter note, the 2009 Florida Council of Chapters Con- Simulator and associated training on line. vention, hosted by our Chapter, is over. And, by all accounts and measurements, it was a huge success and set a new stan- In 1998, Captain Sokalzuk was assigned to the Office of Aviation dard for the Council and chapters who host the convention. Management developing resource proposals and managing fund- ing for a variety of aviation programs including the Airborne Use of You can be enormously proud of your Chapter members who Force program and a variety of aircraft upgrades and acquisitions. worked so tirelessly to make this the undisputed success that it In 2000, he was assigned to the Office of Programs and reviewed was, beginning with CAPT Don Freese, the Convention Chair. Coast Guard resource policy and proposals for the Coast Guard’s There were so many of our Chapter members who stepped naval, aviation, civil and electronics engineering programs. up to the plate and helped Don that I cannot begin to name them Captain Sokalzuk was assigned as Deputy Commander Coast all. Suffice it to say, though, that we as a Chapter, and Don as Guard Activities San Diego in 2002. He won a variety of resources the chairman, could not have pulled this off without all the help for anti-terrorism force protection upgrades, construction projects that we received. and was involved in the development of the Sector Command Center I am very proud of all of you who worked so tirelessly to – Joint. He also managed the reorganization of Activities San Diego ensure the success. EVERYONE did his or her part, and when into a Sector. In 2005 Captain Sokalzuk assumed command of Air necessary, many stepped in to fill the inevitable voids that al- Station Savannah, and was selected to attend the Air War College ways seem to appear despite all the careful and meticulous plan- where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy. ning. And, for those of you who were unable to help, I thank CAPT Sokalzuk is currently the Commanding Officer of Coast you for your moral support and encouragement. Guard Air Station Clearwater. There were 63 St Petersburg Area Chapter members and CAPT Sokalzuk’s military awards include four Meritorious Ser- spouses who attended at least one event. We were, by far, the vice Medals, the Air Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Med- chapter with the most attendees, but, because we were the host als, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Let- chapter, we were excluded from winning any attendance awards. ter of Commendation and various unit commendations. CAPT Sokalzuk is married to the former Ruth Williams of George See President's, Pg 8 West, Texas. They are the proud parents of a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Maggie. Page 2 OFFICERS CALL –July 2009 Officers Call Luncheon Meetings The 3rd Friday — mixer Print Media Winner- 2006 11:00 - 11:45 luncheon; program 11:45 - 13:15; Print Media 1st Runner-Up - 2008 -Officers Call is published monthly by The St Petersburg Area BanquetMasters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Pk. Chapter, MOAA, Inc. P.O. Box 7054, St Petersburg, Fl 33734. Articles in Officers Call are the sole opinion of the authors and do not necessarily reflect policies or opinions of the publisher. CALENDAR Mailed as third class mail at the Manasota Post Office, Permit #1533. Printed by Creative Technology of Sarasota, Inc. July 17th , Friday. Speaker: CAPT Todd Sokalzuk, USCG, • Editor – Lt Col Larry Fernald, USAF ................ 522-6237 Air Station Clearwater Commander • Reporter/Photos – CWO4 Basil Burrell, USCG 821-7365 • Consultant-- Col Al Neville, USAF....................... 522-5685 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE August 21st, Friday. Speaker: COL Sharon Richie-Melvin, DIRECTORS USA (Ret) Florida Veterans Affairs President- Lt Col Larry Fernald, USAF .......... .522-6237 1st VP- MAJ Ed Lillich, USA .............................. .546-2246 September 18th, Friday. Speaker: 2nd VP- LTC Terry Carr, USA .............................. 392-6524 Secretary- Mrs. Chris Lillich ............................... .546-2246 Treasurer- Maj Pete Dawson, USAF .................... 894-3761 EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD 2009 — COL Ron Merritt, USA ..................................... 397-9809 ** Need a ride to the luncheon? CDR Maureen Conners, USN ............................ 347-7976 Mrs. Anita Harrow, AuxMember-N .................... 347-3730 2009 & 2010 — Call: LCDR Paul Finley, 391-5908 CDR Bill Bolin, USN ....................................... 584-1595 LT Ed Conners, USN ....................................... 347-7976 or Lt Col Larry Fernald, 522-6237 Mrs. Barbara Walters, AuxMember-A ............. 595-4619 . Immediate Past President CAPT Don Freese, USN .................................... 360-3102 COMMITTEE CHAIRS Business Meetings are on the 1st Monday of the Advertising .......... LTC Janice Mogan, USA .......... 381-3997 month 11:30-12:30 at Perkins Restaurant on the NE Auxiliary Liaison . Mrs Anita Harrow, AuxMbr-N .. 367-9050 Awards ................ Maj Gen Earl Peck, USAF ........ 525-1688 corner of Starkey Rd. & Park Blvd., Seminole. Bylaws/Policy Bk LtCol Fred Edwards, USMC ...... 360-2936 Chaplain: .............. COL George Brown, USA ......... 866-6859 Data Base ............. Lt Col Larry Fernald, USAF ..... 522-6237 Electronic Info .... Lt Col Larry Fernald USAF ...... 522-6237 Historian: ............. LTC Marie Lorence, USA ......... 595-1342 July 6th Monday JROTC ................ MAJ Ed Lillich, USA ................. 546-2246 Law: ................ CAPT Don Freese, USN ........... 360-3102 August 3rd Monday Legislative: .......... CAPT Don Freese, USN ........... 360-3102 MacDill Liaison ... Mrs Violet Smith, AuxMbr-A .... 595-5543 September 7th Monday Master at Arms .... CWO4 Basil Burrell, USCG ....... 821-7365 Membership ......... LTC Terry Carr, USA ................ 381-3997 Memorial ............. Mrs Violet Smith, AuxMbr-A .... 595-5543 Newsletter ............ Vacant Nominating Cmte Col Bill Lofgren, USAF ............. 528-3946 ROWC Personal Affairs ... Mrs Violet Smith, AuxMbr-A .... 595-5543 Programs .............. MAJ Ed Lillich, USA ................. 546-2246 • Luncheons resume in October. Publicity: .............. Mrs. Chris Lillich ....................... 546-2246 Membership: Martha Willis 579-4116. Reservations ........ LCDR Paul Finley ...................... 391-5908 ROWC Liaison .... Mrs Violet Smith, AuxMbr-A .... 595-5543 Scholarships: ........ Col Stew Palmer, USAF ............ 343-5022 TOPS ................ COL Ron Merritt, USA ............. 367-9809 VA Vol Svc ............ LCDR Hazel McGrath, USN .... 545-3884 Bridge – (1st Wednesday of the month) 10:00 AM Vet Liaison ........... MAJ Ed Lillich, USA ................. 546-2246 Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Visitation .............. LCDR Hazel McGrath, USN .... 545-3884 • Reservations: Evelyn Hamilton 399-1272, or Margaret Peck, 525-1688 Chapter Statistics Total Membership - 310 Having trouble reading the Officers Call? Have a home Regular Members - 225 Auxillary Members - 85 computer? Inactive Members - (6) Did you know that if you were to subscribe to the Officers Call via email that you could, using your computer, easily en- Military Services: Army - 72 USMC - 16 large the pages and even selectively print out a page or more? USAF - 77 USCG - 9 Or, just read or print it all out in color! Navy - 51 NOAA - 0 6/21/2009 To subscribe to the electronic version of Officers Call, and save valuable funds for your Chapter, call me at 522-6237. Visit our Chapter Web Site => OFFICERS CALL – July 2009 Page 3 Dynamite FCOC Convention Telephone news line set up for ‘non- by Maj Gen Earl G. Peck, USAF(Ret) wired’ retirees As Master of Ceremonies for two of the principal events, I RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFRNS) – A toll- enjoyed the opportunity and the pleasure of observing and par- free telephone news line has been set up for those retirees and ticipating in one of the best Florida Council of Chapters Con- surviving spouses who do not have computer access. ventions ever and certainly far and away the best since we By calling (800) 558-1404, retirees and spouses can stay in- adopted the foreshortened version of recent years. In fact, it formed using this new easy-to-use menu-driven service. could be argued that the plethora of attention-demanding events could easily support a somewhat longer convention. If you're Callers can select from several different topics that are com- going to spend two days in a beach hotel without sticking your piled from various electronic news sources. Topics include pay toes in the Gulf, maybe you need another day or two to spread and annuity matters, medical and health care, and other benefits things out! and entitlements. From arrival to departure the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete This news line joins the e-Afterburner, Air Force Retiree News Beach provided a magnificent venue and supportive arrange- Service, and Air Force Retiree Web site at www.retirees.af.mil ments for this well-organized, finely orchestrated, tightly packed in providing the latest news and information to the service’s and highly productive conventioneer's dream. Kudos to Con- retiree community. vention Chair Captain Don Freese, USN, and to host-chapter President Larry Fernald, USAF, for a virtually flawless job of planning, organizing, and overseeing the myriad details of a suc- THE H.O.T. PROJECT cessful convention. Of course, they had a lot of help - and all Help Our Troops those volunteers deserve thanks and credit - but Don and Larry provided the leadership which inspired such gratifying results! Reported by Anita J. Harrow, Chairperson Every event seemed to contribute synergistically to a total success. From the President's reception, with a warm wel- We have all heard the saying that “it takes a village to raise a come from Council President COL Troy Scott, USA, to the All- child”; well, it likewise takes a dedicated group of generous Hands breakfast with inspiring commentary by MOAA Presi- SPAMOAA members as well as concerned friends and neigh- dent VADM Norb Ryan, to the Military Ball with a thought- bors to support and fund a project dedicated to recognizing and provoking Keynote Address by Lt Gen Allen Peck, USAF, Com- supporting our troops. Our H.O.T. project is serving approxi- mander Air University, riveting presentations commanded the mately 100 to 120 troops each month because of the effort of rapt attention of delighted attendees. In between we were en- so many people. gaged by highly informative seminars featuring genuine experts: For the past six months, I have been able to supply our troops our own Violet Smith and Anita Harrow for Surviving Spouses, with personal size toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash, and CAPT Bud Schneeweis, USCG, of the MOAA Staff, in the on- toothbrushes. These very generous contributions resulted from going fight for the military, and Lt Gen Mike Wooley, USAF(Ret), members talking to their dentists; Dr. Anthony J. Schweiger (greatly aided by our own LtCol Fred Edwards, USMC (Ret)) (Asa Myers), Dr. David Zabrocki (Wm Bolin), and Dr. David A. in a truly magnificent national security discussion. In addition, Brown (Peg Cowardin). My supply of toothpaste and dental I would be remiss, if I didn't mention the warm, moving, and items is now depleted so I am asking members to visit their precisely executed Memorial Service, ably arranged and led by dentists to request dental supplies for our H.O.T. project. our own MAJ Ed Lillich, USA (Ret). And let's not forget the Always seeking ways to generate more money and get more top-flight lunch with the superb views on the eighth floor that people involved in our worthy cause, Wm Bolin and I con- Don and the hotel put together! And MOAA Vacations was ducted a raffle at the H.O.T. table at the 2009 Florida Council warmly received, too! of Chapters Annual Convention. A beautiful gift basket donated All in all, the St. Petersburg Area Chapter can be proud of by Ms. Robin Katchuk from the Palms of Largo (thanks to Wm setting a new standard for the rest of Florida to shoot at. Con- Bolin) was raffled with the funds going into the H.O.T. ac- gratulations to all responsible! Cape Coral now has something count. to emulate in Ft. Myers in 2010! Many members have made cash contributions and they are recognized in our monthly Officers Call. There are, however, friends and neighbors who believe in our cause and have helped with generous cash contributions who also deserve recogni- tion. Here at Paradise Island Towers (affectionately known as See HOT, Page 11 www.MOAAStPeteArea.com Page 4 OFFICERS CALL –July 2009 Editor's Note: Since there was no Executive Committee meet- ing in June, there are no minutes to publish on this page. There- fore, I am putting assorted photos from the convention. Chris Lillich's excellent notes will return with the August edition re- porting on the July EC meeting. Additionally, there are con- vention photos scattered throughout this publication. Visit our Chapter Web Site => OFFICERS CALL – July 2009 Page 5 MOAA Legislative Update long said that it’s unrealistic to expect that fees will never in- crease. The need is to get some language in law acknowledging that military people pay huge, up-front premiums in service and Edited by Don Freese sacrifice over and above what they pay in cash, establish statu- From MOAA and other sources tory limits on Pentagon authority to raise fees, and require DOD to pursue alternative options to achieve health cost savings. National Health Care Reform and the Davis noted further that the Subcommittee supports the provi- Military, Published by Col Steve sion in the President’s budget to phase out the disability offset to Strowbridge, USAF (Ret) retired pay for all military disability retirees. “Unfortunately, the We are reading more and more subcommittee was unable to identify spending offsets to pay for about the possibility (if not probabil- that $5.1 billion proposal…” She said House leaders want to make ity) of Congress passing some kind of that improvement and are working to find the funding so the pro- national health care reform legisla- vision can be included in the bill when it comes before the full tion this year. An obvious question House for action (expected next week). on that topic is “How would national During subsequent committee action, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) health care reform affect military and proposed an amendment to repeal the disability offset for all VA beneficiaries?” disabled retirees, repeal the SBP/DIC offset, and improve health MOAA’s hope is that Congress will coverage for early Guard/Reserve retirees. He proposed paying recognize that military and VA health for it by reducing other government program funding by a frac- care programs fulfill a special need, tion of a percentage point. But the amendment was tabled on a and that it would be inappropriate to just wrap all health pro- budgetary point of order because its $36 billion 10-year cost grams together so military and VA beneficiaries have the same couldn’t be funded with offsets under the committee’s control. coverage as all other Americans. MOAA provided Rep. Wilson a letter of support for his amend- But MOAA is not taking any chances. MOAA and The Military ment as a matter of principle. We understand the Armed Services Coalition have sent letters to every member of Congress articulat- Committee’s difficulty in complying with House rules that require ing that it’s essential to sustain the unique military/TRICARE and budget offsets within its jurisdiction. But we believe strongly that, VA health coverages because they serve unique roles in offsetting when Congress is providing trillions in stimulus packages and decades of arduous service for career personnel and their fami- bailouts to lots of less-deserving groups, congressional leaders lies and recognizing the government’s special responsibility to must be held accountable to find the means to provide substan- those who have suffered illness or injury as a result of their tive progress for both disabled retirees and SBP/DIC widows. service to the Nation. MOAA Gets Audience with Speaker Pelosi You can help by sending MOAA’s suggested message to your Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the top House committee legislators from www.MOAA.org. chairs held a roundtable discussion with military and veterans House Defense Bill association leaders in the Capitol to discuss legislation affecting The House Armed Services Committee approved the House ver- active duty, retiree, survivor, veteran and military family mem- sion of the FY2010 Defense Authorization Bill. bers. Key provisions of the bill include: Authorizes 3.4% raise for The Speaker opened the session by touting passage of a 3.4% 2010, vs. the 2.9% proposed by the Pentagon, Allows the Army to pay raise for next year; a special stop-loss payment of $500 per grow an additional 30,000 active duty troops in FY2011 and month retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001 for troops held past their FY2012, if the Army budgets for the additional troops, : Extends commitments, advance funding for VA health care, and passage the temporary increase in the maximum number of leave days last year of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. that can be carried over from one year to the next year to 75 days, She invited MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret) to Establishes a monthly allowance for catastrophically injured speak on military benefits including health care, concurrent re- service members so they can receive assistance with tasks of ceipt and survivor issues. He thanked the House leadership for daily living, Requires DOD to review standards used to calculate “delivering” on a wide range of important upgrades, including the monthly housing rates, Directs the Pentagon to establish a major VA funding and GI Bill improvements. But he also said that DOD school of nursing and provide health professional scholar- both the Administration and Congress have raised the expecta- ships for students pursuing degrees related to mental health care. tions of disabled retirees and military survivors, and it will be What the approved bill does not address is TRICARE fee in- essential to follow through with long-needed fixes. creases, improvements in concurrent receipt, nor relief for mili- Ryan said the President’s first-ever inclusion of a concurrent tary survivors suffering from the SBP/DIC offset. receipt provision in his proposed FY2010 budget has raised re- Military Personnel Subcommittee Chair Susan Davis (D-CA) said, tiree expectations, and that they are looking to House leaders to “Thankfully, this year the subcommittee did not have to deal with find the necessary funding so this initiative can be included in the dramatic increases to TRICARE fees as Secretary Gates has this year’s defense bill. indicated a willingness to work with the committee to address the He also noted that House leaders have long expressed support significant growth in military health care expenditures however, for eliminating the “unfair tax on our [military] widows,” who are We could have included a prohibition on fees this year,” she said, penalized up to $1,154 a month under current law. He noted that “but it would have created a false sense of security that prohibi- tions on health care fees would continue in the future.” MOAA has See Legislative, Pg 10 www.MOAAStPeteArea.com Page 6 OFFICERS CALL –July 2009 Chapter is expected to be named soon. As soon as that happens Monthly Luncheon; 19 June 2009 Larry and Stew Palmer Reported by Basil Burrell will get in touch with the scholar to have him or Attended – 68: (65 reservations), 3 Member Guests, her come to a Chapter 1 Chapter Guest Luncheon to meet us. [3 Walk-in, 1 No-show] Hopefully, the designated scholar will Our President Lt Col Larry Fernald, be someone from our USAF (Ret), got today’s festivities area who can come to a started by asking everyone to stand luncheon without while First VP MAJ Ed Lillich, USA having to travel half way Betty and Paul Finley (Ret), gave the Invocation in the across the state. check folks in for lunch absence of our Chaplain today. Larry Larry reminded us that then led us in the pledge to our Flag last Sunday, 14 June, was Flag Day and that LTC Terry Carr, USA and Country. (Ret), has an audio recording for us to listen to. The tape had a Larry said a few words about the story about the circumstances of Francis Scott Key’s creation of Military Message Center (MMC) our National where all kinds of good stuff can be Anthem and found. Give him your e-mail address concluded with to sign up to receive information from a stirring the MMC. Next on the agenda was rendition of it by the door prize drawing and the equity a very good distribution drawing. Now I have to tell you that normally I singer who would object to the results of some of these drawings, but since reminded me of Mike Tomasulo and Georgia Lee Greenwod. French generously gave Terry told us that their winnings to Anita Fred Edwards, Mike Tomasulo, and Pete some pictures Harrow for HOT, I will keep Dawson that Paulette my mouth shut. Thank you Carr had taken at the convention were available on the table by Georgia and Mike, you are the front door. Take any you want. good people! Then Larry After a break for lunch Ed Lillich introduced our guest speaker: called on Anita Harrow to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe. Ed went give us an update on the through Mr. McCabe’s many accomplishments, including that HOT project. Anita says we he has been re-elected four times. Mr. McCabe spoke about the will spend a lot of money this problems he is faced with in the current economic crisis. Nobody Anita Harrow and daughter, month and 25 boxes will be Marri Harrow wants to raise taxes; quite the contrary people want to cut taxes. went out to serve about 120 Unfortunately, many services we receive don’t lend themselves troops. Anita asks all of us to hit up our dentists for the personal to reduced funding including size tooth paste tubes. She needs as many as we can get because police and court systems. He the troops have asked several times for the tooth paste, tooth supports a single law brushes, and mouth wash sizes that the dentists give when you enforcement (Sheriff) for the go for dental work. Ask your dentist for these items even if you entire county as one way to don’t have a dental appointment. Anita will send a card to reduce costs and duplication those dentists who give of effort. Mr. McCabe is of the to our HOT program to opinion that one prominent acknowledge their proposal to cut property support of our men and taxes by one-third would women who are giving so result in a fiscal disaster in much to our country. In Florida. Mr. McCabe finished Our very interesting guest speaker, the absence of our with a lawyer joke which I State Attorney Bernie McCabe Scholarship Chairman Col won’t repeat here. He then Stew Palmer, USAF (Ret), took questions and gave cogent answers to them. Larry Larry announced that the presented Mr. McCabe with some items from our convention. designated scholar for our Earl and Margaret Peck Larry then asked Ed Lillich to give the benediction and adjourned the meeting. Visit our Chapter Web Site => OFFICERS CALL – July 2009 Page 7 Carol and Van Barnes Shirley and Ron Wildes Eleanor Burrell and Genevieve Poteat Ed Riley and daughter, Pat Riley William Menyhert and his Mom, Nominating Committee Chair: Bill Lofgren Louisa Menyhert Pete Dawson, Margaret Peck, and Carroll Andrews Paulette Carr Kay Gottry Larry Fernald, Terry Carr, and Ed Lillich Anita Harrow and Don Freese Chris Lillich and Sherry Freese Photos by Basil www.MOAAStPeteArea.com Page 8 OFFICERS CALL –July 2009 President's, from Pg 1 Address Updates There are still a few outstanding bills and checks due, so I do Captain and Mrs. Robert Eynatten, USN (Ret) not have the final accounting yet of the gross proceeds and the (Maggie) split that the Chapter will receive. I should have that for next 1472 E. Cherry Hills Drive month's newsletter. But, right now, it looks like we will set a Chandler, AZ 85249 record for that category as well. And, we earned the monies 480-895-5128 (After 7 July 2009) not by over charging those who attended, but by selling ads for (Page 23, 2009 Directory) the Souvenir Book and by conducting an outstanding raffle and Lt Colonel Murl Frost, USAF (Ret) silent auction. (I won one of 8 beautiful paintings painted and 4917 Ravenswood Drive, Apt #804 donated by Bob and Nancy Dodson.) (Paintings shown San Antonio, TX 78227 thoughout this edition of Officers Call) 210-592-9038 Now that the convention is over, you might ask what we are (Page 24, 2009 Directory) going to do to occupy our time. And, the answer to that ques- Colonel and Mrs. Roger Shields, USA (Ret) tion can be found, in part, on Page 10 in the Welcome Our New (Carolyn) Members! block. As you can see, there are no names there. 1102 Glen Oaks So, beginning (probably) in August, we will launch a cam- Nixa, MO 65714 paign to attract new members. And, everyone can help, since 417-724-9795 we all know of some retired (and maybe even some still serv- (Page 39, 2009 Directory) ing) officers and spouses in the area who are not members of our Chapter. Mrs. Martha T. Willis 8333 Seminole Blvd, Unit 541 Let's all work to grow the chapter. Seminole, FL 33772 See you at the July luncheon. 727-579-4116 (Page 44, 2009 Directory) Sick List Your cards, prayers, and thoughts are welcome. (Contact LCDR Hazel McGrath, 545-3884) * Lt Col Ron Wildes, USAFR (Ret) Page 44, 2009 Directory * Louann Andrews, Spouse Page 15, 2009 Directory * COL Roger Shields, USA (Ret) Page 39, 2009 Directory (with address correction, right) Visit our Chapter Web Site => OFFICERS CALL – July 2009 Page 9 2009 Officers Call BOOSTER Donors Gold ($50 & more); Silver ($25-49); Bronze ($1-24) July Birthdays ••GOLD – ••SILVER – (38 to 92 years) Freese, Donald CAPT Baney, Eleanor Mrs. Day L Name F Name Rank SVC Gudmundson, Brent LTC Burrell, Basil CWO4 22 Cormier Emery Maj USAF (Ret) Isley, Anne Mrs. Christie, Robert LtCol 08 Freese Donald CAPT USN (Ret) Lillich, Ed MAJ Dawson, Peter Maj 14 Frost Murl Lt Col USAF (Ret) Lofgren, William Col Eynatten, Robert CAPT 06 Heilman John COL USA (Ret) Lorence, Marie LTC Green, Richard CWO4 17 Hoodecheck Vernice Mrs. AuxMbr-AF Love, H. B. COL ••BRONZE – 03 Johnson Frank LCDR USN (Ret) Miller, Katherine Mrs. Andrews, Carroll Lt Col 18 Kersey John CDR USN (Ret) Nelson, Landy COL Cormier, Emery Maj 03 Kline Allen 2d Lt USAAF Neville, Albert Col Lanier, Laurie Maj 02 Lofgren William Col USAF (Ret) Palmer, Stew Col Lorence, Marie LTC 29 McGillicuddyTerry CAPT USN (Ret) Peck, Earl Maj Gen McGrath, Hazel LCDR 02 McGrath Hazel LCDR USNR (Ret) Sims, Robert Maj Simon, June Mrs. 12 Middlemas John MAJ USA (Ret) Smith, Violet Mrs. Tondreau, Herb CWO4 26 Montrem Helen Mrs. AuxMbr-AF Walters, Bobbie Mrs. Member donations ONLY: 19 Murphy Hazel 1LT USANC (Frm) $1,179 as of 6/21/2009 04 Nelson Landy COL USA (Ret) 21 Oliver Richard LT USN (Ret) 2009 Scholarship Fund Donors 16 Poage William LCDR USN (Res) (Includes donations to National MOAA) 02 Poteat Genevieve Mrs. AuxMbr-A Gold ($100 & more); Silver ($50-99); Bronze ($1-49) 21 Rozecki Louise Mrs. AuxMbr-A 05 Sanders Charlene Capt USAF (Ret) ••GOLD – 14 Shivers Frances Capt USAFR (Fmr) Barton, Ann Mrs. Smith, Violet Mrs. 04 Talbitzer John LT USN (Ret) Burrell, Basil CWO4 Speairs, Anse COL 07 Travis D. Timothy LCDR USN (Ret) Eynatten, Robert CAPT ••SILVER – 21 Vision Michael CDR USN (Ret) Fernald, Larry Lt Col Christie, Robert LtCol 03 Ward Wayne CPT USA (Ret) Freese, Donald CAPT Conners, Ed LT 20 Willis Martha Mrs. AuxMbr-A Gudmundson, Brent LTC Gottry, Kay Mrs. 16 Young Aylwyn CDR USCG Isley, Anne Mrs. Jessup, Jean Mrs. Landers, Joan Mrs. ••BRONZE – Lofgren, William Col Andrews, Carroll Lt Col 2009 Help Our Troops Donors Lorence, Marie LTC Baney, Eleanor Mrs. Gold ($50 & more); Silver ($25-49); Bronze ($1-24) Love, H. B. COL Cormier, Emery Maj Nelson, Landy COL Curren, Henry LT ••GOLD – •• SILVER – Neville, Albert Col Dawson, Peter Maj Barton, Ann Mrs. Baney, Eleanor Mrs. Palmer, Stew Col Green, Richard CWO4 Bolin, Bill CDR Burrell, Basil CWO4 Parsons, Charles Col McGrath, Hazel LCDR Fernald, Larry Lt Col Christie, Robert LtCol Peck, Earl Maj Gen Simon, June Mrs. Bischofs, Henriette Mrs. Dawson, Peter Maj Sims, Robert Maj Tondreau, Herb CWO4 Freese, Donald CAPT Eynatten, Robert CAPT Member donations ONLY: Gudmundson, Brent LTC Green, Richard CWO4 $2,501.00 as of 6/21/2009 Isley, Anne Mrs. Lanier, Laurie Maj Kottich, Charles COL Lorence, Marie LTC Lofgren, William Col Milford, John Lt Col Miller, Katherine Mrs. Simon, June Mrs. Misuraca A. J. 1 Lt ••BRONZE – Nelson, Landy COL Andrews, Carroll Lt Col Neville, Albert Col Cormier, Emery Maj Palmer, Stew Col Dwyer, Thurm Col Peck, Earl Maj Gen Gottry, Catharine Mrs. Sims, Robert Maj McGrath, Hazel LCDR Smith, Violet Mrs. Munchbach, Rose LTC Talbitzer, John LT Tomasulo, Mike Maj Member donations ONLY: Tondreau, Herb CWO4 $1,603 as of 6/21/2009 Trahan, Creighton LTC www.MOAAStPeteArea.com Page 10 OFFICERS CALL –July 2009 Legislative, from Pg 5 Congress approved only a token $50 monthly payment two years ago, and the widows’ provision in the new tobacco bill would Welcome Our provide only modest relief – and none before 2014. Ryan said it’s New Members! imperative to provide them substantive relief in the near term. Finally, Ryan urged House leaders to ensure unique military and VA health care programs are preserved, and not taxed, under Sadly, none. any national health care reform plan. Speaker Pelosi responded, “We, the House leadership, aren’t finished with those issues.” Earlier in the discussion, Armed Ser- vices Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) expressed “major disappointment” that his extensive efforts to work with other com- mittees hadn’t yet identified the necessary offsets. But he said there could be “some light at the end of the tunnel” in anticipation of House action on the defense bill next week. Funding Bills Include Benefit Fixes As we go to press the House and Senate has passed the $106 billion dollar FY2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act that in- cluded nearly $80 billion in war spending. The bill now heads to the President for signature. The bill includes several compensation provisions of interest: Stop Loss: Provides over 185,000 service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since 9/11 with $500 for each month they were held under stop-loss orders, Recoupment of Separation Pay: Allows DOD to adjust the rate at which service members repay separation benefits if they subsequently become Grant Culverhouse eligible for military retired pay. (This doesn’t exempt them from Sales & Leasing Consultant recoupment, but allows the Secretary to reduce the rate of re- 45 years at Dew coupment for reasons of financial hardship.), GI Bill Transfer- ability: Allows transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to children of members of the armed forces who die while on active duty. 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