Suspense Date 28 February 2018
The Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award was established in 1998 in memory of the late Lt.Col. (Ret) Robert F. DeMeter, USMC, a former Chapter President (1989), to annually recognize a chapter member for outstanding service to the chapter. The award has evolved to become the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members. The award consists of a certificate and a rotating trophy, which the recipient retains for one year.
Nominations for the award are being solicited from the general membership. Please submit in hardcopy or email to Secretary Don Gersh by 28 February 2018. A selection committee will determine the recipient, and the award will be presented during the March 2018 Awards & Recognition event.
by Juan Chavez
It was my pleasure to present the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award for 2016 to LTC (Ret) Ralph W. Hinrichs, Jr. at our annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at McKellar’s Lodge on the 25th of March 2017. The DeMeter award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.
The citation reads as follows: “For sustained outstanding service as Personal Affairs Officer, Cape Fear Chapter, from February 2015 to December 2016. Additionally, he assumed the responsibilities of Honor Guard Coordinator, writing its first standing operating procedures; Chapter Liaison to USO Fort Bragg, while serving as a USO volunteer himself; and, agent to the Red Cross , and veterans services agencies. Whatever the mission, LTC Hinrichs executed it enthusiastically without complaint or anticipation of reward. His substantial contributions are worthy of the highest esteem and completely justify his selection as the 2016 recipient of this coveted award.”
Congratulations Ralph, all of us owe you a debt of gratitude for your dedicated service and unselfish contributions to the chapter.
See list of all previous DeMeter award recipients at download below.
2015 MOAA Communications Awards
For the third year in a row, the Cape Fear Chapter was awarded two Colonel Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards, one for its Website (www.cfmoaa.org) 5-Stars, and another for its Electronic Newsletter (Gram of Info) 5-Stars. All chapter members should give themselves a pat on the back. Way to go!
Colonel (Ret) & Mrs. Harry P. Meinhardt Honored
A proclamation was issued by Chapter President Chavez designating the top senior ROTC scholarship awarded each year as the “Meinhardt Scholarship” in honor of Colonel (Ret) and Mrs. Harry P. Meinhardt.
The proclamation, first of its kind in the history of the chapter, was read and presented to the Meinhardts’ at the March 6, 2015 general membership meeting to recognized their extraordinary patronage of the chapter’s ROTC Scholarship Program over the years.
A copy of the proclamation as well as a letter of acknowledgement from the Meinhardts' are at download below.