OUTGOING CHAPTER PRESIDENT IRA WATKINS PRESENTED WITH MOAA LEADERSHIP AWARD January 5, 2021

OUTGOING CHAPTER PRESIDENT IRA WATKINS PRESENTED WITH MOAA LEADERSHIP AWARD

January 5, 2021

Outgoing President Ira Watkins was presented with a much deserved MOAA Leadership Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership as Cape Fear Chapter President for the past 2 years. The last year of his tenure was particularly notable because of the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

The award was presented by incoming Chapter President Richard Underwood on behalf of Retired USAF Lieutenant General Dana Atkins, President of the Military Officers Association of America.

A copy of the award citation is at download below.

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NEW CHAPTER OFFICERS OFFICIALLY INSTALLED January 5, 2021

NEW CHAPTER OFFICERS OFFICIALLY INSTALLED

January 5, 2021

The newly elected officers for the 2-year term commencing January 2021 were officially installed during the Board of Directors meeting held in the Iron Mike Conference and Catering Center on January 5, 2021.

Because of COVID-19 safety constraints limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less, the ceremony could not be held in the more traditional installation/dinner affair attended by the general membership.

Taking the oath of office were: President Richard Underwood, 1st Vice President George Bond, 3rd Vice President Marty Williams and Treasurer Ralph Hinrichs. Outgoing President Ira Watkins had the privilege of administering the oath.

Congratulations are extended to our new leaders for their willingness to assume the responsibility of leading our chapter forward for the next 2 years.

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FAREWELL MESSAGE by Ira M. Watkins

FAREWELL MESSAGE

by Ira M. Watkins

I would like to take this opportunity to say farewell and extend my sincere appreciation for having had the privilege of serving as the Chapter President for the last two years.

At our next Board of Directors (BOD) meeting on 5 January, I shall pass the gavel to newly elected Chapter President Colonel (Ret) Richard “Rich” Underwood. A swearing in ceremony for the president-elect and officers will be conducted at the conclusion of the BOD meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is restricted to only BOD members.

Rich is an accomplished leader, and I am confident that he will exert quality leadership that will result in sustain successes for the Chapter regardless of the challenges. He will be supported by the elected BOD members who have a superb record of making the objectives of the Chapter a priority, and who will work tirelessly to ensure the achievement of Chapter objectives.

My experience as the Chapter President was fulfilling and memorable. It was a learning experience to see first hand the continuing efforts of the North Carolina Council of Chapters in advocating state legislation that will enhance the quality of life for the military community in North Carolina.

Even more fulfilling and memorable, was the opportunity to witness the generosity of chapter members in supporting our membership goals, fund raising efforts and programs. Each of you are unbelievably valuable to the success and relevancy of the Chapter. Your contributions whether big or small have made a lasting impact on the Chapter’s capabilities. I thank each of you for your membership and generosity toward helping others within our community during my tenure as Chapter President.

To the BOD members whom I had the opportunity to interact with over the past two years, there are insufficient words to express my appreciation for the commitment and work that you exhibited to ensure tasks and objectives were accomplished in a superior and timely manner. I am exceptionally proud of the flexibility and patience demonstrated by BOD members during the pandemic. As a result, efforts to conduct the business of the Chapter and meet Chapter objectives were not adversely impacted.

Finally, I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to communicate with our surviving spouses on a regular basis. I learned through that interaction that they are a unique and resilient group. They have earned a special place in my heart for the support that they provided to their spouses and their continue service to the community.

In closing, I want to convey my best wishes to Rich and the BOD for success in the new year. To enhance that success requires all of us to unite behind them and for more of our members to volunteer their services. Let us move forward together, look out for each other, make the best of the days the new year has to offer, and take advantage of all opportunities to exemplify our motto of “Never Stop Serving.” Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay Connected.

Sincerely,

Ira

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CAPE FEAR CHAPTER, MOAA ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to our new leaders!

CAPE FEAR CHAPTER, MOAA ELECTION RESULTS

Congratulations to our new leaders!

The following officers were elected by majority vote of the general membership (by mail ballots) to serve 2-year terms in positions indicated effective January 2021.

COL (Ret) Richard Underwood, President

MAJ (Ret) George Bond, 1st Vice President

LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, 3rd Vice President

LTC (Ret) Ralph Hinrichs, Treasurer

Congratulations are extended to these members who volunteered to lead our chapter for the next two years.

Because of COVID-19 safety restrictions limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, the new officers will be officially installed on 5 January 2021 during the monthly CFC Board of Directors meeting at the Iron Mike Conference Center, Fort Bragg.

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CRITICAL POSITIONS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS VACANT Volunteers Needed

CRITICAL POSITIONS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS VACANT

Volunteers Needed

The elective positions of 2nd Vice President and Secretary will go vacant for the next 2-year term unless someone steps up to fill them. Besides the elective positions, there are several appointive positions that need to be filled as well starting in January 2021.

There is a dire need of volunteers to help carry the load of operating the Chapter in an effective and efficient manner. These positions only require a commitment of a few hours of your time a month and most of the work can be performed from home. Any regular member or surviving spouse in good standing can fill these positions; spouses of regular members are also eligible and encouraged.

Some of the positions below have been vacant for two years and others have been filled by the same person for a long time.

Surviving Spouse Liaison: This position is considered an essential position by MOAA; it has been vacant for two years, but the duties have been performed by President Watkins. Though a Surviving Spouse is preferred for this job, anyone can fill it.

Personal Affairs Officer: Another MOAA-essential position, it has been vacant for over a year.

Transition Liaison Officer: A MOAA-suggested position; been vacant for two years.

Newsletter Editor: Don Gersh has been our Editor for 6 years, four of which he was also the Chapter Secretary; Don had to step down due to health reasons. We have been unable to publish a newsletter for the past 2 months.

Webmaster: Juan Chavez has been our Webmaster for 8 years and needs to pass the torch on to someone younger.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for one or more of the positions listed above, please contact us through the website.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – 2021 CAMPAIGN Take action today!

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – 2021 CAMPAIGN

Take action today!

By majority vote of the general membership (by mail ballots) the dues structure for 2021 will remain unchanged, i.e., $20 for regular members; $10 for surviving spouses per annum.

Accordingly, the Membership Renewal Campaign for 2021 is underway with the goal of achieving 100% retention. We are asking our members to submit their renewals as soon as possible. Remit by USPS mail using renewal form at download below together with check payable to “CFC MOAA” and mail to “CFC MOAA, P.O. Box 53621, Fayetteville, NC 28305”; or, online using a charge card and following the prompts.

There are still several chapter members who have not paid their 2020 dues. If you fall in this category, please bring your account up to date by remitting for both 2020/2021.

One of the criteria for earning a 5-Star Chapter award is to achieve 95% or better retention. You can contribute to clearing that hurdle by renewing your membership now.

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THE SBP-DIC OFFSET IS GOING AWAY <i>from the</i> Defense Finance and Accounting Service

THE SBP-DIC OFFSET IS GOING AWAY

from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that will eventually eliminate the offset for surviving spouses who are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The changes will take place in three phases.

January 1, 2021 begins the first phase. In 2021, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments issued by DFAS will be reduced (offset) by no more than two-thirds of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the second phase, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments will be reduced (offset) by no more than one-third of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.

On January 1, 2023, the SBP-DIC offset will be fully eliminated. That means, beginning in 2023, SBP payments will no longer be offset by DIC. Spouses will receive full SBP (issued by DFAS) and full DIC (from the VA).

For more details and frequently asked questions, see the special SBP-DIC News on the DFAS webpage.

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