by Ira Watkins
I wish to convey my sincere appreciation to all of you for the success of our September ROTC Scholarship Fund drive. This undertaking was initiated due to the cancellation of our annual golf tournament because of Covid-19. Several of you, along with some of our normal sponsors and supporters of our golf tournament, really stepped up to the plate to help the scholarship fund drive to score big during this challenging pandemic year. For those of you who missed the opportunity to donate it is not too late, just mail your donation check to CFC MOAA, P.O. Box 53621, Fayetteville, NC 28305. Make check payable to “CFC, MOAA” and write in the memo line “Scholarship Fund.”
My two-year term as chapter president is coming to an end and I will not seek reelection. I have enjoyed my service and wish to thank the board of directors and the membership at large for their support. God willing, we will be able to get together at the Iron Mike Conference Center on November 21 when a slate of candidates will be presented by Art Rodriguez, Chairman of the Nominating Committee.
November 21, 2020
Covid-19 permitting, a meeting of the general membership is planned for November 21, 2020 at the Iron Mike Conference Center, Fort Bragg for its annual meeting. This will be the first time since January of this year, that the chapter will be assembling in person.
Being an election year for our chapter, the importance of this annual meeting is such that, barring a total prohibition, we are compelled to try to meet in person if we can. All Covid-19 safety protocols in effect at that time will be observed.
The agenda will include a vote by the general membership on the dues structure for 2021, and the presentation of the slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors for the 2-year term beginning January 2021. Paper ballots will be provided to those present and voting will commence.
Since most of us have not had the opportunity to physically socialize outside our immediate families during these trying times, every effort will be made to make this event a safe and enjoyable experience for all. For more information and reservations please see event flier at download below.
Pursuant to the CFC constitution and bylaws a Nominating Committee was appointed to compile a slate of candidates for election to Chapter President and five other elective positions on the Chapter Executive Board for service during the 2-year term beginning on January 1, 2021.
The Nominating Committee is composed of Chairman COL (Ret) Art Rodriguez and members COL (Ret) Juan Chavez, COL (Ret) Ronnie Foxx, MAJ (Ret) Jerry Croll, and Mrs. Carol Ivey.
Members of the Nominating Committee are now accepting nominations for the elective positions. Nominations may be submitted to any member of the committee between now and November 13.
Members are advised to first contact the person being nominated to ascertain that they will accept and agree to serve if elected.
Regular chapter members and Surviving Spouses in good standing are eligible to run for elective positions. Spouses of regular members are also eligible to hold office. All nominees must be members of both MOAA National and Cape Fear Chapter in good standing, i.e., dues are paid up to date.
Elective positions are President, 1st Vice President (Membership Chair), 2nd Vice President (Programs Chair), 3rd Vice President (ROTC Chair), Treasurer (Budget Chair), and Secretary.
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, but the duties have been performed by Secretary Ballard.
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; he is overdue for a break.
Webmaster: Juan Chavez has been our Webmaster for 8 years and he also needs a break.
If anyone is interested in volunteering for one or more of the positions listed above, please call our Secretary Sara Ballard (256) 426-7487, or email her at Secretary@cfmoaa.org.
by Ira Watkins
It is my pleasure to report that our ROTC scholarship fund donation campaign was a resounding success, raising over $10,200. A great debt of gratitude is owed to all who responded so generously to my special appeal for direct donations this year since our annual fundraising golf tournament could not be held because of Covid-19 considerations.
Special thanks are extended to the following chapter members, sponsors and supporters for their generosity and interest in insuring continuity of our scholarship awards for school year 2020-2021:
Thomas Donnelly, Jr.
George Glann, Jr.
Ralph Hinrichs, Jr.
Hank Larsen, Jr.
William Richardson, Jr.
Chapter Sponsors & Supporters
Buie, Norman & Company, P.A.
Cape Fear Cardiology
Cape Fear Eye Associates
Edward Jones Investments
Healy Wholesale Company
Simon Funeral Home
Watson Family Dentistry
2019 MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards
For the sixth consecutive year, the Cape Fear Chapter was awarded a MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award. This is an extraordinary streak of achievement for the chapter, a credit to the Executive Board of Directors plus the chapter membership at large.
Chapter President Ira Watkins will pin the 5-Star medallion on the Chapter colors awards streamer at the first opportunity the general membership is allowed to physically meet again.
Congratulations to all!
May 25, 2020
While the traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Freedom Memorial Park was not held due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chapter's memorial wreath was displayed at the Global War on Terror Monument at the park on Memorial Day in remembrance of our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terrorists worldwide since 9/11.