Greetings from your MOAA National Council and Chapter Affairs team. We hope everyone is faring well and staying safe so far in the new year. Below are some of the important initiatives and events of which you’ll want to be aware. Please share as appropriate with your member chapters.
Recruiting: 2021 will be our Year of the Chapter. We are ramping up efforts to increase both numbers of chapter members and numbers of chapter members who are MOAA national members. We will be doing so with national marketing and communications campaigns, but we need your help. Recruiting incentives for 2021 will reward measurable efforts. We will reward the use of tools intended to attract and retain new chapter and national members and recognize those chapters that continue to innovatively recruit—in diverse environments—even in challenging times. Many of the awards and incentives that have been in place over the past few years (e.g., awards for most members recruited, end of year retention incentive) have been eliminated and replaced with quarterly incentives for recruiting activity. We strongly encourage full use of available tools as well as “out-of-the-box” thinking to implement unconventional practices, such as a virtual meeting option during and perhaps beyond the pandemic. We encourage you to review the entire 2021 Recruiting Guide particularly the introduction and incentives section, for further explanation and details and, as always, we welcome your feedback and ideas.
Revenue generation: The Mercer insurance advertisement program, and opportunity to get $100 for your affiliate, is underway. More information here.
Training resources: Recordings from the most recent leaders workshop have been posted and are available here. If you haven’t been to one in a while, we encourage you to check them out.
Communications Awards: Self-nominations are due on February 1st—just a few days away. Please complete and submit right away to be eligible to win.
Opportunity for members in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia: TRICARE is doing a pilot program related to lower back pain treatment in your area. To learn more, see the MOAA article here.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Erin E. Stone
Captain, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret)
Program Director, Council and Chapter Affairs
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
201 N Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2539
By: Gail Joyce
Many women - and men - are blindsided by the death of a spouse, because couples rarely talk about the inevitable.
When you are at your most vulnerable, you must make choices that will have an enduring impact. Should the body be cremated or preserved? What type of service and where will it be held? Will he or she be buried in a hometown family plot or in a national cemetery many miles away?
To be better prepared for these difficult decisions, take time to have that important conversation with your spouse and your children about death and what happens after death. This conversation is a gift of love that each member of a marriage or family makes to the other.
Resources are available on MOAA.org and other websites that will help you have those conversations and make planning for the unknown perhaps a little easier. Find out who your local veteran service officer is, get to know them before you really need them, and then make sure they are the first on your list to contact.
Steps to take:
· Encourage members and spouses to talk to each other about end-of-life issues and ways to prepare.
· Prepare and organize important documents (such as DD Form 214, wills, living will, durable power of attorney, insurance policies, birth/marriage certificates, passwords, bank account and investment information).
· Make sure utilities are in both names.
· Open a credit card account in your name.
· Establish eligibility for burial in a VA National Cemetery.
· Open a credit card account in your name.
Make a list of helpful resources, including:
- Military OneSource
- MOAA Minnesota Chapter “The Day After Calls"
- MOAA’s Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter,
- MOAA’s Surviving Spouses and Friends Facebook group.
Please share this poster. Many Veterans are isolated and need assistance; NCServes is the connection to those services.
Regional Network Director
You are invited to download, copy and post the poster, as needed.
Need help on any of these topics from MOAA?
Each of the below topics are hot linked to take you to the MOAA webpage dealing with the subject or provide a Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) document on the subject.
- DoD Ranks By Service - Adobe (.pdf) document
- DoD Entry Access to Military Installations - Adobe (.pdf) document
- DoD Guidance: Relations with Non-Federal Entities - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Interaction with Military Associations - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Self-Evaluation Checklist - Word (.doc) document
- Chapter Recruiting Awards and Incentives - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Chapter Voucher Program - Adobe (.pdf) document
- How to Work a Recruiting List - Adobe (.pdf) document
The following information about dates for upcoming events and activities for NCCOC Chapters are shown in the below bullets...underlined text indicate hot links that will open the subject information on the National MOAA website or other resource pages.
- The USAA grant program will open back up by mid December, 2020 and run through 2021 until funds are no longer available. Generally, funds are depleted near late September/October time frame so chapters are strongly encouraged to open the link in order to apply for the 2021 grant.
- Mercer Liability Insurance grant runs January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021.
- Chapter Officer Reports, if there are any changes since the last submission, are due to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be noted that an updated officer roster can be submitted at any time there are changes.
- NCCOC meeting - February 20, 2021 via Zoom (by invitation)
- NCCOC meeting - May 15, 2021.
- Link to the COL Steve Strobridge Legislative/Liaison Award criteria; submissions are due June 1, 2021. (Note: the submission criteria in this post says June 1, 2020).
- Link to the Surviving Spouse Liaison award; submissions are due June 1, 2021. (Note: the attached file describes the role of a Surviving Spouse; award criteria will be posted when available.
- A Leaders Workshop will be held in Raleigh, NC on a date TBD September 2021. Additionally, a NCCOC quarterly meeting will be combined with the Leaders Workshop in Raleigh.
- Annual National Meeting of Membership on a date TBD October 2021.
- NCCOC meeting - November 13, 2021.
* The Military Officers Association of America has posted information for Councils and Chapters on the MOAA web that deals with participation in political activities, more specifically with guidance on a number of important topics, to include:
- Partisan Political Activities,
- Candidates for Public Office,
- Prohibited Activities,
- Consequences for Violations,
- Personal Opinions,
- Leadership Responsibilities, and
- Divisive Social Issues.
* Click on the underlined text (linked above) or open the below, downloadable file on election guidance.