January 2020  Council and Chapter News

Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

5 Star 2016

Last Update: Nov 2020

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Corporate Gray Recruiting Event:

Please help us to spread the word about a Virtual Job Fair that is specifically for Military Officers on Friday, December 4, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Eastern Time). This online event is sponsored by the West Point Society of DC in cooperation with MOAA. It is free and open to ALL current, former, and retired military officers throughout the country. (This is NOT limited to USMA graduates, so please spread the word to ALL members of the officer community.) This is a great opportunity for candidates to text chat or video chat with many employers in just a few hours! A diverse group of companies and government agencies will participate – all of whom will be looking to recruit Military Officers! An up-to-date list of participants and more information is available at www.MilitaryOfficerJobFair.com (pre-registration is required). 

Susan Mahon Savino, Office 703-690-6826 (28 Nov 2020)

 

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouse Newsletter: Our new Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison, Mrs. Cheryl Glang, has published her first newsletter. Se the Spouse and Surviving Spouse section below. (23 Nov 2020)

 

Veterans’ Symposium: From Maryland Delegate Mike Rogers, COL, USA (Ret), (D-32):

Please join me as I moderate a Veterans Symposium on November 10th at 7pm EST.  We will discuss multiple issues affecting Veterans and will have a great panel of Veterans and government officials.” You can watch the video here, and Legislative Director CAPT Lynn Nash, USPHS (Ret) has prepared some notes. If you have any questions, please contact her at 202-236-6773 or Lynn.Slepski@outlook.com. (11 Nov 2020)

 

FOR NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS/RETIREES ONLY:

The National Guard announces a $500 Grant for food, shelter, housing expenses. Eligibility:  Current members, those that honorably served and did not retire, or retirees!  Very wide range of folks that this could help support. How to apply:  Member has to have either unit command or a Family Programs staff member verify their service and complete the verification form.  Then, the member/Veteran fills out the online application at  www.eangus-wcfa.org . If approved, funds sent directly to Member/Veteran. See WCFA-COVID ERFG - Phase 2.pdf for details, and WCFA-COVID Emergency Relief Verification Form FINAL.pdf for the form. Remember, this is for National Guard personnel only. (30 Oct 2020)

 

Scams and Frauds: Today’s MOAA Annual Meeting opened with a session on avoiding Scams and Frauds. See the PowerPoint presentation (saved here as PDF) for this important information. (23 Oct 2020)

 

Maryland Veterans’ Commission: See the Maryland Veterans’ Commission section below for information from the latest meeting. Here are key highlights:

 

- The Maryland Veterans’ Trust Fund exists to support struggling veterans. The fund currently has $200,000 on hand. Sec Owings want to give this away! See https://veterans.maryland.gov/maryland-department-of-veterans-affairs-veterans-trust-fund/ for details.

 

- The Department is in the process of acquiring 60 acres of land in Skyesville for a second Veterans’ Home. It will have 120 beds, and one of the only on-site dialysis units in the nation.

 

- An organization called Fields 4 Valor made a presentation on their program of growing produce, eggs, and honey for distribution to struggling veteran families in Central Maryland. See https://fieldsforvalor.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/fields4valorfarms for details. They are looking for financial support, and for people to provide manual labor. They have gone from providing 300 pounds of food in 2016 to over 3000 pounds so far in 2020.

 

- There will be a rally sponsored by a VFW Post in Westminster and an American Legion Post in Greenbelt in support of the Peace Cross in Bladensburg. (22 Oct 2020)

 

Welcome New Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison: Mrs Cheryl Glang has volunteered to serve as the Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison for the coming year. She is the wife of a retired Navy RDML and has been active in Military Family affairs over the years. (3 Oct 2020)

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund: MOAA has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund, through the MOAA Foundation. Here a few details from their web page, https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/heres-how-to-apply-for-covid-19-relief-through-a-moaa-chapter/:

 

“Grants are available to currently serving members, spouses of active duty members, veterans with honorable discharges, or caregivers of the same. You’ll be asked to prove negative financial impact from the COVID-19 crisis as part of the application process.

If you are a member of a chapter and want to share the application in your community, please visit www.moaa.org/chapter-covid-relief. If you’re facing financial stress brought on by the pandemic (or know someone who is) and you aren't affiliated or near a MOAA chapter, visit www.moaa.org/relief-application for instructions and to download an application.

National MOAA or MOAA chapter membership is not a requirement, and members won’t receive preference.

All ranks are eligible. Preference will be given to those ineligible for other relief programs, such as service relief societies.” (3 Oct 2020)

 

2019 Levels of Excellence: MOAA has announced the winners of Four and Five Star Levels of Excellence for the Maryland Council of Chapters and the following Chapters: Star Spangled Banner, Montgomery County, Susquehanna, Upper Eastern Shore, and Upper Potomac. Congratulations to all.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Web Pages of the Maryland Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America. The Maryland Council was awarded a Five Star Level of Excellence for 2019 (as of August 2020).

 

The Maryland Council is composed of ten chapters, spread geographically across the state. Here is a list of the Chapters, with links to their individual Web Pages. All Chapters have an informational page here or a separate chapter-hosted page (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2019 – as announced in August 2020.):

 

·         Annapolis

·         Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled Banner (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery County (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAA

·         * * * * Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2019 – 2020 (as of 14 Mar 2020, updated May 2020):

 

President

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

1st Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

2nd Vice Pres

Gary

Palmer

Lt Col

USAF

gtdbpalmer@verizon.net

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Immediate Past Pres

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Legislative Director

Lynn

Nash

CAPT

USPHS

Lynn.Slepski@outlook.com

(This is the correct email)

Transition Liaison

Annie

Brock

mdmoaatransition@gmail.com

Spouse Liaison

Cheryl

Glang

glanghaus@comcast.net

Md Veterans Commissioner

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

MOAA Director – Maryland Military Coalition

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

COL

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Southern MD

 

 

 

 

Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

Susquehanna

Robert

Hanson

CDR

USN

firstfoxfire@verizon.net

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

CW5

USA

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LtCol

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

 

The Southern Maryland Chapter is currently functioning as an affiliate of the Gen Smallwood Chapter.

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, updated on 12 Jan 2019. (13 Mar 2019)

 

Here are the Maryland Council of Chapters Goals for CY2019-2020, approved by the Council on 12 Jan 2019. (19 Jan 2019)

 

 

Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 2020 Congressional Luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 2020)

 

Who Can Join:

 

MOAA membership is open to all current, former, and retired officers of any of the seven Uniformed Services. Visit the Why Join MOAA page at the MOAA Web Site for details on the three classes of membership, and to join.

 

There is a new “Why MOAA” video produced by the MOAA National Office. Please use the following link to access the video:

 

https://youtu.be/42YD9d8WI5Q

 

 

For those concerned about embedded links and cyber security, please do the following:

 

1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing:   www.youtube.com in your web browser

2)      Type MOAA in the search bar

3)      Click on the link to the MOAA channel

4)      Once the MOAA channel comes up, you will immediately see the “Why MOAA” video. 

5)      If you want to cut and paste the video web address for others, click on the “Videos” link, then select the “Why MOAA” Video

6)      Once the video begins playing, highlight and then copy the web address at the top of the screen.  It should exactly match the hyperlink listed in this email.

 

 

If you are a MOAA member who is not a member of a Maryland Chapter, please click here to find the chapter in your area.

 

Council Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly, on call of the President. Meetings are currently held at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant, 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold MD 21012, starting at 1130. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each, as they are available (older minutes are available here)

 

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018 - Minutes

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes

Jan 12, 2019 - Minutes

Mar 30, 2019 - Minutes

Jun 22, 2019 - Minutes

Aug 24, 2019 - Minutes

Nov 2, 2019 - Minutes

Jan 11, 2020 - meeting cancelled due to MOAA-sponsored Caribbean cruise

Mar 14, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Jun 13, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Aug 1, 2020 (Virtual)

Jan 16, 2021 (Virtual)

 

 

Editorial Policy

 

MOAA, the Maryland Council of Chapters and the individual chapters in Maryland are non-partisan. Information on this web site reflects the position of the Maryland Council of Chapters only.

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Below are recent newsletters from the former Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Mrs. Cheryl Glang. (23 Nov 2020)

 

-          Jan/Feb 2019

-          Mar/Apr 2019

-          Jul/Aug 2019

-          Sep/Oct 2019

-          Nov/Dec 2019

-          Nov 2020

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

Stay tuned for the announcement of the National Guard Unit of the Year for 2020. (24 Feb 2020)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

 

 

 

Legislative Priorities

 

MOAA Board Member RADM Tom Jurkowsky has written another Op-Ed piece for the Annapolis Capitol/Maryland Gazette. Although the council does not have any specific wording, all members are encouraged to contact their Representative and the two Senators to ask that they ensure cuts to military medical facilities and staff are not allowed to occur. (24 Aug 2020)

 

René A. Campos, CDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is the Senior Director, Government Relations for Veterans-Wounded Warrior Care at MOAA.

She recently provided us with a copy of a Department of Veterans’ Affairs COVID-19 Pandemic Response Report. (27 May 2020)

 

CAPT Lynn Nash, USPHS (Ret) has agreed to become the MOAA MD Council's Legislative Director. She will formally join the Board of Directors at the upcoming 1 Aug meeting. She has prepared a summary of bills enacted during the shortened 2020 Legislative Session in Annapolis. (13 Jul 2020)

 

 

We have an old list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus. We will work to get this updated before the 2021 session.

Note – this list is NOT UP TO DATE for 2019 or 2020. (3 Mar 2019)

 

Make MOAA's One Powerful Voice® heard in Maryland. It will take each MOAA member living in Maryland to make this happen. Act now to do your part!

 

Here is a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation (both Senators and all eight Representatives) (updated 16 Apr 2019)

 

 

 

 

·         From time to time, we will suggest messages we would like Maryland members to send to Annapolis on upcoming bills of interest to all of us. There are two web-based methods you can use to contact your State Legislators:

·         The Maryland Legislature maintains a Web Site that you can use to contact your Senator or Delegate. To use it, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6, and select the legislator’s name. If the legislator accepts e-mail (I hope most of them do today), you will see a link to Contact Online. Click on that link. Enter your identifying information, and type or paste the text into the Message box.

·         Another method is to visit http://mdelect.net/. This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (Zip+4 will do, unless district lines go through your Zip+4 area – then enter your full address), and it will tell you who your Federal and State legislators are. There are links to their web sites. Some have e-mail tools built in; others will link into Outlook, as above. (21 Jan 2013)

·         NEW – here is a link to a roster provided by the Legislature with office locations and phone numbers for all of the State Senators and Delegates. Some have moved since last year. (26 Jan 2018)

 

You can find information on MOAA’s national legislative priorities at the MOAA Take Action web page.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

The Maryland Veterans’ Commission met on 21 Oct 2020. In advance of the formal minutes, here are some highlights from the meeting:

 

- The Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs is up and running, even with COVID-19 restrictions. Four offices have been co-located in Motor Vehicle Administration Buildings, and more will move in the future.

 

- The Veterans’ Home at Charlotte Hall has had no new COVID-19 deaths since July and is admitting new residents. There are currently 312 veterans living there.

 

- The Maryland Veterans’ Trust Fund exists to support struggling veterans. The fund currently has $200,000 on hand. Sec Owings want to give this away! See https://veterans.maryland.gov/maryland-department-of-veterans-affairs-veterans-trust-fund/ for details.

 

- The Department is in the process of acquiring 60 acres of land in Skyesville for a second Veterans’ Home. It will have 120 beds, and one of the only on-site dialysis units in the nation.

 

- An organization called Fields 4 Valor made a presentation on their program of growing produce, eggs, and honey for distribution to struggling veteran families in Central Maryland. See https://fieldsforvalor.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/fields4valorfarms for details. They are looking for financial support, and for people to provide manual labor. They have gone from providing 300 pounds of food in 2016 to over 3000 pounds so far in 2020.

 

- There will be a rally sponsored by a VFW Post in Westminster and an American Legion Post in Greenbelt in support of the Peace Cross in Bladensburg. Meeting time is 1000 on 7 Nov 2020 at American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt. The parade will leave at 1200, travel to Bladensburg, then back to Greenbelt for refreshments. They are looking for both motorcycles and cars. For further information, contact Post 136 Commander Mike Moore at 301-204-1377. (22 Oct 2020)

 

 

Here are recent minutes from the Commission:

 

- August 2020

 

 

Job Search

 

From our new Transition Liaison Officer, Mrs Annie Brock:

 

“I hope you are staying safe and doing well.

 

As you know, I have stepped into Jim Dittbrenner's large shoes and will be moving the Maryland Council forward in the Transition Assistance arena. You can expect to hear from me on at least a monthly basis, possibly every two weeks ... depending upon the amount of information I find to share with you and our members.

 

In order to better serve you and those who might benefit from the information who are not eligible to join MOAA, I am going to ask you to join a mailing list using this link: https://bit.ly/MdMOAATransitionList  It will keep you from receiving duplicate emails and information, while saving me from sending the same email to two lists of subscribers ... a win for all of us.”

 

Mrs Brock will be publishing periodic lists of Upcoming Events, which we will be posting here. (21 May 2020)

 

Contact Mrs Brock at  mdmoaatransition@gmail.com for any transition-related questions. (11 Jun 2020)

 

Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Visit the MOAA Transition and Career Center for Career Information.

 

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

 

A number of organizations have asked us to provide links to their resources for Veterans. Please visit out Outside Resources page to view that list. The appearance of links on that page does not imply any endorsement by the Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA), the Maryland Council of Chapters, or any MOAA Chapter. Feel free to use them at your own risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please send any comments and suggestions to the Webmaster using the email address shown in the listing of Council Officers above.

 

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