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Last Update: Nov 2017

BREAKING NEWS:

 

On 9 Nov 2017, Gov Larry Hogan announced he will again submit a bill to the Maryland Legislature to exempt all military retirement income from state and local income taxes. Read the full Press Release here. We will be following up shortly with proposed messages for you to send to your Maryland legislators. Also, see the Legislative Update notes below. (12 Nov 2107)

 

MOAA has announced new rules for the Levels of Excellence Awards for 2017. Submissions are due 1 May 2018, and there are limits to how much you can write in response to the questions. See below for details. (8 Nov 2017)

 

The Maryland Council of Chapters, the Star Spangled Banner Chapter, the Montgomery County Chapter, the Gen William Smallwood Chapter, the Susquehanna Chapter, the Upper Potomac Chapter, and the Fort George G Meade Chapter ALL have won 5-Star Level of Excellence Awards from MOAA. Congratulations to all who helped make these awards possible. (28 Jul 2017)

 

The Five-Star Awards were presented at the 7th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon. (14 Sep 2017)

 

We have updated the list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation. (23 Sep 2017)

 

Click here for notes from the Council President on the 2017 Annual Meeting and other items of interest to the membership. (30 Oct 2017)

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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 2016 (as of August 2017).

 

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, and some have additional pages, as shown with additional links (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2016 – as announced in July 2017.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 4 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

 

 

7th Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 7th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon was held on 13 Sep 2017 in the Rayburn House Office Building. Both Maryland Senators and seven of the eight Representatives attended and spoke to the crowd. Thanks to all who attended.

At the luncheon, MOAA President Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret) presented the Five Star Level of Excellence awards to The Maryland Council of Chapters and to the six winning Chapters. This MOAA.org photo shows Past Council President COL Andy Fallon, USA (Ret) receiving the award for the Council:

 

Other photos from the event are available at this Dropbox link. View the files as a Grid rather than a List to be able to see the photos (click on the down arrow near the top right corner of the page to switch between List and Grid). Chapters may use any of them in their newsletters, attributing them to MOAA.org.

 

Additionally, MOAA HQ published an article concerning this luncheon.

 

2018 Levels of Excellence

MOAA has revised the criteria for the Levels of Excellence Awards for 2017. The submission date is now 1 May 2018 (rather than 1 March as in past years). Chapters will no longer complete the objective portion of the rating (percentage of members who are National members, lists of officers updated, etc.); National will simply pull that information from their database. View the new Objective criteria here.

For the Subjective criteria, Chapter leaders will complete a Word document, with limits to the number of characters you can write for each answer, and attachments are not allowed! Here are the Sections of this report:

-          Please describe your chapter’s level of effort and results concerning the following chapter management subjects: Grassroots advocacy, Community Engagement, Recruiting and Retention (there is a page and a half limit for this section).

-          Briefly describe your chapter’s leadership succession plan

-          Does the chapter have an established personal affairs program?

-          Describe the chapter’s most significant achievement of the year (Extra credit)

-          Please identify and briefly describe an above and beyond management practice or program that you haven’t already covered in the award submission (Extra credit)

View the complete list of Subjective criteria here.

The full list of procedures for submission is available here. One thing that is missing is the cutoff point total required for the 4-Star or 5-Star Level.

 

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.

 

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)

 

Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017 - Minutes

Sep 9, 2017

Dec 9, 2017

Mar 10, 2018

Jun 9, 2018

 

Editorial Policy

 

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

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Attached are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (5 Jan 2017)

 

-          Feb 2017

-          Apr 2017

-          Jun 2017

-          Sep 2017

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The Council presented this year’s Maryland Council of Chapters National Guard Unit of the Year award to the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Cyberspace Operations Group at 1300 hours on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  The ceremony took place in the Auditorium of the Operations Building on Warfield Air National Guard Base (adjacent to Martin State Airport).  MG Singh, USA (TAG Maryland); BG Staudenraus, USAF (Cdr MDANG) and over 150 members of the unit were in attendance.  The unit was very proud and appreciative for being selected (Maryland TAG does the selection) as this year’s winner of the award – the award is definitely achieving its goals. COL Fallon, USA (Ret), LTC Hartzog, USA (Ret), MAJ Dittbrenner, USA (former) and BG Walsh, USAF (Ret) represented the Council. 

 

Kudos and thanks to LTC Bryon Hartzog, 1st VP, for working and organizing all the details of the award process for this year. Photos are available at the 75th Wing Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/175wing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155443077009214 . (4 Jun 2017)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         Nothing at this time (30 Aug 2017)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

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!

There is a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation (both Senators and all eight Representatives)

 

Legislative Liaison CPT Annie Brock, USA (Former), has published a comprehensive set of Legislative Notes for Nov 2017. Rather than including them on this page, they are available at this link. Here are the main points addressed in these notes:

 

-          There is a new email address, mdcoclegis@gmail.com, to reach Annie or whoever is filling in for her while she is out of town.

-          The Number 1 priority of the Veterans’ Summit Taxation Working Group is the total exemption of uniformed servicve retirement pay from Maryland income taxes.

-          There is a petition which will be presented to the General Assembly. If you, or anyone else you know, has not yet signed the petition, please visit http://susquehannamoaa.org/LendYourVoice to do so.

 

 

·         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.

·         The other 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)

 

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

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2016 – 2017 (as of 6 Mar 2017):

 

President

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

2nd Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

Treasurer

Greg

Dalke

CDR

USN

dalke@olg.com

Webmaster

James

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Immed. Past Pres

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Transition Officer

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Auxiliary Liaison

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

Philip

Campbell

CDR

USN

pncbiz@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Prince Georges

Vacant

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Jim

Adkins

MG

USN

jamesa.adkins@comcast.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LTC

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant today.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

There are no recent reports from the Maryland Veterans Commission. One will be posted here when available.

 

 

Job Search

 

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

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. (Note – the Maryland Council of Chapters has nothing to do with any of the listed sites, and is not responsible if any of them are no longer active.)

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a sutdent financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to vetereans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)

 

Here is another site with military discounts and deals: https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide (Again, the inclusionn of this link does not impmy and endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (5 Jun 2107)

 

The Council’s Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016)

 

 

 

Click here for more information on Council activities.

 

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