January 2020  Council and Chapter News

Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

5 Star 2016

Last Update: Aug 2020

BREAKING NEWS:

 

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.

 

Welcome new Commissioner on the Maryland Veterans’ Commission: Your Webmaster, Maj, Jim Shiffrin, USAF (Ret), was recently sworn in as the newest Commissioner on the Maryland Veterans’ Commission, replacing Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR. See below for pictures. (27 Jul 2020)

 

Welcome New Legislative Director: 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)

 

Proposed Medical Cuts: Former Legislative Liaison CAPT Brian Smith, USN (Ret) passed this along today:

 

Marylander and retired Navy Rear Admiral Tom Jurkowsky graciously allowed me to use one of his superb articles as a “guest blog spot” on my Free State Veterans platform.

 

Hope you’ll give it a read! Even if defeated this year, it is, unfortunately, a bad idea likely to raise its head in years to come!

 

https://freestateveterans.org/2020/06/28/congress-must-block-cuts-to-military-medicine/

(2 Jul 2020)

 

 

Reading Lists: Did you know MOAA maintains suggested Reading Lists? You can find the list that is in the latest issue of Military Officer at https://www.qgdigitalpublishing.com/publication/?m=53666&i=662771&view=articleBrowser&article_id=3692636 (after you log in to the MOAA site. There are also other reading lists (search for Reading List) – a couple include https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2018-news-articles/54-books-to-add-to-your-summer-reading-list/ and https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/member-books/military-professional-reading-list/. (Thanks to Ft Meade Chapter member Col John Church, USAF (Ret) for the suggestion to include this information here). (29 Jun 2020)

 

 

VA COVID-19 Response: 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)

 

Transition News: See below for an update from our new Transition Liaison Officer, Mrs Annie Brock. (21 May 2020)

 

Final 2020 Legislative Update: Check out the latest Free State Veterans blog for the final report from the 2020 Maryland Legislature’s abbreviated session. (8 May 2020)

 

 

 

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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 - Interim

Naomi

Kaplan

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

 

Watch this space for details of the 2020 Congressional Luncheon as they are announced. (21 Oct 2019)

 

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

 

 

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. Naomi Kaplan. (22 Aug 2018)

 

-          Jan/Feb 2019

-          Mar/Apr 2019

-          Jul/Aug 2019

-          Sep/Oct 2019

-          Nov/Dec 2019

 

Note – The Nov/Dec 2019 Surviving Spouses Newsletter is the final one from Mrs. Naomi Kaplan, who has served in this post for the past four years. We thank her for her service and are asking for volunteers to (try to) fill her shoes. (29 Dec 2019)

 

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

 

 

From LtCol Hugh McIlroy, USMC (Ret), President of the Upper Potomac Chapter in their May 2020 newsletter: “I am immensely impressed with the empathy, commitment and generosity of our membership. On 14 April, a few members of the chapter recognized that in many cases the stimulus money we received could be put to much better use to support the less fortunate and those in serious distress in our community because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your Board of Directors unanimously approved an initiative to solicit our membership to donate some, or all, of the stimulus money they received to the Chapter so we could help veterans or others who are less fortunate and devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just seventeen days later, on 1 May, your chapter had collected $8,100 and donated $2,700 to the Maryland Food Bank, $2,700 to Feeding PA and $2,700 to The Mountaineer Food Bank: food banks in the three states we represent. Just two weeks later we had collected an additional $1,673 that we donated to the MOAA Foundation for their COVID-19 Relief Fund. Our donations average almost $103 per member, which is an extraordinary performance.

 

I am very proud of the members of the Upper Potomac Chapter and your efforts to help those less fortunate and suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You should be justly proud of what we have accomplished. The empathy, commitment and generosity of our members bring great credit on our chapter and are in keeping with the highest standards of all seven uniformed services. Well done!!(28 May 2020)

 

 

Legislative Priorities

 

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)

 

 

The Maryland Military Coalition has released its Legislative Goals for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly. (14 Dec 2019)

 

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

 

Maj Jim Shiffrin, USAF (Ret), was recently sworn in as the newest Commissioner on the Maryland Veterans’ Commission, replacing Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR. Here are a couple of pictures from his swearing-in at the Anne Arundel County Courthouse.

                           

 

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

 

 

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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