Military Officers Association of America
Southwest Illinois Chapter

Our Mission
MOAA SW IL 4-Star Award
The Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a professional organization of military officers supporting the efforts of a nationally chartered veteran organization comprised of more than 320 chapters that is defending the interests of active duty, Reserve component, and retired military members to the national legislature. Within our local area, we support other veteran organizations supporting our men and women currently serving and those who have served. We meet monthly on the second Saturday evening of each month at a different location from September to June and feature guest speakers from the area who are of interest to our membership. We also sponsor annual scholarship awards for children, grandchildren, or relatives of Chapter members. Our annual Scholarship Auction raises funds for the scholarships locally and nationally. We welcome your participation and membership in the national and chapter organization.

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President's Message This Month (February 2020)

Happy Valentines Day! Don't forget your sweetheart this year.

By this time, you've probably heard that the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed in December just before the Continuing Resolution (CR) expired. You can read more about the content of the legislation in the Legislative Update. There were also some significant legislative changes in Illinois that you can read in the Legislative Update.

February 1 is the deadline for the packages to compete for the Col Marvin Harris Communications Award. Our newsletter has received the 5-Star Award for the last couple of years and this year should be no different. Thanks to our editor, Maj (ret) Rick Sunner, who has done a superb job of keeping our newsletter at a very high quality and kept the Chapter well-informed.

Sad news for the Illinois Chapters. The Quad-Cities Chapter located near Moline has closed shop. The currently serving Chapter board members voted unanimously to not continue beyond the two-year terms of the elected positions and there were no others in the line of succession. This issue is not new. In 2018, the Southern Illinois Chapter closed its doors because their long-term President moved out of the area and nobody offered to continue running the Chapter. Northern Illinois Chapter has been out of communications for about 3 years, although the Chapter has not officially folded. West Suburban Chapter went through a revitalization about 5 years ago and was able to find people to run the business of the Chapter. We provide what I feel is an important service to many others in our local area, from scholarships to contact with legislators to charitable support. We have changed our Chapter By-Laws in the recent past to allow continued operation of the board. However, as the years go by, those who have served on the Board for 10, 15, almost 20 years or more, are aging out. We need your help to keep moving forward as a Chapter. Not just involvement at the Chapter meetings or one-time events, but standing up to take a position in the conduct of business for the Chapter. We recently added Yasemin Koss as our Programs Chair and Maj (ret) Sabrina Luttrell as our Membership Chair. Big thank you to those two. Also to those who take on work with USO fundraising, scholarships, and our JROTC/ROTC ceremonies. We still need to have someone fill the Vice President position and are looking for a replacement for Treasurer. How will you help out today and continue serving so that our Chapter is able to sustain itself as a force in the community? Thanks for helping out and being part of the solution!