The Arizona Council of Chapters (MOAA) also referred to as AZCOC is an affiliation of MOAA Chapters throughout Arizona. The AZCOC is the state entity which provides support and assistance to our member Chapters. There are 9 MOAA Chapters and 3 Satellite Chapter in Arizona and all are members of the AZCOC. The AZCOC meets semiannually at rotating host chapter sites. We publish a newsletter semiannually which is distributed to all members and guests of the AZCOC.
NACMOAA supporting our community during difficult times of isolation
NACMOAA holds its bi-monthly luncheon meetings at Granite Gate Senior Living Center. We have forged a close relationship with both staff and the residents. In early March the chapter decided to postpone all future meetings until the pandemic subsides. While we were saddened by not having our meeting and seeing our members in person, the pandemic caused the residents to be virtually closed off from contact outside of the center. They had no in person contact with their families and no social interaction, even taking all meals in their rooms. NACMOAA was honored to be a part of these two projects to brighten the day of veterans in our community.
Granite Gate Senior Living Card Project
I asked our members to join me in sending cards and letters to let the residents know that we were thinking about them. One of our members even created homemade cards. The staff put the cards on the food trays to be delivered to the residents rooms. Here’s what Granite Gate Senior Living had to say about our effort. The following was posted on their facebook page:
Heartfelt cards from The Northern Arizona Chapter of the Military Officers to our Residents. This proud group of men and women let our Residents know that we are all in this together and ” this to shall pass”.The cards brought smiles and some tears. We consider the Military Officers part of our Granite Gate Family and thank them for their service to our Country. This thoughtful gesture during this very stressful time was greatly appreciated.
Memorial Day Parade at Granite Gate
The second activity we were involved in was a drive through mini parade on Memorial Day. Granite Gate has many veterans who reside there. The staff always has activities planned to celebrate Memorial Day and their residents. With such strict limitations, the staff reached out to NACMOAA and asked if there was anything we could do. We came up with the idea of a parade through the parking lot of the center. We had 13 members, including 7 of our board members, and 8 vehicles participate. We put patriotic decorations on the cars and trucks, and had patriotic music playing from a CD made especially for this occasion. by one of our members.
The residents were told what time to be out on their balconies. We made 3 passes by the residents’ windows and balconies. They were out waving, some with flags and clapping. It was so heartwarming to see them so excited to be able to celebrate the holiday while staying safe.
On May 25th, ten intrepid members of our Chapter gathered at Granite Gate Senior Living Community, decorated our eight cars and drove around the apartment building honking horns and playing patriotic music provided by Dick Jonas.
Pictures taken by Mary Jonas.
Arizona MOAA Members who have been selected for the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.
These members have been recognized and honored based on the significant civic contributions they have made at the local, state and National levels. Honorees are veterans who serve, or have honorably served their country through military service and who also serve and inspire their fellow citizens with deeds and accomplishments outside their military service.
Storming the Hill 2019
On April 10th, 170 MOAA representatives from all 50 states “Stormed the Hill” to meet their elected Senators and Congressional Representatives. Their purpose was to ensure the military pay raise service members deserve, stabilize the TRICARE benefit, and put an end to the unfair widows tax (SBP-DIC offset).
The Arizona Team was represented by:
Col Pete Kloeber, USAF (Ret) – Flagstaff – Team Lead
Lt Gen John Regni, USAF (Ret) – Litchfield Park – MOAA Board Mbr
Col Mike Turner, USAF (Ret) – MOAA Staff Member
Cynthia Giesecke – MOAA Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Committee
Pete Kloeber & Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
Pete Kloeber, Lt Gen John Regni, Congressman David Schweikert
Pete Kloeber, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Lt Gen John Regni