Welcome to WNC MOAA and our website! I hope you will find plenty of information here to help you get acquainted or to update your calendar. Founded in 1968, WNC MOAA was incorporated as an affiliate into National MOAA in 1969 and has continued as an active and thriving chapter for 50+ years. WNC MOAA, like National MOAA, is a totally non-partisan organization; our only interest is in supporting active duty members, veterans and their families.
We continue to adjust our efforts to deal with this new reality of COVID-19. We have already conducted two 100% outreaches to our members. We have beefed up our new website, your board has been meeting "virtually" since April, we have had one "hybrid" (outdoor) satellite meeting and one virtual chapter meeting, and we are looking forward to our second virtual chapter meeting later this month. At our first virtual chapter meeting we hosted Haywood County Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben (author of the videos we have posted on our website) who provided an interesting presentation on COVID and then took questions.
These steps have temporarily replaced our quarterly meetings. We hope that the time will come (soon!) where we once again gather to catch up with friends, find out what’s going on in the chapter, and hear an interesting guest speaker. We’ve had some extraordinarily great guest speakers! We have all enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship and the inspiration we draw from one another to never stop serving.
We have been in constant contact with our normal venue, the Hendersonville Country Club, as we begin to plan for future get-togethers.
I like to think of our continued commitment to serve as a multifaceted jewel that radiates light in all directions, from the heavy lifting done on the National level all the way down to the personal level of neighbor helping neighbor. President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” From the day we raised our hand to serve until today, as MOAA members, we do exactly that. We ask what can we do to help? And we find a way.
I look forward to our time together and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Donna Culp, CAPT, USAF (Fmr) President