Mid-Missouri Chapter of the MOAA

Address PO Box 1694
City, State, Zip Columbia, MO 65205-1694
Meeting Time March, June, Sept and Dec
Meeting Place Various Restaurants and Locations
Council Website None

President

Name Richard C Harding
Rank Lt Gen
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (573)228-6389
Email Address ralharding@aol.com

Webmaster

Name Raymond L Ruetsch
Rank Lt Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (573) 817-9332
Email Address ruetschray@aol.com

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Mission

The Mid-Missouri Chapter of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a non-profit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired, and former members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors. We also foster fraternal relations among our members and their families. We also support our community and our nation. Membership is open to those who hold or have ever held a warrant or commission in any component of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or NOAA and their surviving spouses.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Dues are $15 per year. If interested in joining, contact any of the officers to receive a membership application. President: Richard Harding, Lt Gen USAF ralharding@aol.com; 1st VP: Tom Corcoran, LTC, USA; 2nd VP Raymond Ruetsch, LtCol, USAF ruetschray@aol.com; Secretary: Bill Boston, Colonel, USAF wboston@centurytel.net; Treasurer: Bob Smith, Capt, USN rcsmith1961@cs.com. To receive a informational brochure on our chapter with an application contact Raymond Ruetsch, LtCol, USAF at ruetschray@aol.com.

Chapter Activities

Socials with catered meal and guest speakers from the military, government, and business world are held in March, June, September, and December with December being a formal dinner and installation of officers for the following year. Three of the socials are held in Columbia and one in New Bloomfield (near Jefferson City). See General Information section for more detailed activities of the chapter

Legislative Issues

FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON NATIONAL ISSUES, SEE THE NATIONAL MOAA WEBSITES MOAA Take Action Website: http://www.moaa.org/takeaction/ and MOAA Legislative Update Website: http://capwiz.com/moaa/home/. Members work closely with the Missouri State Veteran’s Commission and elected officials to help promote veterans’ issues and military causes. Members are kept updated on current political issues at all levels through the quarterly newsletter. Some of the current Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations legislative agenda items are:Maintain the necessary level of funding for the operation and maintenance of State Veterans Homes, State Veterans Cemeteries, Veterans Service Officers Program, Veterans Grant Program and other needs of Missouri Veterans; Extend the state income tax exemption of military pay to fully cover Traditional/Drill Status (i.e., part-time) Reserve and National Guard income; Maintain the 9-person Missouri Veterans Commission and maintain the governance of Missouri Veterans Commission as stated in Chapter 42 RsMO; Support the replacement of the Mexico Veterans Home; Support the creation of a state-wide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; Support the “Missouri Veterans’ Heritage Protection Act” to protect memorials of historic military significance.

General Information

Charity and Military Support: In the past we have supported deployed troops with our Adopt-a– Platoon Program. Donations collected at the quarterly socials would go towards purchasing and shipping items that our deployed troops could use (toiletries, suntan lotion, lip balm, cookies, books, etc). Over 2000 pounds were shipped in this program. Since the decrease in deployments, our emphasis has shifted to Adopt-A-Project where money collected is donated to charities that are military related. In the past we have donated to the Missouri POW/MIA Museum, Wreaths Across America, Military Morning meals, Welcome Home to support Homeless Vets, and Toys for Tots. Members assist in organizing the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, provides wreaths to be placed in the Memorial Monument Circle at Boone County Court House, and conduct the Memorial Service. Provide bell ringers for the Salvation Army. Annually honor a community leader who also contributes to the military community. Each year we present awards and plaques to outstanding ROTC cadets/midshipmen at: University of Missouri–Columbia; Lincoln University; Truman State University; Missouri Military Academy; Moberly High School; and Smith-Cotton High School

About Our Chapter

The Mid-Missouri Chapter serves the eight county area of Mid-Missouri (Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Randolph). If you would like a copy of our newsletter, email ruetschray@aol.com. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Mid-Missouri Chapter, which is an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). MOAA and its affiliated chapters and councils are nonpartisan.