New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter

Address PO Box 3
City, State, Zip Joint Base Mdl, NJ 08640-0003
Meeting Time 2nd Saturday
Meeting Place Garden State Diner, Wrightstown NJ
Council Website None

President

Name Paul F Van Tassel
Rank LCDR
Service USN
Component USN
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (609) 304-6220
Email Address pvantass@yahoo.com

Webmaster

Name James L Badgley
Rank Maj
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (609) 267-6257
Email Address jay45badgley@verizon.net

Membership Chair

Name Theodore A Cannon
Rank Lt Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (856) 231-1061
Email Address spaceque@comcast.net

Mission

The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter Mission is two fold: First: Support active and retiree benefit programs for all members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense. Second: Generate local community support for active and retired military members and their families.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter is open to any person who currently holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any of the United States uniformed services: the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Membership applications may be obtained by contacting our Membership Chairman, Lt Col Ted Cannon, USAF (Ret), at spaceque@comcast.net. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US AT ONE OF OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS. YOUR SUPPORT CAN AND WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU!!!

Chapter Activities

We are located in Central New Jersey and meet at or near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL). We are active in the MOAA NJ State Council of Chapters. The Chapter provides scholarships and awards to college ROTC and high school JROTC Units within our region. We also sponsor a Junior Officer of the Year Award Program selecting from among all military service units stationed at JBMDL. This program enhances our continued Active Duty-Guard-Reserve recognition/membership recruiting efforts. Additionally, our Legislative agenda (presented by the Chapter Legislative Officer) as well as membership drive efforts are included as part of the annual JBMDL "Retiree Appreciation Day." The Chapter participates in the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at JBMDL, the Brigadier General Doyle State Veteran' Cemetery and the Burlington County Veterans Memorial Park.

Legislative Issues

The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter actively supports the National MOAA legislative agenda through visits, telephone calls, e-mails, letters and cards to our Representatives and Senators in support of National MOAA legislative agenda items. Our monthly newsletter also highlights individual national and state legislative agenda items and urges our membership to actively support these various efforts. Congressional Representatives and Senators are invited periodically as guest speakers at various chapter forums. The Chapter is also very active within the State of New Jersey through working with our District Legislators in supporting State legislation that benefits our service members and veterans.

General Information

Announcements of location and speaker for the next monthly MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON MEETINGS are made through our newsletter and this website. 2017 CHAPTER SPRING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON meeting schedule: ***SATURDAY, 10 JUNE 2017: THE 2017 LT COL RAY FLAVION MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON (1200H), TOMMY B's COMMUNITY CENTER, JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ. For SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON reservation forms, please contact Major Badgley at james.badgley63@yahoo.com to receive an electronic reservation form. The completed form must then be mailed with payment by 1 June 2017 to Ms. Kim Holcombe, 622 Latona Ave, Ewing Twp., NJ 08618-2439. Please come join us for a time of celebration and recognition.

About Our Chapter

The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter of MOAA, chartered in 1962, has a membership area covering Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Meetings are held monthly from September through June. A monthly newsletter provides current highlights of local and national import. The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter, with a current membership of 147, is a highly active chapter and very proud of both its fifteen 5 Star Ratings and its legislative successes at both the national and state levels on behalf of all military beneficiaries. At the national level, the New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter is credited as the main lobbying force in gaining the Paid-up provision to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). At the state level, the New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter is credited as the primary veterans’ organization to lobby for and gain the change in New Jersey law that exempts military pensions and survivor benefit payments from state income taxes.