Southeastern MA Chapter

Address 9 Crestfield St
City, State, Zip Mattapoisett, MA 02739-1448
Meeting Time 3rd Friday
Meeting Place Wamsutta Club 427 County St New Bedford
Council Website None

President

Name Michael J Botelho
Rank LTC
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Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (508) 758-4909
Email Address mbotelho9@comcast.net

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Mission

The purposes of the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter is to promote the objectives of the Military Officers Association of America; foster fraternal relations among active duty, Guard/Reserve, retired and former officers of the uniformed services; protect the rights and interests of personnel of the uniformed services and their families and survivors; provide services for members and their families; and serve the community and the nation.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter is open to anyone who holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any component of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Chapter membership is only $12 per calendar year for regular members and $6 for auxiliary members. For more information on joining our chapter please contact CWO3 Laurence Dickinson, USCG (Ret) at 508-644-2179 or via e-mail at cwo3uscg@comcast.net.

Chapter Activities

The Chapter holds dinner meetings on the third Friday of each month (except JAN/FEB) at the prestigious Wamsutta Club in New Bedford, MA. Board of Directors meetings are held at 1630 on the first Wednesday of each month, also at the Wamsutta Club. Most dinner meetings feature guest speakers who discuss various topics relevant to the members. Chapter guests have also included U.S. Representative Barney Frank, State Representative Michael Rodrigues, and New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang. The chapter also supports four local JROTC programs, the Blue Star Mothers, and the Welcome Home Veterans Housing program in New Bedford.

Legislative Issues

The chapter is active in federal, state and local political affairs and has a full-time representative on the Massachusetts Council of Military Organizations, Inc. The chapter is also an active member of the MOAA Bay State Council of Chapters. Chapter members, working through Mass COMO and the Bay State Council, played an active role in the passage of the state's landmark legislation in 1997 that permanently exempted uniformed services retirement pay and SBP from state taxation. The chapter continues to work hard on behalf of America' servicemembers and their families.

General Information

About Our Chapter

The Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter was chartered in 1994 and serves all of Bristol County as well as the southern section of Plymouth County. The chapter holds monthly dinner meetings on the third Friday of each month (except JAN/FEB) at the prestigious Wamsutta Club located at 27 County Street in New Bedford, MA. The chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter that includes relevant information about various chapter activities as well as both state and local news affecting the uniformed services community. The chapter has approximately 45 members made up of active duty, Guard/Reserve, retired and former officers and their survivors.