The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter supports the agenda of National MOAA and encourages members to take advantage of the services and benefits available to them. We provide a forum for fellowship and camaraderie commensurate with any military organization. We promote community awareness of the chapter through local service projects.
Information on Joining the Chapter
Membership is open to all Active Duty, Retired, Reserve, National Guard, and Former Officers and Warrant Officers of all uniformed services including NOAA and USPHS, and their surviving spouses. Our annual dues are $15.00 and membership applications are available from the President or Membership Chairman listed above or by POC in Georgia, Tom Shope at 706-745-4072, or in North Carolina Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203.
We meet monthly. May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month, in June we have an annual picnic, October 2009 we celebrated our 20th anniversary as a chapter, and in December we have a special Christmas Party. Sometimes several of our members get together and travel to a nearby city for cultural events. Our Community Service Project have been the Wilderness Scouts of America, Blairsville, GA, support for Marines deployed in Afghanistan and, currently, the Cell Phones for Soldiers Project. In April of 2008 we sponsored a JR ROTC unit in Canton, GA. Occasionally we have guest speakers on topics of interest to our members.
We include legislative news in our monthly newsletter and send alerts electronically when appropriate. One of our members is a state officer in the VFW. In addition we belong to and support the Georgia Federal and Military Retired Coalition (GFMRC).
At the October, 2008 Georgia State Convention the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter was awarded a flag streamer for the highest percentage increase in membership. Our Personal Affairs Coordinator provides us with timely info about services and benefits available to us from National MOAA, as well as providing a link to members and their families who are ill or hospitalized. Our Auxiliary Liaison person keeps our surviving spouses aware of the services provided them by MOAA national and encourages participation in chapter activities. We meet on the third Monday of every month. Our December meeting is a Holiday Party which is always earlier in the month.
About Our Chapter
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter was chartered in October, 1989. Although we are chartered in Georgia we serve North Georgia (Fannin, Towns and Union Counties) and Western North Carolina (Clay and Cherokee Counties). Currently we have about 55 members consisting of retired and former officers and warrant officers and surviving spouses from the uniformed services including USPHS and NOAA. We meet on the third Monday of each Month for lunch or dinner at various locations. Lunches begin at 11:30 and dinners begin at 5:00 with social time before the meal. Spouses are included in our meetings and are important to the success of our chapter.
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter was awarded the MOAA Five Star Level of Excellence Award in 2009 and the Four Star Level of Excellence Award in 2010.