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To provide a local focal point for those who have served their country in the Uniformed Services, and their surviving spouses, to come together for professional assistance, information, and social activities. To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and its flag and to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our National Government and the Constitution of the United States. To foster the integrity and prestige of uniformed service and fraternal relations among all branches of Service. To aid Service personnel and their family members and survivors and to further the education of their children. To advocate military forces adequate to the defense of our country and to present the rights and interests of Service personnel when Service matters are under consideration.
Information on Joining the Chapter
For eligibility information and an application, click on the Join Today arrow on the MOAA home page then on the Join Now box on the next page. A new member packet with a directory, welcome letter, and additional information about the Central Shenandoah Valley Chapter is provided once the application is approved. Dues are $25 for Regular members and $10 for Auxiliary members, annually, for the calendar year. Eligible officers and Auxiliary members are guests of the Chapter for their first meeting and dues may be waived for the year in which they join.
Luncheon meetings are held on the third Friday of each month (June, July, August, and December) in various locations in our area and feature presentations by local community leaders. We also have a picnic in June and a holiday gathering in December. The Chapter supports local ROTC and Junior ROTC activities: At graduation, we present MOAA ROTC certificates, medals, and rank insignia to cadets at James Madison University and to cadets/midshipmen at Mary Baldwin College. We present JROTC medals and certificates to cadets at Harrisonburg High School and Fishburne Military School. We also provide financial support to the ROTC programs and scholarships to college cadets/midshipmen. Officers represent the CSVC in various legislative initiatives and a monthly Chapter newsletter provides information about activities and events of interest. Recruiting efforts include local newspaper ads as well as community and member networking.
Chapter officers participate in the Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) of MOAA which meets quarterly to plan and carry out state legislative activities beneficial to all uniformed service members and their families. These activities include organizing a state legislative luncheon in Washington DC for Virginia's national legislators and an annual visit to the General Assembly in Richmond. Both events permit us to meet elected officials face-to-face to discuss legislative issues pertinent to Virginia veterans. The monthly Chapter newsletter includes legislative and other timely information from MOAA and elsewhere to inform members about important matters being considered at state and national levels. We encourage members to participate and to contact appropriate legislators.
An elected Board of Managers meets monthly (except in summer) to conduct Chapter business, select luncheon speakers, and coordinate activities to be brought before the membership. Chapter officers volunteer to provide transportation to meetings for members needing assistance to attend. For more information about the Chapter, please contact the President or the Membership Chairman at the phone numbers or addresses provided above.
About Our Chapter
The Central Shenandoah Valley Chapter (CSVC), an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), formerly The Retired Officers Association (TROA), was chartered December 6, 1991 with 65 members. The Chapter now has approximately 70 members in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and surrounding area in Virginia. We meet on the third Friday of each month (except June, July, August, and December) in country clubs or restaurants rotated among these communities. We support local college and high school ROTC and JROTC programs and are active with state and national legislative issues and recruitment initiatives.