The mission of our Chapter, as contained in the preamble of our constitution and by-laws, are the same as the purpose of National MOAA to include the following:
* To create harmony and a spirit of camaraderie among all retired officers and the uniformed services of the United States through an organized program of social and fraternal activities to accomplish the National aims and our local purposes.
Information on Joining the Chapter
To be a member of the Upper Potomac Chapter, you must be a member of the national MOAA organization. If you are already a MOAA member, you may obtain the Chapter membership application by contacting the Chapter Secretary at 301-696-1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Upper Potomac Chapter dues are $10/year. We also offer a Lifetime Chapter membership for $90.
If you are not a member of MOAA, you may join MOAA by visiting their website at www.moaa.org. Eligibility for MOAA membership includes: active duty, former, retired, Reserve and National Guard commissioned and warrant officer and cadets and midshipmen of the uniformed services - Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - and their surviving spouses (Auxiliary membership is available for surviving spouses of eligible officers).
Chapter activities include regularly scheduled board meetings, general membership meetings and luncheons, annual picnic, and service projects to benefit our men and women in uniform and our communities at large. Our premier service project is sponsorship of an annual golf scramble, the proceeds of which go to an organization serving our active duty, Reserve and National Guard, and veterans. Other projects include support to the Fort Detrick Chapel food bank, a sponsored trap shoot for wounded warriors, as well as service activities by individual members in their respective communities, e.g. Veterans Day speakers.
We publish a bi-monthly newsletter to keep members apprised of Chapter affairs, upcoming events, and important legislative information. We also maintain an email distribution list for members with email.
The Upper Potomac Chapter supports the MOAA national legislative agenda. We are also actively support the Maryland Council of Chapters in various state veterans' issues.
We have a legislative affairs representatives for all three of our major membership states (MD, PA, & WV)to monitor and report on the legislative activities in all three areas.
Our Chapter Newsletter is typically sent out a month before our functions with specific information on the activities, directions, time & place, reservation forms and RSVP information.
The Newsletter will also contain a calendar of events for the entire year to facilitate future planning.
If you are qualified for membership, live in our area, and are interested in finding out more about our Chapter, please contact our Chapter Secretary, Mrs. Mary Lee Schumeyer, 301-696-1191, email@example.com and she will send you our current Newsletter and Chapter information.
We would love to have you become a member of the Upper Potomac Chapter. You will find that we are committed to our membership, communities, and the MOAA ideals.
About Our Chapter
The Upper Potomac Chapter was chartered on June 26, 1971 and includes membership from Frederick, Washington and Allegany counties, Maryland; Berkeley and Jefferson counties, West Virginia; and Franklin County, PA. The Chapter averages 110 members, and although small, we are very active. In 2014 the Chapter was awarded MOAA’s 4-Star Chapter Excellence Award. This achievement marks the 12th consecutive year of being recognized as a 4 or 5 Star Chapter.