Heart of Illinois Chapter

Last updated 2/22/2024
Address PO Box 10762
City, State, Zip Peoria, IL 61612-0762
Meeting Time 3rd Tues 1900 hrs Sep - May
Meeting Place Lariat Steakhouse, Peoria, IL
Council Website http://www.moaa.org/chapter/illinoiscouncil
Basic information
Address PO Box 10762
City, State, Zip Peoria, IL 61612-0762
Meeting Time 3rd Tues 1900 hrs Sep - May
Meeting Place Lariat Steakhouse, Peoria, IL
Council Website http://www.moaa.org/chapter/illinoiscouncil
Information President Membership Chair Webmaster
Name David W Zabinski David W Zabinski Robert H Yonker
Rank MAJ MAJ CAPT
Service USA USA USN
Component USA USA USN
Retirement Status RET RET RET
Phone Number (815) 319-0877 (815) 319-0877 (309)868-4701
Email Address david.zabinski@comcast.net david.zabinski@comcast.net ryonker@mtco.com
President
Name David W Zabinski
Rank MAJ
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (815) 319-0877
Email Address david.zabinski@comcast.net
Chairman
Name David W Zabinski
Rank MAJ
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (815) 319-0877
Email Address david.zabinski@comcast.net
Webmaster
Name Robert H Yonker
Rank CAPT
Service USN
Component USN
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (309)868-4701
Email Address ryonker@mtco.com

Mission

The mission of Heart of Illinois Chapter is to benefit the members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors, and to advocate for a strong national defense, while providing support to the community and programs to grow our members.

Information on Joining the Chapter

In order to continue these great programs and activities we need great members, that’s where you come in. We still meet at the Lariat Steakhouse 2232 W Glen Ave Peoria on the third Tuesday of the month except June, July, August and December.  We have added the ability to join Chapter meetings using ZOOM if you cannot attend in person. The Camaraderie before the meeting is vibrant and we all learn from each other during our meetings.  To join our Chapter, Please reply to our Chapter president  david.zabinski@comcast.net

Chapter Activities

Our members have been involved in such endeavors as “Tee it up for the Troops”, Honor Flights, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, ROTC, JROTC, Veterans Affairs, and others.  In addition, our programs range from current affairs such as Ukraine vs Russia, critical military impacts such as Tricare changes, “Planning for Military Spousal Benefits” and military historical learnings. We are always looking for other ways to support the military in our Chapter region.

Legislative Issues

Of course, our reason for existence is to influence legislation that affects the military, especially retirees, and there is much of that floating around these days – such as 2023 Tricare changes. And we track what affects Active and Reserve/Guard as well. With so little military experience in our legislature these days, they need our voice.

General Information

 

Future Planned Programs:  Mar2024 "Peoria Area World Affairs Council Russia Update" by Angela Weck

Apr2024 "Sisu: Finland's Defense Since 1917" by Prof David Thompson

May2024 "Jewish Federation in Peoria Area" by Sue Katz

 

About Our Chapter

Chapter Feb 2024 program will focus on the Army ROTC and JROTC programs at Illinois State University, Pekin Community High School and Manual Academy in Peoria. They will discuss the status of each program and what they see the future holds.