Indiana Council of Chapters

Last updated 1/5/2021
Address 87 Bali Hai Ct
City, State, Zip Carmel, IN 46032-1022
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Basic information
Address 87 Bali Hai Ct
City, State, Zip Carmel, IN 46032-1022
Meeting Time
Meeting Place
Council Website None
Information President Membership Chair Webmaster
Name Andrew F Gothreau N/A N/A
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (317) 573-9574
Email Address agothreau@earthlink.net
President
Name Andrew F Gothreau
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (317) 573-9574
Email Address agothreau@earthlink.net
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Mission

The mission of the MOAA Indiana Council of Chapters is to benefit the members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense, while providing needed support to the community and its members.  In particular, the Council promotes the purposes and objectives of MOAA and fostering a fraternal relationship among serving, retired, and former officers residing in Indiana.

 

The Indiana Council of Chapters strongly encourages eligible personnel to join one of the six Indiana MOAA chapters.  As an active chapter member,  you will be able to influence local and state legislation towards the goal of transforming Indiana into a veteran-friendly state.  The Council also urges chapter members to contact their congressional and Indiana legislators regularly to discuss issues and propose legislation that is unique to all members of the uninformed services--serving and retired, their families and survivors.

Information on Joining the Chapter

The following individuals were selected to serve as Council officers/chairs for the period 1/1/21 - 12/31/22.  Feel free to contact them for information on the Council or Indiana MOAA chapters:

 

Andrew F. Gothreau, President, agothreau@earthlink.net, 317-573-9574

William Zimmerman, 1st Vice President, wazimmerman@comcast.net, (574) 286-0638

Dick Dahoney, 2nd Vice President, richarddahoney@att.net, (317)-844-5107

Mike Logar, Secretary, mlogar@indy.rr.com, (317) 292-7313

Jim Bronson, Treasurer, jbronson@indy.rr.com, (317) 846-3559

Chris Burnham, Legislative Committee Chair, christopher.burnham@comcast.net, (317) 696-1531

Glenda Drake, Surviving Spouses Committee Chair, mgdindiana@gmail.com, (317)-984-4078

 

 

 

Chapter Activities

Traditionally, the Indiana Council of Chapters joined nearly 200 MOAA members from all over the country to meet in person with every member of Congress in Washington, D.C. regarding issues critical to maintaining readiness and preserving the benefits earned through uniformed service.  Due to COVID 19, the 2020 event was cancelled, however, the Council successfully conducted virtual meetings with Indiana's US Senators and Representatives.  The virtual program will be continued in 2021.

Council activities also include:

 

     - Perform chapter visits on a regular basis.

     - Provide guidance and expertise to member chapters.

     - Serve as a conduit for information flow between chapters and national MOAA.

     - Disseminate relevant information regarding Indiana military/veteran issues to chapters.

     - Advocate for earned military/veteran benefits and related veteran-related legislation with Indiana General Assembly.

 

 

Legislative Issues

The MOAA Indiana Council of Chapters is an active member of The Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana (TMVCI) and supports the following 2021 Coalition Legislative Goals listed below.  See the Coalition website at www.inmilcoal.org for details and status of related 2021 legislation by the Indiana General Assembly.

 

1.  Fund County Veteran Service Salaries to benefit veterans.

2.  Extend and continue funding the Indiana Veterans Recovery Pilot Program.

3.  Extend the Indiana Veterans Recovery Pilot Program to include first responders.

4.  Increase Indiana State income tax exemption for all military income.

5.  Fix the eligibility criteria of the Military Family Relief Fund.

6.  Implement a Reserve tuition supplement program.

7.  Provide higher education assistance to children of disabled veterans.

8.  Provide support to homeless Indiana veterans.

9.  Provide renter credit for disabled veterans.

10.  Provide property tax assistance to surviving spouses and disabled veterans.

11.  Provide Guard and Reserve employer tax abatement credits.

12.  Support Veterans Education Recruiting Act.

13.  Establish Indiana Women Veterans' Recognition Day on June 12.

14.  Establish Veteran Service Officer eligibility requirements.

General Information

The Indiana Council of Chapters is an affiliate organization and is separate and independent from MOAA.  It is authorized to use the MOAA logo, however, it is not an agent of MOAA and does not have the authority to speak for MOAA on matters of public interest.  The Council provides its own leadership including organizational and operational structure. 

 

The Indiana Council of Chapters strongly supports the MOAA motto of Never Stop Serving.  While this is an accepted attribute of most chapter members, it doesn’t necessarily translate to proactive and effective programs for a variety of reasons.  This is reflected in aging and dwindling chapter membership nationally and specifically, in Indiana.

 

While retired pay and benefits, especially medical, are key concerns of most chapter members, there is also an inherent obligation to promote a strong national defense posture.  Chapter members can uniquely perform this role by taking the opportunity to educate and inform the general public, especially our youth, of the necessity to maintain a military force that is second to none.

 

The expression, strength in numbers, applies to our force structure.  It also applies to Indiana MOAA chapter membership.  Join a local chapter now!

About Our Chapter

Welcome to the MOAA Indiana Council of Chapters website.  This site is intended to be an easy reference to the Indiana Council of Chapters and the six Indiana Chapters.  MOAA Indiana Chapters are located in Bloomington, Carmel, Indianapolis, Lafayette, South Bend, and Terre Haute.  Click on the chapters links, if available, or contact chapter presidents for information on membership, meetings, activities, etc.  

 

Bloomington Chapter (Bloomington, IN):  Julie Fridley, Jk ridley@ bluemarble.net, (812) 219-1773

Ernie Pyle Chapter (Terre Haute, IN):  Gary Dickison, gwdickison@gmail.com, (812) 241-3400

Indianapolis Chapter (Indianapolis, IN):  Roger Vandrey, rogervandrey@comcast.net, (317) 625-8724

Lafayette Chapter (Lafayette, IN):  Charles Jindrich, captjindrich@aol.com, (312) 909-5077

Michiana Chapter (South Bend, IN):  Robert Kuehn, rk.silvereagle@comcast.net, (256) 975-4752

White River Chapter (Carmel, IN):  Kathleen Nagle, kathleennagle10@gmail.com, (317) 340-8608