Southeastern Michigan Chapter, MOAA

Last updated 2/22/2024
Address 4704 Mount Brighton Dr
City, State, Zip Brighton, MI 48116-9409
Meeting Time Various - most meetings will occur later in the morning or as luncheons. Some associated events or service opportunities may occur on weekends and/or in the evening.
Meeting Place Various
Council Website https://www.semimoaa.org
Basic information
Address 4704 Mount Brighton Dr
City, State, Zip Brighton, MI 48116-9409
Meeting Time Various - most meetings will occur later in the morning or as luncheons. Some associated events or service opportunities may occur on weekends and/or in the evening.
Meeting Place Various
Council Website https://www.semimoaa.org
Information President Membership Chair Webmaster
Name Roy L Yaple Roy L Yaple Rich Higgins
Rank CDR CDR LCDR
Service USN USN USN
Component USN USN USN
Retirement Status RET RET RET
Phone Number (810) 599-8306 (810) 599-8306 (509) 539-4094
Email Address president@semimoaa.org president@semimoaa.org webmaster@semimoaa.org
President
Name Roy L Yaple
Rank CDR
Service USN
Component USN
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (810) 599-8306
Email Address president@semimoaa.org
Chairman
Name Roy L Yaple
Rank CDR
Service USN
Component USN
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (810) 599-8306
Email Address president@semimoaa.org
Webmaster
Name Rich Higgins
Rank LCDR
Service USN
Component USN
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (509) 539-4094
Email Address webmaster@semimoaa.org

Mission

Founded on love of country, pride in the Armed Forces, and a commitment to service and support for those who have served in the past, those who serve now, and those who will serve in the future, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) seeks to become a leading military service organization in the region.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the Chapter is open to anyone who holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any component of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, Public Health Service, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Chapter dues are separate from MOAA national dues and are $20 annually.

Chapter Activities

The chapter is planning to have four general membership meetings during April, June, September, and November of 2024. In addition, we encourage interested members to attend the International Armed Forces Night in May (Troy, MI), the Retiree Appreciation Day at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in September, the Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Detroit, and the Wreaths Across America ceremonies in December at participating Michigan cemeteries.

Legislative Issues

Interested members work with national and state government representatives in advocating for legislation supporting national defense and benefits for military members and their families. Chapter members are encouraged to make regular use of pre-drafted legislative emails found in the MOAA Legislative Action Center that are automatically routed to their representative in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Members are also encouraged to follow up with telephone calls, letters, and/or visits. For state legislation, members are encouraged to use the legislative functions at the Michigan Commanders Group.

 

The chapter is ready to help members in the use of these legislative advocacy tools. Selected members who represent the chapter at meetings of the Michigan Council of Chapters of MOAA may also be eligible to represent Michigan at MOAA’s annual spring advocacy campaign in Washington DC, Advocacy in Action. Current legislative issues for Advocacy in Action include passage of concurrent receipt legislation (Major Richard Star Act), restoration of Basic Allowance for Housing to 100%, and protecting the TRICARE FOR LIFE military retirement health benefit.

General Information

If you are the surviving spouse of a MOAA national lifetime member, we are pleased to honor your continuing MOAA national membership with a complimentary chapter lifetime membership. We also encourage you to consider joining the MOAA Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter. We look forward to meeting you.

 

The chapter provides MOAA medals and certificates to ROTC programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Eastern Michigan University. The chapter also provides MOAA medals and certificates to high performing JROTC students at 12 Detroit metro area high schools and we are interested in expanding this program.

 

The chapter was formed in 1960 and is one of four MOAA affiliate chapters in Michigan. The chapter is managed by a Board of Directors elected to one-year terms at a general membership meeting in November. The Board meets about ten times a year. The chapter issues a chapter newsletter on a regular basis. The chapter, along with three other Michigan MOAA affiliate chapters, is a member of the Michigan Council of Chapters of MOAA.

 

If you are interested in a leadership role in the chapter, have experience in social media or newsletter editing, or social and service event planning, we have opportunities for you.

 

For more information about the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of MOAA, please check out our chapter web site www.semimoaa.org

About Our Chapter

The Southeastern Michigan Chapter was chartered in 1960 and is one of four in Michigan (Capitol Chapter in Lansing, Army-Navy Club of Grand Rapids, and Northwestern Michigan Chapter). We have 33 members from an eight county area including the cities of Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Flint and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. We actively support the JROTC and ROTC medal programs at local high schools and universities, personally making award presentations when possible.