Sunflower Chapter - MOAA

Last updated 1/5/2021
Address 11791 S Carriage Rd
City, State, Zip Olathe, KS 66062-8020
Meeting Time 3rd Tuesday - 12:00 P.M.
Meeting Place Deer Creek Golf Club
Council Website http://www.kansasmoaa.org
Basic information
Address 11791 S Carriage Rd
City, State, Zip Olathe, KS 66062-8020
Meeting Time 3rd Tuesday - 12:00 P.M.
Meeting Place Deer Creek Golf Club
Council Website http://www.kansasmoaa.org
Information President Membership Chair Webmaster
Name Larry S Schmidt Larry S Schmidt N/A
Rank Col Col
Service USMC USMC
Component USMC USMC
Retirement Status RET RET
Phone Number (913) 681-6207 (913) 681-6207
Email Address schmidtl1944@gmail.com schmidtl1944@gmail.com
President
Name Larry S Schmidt
Rank Col
Service USMC
Component USMC
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (913) 681-6207
Email Address schmidtl1944@gmail.com
Chairman
Name Larry S Schmidt
Rank Col
Service USMC
Component USMC
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (913) 681-6207
Email Address schmidtl1944@gmail.com
Webmaster
Name N/A
Rank
Service
Component
Retirement Status
Phone Number
Email Address

Mission

MOAA National and the Sunflower Chapter area non-profit Veterans organizations promoting the state and national purposes and objectives of The Military Officers Association of America; fostering fraternal relations among retired, active, and former officers of the uniformed services; advocating for the rights and interests of personnel of the uniformed services and their dependents and survivors; providing useful services for members and their dependents and survivors; and serving the community and the nation.

 

Information on Joining the Chapter

Sunflower membership 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, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Widows and widowers of any regular member, or an individual, are also eligible for regular Sunflower membership.  For new members, the first year dues are waived and the meal at the first meeting is paid by the chapter.  The “Sunflower Leaflet contains a membership application.  For information please contact our president or any chapter member.  Joining the Sunflower Chapter will provide members with military camaraderie fellowship, critical information relating to community issues and military benefits, and participation in volunteer activities or community service projects.  

 

 

Chapter Activities

There are two primary annual chapter projects.  First is the annual award of 3 scholarships to Kansas University ROTC students.  Last year the three cadets received a scholarship for $2,000 dollars each.   The second project, the “Avenue of Flags” requires the displaying of over 60 United States flags along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park on six federal holidays.  This project is in conjunction with the local Lion’s Club.   Additional community engagements include assisting charitable organizations, e.g. Garmin Marathon and Alzheimer’s Walk.

In the past year the Sunflower Chapter and the Sunflower Foundation contributed over $18,000 to several Kansas organizations: Johnson County Community College’s Veterans program, Kansas University Veterans Center, Missouri Western State University’s Cadet Alumni Fund, Fisher House, and Christmas donations to local charities.

Just in the past 2 years the chapter has begun supporting the Veterans Community Project (VCP) "Tiny House program" located in Kansas City, Missouri.  The chapter  intented to begin continuous support to this vital veterans program and support  the director and his staff.  

 

Legislative Issues

A Chapter Legislative Liaison team maintains contact with state and federal representatives maintaining offices in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties, Kansas.  The Sunflower Liaison coordinates with the Kansas State Council and other Kansas Chapter Liaison personnel to meet with Kansas Veterans Service Organizations to identify Kansas state legislative priorities.  This Liaison team focuses on promoting awareness of military issues and reinforcing knowledge and understanding with our representatives regarding their legislative impact on Kansas service members and their families.  These Liaison efforts included advocating for the state Veterans Treatment Courts, licensing military spouses, funding a new veterans home in Northeast Kansas, and writing into law a Veteran Service Organization tax exemption.  

For additional MOAA legislative issues contact the following MOAA National website:  http://takeaction.moaa.org.

 

 

General Information

Normally, Sunflower members meet at the Deer Creek Golf Course in Overland Park on the third Tuesday of the month.  Our meetings include a luncheon (starting at 12:00) or dinner meal (starting at 17:30) followed by a guest speaker from local government, leaders of veteran organizations or chapter members.  Past speakers have included the Overland Park Mayor, MOAA President, KU ROTC PMS and PNS, Johnson County high school JROTC leaders, and the chair of MOAA’s Surviving Spouse Advisory Council.  Chapter members also make presentations based on their hobbies, exotic travel, or volunteer experiences.  Member presentations have included a photographer who has received ‘Notable Mention’ in a MOAA Communication contest, a member who shared his observations on his recent African safari, a local volunteer leader whose team provides disaster relief supplies throughout the United States, and a 'horse whisperer' who helps veterans suffering the effects of PTSD.  Also of significance was a Chapter luncheon, co-sponsored with USAA, recognizing surviving spouses living in the Overland Park area.

 

About Our Chapter

The Sunflower Chapter received its MOAA charter in 1998 with the intent to serve all veterans in Johnson & Wyandotte Counties of Kansas.  The Chapter is a non-profit corporation organized under laws of the State of Kansas, operated exclusively for the purposes specified in its Articles of Incorporation and by-laws.  The chapter’s primary method to communicate with members comes through our monthly newsletter, the “Sunflower Leaflet.     In order to receive the newsletter, new members should provide an email addresses on the new membership application form which is found in the “Sunflower Leaflet”.  For those without an email address, the board sends the newsletter through the US postal service. 

During the current Covid-19 crisis our monthly Sunflower Chapter meetings are on hold.