12 OCT 21 - The meeting will be at the Military Heritage Alliance building. Arrive at 11:30 and order lunch. The meeting will start at noon. The speaker is Father Young, pastor of Risen Savior Parish in Brandon and Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. Graduate of the USNA and military experience as a USMC officer.
26 OCT 21- 1630 Happy Hour at the Gateway Lounge. It is a social gathering with casual conversation while taking full advantage of the free popcorn at the Gateway Lounge. We meet at 1630 until around 1800 and the Gateway Lounge is located at 3408 S. Gateway BLVD, SF, SD 57106.
9 NOV 21 - Our meeting this month is at the Military Heritage Alliance Building. Arrive at 11:30 and order lunch. The meeting will start promptly at 12 noon. More to follow about the guest speaker.
The MOAA, Great Plains Chapter is comprised of former and Active Duty Veteran Officers from all the services. Eligibility is open to all former and currently serving officers. We are part of the National MOAA organization which has a significant role in helping to keep benefits in place for Service Members and Veterans. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month for our regular meeting with stimulating and dynamic speakers and every 4th Tuesday for a 1630 Happy Hour.
Our mission has changed a bit over the years. We are mostly a social organization. We meet twice a month, once formally and once informally. We try to live by MOAAs catch phrase, "NEVER STOP SERVING". We are active in gifting scholarships to ROTC Cadets at SDSU and USD and with providing initial sets of Gold Bars for commissioning ceremonies. We are also active members of the Sioux Falls Veterans Counsel.
PRESIDENT - SCOTT W. REDD, LTC, U.S. ARMY (RET) - (605) 212-0712
1ST VP PROGRAMS - DENISE ROTERT, U.S. ARMY (RET) - (605) 321-3764
1ST VP PROGRAMS (ASSISTANT) - DOUG HANIFY, U.S. ARMY (RET) (563) 370-6390
2ND VP MEMBERSHIP - DAVE NORDLAND, U.S. MARINES (RET) (605) 366-0797
SEC/TREAS - ROBERT BLACK , U.S. AIR FORCE (RET) (605) 759-8671
LEGISLATIVE LEASION - JAY MANNING, U.S. ARMY (RET) (605)
Board Member at Large - Randy Kirkvold - (605) 789-0389
If you are an Active Duty Officer, National Guard or Reserve Officer or a Veteran who served as an officer in any of the services, we welcome you to our MOAA Chapter. Please contact Bob Black at (605) 759-8671 or email@example.com to discuss membership options. "Never Stop Serving"
GREAT PLAINS CHAPTER
MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
1600 West Russell Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Minutes of Meeting, 14 September 2021
President Scott Redd called the meeting to order at 1200 hrs. About 16 members were present. After the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer by Chaplain Leininger, Jay Manning reviewed the status of some military health care activities. Paul Weckman mentioned that Veterans plus one guest will be admitted free to the upcoming Sanford National golf tournament. A veterans’ tent will be set up near hole 17.
Bob Black gave a treasurer’s report: We have $8,608 in the checking account and $10,568 in the CD account, which totals to $19,176. We received one thank you letter (out of three!) from Cadet Harvey from SDSU’s AFROTC for the $500 scholarship we presented to him.
Dale Hill reported on upgrading the staff and stand for the GPC-MOAA flag.
The next meeting will be on October 12. It will start a little earlier than normal—the speaker will start his presentation at 1130 hrs. So, show up earlier than usual. The December meeting will be an evening Christmas/holiday social starting at 5:30 pm at the Alliance. More details later. We will have a beer social at the Gateway on September 28th at 4:30 pm.
Doug Hanify introduced our guest speaker, Brian Phelps, executive director of the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, Inc. He described the structure of the operations of the Alliance and some of the upcoming changes and additions. The Alliance has about 9,000 members and hosts about 95 group events per month. The Alliance is a “proof of concept” for veteran-community relations and has drawn interest from several other cities and groups. His presentation generated a good discussion of the Alliance and its position in the community.
Thanks to Paul Weckman and Sanford for paying for the lunches.
President Redd presented the traditional “imaginary” MOAA mug to our speaker.
The meeting adjourned at 1300 hours.
Secretary/Treasurer - Great Plains Chapter – MOAA