22 AUG 23 - 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.
12 SEP 23 - The meeting is at the Military Heritage Alliance at 11:30. We will meet, order lunch, formal admin activities at noon guest speaker is Brian from the Alliance giving an update on the facility.
26 SEP 23 - 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.
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, MAJ, U.S. ARMY (RET) - (605) 321-3764
1ST VP PROGRAMS (ASSISTANT) - DOUG HANIFY, LTC, U.S. ARMY (RET) (563) 370-6390
2ND VP MEMBERSHIP - DAVE NORDLAND, COL, U.S. MARINES (RET) (605) 366-0797
SEC/TREAS - ROBERT BLACK , COL, U.S. AIR FORCE (RET) (605) 759-8671
LEGISLATIVE LEASION - JAY MANNING, COL, U.S. ARMY (RET)
Board Member at Large - Randy Kirkvold - COL, U.S. ARMY (RET)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss membership options. "Never Stop Serving"
Minutes of Meeting, 13 Jun 2023
The monthly meeting was called to order at 1200 hours at the Military Heritage Alliance Center, Sioux Falls, SD by Scott Redd with 127 members present. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.
Financial Statement: As of 31 May we had $2,660.00 in our checking account. Expenses during May included costs of the 2LT bars and frame for the eagle print. Income included $568.36 reimbursement from the Watertown Chapter for 2LT bars and scholarship. We have $10,713.67 in our CDs giving us a total of $13,136.22.
Lynn Hartzell provided an update on the presentation by American Defense Builders from June 8th. Dale Hill provided information on American Legion activities, and Diane Diekman mentioned the upcoming Day of Honor for the USS South Dakota on 13 August.
Scott Redd introduced the guest speaker: Scott Redd, who provided useful information on several travel sites, which included the following:
· GOV Vacation Rewards – www.govvacationrewards.com
· Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) – www.Afvclub.com
· MOAA Vacations – Log in to www.MOAA.ORG , sign in and click on MOAA Vacations
· VET TIX – www.vettix.org
· Military.Com – www.military.com click on “DISCOUNTS”
· USAA – www.USAA.com log in to your account and click on “+PRODUCTS” and then “PERKS” and there are a few options but “TRAVEL DEALS” is a good one to look at, especially for rental cars.
Upcoming events include the following:
· 27 June—Beer call at the Gateway at 1630 hours
· 25 July—Beer call at the Gateway at 1630 hours
· 22 August—Beer call at the Gateway at 1630 hours
· 12 September—September meeting at The Alliance
· 26 September—Beer call at the Gateway at 1630
No chapter meetings during July and August
Submitted by Robert Black
Secretary/Treasurer - Great Plains Chapter – MOAA