25 JAN 22 - 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.
8 FEB 22 - 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.
6 FEB - 4 Chaplain Ceremony @ 2 PM Military Heritage Alliance
The VFW is looking to have a Band/Dance the first part of March. Watch for details
There have been 283 burials at the Veteran Cemetery
There is no fee for Veterans to adopt a pet at the pound. New benefit!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss membership options. "Never Stop Serving"
Minutes of Meeting, 11 January 2022
President Scott Redd called the meeting to order at 1200 hrs. About 12 members were present. After the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer by Chaplain Leininger, President Redd reviewed the upcoming meeting calendar.
Bob Black gave a treasurer’s report: We have $9052 in the checking account and $10,568 in the CD account, which totals to $19,620. So far 21 members have paid dues for 2022. Several also made contributions to the ROTC scholarship fund.
A reminder that if you haven’t already paid your dues, they are due. Dues are $20. You can send them to GRC-MOAA, 1600 W. Russell St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104. We accept contributions to the ROTC scholarship fund also. Thanks.
Denise Rotert introduced our guest speaker, Susan Irons, the Veteran Service Officer (VSO) from Lincoln County. She discussed the VSO program the talked about the benefits and services of the VA and how the VSO can assist with claims. She also discussed the compensations, pensions, burial benefits and the VA healthcare system. An interesting question and answer session followed. President Redd presented Susan with the traditional MOAA mug..
Upcoming events include the following:
25 January—1630 hrs--Happy Hour/Beer Call at the Gateway
8 February—1200 hrs General meeting at The Alliance
22 February--1630 hrs--Happy Hour/Beer Call at the Gateway
8 March—1200 hrs General meeting at The Alliance
22 March--1630 hrs--Happy Hour/Beer Call at the Gateway
The meeting adjourned at 1330 hours.
Member Sharon DeVaney mentioned an article in the MOAA Newsletter that does a good job of describing the Widows Tax—one of the items Scott touched on in his remarks.
Secretary/Treasurer - Great Plains Chapter – MOAA