Board of Directors Minutes

The latest Military Officers Association Southwest Virginia Chapter Board of Directors Meeting Minutes is shown below. Previous Board of Director Meeting Minutes are archived below and may be downloaded by clicking on the name.





16 March 2017

Call to Order

A meeting of the Board of Directors of The Southwest Virginia Chapter, Military Officers Association was held on 16 March 2017 at 1000 hours Eastern Standard Time at the Hidden Valley Country Club, Salem Virginia.

Directors and Chapter Officers Present:

1st Vice President David Gilleran, Secretary Steve Jamison, Treasurer Scott Van Cleef, VCOC Representative John Miller, Public Relations Representative and Newsletter Editor Gary Powers, Chaplain Roger Talmadge, Surviving Spouse Representative Mary Lou Summers, Director and Smith Mountain Lake Representative Art Sommers, Past President and Program Co-Chair Dan Karnes, Director and Awards Chair Robert Habermann, Director Jim Karlen, Director Michael Kasnick, Director Larry Johnson, Director Emeritus Bill Gore, Director Emeritus Thomas Dalzell. 

Directors and Chapter Officers Absent:

President, Personal Affairs Officer and Legislative Affairs Representative Jim Flynn; 2nd Vice President Todd Dodson, Program Co-Chair James Baum, Directors Michael Leigh and Director Roger Burnett.

Call to Order

1st Vice President David Gilleran called the meeting to order at 1000 hours. A quorum of directors was present, and the meeting was convened. 

Opening Prayer

Chaplain Rodger Talmadge led the Directors in prayer asking for guidance during chapter deliberations in support of our military and veterans. 

Pledge of Allegiance:

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Director Emeritus Thomas Dalzell and recited by all present.

Approval of Board of Directors Meeting Minutes:

The minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of 19 January 2017 were discussed.  The minutes were approved as published.

Presidents Report

No report.

Secretary’s Report:

Secretary Steve Jamison reported that the edited Chapter Roster was sent to MOAA by the 20 January 2017deadline. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Checking account balance - $7129.63

Leadership and savings fund balance - $7,185.70 of which $2,000 is savings, $3,750 is the VFW Contribution

Checking account reconciliation detail presented for information.

Chaplains Report

Members were requested to contact chapter member Pat Greene as his health is failing.

Prayers were requested for Adrienne Williams, Military Family Support Center (MFSC) administer. 

Chaplain Talmadge indicated he is facing eye surgery and has to cut back on his involvement with the MFSC. 

Volunteers are requested at the MFSC on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month.  Contact the MFSC for volunteering.  A call for volunteers will be promulgated through e-mail and the chapter web site.

Chaplain Talmadge provided information on how the MFSC is helping not only active duty, National Guard and Reserves but now reaching out to our veterans.  Chaplain Talmadge indicated that approximately 82 % of support goes to clients while 17% is administrative.

 1st Vice President’s Report:

No report.

2nd Vice President’s Report:

No Report.  2nd Vice President Todd Donson e-mailed that he needs to back off as Membership Chair due to work requirements but will continue through 2017.  A new Membership Chair needs to be recruited.


Dan Karnes reported the following program schedule.

20 April 2017 – Mr. Hunter Durham, Special Agent Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C. Field Office.

18 May 2017

Surviving Spouse Representative Report:

Contact with surviving spouses found that due to advanced age or health issues many are unable to participate.  Only five or six showed an interest.  Contacted Ms. Judy Mackie at Smith Mountain Lake to investigate interest in that area.  Looking at getting at table for the May 2017 membership dinner meeting.

Legislative Liaison Report:

VCOC Representative John Miller reported that he along with President Jim Flynn and Chapter Public Affairs Representative Gary Powers attended the MOAA VCOC “Storming the Hill” meeting on Monday, 23 January 2017, in Richmond.  Various Virginia Government officials, including the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Commissioner of Veteran Services, the TAG, the Attorney General and more than a dozen Senators and Delegates briefed the assembly of Chapter representatives from across the Commonwealth.  Chapter representatives also visited three senators and four delegates from Southwest Virginia.  All expressed support for veterans and their families.  Following are three points of interest from the briefings:

26 Veteran Benefit Service Offices are now open throughout Virginia with target of 30.

The two new Veteran Care Center, each 120 beds, will be constructed in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach; groundbreaking scheduled for later this year.

$323K has been allocated for renovation of the new National Guard facility in Troutville, scheduled to house the 29th Division Band.

VCOC Representative Report

The VCOC quarterly meeting was held on 22 January 2017 at the Virginia War Memorial.

Calendared activities:

Chapter Presidents' meeting 3-6 April, Crown Plaza Alexandria.

VCOC quarterly meeting 12 April 1000, Virginia War Memorial.  

Congressional Appreciation Luncheon 16 May 1100-1300, Capital Hill Club, Washington  

Chapter VCOC dues:  80 cents for regular members; 40 cents for auxiliary.

Gold Bars and JROTC/SROTC Awards. VCOC left issue up to each Chapter. General consensus was not to pursue Gold Bars, but to support the ROTC programs.

Public Affairs Report

Public Affairs representative Gary Powers provided the following items:

Communique’ Newsletter status - March 2017 edition in work.  New contributor Brett Robbins, Salem VAMC PR News.

Chapter Website - updates continue.  Visitors to date 1050 +

2017 Harris Communication Award submitted

Mercer Award - submitted for $100 incentive.  Completed and submitted on 9 January, receipt acknowledged.

Sponsorship - new solicitations being distributed. 

Communicated with BG Flora at Harris Corporation.  Awaiting response. 

New solicitation from Hometown Bank

Renewal from Ms. Ann Green, Law Offices Anderson, Desimone and Green, P.C. 

New solicitation from Global Wealth Management Group

Developed a new price structures

Public Affairs

Feature photo in FEB Military Officer magazine

Veterans Parade

VCOC website

SWVA featured “In The News” - Brain Injury Reception

SWVA featured “Chapter News” - Wreath Laying

Roanoke Times

2017 SWVA Chapter Officers & Directors 1.11.2017

Upcoming PR opportunities

Renovation Alliance 29April 2017

ROTC/JROTC Award Ceremonies

Vietnam Veteran Pin Ceremonies

Submitted New 2017 MOAA SWVA Officers Press Release to local newspapers.

Past President’s Report:

Dan Karnes reported that a Veterans Forum will be held at the Salem VA Medical Center on 27 April 2017

Director Reports 

Smith Mountain Lake satellite representative Art Sommers reported that the guest speaker at their 14 April evening meeting will be CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein.  CDR Aboul-Enein is both a Navy Medical Service Corps and Middle East Foreign Officer.  He is currently at the Defense Intelligence Agency as Senior Counter-Terrorism Advisor and Subject Matter Expert on Militant Islamist Groups at the Defense Combating Terrorism Center.  He is also a full-time faculty member at the National Intelligence University.

Tom Dalzell reported that he recently went to a special showing of a documentary film titled "Thank You For Your Service". The documentary was about (PTSD) in the military and focused on several Marines and their return from Iraq and the struggle to reintegrate with their families and adjust to civilian life while also struggling to forget their memories of war. The film directed by Tom Donahue, is a feature documentary that takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a road map of hope. Interviews include Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. The film details the severe lack of adequate mental and rehabilitation services for veterans returning from the battlefield. Very disturbing yet poignant. Still an ongoing problem today. We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. At times it can be disturbing.

Committee Chairperson’s Report

No report.

Old Business

MOAA JROTC/ROTC Medal Award program certificates and medals ordered and on hand.

Volunteers will be requested to present the MOAA JROTC Medal Awards to nineteen (19) high school JROTC units sometime during the time frame March-May 2017.

Volunteers needed to sit on the Chapter Leadership Award Selection Board to select nominees for the two Chapter Leadership Awards from the anticipated eight nominations to be received from the ROTC Units at Virginia Tech and Radford University.  Nominations are due NLT 31 March 2017

Volunteers will be requested to present the MOAA ROTC Medal Awards to the three ROTC units at Virginia Tech and the one ROTC unit at Radford University and the two Leadership Awards during their respective awards ceremony sometime during April 2017

Vietnam War Commemoration events for 2017.

Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Ceremony, 1900 hours13 February 2017 American Legion Post 3, Salem, Virginia

Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Ceremony 1400 hours 24 March 2017 VA Medical Center Building 5, Salem, Virginia.

Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Ceremony, 1200 hours 29 March 2017 simultaneously at Lee Plaza, Downtown Roanoke, Salem Red Sox Veterans Memorial Salem Red Sox Stadium and “High Ground”, Vinton-Roanoke War Memorial Vinton, Virginia.

The Chapter Transition Liaison has been established including COL Todd Dodnson and CDR Michael Leigh to facilitate local networking and employment assistance.  The Chapter Transition Liaison will facilitate local networking and employment assistance as part of the Chapter Transition-Assistance program.  This will assist the chapter to attract working age members, forge ties with area employers and community leaders and showcase the value of hiring Veterans.  The point of contact at MOAA is COL Terri Coles, Deputy Director, Career Transition Services MOAA.

Tom Dalzell will look into submitting an event for the 2017 USAA/MOAA Sponsorship Program to finance a special chapter event.

Goals and Activity Plans for 2017 were discussed.  All the goals and objectives are currently ongoing.

Broadly publicize chapter activities to encourage current members to become more involved with the Chapter.

Initiate Greater interaction with the Smith Mountain Lake Satellite Chapter.

Support MOAA and VCOC initiatives for 2017

Establish a Satellite Chapter in the New River Valley. 

New Business



There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors, the meeting was adjourned at 1147 hours.  The next Board of Directors meeting will be at 1000 hours on Thursday, 20 April 2017, at Hidden Valley Country Club.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Jamison