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September 2015 Affiliate

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Director's Notes

When the judges reviewed the annual Levels of Excellence (LOE) Award submissions recently, we observed a troubling trend. Many chapters cited the number of new members they recruited into their chapters. However, when we compared our numbers against their numbers, we found an approximate 10-percent discrepancy across the system.

Surviving Spouse Corner: Surviving Spouse Liaisons Wanted

In April 2015, the Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (AMAC) changed its name to the Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee (SSAC). SSAC members like the name change a lot because we think it reflects who we are.

Faces of MOAA

Many of MOAA’s council of chapter members never stop serving, even after they leave the military. Take a moment to recognize a fellow member’s outstanding contributions in your community by nominating him or her for a profile in the Faces of MOAA section of Military Officer.

In the Limelight: Col. Jeri Graham, USA (Ret)

MOAA Life Member Col. Jeri Graham, USA (Ret), wanted to maintain military ties after retiring in 2002 and moving to Wilmington, N.C. After settling in, Graham met two members of the Southeastern NC (SENCLAND) Chapter who invited her to a meeting.

MOAA’s Best Affiliates Recognized

Every year, MOAA recognizes its top affiliates who compete to receive a five- or four-star Levels of Excellence (LOE) Award. This year, 114 of MOAA’s very best councils and chapters earned five-star awards, while 51 above-average councils and chapters received four-star awards.

Changes to Communications Award Contest

The Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Contest is evolving so more councils and chapters can be recognized for their outstanding communication efforts. Affiliates’ communication efforts now will be judged using a standard set of objective and subjective criteria — similar to the way councils and chapters are judged during MOAA’s Levels of Excellence Award Contest.

Tip of the Hat

… to members of the Kitsap (Wash.) Chapter who honored and recognized four outstanding junior officers stationed in their area during the chapter’s annual Armed Forces Day luncheon.