by Juan Chavez

It was my pleasure to present the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award for 2017 to COL (Ret) George Blanc at our Awards and Recognition Brunch held in the Hodge Room of the Iron Mike Conference Center on Saint Patrick’s Day the 17th of March 2018. The DeMeter award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.

The citation reads as follows: “For sustained outstanding service as 2nd Vice President, Cape Fear Chapter from August 2013 to December 2017. Besides his faithful and unselfish service on the Chapter’s Executive Board, his work as Programs Chairman is without equal. His enthusiasm and quest for excellence in making every chapter meeting and special event an enjoyable and memorable experience, has contributed immeasurably to the unprecedented success of the chapter during the past five years. His incalculable contributions are worthy of the highest esteem and clearly justify his selection as the 2017 recipient of this coveted award.”

Congratulations George, you have earned our eternal gratitude for your dedicated service and unselfish contributions to the chapter.

See list of all previous DeMeter award recipients at download below.

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES for March 2018 by Juan Chavez

PRESIDENT'S NOTES for March 2018

by Juan Chavez

It has been a long-standing tradition of our chapter to present the DeMeter Chapter Service Award at our March general membership meeting each year, and we shall observe that tradition on the 17th of March at our Saint Patrick’s Day brunch.

While we give the DeMeter award top-billing, as we should since it’s the most prestigious award the chapter bestows upon one of its members, we should keep in mind that we also use the occasion to recognize other chapter members who have contributed in special ways above and beyond what is expected. We’ll have several members who will be so recognized on the 17th of March.

In the spirit of our March theme, I want to take this opportunity to thank the chapter’s Executive Board of Directors and special staff, as well as the general membership at large. Our chapter officers have provided outstanding leadership and our members have responded in kind. This dynamic has resulted in our chapter being recognized by National MOAA as a 5-star chapter for the past four consecutive years.

We can all be justifiably proud of our chapter and its accomplishments since it was chartered in 1961, the first in the state of North Carolina. It has been a distinct honor for me to be its president for the past five years.

I hope to see many of you on Saint Patrick’s Day, we have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate. Come join us!

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by Tammy Beshlin

This year’s golf tournament played at Baywood Golf Club on 16 September was a smashing success. Our heartfelt thanks to all our commercial sponsors for their continued loyalty and support, to the players who made the day special, and to our chapter members for a commendable outpouring of generosity.

The following is a list of all sponsors and donors; those indicated by an asterisk (*) contributed in multiple ways.

Prime Sponsor

Mr. Steve LaHam, President & CEO

Anfinsen Plastic Molding & Assembly

Major Material Sponsors

AAFMAA (swag bags & towels) *

Corvias Military Living (food)

Healy Wholesale (beverages)*

Rogers & Breece, Inc. (beverages)

USAA (food)

Hole Sponsors

A+ Home Health Care Services*

AAFMAA Wealth Management Trust*

AmeriTrust Investment Advisors*

Anstead’s Tobacco Company

Arrow Exterminators of Fayetteville, Inc.*

CW2 (Ret) & Mrs. Fleming L. Asbury

Chap (LTC)(Ret) Timothy Atkinson

COL (Ret) & Mrs. David L. Baggett*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Eli Ballard*

Baywood Golf & Community Association

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. David Beshlin*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. George Blanc*

Bob Miarer’s Automotive Services*

MAJ (Ret) George Bond

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Tim E. Brennan*

COL (Ret) Charles Brindel*

Brown & Associates Investment Services*

Bryan Honda

Bryant’s Restaurants, Inc./Wendy’s

Buie, Norman & Company, P.A.

Lt Col (Ret) & Mrs. Steve Byrnes*

Cape Fear Cardiology Associates, P.A.

Cape Fear Discount Drugs

Cape Fear Eye Associates, P.A.*

Mrs. Beddy Carrion

Catlett Family Dentistry

Caviness & Cates Building Development*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Juan I. Chavez*

LTC (Ret) David Cheney*

Mrs. Maureen Dadek*

Danny Odom Roofing*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Tad D. Davis

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Stanley D. Dodson

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas Donnelly

COL & Mrs. John P. Dunigan*

Mrs. Mary Meinhardt Eidman*

Edward Jones Financial*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronald Elrod

First Command Financial Services*

Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronnie Foxx

LTC (Ret) Dennis Franken*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Robert T. Garman*

CW5 (Ret) & Mrs. Harrison George, Jr.*

Dr. Ben Gersh, M.D.

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. George W. Glann*

Lt Col (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas Glockzin*

COL (Ret) Jeri Graham*

Dr. Lisa Gushin, D.D.S., P.A.

LTC Steven Hayden

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. John W. Hazlett*

Hinkamp Jeweler’s

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Ralph Hinrichs*

Horne Brothers Construction, Inc.*

David & Sandi Hubbard

Hubbard Kitchen & Bath Showroom*

Hutchens Law Firm*

LTC (Ret) George Hutnan*

MAJ (Ret0 & Mrs. Robert P. Ives

Mrs. Carol Ivey*

Jernigan-Warren, Inc.*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Fred Klinck

Lafayette Ford-Lincoln*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Hank Larsen*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Tommy Macon

Mash House Brew Company

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Maxwell, Jr.*

John & Mary Beth Parker/McDonald’s*

GEN (Ret) & Mrs. Dan K. McNeill*

Carl Meinhardt*

Erika Meinhardt*

LTC (Ret) Hans Meinhardt*

Lise Meinhardt*

Metz Glass*

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Morty Pride Meats

BG (Ret) Joseph L. Nagel*

MAJ (Ret) Warren R. O’Brien*

Col (Ret) & Mrs. Chester G. Oehme, Jr.*

Paper, Pens, Etc. Inc.

Captain (Ret) Timothy Peedin

Pentagon Federal Credit Union

LTC (Ret) Charles E. Pimble*

Powers-Swain Chevrolet, Inc.

Public Storage of Fayetteville, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Deogracia Quinones*

Mrs. Barbara Raizen*

Rhudy’s, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Arturo Rodriguez*

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Sanco Construction Company, Inc.

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Arlie R. Smith*

Strickland’s Portion Pak, Inc.

Superior Bakery

CW4 (Ret) Harold Thacker

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Edward R. Thomas, II*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. James A. Volkmann*

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Vonnegut*

CPT (Ret) & Mrs. David S. Vroom*

Claudie & Tom Wallen*

Watson Family Dentistry

Mrs. Sara White*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Jim Wilde*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Horace Williams*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Martin C. Williams*

Ziegler Properties

Soldier Sponsors

Mrs. Barbara Azzarelli

Mrs. Helen Beshlin

LTC (Ret) Kenneth W. Chelf

MAJ (Ret) Gerald Croll

LTC (Ret) Daniel J. Connelly

Mrs. Maria Cory

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Clark Ecklund

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Hubert L. Gibson

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Harold G. Isaacson*

CW5 (Ret) & Mrs. Joseph Jasienowski

Lt Col (Ret) Geraldine B. McGowan

CW2 & Mrs. Carl Mitchell

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Dan Moses

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Michael Musiol

Mr. Mark Rohrig*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Jon Sheets

Simon Funeral Home

Mrs. Phyllis Streit

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Walter M. Swing*

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Robert Tiffany

The Fayetteville Observer

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Willie Wright

Cash Donors

Carolina Specialties International*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Mark Boyatt

Foust Heating & Air Conditioning

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas C. Delahunty

James & Denise Smith

COL (Ret) & Mrs. James Wanowich

Prize & Giveaways Donors

Anderson Creek Golf & Country Club

Anistead’s Cigar Bar

ASOM Gift Shop

Bayonet Golf Club

Baywood Golf Club


Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Cakes & Kolaches

Carolina Lakes Golf Club

Carraba’s Italian Grill

Chick Filet Skibo Square


Cypress Lakes Golf Club

Deercroft Golf Club

Dunkin Donuts

Firestone Cross Creek Mall

Gates Four Golf & Country Club


Hyland Golf & Country Club

Kings Grant Golf & Country Club

Legacy Golf Links

Logan’s Roadhouse

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

McKellar’s Lodge

MiCasita Mexican Restaurant

Mission Bar BQ

Newk’s Eatery

Old Chicago Pizza

Outback Steak House


Red Lobster

Renaissance European Day Spa

Rusty Bradley

Ryder Golf Course

Sam’s Club

Stryker Golf Course

Whispering Woods Golf Club

316 Oyster Bar

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Chapter Gains Another Honorary Member May 26, 2017

Chapter Gains Another Honorary Member

May 26, 2017

The Cape Fear Chapter conferred Honorary Membership upon the Honorable Nat Robertson, Mayor of Fayetteville at the general membership meeting on May 26, 2017.

In the history of the chapter, honorary membership is a courtesy that has been extended to every Mayor of Fayetteville.

President Chavez presented Mayor Robertson with a framed Honorary Membership Certificate, an engraved chapter coin mounted on a coin lock, and a chapter hat as tokens of our appreciation and respect.

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20 January 2017

The newly elected Cape Fear Chapter officers for the 2-year term beginning January 2017 were officially installed in a ceremony during the traditional biennial Installation Dinner held at the Fort Bragg Iron Mike Conference Center on 20 January 2017.

COL (Ret) Jeri Graham member of the MOAA Board of Directors administered the oath of office to: COL (Ret) Juan Chavez, President; COL (Ret) Stan Dodson, 1st Vice President; COL (Ret) George Blanc, 2nd Vice President; LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, 3rd Vice President; LTC (Ret) Dennis Franken, Treasurer; and, LTC (Ret) Don Gersh, Secretary.

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USO Volunteer Initiative by Juan Chavez

USO Volunteer Initiative

by Juan Chavez

As our nation observes the USO’s 75th anniversary of service to our nation’s military this year, it presents an opportunity for our Chapter to rededicate our efforts in support of USO activities here in Fayetteville and Fort Bragg.

The CFC Board of Directors has been exploring ways of getting more of our chapter members actively involved in service projects in support of our military and their families here at Fort Bragg with the goal of promoting chapter cohesion, esprit de corps, and a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment.

The only chapter members who are actively engaged in chapter activities on a regular basis are a small number who serve on the board of directors and special staff, plus a dozen or so USO volunteers. We have not had much success in encouraging the other 95% of our members to get involved other than attending an occasional meeting now and then. Other MOAA chapters have undertaken projects such as adopting a VA health facility or nursing home, a military museum, and the like, to get their members actively engaged in a chapter-sponsored endeavor.

USO volunteerism is by no means new to our chapter, since the USO center at the Fayetteville Regional Airport opened in November 2011 a small number of our chapter members (11 to 14) have volunteered their services as USO stewards at the airport lounge. The number has remained relatively constant, with only 12 currently serving. We would like to inject new energy into this program by perhaps increasing that number to 50 or more; not unrealistic when one considers that we have close to 300 members, plus approximately 250 spouses. (Approximately 50% of our current volunteers are husband-wife teams.)

The Fayetteville Airport USO Center is behind security on the second floor of the airport. The center is 100% operated by volunteers who have gone through the badging process and are dedicated to keeping the center open, available and a comfortable center for our traveling military and their families. At this time, the USO needs dependable volunteers who are willing to commit to at least 8 hours per month serving in the center. There is also a dire need for volunteers to work at the Fort Bragg USO Center located in the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg.

If you are interested, please complete the initial steps at and then, email Beverly Jackson at Send email to get your application process moving forward. Please let Beverly know that you are a member of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

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2016 Levels of Excellence Awards

For the third successive year, the Cape Fear Chapter was awarded a MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award. This is an extraordinary achievement of which all chapter members can be justifiably proud.

Chapter President Chavez will be attending the MOAA Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia in October 2016 to accept the 5-Star Streamer on behalf of the chapter. Congratulations to all!

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