CFC REPEATS AS A 5-STAR CHAPTER 2017 MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards


2017 MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards

For the fourth consecutive 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 attend the MOAA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2018 to accept the 5-Star medallion on behalf of the chapter. Congratulations to all!

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES for August 2018 by Juan Chavez

PRESIDENT'S NOTES for August 2018

by Juan Chavez

First, I want to thank all who attended our first-ever chapter picnic at Smith Lake Recreation Area on Saturday the 21st of July 2018. Though I couldn’t attend for personal reasons, I was told that the event was enjoyed by all. Most of the folks I talked to said that the food, catered by Mission BBQ, was excellent. Also heard that the weather turned out to be ideal – it did not rain, and it was not brutally hot and humid. Kudos to George Blanc who worked so hard to make this event a memorable one.

Next on the calendar is our annual fundraising golf tournament; I cannot overstate the importance of this event. Thanks to Tammy Beshlin, our Tournament Director, plus the generosity of our chapter members and many other supporters, we have experienced significant success the past four years in raising the funds necessary to support our ROTC Scholarships and Awards Program. This year we awarded a total of $14,500 in college scholarships, bringing our total to $140,500 since the program’s inception in 1998. Moreover, this year we were able to increase the value of each scholarship by $500 each. Success, however, entails lots of hard work by many folks over a four-month period – it's an “all hands on deck” enterprise.

As I’ve mentioned before, the golf tournament is the only fundraising event of the year, and the only time that we ask our members to donate their time, talent and treasure to sustain a philanthropic endeavor we are all committed to -- the education of our best and brightest young men and women. So please open your check books and mail in your hole and/or soldier sponsorships if you haven’t done so already. If you wish to participate in other ways, as a player, a committee volunteer, or a prize donor, we welcome that as well.

Finally, solicit others (like your doctor, dentist, accountant, attorney, insurance agent, financial advisor, realtor, car dealer or just a friend) to support us by sponsoring a hole and/or soldier. Many of our regular supporters came about in this manner; don’t be shy, just ask and you’ll be surprise how many will say yes!

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How to Support or Participate

Hole Sponsorships. A donation of $125 will sponsor a hole. You can sponsor a hole in your name, or in memory of a loved one. If you know of any business, civic or church group, or friend that would be willing to support a noble program ask them to sponsor a hole. Sponsorship entitles the sponsor to a professionally fabricated sign with the inscription, “This Hole Sponsored by”, followed by the sponsor’s name and/or other desired inscription, prominently displayed on one of the tee boxes during the tournament. The names of all sponsors are widely publicized in all tournament literature, our chapter newsletter, and our website.

Active Duty Soldiers Sponsorships: Our program to sponsor our active duty soldiers and wounded warriors to play in our golf tournament as our guests is a popular one. Our soldiers have a great time and our sponsors get a great sense of satisfaction in treating them. Our goal this year is to sponsor at least 60 active duty soldiers; the cost will be $70 per soldier (the player entry fee). The benefits of this program are several, but suffice it to say that it presents us with an opportunity to thank our active duty soldiers for their service by treating them to a great golf outing; and, it presents them an opportunity to interact with us.

Player: If you are a golfer, put your own team together and enter as a team; or, enter as an individual player and we’ll pair you off.

Donations: A popular feature of our tournament is the drawing for prizes by players who purchase “Mulligan” chances. A ticket is issued for each “Mulligan” purchased and these tickets are used to draw for prizes. Prizes consist of golf related merchandise or accessories, or gift certificates/cards from restaurants and other commercial enterprises. Donations of such items are welcome and encouraged.

To make a donation or to volunteer to help on tournament day please call Tammy Beshlin, Tournament Director at (910) 213-2065, or email her at

To sponsor a hole or a soldier download the sponsorship submission form below.

To enter as a player or team download the tournament flyer below.

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by Juan Chavez

Congratulations to us for repeating as MOAA communication awards winners in 2017. Our chapter was awarded a 5-Star COL Marvin Harris Communication Award for its website “”, and a 5-Star Award for its eNewsletter “Gram of Info” for 2017. This is the fifth consecutive year we have received this distinction for our communications platforms. All of us may be justifiably proud.

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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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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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