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General Membership Meeting and ROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon

May 7, 2021

This general membership meeting was the first meeting in person since January 2020 because of the corona virus pandemic. The atmosphere was festive as folks were overjoyed at being able to socialize once again after a dreadful year.

The event presented the opportunity to observe the chapter’s 60th Anniversary as an affiliate of MOAA. The chapter was founded on March 22, 1961.

This being the seventh annual ROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon the central item on the agenda was the presentation of seven scholarship awards as follows:

Cadet Lynette M. Medina of Fayetteville State University was the winner of the Meinhardt Senior ROTC Scholarship valued at $2,000; three Arlie R. Smith Memorial ROTC Scholarships valued at $1,500 each were awarded to Cadet Jesse T. Aasman, Methodist University, Cadet Jeremiah L. Harlee of Campbell University, and Cadet Madrigal A. Sanchez of UNC Pembroke.

Cadet Kylie M. Phorimavong of Overhills High School was the winner of the Bill Dadek Memorial JROTC Scholarship valued at $2,000. Two Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA, JROTC scholarships valued at $1,500 each were awarded to Cadet Zamaya N. Marshall of Clinton High School, and Cadet Andrew C. Moreshead of Terry Sanford High School.

Taking part in the presentation of scholarships to the ROTC cadets included: Chapter President Richard Underwood; NC Senator Kirk deViere, keynote speaker for the event; and Mrs. Connie Wink who assisted in the presentation of the Arlie R. Smith Memorial ROTC Scholarships in memory of her father, the late LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, US Army.

Scholarship recipients were accompanied by parents, family members, ROTC instructors, school principals or their representatives, too numerous to list here.

Tammy Beshlin was the winner of the 50/50 raffle; her take: $45.

Chaplain Tim Atkinson led the assembly in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Event program and speaker's bio can be accessed at download bar above.