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   The constructive beginning of the Southern Maine Chapter occurred on December 1, 1981.  On that date, the Pine Tree Chapter of Bangor, Maine approved the establishment of a Satellite Unit of the Pine Tree Chapter.  Prior to that time the Pine Tree Chapter Membership covered the entire State of Maine.  This was administratively and logistically a burdensome arrangement.  To  reach the ultimate goal of establishing a new chapter, creation of the Satellite Unit was the initial step.

     The following year on October 14, 1982, a group of 22 members of TROA attended a luncheon meeting at John Martins Merry Manor in South Portland.  The purpose of this luncheon was to formerly organize the Southern Maine Satellite Unit of the Pine Tree Chapter.  The meeting was opened and chaired by CWO-4 George Hilborn.  Officers nominated as part of the organization process were; LtCol George J. Catir (President), LtCol James Babb (Vice President), Maj Mary McGuirk (2nd Vice President), and Maj Richard Ackerman (Secretary/Treasurer).  Also in attendance at this meeting were; Col Henry Adams, LtCol Robert Blackwood, Capt W.D. Brackett, CWO John Carmichael, LtCol Thomas Casey, Col William Harvey, Cdr William Kimball, LCdr Ralph LaChance, Maj Henry Lavalee, BG Harold Lawrence, Capt Prosser, LtCol Rodney Quinn, Cdr Marvin Roland, Lt Willis Spear, and Col Edgar R.C. Ward.

         Four months later on February 22, 1983, the first meeting of the Satellite Unit of the Pine Tree Chapter was held.  Those in attendance for the meeting were; Major Richard Ackerman, Col Henry Adams, LCdr James Babb, LtCol Robert Blackwood, Capt W.D. Brackett, CWO John Carmichael, LtCol Thomas Casey, Col William Harvey, CWO-4 George Hillborn. LCdr William Kimball, LCdr Ralph LaChance, Maj Henry Lavalle, BG Harold Lawrence, Maj Mary McGuirk, Capt Albert Prosser, LtCol Rodney Quinn, Capt Mervin Rowland, Lt Willis Speer, and Col Edgar R.C. Ward.  The purpose of this meeting was to commence the process of developing by-laws and fulfilling other administrative requirements.

     During October 1983, at a meeting of the Satellite Unit of the Pine Tree Chapter, officers from the Satellite Unit were apporved.  Those 

officers were; LtCol George J. Catir Jr., AUS, (President), Capt Richard Leighton, USN, (Vice President), Capt Robert A. Lee, USCG, (2nd Vice President), CWO-4 George Hilborn, AUS, (Secretary), Maj Lloyd F. Pike, AUS, (Treasurer).  Also during this meeting, the members completed preparation of the by-laws.  

     On November 12, 1984, 163 members, spouses, and guests attended an "Organization" dinner at Verrillos in Portland.  It was at this event that all action was completed and approved for the acceptance of the unit as required by National TROA.  The by-laws of the proposed Southern Maine Chapter were read and approved.  The nominating committee nominated the following officers; LtCol George J. Catir Jr., AUS, (President), Capt Richard Leighton, USN, (Vice President), Capt Robert A. Lee, USCG, (2nd Vice President), CWO-4 George Hilborn, AUS, (Secretary), Maj Lloyd F. Pike, AUS, (Treasurer).  All nominations were approved as made.

     On February 2, 1985, the first meeting of the unit was called to order as an official chapter of TROA National.  The TROA Charter was presented by LtGen LeRoy, USAF, Executive Vice President of TROA.  The original officers of the Southern Maine Satellite Unit, as named in 1984, were recognized as the officers of the new Southern Maine Chapter TROA.

     Early in 1986, failing health forced CWO-4 Hilborn to relinquish duties as the Secretary.  He was replaced by Col William Gearan, USA.  CWO-4 Hilborn retained his administrative and membership duties until later that year when he passed these responsibilities to CWO-4 Richard W. Dame, who retained them until 1990.

     Beginning in January 2003, the National organization changed its name from The Retired Officers Association (TROA) to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).  Our Chapter adopted the use of MOAA at the same time.  This change was driven by the desire to better reflect that the organization is composed of retired, active and former officers .


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