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Southern Maine Chapter Newsletter

December 2022

Vol 37  No. 4


Index (Scroll down through the newsletter or click on a section to go directly there.)

President's Page
5th Annual Ann LePage Award
Military Health Care Update
Lobster Bake 2022
Southern Maine Chapter ROTC Program
Induction of New Officers and BOD Members

Annual Dues Drive
2023 General Membership Meeting Dates

Link to:  Luncheon Reservations Form

Link to:  Annual Dues Form

President’s Page

Fall Greeting to all of you!

Like many of you I am still wondering where the summer went!  Trying to embrace the fall weather and still get in as much golf as possible.

I am looking forward our next general membership meeting on December 7thwhich is of course, Pearl Harbor Day.  What better place to honor and remember the 2390 service members and civilians who lost their lives in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor than our own Maine Military Museum in South Portland.  Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a great event! 

In addition to a hot catered lunch of delicious casseroles from FoodWorks in Portland, we will also install our 2023 Board of Officers and present the 5th Annual Ann LePage Service to Veteran’s award.  This year’s recipient will be Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Retired) Wendy Moody.  Wendy has recently retired from a combined 48 years of military and civilian service, and has helped hundreds, possibly thousands, of Maine servicemembers transition from military to civilian life.  She has also been instrumental in assisting with the many post 9-11 deployments that our Maine National Guard and Reserve units have participated in.  Hope to see you all there!  Please get your Reservation form in by December 2.  Luncheon Reservations Form

We are setting our calendar for 2023!  Please save the following dates, locations are TBA, but we plan on having one meeting in the Brunswick area and one in the Augusta area.   For 2023 we will have a quarterly meeting on March 18th, June 17th and December 7th.  We will also again join the NH chapter of MOAA for annual Lobsterbake, that date is still being firmed up but will be late summer.

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda Pennels, President 

Southern Maine Chapter ROTC Program

It’s that time again when I report on my efforts to contact the Junior and Senior ROTC programs that we support throughout the state of Maine.  Our Chapter supports a total of 8 Junior Programs and 3 Senior Programs.  It is still very early in the school program year so we do not have graduation and awards data yet for these units.  This will change over time and I will provide updates as I receive them.  The programs listed below are broken down by Military Branch, with a school phone number for contact purposes.  I hope to have much more information on projected graduation and awards dates in our March Newsletter.  We are hoping that members of the Chapter will volunteer to represent our Chapter at these graduations to be able to present our awards to the top graduates. 

(COL Frank Toderico, ROTC Chair) 

Junior ROTC


Bangor High School   207-992-5570 

Hermon High School   207-848-5436 

Nokomis Regional High School   207-368-5239 

Old Town High School   207-827-3910, ext 309

Sacopee Valley High School   207-625-2303 


Brewer High School   207-989-4140 

Lewiston High School   207-795-4190 ext 5246 


Massabesic High School   207-247-5011 

Senior ROTC


University of Maine, Orono   207-581-1121


University of Maine, Orono   207-581-1551 

Maine Maritime Academy, Castine   207-326-2356

Winner of the 5th Annual Ann LePage Service to Veterans Award

Wendy Moody enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps as a Finance Specialist and served three years at Ft. Campbell, KY followed by a tour at US European Army Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany.  After her discharge in 1980 as a SP5, she married and moved to Maine and joined the 240th Engineer Group in Waterville.  She worked at the Maine American Legion HQ until accepting a full-time position in the Comptroller Division with the Army National Guard HQ in 1981, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class.  In 1985, she was promoted to Chief of the Pay and Exam Section and received a direct commission to Chief Warrant Officer Two.  She went on to become the auditor for the Comptroller Division for the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer.  She retired from the Army  National Guard as a CW4 after 32 years of service.  She began her next career as the State Benefits Advisor and later named the Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) where she continued to serve exiting members of the service.  She retired in October 2022 after 18 years of service.  She is married and the mother of three children and seven grandchildren.

Military Health Care Update - Open Enrollment

Once again, ’tis the season - annual open enrollment, of course. TRICARE runs from November 14 through December 13; FEDVIP (dental, vision, etc.) from November 14 through December 12; Medicare from October 15 through December 7. (Federal, many employer plans, and Affordable Care Act plans also have their open enrollment periods around this time.)  Open season is an opportunity to look at your choices and decide whether you need to make a change or should stay where you are.  On the Medicare front, the monthly premium for Part B will drop from about $170 this year to $165 during the coming year.  And the Inflation Reduction Act will set a $35 standard price for insulin for Medicare enrollees.  Lots of Medicare Advantage plans are available in Maine, all competing for customers who want something other than traditional Medicare. TRICARE/Medicare-eligible beneficiaries, including those using Martin’s Point, can take their TRICARE for Life through an Medicare Advantage. Finally, Veterans Affairs is implementing the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act that expands access to VA health care and will likely increase enrollment in the VA system. The respective web sites are the best places to go for further information.  (Col Bill Hall)

Annual Dues Drive 

The dues remain the same for 2023 at $20.00.  Your additional contributions each year make it possible for the Chapter to support the activities that are important to all of us.  While it is still fresh in your mind, please take a moment to complete the form and send in your check.  With the holidays coming up, it is easy for this to slip through the cracks.  Also, please remember that this is for your Chapter dues, not the MOAA National dues.  Click here for a copy of the Dues Form.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Chapter.  (Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chairman)

Save the Dates - 2023 General Membership Meeting Dates

March 18, 2023

June 17, 2023

December 7, 2023

Lobsterbake with NH Chapter, MOAA on August 6th

Lt Gen Dana Atkoins, President and CEO of MOAA addresses the attendees during the opening ceremony,For the 2nd year in a row the Southern Maine MOAA chapter officially joined forces with the NH Chapter for a very successful Lobster Bake at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  In total, there were over 180 attendees from both chapters as well as several distinguished guests: Congressman Chris Pappas, NH 1st District, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Commander Captain Michael Oberdorf and his wife Tara, and Lt Gen Dan Atkins USAF (Ret), President and CEO of MOAA.  The Color Guard was provided by the Shipyard Medical Clinic.  We also had the Director of the Regional Office for the Togus Veterans Benefits Administration Jennifer Bover and her staff on hand to answer benefits questions and meet our members.  The weather was picture perfect and we all enjoyed the fellowship and delicious food!  Hope you all will consider attending next year!  We will share the date as soon as it is confirmed.

Lt Gen Dana Atkins, President and CEO of MOAA addresses the attendees during the opening ceremony. 

Induction of New Officers and Members of the Board of Directors

Our Chapter By-Laws require us to install the newly elected slate of officers and members of the Board of Directors at our December Quarterly Meeting.  The officers for 2023 elected by our members at the September Quarterly Meeting include:

New Officer Slate for 2023

President:  Brenda Pennels, USA

671-1262 Brenda.Pennels@martinspoint.org
1st Vice President:  CDR David A. Patch, USN 633-3659 dpatch@maine.rr.com
2nd Vice President:  Deb Couture navycaptpomi0031@gmail.com
Secretary:  LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN 883-6447 jfay0001@maine.rr.com
Treasurer:  LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN 729-6042 mpatricks@comcast.net
Immediate Past President: CDR Richard Tetrev, USN 443-6645 oldrepme@comcast.net

Directors 2021 - 2023

COL Arthur Wickham, USA 799-4115 arthur.wickham@yahoo.com
LTC John T. Ham, USA 883-5982 johnandsueham@maine.rr.com
Col Robert P. McAleer, USMC 833-5574 rmcaleer04079@gmail.com
CWO4 Robert D. Jaffin, USN                                     850-1009 robertjaffin@gmail.com

Directors 2022 - 2024

COL Frank Toderico, ARNG 799-8999 ftoderico@juno.com
CPT Robert B. Wood, USA 846-5088 mainerwoods@gmail.com
Col Michael D. Delia, USAF                            967-4571 mbadelia@roadrunner.com

Directors 2023 - 2025

LTC K. Scott Berry, USA 767-0236 berryk419@live.com
LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN 725-0946 paul.loveless@comcast.net
Col Douglas J. Scott, USAFR/ANG 222-2225 dscott2@maine.rr.com
Col William F. Hall, USAF                                 766-2514 wpeaks@earthlink.net

Committee Chairmen

Budget:                                    LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN
Chaplain: CPT Robert B. Wood, USA
Health Care: Col William E. Hall, USAF
Membership Col Robert P. McAleer, USMC
Veterans Assistance: CDR David A. Patch, USN
Newsletter Editor: LTC K. Scott Berry,USA
Personal Affairs: LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN
ROTC Awards: COL Frank Toderico, ARNG

In Memoriam

Commander William F. Brennan, USN

Falmouth, Maine

September 28, 2022

Captain Charles W. O'Reilly, USN

South Portland, Maine

October 23, 2022

"We are grateful for your loyal service to the Nation." 

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