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Southern Maine Chapter Newsletter

December 2023

Vol 38  No. 4


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

President's Page
Welcome Aboard
Induction of New Officers and BOD Members


Annual Dues Drive
In Memoriam

Link to:  Luncheon Reservations Form
Link to: Annual Dues Form

President’s Page

Happy Fall to All!

It’s hard for me to believe that we are already in November and this year is coming to a close. First, I want to give a big thanks to Jack Fay and Mike Delia who did an outstanding job of organizing our golf tournament at Dune Grass Golf Club on August 16th.  I’m so happy that we were able to resume this great tradition and raise a lot of money ($6,000!) to support our Chapter scholarships and philanthropy projects.  It was truly a team effort with many members getting sponsorships, putting together a team of family or friends, and helping out at the course the day of the event.  I think we learned a few things this year and are already talking about how we can make the tournament bigger and better in 2024!

We unfortunately had to cancel our September 17th luncheon at the last minute due to the predicted Hurricane.  I was committed to having the luncheon regardless of the weather, but the venue (Maine Audubon in Falmouth) made the decision the day before the luncheon that they would close on Saturday.  If you sent a check and want to apply your funds to the next luncheon, please indicate that on the reservation form (we already have a number of checks on hand).

Speaking of the next luncheon – we will be meeting once again at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland on Pearl Harbor Day, Thursday, December 7th at 11:30 am.  This is my favorite event every year because we get to award our Ann LePage Service to Veterans Award.  This year we are honoring one of our very own, Paul Loveless.  I can’t wait to share with you some of the amazing work that Paul has down on behalf of our military community here in Maine.  Please mark your calendar for this event!  We will have Maggie Catanese, the new Executive Director of Vet2Vet Maine as our speaker, install our 2024 Board Officers, and as always, have time to check out the amazing new exhibits that Lee Humiston has curated since last year.  Lunch will be catered by Olive Garden with Make-Your-Own Pasta Stations (gluten free pasta will also be available) including 3 different sauces and 3 different meals, salad, breadsticks and desserts, all for $20 per person.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in just a few weeks!

Luncheon Reservations Form

Yours in Service,

Brenda Pennels                                                                                                President, Southern Maine Chapter

Welcome Aboard

The Southern Maine Chapter of MOAA is pleased to Welcome Aboard:

Colonel Stephen Broughall, USA and Margaret from Orr’s Island, ME


Captain Eric Johnson, USCG and Maila from Kennebunk, ME

We appreciate their interest in our Chapter and look forward to meeting them at a future luncheon meeting.

Annual Dues Drive

ROTC/JROTC and other deserving programs throughout the State.  So that we may continue with these efforts, the Board of Directors has set the annual dues at $20 per member.  Dues are waived for Auxiliary Members (Surviving Spouses) and Members Emeritus (90+ years experience); however, any voluntary contributions are always welcomed.  Members who joined the Chapter after October 1, 2023 are considered to have paid for 2024.  Please fill out the dues form on the last page of this Newsletter and return with your check by January 1, 2024. 

Annual Dues Form

Thank you for your continuing support. 

Rob McAleer, Membership Chair

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 2024 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:  TBD
2nd Vice President:  CDR David A. Patch 633-3659 dpatchmaine.rr.com
Secretary:  LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN 883-6447 jfay0001@maine.rr.com
Treasurer:  TBD
Immediate Past President: CDR Richard Tetrev, USN 443-6645 oldrepme@comcast.ne

Directors 2024 - 2026

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

In Memoriam

GEN Wallace Hall Nutting, USA
Saco, Maine
August 17, 2023

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

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