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Our Outreach Efforts Are Noticed and Appreciated by MOAA

The email below was received from MOAA National

Major Parisot,

Thank you very much for providing this final report for the Northwest Florida Chapter’s 2022 Community Outreach Grant.

We appreciate your detailed information regarding the grant fund use in your report. It was also great to see the photo/summaries of the presentation of grant funds to the representatives of Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and the Hurlburt Military & Family Readiness Center – subsequently then providing the commissary gift cards to those who needed them most.

This information has been added to our records, and we appreciate the continued efforts and support that you and your chapter members provide to those in the military community each and every day.

We also passed along your kind message to Amanda Centers, and know that she is looking forward to the upcoming January 6th presentation in Florida as well!

As a reminder, our 2023 Community Outreach Grant application is currently open, and we hope you will consider applying for a grant before the application window closes on February 28, 2023.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you again.

With thanks,

The MOAA Development Team

December 17:  Participated Participated in “Wreaths Across America” at Beal Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach by helping place holiday wreaths on Veterans’ gravesites; chapter members contributed $300 to the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to purchase 20 wreaths “In Memory of Deceased Members and Spouses of the NWFMOA”. (See Defender articles for December 2022 and January 2023)

November 11:  Chapter members & spouses participated in Veterans Day services at local cemeteries; Lt Col Frank Roberts gave the history of and recited “On Flanders Field” at the Beal Cemetery service (See Defender article for December 2022

 November 8 and 10: Distributed 255 commissary gift cards valued at $6,375 to the First Sergeants Associations at Hurlburt Field, Eglin AFB, and the 7th Special Forces Group (A), and to the Military Family Readiness Centers at Hurlburt Field and Duke Field. (See Defender articles for December 2022)

September 1:  NWFMOA assisted the Greater Fort Walton Beach with publicizing the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force on September 13th at Northwest Florida State College.  NWFMOA used its Defender newsletter and ‘e-mail blasts’ to members plus announcement of the event at the Chapter luncheon on September 1st. (See Defender for September 2022)

August 5:  Led by Chapter First Vice President Fran Hendricks, NWFMOA had a “Spotlight Table” display and made a stage presentation at the monthly First Friday Breakfast of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, attended by over 250 local business members. (See Defender article for September 2022)

 July 7:  NWFMOA Scholarship Fund presented a $4,000 scholarship to University of West Florida AFROTC Cadet Colonel Blayne Johnson. This scholarship was in memory of Deceased Chapter member Lt. Gen. Leroy Manor, USAF, Ret. (See Defender article for August 2022)

May 30:  Chapter members & spouses participated in Memorial Day services at local cemeteries.  Fourteen Chapter members and spouses had passed away during the previous 12 months. (See Defender for May 2022)

May 5:  Held the annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Fort Walton Yacht Club, attended by 85 Chapter members, JROTC scholarship awardees, JROTC instructors, 2022 MOAA Medal awardees, 11 local high school appointees to military academies, and Business Gold scholarship donors. (See Defender article for June 2022)

April 19: Received notification that MOAA Foundation has awarded a community Outreach Grant of $4,000 to purchase commissary gift cards to be distributed to local airman and soldier families in ranks of E-4 and below. This is the 5th consecutive year our chapter has received a grant from the MOAA Foundation. (See Defender article for May 2022)

April 18: Several Chapter members attended the “Final Goblet Ceremony” of the Doolittle Raiders at Northwest Florida State College, when the goblet of the last survivor of the Doolittle Raiders, Col. Richard Cole, was inverted in the display case by his son and daughter.

April 2: Six Chapter members staffed our NWFMOA information booth at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 919th Special Operations Group at Duke Field. (See Defender for May 2022)

March: NWFMOA assisted the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber in publicizing the “Final Goblet Ceremony” of the Doolittle Raiders via ‘email blasts’ to Chapter members.


November 11:  Several chapter members and spouses attended Veterans Day services at local cemeteries.  Chapter member Lt Col Frank Rogers recited the poem “On Flanders Field” at the Beal Cemetery service in Fort Walton Beach. (See Defender for December 2021)

October 11: NWFMOA Scholarship Fund Board of Directors established the Educational Support Grant (ESG) Program to provide grants of up to $500 per year to local JROTC units who request financial aid for otherwise unfunded needs. (See Defender for November 2021)

August 23:  Charlotte Eschmann, wife of chapter member Col. Karl Eschmann, was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Okaloosa County commission on the Status of Women in the Military category. (See Defender for October 2021)

May 31: Several Chapter members and spouses participated in Memorial Day services at local cemeteries.

May 6:  The NWFMOA Scholarship Fund held its annual Scholarship Awards luncheon at the American Legion hall in Fort Walton Beach.  Eight scholarships totaling $21,500 were awarded to local JROTC cadets.  In addition, the 2021 MOAA Medals were presented to seven junior-year JROTC cadets, and a senior at Choctawhatchee High School was recognized for her appointment to the USAF academy. (See Defenders for May 2022 and June 2022)

April 15:  NWFMOA was awarded two MOAA Foundation Community Outreach Grants totaling $3,750.  A grant for Community Outreach was for $2,500 and a MOAA COVID Relief Grant was for $1,250.  The two grants will be combined to purchase commissary gift card for local active duty junior enlisted families in ranks E-4 and below.  This is the 4th consecutive year our Chapter has received grants from the MOAA Foundation. (See Defender for May 2021 and October 2021)

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