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President’s Column

It is amazing how fast the year is going.  We are now half way thru the third quarter of the year. This month we have the Annual Steak and Corn Roast on the 12th. New this year is the location: Tuscawaras Pavilion in Firestone Metro Park on Harrington Road, just north of Warner Road. We are trying this year to save expenses and keep the cost of the meeting to a very reasonable $25 per person.  Grilling the steaks (Delmonico’s from Duma Meats) this year will be yours truly and Col Dick Calta. We will have the traditional roasted corn along with summer salads and Gardner pies for dessert.  As we are within the Summit County Metro Parks system, we will only have non-alcoholic beverages and coffee. This also reduces our liability potential by not offering intoxicating items.  Let us concentrate on good friends, good conversation and good food!

Last month several of us attended the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team exhibition games against Team RWB and a celebrity team including Betsy Kling and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. It was a great evening benefiting the Summit County StandDown (on September 12) and Donovans Kids Camp for children with amputations.  The WWAST are simply astonishing individuals! Their abilities to bat, RUN and score!  Both games could have had a mercy-rule to allow the celbrities and RWB teams to save face.

Coming up in September is the Bi-Annual State Convention on 23 September at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.  This will be our monthly meeting. Please plan on attending- see the agenda and registration information is the July newsletter or on the web at On the right side of their home page is a yellow box- just click on that and register.  MOAA National President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T Atkins, USAF(ret) is the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet. He will provide remarks about MOAA direction and programs. He also is to present the Levels of Excellence(LOE) awards.  Previously, the LOE presentations were accomplished at the annual Council and Chapter Presidents meetings in the Fall.  The frequency of this meeting has been reduced by 50% and will be held only in even-number years. Please register for the meeting and let us show General Atkins how vibrant and vital OWRC and NEO are to MOAA! It is a short 75-minute drive from Akron. And the cost of the meals is aligned with our monthly meetings as a benefit of utilizing YARS facilities.

Speaking of LOE’s: BREAKING NEWS- OWRC is being awarded, once again, a 5-Star LOE for 2016. Thank you to Larry Ashbaugh as his leadership for 2015 and 2016 made this possible!

In October, we will conduct the annual elections of officers.  We are in search of a 2d VP as Dennis Churgovich is relocating to Colorado- he apparently desires more snow then NEO can promise. Or maybe it is the Rocky Mountain vistas??

You will also see in this issue, a listing of individuals whose dues are in arrears. If you are friends with them and see them, encourage them to ‘pay up’.  These funds are vital to ROTC/JROTC awards.

Thank you




September 2017 State convention


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