President’s Column:  March 2018

It seems we are having a ‘February Thaw’ this week. And a good thing it is. Hopefully the snow and ice (ice mainly!) on my street will disappear. It reminds me of my youth and riding with parents or grandparents along the streets of Pittsburgh, PA and being tossed side-to-side along the trolley tracks. And yes, we had to have the headlights on for the sun could never cut through the soot-laden air from the steel mills (this was the 50’s)!

And speaking of days of long ago, we have just lost two more of our WW-II members in the past week. On Monday, 5 Feb we learned of the passing of our Past President COL Robert Thompson. Bob’s services were held on 9 Feb- a snowy, blustery day to start. On Saturday, 10 February we lost LCDR George Kilkenny. A memorial mass for George will be held 16 March at St Francis Xavier church in Medina. Full military honors and internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will follow. We will publish his obituary notice separately.

For the upcoming meetings, we do have Rep Jim Renacci (R, OH-16) as our speaker at NOON on Saturday, 17 March at Papa Bears, 4990 Dressler Rd, North Canton. Mr. Renacci is now a Republican candidate for Senator running against Senator Sherrod Brown. Please come, bring a veteran friend and hear what is going on in our Capitol to benefit the defense of our country and support for our troops & veterans. Let your American Legion and VFW compatriots know and invite them.

In April, we have LTC David Simms, PMS, KSU ROTC as our Keynote speaker. Colonel Simms is an Armor Officer most recently deployed by CENCOM to Africa. From our recent conversation, he will give a most enlightening appraisal. He is an Ohio native. Please ensure you have Thursday, 19 April blocked on your calendar for the ROTC/JROTC Recognition Banquet at Guy’s Party Center. Registration is now open and, please, consider sponsoring a cadet or two or three, or more!

In May, LTC(ret) Howard Pearce- Special Forces, will present on his very recent experiences in “Afghanistan: One Soldiers Story”. Very Interesting. The location is TBD so stay tuned for more information. A huge Thank You to Don Bratton, 1stVP and ROTC Coordinator for his efforts in these upcoming programs.

Chapter finances-wise, we did submit almost $1200 in Acme Fresh Market Community CashBack receipts. We should receive 5% of that in the Spring. Additionally, OWRC has submitted a grant request through the MOAA Foundation Military Family Initiative’s Community OutReach program. We, of course, wrote the grant for the maximum, $5,000. Funds received, if we are successful, are earmarked for support of the Military Veterans Resource Center and their model of ‘teach to fish, don’t give a fish’, so to speak. They engage with veterans requesting assistance and follow them for a year to ensure the veteran is ‘back on his/her feet’ and being a productive member of civilian society. It is not a ‘hand-out’ program.

And of course, if you have not yet paid your dues for 2018, PLEASE, Please submit that immediately! And be as generous as you can in support of our targeted programs: ROTC/JROTC Scholarships, StandDown and Fisher House (at Wade Park VA).

March 2018 Membership Meeting

Meeting Announcement

When: Saturday 17 March 2018

Time: 1130 Social, 12 Noon Meeting & Lunch

Location: Papa Bears, 4990 Dressler Rd, North Canton


U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci, Representative for the Ohio 16th District.

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April 2018 ROTC/JROTC Recognition Dinner


Chapter General Membership Meeting



Guy's Party Center

500 Waterloo Rd

Akron OH 44319

OWRC MOAA Members and Spouses or Friends

General Membership Meeting

Attire: Coat & Tie/equivalent

Social 1800 hrs 

Dinner 1900 hrs ~ Program 1930 hrs

Cost $30  per person




Buffet with Chicken Cordon Blu,

Carved Roast Beef,

Roasted Redskin potato,

California Mix vegetables) 




Recognition and Awards Program

19 April 2018


LTC David Simms, PMS, KSU ROTC

1.Use the web site (select EVENTS/MAY ROTC RESERVATION FORM)     and pay with PayPal. It isn’t recc quired to have a PayPal account   to  use the system. You will answer “no” to the message asking if you have a PayPal account then you will be asked for credit card information.

PayPal is a secure system.

2. Mail to OWRC-MOAA, P.O. Box 4272, Copley, OH 44321

 Reservations are Mandatory–the number of meals that are prepared are based on the reservations receive. The chapter pays for no-shows.

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  Reservations  due to menu selection by 

Monday 16 April, 2018

"The success of the OWRC ROTC/JROTC Banquet depends on the willingness and generosity of the members of OWRC to sponsor ROTC/JROTC cadets. I ask that you review your circumstances and, if you are able, to consider sponsoring one or more cadets for the banquet. Each cadet meal is valued at $.You will have the opportunity to sponsor multiple cadets."

You may use the reservation form above or send a check to make a donation.



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