April 21, 2013: U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, 22nd Congressional District, New York addressed 60 GRUCMOAA members and guests at the Annual Spring Fling held at The Beeches Inn and Conference Center. Representative Hanna spoke about his work in Washington focusing on items of concern for veterans such as the CPI, TriCare and Veterans Education benefits. Representative Hanna recognized WWII veteran, CPT William Swarts, Sr. and thanked him for his service. During the event Representative Hanna was presented with a certificate recognizing him as an ‘Honory Member’ of GRUCMOAA.
December 2, 2012: Annual Dinner Meeting and Election was held at the Lake Delta Inn. COL Ted Limpert addressed the members with details about his deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Kyrgyzstan. MAJ Jim Tille presented the chapter with a streamer recognizing the 40th anniversary of the GRUCMOAA Charter.
October 3, 2012: MOAA members and guests were treated to a special presentation by COL David P. Blanks, Commander, Rome Research Site and Deputy Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, New York. The directorate's mission is to lead the discovery, development and integration of affordable war fighting information technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. Colonel Blanks is the installation commander for over 2,500 personnel. He plays a key role in overseeing an annual budget of more than $765 million and directing the activities of approximately 810 military and civilian scientists, engineers, administrative and support personnel.
September 30, 2012: President Bob Haley announces a new community support event. With donations from the local community, Wreaths Across America will be brought to two local cemeteries. The event will occur on December 15, 2012. Bob anticipates support from many veterans and civic organizations. Additional details can be found on the Community Support page.
September 5, 2012 Dinner at Coalyard Charlies: The cadets from RFA AFJROTC program presented highlights of their planned activities for the 2012-2013 year. The RFA program is expected to exceed 135 cadets. The presentation is available on the JROTC Programs page. Tony Kimble spoke about resuming the MOAA Readers program. Anyone interested can contact Tony at home.
August 26, 2012 Annual Picnic: GRUCMOAA members traveled to picturesque Old Forge for an afternoon of camaraderie at Jim Tille’s home. Those in attendance were treated to a great picnic in a wonderful location. The weather was great and thanks to Jim and Diane, the day was very enjoyable. This is surely and event that will be remembered by all who attended.
August 16, 2012 Proctor NJROTC Cadets complete Leadership Academy: Details moved the the JROTC Programs page.
June 6, 2012 Dinner at The Moose River Restaurant: The cadets from T.R. Proctor High School and Notre Dame NJROTC programs presented highlights from the 2011-2012 year. Next year the Proctor program is expected to exceed 350 cadets. The presentation is available on the JROTC Programs page. MAJ Joe Keegan, USMC(R), the new Senior Instructor for the Notre Dame NJROTC program was introduced to the members.
May 28, 2012 Memorial Day Parade and Veterans Park ceremony, Rome, NY: GRUC Members joined together with other veterans organizations for the remembrance of our fallen service members. They subsequently gaggled at Tony and Linda Kimball’s homestead on Lake Delta for an afternoon of fellowship, food and beverages.
April 22, 2012 Spring Fling at The Beeches Inn: GRUC Members met at The Beeches to welcome spring. Many thanks to Tony Kimball for the planning required to achieve this successful event. As in the past, proceeds from this event are used for community events like JROTC leadership events, scholarships and military support organizations like The Friends of the Utica Armory.
April 4, 2012 Dinner at Coalyard Charlies: Dinner was almost family style, with 20+ members seated at one long table. It really made for a heartwarming and friendly atmosphere. The stories were wonderful and they were coming from every direction.
March 7, 2012 Dinner at Vescio’s Franklin Hotel: COL Wieners presided over the event and reported this info: There were 21 members and guests in attendance. The staff did a great job for us, the only detail is that The Franklin does not accept credit cards. Everyone enjoyed having a different menu and food. The group consensus was that we should move around to different restaurants. Clark Speicher has secured the speaker for the Spring Fling. Tony Kimball has arranged the menu at The Beeches for 22 April. Dana Roecker commented that the new MOAA listing of members in our area was received from national. Another source for new members is through our new contacts at Friends of the Utica Armory. Joe Maurer and Bill Gray will represent GRUC-MOAA next Tuesday at Congressman Hanna’s Veterans Affairs meeting in Utica. Rep. Hanna feels betrayed and ‘let down’ especially after decades of repeated pronouncements about ‘free medical care’ for Veterans and Active Duty military. The intent to close the gap between civilian and veteran’s health care costs is depressing to say the least given the nature of sacrifices over the length of a military career. Brian Burke was recognized for representing GRUC and handing out the three MOAA trophies at the Proctor Drill Meet. Rob Piper gave a great briefing about the Proctor NJROTC cadets, their successes and leadership within the school community. Fred Wieners emphasized how important our financial support for all three programs is. The JROTC programs are the Chapter's claim to fame with the greatest value in return, our kids future.
December 4, 2011 Pearl Harbor Remembrance: The annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance dinner was held at the Delta Lake Inn. President Wieners welcomed sixty members and guests to the event. The RFA and Proctor JROTC cadets presented the colors. The National Anthem was sung by NJROTC cadet Anne Shevrette. The invocation was given by Chaplain Jim Martinez. President Wieners recognized Pearl Harbor survivor Syl Puccio and WWII Veteran Howard Dean, who were given a standing ovation by the guests. Auxiliary member, Virginia Craiglow led the GRUC-MOAA Memorial Ceremony in tribute to fallen, missing and current service members. Joe Maurer, Nominating Committee chairman presented the slate of Officers and Directors for 2012. There were no nominations from the floor. CPT Tom Miles, MOAA Regional VP administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected Board of Directors. President Wieners thanked the members and guests for their generosity in donating $2000.00 in gift cards to the Friends of the Utica Armory for distribution to NYARNG units from the armory. In addition was the donation of wrapped gifts and $400.00 to The House of the Good Shepherd in Utica. Guest speaker, COL Harry Winberg spoke to the members about his experiences as a fighter pilot and being shot down in Korea with subsequent rescue.
Link to: 2011 GRUC MOAA Meeting Minutes
Link to: 2010 GRUC MOAA Meeting Minutes
Link to: 2009 GRUC MOAA Meeting Minutes
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Regular monthly chapter meetings are informal, featuring a social hour followed by dinner. A guest speaker is often invited to present information on topics relevant to GRUC-MOAA members.
The GRUC-MOAA Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Meeting and Dinner is held in December
The chapter sponsors a Reading Program and an annual Flag Day Ceremony at the Peter Gansevoort Elementary School in Rome, NY.
Throughout the year chapter members support patriotic programs conducted by various civic organizations such as Rome Rotary, The Rome Chamber of Commerce and St. Peter’s Church.