2021 June 8 Meet and Greet Whitaker Park General Heiser


Nice Meet and Greet at Whitaker Park. Thanks to Peggy O'Connell for setting it up.

Honoring General Heiser, Former MOAS President

During his 32-year career with the United States Army. LTG Heiser served as the Chief of Staff of the United States European Command under General Alexander Haig from 1976 to 1978. Previous to that assignment he was the commander of the 1st Armored Division from March 1974 to August 1975. Heiser is also known for his founding of the Korean Military Academy in 1954 and the Vietnamese National Defense College in 1968.

Lieutenant General Rolland V. HeiserU.S. Army, retired, was a member of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, and is the former president of the New College Foundation, a position he held for 22 years. In this capacity, Heiser was instrumental in raising the lion's share of the New College Foundation's current $30 million endowment.

Heiser graduated from Western Military Academy in Alton, Il in 1943. He received his bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy in 1947, and his master's degree from George Washington University in 1965. LTG Heiser was a resident of SarasotaFlorida.


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Florida Council of Chapters Convention in Sarasota

The Tampa Bay Newswire printed our recent press release and it can be seen at the following link:

Military Officers Association Hosts the Florida Council of Chapters 2021 Convention


Alan Forrester

More photos of the event at:  https://2021fcoc.blogspot.com/







Military Officers Association Members Treated to a Painting Lesson From Renowned Artist Joe Palmerio

Military Officers Association Members Treated to a Painting Lesson From Renowned Artist Joe Palmerio

Southwest FL –MOAS Luncheon in April the attendees were treated to a painting lesson from Joe Palmerio, a renowned local artist. Mr. Palmerio, a resident of Sarasota for the past twenty-eight years, is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation, Lower Merion, Pa. He studied Sculpture at the Frudakis Academy, and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He taught painting in community arts centers in Pennsylvania and Colorado and taught physically challenged adults in Philadelphia for seven years. Mr. Palmerio exhibits throughout the United States. Numerous private and public collections include his works.

He began by telling the audience they were going to get a painting lesson and described the site he was going to paint; one we were all familiar with – O’Leary’s Tiki Bar on City Island, looking to the west towards Big Pass. He completed an oil painting about 14”x11” in the Plein Air style, a French expression meaning “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light, although he did it on a stage at Michael’s on East.

He emphasized that the major items to take into consideration while painting are the values; light, medium and dark colors and how you blend them together to create a work of art. He set up his old French easel on the stage, which was interesting in itself. The easel has stand-alone legs, complete with storage compartments for his paints, brush, and assorted rags, etc, everything that a painter would need. He emphasized that it was over 40 years old and an antique itself.

During his presentation he presented several anecdotes about his career, with help from his spouse Gioia talking about his awards; working as a recreation leader for the City of Philadelphia, the Director of Recreation for the Ute Mountain Indian tribe in Colorado., and as the Everglades Artist in Residence in 2003.

After completing his painting, Joe graciously offered it up for our 50-50 Raffle and one of our long-time members won it. This was truly a great presentation.

MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 400,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.

Published on the Tampa Bay Newswire