Colonel Troy Scott Honored

MOAS Member Colonel Troy Scott US Army Retired was honored by the Jewish Family and Children Services of Sarasota Manatee for his efforts in support of Veterans.  He is pictured with his wife Elka on the right and Beth Ruyle Hullinger on the left.

Congratulations, Troy.

Also Honored Were:

-Earl E. Jacobson, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, who volunteers for the Veteran's Appreciation Food Distribution Program at All Faiths Food Bank.
- Daniel F. Kennedy, founder, Headmaster and CEO of Sarasota Military Academy.
- Rick Rogala, former USS Pueblo prisoner of war, of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission.
- John W. Saputo, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, who is president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.
- Steve Wilberding, former infantry captain in the U.S. Army, who is an Operation Military Assistance Program mentor and JFCS board member.

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Kay and I were glad to see Troy and Elka honored at the Tribute to Veterans Luncheon last Tuesday. I enjoyed Colonel John Saputo's USMCR Retired comments in favor of the Warrior Class, those of noble character, who live their lives with honor and integrity and who attack challenges when others take cover. 

I thought MOAS might enjoy these related links that I turned up, which may not appeal to everyone, but are indeed relevant enough to go on the MOAS blog. - this one's raw, but, perhaps, the most important - a character sketch - a philosophy lesson

And here is the Honor Flight site that everyone should know about. There are not many left!!

All the best!!
George P. Tracy, MOAS, 1st VP

Tarpon Run Trip Photos

Some Photos of our Tarpon Run trip in 2012 courtesy of Lynn Trusal.  

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Memorial Day Downtown Sarasota - Passing Out Support Our Troops Boxes

MOAA Sarasota Chapter set up a tent at the end of the parade route at the park where the Memorial Day event was held, and passed out Support Our Troops boxes for citizens to use to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan.

Thanks again to all who took the time to work the Parade this morning. It was truly a success because of your support. We passed out 1000 boxes and still ran out at the roundabout with a block left. If only a small percentage of these boxes arrive in the hands of an active service man or is well worth the effort.

Hope to see you at our next event.

Mike & Patt Staley

We also walked the parade route with our MOAS truck and passed out boxes to citizens along the parade route. We distributed over 1,000 boxes.

Memorial Day May 27, 2013

Remembering our grandparents, parents, and friends who served their country.

John O'brien

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember and look to honor veterans for generations to come

by Melissa Thompson

This Memorial Day, let's focus on its true meaning: remembering the men and women who died serving our nation's armed forces. It's about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Whether it was 100 years ago or last week, we remember them. They are the few who willingly step into harm's way for the majority of us and pay the ultimate sacrifice for doing so.
From the entire team at The Patterson Foundation and on behalf of our community, know that while these courageous men and women are gone, they are never forgotten.
Click here for a list of local Memorial Day remembrance events and here for local parades. Our Legacy of Valor team members will be on hand at several events in the Sarasota and Venice areas to share more information about our campaign to honor veterans and their families.
On May 26Legacy of Valor partners the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band and The First Brass will host a Memorial Day concert and will be collecting cellphones to benefit 
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on May 26 at 1:00 pm, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 or call (941) 922-7200 for more details.
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Kayaking Nokomis Waterways May 15, 2013

May 15th – 08:30 AM
Kayaking Nokomis Waterways

Join us for a new kayaking tour in Nokomis on Wednesday May 15th from 09:00-12:00. We ask people to arrive at the launch NLT 08:30 to help get the kayaks set up and in the water. We will explore the beautiful Nokomis Waterways with our guide, John Sarkozy, followed by lunch at Pop’s Sunset Grill in Nokomis.

If you want to join our kayaking adventure, contact Carol O’Brien at or call (941) 907-8891. Cost is $25 to rent a kayak or $5 if you bring your own.

Directions to the launch site: I75 south to Exit 200 Rt. 681. Take Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail) south to Albee Road. Turn right on Albee Road to Casey Key Rd (just over the bridge). Turn left on Casey Key Rd and about 200 yards on the left, just after the black chain link fence, will be an opening to the launch site at Nokomis Beach County Park. Pop’s Sunset Grill is located at 112 Circuit Road, Nokomis, FL 34275, directly across from the launch site.

What a way to spend another great day in Florida.

Good Morning Kayakers,

Just a reminder that we are kayaking this Wednesday in Nokomis.  You need to be at the launch site NLT 0830 hrs so the trip can start at 0900 hrs.  For those that have not paid yet you can pay me on Wednesday morning.  Lunch will be at Pop's Sunset Grill across from the launch site.

Remember all the Florida necessities such as sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera etc.  See you Wednesday.