March Luncheon Photos

March 20, 2015 Friday Luncheon Program

USF-Sarasota Manatee Veterans Support Programs

by Christopher White

Imagine starting over, heading back to college after an initial enlistment or years after separation to gain a new skill. Where to start? How to juggle a job, school and family? Our March luncheon speaker has recently lived that life. Todd Hughes is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) with a degree in history. Todd is a natural leader, not only for veterans, but the entire student body. Todd served as the USFSM Student Government Association President where he brought veterans’ issues and needs to the forfront.

Todd joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard the day after his 17th birthday while still in high school. He went Active Duty Army as soon as he could and spent a total of five years in the military with about two being in the National Guard and three on Active Duty. He deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division from March 2004 through March of 2005, and he left the Army after his initial enlistment. Todd and his wife, whom he met in the Army, have two children.

Todd will speak to us about USFSM Veteran Programs and his initiative to establish a Student Veteran Mentorship Program at the Sarasota Manatee campus. Where will mentors come from? Wherever there are successful business/community leaders with a match to the student’s field of study. Quite possibly from MOAS’ own ranks. Don’t miss this luncheon on March 20th and the opportunity to hear from an energetic young veteran who is making a difference in our community.

March 27th – Baseball Game @ Ed Smith Stadium

Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays

“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out to the crowd,
Get me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don’t care if I never get back.” 

Yes, it is again Spring Season for our hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles. We have 40 tickets for the game with the Baltimore Orioles v. Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 27th @1:05 PM The tickets are on the first base side in Reserved Grandstand Section 207, Rows 13, 14, 15 & 16. Great seats in the shade close to food! Bring a baseball mitt as you might get a foul ball. Tickets are $20 each.

If you wish to go to the game, please contact Carol
O’Brien @907-8891or email at To confirm your reservation, send a check to Carol O’Brien at 7606 Broomsedge Ct., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Time to renew your MOAA Membership if you have not already done so. You need only send a check for $35, made out to MOAS, to P.O. Box 1016, Sarasota, FL 34230-1610.  And please update us with your email, address, or phone number if they have changed.
We are here for you!! Take care of yourself and Thank You for "continuing to serve" with your support of MOAS Veterans Advocacy!!

Tuesday, March 17th – St Patrick’s Day @ The Gordon’s

‘Tis time for the wearin’ of the green Celebrate St. Patty’s on March 17th

With corned beef and green beer,
Irish pipe tunes to hear,
And trivia for minds that are keen.

Jon and Mary Gordon continue the YAHOO tradition of
observing St. Patrick’s Day. Since Mary has retired, we will actually celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day this year. So put Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 PM on your calendar and circle it in green. 

The hosts will provide a traditional Irish meal along with green beer and soft drinks. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable dish, or dessert – something Irish, something green, or just something good. If you prefer wine to green beer, the hosts ask that you make it a BYO event. Remember to refresh your Irish lore (it’s s-h-i-l-l-e-l-a-g-h!).

Plan to join our annual “wearing of the green” at 8208 Deerbrook Circle; please use the Turtle Rock North Gate on Palmer Ranch Parkway. Please RSVP with your acceptance and your dish preference to Mary by March 10th. Call 923-2302 or email

Happy Hour Meet & Greet on Friday, March 13 - Changed Location !

Happy Hour 

Camaraderie - The Telling of Tall Tales

New Location!!

Two Senoritas
1355 Main Street 

We have recreated the camaraderie of the O' Club that we enjoyed in our younger days. 

Please join us at the Club. 5:00 to 7:00 pm for the guys who have really taken their packs off.

No cost except for what you eat or drink - No Reservations. 

Spouses are encourage to attend. And invite your friends.

The Two Senoritas is a nice Mexican Restaurant. Join us at the bar.  (Our old location closed).

Go to the left column to see all of our photos.

More scoop and photos on our blog


Sarasota MOAA, National MOAA, and the DOD are moving into Social Media. This is a cheap and effective way to spread the word. Some systems promote interaction among our members.

​Our Web Site,​ The Breeze, Pinterest, and our Blog serve mostly as a way to get the word out. They are primarily top down one way communication.

The other systems - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ are designed to be more interactive. Our members and anyone we let join our page can post comments, questions, and photos. We always have the option of deleting someone who is abusing our trust.

Our page and various other Facebook pages below.  Please join Facebook and like us and start posting to our page and other DOD pages that you are interested in.

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Mar 2, 2015
started 4 days ago, Janet Oglesby (9 replies)
Criteria for financially assisting other veteran's organizations?   external link to thread view
1. Right on, John. I agree. Larry S Lawrence Stumpf

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Mar 2, 2015 5:27 PM
Lawrence Stumpf
Right on, John.
I agree.

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Its not just a question of how much money goes to the non-profits cause versus staff, but as importantly, how effective is the actual outcome. Does it provide real and appreciated value to the veteran and or their family. Sometime you have to look deeper than just the financials.

John Carrigan
Colorado Springs CO

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