Coming Events

Dear Member--

Click on the link below to read the August 2015 issue of the MOAS monthly newsletter, The Sarasota Breeze, as well as a separate Reservation Form for you to use when making your reservation for the August Luncheon—on Friday August 21 at Michael’s on East. (Please note the luncheon price of $27 per person.)

In addition to the luncheon, don’t forget the following events:

YAHOO Spontaneous Sunset @ Siesta Key — Aug 4

MEET & GREET at the Sarasota Vineyard on Friday, August 14 5PM-7PM 1528 Main Street (between Lemon & Orange Avenues) in Downtown Sarasota

Spirit of ‘45 Celebration events — Aug 14, 15 & 16...(see page 9 of the Breeze for details)

Looking forward to seeing all of you at our normal location...Michaels on East...on Friday, Aug 21 @ 11:30 AM---

Mark Friday September 18 on your calendar for our September Luncheon ---

MOAA has informed us that VADM Ryan will not be able to attend our September luncheon due to a personal commitment. Maj Gen Joe Lynch, USAF (Ret), MOAA General Counsel will be our speaker. The September luncheon will be our annual joint southwest area luncheon — and we will be celebrating the Sarasota Chapter’s 50th Anniversary. Please plan on attending.

As usual, we hope you enjoy this issue—and ask that you let us know if you have any suggestions for future issues.

Thank you
Len Friedlander & Patt Staley

August 14 Happy Hour - Meet and Greet

Happy Hour

Recruit some members. Invite old friends to meet at the Happy Hour.  

(Formerly the Wine Club, under new management)

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

1528 Main Street
Sarasota Florida
No cost except for what you eat or drink - No Reservations. 

Spouses are encourage to attend.

The Vineyard has two intimate rooms in the rear and a large wine tasting area.

We plan on making this our O'Club of the Day for some time.  Hope you can join us at the Happy Hour.

Or go to the left column of to see all of our photos.


Spontaneous Sunset Gathering Siesta Key Beach ParkTuesday August 4th

Tuesday August 4th

Spontaneous Sunset Gathering

Siesta Key Beach Park

On Tuesday August 4th, the YAHOOs will celebrate why they enjoy SW Florida by gathering on the beach at the north end of the Siesta Key Beach Park to watch the sunset and share stories of February. This event is characterized as
“spontaneous” since there is no plan and no RSVP. Come as you are, and bring your own grog, food and chairs – just show up. 


Dear MOAS Member,

I have been requested to pass the word to our MOAS Members about the upcoming YAHOO Spontaneous Sunset Gathering @ Siesta Key Beach Park on August 4.

Carol and I went to Siesta Beach last week and found the North parking lot closed due to major Siesta Beach construction, and we will not be able to assemble at the northern part of Siesta Key Beach Park as we have done for several years.

However, we can do an “about face” and assembly at the southern part of Siesta Beach Park. Parking is easy in the newly serviced southern parking lot.

No matter where you come from when you get to Siesta Beach you will be on Beach Road.  Use either of the two parking entries marked BEACH PARKING. Once parked head to the new two-story Siesta Beach Concession stand, and follow the walkway to the beach.  Once on the beach look to your left, (which is South for the Navy).  We will have an American flag marking our gathering place. Everything else in our previous announcement applies:

The O’Briens will be on station by 1830 hrs.  The sun sets at 2016 hrs (8:16PM) so you will want to arrive in plenty of time to socialize before the sunset.

Special Note:  No glass containers are allowed on the beach – only plastic and cans and note the beach is smoke free.

Please call John and Carol O’Brien at (941) 907-8891 if you have any questions.

See? No Plan!!!!  Why Plan, When You Can React?

Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Free Tickets

Military personnel and veterans will be able to attend Tampa Bay Rays games for free for the rest of the 2015 season under a new program the Rays launched today. Under the Rays Honor Pass Program, active duty servicemen and women, retired or honorably discharged veterans, and Dependents of military personnel with valid dependent ID will be eligible for two free tickets to Rays home games.

The honor pass can be obtained by logging onto and verifying service online or by printing out an application form and presenting it at Gate 1 Box Office with appropriate military identification.

All questions should be answered at the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) site or If you have any other questions, call Jimmy Reed at 727-825-3223 or email

How do I receive my tickets? Present your Honor Pass and matching Photo ID at the Tropicana Field Gate 1 Box Office on the day of each desired game and no more than two (2) hours prior to game time.

Seats are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Rays. There is NO limit to the number of games you can attend during 2015 regular season. The 2015 Honor Pass expires with game date of October 4, 2015 and cannot be used for any tiebreaker or postseason games at Tropicana Field in 2015.

July 22 - Marina Jack Luncheon Cruise

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Wednesday, July 22nd

Marina Jack Luncheon Cruise

After several requests, we have arranged a Marina Jack Lunch cruise on Wednesday, July 22nd, as it has been 4 years since our last trip. For those that have not experienced this, the yacht is air-conditioned and provides a comfortable trip around Sarasota’s beautiful waterways while we have lunch.

If we are lucky we will encounter animal life such as 1200 lb. manatees, stingrays, sharks and even a pod of porpoises.

The Seabreeze Lunch Buffet includes Mixed Green Garden Salad, Freshly Baked Bread, Daily Catch, Chicken Marsala, Chef’s Selection of Rice, Vegetable Medley, Chef’s Daily Dessert Selection with Iced Tea and Coffee.

Carol O’Brien has reserved 25 places on the upper deck at $33.59/person inclusive of tax and gratuity. The cash bar, a YAHOO requirement, is located on the upper deck and is extra.

To confirm your YAHOO reservation for the Marina Jack Luncheon Cruise, please RSVP by July 15th to or call 907-8891. You can mail a check to Carol O’Brien, 7606 Broomsedge Ct., Lakewood Ranch, 34202. Marina Jack requires a single credit card
payment to qualify for the group rate.

Boarding will be at the Sarasota Bayfront, #2 Marina
Plaza. That is the north side of the Marina Jack restaurant.
Please be there no later than 11:15AM for boarding at 11:30AM. YAHOO’s will board as a group. We will return to  the dock at 1:30PM.