Edwin N. Wilkins (1933-2016)

Edwin N. Wilkins (1933-2016)
Edwin N. Wilkins passed away on September 24, 2016, in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 82.

Ed was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ surrounded by a close-knit extended family.  He attended Williams College.  After graduation in 1955, Ed served in the U.S. Navy in air intelligence, then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard in 1960. 

Ed raised his family in Shaker Heights, Ohio while working in finance and building a career in management consulting.   After a move to Chicago in the mid 1970’s, Ed began his own management consulting firm, E. N. Wilkins & Company.  He met and married the love of his life Joyce Ellen, and in 1993 they retired to Sarasota.

In retirement, Ed enjoyed golf, sailing and raising their Black Labrador Retrievers.  He remained active in business, becoming a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and teaching accounting classes for new entrepreneurs.  He was also an active member of the Military Officers Association of America - Sarasota and the Ivy League Club of Sarasota-Manatee. 

Ed was predeceased by his wife Joyce Ellen.  He is survived by his children Sarah L. Wilkins, Julia K. Houriet, and Edwin N. Wilkins, Jr., sister-in-law Ann Nelson Wilkins, two grandchildren and two step-children.

January 2017 Breeze

Dear Member

Attached is the January 2017 issue of the MOAS monthly newsletter, The Sarasota Breeze, as well as a separate Program/Menu/Reservation Form for you to use when making your reservation for the January Luncheon on January 20th at Michael’s on East.   
Our January Luncheon will feature the Sarasota Opera Singers..one of our most popular luncheon programs…please make your reservations early.

PLEASE NOTE:  Michaels on East has raised their luncheon price - and as a result the luncheon price is now $28.00 per person.
Also — Luncheon reservations will be coordinated and administered by Valerie McCarthy.  Please note the new address and contact information when making your reservations.

Valerie McCarthy
7429 Starfish Drive
Sarasota FL 34231

NOTE # 2: We are in the midst of our Membership Renewal Campaign.  You should have received your membership renewal notice last month.  If you have renewed your membership for 2017 — Thank you!!
If you have not yet renewed your membership — please mail your renewal and your dues to MOAS PO Box 1016  Sarasota FL 34230-1016 as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the luncheon.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy New Year!!!

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

The Breeze

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Dec 2016 Breeze

Dear Member

Attached is the December 2016 issue of the MOAS monthly newsletter, The Sarasota Breeze, as well as a separate Menu/Reservation Form for you to use when making your reservation for the 34th Annual  Military Gala on Sunday evening December 11, 2016.
In addition to a wonderful evening of food, music and camaraderie, LTC Marc Oliveri, President of the Florida Council of Chapters will conduct the installation ceremony for our 2017 Chapter officer and directors.

We will also be collecting toy for the Marine Corps Toys For Tots program—so please plan on bring an unwrapped new toy to the Gala.

One additional announcement:

"The Wreaths Across America movement is a big part of the Sarasota Military Academy.  SMA invites you to sponsor a wreath for veterans resting at the Sarasota National Cemetery who have no family of friends to remember them.  For many of these veterans, the only visit their grave receives all year is on Wreaths Across America day.  This year it is on Saturday 17 December at 9:30am.

To sponsor a wreath, simply visit www.WAASarasota.com and pay by credit or debit card.  Or you may call 866-973-2847. The deadline to sponsor is Sunday 27 November."

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving….and very much looking forward to seeing you all at the Gala

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

Dec 11, 2016 Winter Gala 6:00 pm Michaels on East

The Winter Gala will be another great event. 

Dec 11, 2016, 6:00 pm 
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c/o Elke Scott
841 Forest View Court
Sarasota, Florida 34232-2455
941 379 3023

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Nov 15 War and Peace 4:00 pm Community Room 1741 Main St, Sarasota - Presentation


War & Peace

4:00 pm Herald-Tribune Community Room 1741 Main St, Sarasota - Presentation

5:00 pm, Vineyard Wine Bar 1528 Main St, Sarasota - Meet and Greet

Program Sponsored By The

Military Officers Association of America-Sarasota Chapter
Sarasota Sister Cities

Our Panel will discuss issues of War and Peace. Each panelist will make a short presentation about how our efforts can help to ensure world peace. We will discuss some of the efforts made by the US military.  A group discussion will follow the presentations, followed by a Meet and Greet where we can continue the discussion.

The Sister City Association began in 1956 during the United States presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. After viewing the horrific devastation of human life and property resulting from that tragic moment in world history, Eisenhower thought “citizen diplomacy” might help to reduce the threat of war.

“Citizen diplomacy” in Eisenhower’s way of thinking was an actual “eyeball to eyeball” interfacing of everyday citizens, meeting personally on each others “turf” (in the U.S. and overseas); learning how each lived, carried on their daily lives, overcame whatever challenges they faced, to bring about an enhanced understanding, and thus respect, of all global citizens. It was envisioned this could be accomplished through exchanges (visitations) of citizens, engaged in the arts, business, civic activities (service clubs, boy/girl scouts, etc), education, sports and government.

Sarasota Sister Cities will present a discussion of how citizen to citizen diplomacy works with and compliments military involvement and deterrence. Our three panelists will describe real world experiences and some of their thoughts on how we can continue and improve our efforts as citizen diplomats. Each presentation will be 5 to 10 minutes long leaving substantial time for questions and discussion. 


Troy Scott is a Past President of the Sarasota Military Officers Association - Sarasota Chapter and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Sarasota Sister Cities. He is a United States Army Colonel Retired and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss Army Civic action programs in Vietnam, Europe, and South America and efforts of the Army to maintain and improve relations with allied nations and individuals. 

Beth Ruyle is the Past President of Sarasota Sister Cities and a former Member of the Illinois Commission For The Support of the Guard and Reserve. As the Director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association she worked on a number of citizen diplomatic efforts in support of peace. She will discuss citizen interchanges with the Soviet Union and China.

Craig Hullinger is Vice President of Communications of Sarasota Sister Cities, a United States Marine Corps Colonel Retired, and a veteran of the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. He will discuss efforts to build and improve relationships with civilians in war zones. He will describe the Combined Action Program and efforts to win the hearts and the minds of the people and how Sister City exchanges helped prevent World War III.

Raymond Young is Vice President of Education and will serve as the moderator.  He will describe the premise of people-to-people exchanges established by President Eisenhower and describe additional academic programs that have furthered this cause, the Fulbright Program and the Peace Corps.

Meet & Greet to follow Vineyard Wine Bar
1528 Main St., Sarasota