Southeastern Guide Dog Association - Decorate Statues of Dogs

The Southeastern Guide Dog Assoc has commissioned several artists to decorate statues of dogs which will be displayed throughout the city.  Joe Palmerio has painted one of the dogs and it will be displayed throughout the summer at Dream Weaver in St. Armand's.  What makes this dog special is that Joe painted the images of actual people, most military, who have benefited from being partnered with one of the guide dogs.  Each image has a story and you can tell from the photos below that their stories are very moving. 

The dog will arrive at Dream Weaver in St. Armands by the  the end of the first week of June. Click the link below to learn more.

Is there a way to make this known to the members of MOAS? I think our members would appreciate seeing "Oakie" and knowing what he stands for.

Janice Sladinski

Support Our Troops (SOT)

Well, we’re getting ready for the Sarasota Memorial Day Parade on May 30th and we have all the materials in our garage.

Since the last time I wrote this column we were asked to support another Memorial Day event, so we ordered 300 additional boxes from the Post Office for a total of 1,625 boxes in our garage. Our SOT committee / volunteers will gather at our house this week to attach the paperwork to the boxes, and once the work is done we’ll enjoy some cold beverages and pizza along with other goodies. Thanks to all of our volunteers who support this SOT program as the soldiers so appreciate it, as indicated below by another thank you note we received. 

We are still looking for volunteers to distribute the boxes at both the Memorial Day Parade and the Flag Day Celebration at Patriots Plaza on June 12. Join us !!!!!

More scoop at:

YAHOO - Support Our Troops (SOT) - Kentucky Derby


Any event at Patt & Mike Staley’s is always a 10 +, and the Kentucky Derby Day Party was no exception.  We had our own running of the horses; the thrill of picking a winner, and the agony of watching our horse “just stand there.”  Great fun was had by all!!  The Ladies were truly outrageous in their hat choice and the selection of the Best Ladies Derby hat was hotly contested (see below).

Patt and Mike outdid themselves with a table full of great food and an array of beverages. The Hullingers provided their hand-made Mint Juleps, and Nicky Dovener prepared a Derby cake that was enjoyed by all.

Lest you think that all we wanted to do was to have a party, there was an ulterior motive to the Derby event.  In addition to having an exceptionally fun evening, the event was intended as a fundraiser for our Support Our Troops Program.  Thanks to Patt & Mike’s efforts, we raised $637.00 for SOT.

Honor Veterans, Inspire Patriotism and Embrace Freedom!

Greetings! You and your organization have remained such an integral part of our community and the continuing success of Patriot Plaza to Honor Veterans, Inspire Patriotism and Embrace Freedom! Hard to believe it was two years ago that we culminated the Legacy of Valor Campaign and dedicated Patriot Plaza to our community. Visitors locally, regionally and nationally are increasing daily and Patriot Plaza is being recognized in so many ways!

Patriot Plaza (PP) PP at Sarasota National Cemetery is a nominee for the 2016 Spirit of Sarasota Architecture Awards! The Spirit of Sarasota Awards promote public awareness of Sarasota's built environment and outstanding design by recognizing a building that captures the evolving character of our culture-rich and increasingly diverse community.

Please vote HERE online by selecting "Sarasota National Cemetery." Deadline: Thu, June 2. It's a great way to honor our veterans!
Be sure to share with friends and family! And click HERE for a promotional flyer to vote for PP!
Please note: The URL link to vote only works on laptops or computers, not on mobile devices. 
Feel free to share this info/email with friends, family or neighbors!  Posting on your Facebook is another great way to continue sharing Patriot Plaza.

Thank you!

Linda Gould
Community Connection Consultant
The Patterson Foundation
2 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 206
Sarasota, FL  34236
Cell: 941-320-5171

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Surviving Spouse Legislation - Please Add Your Voice Now!

All, please add your voice to this effort and spread the word! It's simple, free, quick and effective action, open to all citizens, Veteran and non-Veteran! 

And it's currently the most important surviving spouse issue needing congressional action NOW!! Thanks for your support!!

Contact your legislators now. 

George Tracy, President, MOAA Sarasota Chapter

Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 19:11:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: Marc Oliveri - Florida Council of Chapters
Subject: A special message from Lt Gen Dana Atkins, MOAA President and CEO

!!!!! Legislative Alert !!!!!![] 

Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret) has a personal favor to ask of you.
Act Now To Help Military Survivors

MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins (Ret) needs your help to end the $15,000 annual penalty imposed on military widows. Add your voice to the thousands who have already called on Congress to end the "widows' tax".
Click to contact your legislators now. 

Thanks again for your continued support. This email can be forwarded.  Please Distribute throughout your chapters and other MOAA members


Marc Oliveri - President
Florida Council of Chapters

Florida Council of Chapters, 2649 Windwood Way, 2649 Windwood Way, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33

Luncheon May 20, 2016 Photos Awards of Scholarships

MAY PROGRAM: Scholarships Awards; Bill Church, Executive Editor

The May luncheon was the platform for the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund (SMOSF) to award a $2,000 scholarship to each of the followingstudents:

• Aravind Byju (Pine View HS) - attending Harvard University

• Keaton Clark (Sarasota Military Academy) - attending New York University,

• Vada Hammons (Sarasota Military Academy) - attending the University of Florida,

• Robert Hodgson (Booker HS) - attending the University of Virginia,

• Dakota Stoble (Booker HS) (Schmidt Scholarship) – Palm Beach University

Kathryn Beck (Cardinal Mooney HS) – attending Florida State University and Cassandra Golembeski (Riverview HS) – attending Liberty University were not able to attend, and will receive their scholarships at the June luncheon.

After helping MOAS President George Tracy present the scholarship awards to our accomplished recipients, Bill Church, Executive Editor of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, gave an engaging and entertaining speech to the membership, sharing some of the wisdom he has acquired from many years of leading newsrooms. He explained to the students present that if they continue to excel in their studies they would someday find themselves in his shoes, acting as keynote and commencement speakers. Bill shared the three most important points for a speaker to remember: have fun, be yourself, and be a good storyteller.

He then addressed the very relevant and often sensitive topic of the relationship between the media and politics. Bill explained that the disagreements we have are the result of the freedoms we have, and that the media should reflect the numerous opinions and viewpoints of our diverse citizenry.

In closing, Bill described how proud he was to grow up as military brat and his fond memories of his experiences moving around the world each time his Air Force dad received a new assignment. He was presented with the Inaugural Eagle award from the Military Officer’s Association of Sarasota as thanks for the Herald Tribunes continued support. 

to access Bill’s Sunday column.

Herald Tribune
 by Perry Korszen

George Tracy and Bill Church


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MOAS Beach Party August 3rd, 2016 @ 6:30 pm Siesta Beach

MOAS Beach Party
August 3rd, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida

Join the YAHOO crew to celebrate the reason we all live
here! We are gathering on the north end of Siesta Beach Park to watch the sunset at 2016 (8:16 pm). This is a spontaneous event – no plan whatsoever! Pack up your favorite picnic basket, bring your favorite beverage and don’t forget a chair or two. No need to RSVP – just show up. The McCarthy’s will have an American flag to mark the gathering spot. We will be on station at 1830. Be sure and arrive in plenty of time to socialize.

(Remember no glass containers on the beach)

Photos from the MOAA Convention in Lakeland

Thanks to Kay Tracy for these photos from the MOAA Convention in Lakeland.

Happy Hour / Meet and Greet - Friday the 13th !!!, Let Us Be Careful

Happy Hour / Meet and Greet
Friday the Thirteenth!!!!  May, 2016
At The O Club of the Day

Sarasota Vineyard

1528 Main Street
Sarasota Florida

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

New Parking Deck 93 paces from rear entrance of the O'Club. Go through the parking lot and alley. Or you can go via State Street to Lemon Ave to Main St.

Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend.

Hope you can join us at the Happy Hour.

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MOAA President George Tracy Talks to Class About Lacrosse

We were visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and eight yr. old grandson in Marietta, GA for a few days and grandson Sloane (who told his lacrosse coach that "lacrosse is in my DNA!) set it up for George to talk to his class about lacrosse. 

George gave each student a signed lacrosse ball and a bumper sticker.  They were a great audience.

Kay Tracy

* MOAA President George Tracy was an All American Lacrosse Player at Annapolis.

Kentucky Derby Party at The Staley's - Fund Raiser For theTroops

Thanks to Patt and Mikey Staley for throwing a great Kentucky Derby Party.  We had a great time and raised a lot of money for the troops.

Thanks to Dr. Lynn Trusal for sharing these photos. More photos and a video of the 2011 MOAA Camel Races below:

More Photos

(Camel Races video - 2011)  The password for the video is “watchmyvideos” without the quotes.