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 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 
Michaels on East
Formal Attire

Send your check to:


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

USO- Style Extravaganza

Riverview Performing Arts Center1 Ram Way
Sarasota, Florida 34231

This USO-style event honors local veterans and their families for their commitment and sacrifice. The two-hour show, featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, recalls the music, entertainers and celebrities who traveled overseas to entertain American servicemen and women during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.

Sunday Nov 13, 2016 7:30 pm

November 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Riverview Performing Arts Center
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, FL 34231
$20 - $25
 941-926-POPS (7677)

Calendar/Breeze Nov 2016

Dear Member

Attached is the November 2016 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 November Luncheon on November 18 at Michael’s on East.

Our November Luncheon is our Annual Business Meeting where we will be voting on our new slate of Chapter Officers and Directors. Short bios of our nominees can be found on Page 9 of the attached issue of the Breeze.

Our luncheon speaker will be Susan Howarth — President & CEO of WEDU.
The program outline is on Page 1 of the newsletter.

11 November - Sarasota Veterans Day Parade

11 November - Meet & Greet

13 November – A Tribute to America’s Veterans @3:00PM & 7:30PM, Riverview HS PAC (Details on Page 5)

14 November - A Tribute to America’s Veterans @ 7:30PM Neel Performing Arts Center (Details on Page 5)
18 November - MOAS Luncheon

Looking forward to seeing you all at the above events and at the luncheon.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

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

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