April 14, 2021 Meet and GreetWhtiaker Park


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Just want to remind all of you that this months Meet and Greet at Whitaker Gateway Park in Sarasota is scheduled for this evening from 6:00pm to Sunset.

There is some paving work being done in the area, so the parking may be a bit tight.  Some of the parking spaces may be occupied, but one can also park along the curb.

To enter the park - Take Route 41 to the circle at 14th St. (Imperial Drive).  

Coming from the north it is the first exit from the circle — coming from the south it is the  third exit. The park has parking, grass, picnic tables, rest rooms, and is on the Bay. 

Drive all the way in for parking closest to the largest pavilion and seawall. I'll try to put up balloons.

There is plenty of room for us to bring our own chairs and grills are available if anyone wants cook.  As usual bring your own libations and snacks and assemble at 1800 at the west side of the park.

Please wear your mask and keep socially distanced.

If you can't find us please call: Peggy O’Connell at (312)982-1374  

Hope to see you there.


VA Covid-19 Vaccines

For those of you who have not yet received your Covid-19 vaccinations, the VA has made the following announcements:
These groups are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as supply allows:
  • All Veterans 
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation. 
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
COVID-19 vaccine is available at all locations, by appointment or walk-in's through the hours of 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are hosting several COVID-19 vaccine clinics offsite in communities throughout our region. Each clinic will offer appointment and/or walk-in availability. Documentation is not required. Details are as follows:

  • April 9, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: VFW Sarasota Sunshine Post 3233 (124 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237)
  • April 12, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.: American Legion Bradenton Kirby Stewart Post 24 (2000 75th St. W, Bradenton, FL, 34209)
  • April 13, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: DayStar Life Center (1055 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712)
  • April 17, 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.: American Legion St. Pete Andy Anderson Post 125 (6440 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707)
  • April 24, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: Manatee County Public Safety Complex Drive Thru (2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton, FL 34203)
  • May 15, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: Manatee County Public Safety Complex Drive Thru (2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton, FL 34203)

Vaccine at the VA

 March 26, 2021

C19 Available

Need a COVID-19 vaccination?

We are hosting a vaccination clinic this Saturday, March 27th at C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center for Veterans of all ages who receive care from VA. To make an appointment for this clinic, please call our COVID-19 Call Center at 727-395-2400 now.

We also offer COVID-19 vaccinations for enrolled and eligible Veterans at our C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, Lee County VA Healthcare Center, and our Sarasota Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations, by appointment, Monday- Friday as vaccine is available.

CBOCs in Bradenton, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Sebring are also offering COVID-19 vaccine to enrolled and eligible Veterans of all ages, by appointment. Vaccine appointments for these locations are based on vaccine availability.

Bay Pines VA Veterans of all ages, regardless of where they receive care, can always opt to get their vaccine at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center.

Please note: we are continuing to offer vaccine to Veteran caregivers who are enrolled in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and designated as a caregiver.

How you can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Call our COVID-19 Call Center at 727-395-2400 to schedule your appointment. You can also visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

Why should you consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine now?

A vaccine will help protect you, other Veterans and our staff by lowering the risk of getting an infection.  Vaccines will also slow the spread of the virus protecting our families, friends, and neighbors.

What else you need to know.

You will need to receive two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and one does of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be more fully protected. Depending on the vaccine you receive, you may need to be available to come back to the location you received your first dose in either 21 or 28 days for your second dose.

After you receive the vaccine, it will still be important to continue wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you until the virus is under control. It is our hope that a vaccine will help us all come through this pandemic together.

Please call us today to make an appointment!

Sarasota Breeze April 2021

Dear Member

Attached please find the April 2021 issue of the chapter newsletter — The Sarasota Breeze — AND a copy of the Luncheon Reservation Form for the April 16th Luncheon at Michaels on East. The Breeze, as well as the flyer, contain information on the precautions that will be taken at the luncheon in light of the need for social distancing.

Our Luncheon Speaker will be Joe Palmerio a local artist who has won many awards for his work. It is my understanding that he will be creating a painting while discussing his work, and the painting will be offered to the winner of the Scholarship drawing.


Our chapter is hosting the 2021 Florida Council of Chapters Convention on May 14 to May 16 at the Westin Sarasota Hotel in downtown Sarasota.

We have a good turn-out of MOAA members from around Florida, Washington D.C, Georgia, and even Tennessee.
With the Convention in your backyard, there are some major events that you should consider attending -

Friday evening, May 14 President’s Reception
Saturday morning, May 15 All Hand Breakfast
Saturday evening, May 15 Military Gala

Additionally, there is a very informative Surviving Spouse Update session scheduled immediately following the All Hands Breakfast on Saturday morning that would be of interest to many of our members and their spouses.

The Convention Agenda and Registration are available on-line at www.moaafl.org


Contact MOAS President Troy Scott if you have specific questions (941-379-3023).

We look forward to seeing you at the Meet & Greet on April 14th and Michaels on East on April 16th for the monthly luncheon..

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue of The Breeze - and as always, please let me know if you have a suggestion on how we can improve it.

Stay Safe

Len Friedlander
Editor The Sarasota Breeze

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Luncheon March 19, 2021

The USS Cole - photo in Turkey by Christa Friedlander

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For More Information, Contact: 

Alan Forrester 


(P) 941-504-5759  

For Immediate Release 


Southwest FL – Despite COVID-19 concerns, 31 MOAS members and guests enjoyed  lunch at Michael’s on East and heard an update on our local public television station,  WEDU PBS, delivered by WEDU President and CEO, Paul Grove. Mr. Grove served as  WEDU’s VP for national programming before heading to Chattanooga in 2006 to head  up their local PBS station, WTCI.  

Returning to WEDU as President and CEO in 2019, Paul found a shift in emphasis at  WEDU; less on developing national programs, more towards local programs. He has  continued this focus, with a vision that encompasses Community, Innovation, and  Education. WEDU provides services to 16 counties in West Central Florida through its  six operating channels – WEDU, WEDU World, The Florida Channel, WEDQ, PBS Kids,  and WEDU Create TV – and has been working hard during the pandemic to support  education and distance learning, as well as public safety and civic leadership. Paul  noted that WEDU just completed a five-part series about non-profits and the art world in  Sarasota. A future project will cover Sarasota’s business world.  

Paul noted that for 18 straight years Americans have ranked PBS and its member  stations the most-trusted institution among a consideration set that includes courts of  law, commercial cable and broadcast TV, newspapers, and streaming services.  Americans also rank PBS highly in terms of value for tax dollars. Viewership is up, both  over-the-air and on cable. During the pandemic, WEDU has provided an essential  service for so many families unable to access media otherwise.  

In the big picture, the goal of PBS educational services is to prepare children for  success in school and in life. When the COVID-19 pandemic brought about the need for  distance learning, PBS, as a national leader in digital education, was well-positioned to  help with the transition into e-learning formats. WEDU created the WEDU PBS At Home  Learning webpage featuring an array of resources for families and educators and  helped address the needs of families who may have technology challenges by providing  daily broadcasts of PBS programming along with companion lesson plans for distance  learning. 

MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the  nation's largest and most influential association of military officers with 400,000  members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more  information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com Are you a former military officer? Please  come and join us at our monthly luncheon.