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, Are you a former military officer? Please  come and join us at our monthly luncheon. 

Florida MOAA Convention - FCOC 2021 14-16 May 2021


14-16 May 2021

A message from the Florida Council of Chapters President
January 15, 2021
Please join us for the FCOC 2021 Convention
Sarasota has been the home of the circus for many years and we have an amazing treasure trove of attractions.
To prepare for your arrival we would like to know if you will be attending our convention?
If Yes Please Register Below
A very good possibility
On behalf of the Florida Council of Chapters and the Convention's Host chapter, I invite you to attend and enjoy the hospitality, cultural treasures, and fantastic dining Sarasota has to offer. Come early and stay longer, the hotel’s rates will remain at our low Convention rate for 2 days before and 2 days after the event
Florida Council of Chapters | From Mike Borders, Sebring, FL 33411

Conference Info:


Meet and Greet Wednesday Feb 10, 2021 at South Lido Key Beach Park

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Meet and Greet

Wed Feb 10, 2021

South Lido Key

Beach Park

on the Intercoastal

1700 to Sunset

Go to St Armands Circle, Drive to the Beach and turn south on Benjamin Franklin Blvd to the south end of Lido Key into the parking lot for the South Lido Key Beach Park. Park near the two story restroom on your left, walk to the Intercoastal side beach facing the city, and turn right on the beach and look for the good looking military types. Bring a lawn chair and a libation. Wear your mask and keep socially distanced.

If you can't find us call Craig Hullinger at 941 312 1032.

If you need bail money call Troy Scott at 941 320 1624

Hope to See you there.

Google Map Directions: /,+Sarasota,+FL+34236/South+Lido+Key+Beach+Park+on+the+Gulf,+Benjamin+Franklin+Dr,+Sarasota,+FL+34236/@27.3091454,-82.5913822,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c36a91ec30e5a1:0xd9ae3eac4964af98!2m2!1d-82.5766714!2d27.3186319!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c36a7eab48feab:0xc067298fb839b3d8!2m2!1d-82.5670074!2d27.2992471!3e0


Directions on our calendar. Go to 

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Colonel Bob Warren Rest in Peace Semper Fi

It is with great sadness that I forward this message to everyone. The email below says that Colonel Bob Warren passed away this morning. I don't have details about any arrangements at this time. He was a MARINE.

He fought in World War 2, flying night interceptor fighters around Okinawa. During the Korean Conflict he was in the initial deployment of helicopters., and was involved in the first large scale movement ot Marines via chopper. He also flew numerous rescue missions for downed pilots.

In Vietnam he commanded an H-34 Squadron that saw far too much action. Prior to retiring, he transitioned to jet aircraft, and served in command of a jet squadron. At that point in time he was the only Marine Aviator who had commanded both fixed wing and rotor wing squadrons.

Colonel Warren was a true member and friend to Marine Corps Detachment 588.

This link is from a newspaper story about Colonel Warren: Veterans' Stories: Marine pilot served Vietnam, Korea and World War II - News - Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota, FL


Colonel Warren was a member of the Bradenton, Florida Marine Corps League Chapter 588.

Rest in Peace, Colonel

Semper Fi

Ron Wozniak and Craig Hullinger
Chapter 588 Marine Corps League

Press Release

Please view our most recent Press Release that has been picked up by the Tampabay Newswire. This gets us tremendous exposure throughout all the counties in our area.


Alan Forester