Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Inc. for earning the MOAA 5 Star Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award for your Website.

Fm: Troy Scott
Congrats Guys, great job

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From: MOAA Chapters <>
Subject: MOAA Harris Communications Awards Results
Date: May 4, 2022 at 4:50:11 PM EDT

Dear Colonel Scott:
Congratulations to you and all the members of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Inc. for earning the MOAA 5 Star Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award for your Website.  We at national MOAA are extremely proud of all our affiliates who were able to keep their members connected and informed through print and electronic media during 2021. The number of nominations submitted for this award has continued to grow each year; this year we received 227 nominations.  As you know, effective communications are critical to recruiting and retention as well as keeping your members connected and engaged.  Thank you and your team for prioritizing superior communications and for taking the time to submit a nomination.
Your award certificate and pin(s) will be mailed to your address of record within the next few weeks (unless you belong to a council which is planning to present it to you in person).  Either way, please confirm your mailing address to:  Please be aware that, instead of individual mailings from National, some councils may choose to present these awards at a ceremony or otherwise distribute to their chapter leaders. 
To download the award logo to display on your printed or electronic communications, go to: 
Please accept my sincere congratulations and very best wishes for continued success!
Erin E. Stone
Captain, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, United States Navy (Retired)
Senior Director, Council and Chapter Affairs
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
201 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA  22314-2539
800.234.6622, ext 108; 703.838.8108
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Heroes R&R Weekend Event


In 2020, the Military Officer’s Association of Sarasota (MOAS) began a relationship with My Warrior's Place, located in Ruskin FL, which seeks to provide a safe refuge and bring about healing and hope to all veterans, military service members who have returned from the battlefield and military families (Gold, Blue and Silver Start) whose lives have been touched and forever changed due to a tragic event.

In 2021, MOAS applied for and was awarded a Community Outreach Grant from the MOAA Foundation, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), to fund an all-inclusive weekend retreat for eight military veterans from the Sarasota area. The eight veterans attending this weekend retreat were selected by a MOAS selection committee from a group of individuals nominated by other veterans, veteran’s families, friends, and co-workers. The weekend retreat, titled “Heroes R&R” will consist of group sessions emphasizing a holistic approach, and conducted by professional therapists who are themselves veterans, focusing on physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and family well-being.

Complementing these sessions will be evening campfires to create an atmosphere of comradeship and support, and half-day barbecuing classes from competitive grilling chefs, ultimately capped off by a barbeque competition between the attending veterans.

World War II Foundation - Presentation by Marine MGen Drew Davis

Outstanding Presentation by Marine Major General Drew Davis about the World War II Foundation to Sarasota MOAA on March 18, 2022. He told us about the Foundation and how it focused on story telling about individuals in World War II. 

Excerpted From the Foundation Website

"The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness and appreciation, through film, of the many sacrifices made by American men and women in securing our basic freedoms. Their goal is to instill the lessons the war make them accessible, relatable, and impactful at no cost to students, educators, veterans, or the public."

"At home and in uniform, mothers, wives, and daughters nursed the sick, manned the factories, and flew planes out to both coasts for shipment overseas. Titans of industry, seemingly overnight, retooled factories to feed the insatiable demands of warfare. America’s schoolchildren walked miles to collect tin foil and newspapers in wagons, and in the year 1945 alone, raised a staggering $715 million in war bonds." 

"Every American who remembers World War II has stories to tell, and they tell them in tones that still ring with pride and patriotism. Veterans give voice to their comrades who perished in battle, making the ultimate sacrifice. Those who are long gone entrusted their stories to children and grandchildren who repeat them through generations, making the memory indelible. As a body, the stories define a nation wholly dedicated to one common goal: halting evil in its tracks. We tell these stories today to honor and preserve the past, and as importantly, to inspire the future. In a nation that has never felt so fractured and divided, the example of the greatest collaborative effort in the history of the world has valuable insights to impart. "

The films are narrated by well know actors and media leaders, including Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Sinise, and Tom Selleck.

The videos are provided to public television for broadcast. You can also view them at the Foundation Youtube Channel.

Learn more about the Foundation at:

Click here to view the Foundaton brochure:

Videos are a great way to record memories.  The videos my father and I made about his World II unit at:


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Coming Events March April 2022


Dear Member,

Attached please find the March 2022 issue of the chapter newsletter-- The Sarasota Breeze -  and a copy of the reservation form for our March Luncheon to take place at Michael’s on East 
on Friday March 18th at 1130am.  The guest speaker will be Major General Andrew Davis, USMC (Ret), CEO of the World War II Foundation.

On Page 7 of the newsletter there is a description of the MOAS/ My Warrior Place R&R and a request for volunteers. Please take this opportunity to give of your time to make this a weekend of sharing with some of our local veterans.

The monthly Meet & Greet is scheduled for Wednesday March 9th at Gecko’s on Hillview (Page 10).  Come out and meet some new and potential chapter members.

Looking forward to seeing you at the March 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.

Thank you & Stay Safe

Len Friedlander

Click on the Sarasota Breeze for more info: