The Sarasota Breeze


May 2023

Dear Member,

Attached please find the May 2023 issue of the chapter newsletter-- The Sarasota Breeze -  and the reservation form for the 
May 10th Luncheon at  Michaels on East. 

NOTE: The luncheon is on a Wednesday as most of the county graduations conflict with our normal luncheon date on the 
3rd Friday of the month.

The May Luncheon is our scholarship awards luncheon and the guest speaker is Sarasota Mayor Kyle Battie.  We will be 
honoring 17 high school graduating seniors and their parents at the luncheon. 

We would very much appreciate if you would consider sponsoring the price of a luncheon for a student and/or parent.  
Please add the additional luncheons to your reservation form - or if you are unable to attend, please send the reservation 
form with your check to Mary Gordon as indicated on the Luncheon Reservation Form (Page 11)

The YAHOO (Young At Heart Officers Organization) is BACK — Please check the May events on page 10 of the Breeze.

Looking forward to seeing you at the May luncheon and the YAHOO events.

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 to read the Sarasota Breeze

Click to read the Reservation Form

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Future Yahoo Events (Young At Heart Officers Association)

Future Events/Outings

Wednesday 19 April Inshore Fishing. Freedom Boat Club Dock 1000-1700.

12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. 12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. We will fish lower Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound. Bill Lawyer & Chris Nind have signed up so far. Two boat spaces are still available. If you do not have any saltwater tackle just let me know. I can provide. Bring whatever food and drink you want. Recommend you wear appropriate loose-fitting clothing to protect you from the sun and bring plenty of sunscreen. Florida Saltwater fishing license required unless you are a Florida Resident 65 or older. Your only cost is to share fuel expenses with others and a tip for the dock hand. To reserve your spot contact Woz NLT Monday 17 April and he will give any final instructions and detailed directions.

Wednesday 3 May Inshore Fishing. Freedom Boat Club Dock 1000-1700. This outing is full. 12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. 12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. We will fish lower Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound. Bill Lawyer reserved the boat.

Saturday 6 May Anna Maria Island Beach Cleanup 0900-1100 (COMMUNITY SERVICE) Linda & Woz are going to do a beach cleanup on behalf of MOAS. You are welcome to join us. Muster at Anna Maria Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216. Get involved! Join us to help keep Gulf Coast beaches clean. Latex gloves, garbage bags, water and recognition for MOAS in Community Service. The planned area to cover is one mile or do as little as you want. Contact Woz or Linda to let us know you are coming. Then have a meal and/or drink right on the beach at Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL. Next cleanup- a Sarasota beach and/or water.

Sunday 21 May Offshore Fishing. Freedom Boat Club Dock 1000-1700.

12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton. 12300 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton.

Same info and instructions as 5 April Offshore outing. To reserve your spot contact Woz by text NLT Friday 19 May.

Wednesday 24 May Tour the Bishop Museum of Science & Nature 1300-1500.

201 10 th Street W., Bradenton 34205. You can stay and self-tour up to 1700.

Group Tour Rate: $15/person we need 15 signups and payment NLT 9 May.

Send check payable to Ron Wozniak, 207 68 th Street NW, Bradenton, FL 34209.

The most exciting museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring the Planetarium, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, the Mosaic Backyard Universe and a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions. Followed by Roaming YAHOO Gathering at

Oak & Stone Rooftop Bar overlooking the Manatee River. 102 Old Main Street, Bradenton 34205.

We have other YAHOO Events/Outings in mind and would like to see other MOAS Members and/or spouses come up with suggestions and hopefully volunteer to assist and/or organize a small event when necessary to help you out. Linda and Woz will assist you along the way. It is fun and you will be glad you were able to make MOAS an even better organization that other Members would like to participate in and that others would like to join.

Potential Future Events/Outings:

Mote Marine, Sarasota

Rays Major League Baseball, Tropicana Field, St Pete

American Victory Ship and Museum, Tampa American Victory Ship | Mariners Memorial Museum Tampa, FL

LeBarge Tropical Cruise on Sarasota Bay

Marina Jack II Sunset Dinner Cruise

September’s Oktoberfest

October’s Annual Picnic

Big Cat Habitat, Sarasota


Sarasota Polo Club (Closes 30 April) Home - Sarasota Polo Club


Formation and Briefing at the Sarasota Military Academy 10:00 am

Ringling Museum Tour and Lunch

Selby Gardens  

Ringling College Campus

New College Campus

USF Campus

SRQ Airport

Gamble Mansion

Downtown Sarasota Trolley Tours 

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Manatee Village Historical Park

Military Briefing by CENTCOM - Selby Library downtown at 1600.

Pop Stroke (Tiger Woods UTC Golf Course)

Sarasota Museum of Contemporary Art  Home - Sarasota Art Museum

Please volunteer and/or submit any other ideas to Ron and Linda Wozniak at 941-779-5448 or

2022 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Winners The annual Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards

2022 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Winners

The annual Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards recognize councils and chapters that achieve excellence in communicating with their members and communities. MOAA affiliates nominated themselves in two categories: newsletters (print or electronic) and websites. Submissions were judged on design and content. For the 2022 program year, 11 councils and 134 chapters received 152 five-star awards and 77 four-star awards. Congratulations to all!

Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Inc.

Website 5 Star; Newsletter 5 Star

Young at Heart Officers Organization (YAHOO)

Young at Heart Officers Organization (YAHOO)

Coordinators Ron & Linda Wozniak

Looking for Your Ideas & Volunteers to Organize Future YAHOO Events

For info on cancellations, changes in venue dates & times, go to the MOAS website Calendar at or text Ron Wozniak: 941-779-5448 or e-mail: or Linda at 941-779-5447 or

Past Events/Outings

Friday 24 March 1700 Dinner at Joto Japanese Steak House followed by 1945 Smugglers Cove Adventure Miniature Golf.

We had a welcomed number of last minute sign ups after the 17 March MOAS luncheon and e-blast that went out and had to flip flop venues and times but it all worked out well. We had 20 people enjoying a delicious and entertaining Japanese Hibachi style dinner. Jon & Mary Gordon, Len & Christa Friedlander, Craig & Beth Hullinger, Grant Krueger & Peggy Denham, Bill & Barb Lawyer, Jeff & Sue Warmington, Jim & Debbie Ainslie, Troy & Elke Scott, Abby Scott (dau) & Shajan Thomas (fiancé), Ron & Linda Wozniak. Unfortunately, the owner of Jo-To’s is retiring and selling the restaurant. So, this was our last YAHOO dinner there.

12 folks ventured to navigate through caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and live alligators at Smugglers Cove. Jon & Mary Gordon, Len & Christa Friedlander, Craig Hullinger, Jeff & Sue Warmington, Jim & Debbie Ainslie, and Ron Wozniak. Craig Hullinger and Peggy Denham tied for lowest score of 42. We won’t say who had the highest score but the guys had an average score of 42 and the women 48. A good time was had by all, and everyone is looking forward to it again next year.

Wednesday 29 March No Host Sunset at Siesta Key Beach. We met at our usual spot at the water’s edge to the right (North) of the Northern most lifeguard tower. The US, USMC & POW/MIA Flags were flying proudly in the breeze. Great weather, and no trace of Red Tide. (5 attended): Len & Christa Friedlander, Craig Hullinger, Ron & Linda Wozniak. Hopefully now that we are starting this event up again more will come out and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather and best of all the camaraderie of fellow MOAS Members and spouses.

Wednesday 5 April Offshore Fishing 1000-1700

Chris Nind and Woz fished Anna Marina Sound, Bean Point off Anna Maria Island and 3 Mile Reef North, and lower Tampa Bay. No trace of Red Tide in the Gulf or inshore. Not much success in the Gulf but we had a brief exciting strike and break off using a 12’ Lizardfish on the surface. So, we tried inshore where Woz landed the best and tastiest fish for dinner (18’ Spotted Sea Trout). I guess Chris enjoyed himself. He signed up for the next inshore outing 19 April.

CANCELED Due to weather-Wednesday 12 April No Cost Pontoon Boat Cruise around Bird Key 1500-1700. High winds and Small Craft Warning closed the harbor.

Wednesday 12 April Meet & Greet Marina Jacks 1700-1900. (6 attended) Joe & Denise Jennings, Len & Christa Friedlander and Ron & Linda Wozniak. We met outside under the covered seating area next to the water at the Blue Sunshine Patio. Unfortunately, the driving rain entered our seating area, and we retreated closer inland to the bar.