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December 2017

  • 8 December - HCCMOAA Holiday Dinner
  • NOTE! Our Christmas party had to be postponed due to weather. It was rescheduled to January 26th.

  • 28 December - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

November 2017

  • 5 November - Strikes for Troops Fundraiser
    • We had another enjoyable and successful fundraising event at 10 High Country Lanes with minimal participation. We are hoping to schedule this event in the future with an opportunity for many more to participate.

  • 9 November - Heroes Day
    • In conjunction with the ASU Military Affairs Committee, the ASU Student Veterans Association and the Appalachian Army ROTC (Mountaineer Battalion) we had another highly successful ASU Heros' Day Football game with Georgia Southern. Appalachian State University's Department of Athletics welcomed all military and first responders to attend the football for free; with their families attending for half price. We had a large turnout for the pre-game tailgate. Thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful tribute to our veterans and active-duty personnel.

  • 9 -11 November - Downtown Boone Development Association Fund Raiser
    • During this period of time, the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) tried to encourage as many businesses as possible to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Watauga Veteran's Memorial. This undertaking was minimally successful but the DBDA hopes to repeat it in the future with a different and hopefully more successful approach. The DBDA is wanting to help us meet our fundraising goals for the new Veterans memorial.

  • 10 November - Happy 242nd Birthday Marines

  • 11 November - Veterans' Day Ceremony
    • The HCCMOAA coordinated Veterans' Day activities at the Boone Mall for our 12th annual experience with yet another heavily attended ceremony. Once again, the Watauga County Band provided great renditions of patriotic music.

  • 30 November - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

October 2017

  • 26 October - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 27 October - Annual General Membership Meeting and Officer Election
    • We held our annual meeting with the installation of Chapter Officers and Board Members by CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN (Ret), the President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters. CAPT Ehrhardt was also our speaker. The meeting was held at the Boone Golf Course, Boone, NC. We shared a nice meal and enjoyed conversations with our fellow High Country officers.

September 2017

  • 10 September - MOAA North Carolina Council of Chapters Meeting in Williamsburg, VA
    • By all reports, this was a highly successful Council of Chapters Meeting.
    • High Country Chapter Attendees were: LtCol George Brudzinski, COL Ben Covington, CAPT Nick Friedman, and BG Bill Richardson.
    • COL Ben Covington accepted the 5-Star Level of Excellence for the High Country Chapter from Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Retired), President of MOAA.

  • 20 September - Hound Ears Men's Golf Association Free Round of Golf & a Casual Lunch
    • The Hound Ears Men's Golf Association again generously sponsored a free round of golf along with lunch, with veterans invited to participate free of charge.

  • 28 September - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

August 2017

  • 11 August - Veteran's Information Session
    • The Office of Representative Virginia Foxx hosted this Veteran's Information Session for the purpose of connecting veterans and military members to the services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Non-Profit Organizations in the 5th District.

  • 24 August - Sonny Sweet High Country Salute
    • COL Sonny Sweet, USA (Retired), and his wife, Bricca, hosted an amazing, patriotic, and fun-filled evening at the Harvest House in Boone. The very special evening featured a taste of the high country with fabulous refreshments from local restaurants, breweries, and wine providers, an inspiring patriotic performance from Ashe County's Generation Excellence, and an incredible show from nationally known speed painter Tim Decker! This event, which HCC MOAA has sponsored, is the Sweet High Country Salute, and all proceeds benefit WYN's Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund.

      More information about the Sweet Salute can be found at You can still easily make donations by sending a check (made out to WYN-SSSF) to c/o George Brudzinski, PO Box 3753, Boone, NC 28607.

  • 25 August - General Membership Meeting
    • Our quarterly General Membership Meeting was held at the Fairway Cafe, Boone Golf Course, Boone, North Carolina. David Jackson, CEO of the Boone area Chamber of Commerce and former "Voice of the Mountaineers" was our featured speaker. The nominees for the board of directors for the upcoming year were introduced. Opportunities for the general membership to participate in more activities and events were also discussed.

  • 31 August - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

July 2017

  • 4 July - Boone July 4th Parade and Veterans' Memorial Mock-Up Display at the Jones House, Boone, NC
    • The Watauga County Veterans Memorial project had narrowed down the design competition to 3 finalists. The three finalists prepared mock-ups that were displayed at the Jones House in association with the July 4th Parade in Boone, NC. The Parade began at 11:00am with the mock-ups displayed from 10:00-2:00. After the parade, folks were invited to stop by, review the designs, express their opinions, and enjoy watermelon and cake provided by the Town of Boone.

  • 27 July - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

June 2017

  • 10 June - Fund-raising Event for Alex Weaver, a MCROTC Cadet at Watauga High School
    • Alex Weaver, an 11th grade student at WHS & one of the MCJROTC cadets, suffered serious injuries in an auto accident in mid-May. Alex sustained a serious spinal injury that led to his evacuation to the Johnson City Trauma Center and follow-on transfer on to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehabilitation. The current prognosis is poor for him to regain the use of his legs. Alex & his family have a challenging road ahead on many levels, and they certainly will need strong community support in the months ahead. The MCJROTC unit hosted a car-wash and bake sale fund raising event on Saturday 10 June on the campus of Watauga High School. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alex and his family.

  • 16 June - Watauga County Relay for Life - American Cancer Society
    • In addition to our individual support, the High Country Chapter once again provided the colors and led the survivor lap. As has been the case in the past, we were well-received in leading this group of heroic survivors. We continue to hope and pray for an end to the ravages of cancer.

  • 23 June - Annual Blood Sweat and Gears Bicycle event, Valle Crucis, NC
    • We were again proud to support this huge community event. George Brudzinski, Bob Love and Fred Schmitt served dinner and breakfast to about 26 veterans participating in the race. John Alley, Nick and Mary Friedman, Bob Gibbard and Dr. Lynn Gregory directed bike traffic at the school. Thanks to all who participated. This was another great opportunity for our members to volunteer for one of the many activities our chapter supports.

  • 23 June - Funeral service for Corporal Dillon Baldridge
    • News of Corporal Baldridge, one of the soldiers recently killed in Afghanistan, reached us through Debbie Branch of the Blue Star Mothers. Corporal Baldridge had ties to this area and his mother, Tina Palmer, works at a local car dealership. The funeral service was held Friday, 23 June at the Ashe County High School. Blue Star encouraged attendance from the various military organizations in the area. In addition to some of our memebers attending the funeral, the High Country Chapter MOAA sent written condolences on behalf of the chapter.

  • 29 June - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

May 2017

  • 12 May - Appalachian State University ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony

  • 25 May - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 29 May - 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
    • We helped host our 11th successful Memorial Day event. We had a medley of Patriotic Music performed by the Watauga Community Band, the History of Memorial Day, a US Flag Folding Ceremony and the Playing of Taps. This was followed by the playing of the various Service Theme Songs, the retiring of the Colors, and a Patriotic Sing-a-Long. The Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard provided the color detail. We were pleased that you could join us for the High Country's Premier Memorial Day Event!

April 2017

  • 19 April - Brothers Like These - a Staged Reading of Writings from Vietnam Veterans
    • This interesting and touching event was held in the Parkway Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University with standing room only. Here is a link for the event: "Brothers Like These."

  • 27 April - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

March 2017

  • 4 March - Hero's On The Mountain/ Wounded Warrior Event
    • The Appalachian Mountain Ski Patrol hosted their 5th annual "Hero's On The Mountain" Wounded Warrior event at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock. The MOAA High Country Chapter is one of the sponsors of this event. Appalachian Ski Mountain provided all Wounded Warriors and their family members with complimentary ski passes and ski/snowboard lessons throughout the day. Prior to their hitting the slopes there was an official welcome, guest speaker and flag raising ceremony to honor the Wounded Warriors for their sacrifice and service to our nation. During the flag ceremony Team Dynamix, an aerial flight demonstration group of former military pilots performed several formation flights over Appalachian Ski Mountain. This year's guest speaker was Vietnam veteran, Silver Star recipient, and wounded warrior himself, Mr. Tony diSanti, Attorney at Law from Boone, North Carolina. The event was held at 0830 Saturday morning on the upper lodge outside deck and ski slope in front of the lodge. Our own CAPT Chuck Rhodes is both on the Ski Patrol and on our Board.

  • 21 March - Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Press Conference
    • The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce held a Press Conference to announce the creation of a strategic partnership between the Boone-based We Can So You Can Foundation and CACI International. The event was held at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Boone, North Carolina. Established in 2013, the We Can So You Can Foundation has supported revitalization efforts in local communities, mountains, and rivers. In the Spring of 2017, the foundation will host its 2nd-annual Camp Healing Waters. This first of its kind multi-day destination camp for military families addresses not only the physical and emotional healing needs of participating veterans and their spouses, but also introduces training on life skills necessary to deal with the long term challenges that these disabled heroes and their families face. Several members of the HCCMOAA were in attendence.

  • 25 March - Chapter General Membership Meeting
    • Our quarterly General Membership Meeting was held at the Fairway Cafe, Boone Golf Course, Boone, North Carolina. Jeremy Barnes, a Partner with We Can So You Can Foundation and with Appalachian Mountain Brewery served as our guest speaker. With good food and drink, good company and a good, informative speaker, a good time was had by all.

  • 30 March - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

February 2017

  • 23 February - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

January 2017

  • 20 January - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour