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August 2018

  • 2 August - General Membership Meeting/Social Gathering
    • In the words of our President "We had a great turnout at our High Country Chapter social at La Quinta. Plenty of food, drink and great conversation. Thanks to all who attended. A special note of appreciation to Bob Gibbard and Lynn Gregory who did an outstanding job coordinating the event. Thanks also to Ruth Covington for her unexpected but delicious pot stickers. We need to do more of these. Thanks again. Fred"


  • 30 August - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour


July 2018

  • 4 July - Dedication of the Watauga County Veterans' Memorial
    • After nearly 3 years of work, we were able to unveil and dedicate the new Veterans' Memorial for the High Country, located in downtown Boone, North Carolina. We had a very large and supportive crowd as we accomplished the dedication just prior to the annual Boone parade. If you have not already done so, please stop by to see this very impressive memorial.

  • 26 July - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour


June 2018

  • 15 June - American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
    • Yet, another time, the High Country Chapter 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 - Blood, Sweat, and Gears Charity Bike Ride
    • We were again proud to support this huge community event. George Brudzinski, Bob Love and Fred Schmitt served dinner and breakfast to about 25 veterans participating in the race. John Alley, Lance Campbell, Nick and Mary Friedman, Bob Gibbard, Dr. Lynn Gregory and Dr. Doug May directed bike traffic at the school. Thanks to all who participated. This was another great opportunity for our members to volunteer for one of our many community activities.

  • 28 June - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

May 2018

  • 17-19 May - ASU Baseball - Military Appreciation Weekend

  • 23 May - Veterans' Memorial Fund Raiser
    • A wonderful fund raiser was held at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, at which the proceeds were donated to our Watauga County Veterans' Memorial project. AMB Fundraiser Information

  • 24 May - ASU Memorial Wreath laying
    • This Memorial Day, in recognition of the significance of the federal holiday, the Appalachian State University was closed; to honor this important day, a commemorative wreath was placed at the Veterans Memorial, located at the west side of the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.
      Chancelor Sheri Everts invited all to read Joeseph Bathanti's poem, reflecting on the meaning of the day and encouraged us all to spend the day as we deemed appropriate. She continued with encouragement to be ever mindful of the risks taken and sacrifices made by our armed forces every day.

  • 25 May - HCCMOAA General Membership Meeting
    • We held another successful dinner and general membership meeting at the Fairway Cafe, Boone Golf Course, Boone, North Carolina. Charlie Brady, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Conservency, was our guest speaker. He spoke primarily on the Middlefork Greenway Project but also mentioned some additional Conservency areas. Good company and good food plus an interesting speaker made for an enjoyable evening.

  • 26 May - Walmart Food Cart to benefit the Veterans' Memorial
    • Walmart graciously offered to sell hot dogs, and other food from their food cart located near the entrance. All of the food was donated by Walmart and the folks serving were Walmart employees donating their time. All of the monies raised was donated to the Watauga Veterans' Memorial Fund. Although the rain dampened a bit of the participation, this was an additional successful money raising event for the memorial.

  • 28 May - Memorial Day Ceremony at the Boone Mall
    • We held our 12th ceremony for Memorial Day at the Boone Mall, Boone, North Carolina. The program covered some history of Memorial Day, a ceremonial folding of the U.S. Flag, and a large selection of patriotic music from the Watauga Community Band. The color guard was done by the Watauga High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets.

  • 31 May - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

April 2018

  • 7 April - HCCMOAA Pancake Breakfast
    • We held our 6th Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Applebees Restaurant in Boone. It was highly successful, which enables us to contribute additional funds to the Watauga County Veterans' Memorial. Thank you to all who volunteered in various capacities to make this go so very well.

  • 26 April - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

March 2018

  • 29 March - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

February 2018

  • 22 February - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

January 2018

  • 25 January - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 26 January - Rescheduled HCCMOAA Holiday Dinner
    • Even with the rescheduling of this event, it was well-attended with a good time had by all. Many compliments on the food!

December 2017

  • 8 December - HCCMOAA Holiday Dinner
    • 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