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  • 6 June - HCCMOAA Board of Directors' Meeting

  • 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


  • 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
  • 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