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October 2019

  • 24 October - HCCMOAA Annual General Membership Meeting and Election
    • This meeting had to be rescheduled from 5 October and was our annual meeting where we elected the officers for our board of directors. We had a brief discussion of our accomplishments during the past year and covered the projected activities for the coming year. In addition, we covered our expenses and proposed budget. Then the newly elected members of the board were sworn in by Fred Schmitt, CAPT, USCG (Ret), our immediate past president.

  • 31 October - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

September 2019

  • 18 September - Hound Ears Golf Club - "Honoring Veterans" - Free Round of Golf
    • Once again, the Hound Ears Golf Club provided a free round of golf and casual lunch. Those who attended reported it to be another success and expressed their appreciation to Hound Ears for hosting this.

  • 26 September - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

August 2019

  • 29 August - HCCMOAA Annual Social
    • We held another social event at the LaQuinta Inn in Boone. The purpose was to celebrate our High Country Chapter of MOAA and its accomplishments over the past year. We were simply saying thanks to all our many volunteers who have continued to serve our community and our nation. Free beer, wine, and water was provided, as well as light appetizers. A couple of potential new members joined us and we hope they will join our chapter.

July 2019

  • 4 July - Happy Independence Day

  • 25 July - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

June 2019

  • 14 June - Watauga County "Relay for Life"
    • Once again, the High Country Chapter provided the colors and led the survivor lap. As has been the case each time 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. Thanks to all who were involved

  • 15 June - General Membership meeting
    • Our quarterly meeting was well attended with an interesting presentation from Eric Gormly who updated us on the activities of the Appalachian State University student veterans. We also enjoyed good food and a chance to mingle and interact with our friends and fellow officers.

  • 21-22 June - Blood, Sweat, and Gears Bicycle Ride volunteers
    • We were again able to support this huge community event. George Brudzinski, Bob Love and Fred Schmitt served dinner and breakfast to the veterans participating in the race. In addition, eleven of us handed out packets to the riders and provided other support functions. The event organizers were very appreciative of the help we provided. Thanks to all who participated. This was a great opportunity for our members to volunteer to help with this event.

  • 27 June - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

May 2019

  • 27 May - Memorial Day Ceremony
    • Thank you to our members who volunteered to set up and conduct our ceremony and those who attended. We paid tribute to our fallen comrades this memorial day as well as honoring the American Legion's 100th anniversary of it's founding. Our speaker, Rick Cornejos, from the American Legion, painted the picture of their past, their relationeship with the High Country Chapter of the MOAA, and their many hopes for the future. The Watauga Community Band provided their glorious patriotic melodies. The ceremony was well-received, as usual.

  • 30 May - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

April 2019

  • 6 April - HCCMOAA 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's
    • We had our best and most successful Pancake Breakfast todate. Thank all of you who worked the event and those who sold placemat ads and tickets.

  • 25 April - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

March 2019

  • 2 March - Appalachian Ski Mountain - Ski Patrol - 6th Annual Wounded Warrior "Hero's On The Mountain"
    • Once again, the Appalachian Ski Mountain Ski Patrol hosted the 6th Annual Wounded Warrior "Hero's On The Mountain" event at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, NC. All HCCMOAA members and families were welcome to attend the opening ceremony.

      This event was held in honor of the attending Wounded Warriors to recognize and thank them for their service and sacrifice for our nation. Appalachian Ski Mountain Ski Patrol and the French Swiss Ski College provided them with complimentary ski lift passes and ski/snowboarding lessons. Appalachian Ski Patrol annual fund raising efforts, to which we have contributed, covered the cost of the Wounded Warriors' hotel and meal costs for the weekend including event tee shirts etc.

      A military style opening ceremony kicked off the event and included introductions and recognition of the Wounded Warriors and other special guests attending. This was followed by guest speaker comments and a very impressive flag raising cermony on the snow.

  • 28 March - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

February 2019

  • 28 February - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

January 2019

  • 1 January - Happy New Year

  • 19 January - Annual Holiday Party and General Membership Meeting
    • We held our Annual Holiiday Party and General Membership Meeting in the Snow Cloud Lounge of the Appalachian Ski Mountain Lodge in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. We enjoyed a social hour where we celebrated the Holiday season and welcomed the New Year. We then had a plated dinner of either Grilled New York Strip Steak or Maple Planked Salmon. Although App Ski Mountain does not have a liquor license, we were able to bring our beverages of choice, which had to be served by the bartender. BGen Jim Walker was our featured speaker and his talk on "Operation Heal Our Patriots and the Impact of War" was well received. He has headed up this project for Samaratans Purse for several years which enabled him to speak knowledgably, and in a dynamic and entertaining manner. We were able to dine, listen to Jim, and enjoyed interacting with our fellow high-country officers and their spouses. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday time and are looking forward to a great 2019.

  • 31 January - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

December 2018

  • 27 December - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

November 2018

  • 10 November - Happy 243rd Birthday Marines

  • 11 November - Veterans Day - 100th Celebration

  • 12 November - Actual Celebration of Veterans Day and Our Ceremony at the Boone Mall
    • The HCCMOAA coordinated Veterans' Day activities at the Boone Mall for another of our annual ceremonies with another heavily attended ceremony. Once again, the Watauga County Band provided great renditions of patriotic music along with a special piece commemorating this 100th celebration of Veteran's Day (Armistice Day). Our well received speaker was COL Ben Covington, one of our own.

  • 29 November - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour