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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

October 2018

  • 25 October - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour


September 2018

  • 19 September - Hound Ears Men's Golf Association Free Round of Golf and Casual Lunch

    • The Hound Ears Men's Golf Association once again generously sponsored a round of golf along with lunch, where veterans were invited to participate free of charge.

  • 20 September - Annual General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers

    • Our annual meeting was held at the Boone Golf Course for the installation of Chapter Officers and Board Members. They were installed by CAPT David Lee, USN (Ret), the President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters. CAPT Lee was also our guest speaker. We shared a nice meal and enjoyed conversations with our fellow High Country officers.

  • 22 September - Hero's Day at the Appalachian State Stadium

    • This event was held on the campus of ASU and included free football tickets for veterans and first responders and a free tailgate with food and drink. It was sponsored by the ASU Military Affairs Committee and the ASU Student Veterans Association.

  • 27 September - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour


August 2018

  • 2 August - General Membership Meeting/Social Gathering
    • In the words of our HCCMOAA 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