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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 January - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

January 2017

  • 20 January - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

December 2016

  • 3 December - HCCMOAA Holiday Party and General Membership Meeting
    • Our HCCMOAA chapter had a wonderful Holiday party at the Mariott Hotel in Boone, NC. The party was well attended and enjoyed by all.

  • 15 December - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

November 2016

  • 10 November - Happy 241st Birthday Marines

  • 11 November - Veterans' Day Activities
    • At 0900 a Veterans' Day Ceremony was held at Appalachian State University with Capt Douglas May, USMC (Fmr) as the guest speaker.

    • The HCCMOAA coordinated Veterans' Day activities at the Boone Mall for our 10th annual experience with yet another heavily attended ceremony. Mr. Keith Buchanan, a local businessman and historic "story-teller" was our featured speaker. Keith is a published author with a focus on the "smaller" stories of WWII. He provided one such story in his presentation. Once again, the Watauga County Band provided great renditions of patriotic music.

    • Then, at 1500 hours was the Grand Opening of the Student Veteran Resource Center at Appalachian State University. This was a well-attended dedication with the Center named after Major General Reeder, USA, who was an Appalachian State Alumnus.

  • 17 November - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 19 November - Heroes Day Football Game
    • In conjunction with the ASU Military Affairs Committee, the ASU Veterans Association and the Appalachian Army ROTC (Mountaineer Battalion) we helped with the Tailgate activities prior to the ASU Heros' Day Football game with the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Appalachian State University's Department of Athletics welcomed all military and first responders to attend the football for free. In addition, the families of first responders and military personnel were invited to attend for a discounted rate.

October 2016

  • 23 October - Strikes for Troops Fundraiser
    • We had a successful Strikes for Troops for the second year. Thank you to all who participated. Please consider joining us next year for this fun event that helps us raise valuable monies for our chapter.

  • 27 October - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

September 2016

  • 23 September - Hound Ears Golf Association Free "Rounds"
    • The Hound Ears Golf Association again sponsored a successful golf event and lunch, inviting veterans to participate free of charge. Various representatives from all Veterans' groups were invited; including the HCCMOAA, American Legion, VFW, DAV, and other organizations.

  • 29 September - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 30 September - Annual General Membership Meeting and Officer Election
    • Our annual meeting with installation of Chapter Officers and Board Members was held at the Boone Golf Course, Boone, NC. Our guest speaker was Matthew Segal and his wife representing the Korea Revisit Program. The talk was interesting, educational and well received.

August 2016

  • 12 August - NC Council of Chapters Dinner at the Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock, NC
    • Following a Social Hour there was a Welcome and Short Business Meeting. This was followed by Dinner and our Guest Speaker, COL Cherie Zadlo (USAF). COL Zadlo is the Director of Member Products and Services at the National MOAA Office. We received numerous positive comments on the meeting.

    • Golf at Hound Ears opportunity - In conjunction with the COC Dinner, Hound Ears, an exclusive private club in the region offered 20 of our MOAA members an opportunity to play as guests.

  • 25 August - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

July 2016

  • 28 July - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

June 2016

  • 17 June - Blood Drive in Honor of Sonny Sweet - American Red Cross
    • This Blood Drive was held in honor of one of our founding members, Colonel Sonny Sweet, USA (Retired). It was held at Greenway Baptist Church at 880 Greenway Road, Boone, North Carolina. Sonny was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2013 but continues to be active in various community service activities including the HCCMOAA.

  • 18 June - Watauga County Relay for Life - American Cancer Society
    • In addition to our financial support, the High Country Chapter continues to provide the colors and lead the survivor lap. As has been the case in the past, we were well-received in leading this group of heroic survivors as we all hope and pray for an end to the ravages of cancer.

  • 25 June - Blood, Sweat and Gears Bike Ride
    • We were again proud to support this huge community event by passing out rider packets. We also fed dinner and breakfast to veterans and disabled vets who attended the event.

  • 30 June - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

May 2016

  • 26 May - HCCMOAA Officers' Call/Happy Hour

  • 30 May - 9th Annual Memorial Day Program
    • We helped host our 9th successful Memorial Day event. Our guest speaker this year was Dale Beatty from Purple Heart Homes as our featured speaker. We enjoyed the Watauga County Community Band and the Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard. Thank you for all your past support and hope to receive your continued help in the future.