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March 2021

  • 25 March HCCMOAA Virtual Officers' Call
    • This gathering was held virtually because of lingering Covid concerns. In Chaplain Jim Fisher's Invocation he asked for prayers for Ruth Covington's family and for John Alley's family as the families cope with the loss of their loved ones. Our speaker was John Ward, who is the Town Manager of Boone. John began his comments by mentioning the immediate and long term impacts of Covid-19. He followed up by discussing several positive projects, initiatives and construction efforts in the Boone area. The feedback from several of our members who "attended" suggested they appreciated hearing of these projects and very much liked John's overview. Following John's comments, Jim Fisher went over the results of the survey that had been disributed to all of our members. This was followed with a drawing from the names of those who had participated in the survey. The outcome is to present the winner with a gift certificate to Pepper's restaurant. After briefly discussing the outcome of the survey we enjoyed a good time socially interacting among ourselves. Hopefully with what was learned from the survey and the success of this initial Officers' Call we can provide more and better events in the future. As conditions improve we look to move to face-to-face gatherings. Thank you to all who took part in this inaugeral event and we look forward to seeing many more of you at future get togethers, either virtual or in person. We hope that all of you are staying healthy and looking forward to more interactions with other members of the High Country Chapter.

February 2021

  • 20 February - 1st Quarter North Carolina Council of Chapters Meeting held virtually.
    • The NC Council of Chapters held their 1st quarter 2021 meeting virtually. Once again, the presidents of each of the NC chapters were "present." The meeting provided information on upcoming legislation related to active duty and retired service men and women. In addition, we shared experiences and best practices primarily on chapter activities.

January 2021

  • Happy New Year
    • We hope that each of you are remaining somewhat healthy and are having a very happy new year. Perhaps the new vacination availability will help us emerge from this pandemic with at least some remaining sanity and renewed hope.

    • 6 January HCCMOAA Board Meeting

December 2020

  • 25 December - Merry Christmas
    • We hope each of you had an enjoyable holiday time period and that you remain healthy and safe.

November 2020

  • 14 November - 4th Quarter North Carolina Council of Chapters Meeting (Virtual)
    • The NC Council of Chapters held their 4th quarter meeting virtually. The presidents of each of the NC chapters were "present." The meeting provided information on upcoming legislation related to active duty and retired service men and women. In addition, we shared experiences and best practices primarily on chapter activities while abiding by Covid-19 restrictions.

  • 19 November - 1st Virtual HCCMOAA Holiday Dinner and Annual Membership Meeting
    • This meeting had to be held virtually due to Covid restictions. And, it was our first opportunity for a virtual Holiday dinner. It was successful and quite enjoyable; plus it gave us a chance to "see" and interact with other HCCMOAA members. In addition to the socialization, we were able to hold a brief discussion of this year's accomplishments along with projected activities for the coming year (while recognizing the uncertainty of what is to come). In addition, we mentioned our expenses during the last year and our proposed budget for 2021. We find ourselves restricted in being able to conduct money-raising activities. And so, we have asked our members to make a donation to the chapter. We suggested that since we are not able to get together physically, with the accompanying costs of a meal, to please donate an amount along the lines of what would have been spent; say around $20 per person. Since we asked that the money be sent to our PO box, it will be a while before we know the success of this program. We also had a couple of generous members who have offered to match any donations. We noted that even with reduced expenses, the chapter still has operational needs. These monies will help enable the chapter to meet our fixed costs and to provide much needed funding for our charitble causes.

October 2020

  • 23 Ocbober - National MOAA Meeting (Virtual)
    • Annually, National MOAA holds a meeting where all members of MOAA are invited. This year, the meeting was held virtually.

September 2020

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

August 2020

  • 15 August - NC Council of Chapters 3rd Quarter Meeting - Virtual
    • Each quarter the NC Council of Chapters of MOAA hold meetings to cover information oriented to the chapters in North Carolina. Since the initial restrictions of the pandemic, they have needed to hold the meetings virtually.

July 2020

  • 4 July - Happy Independence Day

June 2020

  • American Cancer Society - Relay for Life - Cancelled
    Our chapter has led the survivors' lap each year. We have carried the American flag as well as the various service flags for the initial lap of the event. However, the event was not held this year.

  • Blood, Sweat, and Gears Bicyle Event - Cancelled
    For several years, the High Country Chapter has volunteered to help in whatever capacity was deemed most useful. This year the organizers of the Blood, Sweat and Gears event chose to cancel it. We will again volunteer in the future as the occasion allows.

May 2020

  • 8 May - North Carolina entered into "Phase I" of our emergence from the previous Stay-at-Home order

  • 25 May - Memorial Day - Boone Mall Ceremony - Cancelled
    We deeply regret that we had to cancel our Memorial Day event due to circumstances around the Coronavirus. Generally, we have had more than 400 people attend the ceremony and even under Phase II guidelines we were not able to have more than 10 people gathered indoors and we needed to maintain good social distancing. Neither of these conditions could realistically be met. In addition, our typical audience is mostly made up of folks in the more at-risk demographic. Thank you for joining us in the past. We hope you were able to join us this year in silent prayer and celebration of the lives we remembered this day. And, please join us at a future event when circumstances allow.

April 2020

  • Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's - Cancelled
    Because of the impact of the Coronavirus, we have had to cancel a number of activities to be responsible to our members and our many supporters.

  • 12 April - Easter Sunday

  • 23 April - The Governor extended the Stay-at-Home order through 8 May

March 2020

  • 3 March - 1st Case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina
    The first case of the coronavirus was reported in North Carolina.

  • 11 March - Coronavirus declared a pandemic.

  • 27 March - Governor Cooper Announced a Stay-at-Home Order to begin 30 March

  • 30 March - Stay-at-Home Order with other restrictions begins
    The Stay-at-Home order went into effect with multiple suggestions as to how to best avoid becoming infected.